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George Robson

24th February 1909
Newcastle upon Tyne, Tyne and Wear (GB)
2nd September 1946 (Aged 37)
Lakewood Park, Atlanta, Georgia, Indycar race
Most recent race (in database):

British-born George Robson was the surprise winner of the 1946 Indianapolis 500 but his glorious summer ended in tragedy just three months later.

Background and early racing career

His family had emigrated to Ontario when Robson was a teenager and they finally settled in Southern California in 1924. He was a naturalised United States citizen by the time he started to race. Eleventh on his debut in the AAA National Championship at Syracuse in 1938, he was fifth at the circular dirt track a year later and second in 1940.

Indianapolis 500 victory

Racing was suspended during World War II but Robson returned in the 1946 Indianapolis 500. He qualified a Thorne Engineering Adams-Sparks in 15th position and led for 138 laps to win the first post-war event. He followed that success with a fine second-place finish at Syracuse and he qualified a Wetteroth-Offy in that position for the 100-mile race at Atlanta’s Lakewood Park.

However, Billy Devore suddenly slowed with a mechanical failure with three laps of the race to go. Unsighted by the dust, both Robson and George Barringer were caught up in a three-car accident in Turn 3 as they tried to avoid Devore’s car. Robson rolled and died at the scene while Barringer died on the way to hospital.

Championship seasons

Season Name Starts Poles Podiums Wins Position Points
1946 AAA National Championship
Thorne Engineering
William A Corley
3 0 2 1
34% win rate
3rd 1220
1941 AAA National Championship
Joe Marks
Leon Duray
3 0 0 0
0% win rate
15th 110
1940 AAA National Championship
Marty Keller
Leon Duray
3 0 1 0
0% win rate
9th 275
1939 AAA National Championship
F Burren
Milt Marion
3 0 0 0
0% win rate
15th 125
1938 AAA National Championship
1 0 0 0
0% win rate
20th 25