Hul­man Ge­orge, Indy’s quiet pi­o­neer, dies

The Fresno Bee (Sunday) - - Sports -

Mari Hul­man Ge­orge, the “quiet pi­o­neer” of auto rac­ing who was in­stru­men­tal in the ex­pan­sion of In­di­anapo­lis Mo­tor Speed­way and be­came known to mil­lions of fans over the years as the one who or­dered countless driv­ers to start their en­gines, died Satur­day. She was 83.

Hul­man Ge­orge, the speed­way’s chair­man of the board emer­i­tus, died in In­di­anapo­lis with her fam­ily at her side, the speed­way said in a state­ment.

“Our mother was such a unique, won­der­ful per­son. She loved her fam­ily, friends, auto rac­ing and an­i­mals with equal pas­sion,” said Tony Ge­orge, chair­man of IMS. “She was a quiet pi­o­neer in so many ways, from own­ing a race team in the 1950s and 1960s to over­see­ing a pe­riod of tremen­dous growth and evo­lu­tion while chair­man of the board at IMS.”

Hul­man Ge­orge was IMS chair­man from 19882016. Her father, An­ton “Tony” Hul­man Jr., pur­chased the speed­way in 1945 and saved it from de­mo­li­tion af­ter World War II. Rac­ing and the fa­cil­ity be­came a sta­ple of Mari Hul­man Ge­orge’s life.

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