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George Amick
File:George Amick.jpg
Born (1924-10-24)October 24, 1924
Vernonia, Oregon
Died April 4, 1959(1959-04-04) (aged 34)
Daytona Beach, Florida
Nationality United States American

George R. "Little George" Amick (October 24, 1924, Vernonia, Oregon – April 4, 1959, Daytona Beach, Florida) was an American racecar driver, mainly competing in the American National Championship.[1][2] He was killed in a crash in a USAC 100-mile (160 km) race at Daytona International Speedway.[2]

Racing career[]

Amick served in World War II.[1] He began racing in jalopies in the Northwestern United States before switching to midget car racing.[2] He competed in USAC National midgets for three seasons, finishing in the top ten points each season, and won 16 feature races.[2] He totaled 38 wins including the 1957 Turkey Night Grand Prix.[2]

He moved to Indy cars and won three times in 43 starts.[2] In his rookie appearance at the Indianapolis 500 in 1958, Amick was assigned a "lay-down" roadster commissioned by car owner Norm Demler, designed by Quinn Epperly, and built by master Indianapolis chief mechanic George Salih. Amick found himself running a comfortable second to leader Jimmy Bryan with just 20 laps remaining. Demler and Salih felt Amick was in a position to catch Bryan and perhaps even win, but decided against pushing their rookie driver into a potentially fatal mistake, and Amick came home an easy second.

Death[]

Amick was competing in the only Indy Car race ever run at the Daytona International Speedway and was killed in an accident on the final lap.[2] He is buried at Crown Hill Cemetery in Indianapolis.[3][4]

Awards[]

Amick was inducted into the National Midget Auto Racing Hall of Fame in 2009.[2]

Indianapolis 500 results[]

Year Car Start Qual Rank Finish Laps Led Retired
1958 99 25 142.710 25 2 200 18 Running
Totals 200 18

Starts 1
Poles 0
Front Row 0
Wins 0
Top 5 1
Top 10 1
Retired 0

Complete Formula One World Championship results[]

(key)

Year Entrant Chassis Engine 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 WDC Points
1957 Federal Engineering Snowberger Offenhauser L4 ARG MON 500
DNQ
FRA GBR GER PES ITA NC 0
1958 Norman Demler Epperly Indy Roadster Offenhauser L4 ARG MON NED 500
2
BEL FRA GBR GER POR ITA MOR 15th 6

References[]

  1. 1.0 1.1 Jim Adams (August 14, 1998). "George "Little George" Amick". Find a Grave. http://www.findagrave.com/memorial/3401. Retrieved December 31, 2012. 
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 2.4 2.5 2.6 2.7 "Plaque". National Midget Auto Racing Hall of Fame. 2009. 
  3. "Indianapolis Auto greats". Celebrating Automotive Heritage at Crown Hill Cemetery. Crown Hill Cemetery. 2011. Archived from the original on September 13, 2012. https://web.archive.org/web/20120913203018/http://crownhillhf.org/docs/IndianapolisAutoGreatsHandout.pdf. Retrieved 2012-09-10. 
  4. "Racing Fraternity Pays Tribute To George Amick At Final Rites". April 10, 1959. p. 3. https://www.newspapers.com/clip/6049801//. Retrieved July 29, 2016. open access publication - free to read
  • G driver statistics at Racing-Reference
Sporting positions
Preceded by
Don Edmunds
Indianapolis 500 Rookie of the Year
1958
Succeeded by
Bobby Grim

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