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Tony Lee Bettenhausen
Birth: Oct. 30, 1951
Death: Feb. 14, 2000

Auto Race Car Driver. Youngest son of racing legend Melvin "Tony" Bettenhausen. Veteran of 11 Indianapolis 500-mile classics, with best finish of 7th in 1981, his rookie start. Was one of the few car owner-drivers in Indy Car racing in recent years. Last competed in the Indianapolis 500 in 1993 and became a full-time car owner thereafter. Killed in tragic plane crash near Lexington, KY with wife Shirley (daughter of former Indianapolis racing star Jim McElreath) and friends/business partners Russell Roberts and Larry Rangel. 
 
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 Parents:
  Melvin Eugene Bettenhausen (1916 - 1961)
  Valerie M. Rice Bettenhausen (1921 - 2002)
 
 Spouse:
  Shirley Anne McElreath Bettenhausen (1952 - 2000)
 
 Sibling:
  Gary Bettenhausen (1941 - 2014)*
  Tony Lee Bettenhausen (1951 - 2000)
 
*Calculated relationship

Cause of death: Plane crash
 
Burial:
Crown Hill Cemetery
Indianapolis
Marion County
Indiana, USA
Plot: Section 58, Lot 110
 
Maintained by: Find A Grave
Record added: Mar 04, 2000
Find A Grave Memorial# 8656
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- BigLebo
 Added: May. 12, 2015
Remembering you on the anniversary of your passing. May you rest in peace and may God richly bless you.
- Jeffrey Maksymowski
 Added: Feb. 14, 2015

- John
 Added: Feb. 14, 2015
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