The Best Car Racers in History

Car racers are enviable, no matter the category they belong to. With money, fast cars, and heroic stories involved, car racing could be a dream career for almost everyone. However, not everyone can make it to the top, and become an immortal in the pages of history. It is only those with exceptional talent and luck that can be called the best car racers. But still, the list is long: Jackie Stewart, Jim Clark, Niki Lauda, Ayrton Senna, Don Garlits, and Shirley Muldowney. Since covering all of them would force us to write volumes, we look at three of the sport’s most excellent, in no particular order.

Juan Manuel Fangio

Hailing from Argentina, Juan was a superb racer who earned the nickname, El Maestro, (or the master,) for pulling some of the most memorable heroics in car racing. Sure, some people may argue that he is only a five-time Formula One championship winner, two titles less than that what Michael Schumacher, (who is discussed in the next section), won (seven), but surely, Juan won 23 out of 51 Formula One starts. Don’t forget that he competed with the likes of Stirling Moss and Mike Hawthorn, both of whom were fierce rivals. Having begun his career very late (at age 37), Juan retired after completing just eight seasons. Perhaps, he would have achieved more had he started earlier, who knows?

Michael Schumacher

Michael’s name is a must mention on any list of the best racers, unless such a list is biased and incomplete. The fact that he won a record seven Formula One championships is definitely his strength. Plus, he has over 90 victories in Grand Prix, the most memorable of car races. He may have deliberately staged two collisions with Jacques Villeneuve and Damon Hill, but his winning of the world championships five times in a row, between 2000 and 2004, clearly eclipses his bad side. It is also worth noting that Michael benefited from only one of those collisions.

Alain Prost

This genius from France was nicknamed “Le Professeur” by his fans, and he won the world title four times. During his 12-year active career, Alain scooped 51 GP wins, going home with 33 pole positions, 41 fastest laps, and 106 podiums. Perhaps, his rivalry with Ayrton Senna was a plus to his popularity. In 1989, these two collided at Suzuka. Prost won the race to emerge with a third world title. They clashed again in 1990 at Ferrari, but Senna would lift the trophy this time around.