Rally Drivers

Rally Racing is a form of auto racing in which automobiles are driven over public roads under normal traffic conditions as contrasted to other car races that are run on a circuit. The rules and regulations regarding speed, time and route are predetermined for these races. The term rally racing has been in use since 1911 when the first Monte Carlo Rally was held. Most rally race drivers up to the 1950s were amateurs and paid little. The 1960s brought about the era of professional drivers when young and enthusiastic drivers were recruited and provided training to hone their skills. The increasing popularity of this type of racing led to the World Rally championship which is organized by the Fédération Internationale de l'Automobile (FIA). There are two forms of rally races: stage rallies and road rallies. Road rally is the original form that is held on highways under normal traffic—these are primarily amateur events. Stage rallies are the professional form of the sport. In order to participate in rally car racing, one needs to hold a valid driver’s license and have lots of practice driving on gravel roads and difficult terrains. Read on know about various famous rally drivers from all over the world.

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 1 Colin McRae

Colin McRae
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Famous As: Co-driver, Racecar driver
Birthdate: August 5, 1968
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Lanark
Died: September 15, 2007

 2 Danica Patrick

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 Kimi Raikkonen

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

 4 Daniel Ricciardo

Daniel Ricciardo
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Famous As: Currently Competing in Formula One
Birthdate: July 1, 1989
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Perth, Australia

Daniel Ricciardo is an Italian-Australian racing driver. He currently competes in Formula One for McLaren. Over the years, Ricciardo has had eight Grand Prix victories, including a win at the 2021 Italian Grand Prix, in Formula One. He has also received several awards like BRDC The Bruce McLaren Trophy. In 2014, he was named GQ Australia Sportsman of the Year.

 5 Carlos Sainz Sr.

Carlos Sainz Sr.
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Famous As: Rally driver
Birthdate: April 12, 1962
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Madrid, Spain

 6 Jenson Button

Jenson Button
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Famous As: Formula One driver
Birthdate: January 19, 1980
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Frome, England
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 7 Sergio Pérez

Sergio Pérez
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Famous As: Racing driver
Birthdate: January 26, 1990
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Guadalajara
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 8 Dave Mirra

Dave Mirra
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Famous As: Extreme sports athlete
Birthdate: April 4, 1974
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Syracuse, New York, USA
Died: February 4, 2016

Dave Mirra was an American BMX rider who set the X Games record for most medals won in BMX Freestyle. He was also a rallycross racer, competing alongside the Subaru Rally Team USA for many years. Dave Mirra committed suicide in 2016. Later that year, he was inducted into the BMX Hall of Fame.

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 9 Sébastien Loeb

Sébastien Loeb
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Famous As: Rally driver
Birthdate: February 26, 1974
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Haguenau, France

 10 Romain Grosjean

Romain Grosjean
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Famous As: French GP2 series champion, began competing in Formula One in 2009
Birthdate: April 17, 1986
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Geneva, Switzerland

Romain Grosjean is a racing driver who spent nine Formula One seasons with several teams. In 2011, he won the GP2 Series as well as the GP2 Asia Series, becoming the first two-time GP2 Asia champion. He currently competes in the US-based IndyCar Series.

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 11 Bruce McLaren

Bruce McLaren
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Famous As: Motorcycle racer, Racecar driver
Birthdate: August 30, 1937
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Greater Auckland
Died: June 2, 1970

 12 Juan Pablo Montoya

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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 13 Nigel Mansell

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

 14 Travis Pastrana

Travis Pastrana
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Famous As: Stunt Performer
Birthdate: October 8, 1983
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Annapolis

Motorsports competitor and stunt artist Travis Pastrana has won several X Games gold medals, in categories such as motocross, supercross, and freestyle motocross. He launched a reality show called Nitro Circus, which later became a media company. He also hosts and extreme sports event and has been part of NASCAR.

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 15 Mark Thatcher

Mark Thatcher
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Famous As: Businessman
Birthdate: August 15, 1953
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Hammersmith, London, England, United Kingdom

Mark Thatcher is the son of former Prime Minister of the United Kingdom, Margaret Thatcher. For the major part of his career as a businessman, Thatcher was accused of using his mother's position to gain an upper hand, especially in the Al-Yamamah arms deal. In 2005, he was convicted for funding the 2004 Wonga Coup in South Africa.

 16 Mika Häkkinen

Mika Häkkinen
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Famous As: Finnish racing driver
Birthdate: September 28, 1968
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Vantaa, Finland
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 17 Damon Hill

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

 18 Sébastien Ogier

Sébastien Ogier
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Famous As: Rally driver
Birthdate: December 17, 1983
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Gap, France
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 19 Ken Block

Ken Block
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Famous As: Rally driver
Birthdate: November 21, 1967
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Long Beach, United States

Hoonigan Racing driver Ken Block has had many accomplishments throughout his career, including 16 Rally American wins. He also has 5 X Games medals in his kitty. His globally hit YouTube videos of the Gymkhana series drew over 500 million views. His interests also include sports such as skateboarding and snowboarding.

 20 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
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 21 Graham Hill

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

 22 Nelson Piquet

Nelson Piquet
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Famous As: Racecar driver
Birthdate: August 17, 1952
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Rio de Janeiro
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 23 Emerson Fittipaldi

Emerson Fittipaldi
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Famous As: Formula One driver, Champ Car driver
Birthdate: December 12, 1946
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: São Paulo, State of São Paulo, Brazil

 24 Jim Clark

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

 25 Jean Todt

Jean Todt
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Famous As: Rally Driver
Birthdate: February 25, 1946
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Pierrefort

French former rally driver Jean Todt has been the director of Peugeot Talbot Sport and the principal of the Scuderia Ferrari Formula 1 team. He was also the CEO of Ferrari and the president of the Fédération Internationale de l'Automobile, and was named the UN’s Special Envoy for Road Safety.

