Rally Drivers

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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 
Carlos Sainz Sr.
(Rally driver)
Carlos Sainz Sr.
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Birthdate: April 12, 1962
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Madrid, Spain
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Colin McRae
(British Rally Driver Who Died in a Helicopter Crash in 2007)
Colin McRae
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Birthdate: August 5, 1968
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Lanark, Scotland
Died: September 15, 2007

Colin McRae was a British rally driver who won the British Rally Championship title in 1991 and 1992. In 1995, he became the youngest person and the first British driver to win the World Rally Championship Drivers' title. Colin McRae's career was cut short by his sudden demise in 2007 when he was killed in a helicopter crash. 

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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.

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Jenson Button
(British Racing Driver Who Won the 'Formula One World Championship' title in 2009)
Jenson Button
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Birthdate: January 19, 1980
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Frome, Somerset, England

Jenson Button is a British racing driver best known for winning the Formula One World Championship title in 2009. A popular driver, Button is the recipient of several prestigious awards such as the Lorenzo Bandini Trophy and the Hawthorn Memorial Trophy. In 2017, Jenson Button was made an inductee of the FIA 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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Juan Pablo Montoya
(Colombian Racing Driver)
Juan Pablo Montoya
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Birthdate: September 20, 1975
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Bogotá, Colombia

Juan Pablo Montoya is a Colombian racing driver who currently competes for DragonSpeed Racing in the WeatherTech SportsCar Championship. In 1998, Montoya won the Formula 3000 International Championship title. The following year, he went on to win the CART FedEx Championship Series. In October 2009, Juan Pablo Montoya was named in Times Online's Top 50 Formula One Drivers list.

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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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Jim Clark
(One of the Greatest Formula One Racing Drivers and Two-Time World Champion in 1963 and 1965)
Jim Clark
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Birthdate: March 4, 1936
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Kilmany, Fife, Scotland
Died: April 7, 1968

British Formula One racing-driver James Clark Jr. is counted among the greatest Formula One drivers of all time. He won his first World Driver’s Championships in 1963 making a record of winning seven out of ten races in a season. He again won the championship in 1965. His 1965 Indianapolis 500 win marked the first win for a rear-engined car.

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Juan Manuel Fangio
(Argentine Race Car Driver)
Juan Manuel Fangio
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Birthdate: June 24, 1911
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Balcarce, Buenos Aires 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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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

While he initially excelled in tennis, Nelson Piquet later made a name for himself as one of Brazil’s top racers. A 3-time world champion, the Formula One star later also ventured into business. He owned a GPS-tracking company and also launched the racing team Piquet Sports.

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Keke Rosberg
(Former Finnish Racing Driver Who Won the 1982 'F1 World Championship')
Keke Rosberg
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Birthdate: December 6, 1948
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Solna Municipality Solna, Sweden

Keke Rosberg is a Finnish retired racing driver best known for winning the Formula One World Championship in 1982. Rosberg was the first Finnish champion in the history of the Formula One World Championship. Keke Rosberg has also achieved popularity as the father of the 2016 F1 World Champion Nico Rosberg.

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Ken Block
(American Rally Driver)
Ken Block
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Birthdate: November 21, 1967
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Long Beach, California, United States
Died: January 2, 2023

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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Jean Todt
(President of Fédération Internationale de l'Automobile (2009 – 2021))
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.

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Jochen Rindt
(German-Born Austrian Racer Who Became the First Posthumous F-1 Champion)
Jochen Rindt
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Birthdate: April 18, 1942
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Mainz, Germany
Died: September 5, 1970

Though born in Germany, racer Jochen Rindt competed for Austria throughout his illustrious career, which saw him score 6 Grand Prix wins. At 28, he was killed in a practice race for the Italian Grand Prix. He later became the only racer to be posthumously named the F-1 World Champion.

