Protested Finish of First Indy 500

It's well documented that there was confusion over the scoring records of the first Indianapolis 500. Some have even suggested that the officials were so out of control that Lozier driver Ralph Mulford may have actually won this historic race instead of Ray Harroun. Based on what I have read there is little evidence of this as Harroun made only a handful of tire changes all day and Mulford visited the pits frequently to replace rubber, even enduring blow-outs on the track and having to drive on the rim. Regardless, there can be no conclusive evidence for the skeptics. There is a shadow of doubt reinforced by the fact that officials, after reviewing the records and making their final judgments, had the records destroyed. Attached is an article from the May 31, 1911 Indianapolis News that reports on the matter.

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