A Profile of a Legendary Race Car Driver

Mario Andretti competed in both stock car and Formula One racing. He climbed so high in popularity that his name is sometimes mentioned in rap songs. For more on the IndyCar legend, read The Post’s June 1967 profile of him.

Filmed at Goodwood, Moss talks about his near-fatal accident. He also shows photos of his racing career and discusses a new Ogle car design.

Alain Prost

Alain Prost won four Formula One titles and 51 Grand Prix wins during his storied career. He is considered one of the most successful drivers of all time. His rivalry with team mate Ayrton Senna was one of the most fiercely contested in motor racing history.

While Senna was the most exciting driver of his era, Prost had a more cerebral approach to driving. Known as “The Professor,” he relied on his brains rather than brawn to win races.

After retiring in 1993, Prost worked as a TV commentator and public relations specialist for Renault. In 1997 he bought the Ligier team and formed Team Prost Grand Prix, which competed in Formula One from 1997 to 2001.

Ayrton Senna

Few F1 drivers are as memorable or as fascinating as three-times world champion Ayrton Senna. His fearless approach to racing evoked adoration in fans and a certain amount of dislike from the press.

He began his F1 career with minnows Toleman before joining Lotus in 1984. He soon proved to be a dominant force at the sport’s highest level, scoring numerous wins and recording seven pole positions that year.

He moved to McLaren in 1988 and dominated like never before, scoring eight races that season. Despite a fractious relationship with teammate Alain Prost, the two shared a formidable partnership. They pushed each other to be at their best and fought for every victory.

Dario Franchitti

Four-time IZOD IndyCar Series champion and three-time Indianapolis 500 winner Dario Franchitti is one of the sport’s most respected drivers. The Scottish-born racing star started his career in karts and eventually moved up to the CART professional series with Hogan Racing.

He would go on to win dozens of races and four championships in his 11 years in the series. After sustaining injuries in a crash at the 2013 Grand Prix of Houston, Franchitti retired from racing.

Outside of racing, he runs his own auto dealership and invests in real estate. He also has an enviable collection of classic cars. Currently, he works as a driver advisor for Chip Ganassi Racing at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

Rubens Barrichello

Rubens Goncalves Barrichello, nicknamed “Rubinho”, is a Brazilian professional racing driver who competed in Formula One from 1993 to 2011. He scored 11 Grand Prix wins and 68 podium finishes.

Despite the Jordan car’s chronic unreliability, Barrichello regularly outpaced his teammate Thierry Boutsen and was a contender for the final points-scoring position at the 1994 French Grand Prix before the car ran out of fuel.

Despite a difficult start to the 1997 season, Barrichello was Ferrari’s first choice to partner Michael Schumacher for 2000. The pair formed a formidable partnership and won five titles in a row, including seven consecutive drivers’ championships. A touching display of sportsmanship between the two was seen at the 2002 Austrian Grand Prix.

Michael Schumacher

Michael Schumacher is one of the most successful drivers in F1 history. He first raced in F1 for Jordan and Benetton before joining Ferrari where he won five consecutive world titles from 2000 to 2004.

The German redefined the notion of dominance in Formula 1. He won 91 career races and seven championships.

Schumacher’s achievements were tainted by controversy. He collided (deliberately some believed) with Damon Hill at the 1994 Australian Grand Prix and Jacques Villeneuve at the 1997 European Grand Prix. Despite his controversies, Schumacher became known for his ability to push his car to its limits for extended periods of time, thanks to a pioneering fitness regimen and his spare mental capacity.

Ken Block

The loss of Ken Block sent shockwaves through the motorsport world, with everyone from Formula 1 legends to action sports stars paying their respects on social media. The co-founder of DC Shoes and the host of the popular Gymkhana YouTube series carved out an unmatched niche for himself in the sport, competing at the top level of Rally America and earning five X Games medals along the way.

His career began later than many of his fellow racers, with Block jumping into rally racing at age 40 and becoming a quick success, winning Rookie of the Year in his first season and making plenty of appearances on the podium. He also starred on the first two episodes of Top Gear, where James May (as “Captain Slow”) challenged him to an airfield rally stage in California’s Inyokern Airport.


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