Gary Bettenhausen: Veteran Indy-Car Driver Dies

By: Pam Wright - March 17, 2014

Indy-car legend Garr Bettenhausen has died at the age of 72, confirms officials of the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

Bettenhausen — of the famous Bettenhausen racing family — competed in 21 Indianapolis 500s between 1968 and 1993, finishing 3rd in 1980. He was in the lead for 138 laps of the 1972 race and was the top qualifier in 1991.

Bettenhausen’s father, Tony, another Indianapolis 500 veteran, was killed in a crash during practice at the speedway in 1961.

Speedway President J. Douglas Boles issued a statement Monday, expressing accolades for the Bettenhausen, calling him ”the perfect definition of a race car driver of his time.”

Tributes to the Indy driver were posted today on Twitter:

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