- Dec 15, 2013View SourceA great question John, and I called the Belmont Village (408-720-8498), and was told that although Joe is physically limited, he is fully communicative and would appreciate visitors. When he became a resident and his background became known, he caused a big surge in Google searches from his new neighbors. I may get a phone call with more personal details from a grand daughter or close friend.
btw - His Dirt Offy USAC Champ car is available from GMP as a 1:18 model. He also raced USAC and ARCA stock cars and a turbo McKee in the CanAm.
Cheers, Bob in KCMO
On 12/15/2013 11:16 AM, John Hurabiell wrote:Bob, Can he have visitors? Does he want strangers visiting?John
On Dec 15, 2013, at 8:29 AM, Bob <bstorck@...> wrote:
'Tis the Season...
Leonard was born on Aug. 4, 1932 in San Diego, California and began racing on motorcycles
and won the first ever series-determined AMA National title, the 1954 Grand National Championship.
He added the 1956 and 1957 championships to his long list of accomplishments, each year winning on both dirt tracks and road courses.
Leonard raced in the USAC Championship Car series 1964–1974 seasons, with 98 career starts, including the 1965–1973 Indianapolis 500.Joe Leonard won multiple National Championships, the only person to win both in automobile and motorcycle racing series back-to-back.
His USAC career started in Offy dirt roadsters and spanned the advent of the rear engine, winged cars.
Leonard finished third at Indianapolis in A.J. Foyt's team car in 1967, and sat on the pole in 1968 in the Lotus 56 turbine car.
He had 6 wins: 3 times at Milwaukee (1965, 1970, 1972), and once each at Ontario (1971), Brooklyn (1972), and Pocono (1972).
His victories propelled him to the 1971 and 1972 USAC Championship Car Season Championship.
In 1991, he was inducted into the Motorsports Hall of Fame of America
Joe Leonard had a stroke about 18 months ago.
He is not doing well. He had to move from his home to an assisted living facility. He will never be able to return home.
If fans could send "Pelican Joe" a Christmas card it would mean a lot to him. His address is:Mr Joe Leonard
C/O Belmont Village of Sunnyvale
1039 E El Camino Real
Sunnyvale, CA 94087Thanks to Paul Powell for the heads up
Cheers and Merry Christmas, Bob Storck in Kansas City, MO