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

George Amick
George Amick.jpg
BornGeorge Reggie Amick[1]
(1924-10-24)October 24, 1924
Vernonia, Oregon
DiedApril 4, 1959(1959-04-04) (aged 34)
Daytona Beach, Florida
Formula One World Championship career
NationalityUnited States American
Active years19571958
TeamsSnowberger, Epperly
Entries2 (1 start)
Championships0
Wins0
Podiums1
Career points6
Pole positions0
Fastest laps0
First entry1957 Indianapolis 500
Last entry1958 Indianapolis 500

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Racing careerEdit

Amick 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.

DeathEdit

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]

AwardsEdit

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

Indianapolis 500 resultsEdit

Complete Formula One World Championship resultsEdit

(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

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ U.S. WWII Draft Cards Young Men, 1940–1947
  2. ^ a b c d e f g h "Plaque" (Press release). National Midget Auto Racing Hall of Fame. 2009.
  3. ^ "Indianapolis Auto greats" (PDF). Celebrating Automotive Heritage at Crown Hill Cemetery. Crown Hill Cemetery. 2011. Archived from the original (PDF) on September 13, 2012. Retrieved September 10, 2012.
  4. ^ "Racing Fraternity Pays Tribute To George Amick At Final Rites". The Indianapolis Star. April 10, 1959. p. 3. Retrieved July 29, 2016 – via Newspapers.com. 
Sporting positions
Preceded by
Don Edmunds
Indianapolis 500 Rookie of the Year
1958
Succeeded by
Bobby Grim