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Melvin Eugene "Tony" Bettenhausen, Sr
Birth: Sep. 12, 1916
Tinley Park
Cook County
Illinois, USA
Death: May 12, 1961
Indianapolis
Marion County
Indiana, USA

Race Car Driver. Nicknamed the ‘Tinley Park Express' in honor of his hometown, he was a premier world class driver of midget cars and formula one cars. He won the midget track US Championships in 1941, 1942, 1946 and 1947, plus the 1959 Turkey Grand Prix. In formula one cars he was National Racing Champion in 1951 and 1958. He also competed in 14 Indianapolis 500-mile classics, from 1950 to 1960. He was killed in crash while test driving a racecar at the Indianapolis Speedway. Bettenhausen is a member of the National Midget Auto Racing Hall of Fame, International Motorsports Hall of Fame and Motorsports Hall of Fame of America. His son Tony Bettenhausen Jr. was also a race car driver and a veteran of 11 Indianapolis 500-mile classics. (bio by: John "J-Cat" Griffith) 
 
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 Spouse:
  Valerie M. Rice Bettenhausen (1921 - 2002)
 
 Children:
  Gary Bettenhausen (1941 - 2014)*
 
*Calculated relationship
 
Burial:
Tinley Park Memorial Cemetery
Tinley Park
Cook County
Illinois, USA
 
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Record added: May 15, 1998
Find A Grave Memorial# 2928
Melvin Eugene Tony Bettenhausen, Sr
Added by: John "J-Cat" Griffith
 
Melvin Eugene Tony Bettenhausen, Sr
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Melvin Eugene Tony Bettenhausen, Sr
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- MadelineS
 Added: May. 18, 2014

- May you be blessed with love & flowers-Phyllis
 Added: Apr. 5, 2014
Racing royalty. RIP.
- Marianna
 Added: Apr. 2, 2014
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