Race car driver, Deceased Person
1916 – 1961
Who was Tony Bettenhausen?
Melvin E. "Tony" Bettenhausen was an American racing driver, who won the National Championship in 1951 and 1958.
Bettenhausen was nicknamed the "Tinley Park Express" in honor of his hometown. He was nicknamed "Tunney" after heavyweight boxing champion Gene Tunney. "Tunney" later became "Tony."
Bettenhausen was part of the midget car "Chicago Gang" with Emil Andres, Cowboy O'Rourke, Paul Russo, Jimmy Snyder, and Wally Zale. They toured tracks in the Midwest and East Coast of the United States.
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- Sep 12, 1916
- United States of America
- May 12, 1961
on July 23, 2013
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