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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).

He scored 11 points, scoring one shared second place, two fourths, one shared fifth and one point for the fastest (leading) lap at the 1958 race. He also scored one front row in 1955.

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

In AmericaEdit

Bettenhausen drove his first Indy 500 in 1946.

50's Indy 500sEdit

DeathEdit

Formula One Statistical OverviewEdit

Formula One RecordEdit

Year Entrant Team WDC Points WDC Pos.
1950 Blue Crown Spark Plug/Moore
Wolfe
Kurtis Kraft-Offenhauser 1 21st
1951 Mobiloil/Rotary Engineering Deidt-Offenhauser 0 NC
1952 Blue Crown Spark Plug/Earl Slick Deidt-Offenhauser 0 NC
1953 J. C. Agajanian Kuzma-Offenhauser 0 NC
1954 Mel Wiggers
Automobile Shippers/Casaroll
Kurtis Kraft-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
1960 Lindsey Hopkins Watson-Offenhauser 0 NC

Career StatisticsEdit

Entries 11
Starts 11
Pole Positions 0
Front Row Starts 1
Race Wins 0
Podiums 1
Fastest laps 1
Points 11
Laps Raced 1612
Distance Raced 6485 km
Races Led 1
Laps Led 24
Distance Led 97 km

Career ResultsEdit

Complete Formula One results
Year 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 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 1 21st
5th[1]
  Ret  
1951 Flag of Switzerland 48-star U S flag Flag of Belgium Flag of France Flag of the United Kingdom Flag of Germany Flag of Italy Flag of Spain 1945 1977 0 NC
Ret
1952 Flag of Switzerland 48-star U S flag Flag of Belgium Flag of France Flag of the United Kingdom Flag of Germany Flag of the Netherlands Flag of Italy 0 NC
Ret
1953 Flag of Argentina 48-star U S flag Flag of the Netherlands Flag of Belgium Flag of France Flag of the United Kingdom Flag of Germany Flag of Switzerland Flag of Italy 0 NC
9th[2]
1954 Flag of Argentina 48-star U S flag Flag of Belgium Flag of France Flag of the United Kingdom Flag of Germany Flag of Switzerland Flag of Italy Flag of Spain 1945 1977 0 NC
15th[3]
  Ret  
1955 Flag of Argentina Flag of Monaco 48-star U S flag Flag of Belgium Flag of the Netherlands Flag of France Flag of the United Kingdom Flag of Germany Flag of Switzerland Flag of Italy Flag of Spain 1945 1977 3 13th
2nd[4] C C C C
1956 Flag of Argentina Flag of Monaco 48-star U S flag Flag of Belgium Flag of France Flag of the United Kingdom Flag of Germany Flag of Italy 0 NC
Ret
1957 Flag of Argentina Flag of Monaco 48-star U S flag Flag of France Flag of the United Kingdom Flag of Germany Abruzzo bandiera Flag of Italy 0 NC
15th
1958 Flag of Argentina Flag of Monaco Flag of the Netherlands 48-star U S flag Flag of Belgium Flag of France Flag of the United Kingdom Flag of Germany Flag of Portugal Flag of Italy Flag of Morocco 4 17th
4th
1959 Flag of Monaco 48-star U S flag Flag of the Netherlands Flag of France Flag of the United Kingdom Flag of Germany Flag of Portugal Flag of Italy US flag 49 stars 3 16th
4th
1960 Flag of Argentina Flag of Monaco US flag 49 stars Flag of the Netherlands Flag of Belgium Flag of France Flag of the United Kingdom Flag of Portugal Flag of Italy Flag of the United States 0 NC
Ret


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. Shared drive with Joie Chitwood, points shared
  2. Shared drive with Chuck Stevenson and Gene Hartley
  3. Shared drive with Duane Carter, Marshall Teague and Jimmy Jackson
  4. Shared drive with Paul Russo, points shared

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