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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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Paul di Resta
(British Racing Driver Who Competes in 'Formula One')
Paul di Resta
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Birthdate: April 16, 1986
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Uphall, West Lothian, Scotland

Paul di Resta is a British racing driver who competed for Force India in Formula One from 2011 to 2013. Currently, he is one of the reserve F1 drivers for McLaren. Paul di Resta also works as a commentator for Sky Sports.

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Eddie Irvine
(Retired Racing Driver Who Competed in 'Formula One')
Eddie Irvine
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Birthdate: November 10, 1965
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Newtownards, County Down, Northern Ireland

Eddie Irvine is a retired racing driver who participated in F1 races between 1993 and 2002, finishing second in the World Drivers' Championship in 1999. Apart from F1, Eddie Irvine has also competed in Jaguar Racing, Formula 3000 Championships, and Formula Three. Since his retirement, Irvine has established himself as a media personality.

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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
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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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Takuma Sato
(Japanese Professional Racing Driver)
Takuma Sato
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Birthdate: January 28, 1977
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Tokyo, Japan
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Tommi Mäkinen
(One of the Most Successful World Rally Championship Drivers of All Time)
Tommi Mäkinen
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Birthdate: June 26, 1964
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Puuppola

Tommi Mäkinen is a Finnish former racing driver. He is widely regarded as one of the most successful World Rally Championship (WRC) drivers of all time; he won four World Rally Championship titles during his career. After retiring as a driver, Tommi Mäkinen established himself as a racing executive.

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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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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.

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Bruno Senna
(Brazilian Professional Racing Driver)
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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John Surtees
(British Motorcycle Road Racer and Racecar Driver)
John Surtees
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Birthdate: February 11, 1934
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Tatsfield
Died: March 10, 2017

John Surtees was a British motorcycle road racer and racecar driver. He won the Grand Prix motorcycle World Championship title on seven occasions and the 1964 F1 World Championship title, becoming the first person to win World Championships on both four and two wheels.

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Jack Brabham
(Australian Race Car Driver)
Jack Brabham
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Birthdate: April 2, 1926
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Hurstville, New South Wales, Australia
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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Gerhard Berger
(Austrian Retired Formula One Racing Driver)
Gerhard Berger
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Birthdate: August 27, 1959
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Wörgl, Austria

Gerhard Berger is an Austrian retired Formula One racing driver who competed in 14 Formula One seasons, finishing twice as the third overall in the championship. Berger won ten Grands Prix during his illustrious career that spanned more than a decade. With 210 starts under his belt, Gerhard Berger is counted among the most experienced F1 drivers of all time.

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Ari Vatanen
(Finnish Rally Driver Turned Politician)
Ari Vatanen
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Birthdate: April 27, 1952
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Eastern Finland Province

Ari Vatanen is a rally driver-turned-politician who won the drivers' title at the 1981 World Rally Championship as well as the prestigious Paris Dakar Rally on four occasions. He also won the World Cup for Cross-Country Rallies in 1997. Since 2013, Ari Vatanen has been serving as the president of the Autosport Union in Estonia.

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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.
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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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Heikki Kovalainen
(Finnish Racing Driver, Who Competed in the Formula 1 Between 2007 and 2013)
Heikki Kovalainen
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Birthdate: October 19, 1981
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Suomussalmi, Finland

Finnish F-1 racing driver, who has driven for teams such as Caterham-Renault, Lotus F1, and McLaren. He was the 100th driver to win a F-1 Grand Prix. Though he has competed in the Australian and Brazilian Grand Prix, he scored his only win at the Hungarian Grand Prix in 2008.

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Marcus Grönholm
(One of the Most Successful 'World Rallycross Championship' Drivers of All Time)
Marcus Grönholm
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Birthdate: February 5, 1968
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Kauniainen, Finland

Marcus Grönholm is a Finnish retired rally and rallycross driver. With 34 rally wins and two championships under his belt, Marcus Grönholm is considered one of the most successful World Rallycross Championship (WRC) drivers of all time.

