Alain Prost is a famous French racing driver. A four-time Formula One
Drivers’ Champion, only Michael Schumacher (seven-time championship)
has equalled or surpassed his number of titles. From 1987 until 2001,
Prost held the record for most Grand Prix victories. In 1999, Prost
received the World Sports Awards of the Century in the motor sport
During the 1980’s and early 1990’s, Prost formed fierce rivalries,
mainly with Ayrton Senna, but also Nelson Piquet and Nigel Mansell. In
1986, at the last race of the season, he beat Mansell and Piquet of
Williams to the title after Mansell retired late on in the race, and
Piquet was pulled in for a late precautionary pit stop. Senna joined
Prost at McLaren in 1988, and the two had a series of controversial
clashes, including a collision at the 1989 Japanese Grand Prix that gave
Prost his third Drivers’ Championship.
Prost employed a smooth, relaxed style behind the wheel, deliberately
modeling himself on personal heroes like Jackie Stewart and Jim Clark.
He was nicknamed “The Professor” for his intellectual approach to
competition, though it was a name he did not particularly care for.
Skilled at setting up his car for race conditions, Prost would often
conserve his brakes and tyres early on in a race, leaving them fresher
for a challenge at the end.
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Nigel Mansell is a retired British racing driver who won both the
Formula One World Championship (1992) and the CART Indy Car World Series
(1993). Mansell was the reigning F1 champion when he moved over to
CART, becoming the first person to win the CART title in his debut
season, and making him the only person to hold both titles
His career in Formula One spanned 15 seasons, with his final two full
seasons of top-level racing being spent in the CART series. Mansell is
the second most successful British Formula One driver of all time in
terms of race wins, with 31 victories, and is seventh overall on the
Formula One race winners list behind Michael Schumacher, Alain Prost,
Ayrton Senna, Sebastian Vettel, Fernando Alonso, and Lewis Hamilton. He
held the record for the most number of poles set in a single season,
which was broken in 2011 by Sebastian Vettel. He was rated in the top 5
Formula One drivers of all time by longtime Formula One commentator
Murray Walker. In 2008, Entertainment and Sports Programming Network put
him in their top drivers of all-time. He was also ranked No. 9 of the
50 greatest race drivers of all time by the Times Online, on a list that
also included such drivers as Alain Prost, Ayrton Senna, Jackie
Stewart, and Jim Clark.
Mansell raced in the Grand Prix Masters series in 2005, and won the
championship title. He was inducted to the International Motorsports
Hall of Fame in 2005.
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A.J. Foyt (“Super Tex”) is an American retired automobile racing
driver. He raced in numerous genres of motorsports. His open wheel
racing includes United States Automobile Club Champ cars and midget
cars. He raced stock cars in NASCAR and USAC and won several major
sports car racing events. He holds the USAC career wins record with 159
victories, and the American championship racing career wins record with
He is the only driver to win the Indianapolis 500 (which he won four
times), the Daytona 500, the 24 Hours of Daytona, and the 24 Hours of Le
Mans. Foyt won the International Race of Champions all-star racing
series in 1976 and 1977. In the NASCAR stock car circuit, he won the
1964 Firecracker 400 and the 1972 Daytona 500. Foyt survived three major
crashes that caused serious injuries, and narrowly escaped a fourth.
Foyt’s success has led to induction in numerous motorsports halls of
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Richard Lee Petty, nicknamed The King, is a former NASCAR driver who
raced in the Strictly Stock/Grand National Era and the NASCAR Winston
Cup Series. He is most well known for winning the NASCAR Championship
seven times (Dale Earnhardt is the only other driver to accomplish this
feat), winning a record 200 races during his career, winning the Daytona
500 a record seven times, and winning a record 27 races (ten of them
consecutively) in the 1967 season alone.
Statistically he is the most accomplished driver in the history of
the sport and is one of the most respected figures in motorsports as a
whole. He also collected a record number of poles (127) and over 700
top-ten finishes in his 1,184 starts, including 513 consecutive starts
from 1971–1989. Petty was the only driver to ever win in his 500th race
start, until Matt Kenseth joined him in 2013. Petty is a member of the
inaugural class of the NASCAR Hall of Fame. He was inducted into the
Hall in 2010.
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Jimmie Kenneth Johnson is an American stock car racing driver and a
six-time champion in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series. He drives the No. 48
Chevrolet SS for Hendrick Motorsports.
Johnson won his first Cup series championship in 2006 and with
further wins in 2007, 2008, 2009, and 2010 became the only driver in
NASCAR history to win five consecutive championships. During the 2011
season, Johnson finished sixth in points, while he finished third in
2012. In 2013, Johnson won his sixth championship, one fewer than
Richard Petty and Dale Earnhardt, who have the record for the most
championships. Johnson is also a two-time Daytona 500 winner, with
victories in 2006 and 2013. Between 2002 and 2015, Johnson has recorded
six championships, 72 wins, 292 top-tens, and 33 pole positions.
