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.
Virtually forgotten, Ernie Moross was indisputably one of the more ingenious creative promotive minds in auto racing during the early years of the 20th century. No surprise, America's first auto racing superstar, the attention-seeking Barney Oldfield, hired Moross in 1905 to help ballyhoo his infamous barnstorming tours into the American hinterlands.