Learn more about Racing Drivers

The life of a Racing Driver would seem to be filled with excitement, glamour and jet-set travel. You’ve all seen those images of smiling auto racing drivers up on the winner’s podium, surrounded by beautiful models and spraying champagne over themselves and the adoring crowd of racing fans. The reality is, most racing drivers toil unrecognized, risking their lives with every race.

Certainly motor racing drivers are not out for a Sunday drive. They push their bodies, minds and machines to the limit in order to win. The very best racing drivers must win on a regular basis, which is an incredibly difficult thing to do. Racing driver Michael Schumacher is one of the most respected and well paid sports men in the world. Schumacher drives in Formula One for the Ferrari factory racing team. Racing drivers of Schumacher’s caliber have developed a major following among auto racing fans worldwide.

Sadly, the “on the edge” nature of their sport has resulted in many of history’s greatest racing drivers being injured or killed. Ayrton Senna, a Brazilian Formula One racing driver, won three Formula One world championships before dying tragically in an accident during a race in 1994.

In the United States, NASCAR stock car events and the Indianapolis 500 race lead in popularity. The Indy 500 was first run in 1911 and has featured female racing drivers such as Janet Guthrie and Danica Patrick. During the 2005 race, Patrick lead for a time and finished in fourth place. NASCAR, or stock car racing is hugely popular, especially in the southeastern USA. The sport lost one of its all-time fan favorite racing drivers in 2001 when Dale Earnhardt Sr. died instantly during a crash at the Daytona 500.

Below you will find a list of top Formula One divers followed by great NASCAR drivers about whom you will find articles on Autoracing.com. Some of them are legends in the history books of motorsports whilst others continue to make a name for themselves on the race track.

FORMULA 1 DRIVERS

Alain Prost
Ayrton Senna
Bruce McLaren
Emerson Fittipaldi
Fernando Alonso
Gerhard Berger
Gilles Villeneuve
Graham Hill
Jack Brabham
Jackie Stewart
Jacques Villeneuve
James Hunt
Jim Clarke
Jody Scheckter
Juan Manuel Fangio
Keke Rosberg
Mario Andretti
Michael Schumacher
Mika Hakkinen
Nelson Piquet
Nigel Mansell
Niki Lauda
Phil Hill
Riccardo Patrese
Stirling Moss

NASCAR DRIVERS

Al Holbert
Bobby Allison
Bobby Labonte
Cale Yarborough
Casey Mears
Dale Jarrett
Darrell Waltrip
Davey Allison
David Pearson
Greg Biffle
Jeff Burton
Jeff Gordon
Jimmie Johnson
Kurt Busch
Kyle Petty
Lee Petty
Mark Donohue
Michael Waltrip
Peter Revson
Richard Petty
Ricky Craven
Ricky Rudd
Ryan Newman
Swede Savage
Terry Labonte
Todd Bodine
Tony Stewart
Ward Burton