 26 Keke Rosberg

Keke Rosberg
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Famous As: Formula One driver, Racecar driver
Birthdate: December 6, 1948
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Solna Municipality
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 27 Casey Stoner

Casey Stoner
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Famous As: Motorcycle racer, Racing driver
Birthdate: October 16, 1985
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Sydney, Australia

 28 Richard Burns

Richard Burns
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Famous As: Race car driver
Birthdate: January 17, 1971
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Reading, Berkshire, England
Died: November 25, 2005
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 29 Jochen Rindt

Jochen Rindt
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Birthdate: April 18, 1942
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Mainz, Germany
Died: December 5, 1970

 30 Paul di Resta

Paul di Resta
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Famous As: Racecar driver
Birthdate: April 16, 1986
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: West Lothian
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 31 Marco Simoncelli

Marco Simoncelli
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Famous As: Motorcycle racer
Birthdate: January 20, 1987
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Cattolica
Died: October 23, 2011

Marco Simoncelli was an Italian motorcycle racer. From 2002 to 2011, Simoncelli competed in the Grand Prix motorcycle racing and won the 2008 Grand Prix Championship. While competing in the 2011 Malaysian Grand Prix on 23 October, Simoncelli lost control over his motorcycle and was run over by other vehicles on the track. He died of wounds at age 24.

 32 John Surtees

John Surtees
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Famous As: Formula One driver, Motorcycle racer, Manager
Birthdate: February 11, 1934
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Tatsfield
Died: March 10, 2017
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 33 Tommi Mäkinen

Tommi Mäkinen
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Famous As: Racing driver
Birthdate: June 26, 1964
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Puuppola

 34 Eddie Irvine

Eddie Irvine
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Famous As: Racecar driver
Birthdate: November 10, 1965
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Newtownards
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 35 Alan Jones

Alan Jones
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Famous As: radio personality, rugby union coach
Birthdate: April 13, 1941
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Melbourne

 36 Pastor Maldonado

Pastor Maldonado
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Famous As: Racing driver
Birthdate: March 9, 1985
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Maracay
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 37 Petter Solberg

Petter Solberg
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Famous As: Rally driver
Birthdate: November 18, 1974
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Askim

 38 A. J. Foyt

A. J. Foyt
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Famous As: Retired Automobile Racing Driver
Birthdate: January 16, 1935
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Houston

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.

 39 Giancarlo Fisichella

Giancarlo Fisichella
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Famous As: Racecar driver
Birthdate: January 14, 1973
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Rome, Italy

Giancarlo Fisichella, also known as Giano, has three Formula One World Championship wins in his kitty. The popular racing driver also captains the Nazionale Piloti football team. Throughout his career, he has raced for teams such as Renault, Force India, and Ferrari. He is related to a Sicilian noble family.

 40 Jody Scheckter

Jody Scheckter
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Famous As: South African racing driver
Birthdate: January 29, 1950
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: East London

The only Formula One World Champion from Africa, Jody David Scheckter made his debut at the US Grand Prix in 1972, shortly after moving from South Africa to Britain. Two years later he registered his first win with the Swedish Grand Prix. His last win was at the 1979 Italian Grand Prix. In 1980, he retired from motor racing.

 41 Ari Vatanen

Ari Vatanen
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Famous As: Rally driver, Politician
Birthdate: April 27, 1952
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Eastern Finland Province

 42 Jack Brabham

Jack Brabham
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Famous As: Formula One driver, Directeur sportif
Birthdate: April 2, 1926
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Hurstville
Died: May 19, 2014

Jack Brabham was an Australian professional racing driver best remembered for winning the Formula One World Championship thrice during his illustrious career that lasted 15 years. He is credited with founding the eponymous Formula One racing team and racing car manufacturer. Early in his career, Brabham contributed immensely to the design of racing cars introduced by the Cooper Car Company.

 43 Juha Kankkunen

Juha Kankkunen
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Famous As: Rally driver
Birthdate: April 2, 1959
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Laukaa

 44 Takuma Sato

Takuma Sato
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Famous As: Racecar driver
Birthdate: January 28, 1977
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Shinjuku, Tokyo

 45 Bruno Senna

Bruno Senna
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Famous As: Racing driver
Birthdate: October 15, 1983
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: São Paulo

 46 Clay Regazzoni

Clay Regazzoni
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Famous As: Racing driver
Birthdate: September 5, 1939
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Mendrisio, Switzerland
Died: December 15, 2006

 47 Gerhard Berger

Gerhard Berger
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Famous As: Formula One driver
Birthdate: August 27, 1959
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Wörgl

 48 Heikki Kovalainen

Heikki Kovalainen
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Famous As: Formula One driver
Birthdate: October 19, 1981
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Suomussalmi

 49 Marcus Grönholm

Marcus Grönholm
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Famous As: Rally driver
Birthdate: February 5, 1968
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Kauniainen

 50 Will Power

Will Power
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Famous As: Racing Driver
Birthdate: March 1, 1981
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Toowoomba
Son of racer Bob Power, Australian motor-sports champion and IndyCar Series driver William Steven Power, better known as Will Power, has 19 series wins in his kitty. He is married to former Walker Racing receptionist Liz Cannon. He has voiced a character in the animated film Turbo.
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