Johnson became the first racing driver to become Associated Press
Male Athlete of the Year (U.S.) in 2009, and has won Driver of the Year
five times, most recently in 2013. He also topped Forbes.com’s Most
Influential Athletes list for two consecutive years (2011, 2012).
Johnson is also the only driver to have qualified for the Chase every
single year since its inception in 2004.
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Mario Gabriele Andretti is a retired Italian American world champion
racing driver, one of the most successful Americans in the history of
the sport. He is one of only two drivers to win races in Formula One,
IndyCar, World Sportscar Championship and NASCAR. He also won races in
midget cars, and sprint cars. During his career, Andretti won the 1978
Formula One World Championship, four IndyCar titles (three under
USAC-sanctioning, one under CART), and IROC VI. To date, he remains the
only driver ever to win the Indianapolis 500 (1969), Daytona 500 (1967)
and the Formula One World Championship, and, along with Juan Pablo
Montoya, the only driver to have won a race in the NASCAR Sprint Cup
Series, Formula One, and an Indianapolis 500. No American has won a
Formula One race since Andretti’s victory at the 1978 Dutch Grand Prix.
Andretti had 109 career wins on major circuits.
Andretti had a long career in racing. He was the only person to be
named United States Driver of the Year in three decades (1967, 1978, and
1984). He was also one of only three drivers to win races on road
courses, paved ovals, and dirt tracks in one season, a feat that he
accomplished four times. With his final IndyCar win in April 1993,
Andretti became the first driver to win IndyCar races in four different
decades and the first to win automobile races of any kind in five.
In American popular culture, his name has become synonymous with
speed, similar to the global recognition of F1 driver Michael Schumacher
in the last two decades.
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Steve Kinser is a professional sprint car racer. He has won 20
championships in the World of Outlaws (WoO) series, and currently drives
the #11 Bass Pro Shops car. Kinser left the World of Outlaws in 2006 to
compete with the National Sprint Tour series, but returned to the World
of Outlaws for the 2007 season. ESPN included him on their list of top
drivers of all-time in 2008.
He became a World of Outlaws driver in 1978. In 1987, he won 46
features, including 12 in a row, and 24 of the last 26 events. He has
won the Knoxville Nationals a record 12 times, the Gold Cup Race of
Champions 12 times, and the Kings Royal at Eldora 7 times. As of
February of 2014, he had won twenty WoO championships and 577 “A”
features as of February 16, 2014. He was inducted in the National Sprint
Car Hall of Fame in 2005. He has been described as the best sprint
racer ever by columnists and even his rivals.
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Ayrton Senna da Silva was a Brazilian racing driver who won three
Formula One world championships. He was killed in an accident while
leading the 1994 San Marino Grand Prix. He was among the most dominant
and successful Formula One drivers of the modern era and is considered
by many as the greatest racing driver of all time. He is the most recent
driver to have been killed in a Formula One World Championship event.
Senna began his motorsport career in karting, moving up to open-wheel
racing in 1981, and winning the British Formula 3 championship in 1983.
He made his Formula One debut with Toleman-Hart in 1984, before moving
to Lotus-Renault the following year and winning six Grands Prix over the
next three seasons. In 1988, he joined Frenchman Alain Prost at
McLaren-Honda. Between them, they won all but one of the 16 Grands Prix
that year and Senna claimed his first World Championship. Prost claimed
the championship in 1989, and Senna his second and third championships
in 1990 and 1991.
Senna has often been voted as the best and most influential Formula
One driver of all time in various motorsport polls. He was recognised
for his qualifying speed over one lap and, from 1989 until 2006, held
the record for most pole positions. He was also acclaimed for his wet
weather performances, such as the 1984 Monaco Grand Prix, the 1985
Portuguese Grand Prix, and the 1993 European Grand Prix. He holds a
record six victories at the Monaco Grand Prix, and is the third most
successful driver of all time in terms of race wins.
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Michael Schumacher is a retired German racing driver. Schumacher is a
seven-time Formula One World Champion and is widely regarded as one of
the greatest Formula One drivers of all time. He was named Laureus World
Sportsman of the Year twice. He holds many of Formula One’s driver
records, including most championships, race victories, fastest laps,
pole positions, and most races won in a single season – 13 in 2004 (the
last of these records was equalled by fellow German Sebastian Vettel
nine years later). In 2002, he became the only driver in Formula One
history to finish in the top three in every race of a season and then
also broke the record for most consecutive podium finishes. According to
the official Formula One website, he is “statistically the greatest
driver the sport has ever seen.”
Schumacher and his younger brother, Ralf, are the only brothers to
win races in Formula One, and they were the first brothers to finish 1st
and 2nd in the same race, a feat they repeated in four subsequent
In December 2013, Schumacher suffered a serious head injury while
skiing. He was airlifted to a hospital and placed in a medically induced
coma, having suffered a traumatic brain injury. He was in the coma from
29 December 2013 until 16 June 2014. In November 2014, Schumacher was
reported to be paralyzed and wheelchair-bound as a result of the
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