WHAT HAPPENED: DePaolo, born in Philadelphia, dominated the early portion of the race, only to jump out of the car near the midway point when his hands became badly blistered. They were bandaged at the car center and DePaolo got back into the car, rallying from fifth place for the victory. It was the first Indy 500 with an average speed over 100 mph.
NOTABLE: DePaolo never won another Indy 500, but he never strayed far from auto racing. He was a car owner for the 1935 race, which occurred the year after a wreck in Spain left him in a coma, and owned a NASCAR team in the 1950s. He also sang ''Back Home Again in Indiana'' prior to the 1971 edition, the only driver to have performed the race-day anthem.