George Amick

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George Amick
George Amick.jpg
Born (1924-10-24)October 24, 1924
Vernonia, Oregon
Died April 4, 1959(1959-04-04) (aged 34)
Daytona Beach, Florida
Formula One World Championship career
Nationality United States American
Active years 19571958
Teams Snowberger, Epperly
Races 2 (1 start)
Championships 0
Wins 0
Podiums 1
Career points 6
Pole positions 0
Fastest laps 0
First race 1957 Indianapolis 500
Last race 1958 Indianapolis 500

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[edit]

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[edit]

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

Awards[edit]

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

Indy 500 results[edit]

Complete Formula One World Championship results[edit]

(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[edit]

  1. ^ a b Jim Adams (August 14, 1998). "George "Little George" Amick". Find a Grave. Retrieved December 31, 2012. 
  2. ^ a b c d e f g h "Plaque" (Press release). National Midget Auto Racing Hall of Fame. 2009. 
  3. ^ "Indianapolis Auto greats". Celebrating Automotive Heritage at Crown Hill Cemetery (Crown Hill Cemetery). 2011. Retrieved 2012-09-10. 
Sporting positions
Preceded by
Don Edmunds
Indianapolis 500 Rookie of the Year
1958
Succeeded by
Bobby Grim