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
(Co-driver, Racecar driver)

Colin McRae
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Birthdate: August 5, 1968
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Lanark
Died: September 15, 2007

 2 
Kimi Raikkonen
(Racing driver)

Kimi Raikkonen
4
Birthdate: October 17, 1979
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Espoo, Finland

 3 
Jenson Button
(Formula One driver)

Jenson Button
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Birthdate: January 19, 1980
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Frome, England

 4 
Carlos Sainz Sr.
(Rally driver)

Carlos Sainz Sr.
3
Birthdate: April 12, 1962
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Madrid, Spain

 5 
Sergio Pérez
(Racing driver who took his first Formula One podium at the 2012 Malaysian Grand Prix)

Sergio Pérez
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Birthdate: January 26, 1990
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Guadalajara, Mexico

Starting racing at age 6, Mexican racing driver Sergio Pérez, nicknamed Checo, scripted history by scoring more points than any Mexican in Formula One history. The winner of titles such as the 2020 Sakhir Grand Prix and the 2021 Azerbaijan Grand Prix, he is now associated with Red Bull Racing.

 6 
Bruce McLaren
(Motorcycle racer, Racecar driver)

Bruce McLaren
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Birthdate: August 30, 1937
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Greater Auckland
Died: June 2, 1970

Bruce McLaren was a New Zealand engineer, inventor, racing car designer, and driver. He is credited with founding McLaren Automotive in 1963. Formula One's successful team, McLaren, is named after him. McLaren has been inducted into various halls of fame, including the New Zealand Sports Hall of Fame, Motorsports Hall of Fame of America, and International Motorsports Hall of Fame.

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Sébastien Loeb
(Rally driver)

Sébastien Loeb
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Birthdate: February 26, 1974
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Haguenau, France
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Romain Grosjean
(French GP2 series champion, began competing in Formula One in 2009)

Romain Grosjean
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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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 9 
Juan Pablo Montoya
(Racecar driver)

Juan Pablo Montoya
3
Birthdate: September 20, 1975
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Bogotá, Colombia

 10 
Nigel Mansell
(Formula One driver)

Nigel Mansell
3
Birthdate: August 8, 1953
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Upton-upon-Severn, Worcestershire, England
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 11 
Travis Pastrana
(American Professional Motorsports Competitor Known for His Racing Series 'Nitro Rallycross')

Travis Pastrana
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Birthdate: October 8, 1983
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Annapolis, Maryland, United States

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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Mika Häkkinen
(Finnish racing driver)

Mika Häkkinen
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Birthdate: September 28, 1968
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Vantaa, Finland
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Sébastien Ogier
(Rally driver)

Sébastien Ogier
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Birthdate: December 17, 1983
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Gap, France

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Damon Hill
(Formula One driver, Businessperson)

Damon Hill
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Birthdate: September 17, 1960
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: London, England
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 15 
Keke Rosberg
(Formula One driver, Racecar driver)

Keke Rosberg
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Birthdate: December 6, 1948
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Solna Municipality

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Juan Manuel Fangio
(Entrepreneur, Formula One driver, Racecar driver)

Juan Manuel Fangio
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Birthdate: June 24, 1911
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Balcarce, Argentina
Died: July 17, 1995

Juan Manuel Fangio was an Argentine race car driver who dominated the first 10 years of Formula One racing. He won the World Drivers' Championship on five occasions, a record which was broken by Michael Schumacher after 46 years. Juan Manuel Fangio is also the only Argentine racer to have won the prestigious Argentine Grand Prix.

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 17 
Jim Clark
(Formula One driver, Farmer)

Jim Clark
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Birthdate: March 4, 1936
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Fife
Died: April 7, 1968

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Ken Block
(Rally driver)

Ken Block
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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.

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Graham Hill
(British racing driver)

Graham Hill
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Birthdate: February 15, 1929
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Hampstead, London, England
Died: November 29, 1975

 20 
Nelson Piquet
(Racecar driver)

Nelson Piquet
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Birthdate: August 17, 1952
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Rio de Janeiro, State of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
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Jean Todt
(Motor racing executive, Rally Driver)

Jean Todt
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Birthdate: February 25, 1946
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Pierrefort, France

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.

 22 
Casey Stoner
(Motorcycle racer, Racing driver)

Casey Stoner
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Birthdate: October 16, 1985
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Sydney, Australia
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 23 
Petter Solberg
(Rally driver)

Petter Solberg
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Birthdate: November 18, 1974
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Askim

Norwegian rally and rallycross driver Petter Solberg was a teenager when he won the Norwegian Tamiya Cup and later won 10 FIA World Rallycross Championships and 13 World Rally Championships. He is married to Pernilla Walfridsson, who is herself a leading former rally driver and the daughter of rally driver Per-Inge "Pi" Walfridsson.

