Bill Tempero

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Bill Tempero (born January 16, 1944) is an American former racing driver from Milwaukee. He raced in the CART Championship Car series from 1980 to 1984 competing in full seasons his first two years and partial schedules thereafter. He failed to qualify for both the races he attempted in 1984, so he was not credited with a race start that season. Tempero finished 20th in CART points in 1980 with two top-10 finishes including his series-best result of 6th place at the Milwaukee Mile while driving for Hopkins Racing. He fielded his own car in 1981 and 32nd in points without a single top-ten. He attempted to qualify for the Indianapolis 500 in 1980, 1981, and 1983 but failed to make the field in 1980 and 1983 and crashed while attempting to qualify in 1981.

After a decline in his performance in CART as costs and talent levels rose throughout the 1980s, Tempero went to the declining Can-Am series in 1984 and finished 4th and 2nd in championship points in his two seasons in the series, the series' final two years of operation in 1985 and 1986.[1]

After the short stint, Can-Am finally folded, and Tempero led an effort to create a new series, the American Indycar Series in 1988. Tempero dominated the second-tier series, which featured year-old (and older) chassis from CART competition.

Tempero attempted to return to top-level open wheel racing in the Indy Racing League's first race at the Walt Disney World Speedway in 1996. His four-year old Buick-V6/Lola failed to make the field and Tempero again retired from professional racing.


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