Walt Hansgen  United States

  • Full name Walter Hansgen
  • Birth date October 28, 1919
  • Birthplace Westfield, New Jersey, United States
  • Date of death April 7, 1966 (46 years 161 days)
  • Place of death La Chapelle-Saint-Mesmin, France
  • Teams Cooper, Team Lotus
World Championship Career
Year Car Race Start Won Pod Class Best Pole Front Best Lap Hat Pts Pos
1961 Cooper 1 1 0 0 0 - 0 0 14 0 0 0 -
1964 Team Lotus 1 1 0 0 1 5 0 0 17 0 0 2 18
Total 2 2 0 0 1 5 0 0 14 0 0 2
Race Circuit Date
First race United States Grand Prix Watkins Glen October 8, 1961 Race results
Last race United States Grand Prix Watkins Glen October 4, 1964 Race results
Profile

A four time SCCA Road Racing Champ, Walt Hansgen's F1 career was brief, consisting of two outings at the US Grand Prix in 1961 and 1964 He also raced in the 1964 and 1965 Indianapolis 500 finishing 13th and 14th. He died when he crashed his sports car at the Le Mans tests during the spring of 1966.

Hansgen was a dominant road racer in the 1950s through to his death, winning numerous races at Virginia International Raceway, the famed course at Bridgehampton and Watkins Glen. He participated in several 24-hour events. He also introduced Mark Donohue to professional road racing.

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