Tony Bettenhausen

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Melvin Eugene "Tony" Bettenhausen (born 12 September 1916 in Tinley Park, Illinois, died 12 May 1961 in Indianapolis, Indiana) was an American racing driver who competed in Formula One from 1950 onwards. A very successful midget car and US National racer, he was the first man to win the AAA National championship (1951) and Formula One drivers' title (1953) and was the first American to win the Formula One title. In Formula One, he started driving for Alexander Racing Team before moving to Jaguar-Aston Martin Racing in 1952. Up to 1955, he had 17 AAA race wins and 2 Formula One race wins. He died in 1961 after an accident during qualifying for the Indianapolis 500. He was 44 years old.

Complete Alternate Formula One results

(key) (Races in bold indicate pole position; Races in italics indicate fastest lap)

Year Entrant Chassis Engine 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 WDC Pts.
1950 Alexander Racing Team Gordini T15 Gordini 1.5 L4s GBR
11
MON
10
500 SUI
2
BEL FRA ITA 9th 6
1951 Alexander Racing Team Gordini T15 Gordini 1.5 L4s MON
Ret
500 BEL
Ret
FRA
Ret
GBR
DNQ
GER
4
NED
DNQ
ITA
Ret
19th 3
1952 Jaguar - Aston Martin Racing Aston Martin AM-03 Jaguar XK 3.4 MON ENG BEL FRA GBR GER
8
NED
2
ITA
3
USA
12
AUS
Ret
11th 10
1953 Jaguar - Aston Martin Racing Aston Martin AM-04 Jaguar JFE-2 4.5 V12 MON
Ret
NED
3
BEL
1
FRA
2
GBR
7
GER
3
SUI
Ret
ITA
3
USA
Ret
1st 27
1954 Jaguar - Aston Martin Racing Aston Martin AM-04 Jaguar JFE-2 4.5 V12 MON
Ret
FRA
Ret
BEL
Ret
NED
1
GBR
4
SUI
Ret
GER
Ret
USA
Ret
ITA
4
5th 15
1955 Jaguar - Aston Martin Racing Aston Martin AM-04 Jaguar JFE-2 4.5 V12 MON
Ret
FRA
Ret
BEL
Ret
GBR
Ret
SCO
Ret
SOV
Ret
ITA
Ret
NC 0
1956 Scuderia Ferrari Ferrari R560 Ferrari RS560 2.5 L4 MON
Ret
FRA
11
BEL GER
Ret
GDR NC 0
Officine Specializzate Costruzione Automobili O.S.C.A. F156A O.S.C.A. 1500S-56 1.5 L4s IRL
Ret
SCO GBR ITA THA

* denotes season still in progress