Famous American Race Car Drivers

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Mario Andretti
(American Former Racing Driver and Winner of 1978 Formula One World Championship)
Mario Andretti
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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). 

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Richard Petty
(Racing driver)
Richard Petty
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Birthdate: July 2, 1937
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Level Cross, North Carolina, United States
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Jimmie Johnson
(One of the Greatest NASCAR Drivers of All Time)
Jimmie Johnson
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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.

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Jeff Gordon
(Race car driver)
Jeff Gordon
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Birthdate: August 4, 1971
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Vallejo, California, United States
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Danica Patrick
(The Most Successful Woman in the History of American Open-Wheel Car Racing)
Danica Patrick
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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.
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Carroll Shelby
(Automotive Designer & Racing Driver Known for His Modifications of Cars 'AC Cobra' and 'Ford Mustang')
Carroll Shelby
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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.

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Jessi Combs
(Race Car Driver)
Jessi Combs
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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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Frankie Muniz
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Birthdate: December 5, 1985
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Wood-Ridge, New Jersey, United States
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Chad McQueen
(Known for His Roles in the Films: ‘The Karate Kid’ and ‘The Karate Kid Part II')
Chad McQueen
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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.

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Tony Stewart
(Race Car driver)
Tony Stewart
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Birthdate: May 20, 1971
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Columbus, Indiana, United States
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Arie Luyendyk Jr.
(Dutch-American Auto Racing Driver, Television Personality, and Son of Racing Driver Arie Luyendyk)
Arie Luyendyk Jr.
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Birthdate: September 18, 1981
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: 's-Hertogenbosch, Netherlands

Born in the Netherlands, to 2-time Indianapolis 500 champion Arie Luyendyk, Arie Luyendyk Jr. moved to the US with his family at age 3. He followed in his father’s footsteps to enter the arena of auto racing. He later gained fame with his appearance on The Bachelorette and his romance with Lauren Burnham.

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A. J. Foyt
(American Retired Auto Racing Driver)
A. J. Foyt
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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.

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Kyle Larson
(American Professional Auto Racing Driver)
Kyle Larson
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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.

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Kurt Busch
(Race Car Driver)
Kurt Busch
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Birthdate: August 4, 1978
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Las Vegas, Nevada, United States
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Michael Andretti
(Formula One driver)
Michael Andretti
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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.

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Martin Truex Jr.
(Race Car Driver)
Martin Truex Jr.
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Birthdate: June 29, 1980
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Mayetta, Stafford Township, New Jersey, United States
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Carl Edwards
(Race Car Driver)
Carl Edwards
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Birthdate: August 15, 1979
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Columbia, Missouri, United States
 18 
Bill Elliott
(Race car driver)
Bill Elliott
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Birthdate: October 8, 1955
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Dawsonville, Georgia, United States
 19 
John Force
(NHRA drag racer)
John Force
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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.

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Eddie Rickenbacker
(American Fighter Pilot Who Played an Important Role in World War I)
Eddie Rickenbacker
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Birthdate: October 8, 1890
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Columbus, Ohio, United States
Died: July 23, 1973

Eddie Rickenbacker was an American fighter pilot who played an important role in World War I. With 26 aerial victories under his belt, Rickenbacker was the most decorated and most successful US flying ace of the First World War. A multi-talented personality, Eddie Rickenbacker was also an automotive designer and race car driver.

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Phil Hill
(Race car driver)
Phil Hill
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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)

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Davey Allison
(Racing Driver)
Davey Allison
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Birthdate: February 25, 1961
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Hollywood, Florida, United States
Died: July 13, 1993
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Darrell Waltrip
(Race Car Driver)
Darrell Waltrip
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Birthdate: February 5, 1947
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Owensboro, Kentucky, United States
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Dan Gurney
(Formula One driver, Engineer, Racecar driver)
Dan Gurney
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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.

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Matt Kenseth
(Race Car Driver)
Matt Kenseth
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Birthdate: March 10, 1972
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Cambridge, Wisconsin, United States
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Hardcore Holly
(Professional Wrestler)
Hardcore Holly
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Birthdate: January 29, 1963
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Glendale, California, United States
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Mark Martin
(Race Car Driver)
Mark Martin
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Birthdate: January 9, 1959
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Batesville, Arkansas, United States
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Kevin Harvick
(Race Car Driver)
Kevin Harvick
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Birthdate: December 8, 1975
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Bakersfield, California, United States
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Tim Richmond
(Race Car Driver)
Tim Richmond
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Birthdate: June 7, 1955
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Ashland, Ohio, United States
Died: August 13, 1989
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Leah Pruett
(Racing driver)
Leah Pruett
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Birthdate: May 26, 1988
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Redlands, California
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Kyle Busch
(Race Car Driver)
Kyle Busch
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Birthdate: May 2, 1985
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Las Vegas, Nevada, United States
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Rick Hendrick
(Racecar driver)
Rick Hendrick
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Birthdate: July 12, 1949
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Warrenton, Carolina, United States
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Rusty Wallace
(Racing Driver)
Rusty Wallace
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Birthdate: August 14, 1956
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Arnold, Missouri, United States
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Junior Johnson
(Racing driver)
Junior Johnson
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Birthdate: June 28, 1931
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Ronda, North Carolina, United States
Died: December 20, 2019
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Lance Reventlow
(Racing driver)
Lance Reventlow
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Birthdate: February 24, 1936
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: London, England
Died: July 24, 1972
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Neil Bonnett
(Racing driver)
Neil Bonnett
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Birthdate: July 30, 1946
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Hueytown, Alabama, United States
Died: February 11, 1994
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Alan Kulwicki
(Racing Driver)
Alan Kulwicki
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Birthdate: December 14, 1954
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Greenfield, Wisconsin, United States
Died: April 1, 1993
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Bobby Allison
(Race Car Driver)
Bobby Allison
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Birthdate: December 3, 1937
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Miami, Florida, United States
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Sterling Marlin
(Race Car Driver)
Sterling Marlin
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Birthdate: June 30, 1957
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Columbia, Tennessee, United States
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Cale Yarborough
(Race Car Driver)
Cale Yarborough
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Birthdate: March 27, 1939
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Timmonsville, South Carolina, United States
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Bobby Labonte
(Race Car Driver)
Bobby Labonte
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Birthdate: May 8, 1964
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Corpus Christi, Texas, United States
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Ken Schrader
(Racing Driver)
Ken Schrader
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Birthdate: May 29, 1955
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Fenton, Missouri, United States
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Aric Almirola
(Racecar driver)
Aric Almirola
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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.

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Jeff Burton
(Race Car Driver)
Jeff Burton
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Birthdate: June 29, 1967
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: South Boston, Virginia, United States
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Ernie Irvan
(Race Car Driver)
Ernie Irvan
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Birthdate: January 13, 1959
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Salinas, California, United States
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Bubba Wallace
(Racing automobile driver)
Bubba Wallace
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Birthdate: October 8, 1993
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Mobile, Alabama, United States
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Graham Rahal
(Race car driver who participates in the IndyCar Series)
Graham Rahal
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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. 

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Bobby Unser
(American Former Automobile Racer)
Bobby Unser
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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.

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Ricky Rudd
(Racing Driver)
Ricky Rudd
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Birthdate: September 12, 1956
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Chesapeake, Virginia, United States
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Lee Petty
(Race Car Driver)
Lee Petty
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Birthdate: March 14, 1914
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Randleman, North Carolina, United States
Died: April 5, 2000