Marvin Eugene "Tony" Bettenhausen (born September 12, 1916 in Tinley Park, Cook County, Illinois, United States – died May 12, 1961 in Indianapolis, Marion County, Indiana, United States) 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 CareerEdit
Bettenhausen drove his first Indy 500 in 1946.
50's Indy 500sEdit
Formula One Statistical OverviewEdit
Formula One RecordEdit
|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|
|Front Row Starts||1|
|Distance Raced||6485 km|
|Distance Led||97 km|
|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|
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- ↑ Shared drive with Joie Chitwood, points shared
- ↑ Shared drive with Chuck Stevenson and Gene Hartley
- ↑ Shared drive with Duane Carter, Marshall Teague and Jimmy Jackson
- ↑ Shared drive with Paul Russo, points shared
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