Race Car Drivers

The sport of auto racing or car racing came into existence ever since automobiles came into being. The first such race was recorded in 1867. Car racing has numerous categories and each one has their own rules and regulations. Here is a list of some of the famous car racers of all time.
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 1 Lewis Hamilton

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Famous As: Formula One Driver
Birthdate: January 7, 1985
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Stevenage, United Kingdom

The name Lewis Hamilton has become synonymous with Formula One, and such is the greatness of Hamilton. Honoured with MBE by the Queen, Lewis Hamilton is one of the most successful Formula One Grand Prix Racing Driver. Hamilton was the first Black driver to win the Championship and has 6 World Championship titles and 90 race victories to his name.

 2 Michael Schumacher

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Famous As: Racing driver
Birthdate: January 3, 1969
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Hürth, Germany

With seven Formula One championship under his belt, Michael Schumacher is the most successful racer of Formula 1 and one of the greatest motor sports driver in the world. The retired German racer was the face of Ferrari for a decade and with his tremendous on track success also became one of best paid athletes in the sport’s history.

 3 Niki Lauda

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Famous As: Former Formula One driver
Birthdate: February 22, 1949
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Vienna, Austria
Died: May 20, 2019

Austrian Formula One driver and aviation entrepreneur Niki Lauda was a three-time F1 World Drivers' Champion. Considered to be one of the greatest F1 drivers of all time, he was once involved in a near-fatal accident. He founded and ran three airlines as an aviation entrepreneur and also served as the team manager of the Jaguar Formula One racing team.

 4 Frankie Muniz

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

 5 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.

 6 Ayrton Senna

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Famous As: Formula One Driver
Birthdate: March 21, 1960
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: São Paulo, Brazil
Died: May 1, 1994

Ayrton Senna was a Brazilian racing driver. Widely considered one of the greatest F1 drivers of all time, Ayrton had won the prestigious F1 World Drivers' Championship thrice. Following his fatal accident in 1994, several safety improvements were introduced to the sports' set-up; higher crash safety standards, redesigned tracks, and improved crash barriers became part of the sport.

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 7 James Hunt

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Famous As: Racing driver
Birthdate: August 29, 1947
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Belmont, Surrey, England,
Died: June 15, 1993

James Hunt was a British racing driver who earned the nickname 'Hunt the Shunt' for his action-packed and often reckless exploits on the track. In 1976, he won the Formula One World Championship in his first year with McLaren, which inspired several teenagers to take up motor racing. James Hunt has inspired racers, such as Kimi Räikkönen.

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 8 Sebastian Vettel

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Famous As: Racing Driver
Birthdate: July 3, 1987
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Heppenheim, Germany

Widely considered one of the greatest drivers in Formula One history, Sebastian Vettel holds a number of records, including most podium finishes and most consecutive race wins. Sebastian has a unique habit of naming his cars as he feels it is important to share a close relationship with the cars that he drives.

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 9 Max Verstappen

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Famous As: Racing driver
Birthdate: September 30, 1997
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Hasselt, Flanders, Belgium

 10 Dale Earnhardt

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Famous As: Race car driver
Birthdate: April 29, 1951
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Kannapolis, North Carolina, United States
Died: February 18, 2001

Dale Earnhardt was an American stock car driver who raced in the NASCAR Winston Cup Series from 1975 to 2001. Considered one of the greatest drivers in the history of NASCAR, Earnhardt won 76 Winston Cup races and seven Winston Cup championships in an illustrious career spanning 40 years. In 2010, he was inducted into the NASCAR Hall of Fame.

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 11 Kimi Raikkonen

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Famous As: Racing driver
Birthdate: October 17, 1979
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Espoo, Finland

 12 Daniel Ricciardo

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Famous As: Racecar driver
Birthdate: July 1, 1989
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Perth, Australia
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 13 Fernando Alonso

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Famous As: F1 Driver
Birthdate: July 29, 1981
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Oviedo, Spain

Two-time FIA Hall of Fame inductee Fernando Alonso began go-carting at age 3 and won several trophies by 10. The youngest to win the F-1 World Championship, for Renault, he later led a Ferrari team. When he isn’t racing, he is busy managing his e-sports team and working for UNICEF.

 14 Nico Rosberg

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Famous As: Formula One Racing Driver
Birthdate: June 27, 1985
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Wiesbaden, Germany

The son of former Formula One world champion Keke Rosberg, Nico Rosberg followed in his father's footsteps to win the 2016 Formula One world championship. After announcing his retirement as a racing driver, Nico Rosberg became an eco-entrepreneur, helping with the construction of self-autonomous and electric vehicles. Rosberg has also worked with charities like Viva con Agua de Sankt Pauli.

