10 Greatest Auto Racing Drivers of All-TimeThe 10 greatest Auto Racing drivers. Across NASCAR, F1, IndyCar, and others.
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The greatest of all
He's undeniably the greatest
He's good because even when brazil was failing he still showed that he was one of them as many others tried to hide it
Simply the best, if sometimes flawed. Prost asked Ron Dennis who was the best driver him or Senna, Rons telling reply why Alain you are the best driver, Ayrton is faster!V 27 Comments
Most complete F1 driver ever, almost won titles in '97 and '98 in a car that was a long way from the best on the grid, would have won the '99 title if didn't break his legs in accident caused by mechanical failure. Could have easily been 10 time world champion.
Senna best qualifier, Schumi best ever.
The most dominant driver ever. And one of the most underrated. Michael was a skilled driver. He had 91 wins, and 7 F1 championships.
There is no real difference between the top dozen or so'. some are better at some things, some better at others.. Put it this way; money on Senna to win a one lap dash (pole). Money on Schu or Prost to win unless it rains.. I admit have mot seen the drivers pre 1975V 5 Comments
Pure class do smooth
When he was killed, I was certain in my 11-year-old mind that the news reports had to be wrong. I thought there was no way that Jim Clark could die in a race car, anywhere or any time.
No racing driver ever did what this man has.
Unlike Lewis Hamilton and some of the modern racing drivers Jim Clark competed very successfully in several classes of cars and for me that makes him the "most complete" racing driverV 15 Comments
The only best
Nobody will ever be that good.a true one off!
He is the best of all time. His records, % winning, poles, charisma, the respect he commanded from his peers, plus he survived the extremely dangerous times of racing in the 50s...
Very simple..."THE BEST"V 4 Comments
The Best all time driver
2 time F1 world Champion
Le mans winner
Daytona 24 hour racing winner
What else needs to be said. Alonso not only has reached the pinnacle of motor racing in F1 but has also proved himself in endurance racing and led the Indy 500 until his engine let him down. Absolute GOAT
The only thing he needs to do to achieve the triple crown of motorsport is to win the Indy 500 and he's working hard for it. If you listen to the commentators, they described him as looking stressful.V 7 Comments
We all know that it is only his skin color that has him this low. Top 3 for sure His record speaks for itself
5 Times world champion and broke almost all records speaks for its self. Naturally talented. Good ambassador for the United kingdom
Huge talent but always thanks his team and fans first
Best ever, dry or wet. Doesn't give excuses. Came from nothing father working 3 jobs. Not a millionaires son. Got through with sheer talent. Good man with good heartV 32 Comments
Should be at least in 4th place
The "professor" loved watching him and Senna battle in the late 80's then Prost was at Ferrari (unfortunally Ferrari's v-12 and new semi automatic gearbox were unreliable) Things got better when Prost joined Senna at McLaren Honda (very reliable Honda v-10) and mix a little Williams Renault with hothead Nigel Mansell added to the fun. A calculating and methodical driver who could get the best out of his car, a smoother driver than Schumacher or senna. The best driver of the 80's early 90's. Later bought the Liger team renamed it Prost GP and had some success as an ownere with Oliver Panis as his driver.
To me, Seb is the best. He not only kills it on race day, but in my opinion is one of the greatest of all time over a single lap. He has been overshadowed by Hamilton in recent years, but I feel if you were to put Seb into one of those Silver Arrows, he'd be destroying Lewis.
Wonderful driving skill and keep going. Given him with a good car performance, Seb will fly all season!
The best!V 2 Comments
Have you ever seen a f1 driver clean his own windshield? While driving!
He was the best even after his death the number got carried to keivn harvert and he won the first race with it
"The Intimidator" is one of the most hardest guys you could ever race. He didn't let you by easily. He and Jeff Gordon had one of Racings best rivalries. He had 7 Championships and 76 wins, and may have gotten further had he not died in 2001.
Who ever made this list is crazy dale sr was way better then gordanV 1 Comment
Some flashes of brilliance in his time in F-1, never seemed to get a ride with a first tier team that was on par with his talents had one of the longest F-1 careers and the longest winless streak. I remember him for his time at Jordan GP an newer team if it just had the money and an works engine package could have given the big three teams a run for their money
Perhaps more car control than any other stock car driver. His intensity and passion made him a joy to watch. A victim of constantly changing rules and gimmicky championship formats in the later half of his career kept him from more titles. All you can look at is the wins. 94 ain't too shabby!
