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Bob Cleberg

Bob Cleberg, 1957. Copyright Larry Sullivan, 1957; used with permission of Jeff Adams, 2017.

Bob Cleberg, 1957. Copyright Larry Sullivan, 1957; used with permission of Jeff Adams, 2017.

Bob Cleberg, 5th May 2017. Copyright Micky Meyer, 2017. Used with Permission.

Bob Cleberg, 5th May 2017. Copyright Micky Meyer, 2017. Used with Permission.

Born:

28 May 1929
Milwaukee, Wisconsin

Died:

28 Jul 2018
Oregon, Wisconsin

Nationality:

United States

Grands Prix:

0 (1960)

Indy 500s:

0 (1960-1961)

Raced until the 1970's. Although Wisconsin born, Bob spent many years in Arizona, both as a racer and after racing. Died recently in Wisconsin, after moving there to keep close to his remaining family after his (second) wife died. Kept in touch with the sport and was Grand Marshal at the Western World Championship Sprint car decider in 2008. Cleberg ran, for many years, his trucking company in Tucson, which included a government contract to transport building materials, components and construction units across Arizona. Cleberg was a dirt oval specialist who had some decent USAC results, even taking pole position at Phoenix at the Bobby Ball Memorial race in 1960, ahead of the likes of Foyt, Weiler and Ruby. Cleberg also competed in sprint and midget cars. Bob was also a qualified pilot, who also fixed and repaired aeroplanes. Although his Arizonian career was best on dirt ovals, prior to that part of his career, he forged a successful career in the Midwest on pavement ovals, being the equal of the likes of Ronnie Duman, winning the Little 500 race in 1956.

Biography last updated 21 Aug 2018