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Eddie Rickenbacker started as a teenager to really have a love for cars and engines. In 1906 he started to work for Lee Frayer who not only built early cars, but also raced them.
Eddie started riding with Frayer as a riding mechanic during the Vanderbilt Cup on Long Island. He actually drove as a relief driver for Frayer in one of the first Indianapolis races in 1911 where they placed 11th.
A race car of the early 1900s
In 1912, Rickenbacker decided to race full time. He raced Frayer's car called "the Red Wing", He started out slowly, but he was considered to be one of the most aggressive and daring of all drivers. He wrecked five cars by 1913 but never got hurt. He was also noted for doing things like memorizing the race track and putting in a lot of work on making his engine the best it could be. He did win sometimes and by the time he finally quit racing in 1916 was the third best point winner. Along the way he set a land speed record of over 135 miles per hour.
 

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