Tony Bettenhausen  United States

  • Full name Melvin Eugene Bettenhausen
  • Birth date September 12, 1916
  • Birthplace Tinley Park, Illinois, United States
  • Date of death May 12, 1961 (44 years 242 days)
  • Place of death Indianapolis, Indiana, United States
  • Teams Deidt, Epperly, Kurtis Kraft, Kuzma, Watson
World Championship Career
Year Car Race Start Won Pod Class Best Pole Front Best Lap Hat Pts Pos
1950 Kurtis Kraft, Deidt 1 1 0 0 1 5 0 0 8 0 0 1 20
1951 Deidt 1 1 0 0 0 - 0 0 9 0 0 0 -
1952 Deidt 1 1 0 0 0 - 0 0 30 0 0 0 -
1953 Kuzma 1 1 0 0 1 9 0 0 6 0 0 0 -
1954 Kurtis Kraft 1 1 0 0 1 15 0 0 21 0 0 0 -
1955 Kurtis Kraft 1 1 0 1 1 2 0 1 2 0 0 3 13
1956 Kurtis Kraft 1 1 0 0 0 - 0 0 5 0 0 0 -
1957 Kurtis Kraft 1 1 0 0 1 15 0 0 22 0 0 0 -
1958 Epperly 1 1 0 0 1 4 0 0 9 1 0 4 17
1959 Epperly 1 1 0 0 1 4 0 0 15 0 0 3 16
1960 Watson 1 1 0 0 0 - 0 0 18 0 0 0 -
Total 11 11 0 1 7 2 0 1 2 1 0 11
Race Circuit Date
First race Indianapolis 500 Indianapolis May 30, 1950 Race results
Last race Indianapolis 500 Indianapolis May 30, 1960 Race results
Profile

Tony Bettenhausen was an American driver whose 11 F1 appearances were all in the Indianapolis 500, between 1950 and 1961, when that race formed part of the championship season. His only podium finish came in 1955 when he was second, in a race marred by the death of Bill Vukovich in a multiple pile-up. Bettenhausen participated in other classes in the US for two decades, with great success, until he died in a crash while testing at Indianapolis in 1961. Three of his children had careers in US motor racing.

Martin Williamson November 2009

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May 29, 1954

Tony Bettenhausen after qualifying for the Indianapolis 500

     

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