Famous American Race Car Drivers

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 1 Mario Andretti

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Famous As: Racing driver
Birthdate: February 28, 1940
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Motovun, Croatia

 Italian-born American former racing driver, Mario Andrett,i is the only driver ever to win the Indianapolis 500, Daytona 500, and the Formula One World Championship. He is considered one of the most successful Americans in the history of the sport.  Over the course of his long career, he has is the only person to be named United States Driver of the Year in three decades (1967, 1978, and 1984). 

 2 Danica Patrick

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Famous As: Racing driver
Birthdate: March 25, 1982
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Beloit, Wisconsin, United States
Danica Patrick, the first female driver to clinch an IndyCar series win, became the Rookie of the Year at the 2005 Indianapolis 500 and the 2005 IndyCar Series and later joined stock-car racing with the NASCAR Nationwide Series. She owns a wine brand and an athleisure line, and supports DRIVE4COPD.

 3 Jeff Gordon

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Famous As: Race car driver
Birthdate: August 4, 1971
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Vallejo, California, United States

 4 Richard Petty

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Famous As: Racing driver
Birthdate: July 2, 1937
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Level Cross, North Carolina, United States

 5 Jimmie Johnson

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Famous As: Race Car Driver
Birthdate: September 17, 1975
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: El Cajon, California, United States

Race-car driver Jimmie Johnson is associated with IndyCar Series. He is a seven-time NASCAR Cup Series winner and is the first and only NASCAR driver with five consecutive championship wins. In 2009, he became the first race-car driver to earn the Associated Press Male Athlete of the Year honor.

 6 Carroll Shelby

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Famous As: Designer of high-performance versions of the Ford Mustang
Birthdate: January 11, 1923
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Leesburg, Texas, United States
Died: May 10, 2012

An automobile designer known for his involvement with the AC Shelby Cobra and Ford Mustang, Carroll Shelby was also a well-known racing driver, and a successful entrepreneur, who established Shelby American after a heart ailment put an end to his racing career.  Meanwhile, he also ran a a high-performance driving school and published a memoir entitled The Carroll Shelby Story.

 7 Jessi Combs

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Famous As: Race Car Driver
Birthdate: July 27, 1980
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Rapid City, South Dakota, United States
Died: August 27, 2019

Professional racer, TV personality and metal fabricator, Jessi Combs, is remembered for setting a women's land speed class record (four wheels) in 2013. She was known as "the fastest woman on four wheels.” As a TV presenter, she co-hosted over 90 episodes of the Spike TV show, Xtreme 4x4. She died in a car crash while racing in 2019. 

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 8 Chad McQueen

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Famous As: Actor, Producer
Birthdate: December 28, 1960
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Los Angeles, California, United States

The son of legendary actor Steve McQueen, Chad McQueen followed in the footsteps of his father to become an actor. Also a well-known martial artist, McQueen contributed to the success of the 1984 film The Karate Kid and its sequel. Also a race car driver, Chad McQueen started a company called McQueen Racing, LLC in January 2010.

 9 Frankie Muniz

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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: December 5, 1985
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Wood-Ridge, New Jersey, United States

 10 Tony Stewart

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Famous As: Race Car driver
Birthdate: May 20, 1971
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Columbus, Indiana, United States

 11 Bubba Wallace

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Famous As: Racing automobile driver
Birthdate: October 8, 1993
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Mobile, Alabama, United States

 12 Kyle Larson

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Famous As: He competes full-time in the NASCAR Cup Series, driving the No. 5
Birthdate: July 31, 1992
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Elk Grove, California, United States

Kyle Larson had started racing at the tender age of 7. The NASCAR Cup Series driver, also known in the circuit as Yung Money, was in the news for using a racial slur during a live iRacing telecast, which eventually got him suspended by NASCAR and lose all his sponsorships.

 13 A. J. Foyt

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Famous As: Race car driver
Birthdate: January 16, 1935
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Houston, Texas, United States

The first racing driver to win the Indianapolis 500 four times, A.J Foytm appeared in the event for 35 consecutive years, winning the race in 1961, 1964, 1967 and 1977. Inheriting his love for racing from his auto mechanic father, he dropped out of  school to become professional racing driver, eventually founding a successful racing team, A. J. Foyt Enterprises.

