Strang @ Frigid Time Trials

This image first appeared in the December 19, 1909, Indianapolis Star as part of that day's coverage of the first time trials at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway after the 2.5 mile oval was paved with 3.2 million bricks.
During this era, daring drivers who pushed their cars to the limits of speed were known as scorchers and nobody was better than the man pictured here, Lewis Strang. This was never more true than when he was at the wheel of this 200 HP Fiat - the same machine he used to scorch the new speedway at Atlanta the previous month when he established several new American speed records.
This picture is of Strang at the wheel of his "Giant" Fiat on a very frigid day at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway where the temperatures barely reached 14 degrees Fahrenheit. Strang helped crush the Atlanta records (except for the mile) and re-establish the Speedway as the fastest venue in America at the time.
The caption that originally appeared with the photo read as follows:
"Louis Strang in his Fiat, 200 horsepower machine, with his street overcoat on. 'I tried the first race without it, but I find that even it was not enough to keep me warm,' he said when his sensational trial to defeat world's records had been finished Friday at the Speedway."

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