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Pre-WWII Racing Topics:  Indianapolis 500, Caleb Bragg, Peugeot


The New York Times
May 14, 1915

Amateur Autoist to Replace Galvin in Indianapolis Sweepstakes.

INDIANAPOLIS, May 13.—Caleb Bragg, said to be worth $12,000,000, has signed to pilot Frank Galvin's Peugeot in the next Indianapolis 500-mile race, Galvin being laid up as the result of injuries received when his car overturned in practice recently. Bragg is one of the most famous drivers in the game, having won the 1910 Grand Prize and numerous other contests.

Barney Oldfield has arrived with the German Bugatti he is to drive in that contest. Barney has had the car thoroughly overhauled in a factory at Cleveland, and says it is in shape to win.

Oldfield predicts a lurid record for his machine. Made in a French part of Germany, Alsace-Lorraine, by an Italian manufacturer, Ettore Bugatti, it is to be driven by an Irish American.

With the news that they had sailed hardly off the wire, J. Porporato and Percy Graham, drivers of English Sunbeams, arrived here, and are now preparing for the contest.

Jean Chassagne, originally scheduled to cross the pond with Porporato, was detained at the last minute by an emergency of warfare, and may not be able to get away after all, though there is still some hope of his coming. If he does land it will hardly be in time for the elimination trials on the 20th, 21st, and 22d.

Officials for the race have been announced as follows: Dave Beecroft and F. A. Croselmire of New York, A. A. A. representatives; A. R. Pardington of Detroit, referee; F. E. Edwards, Director of Contests Chicago Motor Speedway, Chairman Technical Committee, and Tom Hay of Chicago, starter.

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