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Chuck Hulse

Chuck Hulse. Copyright Ron Nelson, owner of www.classicvintagemotorsports.com, 2012. Used with Permission.

Chuck Hulse. Copyright Ron Nelson, owner of www.classicvintagemotorsports.com, 2012. Used with Permission.

Chuck Hulse. Copyright Lee Hulse, 2015. Used with permission.

Chuck Hulse. Copyright Lee Hulse, 2015. Used with permission.

Born:

03 Oct 1927
South Gate, California

Nationality:

United States

Grands Prix:

0 (1960)

Indy 500s:

4 (1960-1968)

Still alive and well and Chuck is a regular visitor to historic and current motorsport events in the US. Chuck started racing in 1949 and the next year saw him marry and take up a job with Firestone as an instrument technician, but Chuck continued to race, competing in midgets, sprints, hot rods and even in hillclimbing at the Pikes Peak event in 1956. From 1957 to 1959, Chuck didn't race full time as he was concentrating on his family commitments and his job but success in a sprint car race at Ascot led to both Firestone and his family giving Hulse the go-ahead to race full time as long as he promoted Firestone tyres. After an initial struggle trying to establish himself, often racing with no crew, slowly but surely, Chuck broke through, despite a worrying moment in 1961's Indianapolis 500 qualfiying, when his seat came loose when attempting to qualify! Chuck's progress was stalled in 1964 when he was caught up in the aftermath of a crash involving Bob Wente and Mario Andretti, suffering injuries that kept him out for two years - and somewhat ironically, helped Andretti's career as he eventually took over Chuck's drive. By the time of his return, Chuck, who was a dirt-track specialist had a lot to overcome, not least losing his job with Firestone due to a real break career-wise but on a Goodyear-shod car. However, Chuck then moved to Goodyear as a racing representative, and subsequently Chuck opened a few tyre stores. Thereafter, his racing ran down - but he finished a fine 7th at the Indianapolis 500 in 1967. Chuck quit racing on the spot at the 1968 Indianapolis 500 - realising his car was too difficult to handle and feeling unsafe, Chuck stopped. His fears were realised when Bob Hurt took over the car, crashed and was paralysed from the neck down. Chuck, who lives in La Palma, is now remarried after first wife Betty died in 1997, became involved once racing was over, in real estate in Southern California, and remains involved in that to this day.

Biography last updated 30 May 2015