There are few more popular, well known, or respected names in the history of Indiana auto racing than Hartley. Ted Hartley was the first of the racing Hartleys. Working out of his own garage, Ted competed in his midget racer on the short tracks scattered throughout northwestern and central Indiana until he was well into his 60's. It was little wonder then that his son, Leslie Eugene "Gene” born here in Roanoke, on January 28, 1926 would follow in his father's footsteps.
Gene began his racing career in midgets, and
quickly rose to stardom. He won 33 USAC
midget features, the USAC Midget Championship
in 1959, and was inducted into the Midget
Racing Hall of Fame in 1985. His skill attracted
Indianapolis car owners, and he was offered a
ride in the 1950 500. Gene competed in 10 of
the iconic 500's. Proud to be from Roanoke,
Gene spent his life here. Despite his racing
fame his neighbors best recall his love of family,
friendliness and humbleness.
Erected by Indiana Racing Memorial Association.
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Location. 40° 57.684′ N, 85° 22.416′ W. Marker is in Roanoke, Indiana, in Huntington County. Marker is at the intersection of 1st Street and South Main Street, on the left when traveling east on 1st Street. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 111 1st St, Roanoke IN 46783, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 9 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Wabash & Erie Canal Lock 4 (about 700 feet away, measured in a direct line); Kiilhsoohkwa (Kilsoquah) (approx. ¾ mile away); John R. Kissinger (approx. 7.1 miles away); Huntington County Civil War Memorial (approx. 8.2 miles away); General James R. Slack (approx. 8.2 miles away); Huntington High School (approx. 8.2 miles away); Burk's Lock (approx. 8.3 miles away); Rock House (approx. 8.3 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Roanoke.
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