Oldfield Brickyard Win - May 1910

This attachment contains an image which orginally appeared in the May 29, 1910 Indianapolis Star. The photo supported reports on the race results for the second day of racing (May 28) for the May 1910 race meet at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. These races were part of the May 1910 weekend that 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 the previous day (May 27).
You can also find additional coverage relevant to May 28, the second day of the race meet, elsewhere on First Super Speedway:

This image shows the finish of one of the day's sprint races: Five Miles, 541-600 cubic inches: Winner - Barney Oldfield (Knox), 4:3.44. Speed average: 73.94. This was the first-ever record established for this class car at this distance. Oldfield's winning effort was considered a new American record because no times had been previously recorded for the class, cars with 451 to 600 cubic inch engines, that he competed in. Check out the 1910 AAA classes.
The funny thing is that Oldfield was matched against National's Don Herr and Johnny Aitken in the May 28 five-mile stock chassis go and promptly smoked them. The reason this is worth pointing out is that the local National Motor Vehicle Company and their race team came to Oldfield's rescue after his car, supplied by the Conduitt Automobile Company - an Indianapolis sales dealership - broke a steering knuckle. National, an Indianapolis-based manufacturer had copius resources on hand and apparently fabricated a new part for their competitor. Keep in mind that Oldfield was a customer driver with National in 1909 with his "Old Glory" entry so he probably had some back-slapping drinking buddies over there.

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