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Elmer Ray George (July 15, 1928 – May 31, 1976)[1] was an American race car driver.

Elmer George
Born(1928-07-15)July 15, 1928
Hockerville, Oklahoma, U.S.
DiedMay 31, 1976(1976-05-31) (aged 47)
Terre Haute, Indiana, U.S.
Formula One World Championship career
NationalityUnited States American
Active years1955, 19571958
TeamsKuzma, Kurtis Kraft, Schroeder
Entries3 (1 start)
Championships0
Wins0
Podiums0
Career points0
Pole positions0
Fastest laps0
First entry1955 Indianapolis 500
Last entry1958 Indianapolis 500

Born in Hockerville, Oklahoma, George died in Terre Haute, Indiana. He drove in the AAA and USAC Championship Car series, racing in the 1956–1963 seasons with 64 starts, including the Indianapolis 500 races in 1957, 1962, and 1963.[2]

He finished in the top ten 36 times, with one victory, in 1957 at Syracuse.

George was also the 1957 USAC Sprint Car Series champion.

Indianapolis 500 resultsEdit

World Championship career summaryEdit

The Indianapolis 500 was part of the FIA World Championship from 1950 through 1960. Drivers competing at Indy during those years were credited with World Championship points and participation. George participated in the 1957 Indianapolis 500, his only World Championship race. He finished 33rd and did not accumulate any championship points.

1962 Bobby Ball Memorial raceEdit

On November 18, 1962, George suffered cuts and a left shoulder injury in a USAC Champ Car race held at the Arizona State Fairgrounds. Having hit another car's bumper, George lost control of his HOW Special, hit the guard rail before the grandstand, slid and headed towards the stands where he broke through a chain-link fence, landing upside down. 22 spectators were injured as a result.[3]

PersonalEdit

Elmer George was married to Mari Hulman George, daughter of Tony Hulman, owner of the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.[4] Elmer and Mari had three daughters and one son, Tony George, founder of the Indy Racing League, and Ex-CEO of the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Elmer had two children from a previous marriage, Joseph F. George and Carolyn Coffey.

During the late 1960s and early 1970s, George was the director of the Indianapolis Motor Speedway Radio Network.[5]

On May 3, 1976, Mari filed for divorce.[6] On the day of the 1976 Indianapolis 500 (May 30, 1976), Elmer George argued by telephone with Guy Trolinger, a horse trainer at the family farm near Terre Haute, and Mari's alleged boyfriend.[6] After the race, George drove to the farm, broke into the house and confronted Trolinger, then around 1:00 a.m., gunfire broke out, and George was shot and killed as a result of multiple gunshot wounds.[6][7] A grand jury ruled that Trolinger killed George in self-defense at which charges were dropped.[6][8]

AwardEdit

He was inducted in the National Sprint Car Hall of Fame in 2005.

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Elmer George". Chicane F1. Retrieved 15 July 2017.
  2. ^ The Talk of Gasoline Alley. May 2, 2012. WFNI.
  3. ^ "Race car hits crowd, hurts 23". The Blade. Toledo, Ohio. Associated Press. November 19, 1962.
  4. ^ "Husband drives wife's racing car". Milwaukee Sentinel. June 6, 1957.
  5. ^ The Talk of Gasoline Alley. May 2, 2012. WFNI.
  6. ^ a b c d Oreovicz, John (2011-05-16). "Indy at 100: Fatalities mar the '70s". ESPN.com. Retrieved 2011-08-02.
  7. ^ "Ind. horse trainer held in love triangle shooting". Nashua Telegraph. United Press International. June 1, 1976.
  8. ^ "Trollinger [Trolinger] cleared in George death". Wilmington Morning Star. United Press International. June 5, 1976.