 14 Kurt Busch

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Famous As: Race Car Driver
Birthdate: August 4, 1978
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Las Vegas, Nevada, United States

 15 Martin Truex Jr.

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Famous As: Race Car Driver
Birthdate: June 29, 1980
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Mayetta, Stafford Township, New Jersey, United States

 16 Bill Elliott

Bill Elliott
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Famous As: Race car driver
Birthdate: October 8, 1955
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Dawsonville, Georgia, United States

 17 Michael Andretti

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Famous As: Formula One driver
Birthdate: October 5, 1962
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Bethlehem, Pennsylvania

One of the most sought-after names in the open-wheel car racing circuit, Michael Andretti is the son of former Formula 1 world champion Mario Andretti. He owns Andretti Green Racing and the Indianapolis-based team Andretti Autosport, which has been represented in series such as IndyCar and Australian V8 Supercars.

 18 John Force

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Famous As: NHRA drag racer
Birthdate: May 4, 1949
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Bell Gardens, California, United States

Apart from being a 16-time Funny Car Champion, drag racer John Force has also scripted more NHRA all-time records. Known as Brute Force in the racing circuit, for his 10 back-to-back NHRA championships, he belongs to The First Family of Drag Racing, with his daughters and son-in-law.

 19 Carl Edwards

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Famous As: Race Car Driver
Birthdate: August 15, 1979
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Columbia, Missouri, United States

 20 Eddie Rickenbacker

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Famous As: Aviator, Racecar Driver, Military Personnel
Birthdate: October 8, 1890
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Columbus, Ohio, United States
Died: July 23, 1973

 21 Hardcore Holly

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Famous As: Professional Wrestler
Birthdate: January 29, 1963
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Glendale, California, United States

 22 Davey Allison

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Famous As: Racing Driver
Birthdate: February 25, 1961
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Hollywood, Florida, United States
Died: July 13, 1993

 23 Darrell Waltrip

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Famous As: Race Car Driver
Birthdate: February 5, 1947
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Owensboro, Kentucky, United States

 24 Dan Gurney

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Famous As: Formula One driver, Engineer, Racecar driver
Birthdate: April 13, 1931
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Port Jefferson

An amateur drag racer in his youth, American racing driver Dan Gurney began his professional career in 1959, quickly becoming one of the most popular international racing stars of his era. Also a prominent race car constructor and the founder of All American Racers, he is known as much for his engineering acumen as for his quest for innovative solutions.

 25 Phil Hill

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Famous As: Race car driver
Birthdate: April 20, 1927
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Miami, Florida, United States
Died: August 28, 2008

The first USA-born race car driver to win the Formula One World Drivers' Championship and the 24 Hours of Le Mans endurance race, Phil Hill began racing as a mechanic before becoming a professional racer. A disciplined perfectionist in car preparation, he achieved several career victories including two Italian Grand Prix (1960 and 1961) and one Belgium Grand Prix (1961)

 26 Matt Kenseth

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Famous As: Race Car Driver
Birthdate: March 10, 1972
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Cambridge, Wisconsin, United States

 27 Mark Martin

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Famous As: Race Car Driver
Birthdate: January 9, 1959
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Batesville, Arkansas, United States

 28 Louis Chevrolet

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Famous As: Co-founder of the Chevrolet Motor Car Company
Birthdate: December 25, 1878
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: La Chaux-de-Fonds, Switzerland
Died: June 6, 1941

Louis Chevrolet was a Swiss race car driver. He is credited with co-founding the Chevrolet Motor Car Company, which is currently a major manufacturer of cars. He is also credited with founding the Frontenac Motor Corporation. Louis Chevrolet was inducted into several halls of fame, including the International Motorsports Hall of Fame and Motorsports Hall of Fame of America.

