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.

Motorsport results[edit]

CART[edit]

(key) (Races in bold indicate pole position)

Year Team Chassis Engine 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 Rank Points
1980 Tempero Racing Eagle 74 Chevrolet Indy V8 ONT
17
INDY
DNQ
MIL
16
POC
MDO
17
MCH
17
WGL
15
MIL
6
ONT
18
MCH
16
MXC
8
PHX
11
20th 331
1981 Tempero Racing McLaren M24 Chevrolet Indy V8 PHX
18
MIL
{ATL
15
ATL
14
MCH
34
RIV
28
MIL
17
MCH
15
WGL
23
MXC
12
PHX
DNQ
32nd 7
1982 Tempero Racing Longhorn LR-01 Chevrolet Indy V8 PHX
DNQ
ATL
MIL
CLE
8
MCH
MIL
19
POC
RIV
14
ROA
18
MCH
PHX
DNQ
29th 22
1983 Tempero Racing Longhorn LR-01 Chevrolet Indy V8 ATL
INDY
DNQ
MIL
CLE
23
MCH
ROA
DNQ
POC
RIV
MDO
21
MCH
CPL
LAG
PHX
49th 0
1984 Alsup Racing Longhorn LR-01 Chevrolet Indy V8 LBH
DNQ
PHX
INDY
MIL
POR
MEA
CLE
MCH
NC
Jet Engineering March 84C Cosworth DFX V8t ROA
DNQ
POC
MDO
SAN
MCH
PHX
LAG
CPL

IRL IndyCar[edit]

(key) (Races in bold indicate pole position; races in italics indicate fastest lap)

Year Team Chassis Engine 1 2 3 Rank Points
1996 Tempero-Giuffre Racing Lola T92 Buick WDW
DNQ
PHX INDY NC

SCCA National Championship Runoffs[edit]

Year Track Car Engine Class Finish Start Status
1973 Road Atlanta Lola T192 Chevrolet Formula A 4 4 Running
1975 Road Atlanta Merlyn Mk. 29 Ford Kent Formula Ford 19 24 Running
1976 Road Atlanta Royale Ford Kent Formula Ford 25 12 Not running

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