Marvin Eugene "Tony" Bettenhausen (born September 12, 1916 in Tinley Park, Illinois – died May 12, 1961 in Indianapolis, Indiana) was an American racing driver who competed in the Indianapolis 500 rounds of the Formula One World Championship. While he failed to win the event, Bettenhausen was the only driver to start all of the eleven races that counted towards the championship (Paul Russo entered all eleven, but only started eight).
Bettenhausen was one of the more accomplished drivers of his era in American open-wheeled racing. He won the National Championship in both 1951 and 1958, and was posthumously named in the "Greatest 33", a compilation of the greatest 33 drivers to compete in the Indy 500, as the only driver to not win the race as a driver or an owner.
His three sons, Gary, Mette and Tony, Jr. all competed in IndyCar. Bettenhausen was killed during practice for the 1961 Indy 500, while testing a car for Russo.
Formula One Career[edit | edit source]
In America[edit | edit source]
Bettenhausen drove his first Indy 500 in 1946.
50's Indy 500s[edit | edit source]
Death[edit | edit source]
Formula One Statistical Overview[edit | edit source]
Formula One Record[edit | edit source]
|Year||Entrant||Team||WDC Points||WDC Pos.|
|1950||Blue Crown Spark Plug/Moore
|1952||Blue Crown Spark Plug/Earl Slick||Deidt-Offenhauser||0||NC|
|1953||J. C. Agajanian||Kuzma-Offenhauser||0||NC|
|1955||H. A. Chapman||Kurtis Kraft-Offenhauser||3||13th|
|1956||Belanger Motors||Kurtis Kraft-Offenhauser||0||NC|
|1957||Novi Racing||Kurtis Kraft-Novi||0||NC|
|1958||Jones & Maley Cars||Epperly-Offenhauser||4||17th|
|1959||Hoover Motor Express||Epperly-Offenhauser||3||16th|
Career Statistics[edit | edit source]
|Front Row Starts||1|
|Distance Raced||6485 km (4030 mi)|
|Distance Led||97 km (60 mi)|
Career Results[edit | edit source]
|Complete Formula One results|
|3rd||DNQ||Did not qualify|
|5th||Points finish||DNPQ||Did not pre-qualify|
|14th||Non-points finish||TD||Test driver|
|NC||Non-classified finish (<90% race distance)||DNS||Did not start|
|Italics||Scored point(s) for Fastest Lap||[+] More Symbols|
Notes[edit | edit source]
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