This is the story of the unsung heroes of the Indianapolis 500; men who drove relief for the winning car. Setting aside co-winners Mauri Rose (1941) and Joe Boyer (1924), four men contributed to Indy 500 victory in relative anonymity. Most interesting of these was perhaps Howdy Wilcox, who won the race for himself in 1919.
Despite two fifth-place finishes in his only appearances in the Indianapolis 500 (1914 & 1916), Barney Oldfield's biggest day at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway was probably May 30, 1910. The events that day were the concluding contests of a Memorial Day weekend American Automobile Association (AAA) race meet.