At least for me, the love of cars comes from driving them. There is nothing better than getting behind the wheel of a wheel made car and, well, driving them REAL FAST.
If you really want to understand cars, and the people who build them, the first thing you should study is the life of the world’s car racing legends.
I maybe a bit biased, but you cannot talk racing without first starting with the man that made NASCAR. As native to my home state of North Carolina, Richard Petty is synonymous with NASCAR and has an impressive list accomplishments in his illustrious career…
- Seven Cup championships (tied for most all-time)
- 200 Cup wins (most all-time)
- 123 Cup poles (most all-time)
- 27 wins in one season (1967, most all-time)
- 1,027 career starts (most all-time)
- 10 consecutive wins (1967, most all-time)
- seven-time Daytona 500 winner (most all-time)
From a Grand Prix perspective, the first person that comes to my mind is the Brazilian AyrtonSenna da Silva! The great legend has unfortunately died in the fatal crash during San Marino Grand Prix back in 1994, and thus ended his life and a successful car racing career.
However, before the unfortunate event, he managed to snag 41 victories in Grand Prix and had won three Championships. This amazing man had a unique ability to push the car well over its limits with such certainty and in weather conditions that many other drivers would not even consider driving in. He also had a great and funny personality and a lot of nerve!
Juan Manuel Fangio
Among other legends, Juan Manuel Fangio is definitely a name that you must have heard of at least once in your lifetime. This Argentinian driver had five Formula One Championships under his belt, a career that was over 46 years long, 24 F1 races he entered and won and the highest lifetime winning percentage in this sport.
The impressive career was started at a late age of 37 which makes it even more impressive that his career was so fruitful. He retired after a career that lasted only eight seasons, but who knows how many champion records he would have broken if he continued with his career.
Michael Schumacher is one of the most legendary drivers who managed even to surpass Fangio’s legendary record of five championships, a record in driving that was unbroken for 46 years!
Also, he is statistically the best F1 driver in history, but he managed to piss off a few people while building his career. But this German does not care for that, all he cares for is a success!