Carey's first National Championship race was the 1932 Indianapolis 500. Carey blew a right rear tire which spun him three times and he lost over 12 minutes to the leader, Fred Frame before he recovered. Carey ultimately finished 4th. Later that year he won races at the one-mile dirt tracks in Detroit and Syracuse and won the National Championship by 115 points over Indianapolis 500 winner Fred Frame. No driver since would win a National Championship in their first season until reigning F1 Champion Nigel Mansell in 1993.
He was fatally injured the following year in an accident at Legion Ascot Speedway prior to the 1933 season. The fact that he became champion in his first and only season may suggest he greater things may come from Carey had he lived.