Hero of the 1910 Vanderbilt Cup Race and Winner of the 1912 Indy 500 Race
Nationality: United States
Born: July 17, 1889 Odon, Indiana
Died: June 17, 1946 Langhorne, Pennsylvania 58 Years
Joe Dawson finished second in the 1910 Vanderbilt Cup Race losing by only 25 seconds and won the 1912 Indy 500 Race. He was considered the hero of the 1910 Vanderbilt Cup Race for stopping to check on the condition of an injured spectator during the race.
Jun 12 2013
One of the favorite locations to watch the 1909 and 1910 Vanderbilt Cup Races was the Old Country Road Turn in Hicksville. Here is a "Then & Now" of the turn and another Vanderbilt Cup Race discovery.
Apr 15 2013
Larry Synder has forwarded photos from his family albums of his great-uncle Joe Dawson who participated in the 1910 Vanderbilt Cup Race and won the 1912 Indy 500 Races.
Aug 14 2011
Born in 1889 in Odon, Indiana, Joe Dawson competed in the the 1910 Vanderbilt Cup Race and three Indy 500 Races (1911, 1912 and 1914). Joe Dawson finished second in the 1910 Vanderbilt Cup Race losing by only 25 seconds and won the 1912 Indy 500 Race. He was…
Jun 14 2011
One day prior to the 2011 Indy 500 Race, the Black Beast and other race cars that participated in this year's pre-race ceremonies were stored in the Indianapolis Motor Speedway's Formula One Garage. Among these racers was the 1912 National that won the 1912 Indy 500 Race driven by Joe…
Jan 08 2011
The decision of the Indianapolis Speedway to hold one major 500-mile race in 1911 with an unheard purse of $25,100 (equal to $571,000 today) attracted the best racing teams and drivers. Not surprisingly, many of the drivers who participated in the Vanderbilt Cup Races and its associated races also drove…
Aug 01 2010
Links to related posts on VanderbiltCupRaces.com (Updated: December 31, 2011):
May 15 2009
In celebration of the Indianapolis 500 Race on Memorial Day, this film shows the first Indy 500 Race held on May 30, 1911. Highlights include: