Oldfield & Blitzen Benz @ Brickyard

The attachment below contains an image which originally appeared in the May 31, 1910, Indianapolis Star. It ran in support of the May 1910 race meet at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. The May 1910 race meet weekend included "national championships," a newly-announced distinction by the American Automobile Association (AAA) for select race meets. Car manufacturers were keen to make a great showing. Check out other articles that provide additional summaries on the results of the races staged May 27 and May 28 elsewhere on First Super Speedway.
This image supported an article concerning the success of Barney Oldfield in establishing new track records with the famous Blitzen Benz racer he had startled the world with by setting new world speed records at Daytona Beach in March. There he exceeded 131 MPH in the measured mile. Oldfield had acquired the Blitzen Benz, renaming it the "Lightning Benz" with the goal of reviving his career. 
Oldfield's appearance at the Brickyard had been in doubt up to just days prior to the Memorial Day Weekend race meet. The bone of contention was the amount of money Speedway management was putting up for his time trial record runs which were planned for the mile, half and quarter. The issue was resolved and Oldfield earned yet another opportunity to write auto racing history.
Check out other images of the Blitzen Benz:

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