De Palma, Ralph
- Norman L. Rosenberg
De Palma, Ralph (1883–31 March 1956), race car driver, was born in Italy and raised in New York City. Little is known about his parents and early years. A high school graduate who also attended Stevens Institute in Hoboken, New Jersey, De Palma turned from racing bicycles to automobilies in 1908. Driving an Italian-built Fiat Cyclone, he immediately challenged the best American drivers of his era, including the flamboyant ...