Johnny and Betty Rutherford

A statement from Indianapolis Motor Speedway President J. Douglas Boles about the passing of Betty Rutherford, wife of three-time Indianapolis 500 winner Johnny Rutherford. Betty Rutherford died Sunday.

“We’re all very saddened about the passing of Betty Rutherford. From the minute she and Johnny met at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway in 1963 when he was an Indy 500 rookie and she was a student nurse in the infield medical center, Betty has been a beloved member of the racing community. Her mutual devotion for Johnny, his legendary racing career and their beautiful family was evident from the beginning and throughout their 55-year marriage, but she also worked tirelessly for decades as a driving force behind many charitable organizations and efforts in the Indy car community, especially CARA Charities. Betty’s engaging smile and personality will be remembered by everyone, as she was a wonderful person who radiated class and warmth to all. We extend our deepest sympathies and heartfelt condolences to Johnny, their family and friends.”