 29 Tim Richmond

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Famous As: Race Car Driver
Birthdate: June 7, 1955
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Ashland, Ohio, United States
Died: August 13, 1989

 30 Leah Pruett

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Famous As: Racing driver
Birthdate: May 26, 1988
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Redlands, California

 31 Bobby Allison

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Famous As: Race Car Driver
Birthdate: December 3, 1937
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Miami, Florida, United States

 32 Junior Johnson

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Famous As: Racing driver
Birthdate: June 28, 1931
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Ronda, North Carolina, United States
Died: December 20, 2019

 33 Neil Bonnett

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Famous As: Racing driver
Birthdate: July 30, 1946
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Hueytown, Alabama, United States
Died: February 11, 1994

 34 Sterling Marlin

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Famous As: Race Car Driver
Birthdate: June 30, 1957
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Columbia, Tennessee, United States

 35 Alan Kulwicki

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Famous As: Racing Driver
Birthdate: December 14, 1954
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Greenfield, Wisconsin, United States
Died: April 1, 1993

 36 Cale Yarborough

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Famous As: Race Car Driver
Birthdate: March 27, 1939
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Timmonsville, South Carolina, United States

 37 Lance Reventlow

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Famous As: Racing driver
Birthdate: February 24, 1936
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: London, England
Died: July 24, 1972

 38 Rusty Wallace

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Famous As: Racing Driver
Birthdate: August 14, 1956
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Arnold, Missouri, United States

 39 Bobby Labonte

Bobby Labonte
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Famous As: Race Car Driver
Birthdate: May 8, 1964
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Corpus Christi, Texas, United States

 40 Aric Almirola

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Famous As: Racecar driver
Birthdate: March 14, 1984
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Fort Walton Beach, Florida, United States

Nicknamed Cuban Missile, American-Cuban stock car racer Aric Almirola began racing nationally at the age of fourteen, earning several awards before beginning his NASCAR career with the Camping World Truck series in 2005.  Currently, full-time competitor in the NASCAR Cup Series, he has so far appeared in 386 races, winning among others the Foxwoods Resort Casino 301 race in 2021.

 41 Rick Hendrick

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Famous As: Racecar driver
Birthdate: July 12, 1949
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Warrenton, Carolina, United States

 42 Ken Schrader

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Famous As: Racing Driver
Birthdate: May 29, 1955
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Fenton, Missouri, United States

 43 Ernie Irvan

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Famous As: Race Car Driver
Birthdate: January 13, 1959
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Salinas, California, United States

 44 Graham Rahal

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Famous As: Race car driver who participates in the IndyCar Series
Birthdate: January 4, 1989
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: New Albany, Ohio, United States

Graham Rahal is a race car driver currently associated with the IndyCar Series with the Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing team. He is the son of Bobby Rahal, the winner of the 1986 Indianapolis 500. Graham began his career in 2005. He drove in the 24 Hours of Daytona in 2007 and won the 2015 MAVTV 500 at Auto Club Speedway. 

 45 Bobby Unser

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Famous As: Race car driver
Birthdate: February 20, 1934
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Colorado Springs, Colorado, United States
Died: May 2, 2021

Born into the First Family of American auto racing, Bobby Unser had begun racing at age 15. He, his brother Al, and his nephew Al Jr., made racing history by winning a record nine Indianapolis 500 races together. He was trapped in a blizzard in New Mexico once and was almost killed.

 46 Lee Petty

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Famous As: Race Car Driver
Birthdate: March 14, 1914
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Randleman, North Carolina, United States
Died: April 5, 2000

 47 David Pearson

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Famous As: Car Racer
Birthdate: December 22, 1934
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Spartanburg, South Carolina, United States
Died: November 12, 2018

 48 Fireball Roberts

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Famous As: Car Racer
Birthdate: January 20, 1929
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Tavares, Florida, United States
Died: July 2, 1964

 49 Jeff Burton

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Famous As: Race Car Driver
Birthdate: June 29, 1967
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: South Boston, Virginia, United States

 50 Kevin Harvick

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Famous As: Race Car Driver
Birthdate: December 8, 1975
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Bakersfield, California, United States