Ralph De Palma

De Palma Stresses "Headwork"


Aside from Barney Oldfield and maybe Ray Harroun, I'd wager Ralph De Palma is the most recognizable name from the early days of American auto racing. I uploaded an article (May 28, 1911 Indianapolis Star) today that was written by Ralph, complete with his byline. In it De Palma discusses what is required to win the first Indianapolis 500. He stresses "headwork" and even suggests that many of his competitors lack the brains to pull it off - they were too focused on speed (Bob Burman, were you listening?).

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