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Jochen Rindt
(Race car driver from Germany who won the 24 Hours of Le Mans race in 1965)

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

 25 
Richard Burns
(Race car driver)

Richard Burns
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Birthdate: January 17, 1971
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Reading, Berkshire, England
Died: November 25, 2005

 26 
Paul di Resta
(Racecar driver)

Paul di Resta
3
Birthdate: April 16, 1986
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: West Lothian
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 27 
Marco Simoncelli
(Motorcycle racer)

Marco Simoncelli
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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.

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Takuma Sato
(Racecar driver)

Takuma Sato
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Birthdate: January 28, 1977
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Shinjuku, Tokyo
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Eddie Irvine
(Racecar driver)

Eddie Irvine
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Birthdate: November 10, 1965
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Newtownards

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Pastor Maldonado
(Racing driver)

Pastor Maldonado
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Birthdate: March 9, 1985
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Maracay
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Tommi Mäkinen
(Racing driver)

Tommi Mäkinen
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Birthdate: June 26, 1964
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Puuppola

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John Surtees
(Formula One driver, Motorcycle racer, Manager)

John Surtees
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Birthdate: February 11, 1934
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Tatsfield
Died: March 10, 2017
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 33 
Jody Scheckter
(South African racing driver)

Jody Scheckter
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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.

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Bruno Senna
(Formula One racer who followed the footsteps of his uncle, former world champion Ayrton Senna)

Bruno Senna
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Birthdate: October 15, 1983
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: São Paulo, Brazil

Bruno Senna is a Brazilian racing driver best known for his brief Formula One career from 2010 to 2012. In 2012, he became the 19th driver to receive the Lorenzo Bandini Trophy. Bruno Senna has also appeared on TV shows such as Vroom Vroom.

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 35 
Giancarlo Fisichella
(Racecar driver)

Giancarlo Fisichella
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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.

 36 
Jack Brabham
(Formula One driver, Directeur sportif)

Jack Brabham
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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.

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 37 
Ari Vatanen
(Rally driver, Politician)

Ari Vatanen
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Birthdate: April 27, 1952
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Eastern Finland Province

 38 
Juha Kankkunen
(Rally driver)

Juha Kankkunen
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Birthdate: April 2, 1959
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Laukaa

 39 
Gerhard Berger
(Formula One driver)

Gerhard Berger
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Birthdate: August 27, 1959
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Wörgl

 40 
Clay Regazzoni
(Racing driver)

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

Iconic Swiss Ferrari F-1 racing driver Clay Regazzoni first gained prominence with his Italian Grand Prix in 1970. In spite of being partially paralyzed after an accident in 1980, he continued to compete in races. In late 2006, his car hit a lorry on an Italian highway, causing his death.

 41 
Kamui Kobayashi
(Racecar driver)

Kamui Kobayashi
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Birthdate: September 13, 1986
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Amagasaki

 42 
Heikki Kovalainen
(Formula One driver)

Heikki Kovalainen
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Birthdate: October 19, 1981
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Suomussalmi

 43 
Marcus Grönholm
(Rally driver)

Marcus Grönholm
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Birthdate: February 5, 1968
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Kauniainen

 44 
Will Power
(Racing Driver)

Will Power
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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.

 45 
Jean Alesi
(Racecar driver, Racing driver)

Jean Alesi
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Birthdate: June 11, 1964
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Avignon

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Jacky Ickx
(Formula One driver, Rally driver, Motorcycle racer, Racecar driver)

Jacky Ickx
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Birthdate: January 1, 1945
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Brussels

 47 
Stig Blomqvist
(Rally driver)

Stig Blomqvist
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Birthdate: July 29, 1946
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Örebro

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Jarno Trulli
(Racecar driver)

Jarno Trulli
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Birthdate: July 13, 1974
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Pescara
Born to motorsport fan parents, legendary Italian racing driver Jarno Trulli was named after Finnish Grand Prix champion Jarno Saarinen and had begun karting at age 9. An extremely successful racer, he has raced for teams such as Minardi, Renault, Jordan, and Toyota, and won the 1991 Karting World Championship.

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Alberto Ascari
(Italian racing driver)

Alberto Ascari
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Birthdate: July 13, 1918
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Milan, Italy
Died: May 26, 1955

A multitalented racing driver and twice Formula One World Champion, Alberto Ascari began his racing career with motorcycles, eventually shifting to automobiles, making his debut at Mille Miglia. Later, he started participating in other events, winning a total of thirteen races, including 1951 German Grand Prix and 1953 Swiss Grand Prix before passing away at the age of 36 while testing a car.  

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Robby Gordon
(Racecar driver, Rally driver, NASCAR team owner)

Robby Gordon
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Birthdate: January 2, 1969
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Bellflower

Robby Gordon is an auto racing driver who has raced in NASCAR, CART, Trans-Am, IndyCar, IMSA, and Dakar Rally. He began his career in off-road racing and also participated in selected Traxxas TORC Series events. He owns the Stadium Super Trucks, a short course off-road racing series he launched in 2013. He also operates the Speed family of brands.