Carl Marchese dominated auto racing in Wisconsin as a driver, but had a lasting impact on the sport as a car owner and race official. Marchese won numerous state races and finished fourth in the 1929 Indianapolis 500. That would be Marchese's only Indy 500.
As a midget car owner and designer, Marchese was credited with many innovations, including the tube frame and supercharged engine. Marchese also was the first president of the Wisconsin Racing Association.