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 15 Jenson Button

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Famous As: Formula One driver
Birthdate: January 19, 1980
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Frome, England

 16 Lando Norris

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Famous As: Racing driver
Birthdate: November 13, 1999
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Bristol, England
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 17 Jeff Gordon

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

 18 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. 

 19 Valtteri Bottas

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Famous As: Racing driver
Birthdate: August 28, 1989
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Nastola, Finland

 20 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). 

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 21 Mick Schumacher

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Famous As: Racing driver
Birthdate: March 22, 1999
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Vufflens-le-Château, Switzerland

 22 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.

 23 Richard Petty

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

 24 Bubba Wallace

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

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Famous As: Racing driver
Birthdate: September 17, 1996
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Evreux, France

 26 Nico Hülkenberg

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Famous As: Racing driver
Birthdate: August 19, 1987
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Emmerich, Germany
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 27 Kyle Busch

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Famous As: Race Car Driver
Birthdate: May 2, 1985
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Las Vegas, Nevada, United States

 28 Mick Blue

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Famous As: Adult Film Star
Birthdate: September 9, 1976
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Graz, Austria
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 29 Jackie Stewart

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Famous As: Entrepreneur, Sport shooter, Racecar driver
Birthdate: June 11, 1939
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: West Dunbartonshire

 30 Alain Prost

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Famous As: Racecar driver
Birthdate: February 24, 1955
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Lorette, France

 31 Carlos Sainz Jr.

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Famous As: Racing driver
Birthdate: September 1, 1994
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Madrid, Spain

 32 Juan Pablo Montoya

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Famous As: Racecar driver
Birthdate: September 20, 1975
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Bogotá, Colombia
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 33 Nigel Mansell

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Famous As: Formula One driver
Birthdate: August 8, 1953
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Upton-upon-Severn, England

 34 Jacques Villeneuve

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Famous As: Formula One Driver
Birthdate: April 9, 1971
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu, Canada

Canadian race-car driver Jacques Villeneuve is known for his association with the NASCAR Whelen Euro Series. Son of F1 driver Gilles Villeneuve, he has won 11 Grands Prix and is the only Canadian to win the Indianapolis 500 and the F1 Drivers' title. He has also released a music album.

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 35 Tony Stewart

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

 36 Stirling Moss

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Famous As: Racing Driver
Birthdate: September 17, 1929
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: West Kensington, London, England
Died: April 12, 2020

British Formula One race-car driver Stirling Moss won several contests such as the British Grand Prix and the New Zealand Grand Prix. He was inducted into the International Motorsports Hall of Fame, too. He later had a broadcasting career with Wide World of Sports and narrated Roary the Racing Car.

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 37 Mark Webber

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Famous As: Racing driver
Birthdate: August 27, 1976
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Queanbeyan, Australia

Mark Webber is an Australian former racing driver. From 2002 to 2013, Webber competed in Formula One, winning the 2010 British Grand Prix. From 2014 to 2016, he competed in the FIA World Endurance Championship, winning the 2015 season for Porsche alongside Timo Bernhard and Brendon Hartley. In 2019, Mark Webber was inducted into the FIA Hall of Fame.

 38 Damon Hill

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Famous As: Formula One driver, Businessperson
Birthdate: September 17, 1960
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: London, England

 39 Jim Clark

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Famous As: Formula One driver, Farmer
Birthdate: March 4, 1936
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Fife
Died: April 7, 1968

 40 Mika Häkkinen

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Famous As: Finnish racing driver
Birthdate: September 28, 1968
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Vantaa, Finland

 41 Ralf Schumacher

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Famous As: Racing driver
Birthdate: June 30, 1975
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Hürth, Germany

 42 Jos Verstappen

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Famous As: Racing driver
Birthdate: March 4, 1972
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Montfort, Netherlands

 43 Juan Manuel Fangio

Juan Manuel Fangio
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Famous As: Entrepreneur, Formula One driver, Racecar driver
Birthdate: June 24, 1911
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Balcarce, Argentina
Died: July 17, 1995

 44 Rubens Barrichello

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Famous As: Racecar driver
Birthdate: May 23, 1972
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: São Paulo, Brazil

 45 Kevin Magnussen

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Famous As: Racing driver
Birthdate: October 5, 1992
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Roskilde, Denmark

 46 Gilles Villeneuve

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Famous As: Racing Driver
Birthdate: January 18, 1950
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu, Canada
Died: May 8, 1982
Canadian race-car driver Gilles Villeneuve is remembered for his 6-year stint with Grand Prix, racing with Ferrari. He won six races but died in a violent collision with Jochen Mass’s car during a qualifying race for the 1982 Belgian Grand Prix. His son, Jacques, later became a F1 champion.

 47 Hardcore Holly

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

 48 Graham Hill

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Famous As: British racing driver
Birthdate: February 15, 1929
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Hampstead, London, England
Died: November 29, 1975

 49 Kevin Harvick

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

 50 Kurt Busch

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