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Joe Leonard
1964 USAC Champ Car Season

    Joe in the early 60's
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    September 7, 1964 - DuQuoin, Illinois - On a clear sunny day in Illinois, Joe's USAC Champ car career began on a familiar dirt track. Joe qualified the #16 Konstant Hot Vollstedt Offy dirt champ car in the 16th position and finished in 14th. Joe picked up $481.00 and A.J. Foyt won the race.

    September 26, 1964 - Terre Haute, Indiana - Joe qualified the #14 Dayton Steel Wheel Sines Offy dirt champ car for owner George Walther 16th fastest in the Hoosier Hundred. In the race itself Joe was credited with 12th place after a spin in turn three on lap 82. Twelfth place was good enough for Joe to pick up his first 10 USAC Championship points and $1,167.00. A.J. Foyt won the race.

    September 27, 1964 - Trenton, New Jersey - Joe's first USAC asphalt oval race came behind the wheel of the #14 Dayton Steel Wheel Watson Offy powered roadster of George Walther. Joe started in the 20th spot but was taken out of competition in a four-car crash involving Mario Andretti, Arnie Knepper, and Bob Wente in turn three. Joe was credited with 24th place and $183.00. Parnelli Jones was the event winner.

    October 25, 1964 - Sacramento, California - Another familiar track for Joe Leonard, only this time he had four wheels under him on the dirt at Sacramento. Joe started the #47 Joe Hunt Magneto Lesovsky Offy in 17th but a broken fuel line 10 laps from the finish forced Joe to finish in 15th place. Joe was awarded $422.00 and A.J. Foyt won this race as well.

    November 22, 1964 - Phoenix, Arizona - Joe's second try on an asphalt oval in a USAC Champ car had much better results in the 200 miler at Phoenix. Joe qualified the #65 Travelon Trailer Christiansen Offy 14th fastest and was in the 5th position when the checkers fell. This was Joe's best USAC Champ car result to date as he picked up $1,369.00 and 200 Championship points. Lloyd Ruby won the race.