Bill Cheesbourg

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Bill Cheesbourg
Born (1927-06-12)June 12, 1927
Died November 6, 1995(1995-11-06) (aged 68)
Formula One World Championship career
Nationality United States American
Active years 19561959
Teams Kuzma, Kurtis Kraft, Lesovsky
Races 4 (3 starts)
Championships 0
Wins 0
Podiums 0
Career points 0
Pole positions 0
Fastest laps 0
First race 1956 Indianapolis 500
Last race 1959 Indianapolis 500

William Bernard Cheesbourg (June 12, 1927 Tucson, Arizona – November 6, 1995 Tucson, Arizona) was an American racecar driver who participated in six Indianapolis 500 races.[1]

Biography[edit]

He was born on June 12, 1927 in Tucson, Arizona.

Cheesbourg started racing jalopies in Tucson and successfully moved into midgets racing all over Arizona after World War II. He drove in the USAC Championship Car series, racing in the 1956-1962 and 1964-1966 seasons with 31 starts, including the Indianapolis 500 races in 1957-1959, 1961, 1964, and 1965. He finished in the top ten 8 times, with his best finish in 7th position in 1959 at Daytona and in 1966 at Fuji.

Cheesbourg returned to the local dirt short track racing scene after his Indy Car career was finished. He is known for the help he offered to many other racers. He won several Arizona Late Model Stock Car championships racing at Corona Speedway in Tucson, Manzanita Speedway in Phoenix and many other tracks. He was known equally for his ability to use his front bumper and his natural talents.

Even after he stopped traditional stock car racing, he continued helping others and eventually helped construct and drive a local high school's entry in an electric car race held at Phoenix International Raceway. He even competed for a while in local figure eight racing just for the fun of it.

He died of cancer on November 6, 1995 in Tucson, Arizona.[1]

Indy 500 results[edit]

Year Car Start Qual Rank Finish Laps Led Retired
1957 31 23 141.565 13 26 81 0 Fuel leak
1958 54 33 142.546 30 10 200 0 Running
1959 53 30 141.788 30 21 147 0 Magneto
1961 14 9 145.873 11 28 50 0 Crash FS
1964 62 33 148.711 33 16 131 0 Engine
1965 47 33 153.774 33 32 14 0 Magneto
Totals 623 0
Starts 6
Poles 0
Front Row 2
Wins 0
Top 5 0
Top 10 1
Retired 5

Complete Formula One World Championship results[edit]

(key)

Year Entrant Chassis Engine 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 WDC Points
1956 Cecil McDonald Lesovsky Offenhauser L4 ARG MON 500
DNQ
BEL FRA GBR GER ITA NC 0
1957 Schildmeier Seal / Donaldson Kurtis Kraft 500G Offenhauser L4 ARG MON 500
26
FRA GBR GER PES ITA NC 0
1958 Novi Racing Kurtis Kraft 500G Novi V8 ARG MON NED 500
10
BEL FRA GBR GER POR ITA MOR NC 0
1959 Greenman - Casale Kuzma Indy Roadster Offenhauser L4 MON 500
21
NED FRA GBR GER POR ITA USA NC 0

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "William Bernard Cheesbourg". Columbus Ledger-Enquirer. November 8, 1995. Retired racer Bill Cheesbourg, who drove in the Indianapolis 500 seven [sic] times, died of cancer Monday. He was 68. Mr. Cheesbourg placed 10th in the 1958 ...