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Leslie Eugene "Gene" Hartley[1] (January 28, 1926 – March 13, 1993) was an American racecar driver. He was born and died in Roanoke, Indiana.

Gene Hartley
Born(1926-01-28)January 28, 1926
DiedMarch 13, 1993(1993-03-13) (aged 67)
Formula One World Championship career
NationalityUnited States American
Active years1950, 19521954, 19561957, 19591960
TeamsKurtis Kraft, Kuzma, Langley, Lesovsky, Ewing
Entries10 (8 starts)
Championships0
Wins0
Podiums0
Career points0
Pole positions0
Fastest laps0
First entry1950 Indianapolis 500
Last entry1960 Indianapolis 500

Hartley was the son of midget car driver Ted Hartley, who competed into his 60s.[2] "Auto racing is all I’ve ever known," Gene once said in an interview at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.[2]

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Racing careerEdit

He drove in the AAA and USAC Championship Car series, racing in the 1950 and 1952–1962 seasons with 33 starts. He raced in ten Indianapolis 500 races, in each year but 1955 and 1958. His best finish at Indy was tenth in 1957, although he finished eleventh three times. He finished in the Top 10 nine times, with his best finish in second position in 1956 at Langhorne Speedway.

Hartley was the 1959 USAC National Midget Series champion.[2] His 33 USAC feature wins were eighth best all-time.[2]

PromoterEdit

Hartley co-promoted with Leroy Warriner at the Kitley Avenue Speedrome in Indianapolis after his retirement. They hosted midget races at the track that was specifically built for the small cars.

Career awardEdit

Indy 500 resultsEdit

World Championship career summaryEdit

The Indianapolis 500 was part of the FIA World Championship from 1950 through 1960. Drivers competing at Indy during those years were credited with World Championship points and participation. Gene Hartley entered 10 World Championship races and started 8 of them, with a best finish of tenth.

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