Tony Bettenhausen
Melvin Eugene Bettenhausen
Birthplace: Tinley Park, Illinois
Born: September 12, 1916
Died: May 12, 1961

Extended driver stats

RANDY CHRISTENSEN
I BUY AND TRADE INDIANAPOLIS 500 POSTCARDS
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POTTSBORO, TEXAS  75076
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Year Series Starts DNS/DNQ Wins 2nds 3rds 4ths 5ths Best Finish Poles Points Standing
1941 AAA 2 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 240 10
1946 AAA 4 1 1 0 0 0 1 0 340 14
1947 AAA 9 1 2 0 0 2 0 1 676.8 6
1948 AAA 7 0 1 0 0 0 0 1 324 15
1949 AAA 7 3 2 0 0 0 0 0 466 12
1950 AAA 12 0 3 1 0 0 0 5 1027.5 5
1951 AAA 14 0 8 2 0 1 0 4 2556 1
1952 AAA 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 24 0 0 NR
1953 AAA 5 0 2 0 0 0 0 1 596 10
1954 AAA 3 1 0 0 0 0 0 16 0 0 NR
1955 AAA 4 4 0 2 0 1 0 0 1060 4
1956 USAC 6 2 1 0 0 0 0 0 290 24
1957 USAC 6 2 0 0 0 0 0 7 0 80 29
1958 USAC 13 0 0 4 2 1 3 0 1830 1
1959 USAC 13 0 2 1 1 1 0 0 1430 2
1960 USAC 11 1 0 4 0 1 1 0 940 5
1961 USAC 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 19 1 0 NR
Total 118 17 22 15 3 7 5 13 11856.3

 

Track Type Starts DNS/DNQ Wins 2nds 3rds 4ths 5ths Best Finish Poles
Dirt Oval 85 11 21 8 2 4 5 12
Paved Oval 33 6 1 7 1 3 0 1

 

Series Starts DNS/DNQ Wins 2nds 3rds 4ths 5ths Best Finish Poles
AAA 68 11 19 6 0 4 1 12
USAC 50 6 3 9 3 3 4 1

 

Start # Date Track Type Series Car # Sponsor/Name Chassis Engine Start Finish Laps Status