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Juha Kankkunen
(Finnish Retired Rally Driver Who Won Four 'Drivers' World Championship' Titles)
Juha Kankkunen
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Birthdate: April 2, 1959
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Laukaa, Finland

Juha Kankkunen is a Finnish retired rally driver. He is best known for winning four drivers' world championship titles and 23 world rallies during his illustrious career. A successful driver, Juha Kankkunen competed for popular teams like Toyota, Peugeot, Ford, Subaru, and Hyundai.  

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Robby Gordon
(American Auto Racing Driver and NASCAR Team Owner)
Robby Gordon
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Birthdate: January 2, 1969
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Los Angeles, California, United States

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. 

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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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Al Unser
(Racecar driver)
Al Unser
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Birthdate: May 29, 1939
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Albuquerque

Born into a reputed family of racers, Al Unser later became a four-time Indianapolis 500 winner. At 48, he also became the oldest racer to emerge victorious at the Indianapolis 500. The International Motorsports Hall of Fame inductee is also known as Big Al and Al Unser Sr.

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Stig Blomqvist
(Rally driver)
Stig Blomqvist
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Birthdate: July 29, 1946
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Örebro
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Sébastien Bourdais
(Racing driver)
Sébastien Bourdais
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Birthdate: February 28, 1979
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Le Mans
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Ott Tänak
(Rally driver)
Ott Tänak
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Birthdate: October 15, 1987
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Kärdla, Estonia
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Jean-Eric Vergne
(French racing driver)
Jean-Eric Vergne
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Birthdate: April 25, 1990
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Pontoise
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Janet Guthrie
(racecar driver)
Janet Guthrie
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Birthdate: March 7, 1938
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Iowa City

Janet Guthrie created history when she became the first woman to compete in the Indianapolis 500 and the Daytona 500 races. An adventure lover from the very beginning, she was interested in planes and parachutes since her teens. She also excelled in physics and worked as an aerospace R&D engineer.

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Henri Toivonen
(Finnish Rally Driver Who Became the Youngest Driver Ever to Become the World Rally Champion)
Henri Toivonen
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Birthdate: August 25, 1956
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Jyväskylä, Finland
Died: May 2, 1986

Henri Toivonen was a Finnish rally driver who became the youngest driver ever to become the World Rally Champion in 1980. The record was later broken by his countryman Jari-Matti Latvala in 2008. Henri Toivonen is also known as the son of Pauli Toivonen, who won the 1968 European Rally Championship title.

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Pedro de la Rosa
(Racing driver)
Pedro de la Rosa
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Birthdate: February 24, 1971
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Barcelona
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Michele Alboreto
(Racing driver)
Michele Alboreto
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Birthdate: December 23, 1956
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Milan
Died: April 25, 2001
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Walter Röhrl
(Race car driver)
Walter Röhrl
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Birthdate: March 7, 1947
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Regensburg, Germany
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Oliver Solberg
(Rally driver)
Oliver Solberg
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Birthdate: September 23, 2001
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Fredrikstad, Norway
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Olivier Panis
(Racing driver)
Olivier Panis
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Birthdate: September 2, 1966
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Lyon
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Narain Karthikeyan
(Racecar driver)
Narain Karthikeyan
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Birthdate: January 14, 1977
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Chennai
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Vitaly Petrov
(Racecar driver)
Vitaly Petrov
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Birthdate: September 8, 1984
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Vyborg
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Alexander Wurz
(Retired Austrian Professional Racing Driver Who Won the ‘Le Mans 24 Hours’ Racing Event Twice)
Alexander Wurz
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Birthdate: February 15, 1974
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Waidhofen an der Thaya

Austrian retired professional racing-driver, driver training expert and businessperson Alexander Wurz won the Le Mans 24 Hours twice. He commenced his Formula 1 career with 1997 Canadian Grand Prix and competed until 2007 making his last-entry at Chinese Grand Prix. His present metiers include serving as driver coach of Williams F1 Team, and as Chairman of Grand Prix Drivers' Association.