In 1950th when Indianapolis 500 was a part of World Driver’s Championship Ferrari decided to try their luck at the Old Brickyard. In 1952 Scuderia Ferrari entered Alberto Ascari as works driver to Indy 500 on a 375 model modified for specific oval track conditions. Three new Weber 40IF4C carburettors brought power output to 380 hp, the wheelbase was lengthened, and the chassis and suspension were strengthened. In addition three 375s were provided for American entrants – Johnnie Parsons, Johnny Mauro and Bobby Ball. Bobby Ball’s Ferrari #38 was entered by Howard Keck, an American businessman, owner of Superior Oil Company and Indy cars owner. Ball was unable to qualify with Ferrari and took part in the race in Stevens – Offy, his alternate entry. Ball qualified his Stevens in 17th position, but retired early due to broken gear case. As to Keck, he won Indianapolis 500 in 1953 and 1954 with Bill Vukovich driving Kurtis Kraft – Offy roadsters, named Fuel Injection Special. Ferraris by Ball and Mauro are from UAN, promotional 500 pcs Brumm limited edition issued in 2000.
|1952||AAA National Championship||Indianapolis 500|
|Bobby Ball||38||Howard Keck|
|Ferrari 375 Indy||Ferrari||Howard Keck|