David Story on Frank Lockhart

This is David Story's rendering of 1926 Indianapolis 500 winner Frank Lockhart. This young, massively talented driver looked to have a brilliant future until his life was cut short.
This is the text of David's margin notes for his art:
"Before the start of the 1926 Indy 500 the Golden Comet from the West, Frank Lockhart, did not have a ride for the race. Lockhart's chance came when owner/driver Pete Kreis became ill with the flu. Lockhart started 20th but quickly made his way through the field to the front. Rain hampered the race: stopping it on lap 72. The race was soon started again with Lockhart in the lead. He stretched his lead to two laps by the 160th lap. The race was stopped again because of rain this time for good after covering 400 miles. This was the first time the Indy 500 race was prevented from going the full 500 miles. Frank became the fourth and youngest rookie to win the Indy 500.
Daytona Beach was famous for the land speed record runs that were attempted there during the 1920s. Frank Lockhart designed and built the Stutz Blackhawk. It was powered by a pair of Miller straight-eights 'siameazed' into a supercharged V-16. The car was tiny compared to rivals like Malcolm Campbell's Bluebirds powered by aircraft engines. Lockhart was able to challenge them with his first run exceeding 200 MPH. On the second run, a tire failed, causing a crash that killed Lockhart when he was thrown from the car. The date was April 25, 1928."

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