Gary Bettenhausen, a legend of the Terre Haute Action Track, passed away yesterday at the age 72. He raced and competed on an array of tracks, from the Indianapolis Motor Speedway to dirt tracks such as the one in here at Terre Haute. Gary won the Hulman Classic, in the event’s heyday, at the Action Track in 1974 as well as taking part in 21 Indianapolis 500 races between 1968 and 1993. His best finish can in 1980 when he finished third and was the fastest qualifier for the 1991 Indianapolis 500. He also raced eight times in NASCAR, including the 1967 Dayton 500.
He was born in Blue Island, Ill., grew up in Tinley Park, Ill., and lived in Monrovia, Ind. Bettenhausen earned induction into the National Sprint Car Hall of Fame in 1993, and the National Midget Auto Racing Hall of Fame five years later.