by Gordon Eliot White
The remarkable story of one family’s four-generation passion for auto racing. Beginning with a team of midgets before WW II, successful paper manufacturer Bob Wilke, his son Ralph, and now his Grandsons have owned and sponsored winning racing cars on the Championship trail, on dirt track, and currently with a successful return to midgets. With legendary mechanics A. J. Watson and Jud Phillips, the Wilke Family won the Indy “500” 3 times, twice with Roger Ward (1959 & 1962) and once with Bobby Unser (1968). Leader Card Racers also has 6 USAC Indy Car National Championships, 2 USAC Silver Crown Championships along with Wilke Pak Motorsports 9 Midget Championship titles. Superbly chronicled by noted author Gordon White, the story of Leader Card Racers is a testament to the Wilke family’s devotion to Motorsports and to the history of American oval track racing.