the very beginning, temperamental innovator John Walter Christie was racing front wheel drivecreations at local fairgrounds around the country. His inventions would die out, but later in thetwenties a new inventor would take on the challenge. Harry Miller, financially backed bywealthy racer Jim Murphey, would build several front-wheel drive cars. Though Murphey wasknown mainly for board track racing, an old style of auto racing that took place on small tracks
made of wood planks, Miller used his expertise to build Murphey’s ideas into successful
racecars. The pair had a good bit of racing success, and others began to take notice. In a brief spurt of front wheel drive success, a front-wheel drive car won the 1924 Indy 500 (Halliday).Despite this, front wheel drive was not yet practical for street use. Mechanically, no one hadfound a smooth way to connect power from the engine to a wheel that could steer and pivot. Theearly front wheel drive cars would never be practical for street use. Finally in the 1930s, the CV- joint was invented in France, and front-wheel drive became practical (Becker). By this timehowever, racers had realized that rear wheel drive handled better on the track, so with theexception of a handful of Indycars, there were few more attempts at front-wheel drive (Haliday).The technology would be later revived in the 1970s, when gas shortages and environmentalrestrictions demanded lighter, more economical cars. For the same reason that early racers hadfavored front wheel drive, the auto industry was embracing it (Becker). Nowadays the vastmajority of street cars are driven from the front wheels.
Further Indycar Innovations
The American Indycar series has been both a development ground and a proving ground
for many great ideas. As I said before, it started with Harroun’s mirror in the very first race.
Harroun is also credited with introducing streamlining, the idea of smoothing out the shape of a
car to reduce wind resistance. Harroun’s 1911 Wasp (Milestones”). Modern cars put a huge
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