The most skilled driver ever. He is also one of NASCAR's gentlemen drivers. He is the most successful in modern era, with 88 wins, 4 championships, and 3 Daytona 500's. He is also a very underrated driver. Could have been ranked higher if he could just get that 5th Championship.
Hands down the most skilled driver ever. And one of racings gentlemen drivers. With 88 wins and 4 Championships and 3 Daytona 500 wins in NASCAR, he's not slowing down.
Gordon won 4 championships. If the Chase never existed, he would be a 7 time champion.V 5 Comments
Only 3 words "Simply the Best"
Simply the best
The only reason FIA denied his F1 Super License was that they didn't want him to dominate F1 too. There was really no compelling reason to do so other than politics and money.
Dominant, in probably the most difficult of all racing formats. One of the most amazing drivers of all time.V 5 Comments
The only thing he didn't win, practically, was Formula One World Championship, which he never even tried. Perhaps he lost interest after winning his first and only le Mans? How he isn't in the top five is beyond me.
Foyt should be in the top 5, not outside the top 10.
Should be in top three of all time
4 Indy 500- 1 Daytona 500- 1 24 hrs at Le Mans. That says it allV 9 Comments
Over 109 wins on a major circuit. he remains the only driver ever to win the Indianapolis 500 (1969), Daytona 500 (1967) and the Formula One World Championship, he has also won 4 Indy car championships
How is this guy number 14. Since Mario has won an Indy car race in 4 different decades the voters must be very young.
The Best, hands down!
I don't understand how Mario is ranked at 14th, should definitely be in the top 5.
If this was greatest F1 driver, or NASCAR driver, or Sports Car Driver, there are some who could outrank Mario. But the fact of the matter is, Mario won in everything he ever drove. Formula1 (world champ), IndyCar (500 winner & champion), Sports Cars, Dirt Cars, NASCAR, hell, he even won the Pikes Peak hill climb. He won on ovals, road courses, dirt, gravel, street courses -- every doggone thing. No one else on this list can claim that.V 6 Comments
With 9 winnings and several podiums By far the most winning 24h Le Mans driver in history
He is Le Mans! He is the best endurance driver ever!
Mr. le mans? clearly top 10 greatest endurance racer of all time
He should be number 1 of all time.
Dominant driver in his time. The golden age of motor-racing.
18? Research the guy. 18th no way!
Surely one of the top 3. Nuvolari, Fangio, Clark.V 2 Comments
Dude! He’s Ken Block!
Rally legend of all time
A true racing hero and a true champion on and off the track
Colin is by far the best Car Driver the World has ever seen! Forget the rest... to drive a car in no controlled conditions... all types of terrain... He is number 1...
Best rally driver of all timeV 2 Comments
Jimmie is incredible, he has 6 championships to his name and 2 Daytona 500 wins also. He went from pretty much the back of the field after a spin to finish a fighting third place. He could very well have 10 championships at this rate. Anything is possible...
Jimmie has 7 titles, 80 wins and he's only halfway through his career. I wouldn't be surprised if I got 106 wins and 10 titles. He is always calm on the radio, and he's always finding new ways. He should easily be 1-3.
This should be number 4 best racer ever!
#14? You kidding? He already passed Dale Sr. Should be #2 behind Petty.
Stirling Moss Should be one of the top four along with Ascari, Clarke and Fangio
Surely one of the very best.
I'm no fair weather fan. JPM is my driver! Been following him since his first lap in Nascar. His son is following in his footsteps. Great dad!
IndyCar Race Victories 12 (10 CART), 2 Indianapolis 500 wins, IndyCar Championships 1 (CART, 1999), Formula One Race Victories 7, 24 Hours of Daytona Winner, Grand Prix of Monaco Winner, Grand Prix of Long Beach Winner, Italian Grand Prix Winner, NASCAR Rookie of the Year. Equals Mario Andretti and Dan Gurney by winning races in Indy cars, Formula One cars and NASCAR Cup cars.
Has won in more competitions than any pther driver in the world
Too much a gentleman, he could have won instead of being second in the championship.
Pure, raw talent and respect for his sport, like no one else has ever shown!
The most skilled driver the F1 has ever seen.
'Why do we bother? He's different from the rest of us. On a separate level'."
