1912 Winner 

National

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: $1,000

Digital Adoption benefits:

* Pace Setter Membership

* Printed photo of your adopted car

* Online recognition

* Recognition on the Adopt-A-Car donor wall in the Museum

* Certificate of adoption

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