Points

1 8/24/1941 Milwaukee DO AAA 25 Blue Crown Spark Plug Lencki Lencki 3 6 X Flagged 75
2 9/1/1941 Syracuse DO AAA 25 Blue Crown Spark Plug Lencki Lencki 7 2 99 Flagged 165
3 5/30/1946 Indianapolis PO AAA 42 Bristow-McManus Wetteroth Miller SC 26 20 47 Broken connecting rod
--/ 5/30/1946 Indianapolis PO AAA 27 Marchese X Miller SC -- -- -- Qualified, withdrew
-- 6/30/1946 Langhorne 1 DO AAA X X X Offy -- -- -- Did not appear
4 9/15/1946 ISF DO AAA 67 Noc-Out Hose Clamp X Offy 4 5 99 Flagged 100
5 9/22/1946 Milwaukee DO AAA 67 Corley X Offy 2 9 48 Broken oil line 40
6 10/6/1946 Goshen DO AAA 7 Russo Offy Wetteroth Offy 6 1 100 1:17:16.52 77.644 200
7 5/30/1947 Indianapolis PO AAA 29 Belanger Stevens Offy 25 18 79 Broken timing gear
--/ 5/30/1947 Indianapolis PO AAA X Thorne Engineering Adams Sparks SC -- -- -- Did not qualify
8 6/8/1947 Milwaukee 1 DO AAA 18 Belanger Stevens Offy 12 15 44 Clutch trouble
9 6/22/1947 Langhorne DO AAA 15 Wolfe Shaw Offy 4 10 81 Engine overheated 30
-- 7/4/1947 Lakewood DO AAA X X X X -- -- -- Did not qualify
10 7/13/1947 Bainbridge DO AAA 15 Wolfe Shaw Offy 7 4 89 Flagged - rain 120
11 7/27/1947 Milwaukee 2 DO AAA 6 Olson X Offy 1 11 47 Broken rear radius rod 20
12 8/17/1947 Goshen DO AAA 16 Belanger Stevens Offy 3 1 100 1:14:56.54 80.062 200
13 8/24/1947 Milwaukee 3 DO AAA 16 Belanger X Offy 11 4 100 Finished 76.8
14 9/28/1947 Springfield DO AAA 16 Belanger Stevens Offy 5 1 100 1:04:51.08 92.519 200
15 11/2/1947 Arlington DO AAA 16 Belanger X Offy 2 10 58 Broken rear axle 30
16 5/31/1948 Indianapolis PO AAA 6 Belanger Stevens Offy 22 14 167 Clutch
17 6/6/1948 Milwaukee 1 DO AAA 16 Belanger Wetteroth Offy 2 15 59 Oil leak
18 6/20/1948 Langhorne DO AAA 16 Belanger Wetteroth Offy 1 15 22 Out
19 8/15/1948 Milwaukee 2 DO AAA 78 Schoof Wetteroth Offy 14 6 100 Finished 80
20 8/21/1948 Springfield 1 DO AAA 16 Belanger Wetteroth Offy 5 6 100 Finished 80
21 8/29/1948 Milwaukee 3 DO AAA 22 Thorne Engineering Adams Sparks 17 20 X Out
RD/ 8/29/1948 Milwaukee 3 DO AAA 32 Marchese Bros. Marchese Offy -- 1 67 Relieved Fohr 134-200 134
--/ 8/29/1948 Milwaukee 3 DO AAA 16 Belanger X Offy -- -- -- Did not qualify
22 9/4/1948 DuQuoin 1 DO AAA 16 Belanger Wetteroth Offy 2 10 100 Finished 30
-- 5/30/1949 Indianapolis PO AAA 46 Flavell X Sparks SC -- -- -- DNS, too slow
--/ 5/30/1949 Indianapolis PO AAA 16 Alfa Romeo Alfa Romeo Alfa Romeo SC -- -- -- DNS, too slow
-- 6/5/1949 Milwaukee 1 DO AAA 99 Meyer & Drake X Meyer & Drake -- -- -- Did not qualify
NC 7/17/1949 Arlington DO AAA 99 Tuffy's Jr. X X 3 4 X X
23 8/20/1949 Springfield 1 DO AAA 99 Meyer & Drake X Meyer & Drake 8 18 X X
24 8/28/1949 Milwaukee 2 DO AAA 99 Meyer & Drake X Meyer & Drake 3 15 127 Out
25 9/3/1949 DuQuoin DO AAA 99 Meyer & Drake Kurtis Offy SC X 1 100 1:06:37.13 90.065 200
26 9/10/1949 Syracuse DO AAA 45 Speedway Cocktail X Lencki 12 9 93 Flagged 26
27 9/11/1949 Detroit DO AAA 99 Meyer & Drake Kurtis Offy SC 2 1 100 1:13:50.00 81.264 200
28 9/25/1949 Springfield 2 DO AAA 99 Belanger X Meyer & Drake 6 9 X Flagged 40
-- 10/30/1949 Sacramento DO AAA 99 Belanger X Offy -- -- -- Did not qualify
29 11/6/1949 Del Mar DO AAA 99 Belanger X Meyer & Drake 3 16 29 Out
