Mar 07 2017

Herb Lytle: The Driver Who Participated in the First Vanderbilt Cup Race and the First Indy 500 Race


In his wonderful FirstSuperspeedway.com website, Mark Dill notes that Herb Lytle was the only driver to participate in two race firsts: the first Vanderbilt Cup Race (1904) and the first Indy 500 Race (1911).

In addition to this "first race" distinction, Herb Lytle also drove in more races associated with the Vanderbilt Cup Races than any other driver; three Vanderbilt Cup Races (1904, 1905 and 1908), two American Elimination Trials (1905 and 1906) and winning the Motor Parkway Sweepstakes (1908)

Enjoy,

Howard Kroplick



1904 Vanderbilt Cup Race

Herb Lytle at the starting line with his 24-HP #6 Pope-Toledo

Lytle at the Hicksville Control.

Lytle at the Hempstead Control.

In a surprise, the Pope-Toledo was running in third place when the 1904 race was called.


1911 Indy 500 Race

For the Inaugural Indy 500 Race, Lytle drove the #35 Apperson "Jack Rabbit". While being serviced during a pit stop at the end of 82 laps, Lytle's car was hit by the #8 Case and was taken out of the race.

While being serviced during a pit stop at the end of 82 laps, Lytle's car was hit by the #8 Case and was taken out of the race.


The accident can be seen at the 2:40 minute mark of this film. No one was seriously injured.



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