Lytle in American @ Atlanta - 1910

This image is derived from a photograph that appeared in the May 7, 1910 Indianapolis Star.
The photo supported an article covering the second day of racing at the second race meet (the first was the previous November) of the still-new Georgia gravel track then known as Atlanta speedway. This image is of the Indianapolis-built American Motor Company race car driven by Herb Lytle, then regarded as the "dean of motor racing" as his career extended into the previous century and he had raced in Europe as well as the United States. He is the only driver to have competed in the Indianapolis 500, the Vanderbilt Cup and the James Gordon Bennett Trophy.
On this day in Atlanta Mr. Lytle was at the top of his game as well, scoring a victory in what many called the feature event of the day, the sixth race, a 50-mile "free-for-all." Tom Kincaid in another Indianapolis-built machine from the National Motor Vehicle Company finished second to him with Joe Dawson in a Marmon third.
The cutline associated with photo read:
"Herb Lytle, in an American '60' at Atlanta, won the fifty-mile free-for-all, was second in the twelve-mile free-for-all, defeating DePalma, in the Fiat "90" special racing car. In both events, and in the former breaking the track record for cars in the 600-inch class by nearly two minutes, with one tire change. Lytle also ran second in the ten-mile free-for-all and second in the 200-mile 451 to 600 class."

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