Speedway Helmet Start

This image of eventual winner Bob Burman  and other competitors at the start of the Speedway Helmet race orginally appeared in the May 28, 1910 Indianapolis Star. It supported articles covering the first day of racing at the May 1910 race meet at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. These 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.
Johnny Aitken got to model it weeks earlier, but it was Burman who earned the right to wear it - the Speedway Helmet  - a unique trophy for the penultimate race of nine contests during the first day of racing at the Speedway after it was paved with 3.2 million bricks. Burman won the one-of-a-kind trophy and the $50 weekly salary that came with it when he ushered his white Buick past Caleb Bragg's red Fiat in the final turn. The race was the ninth contest of the day and was for five miles or two laps and was open to all cars of all classifications as a "Free-For-All Open." Burman drove his Buick to a winning time of 3:37.24.
As far as this image goes it is difficult to know who was in what car and no caption was provided with the photo aside from the headline. I do think that on the far right (inside of the track) the car is #2 and that would be Herb Lytle. Third from the right appears to be #14 and that would be Caleb Bragg.  In all there were six cars in the race, finishing in the following order:

  1. Bob Burman
  2. Caleb Bragg
  3. Ray Harroun
  4. Herb Lytle
  5. Johnny Aitken
  6. Tom Kincaid
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