Ralph Foster began racing in his teens with his own creation. He went on to become one of the top midget and big car drivers of the pre-war era. He drove “Pop” Harding’s Duesenburg for several years. In 1939, racing primarily in the midget ranks, Foster won 44 main events, and in 1940 was the Kansas State Champion in the small cars. He was also very capable in the big iron, winning the first race of his career in Harding’s big car. Foster was inducted into the Nebraska Auto Racing Hall of Fame in 2001.