Louis Schneider - 1931

This is David Story's rendering of 1931 Indianapolis 500 winner Louis Schneider.
Below are the margin notes David composed to support his art:
"Clessie Cummins, the founder of Cummins Diesel, took advantage of the revised rules which encouraged the return of regular automobile manufacturers to the Speedway. The Cummins diesel completed the 500 miles in five hours and forty-eight minutes at an average speed of 86.1 mph. The diesel used $1.40 worth of furnace oil to cover the 500-mile distance. It was the first car in racing to complete all 500 miles without any pit stops. After the Indy 500, the Cummins founders, Irwin, and Clessie Cummins drove it on a European tour through France, Monaco, Italy, Germany, and England to promote the efficiency and reliability of diesels.
Defending race winner, Billy Arnold, moved quickly from his 18th starting position to the lead in seven laps. Arnold led the next 155 laps and built up a five-lap lead over the second-place car. The disaster struck. His rear axle broke. He spun in turn four and was hit by another car. Arnold went over the outside wall. He suffered a broken pelvis and his riding mechanic broke his shoulder. Sadly, one of his rear wheels careened across Georgetown Road, striking and killing an eleven-year-old boy. With Arnold out of the race and only 30 laps left, Louis Schneider and Bill Cummings raced nose-to-tail. Cummings struck the wall in the south short chute on lap 177. Scheider took over the lead for the last 23 laps in route to the victory. He finished 43 seconds over second place Fred Frame. At the time the closest margin of victory in the Indy 500."


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