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.
The support for the nascent automobile industry of early 20th century Indianapolis was evident in the Hoosier capital's major daily newspapers. Here is a December 1907 photo with a substantial cutline concerning the success of a Stoddard-Dayton touring car in an annual Los Angeles-area hill climb.