Wally Dallenbach Sr.

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Wally Dallenbach
BornWalter F. Dallenbach
(1936-12-12) December 12, 1936 (age 87)
East Brunswick, New Jersey, U.S.
Championship titles
Major victories
California 500 (1973)
Champ Car career
180 races run over 15 years
Best finish2nd (1973)
First race1965 Langhorne 125 (Langhorne)
Last race1979 Miller High Life 150 (Phoenix)
First win1973 Tony Bettenhausen 200 (Milwaukee)
Last win1977 Trenton 200 (Trenton)
Wins Podiums Poles
5 27 1
NASCAR Cup Series career
4 races run over 3 years
Best finish81st (1962)
First race1962 Daytona Qualifier #2 (Daytona)
Last race1974 National 500 (Charlotte)
Wins Top tens Poles
0 1 0

Walter Dallenbach (born December 12, 1936) is an American retired open-wheel racing driver, known for competing in Championship cars.[1][2] He was the winner of the California 500 in 1973. After his retirement from driving, he served for more than 20 years as CART's chief steward of competition.

Dallenbach is the father of NASCAR driver and commentator, Wally Dallenbach Jr. After his son began his professional racing career in the middle 1980s, Dallenbach came to often be known by the retronym Wally Dallenbach Sr.

Biography[edit]

Dallenbach nearly won the 1975 Indianapolis 500, dueling with A. J. Foyt for many laps. He led for half of the race, but burned a piston on lap 162, twelve laps before the race was called due to rain. Bobby Unser won the race, which was halted at lap 174 (435 miles).

He joined CART as competition director in 1980 and became chief steward of the sport in 1981, a position he held until 2004. Under his tenure, he improved the safety program in CART. He also established nondenominational church services for drivers and their families.

Current life[edit]

Dallenbach maintains his interest in motorsports as the president of the Colorado 500 motorcycle race. This event has raised over a million dollars in community support[3] for the town of Basalt, Colorado, located in the Roaring Fork Valley region of western Colorado.

He owns a ranch, fairground, cabins and a private automotive restoration garage near the Fryingpan River in upper Basalt.

Awards and honors[edit]

Dallenbach has been inducted into the Colorado Sports Hall of Fame, due to his exploits at the Pikes Peak International Hill Climb, the Colorado Motorsports Hall of Fame, as well as the New Jersey Sports Hall of Fame. Dallenbach was also voted into the Motorcycle Hall of Fame in 2006, for his work as founder and president of the Colorado 500 Invitational charity motorcycle rides.[4]

In 2020, he was inducted into the Motorsports Hall of Fame of America.[5] In 2022, he was inducted into the Indianapolis Motor Speedway Hall of Fame.[6]


Racing results[edit]

Indy 500 results[edit]

Year Car Start Qual Rank Finish Laps Led Retired
1967 53 15 163.540 19 29 73 0 Crash FS
1968 54 12 165.548 12 17 148 0 Engine
1969 22 19 166.497 19 21 82 7 Clutch
1970 22 24 165.601 31 17 143 0 Coil
1971 22 23 171.159 17 24 69 0 Valve
1972 40 33 181.626 18 15 182 0 Flagged
(substitute driver for Art Pollard)
1973 62 20 190.200 26 24 48 0 Broken rod
1974 40 2 189.683 3 30 3 2 Piston
1975 40 21 190.648 4 9 162 96 Piston
1976 40 7 184.445 12 4 101 3 Flagged
1977 40 10 189.563 13 4 199 0 Flagged
1978 6 7 195.233 9 5 195 0 Flagged
1979 6 7 188.285 8 27 43 0 Lost wheel
1981 Substitute qualifier for Mario Andretti
Totals 1448 108
Starts 13
Poles 0
Front row 1
Wins 0
Top 5s 3
Top 10s 4
Retired 9
  • In 1972, Dallenbach was bumped on the final day of time trials. Art Pollard crashed his qualified car on May 16, and was too injured to drive on race day. Dallenbach was hired to fill the seat, and the car was moved to 33rd starting position.

USAC Champ Car results[edit]

(key) (Races in bold indicate pole position)