30 5/30/1950 Indianapolis PO AAA 14 Blue Crown Spark Plug Deidt FD Offy 8 31 30 Broken wheel bearing
RD/ 5/30/1950 Indianapolis PO AAA 17 Wolfe Kurtis 2000 Offy -- -- 51 Relieved Chitwood 86-136 127.5
31 6/11/1950 Milwaukee 1 DO AAA 34 Belanger Wetteroth Offy 2 1 100 1:10:33.93 85.027 200
32 6/25/1950 Langhorne DO AAA 34 Belanger Wetteroth Offy 2 14 59 Broken axle
33 8/19/1950 Springfield 1 DO AAA 39 Shaheen Hill Offy 1 11 X Broken fuel tank
34 8/27/1950 Milwaukee 2 DO AAA 39 Shaheen Hill Offy 4 18 128 Broken throttle shaft
35 9/9/1950 Syracuse DO AAA 99 Belanger Kurtis Offy 1 12 95 Flagged 10
36 9/10/1950 Detroit DO AAA 99 Belanger Kurtis Offy 2 10 88 Locked rear end 30
37 10/1/1950 Springfield 2 DO AAA 99 Belanger Kurtis Offy 1 1 100 1:08:27.84 87.637 200
38 10/15/1950 Sacramento DO AAA 99 Belanger Kurtis Offy 1 17 10 Wrecked turn 3
39 11/12/1950 Phoenix DO AAA 99 Belanger Kurtis Offy 2 2 100 Finished 160
40 11/26/1950 Bay Meadows DO AAA 99 Belanger Kurtis Offy 1 1 149 1:43:45.40 86.163 300
41 12/10/1950 Darlington PO AAA 99 Belanger Kurtis Offy 11 20 108 Out
42 5/30/1951 Indianapolis PO AAA 5 Mobiloil Deidt FD Offy 9 9 178 Spun out NW 200
43 6/10/1951 Milwaukee 1 DO AAA 99 Belanger Kurtis Offy 5 1 100 1:06:38.91 90.024 200
44 6/24/1951 Langhorne DO AAA 99 Belanger Kurtis Offy 5 1 100 1:04:57.18 92.357 200
45 7/4/1951 Darlington PO AAA 99 Belanger Kurtis Offy 12 2 200 2:24:26.5 103.848 400
NC 7/29/1951 Williams Grove DO AAA 99 Belanger Kurtis Offy 4 2 50 Finished
46 8/18/1951 Springfield DO AAA 99 Belanger Kurtis Offy 14 1 100 1:06:37.59 90.054 200
47 8/26/1951 Milwaukee 2 DO AAA 99 Belanger Kurtis Offy 4 10 187 Flagged 60
48 9/1/1951 DuQuoin 1 DO AAA 99 Belanger Kurtis Offy 6 1 100 1:07:56.48 88.311 200
49 9/3/1951 DuQuoin 2 DO AAA 99 Belanger Kurtis Offy 1 1 101 1:09:19.00 86.559 202
50 9/8/1951 Syracuse DO AAA 99 Belanger Kurtis Offy 1 1 67 Flagged, wreck 134
51 9/9/1951 Detroit DO AAA 99 Belanger Kurtis Offy 4 4 100 Finished 120
52 9/23/1951 Denver DO AAA 99 Belanger Kurtis Offy 1 1 100 1:09:15.00 86.640 200
53 10/21/1951 San Jose DO AAA 99 Belanger Kurtis Offy 1 1 100 1:14:24.00 81.760 200
54 11/4/1951 Phoenix DO AAA 99 Belanger Kurtis Offy 4 13 90 Blew tire
55 11/11/1951 Bay Meadows DO AAA 99 Belanger Kurtis Offy 2 2 150 Finished 240
56 5/30/1952 Indianapolis PO AAA 27 Blue Crown Spark Plug Deidt FD Offy 30 24 93 Broken starter
--/ 5/30/1952 Indianapolis PO AAA 99 Belanger Kurtis Offy -- -- -- Wrecked qualifying, SW
-- 6/8/1952 Milwaukee 1 DO AAA 99 Belanger Kurtis Offy -- -- -- DNS, too slow
57 5/30/1953 Indianapolis PO AAA 98 Agajanian Kuzma D Offy 6 9 196 Wrecked NE 122.453 116
RD 8/30/1953 Milwaukee 2 DO AAA 21 Belond Equa Flow Kurtis 4000 Offy -- -- 5 Relieved Parsons 39-43
RD/ 8/30/1953 Milwaukee 2 DO AAA 73 McNamara Kurtis/Wetteroth Offy -- -- 62 Relieved Holland 122-183
58 9/7/1953 DuQuoin DO AAA 99 Belanger Kurtis Offy 6 18 85 Oil leak
59 9/12/1953 Syracuse DO AAA 99 Belanger Kurtis Offy 5 1 100 1:20:59 74.089 200
60 9/26/1953 ISF DO AAA 99 Belanger Kurtis Offy 8 6 100 Finished 80
61 11/11/1953 Phoenix DO AAA 99 Belanger Kurtis Offy 1 1 100 1:11:30.00 83.916 200
62 5/31/1954 Indianapolis PO AAA 10 Mel Wiggers Kurtis 500 Offy 21 29 105 Broken oil line
