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1912 Winner

Driver: Joe Dawson

The largest engine ever used in a winning car at the Indianapolis 500 powered this 1912 National to victory, with Joe Dawson as the driver, at an average speed of 78.72 mph.

The car was built in Indianapolis by the National Motor Vehicle Company.

Ralph DePalma and riding mechanic Rupert Jeffkins took the lead on the 3rd lap of the race and held it for 196 laps, until a broken connecting rod punched a hole in the crankcase on the 199th lap. Many fans had left the grounds by that time, believing DePalma to be a certain winner with a twelve-mile lead over Dawson.

Adoption Cost: $1,250

Adoption benefits:

  • A photo of your adopted car
  • A certificate of adoption
  • Online recognition
  • Teammates IMS Museum membership for one year

Adoptions are for a period of one year with the option to renew annually.

Adoption cost: 1250