It would also be at the 1946 race where Tremulis would meet future Tucker race program director Ralph Hepburn, driving the Novi-powered Governor Special, qualifying with the fastest lap ever at Indy.
For every illustration that Tremulis produced, there's a hundred times the pages devoted to his aerodynamic calculations. Forever determining the coefficient of drag for a particular design and the horsepower requirements for any speed, Tremulis became an encyclopedia of facts and figures of the historical record, and used them to illustrate his streamlining philosophy. For him, it was all in the interest of moving a car more efficiently through the atmosphere using less horsepower.
Since the Novi engines were without doubt the most powerful of the times, it probably didn't escape him that the Novi powerplant would have to eventually be acquired to get full control of the designs and gain the racer's edge over the competition.
Below, 1958: A.J. Foyt captured in his rookie Indy race.
Any help in positively identifying individuals and cars in any photo is greatly appreciated, as these vintage slides may have had erroneous information written in their margins.
Anyone know who this may be?
UPDATE: That's Peter DePaolo, the winner of the 1925 Indianapolis 500. Out of Tremulis' Advanced Styling Studio at Ford came the DePaolo in his honor, as well as Tremulis' concept car called the DePalma in honor of DePaolo's Uncle, Ralph DePalma, the winner of the 1915 Indianapolis 500. DePaolo would also head up Ford's stock car racing program in the mid-50's, including the 1957 "Battlebirds", and must have worked closely with Tremulis on his 1956 Ford Mexico Thunderbird intended to compete with the Corvette. Thanks go to Jerry Castor for the I.D.
Left: Tremulis' June 4, 1963 rear-engined Novi design foreshadowed the end of the front-engined Indy cars, but was considered too radical for the times.
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