Ralph DePalma (1910)

This image from the May 23, 1910 Indianapolis Sun reports on the possibility that the hot, young driver Ralph DePalma was considering entring his Fiat into the Indianapolis Motor Speedway's May 1910 race meet - the first Memorial Day weekend of racing at the track. The race meet was held May 27-30 but skipped May 29 as it was the Sabbath. The meet 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.
By 1910 DePalma had just firmly established himself in his sport. Although he had competed at some level since 1902 - even briefly with motorcycles - it wasn't until his 1908 debut in major auto racing at Briarcliff before he began to attract a following. By 1910, though, he was almost always cited as a threat to bring home the trophy in any contest. Check out this additional content on this legendary driver on First Super Speedway:

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