The competitive versatility of Rufus Parnell Jones is, perhaps, unmatched in all of racing.
He won six Indy Car races. He won 25 Sprint Car races. He won 25 Midget races. He won 13 Stock Car races on different circuits. He won the Indianapolis 500. And he won in Off-Road vehicles, and in Sports Cars.
It is fair to say that such a record is indicative of a man truly one with motorsports.Read more »
First race August 19th 1909
First Indy 500 winner:Ray Harroun 1911
above 1911 Marmon He drove
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and to unveil No. 15 Car
Racing icon, Mario Andretti, and three-time World of Outlaws Sprint Series and champion, Donny Schatz, will unveil the No. 15 STP/ParkerStore/Chevy J&J entry that Schatz will drive in the 49th Annual Knoxville Nationals on Tuesday, August 11th, at the . The car pays tribute to Andretti’s 1969 victory in the Indianapolis 500, which he won in an STP-sponsored entry. The No. 15 entry will resemble the No. 2 STP/Brawner-Hawk machine that Andretti drove in the . It will carry the distinctive ‘hunting red’ scheme and gold wheels that are symbolic of Andretti’s car. Schatz will look to give the STP brand its first Knoxville Nationals modern-day victory and honor Andretti’s Indianapolis 500 triumph in the 2009 Knoxville Nationals. If Schatz were to win the event, it would be his fourth career and consecutive Knoxville Nationals title and make him the second driver in the event’s history to win four consecutive titles.
German ace Michael Schumacher is widely recognised as being the world’s best ever racing driver. In 1995 Michael became the (at that time) youngest double Formula 1 World Champion (1994 and 1995 seasons) ever. He is also the 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003 and 2004 World Champion. This phenomenal record speaks for itself. His sixth title in 2003 beat Juan Manuel Fangio’s long standing record of five championships from the 1950s! Schuey has now retired from F1 as a driver, since the end of the 2006 season. Michael was then retained in a consultancy role by Ferrari.
Michael’s last championship title in 2004 was secured before the season end, taking his total number of titles to 7. Memorably, he did this by finishing 2nd at Spa in Belgium, in Ferrari’s 700th race, to accumulate enough points to seal the deal.
Michael also holds the F1 records for: most career wins (91), most wins in a season, most career pole positions, most points during a season (148 in 2004), most consecutive world championships (5), most consecutive race wins (2004), most podium finsihes (154), most laps leading, most fastest laps (76), plus several others!
Michael was at one point the highest paid racing driver in the world and second highest earning sportsman in the world, earning a reported $80 million US in 2004 ($40m of which was his salary from Ferrari).