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Source: Crawfordsville Daily Journal 5 Sept 1923 p 1
Howard Wilcox was fatally injured when his car overturned on the 11th lap of the 200-mile inaugural race at the Altoona, PA board speedway Tuesday afternoon. Wilcox was second at the time. He was taken to a hospital where he died a few minutes later. The 200 mile inaugural race was posponed from Labor day due to rain. 14 cars took the starter's flag. The spill occurred while Wilcox was travelling at more than 100 miles an hour and well up in the lead. Milton was leading at the first quarter with a record of 115 miles an hour. Hearne was second, Wilcox third. At the half Bearne led, Duray was second and Wonderlich was third. Eddie Hearne won the race, Jerry Wonderlich was second and Dave Lewis third. Hearne lead most of the way winning the special $4,000 purse for leading at the end of 300 laps. The average for the 200 miles was 111 1/2 miles an hour. Wilcox, best known as "Howdy," was a Crawfordsville boy and came of a family which had attained a splendid reputation as farmers in the district between this city and Alamo. He had an uncle Jack Wilcox who was well known throughout the Middle West and South as a driver and trainer of trotting horses. Wilcox, who was 34 years old, started his racing career as a mechanician (sic) Johnny Aitken and rode with the latter in several important events during the early days of speedway racing. Both were employed by the National Motor Vehicle Company of Indianapolis and were among the first to take part in the events on the Indianapolis track. Wilcox won his first race as a adriver a five-mile southern championship at New Orleans in November 1909. After that his rise in the racing game was rapid. Wilcox had the record of starting in all the 500-mile races at the Indianapolis speedway and in 1919 he finished first and won first prize at the wheel of a French-made Peugeot car. In addition, Wilcox raced at nearly every speedway in the US. He also was famous as a dirt track racer and frequently appeared in these events when not preparing for speedway races. For several years he had been in the automobile accessory business in addition to his racing. For seveal years he was connected with the Allison experiment plant at Speedway City and was regarded as a skillful mechanic. The body of the noted race driver was being brought back to Indianapolis today by Fred Rusenburg, close associate of Wilcox in the racing game.
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