Fatalities - May 1940
George Bailey - driver
George Bailey was born in Cleveland in 1902. His parents
moved to Detroit in 1908. George had three brothers William,
Clifford and Harold. He was not married.

George got a job as a test driver for the Hudson Motor
This would eventually lead to his competing in the Indy 500.

In his first 500 in 1934, Bailey flew over the wall on lap 12

and was slightly injured.

He raced in five 500's altogether, but never finished a race.

In 1939, Bailey made history by qualifying the first rear-engined

car in the Indy 500!  He qualified the expensive Gulf-Miller on
the 2nd row. This car, as shown in the photos below, was
ahead of its time. It featured pannier fuel tanks, four-wheel
drive and disc brakes on all four wheels. The engine would
throw a valve on lap 18.
Bailey's Indy Record
George Bailey
Year        Car No.        Car                  Laps Completed           Start        Finish
1934        58                Scott                     12-wrecked                  16        32
1935        35                Ford V8                65-Steering                  29        26
1936        51                Zauer-Martz          Failed to qualify                
1937        43                Duray-Sims          107-clutch                     28        21
1938        25                Harry Miller           failed to qualify                
1938        12                Barbasol               166-clutch                     29        12
1939        17                Miller                     47-valve                          6        26
1940        56                Miller                     wrecked in practice-died        
Forest Lawn Cemetery
Detroit MI
In 1940, Bailey brought the same four-wheel
drive car
back to Indy.

On May 7th Bailey was out practicing. He ran

15 laps and came in to the pits. He went back
out and by lap 4 was up to 128.5 mph.

However, as Bailey entered turn two, either he
got up into
the marbles or maybe his crank-
shaft broke, freezing all four wheels. In any
case, the car started to slide sideways and as
he fought to bring it back into line, it shot into
the inside rail. A rail punctured his left side fuel
tank causing it
to explode. The car spun and
the right side fuel tank got hit and exploded.
Bailey was drenched in gas! As the car
to a stop, Bailey jumped out on fire and ran. He
at least three times before he was reached
by Eddie Hoff,
a speedway photographer, who
tried his best to beat out
the flames. Bailey
died 45 minutes later from third degree burns.
He had also suffered a fractured hip and
injured leg.

Bailey was survived by his mother Harriet and

his three brothers.
Fatality - May 1940
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INDY 500 MEMORIAL - 1940
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