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AUTO TRIALS ON SPEEDWAY.

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Pre-WWII Racing Topics:  Indianapolis 500, Ralph De Palma

AUTO TRIALS ON SPEEDWAY.

The New York Times
May 22, 1915


Ralph De Palma Qualifies With Speed of 98.2 Miles an Hour.

INDIANAPOLIS, May 21.—Ralph De Palma, favorite in the 500-mile automobile race to be held at the Speedway here May 29, qualified for the contest this afternoon, when he made a circuit of the two and one-half mile course in 1:31:07, or at an average speed of 98.2 miles an hour. De Palma was the first man to start in the elimination trials, in which a speed of 80 miles an hour was required to qualify for the race. His time today was only 2 seconds under the record for the course, made last year by Georges Boillot. Others who qualified today were Barney Oldfield, Tom Orr, and Eddie Rickenbacher.



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