RD/ 5/31/1954 Indianapolis PO AAA 16 Auto Shippers Kurtis 4000 Offy -- -- 34 Relieved D. Carter 121-154
-- 6/6/1954 Milwaukee 1 PO AAA 10 Mel Wiggers Kurtis 4000 Offy -- -- -- DNS, too slow
63 11/7/1954 Phoenix DO AAA 41 Blakely Oil Schroeder Offy 18 16 58 Broken brake line
64 11/14/1954 Las Vegas DO AAA 41 Blakely Oil Schroeder Offy 13 17 2 Wrecked
65 5/30/1955 Indianapolis PO AAA 10 Chapman Kurtis 500C Offy 2 2 200 3:56:43.11 126.733 500
-- 6/5/1955 Milwaukee 1 PO AAA 10 Chapman Russo/Nichels D Offy -- -- -- DNS, too slow
-- 8/20/1955 Springfield DO AAA 10 Chapman Russo/Nichels Offy -- -- -- DNS, too slow
66 8/28/1955 Milwaukee 2 PO AAA 10 Chapman Russo/Nichels Offy 9 2 250 Finished 400
-- 9/5/1955 DuQuoin DO AAA 10 Chapman Russo/Nichels Offy -- -- -- DNS, too slow
-- 9/10/1955 Syracuse DO AAA X X X X -- -- -- Withdrew
67 9/17/1955 ISF DO AAA 99 Belanger Kurtis Offy 7 4 99 Flagged 120
68 11/6/1955 Phoenix DO AAA 55 Sweikert Kuzma Offy 16 9 93 Flagged 40
69 5/30/1956 Indianapolis PO USAC 99 Belanger Kurtis 500D Offy 5 22 160 Wrecked SW
RD 8/19/1956 Springfield DO USAC 57 Iddings Meyer Offy -- -- 63 Relieved Easton 35-97
--/ 8/19/1956 Springfield DO USAC 44 Peter Schmidt Kuzma Offy -- -- -- DNS, too slow
RD 8/26/1956 Milwaukee 2 PO USAC 21 HOW Watson D Offy -- -- 46 Relieved George 155-200
--/ 8/26/1956 Milwaukee 2 PO USAC 44 Peter Schmidt Kuzma D Offy -- -- -- Broken U-joint practice
70 9/3/1956 DuQuoin DO USAC 44 Peter Schmidt Kuzma Offy 4 8 99 Flagged 50
71 9/8/1956 Syracuse DO USAC 44 Peter Schmidt Kuzma Offy 3 1 100 1:06:04.60 90.804 200
72 9/15/1956 ISF DO USAC 44 Peter Schmidt Kuzma D Offy 11 18 5 Wrecked, turn 1
73 10/21/1956 Sacramento DO USAC 96 Dayton Steel Kurtis 4000 Offy 15 14 61 Spun out, turn 1
74 11/12/1956 Phoenix DO USAC 96 Dayton Steel Kurtis 4000 Offy 11 9 100 Finished 40
75 5/30/1957 Indianapolis PO USAC 27 Novi Air Conditioning Kurtis 500F Novi SC 22 15 195 Flagged 126.735
-- 6/9/1957 Milwaukee 1 PO USAC X X X X -- -- -- Did not qualify
NC 6/29/1957 Monza 1 PO USAC 27 Novi Auto Air Conditioning Kurtis 500F Novi SC 1 12 45 Broken sway bar
76 8/25/1957 Milwaukee 2 PO USAC 27 Morcroft Pankratz D Offy 10 21 72 Lost brakes
77 9/2/1957 DuQuoin DO USAC 27 Morcroft Pankratz Offy 17 15 68 Spun out, turn 4
-- 9/7/1957 Syracuse DO USAC 33 Federal Engineering Kurtis 4000 Offy -- -- -- DNS, too slow
--/ 9/7/1957 Syracuse DO USAC 27 Morcroft Pankratz Offy -- -- -- Drove #33 instead
78 9/14/1957 ISF DO USAC 33 Federal Engineering Kurtis 4000 Offy 17 11 96 Flagged 20
79 9/29/1957 Trenton PO USAC 4 Federal Engineering Snowberger Offy 11 7 98 Flagged 60
80 10/20/1957 Sacramento DO USAC 45 Las Vegas Club Kurtis 500G Offy 8 18 0 Wrecked
81 3/30/1958 Trenton 1 PO USAC 35 Hardwood Door Kurtis 4000D Offy 5 2 100 Finished 160
82 5/30/1958 Indianapolis PO USAC 33 Jones & Maley Epperly Offy 9 4 200 3:45:45.60 132.855 600
83 6/8/1958 Milwaukee 1 PO USAC 35 Hardwood Door Kurtis 4000D Offy 3 2 100 Finished 160
84 6/15/1958 Langhorne DO USAC 35 Hardwood Door Kurtis 4000 Offy 7 5 100 Finished 100
85 7/4/1958 Lakewood DO USAC 35 Hardwood Door Kurtis 4000 Offy 7 18 14 Magneto
86 8/16/1958 Springfield DO USAC 35 Hardwood Door Kurtis 4000 Offy 10 12 82 Mechanical 10
87 8/24/1958 Milwaukee 2 PO USAC 35 Hardwood Door Kurtis 4000D Offy 14 25 36 Ignition trouble
