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People from all over the world get together every single year to watch their favorite racers attempt to win motorsports championships. Whether fans are engaging in the infamous Formula One Grand Prixs or taking the once-in-a-lifetime trip to Monte Carlo, watching the racers drive by the French Riviera, the trips bring with them excitement and breathtaking competition.
Motorsports as a whole is filled with record-setting drivers that have pushed the sport to new heights. Keep reading to find out some of the most unique motorsports champions of all time.
One of the most successful and talented racers of this century is Fernando Alonso. Currently racing for Alpine in Formula One, the Spanish racing driver has 32 career victories and is a two-time series champion.
Alonso won the F1 World Drivers’ Championship in 2005 and 2006 while popularly sporting constructors such as Ferrari and McLaren. Recent news suggests that he is fit, motivated and ready for new beginnings that Formula One races will bring to him in 2021. After dabbling in IndyCar and sports car racing, winning the 24 Hours of Daytona in 2019, Alonso will return to F1 full-time for the first time since 2018.
Another top motorsports champion a legendary winner. Coming from a small town in Scotland, fans were amazed at how brightly Clark shined in the early years of Formula One. He won two series titles in 1963 and 1965 while competing in and winning throughout his career. Clark also came over to the United States and captured the 1965 Indianapolis 500, the most prestigious open-wheel racing event in North America. Sadly, Clark died at the age of 32 after a tragic racing accident in Germany.
Clark was a predictable competitor, which is why fans loved him, someone who first encouraged race fans to begin placing their bets on races. Back when he competed with Formula One in the 1960s, people gambled their spare cash in person. Now that technology has modernized, bettors can now gamble digitally on websites like NetBet Sport as a prime example.
Motorsport fans know A.J. Foyt has an American open-wheel racing career like no other. Fans note how he excelled in any car he raced in, the first to capture four Indy 500 victories. Some of the world-class events he has won include the USAC National Championship and the International Race of Champions. Foyt has 67 career wins in IndyCar-sanctioned events along with seven victories in NASCAR, including the 1972 Daytona 500.
One of the top motorsports champions of the modern era is Formula One’s Lewis Hamilton. He has competed in this series from 2008 to 2020 and continues to serve as a threat to other racers from across the world. What surprises people about Hamilton is that he won his first Formula One title when he was in his early 20s, racking up a total of seven by age 35. He is an incredible talent, seeking a record-setting eighth F1 title in 2021 to go along with his 95 career wins. By the time of his retirement, Hamilton may truly set marks in both titles, podium finishes, and overall victories in this division that will never be matched.
Alonso, Clark, Foyt and Hamilton are just some of the amazing champions in various forms of motorsports. They all have rocked the boat when attempting to reach the top spot but set records and captivated millions of fans along the way.