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001 "Glorious Failure"

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By David Uhl. Size: 24" x 18". Poster produced on 100lb cover stock. This image graced the cover of the 2008 Indianapolis 500 Official Program. It features an artistic re-creation of one of the most dramatic developments in the history of the race. In 1912, Italian Ralph DePalma broke down within sight of the finish after having led 196 of 200 laps. Stranded in turn 4 with just a lap to go, DePalma and his mechanic - Rupert Jeffluns, got out and pushed the Mercedes in an attempt to finish. They arrived to complete 199 laps just a few minutes after second place Joe Dawson unlapped himself from a 5 lap deficit and won. DePalma was the first to shake Dawson's hand.