The Legend of Joe Leonard by Lorin Guy
Lorin Guy wrote a great song with an Americana vibe for his friend the legendary racer Joe Leonard.
Joe is 88 years old now and Lorin wrote the song, recorded it in a professional studio and directed the making of this video tribute to a living legend.
I had the distinct honor of being there last night when Lorin premiered the song and video to Joe Leonard himself.
Watching Joe Leonard be so visibly moved while watching his career on screen and listening to this wonderful song was priceless…. the song and video say it all but here is a bio on Joe Leonard:
Joe Leonard is the only American racer to win National Championships in both Motorcycles and Cars.
Joe was the first AMA Grand National Champion (1954); he won 27 National races and two more AMA Grand National Championships (56-57), including winning Daytona back to back,(57-58) and he still is the speed record holder for the beach circuit.
Joe is a seven-time Peoria Champion; he set an AMA record by winning 8 Grand Nationals in one year, a record that stood till 1986, before moving on to car racing.
He raced in USAC Dirt SPRINTS winning the Pacific Coast Championship; was NASCAR Rookie of the year in 1963; Third at Indy in 1967; Indianapolis 500 pole position in 1968; USAC Indy Car National Champion back to back 1971-1972. Joe raced in the USAC Championship Indy Car series in the 1964-1974 seasons, with 98 career starts, including the 1965-1973 Indianapolis 500; He finished in the top ten 60 times, and is a Multiple Triple Crown winner. Mr. Joe Leonard is The American Racing Legend.