Two-time Indy-car champion Joe Leonard dies at 84
Joe Leonard, the only driver to win back-to-back national championships in both the American Motorcyclist Association and Indy cars, died on April 27 in San Jose, California, at the age of 84.
In his career, he won 27 national AMA races and six Indy-car races. He raced Indy cars under the USAC banner from 1964-74. He won the national Indy-car championship in both 1971 and 1972 for car owner Vel Miletich. In ’71, he drove a Colt Ford to the title, and in ’72 it was a Parnelli Offenhauser.
Leonard won AMA national championships in 1954, ’56 and ’57.
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Mario Andretti was a teammate of Leonard’s, along with Al Unser, in 1972.