With a lead of over four minutes, Robertson’s Locomobile began the final lap of the race apparently on his way to an easy victory. However, instead of taking a conservative pace, Robertson pushed so hard he lost control and skidded backwards off Plainview Road and destroyed one of his tires. Amazingly, the car was otherwise undamaged. Robertson’s place in history hinged on his skills and those of his riding mechanician Glenn Ethridge in changing the tire. In a swift two minutes and 10 seconds, a new tire was mounted on the rim.