Drivers Discuss Danager

This brief article is an interesting artifact of the yellow journalism times as it focuses on the danger of driving race cars for a living. The specter of death is the underlying message and the sensational theme for readership appeal is clear. Several big name drivers are mentioned and apparently had experienced significant accidents. Among them are Bob Burman, Louis Chevrolet, Joe Tracy and Joe Matson. Of particular note was Herb Lytle's experience, described as a "crushed skull" at the Long Island Riverhead race in September 1909, which, the article indicated, could yet require a trepan surgery to relieve pressure on the brain. This article was published in the Indianapolis News on Christmas Day 1909.

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