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Ralph DePalma

Ralph DePalma, Chicago Speedway, 1916. Originally in the Library of Congress, 1914, so copyright lapsed. JPEG copyright, Richard Jenkins, 2011.

Ralph DePalma, Chicago Speedway, 1916. Originally in the Library of Congress, 1914, so copyright lapsed. JPEG copyright, Richard Jenkins, 2011.

Born:

19 Dec 1882
Troia, Foggia, Italy

Died:

31 Mar 1956
Pasadena, California

Nationality:

United States

Indy 500s:

10 (1911-1931)

Ralph started racing as long ago as 1898, as a teenager on motorcycles, before becoming a test driver for the Allen-Kingston motoring company. DePalma then became of his era's best board-track racers, winning the 1915 Indianapolis 500. His career lasted for aeons, and he then raced sprint cars in the late 1920's and then stock-cars throughout the 1930's and subsequently later became a track referee. Ralph also established a manufacturing company in Detroit, which built engines for cars and planes and worked as a consultant to the petroleum industry.

Biography last updated 27 Jul 2015