88 9/1/1958 DuQuoin DO USAC 5 John Zink Watson Offy 10 2 100 Finished 160
89 9/6/1958 Syracuse DO USAC 5 John Zink Watson Offy 6 3 100 Finished 140
90 9/13/1958 ISF DO USAC 5 John Zink Watson Offy 2 5 100 Finished 100
91 9/28/1958 Trenton 2 PO USAC 5 John Zink Watson D Offy 10 3 99 Flagged 140
92 10/26/1958 Sacramento DO USAC 5 John Zink Watson Offy 6 5 100 Finished 100
93 11/11/1958 Phoenix DO USAC 5 John Zink Watson Offy 4 2 100 Finished 160
94 4/4/1959 Daytona 1 PO USAC 75 Racing Associates Kuzma Offy 10 18 6 Oil leak
--/ 4/4/1959 Daytona 1 PO USAC 1 Ansted Rotary Epperly Offy -- -- -- Did not appear
NC-- 4/4/1959 Daytona 2 PO USAC 75 Racing Associates Kuzma Offy -- -- -- Driven by Dem. Wilson  
95 4/19/1959 Trenton 1 PO USAC 81 Central Excavating Kuzma D Offy 2 1 87 0:57:15.69 91.160 200
96 5/30/1959 Indianapolis PO USAC 1 Hoover Motor Express Epperly Offy 15 4 200 3:42:36.25 134.768 600
--/ 5/30/1959 Indianapolis PO USAC 1 Ansted Rotary Epperly Offy -- -- -- Wrecked practice SE
97 6/7/1959 Milwaukee 1 PO USAC 81 Central Excavating Kuzma D Offy 21 17 75 Spun out north turn
98 6/14/1959 Langhorne DO USAC 83 Dean Van Lines Epperly R Offy 14 17 21 Engine
99 8/22/1959 Springfield DO USAC 1 John Zink Heater Moore R Offy 13 17 10 Piston
100 8/30/1959 Milwaukee 2 PO USAC 1 John Zink Heater Watson Offy 5 16 159 Spun out, turn 3
101 9/7/1959 DuQuoin DO USAC 1 John Zink Heater Watson Offy 11 3 100 Finished 140
102 9/12/1959 Syracuse DO USAC 1 John Zink Heater Watson Offy 6 6 100 Finished 80
103 9/19/1959 ISF DO USAC 16 Hopkins Kuzma Offy 10 15 57 Spun out, turn 2
104 9/27/1959 Trenton 2 PO USAC 16 Simoniz Watson Offy 2 2 100 Finished 160
105 10/18/1959 Phoenix DO USAC 16 Hopkins Kuzma Offy 8 1 100 1:07:49.71 88.458 200
106 10/25/1959 Sacramento DO USAC 16 Hopkins Kuzma Offy 3 8 72 Magneto 50
107 4/10/1960 Trenton 1 PO USAC 2 Dowgard Kuzma D Offy 4 2 100 Finished 160
NC 4/13/1960 Langhorne DO USAC 2 Dowgard Kuzma Offy 2 2 10 Finished
108 5/30/1960 Indianapolis PO USAC 2 Dowgard Watson Offy 18 23 125 Broken connecting rod  
109 6/5/1960 Milwaukee 1 PO USAC 2 Dowgard Watson Offy 8 4 100 Finished 120
-- 6/19/1960 Langhorne DO USAC 2 Dowgard Kuzma Offy -- -- -- Did not qualify
110 8/20/1960 Springfield DO USAC 2 Dowgard Kuzma Offy 6 15 30 Broken radius rod
111 8/28/1960 Milwaukee 2 PO USAC 2 Dowgard Watson Offy 10 14 182 Fire
112 9/5/1960 DuQuoin DO USAC 2 Dowgard Kuzma Offy 7 2 100 Finished 160
113 9/10/1960 Syracuse DO USAC 2 Dowgard Kuzma Offy 13 2 100 Finished 160
114 9/17/1960 ISF DO USAC 2 Dowgard Kuzma Offy 9 2 100 Finished 160
115 9/25/1960 Trenton 2 PO USAC 2 Dowgard Watson Offy 4 6 100 Finished 80
116 10/30/1960 Sacramento DO USAC 2 Dowgard Kuzma Offy 10 5 99 Flagged 100
117 11/20/1960 Phoenix DO USAC 2 Dowgard Kuzma Offy 18 16 4 Wrecked
118 4/9/1961 Trenton 1 PO USAC 5 Autolite Kuzma D Offy 1 19 31 Ignition
-- 5/30/1961 Indianapolis PO USAC 24 Stearly Motor Freight Watson Offy -- -- -- Wrecked practice - fatal
--/ 5/30/1961 Indianapolis PO USAC X Hopkins Epperly Offy -- -- -- Did not qualify
--/ 5/30/1961 Indianapolis PO USAC 15 Coral Harbor Watson Offy -- -- -- Did not qualify
 

 

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