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Second Indianapolis 500

On May 30, 1912 the second Indianapolis 500 auto race was held at Indianapolis Motor Speedway in Indiana. Entries were required to sustain a speed of 75MPH for a full lap to qualify. Of 29 entries, 24 qualify for the race. This year riding mechanics must present and the $50,000 winner’s prize is double of last year’s prize. Ralph DePalma dominated of most of the race with a 5 1/2 lap lead and 11 minute advantage over second for 194 laps before suffering a mechanical failure. At lap 197 his Mercedes begins misfiring and on the 198th lap the car lost all power at the end of the backstretch as a broken connecting rod ripped a hole in the crankcase. Joe Dawson and riding mechanic Harry Martin who ran second for most of the race passed DePalma midway down the mainstretch to assume the lead and take the win.

Official program cover of the 1912 Indianapolis 500

Joe Dawson crosses the finish line in his blue and white National Motor Vehicle Company race car winning the 1912 Indianapolis 500 – May 30, 1912
Photo: MAY 30, 1912</p><br /><br /><br /><br /><br />
<p>Second Indianapolis 500</p><br /><br /><br /><br /><br />
<p>On May 30, 1912 the second Indianapolis 500 auto race was held at Indianapolis Motor Speedway in Indiana. Entries must sustain a speed of 75MPH for a full lap to qualify. Of 29 entries, 24 qualify for the race. This years riding mechanics must present and the $50,000 winner's prize is double of last year's prize. </p><br /><br /><br /><br /><br />
<p>Ralph DePalma dominated of most of the race with a 5 1/2 lap lead and 11 minute advantage over second for 194 laps before suffering a mechanical failure. At lap 197 his Mercedes begins misfiring and on the 198th lap the car lost all power at the end of the backstretch  as a broken connecting rod rips a hole in the crankcase. Joe Dawson and riding mechanic Harry Martin who ran second for most of the race passed DePalma midway down the mainstretch to assume the lead and take the win.</p><br /><br /><br /><br /><br />
<p>Official program cover of the 1912 Indianapolis 500 : http://www.progcovers.com/motor/indianapolis12.jpg</p><br /><br /><br /><br /><br />
<p>Joe Dawson crosses the finish line in his  blue and white National Motor Vehicle Company race car winning the 1912 Indianapolis 500 - May 30, 1912
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