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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. 
Family links: 
  Melvin Eugene Bettenhausen (1916 - 1961)
  Valerie M. Rice Bettenhausen (1921 - 2002)
  Shirley Anne McElreath Bettenhausen (1952 - 2000)
  Gary Bettenhausen (1941 - 2014)*
  Tony Lee Bettenhausen (1951 - 2000)
*Calculated relationship

Cause of death: Plane crash
Crown Hill Cemetery
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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- Sherry
 Added: Sep. 12, 2015
Tony, never missed one of your races at Indy 500. So sad for such a terrible loss of you and wife. Rest In Heavenly Peace. Your legacy will be with us forever.
- Billy R. Edgar
 Added: Aug. 27, 2015

- BigLebo
 Added: May. 12, 2015
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