- Gary Bettenhausen
Infobox NASCAR driver
Name = Gary Bettenhausen
Birthdate = birth date and age|1941|11|18
Birthplace = flagicon|USA
Tinley Park, Illinois, Illinois
Best_Cup_Pos = 43rd - 1974 (Grand National)
Top_Tens = 4
First_Cup_Race = 1967
Last_Cup_Race = 1974
Motor State 360(Michigan)
Awards = 1993 National Sprint Car Hall of Fame Inductee 1998
National Midget Auto Racing Hall of Fameinductee 1967 and 1971 Sprint car champion 1980 and 1983 USAC Silver Crown champion
Years_In_Cup = 2
Total_Cup_Races = 8
Gary Bettenhausen (born
November 18, 1941) is a retired American auto racing driver. He was born in Blue Island, Illinois, raised in Tinley Park, Illinois and lives in Monrovia, Indiana.
His father was
Indianapolis 500and sprint car legend Tony Bettenhausen, and his brother was former Champ Carteam owner Tony Bettenhausen Jr. Another brother, Merle Bettenhausen, was maimed in a fiery crash.
Bettenhausen lives in
Monrovia, Indiana, but was born in Tinley Park, Illinois.
He began as a midget car driver. He finished third in the midget car national points in 1967. http://www.worthyofhonor.com/Inductees/Gary_Bettenhausen.htm Biography at the National Midget Auto Racing Hall of Fame] He won the first leg of the
Astro Grand Prixin 1969, which was held in the Astrodome. He won the 1967 and 1970 Turkey Night Grand Prix, the 1972 Astro Grand Prix, and the 1976 Hut Hundred. He has 27 career USAC midget wins.
He won the 1969 and 1971 sprint car championships.
Indy style cars/Indianapolis 500
He competed in Indy style cars from the mid-'1960s until 1996.During this time he won six USAC Indy Car races. Gary made 21 starts in the Indy '500, contesting each event from 1968 until 1982 (with the exception of 1979 when he failed to qualify), and again from 1986 to 1993. His best finish came in 1980 when he finished third after starting 32nd in the 33-car field.
He competed in eight career
NASCARWinston Cup events. http://racing-reference.info/driver?id=bettega01 Biography at racing-reference.info] He had four Top 10 finishes. His highest career finish was a fourth place finish at the 1974 Motor State 360at the Michigan International Speedwayin 1974.
*He was inducted in the National Sprint Car Hall of Fame in 1993.
*He was a 1998 inductee in the
National Midget Auto Racing Hall of Fame.
Indy 500 results
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