Year Team Chassis Engine 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 Rank Points
1965 Joe Barzda Kurtis Offenhauser PHX TRE INDY MIL LAN PIP TRE IRP ATL LAN
13
MIL
DNQ
SPR MIL DUQ ISF 37th 80
Kenny Brenn Meskowski TRE
9
SAC PHX
1966 Kenny Brenn Meskowski Offenhauser PHX TRE INDY MIL LAN ATL
DNQ
PIP IRP LAN
13
SPR MIL
15
DUQ ISF TRE
11
SAC 50th 40
Taasi Vatis Huffaker PHX
24
1967 Taasi Vatis Huffaker Offenhauser PHX
18
TRE
DNQ
INDY
29
MIL
5
LAN
12
PIP MOS
12
MOS
12
IRP
15
LAN
4
MTR
8
MTR
15
MIL
21
DUQ
DNQ
ISF
DNQ
TRE
19
SAC
DNQ
HAN
17
PHX
15
RIV
25
21st 410
Vollstedt SPR
17
1968 Taasi Vatis Finley Offenhauser TRE
3
INDY
17
MIL
7
MOS
DNQ
MOS LAN
15
PIP CDR MIL
20
DUQ
DNQ
TRE
18
MCH
22
HAN
23
PHX
25
16th 960
Vollstedt NAZ
11
IRP IRP SPR
7
ISF
13
SAC
9
Huffaker HAN
7
LVG PHX
4
LAN
3
LAN
5
Ford MTR
20
MTR
Rolla Vollstedt Vollstedt RIV
29
1969 Lindsey Hopkins Eagle Chevrolet CDR
8
RIV
7
6th 1795
Offenhauser PHX
2
HAN
5
INDY
21
MIL
20
LAN
3
PIP TRE
2
IRP
DNS
IRP
DNQ
MIL
18
DOV
14
DUQ
Wth
ISF
DNQ
BRN BRN TRE
10
PHX
3
Kuzma SPR
7
Vollstedt SAC
9
KEN KEN
Kenny Brenn Meskowski NAZ
5
1970 Lindsey Hopkins Eagle Ford PHX
4
18th 620
Offenhauser PHX
10
SON TRE
17
INDY
17
MIL
8
LAN
7
CDR MCH
16
IRP
5
SPR MIL
9
ONT
28
DUQ ISF
DNQ
SED
Kuzma TRE
15
SAC
1971 Lindsey Hopkins Kuzma Offenhauser RAF RAF PHX
7
TRE
2
INDY
24
MIL
4
MCH
4
MIL
4
ONT
23
TRE
9
10th 1220
Kenyon Ford POC
15
Vollstedt Enterprises Vollstedt PHX
11
1972 Lindsey Hopkins Eagle Offenhauser PHX
9
TRE
6
13th 720
Andy Granatelli Lola Foyt INDY
15
MIL
DNQ
MCH
2
POC
14
MIL
DNQ
ONT
21
TRE
7
PHX
24
1973 Patrick Racing Eagle Offenhauser TWS TRE TRE MIL
4
POC
29
MCH
6
MIL
1
ONT
1
ONT ONT
1
MCH
23
MCH TRE
3
TWS
6
PHX
2
2nd 2620
Oscar Olson INDY
24
1974 Patrick Racing Eagle Offenhauser ONT
7
ONT ONT
6
PHX
6
TRE
13
INDY
30
MIL
15
POC
10
MCH
6
MIL
3
MCH
11
TRE
3
TRE
12
PHX
18
9th 1445
1975 Patrick Racing Eagle Offenhauser ONT ONT
1
ONT
10
PHX
6
TRE
5
MIL
4
4th 2305
Wildcat DGS INDY
9
MIL
4
POC
2
MCH
19
MCH
16
TRE
5
PHX
12
1976 Patrick Racing Wildcat DGS PHX
16
TRE
6
INDY
4
MIL
12
POC
3
MCH
20
TWS
2
TRE
4
MIL
17
ONT
4
MCH
3
TWS
6
PHX
4
3rd 3105
1977 Patrick Racing Wildcat DGS ONT
18
PHX
10
TWS
3
TRE
1
INDY
4
MIL
15
POC
4
MOS
16
MCH
8
TWS
17
MIL
3
ONT
20
MCH
3
PHX
6
6th 2635
1978 Jerry O'Connell McLaren Cosworth PHX
14
ONT
9
TWS
4
TRE
11
INDY
5
MOS
11
MIL
3
POC
4
MCH
3
ATL
9
TWS
4
MIL
7
ONT
10
MCH
11
SIL
14
BRH
5
PHX
6
6th 2966
Lightning TRE
6
1979 Patrick Racing Penske Cosworth ONT TWS INDY
27
MIL POC TWS MIL NC 0
1981–82 Patrick Racing Wildcat Cosworth INDY
Rpl
POC ILL DUQ ISF INDY NC 0

CART IndyCar Series results[edit]

(key)

Year Team Chassis Engine 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 Rank Points Ref
1979 Patrick Racing Wildcat Offenhauser PHX
12
9th 1149 [8]
Cosworth PHX
7
Lightning ATL
11
ATL
8
Penske INDY
27
TRE
4
TRE
2
MCH
5
MCH
10
WGL
14
TRE
4
ONT
24
MCH
6
ATL
4

References[edit]

  1. ^ via Associated Press. "Second Time Around", St. Petersburg Times, May 24, 1972. Accessed February 13, 2011. "Wally Dallenbach, a 36-year old veteran driver from East Brunswick, N.J., will get a chance to compete in the 56th running of the Indianapolis 500-mile race after all."
  2. ^ "Wally Dallenbach". www.champcarstats.com.
  3. ^ The Colorado 500 Online
  4. ^ "AMA Motorcycle Museum Hall of Fame | Wally Dallenbach, Sr". hof.motorcyclemuseum.org. Retrieved 2024-01-13.
  5. ^ 2020 Inductees at the Motorsports Hall of Fame of America
  6. ^ "Wally Dallenbach". IMS Museum.
  7. ^ "Hall of Fame". Pikes Peak International Hill Climb. Retrieved 2023-09-23.
  8. ^ "Wally Dallenbach – 1979 CART Results". Racing-Reference. NASCAR Digital Media, LLC. Retrieved August 17, 2023.