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Charles "Chas" Van Acker (born March 14, 1912 in Brussels, Belgium – died May 31, 1998 in South Bend, St. Joseph County, Indiana, United States) was a Belgian-American racing driver who drove at the Indianapolis 500.

He made one Formula One World Championship entry, at the 1950 Indianapolis 500, which was made a round of the 1950 Formula One Season. He failed to qualify for the race.

Formula One CareerEdit

Charles Van Acker 1947

Van Acker in 1947

Charles Van Acker drove solely in races in North America, from 1946 to 1950. He entered five Indianapolis 500s, starting the event in 1947, 1948 and 1949, and failing to qualify in 1946 and 1950. He drove a Stevens car sponsored by Tucker Partners in 1947 and a Redmer-sponsored Stevens from 1948 to his retirement.

His Indy starts were not successful, crashing out in 1947 and 1949 and finishing eight laps down in eleventh in 1948. He was declared physically disqualified from the 1950 race following his 1949 crash.[1]

After he stopped racing, he owned South Bend Motor Speedway (in South Bend, Indiana; 200 km from the Indianapolis Motor Speedway).

Formula One Statistical OverviewEdit

Formula One RecordEdit

Year Entrant Team WDC Points WDC Pos.
1950 Redmer Stevens-Offenhauser 0 NC

Career StatisticsEdit

Entries 1
Starts 0
Pole Positions 0
Front Row Starts 0
Race Wins 0
Podiums 0
Fastest laps 0
Points 0
Laps Raced 0
Distance Raced 0 km
Races Led 0
Laps Led 0
Distance Led 0 km

Career ResultsEdit

Complete Formula One results
Year 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 Pts Pos
1950 Flag of the United Kingdom Flag of Monaco 48-star U S flag Flag of Switzerland Flag of Belgium Flag of France Flag of Italy 0 NC
DNQ


Key
Symbol Meaning Symbol Meaning
1stWinner Ret Retired
2ndPodium finish DSQ Disqualified
3rd DNQ Did not qualify
5thPoints finish DNPQ Did not pre-qualify
14thNon-points finish TD Test driver
NCNon-classified finish (<90% race distance) DNS Did not start
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NotesEdit

  1. Associated Press (May 22, 1950). "Vet Van Acker Is Ruled Out". The Daytona Beach News-Journal (Daytona Beach): p. 8. https://news.google.com/newspapers?nid=OWslULmvb_UC&dat=19500522&printsec=frontpage&hl=en.

External linksEdit

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