Bill Cicanese. Bill was not only a skilled sprint car driver – piloting cars for the hall-of-fame Van Ness Family and hall-of-famer Jim Ford, he was a master craftsman, designing and building sprint car chassis. Bill built and raced cars over a span of 56 years – from 1959-2015.
After a near fatal crash at Limaland in the early 1970s, Bill would spend countless hours in his shop, designing cars and other race car parts. Bill came back to racing in 1976 with the famous red, white and blue #200, his own creation.
Bill built and repaired championship sprint car chassis for Jim Linder, Rick Ferkel, Harold McGilton, Alvin Roepke, Robert Smith and Johnny Beaber to name a few. Besides designing innovative sprint car parts – he built one of the first all aluminum sprint car radiators which speed shops sold from coast to coast. Bill was also active in manufacturing parts for the aircraft industry.