As such a popular sport, the motor speed industry has many top drivers. Each brings something different to the industry and each have a passion for what they do. Over the years certain race car drivers have stood out as the best of the best.
As Formula 1 drivers are among the most popular among spectators, certain names are always worth knowing more about. For example, French racecar driver Alain Prost has won the Formula One Driver’s Champion award on four different occasions. Between 1987 and 2001 no other racecar driver ever won more Grand Prix events than Prost did. The World Sports Award of the Century was given to him in 1999. This is in part due to the rivalries he created with Nigel Mansell, Nelson Piquet and Ayrton Senna. He beat two of the three men in a 1986 race. Some say the secret to Prost’s numerous wins was that he was easy on his tires and breaks at the beginning of races so he could use them more effectively to win.
In his own right, Nigel Mansell was equally as popular. In 1992 and 1993 respectively he won the Formula One World Championship as well as the Cart Indy World Series. During his first season with the Cart Indy he made headlines by winning right away. He has been the only driver in motorsports history to concurrently hold the Formula One and Cart Indy championships. Nigel spent 15 seasons competing in Formula One Racing. In terms of the success of British motorspeed drivers he held the record for the second most wins. He finished his career in 2005 by winning the Grand Prix Masters Series and being included in that year’s class of the International Motorsports Hall of Fame.
Among Americans, A.J. Foyt was a successful racecar driver who has since retired. He is well known in motorsports for racing in multiple genres. He has more wins under his belt than any other driver in the United States Automobile Club. He also made history for winning 67 American racecar championships. A.J. is best known for having won the Daytona and Indianapolis 500 as well as the 24 Hours of Le Mans and Daytona races.
In 1976 as well as 1977 he won the all-star racing series for the International Race of Champions.
Without a doubt, one of the most well-known racecar drivers in the entire world is Dale Earnhardt. His career started in 1975 and continued until his tragic death during a race. Among NASCAR drivers he is considered the best of all time, with 76 Winston Cup wins. After his death in 2001, when he was killed competing in the Daytona 500, his son went on to follow in his father’s footsteps and is now a successful racecar driver in his own right.
These are just some of the men who have shaped the industry. They each hold a special place in the hearts of longtime motorsports fans and spectators.