Peter brocks one of the most influential touring car racers of all time in my opinion
I went to Bathurst in 1987 and in the rain I have never seen driving like it. Brock beat the worlds best drivers that day.
A legend in the wet and one that was at one with a car that had no down force causing a car to constantly four wheel drift under full throttle. No one else ever has won a race like Bathurst, the best track world wide before it was tamed by 6 laps.
Legend of Australian MotorsportV 2 Comments
Almost drifted a city bus
He my favorite drifter/rally racer he should be way higher on the list he can drift better than other top drifters
Tanner should be much higher
He's simply the bestV 1 Comment
Nobody else has ever won in as much as Tony has. Karts, Sprints, midgets, Indy, NASCAR, Tony has dominated it all. I don’t know why he’s not a top 5 pick. Only driver EVER to win Indy car and NASCAR championships. Will never be duplicated. His 2011 title run was something absolutely special. Tony is the GOAT.
Only driver to win championships in both NASCAR and IndyCar. Saw him win in person in a car that did not have the speed that any of the other cars had (Sonoma 2016). Also very successful in sprint cars
Should be much higher on this list personally I believe somewhere between 8th and 10th he was the first USAC triple crown winner and is still the only person to win both an Indy car title and a cup title but unfortunately people don't recognize pure driving skill when it comes to this list because if they did Foyt would be 1st
Dominated the American Trans Am series, winning titles for Chevrolet in the Camaro twice and for American Motors Company in the Javelin. Winner of the 1972 Indianapolis 500. Dominate the Canadian American Challenge Cup (Can-Am) series in the Porsche 917/30.
Best driver off the Ahold universe
Dominated in his time.
Best Rally driver of all time.
Lives flat out
He can be added in the list of top 5
He has won 8 races in F1 and came 2nd in the championship twice, 6 times the 24 hours of Le Mans, 1 time the Bathurst 1000 and the Dakar rally. What else to say...
One of the best British drivers ever. And I believe the only father and son (Damon Hill) to have been F-1 world champions
A 2-Time F1 World Champion and the only driver to win the Triple Crown of Motorsport. (Indy, Monaco and Le Mans. )
Know for driving the "fastest" car in the world on nurburgring with an unbeaten time of 6:11.13
Holds the all-time lap record at Nurburgring's Nordschleife, podium at Monaco in the only non-turbo car on the grid(and was catching 1st), and the 1984 WSC Champion to name a few accomplishments.
One of the most dominant racers of his (or any) time, the Flying Scot also saved the lives of many drivers through his activism to add safety features to the sport. Twenty-seven of his 99 Formula One starts were wins, a record that stood for fourteen years.
In the last 15 years he's won the Canadian Rally Championship 10 times, and finished 2nd on four occasions.That's how you dominate a sport.
One of Sweden's best drivers, he deserves a place on this list.
I guess all the formula one people can't look past the tarmac to see the best racers ever, Ivan Stewart & Colin Mcrea. Also Block and Faust are of their likeness of today. Let's see the F1 boy's race, snow, ice, mud, gravel, bad tarmac, dirt, sand, hail, water hazard's and do all those extreme sport extras.
6 times go-karting champion
If not for his heart condition, he would be remembered more for his accomplishments behind the wheel instead of the fabulous cars he built.
I agree. Without him, modern racing wouldn't exist. - MattAffterburner
Changed auto racing forever.
This guy is one of only 4 people to win the Indy 500 4 times,
Indy car champion perhaps. Not world champion
What a driver he was! Won 2 Indy 500s and the 2005 world champion. Sadly he is not with us anymore.
Performed very good for years at the declining RCR before getting to show what he is truly made of at Stewart-Haas competing for wins and finishing up front pretty much every race since that change winning 1 title so far and finishing 2nd the other time by 1 point.
Someone mixed him up with Mario
Should be higher than anyone else on the list from nascar. BEST NASCAR DRIVER EVER.
NASCAR's greatest driver ever, and one of racing's bravest and toughest ever. He could win anywhere, anytime. With 200 wins, and 7 championships. Including 7 wins in NASCAR's biggest race, the Daytona 500. May have been #1 if he could have continued it through the last 7 years of his career, where he didn't win a race.
NASCAR's greatest driver. He is easily the most dominant in racing, with 200 wins and 7 Championships. He is one of racings bravest and toughest drivers. He also won NASCAR's biggest race, the Daytona 500,7 times.V 2 Comments
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