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Young Drivers in 500-Mile Race.

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Pre-WWII Racing Topics:  Indianapolis 500, Duesenberg

Young Drivers in 500-Mile Race.

The New York Times
February 14, 1915


INDIANAPOLIS, Feb. 13.—Eddie O'Donnell and Tom Alley, two of the younger generation of American racing drivers, have been entered in the next Indianapolis 500-mile sweepstakes at the wheel of two Duesenberg cars. Fred Duesenberg, builder of the machines, states a third party entry will probably be made before the first of May. Both O'Donnell and Alley have been climbing fast the last few months, the former taking a third in the recent Corona road race at the terrific speed of 85.74 miles an hour, and the latter annexing the world's 100-mile circular dirt track record at Minneapolis last Fall with an average of 65.57. Alley drove the last mile and a half of this contest on three tires, taking frightful risks all the way.

In size the Duesenbergs will not be handicapped this year, as formerly, their cubic displacement being 299 inches, barely under the speedway limit. They are expected to prove extremely fast, Duesenberg being in the American motor world what Herreshoff is in the field of yacht building. Anything he puts out has usually got the goods.



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