|Born||June 12, 1927|
|Died||November 6, 1995(aged 68)|
|Formula One World Championship career|
|Teams||Kuzma, Kurtis Kraft, Lesovsky|
|Entries||4 (3 starts)|
|First entry||1956 Indianapolis 500|
|Last entry||1959 Indianapolis 500|
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.
Indianapolis 500 resultsEdit
Complete Formula One World Championship resultsEdit
|1956||Cecil McDonald||Lesovsky||Offenhauser L4||ARG||MON||500
|1957||Schildmeier Seal / Donaldson||Kurtis Kraft 500G||Offenhauser L4||ARG||MON||500
|1958||Novi Racing||Kurtis Kraft 500G||Novi V8||ARG||MON||NED||500
|1959||Greenman - Casale||Kuzma Indy Roadster||Offenhauser L4||MON||500
- "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 ...
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