Category Search - auto racing (Stock car and race car and drag racing)

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J.C. Agajanian
auto racing

Real/Birth Name:
Joshua James Agajanian
Nickname(s):
J.C.
JC
Aggie
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
70
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Gemini ♊ - the Twins - people born May 22 through June 21
Birth Place:

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Last name pronounced "Ag-uh-jane-ee-un." The name "J.C." comes from his aunt calling him Jessie. Car owner and builder in auto racing.

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Troy Aikman
football, auto racing, sports analyst

Real/Birth Name:
Troy Kenneth Aikman
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Age today:
54
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Scorpio ♏ - the Scorpion - people born October 24 through November 22
Birth Place:

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Quarterback for teams UCLA, Dallas Cowboys. Group The Triplets (Dallas Cowboys). Part owner in auto racing.

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Bobby Allison
auto racing, NASCAR

Real/Birth Name:
Robert Arthur Allison
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Age today:
83
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Sagittarius ♐ - the Archer or Centaur - people born November 23 through December 22
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father of
older brother of
Older than Donnie Allison by 1 year.

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NASCAR Winston Cup driver and car owner. Was named one of NASCAR's 50 greatest drivers.

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Davey Allison
auto racing, air crash, NASCAR

Real/Birth Name:
David Carl Allison
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
32
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Pisces ♓ - the Fish - people born February 20 through March 20
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NASCAR driver. Crashed his helicopter at Talladega infield, died the next day.

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Donnie Allison
auto racing, NASCAR

Real/Birth Name:
Dunkiny Allison
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Age today:
81
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Virgo ♍ - the Virgin - people born August 22 through September 23
Birth Place:

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younger brother of
Younger than Bobby Allison by 1 year.
uncle of

Brief Facts:

NASCAR race driver and Indianapolis 500 driver.

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Aldo Andretti
auto racing

Real/Birth Name:
Aldo Andretti
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Age today:
81
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Pisces ♓ - the Fish - people born February 20 through March 20
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grand uncle of
twin brother of
The same age as Mario Andretti.
uncle of

Brief Facts:

Auto racing with his brother until an accident damaged his face.

Marco Andretti
auto racing

Real/Birth Name:
Marco Michael Andretti
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Age today:
34
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Pisces ♓ - the Fish - people born February 20 through March 20
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Indianapolis 500 racer.

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Mario Andretti
auto racing, NASCAR

Real/Birth Name:
Mario Gabriele Andretti
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Age today:
81
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Pisces ♓ - the Fish - people born February 20 through March 20
Birth Place:

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twin brother of
The same age as Aldo Andretti.
grandfather of
father of

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NASCAR and Indianapolis 500 and other auto racing. Became a naturalized United States citizen in 1964.

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Michael Andretti
auto racing, business

Real/Birth Name:
Michael Mario Andretti
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Age today:
58
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Libra ♎ - the Scales - people born September 24 through October 23
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CART Indycar race driver.

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Art Arfons
auto racing

Real/Birth Name:
Arthur Eugene Arfons
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
81
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Aquarius ♒ - the Water-Carrier - people born January 21 through February 19
Birth Place:

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Held world land speed records with his "Green Monster" series of turbine-powered cars.

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Buck Baker
auto racing

Real/Birth Name:
Elzie Wiley Baker
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
83
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Pisces ♓ - the Fish - people born February 20 through March 20
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Stock car racer.

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Buddy Baker
auto racing, sports analyst, NASCAR

Real/Birth Name:
Elzie Wylie Baker Jr.
Nickname(s):
Buddy
Leadfoot
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
74
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Aquarius ♒ - the Water-Carrier - people born January 21 through February 19
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NASCAR race driver.

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Erwin Baker
motorcycle, auto racing

Real/Birth Name:
Erwin George Baker
Nickname(s):
Cannon Ball
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
78
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Pisces ♓ - the Fish - people born February 20 through March 20
Birth Place:

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Made 143 cross-country motorcycle speed runs totaling about 550,000 miles. In 1909 won the first race ever held at the newly built Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

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Jillian Barberie
news, actor, tv, model, activist, tv, auto racing, adopted

Real/Birth Name:
Jillian Marie Warry
Also Known As:
Jillian Barberie-Reynolds
Jillian Reynolds
Jillian Warry
Gender:
Female
Birth Date:
Age today:
54
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Libra ♎ - the Scales - people born September 24 through October 23
Birth Place:

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Adopted as a baby. Newscaster on FOX television station KTTV in Los Angeles. Co-host TV show Good Day L.A.. Actor in TV shows Good Morning, Miami, V.I.P.. Spokesperson for NutriSystem television commercials. Driver in the Toyota Pro/Celebrity Race in Long Beach.

Jason Bateman
actor, director, auto racing

Real/Birth Name:
Jason Kent Bateman
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Age today:
52
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Capricorn ♑ - the Sea-Goat - people born December 23 through January 20
Birth Place:

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husband of
Born the same year as Amanda Anka.
younger brother of
Younger than Justine Bateman by 2 years.

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TV series The Hogan Family directed at age 19. TV series Little House on the Prairie, Arrested Development. Movies The Switch, DodgeBall: A True Underdog Story, Identity Thief, Love Stinks, Necessary Roughness, Juno, Hancock.

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Hollywood Walk of Fame A star at 6533 Hollywood Boulevard for contributions to the motion picture industry26 July 2017

Tony Bettenhausen
auto racing, accident, vehicle crash

Real/Birth Name:
Melvin Eugene Bettenhausen
Nickname(s):
Tunney
Tinley Park Express
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
44
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Virgo ♍ - the Virgin - people born August 22 through September 23
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Indy car racer. Died in a crash on a test run with a resulting fire.

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Neil Bonnett
auto racing, accident, vehicle crash, NASCAR

Real/Birth Name:
Lawrence Neil Bonnett
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Age today:
74
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Leo ♌ - the Lion - people born July 23 through August 21
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NASCAR driver with 18 victories. Killed in a car crash at the Daytona 500 race.

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Craig Breedlove
auto racing

Real/Birth Name:
Craig Breedlove
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Age today:
84
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Aries ♈ - the Ram - people born March 21 through April 20
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Set land speed records.

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A.J. Buckley
actor, auto racing, director, writer, producer

Real/Birth Name:
Aaron John Buckley
Also Known As:
AJ Buckley
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Age today:
43
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Aquarius ♒ - the Water-Carrier - people born January 21 through February 19
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

TV series SEAL Team, CSI: NY. Movies Walking Tall: The Payback, Girl Fever. Toyota Pro/Celebrity Race, Long Beach 2011.

Kurt Busch
auto racing, NASCAR, accused

Real/Birth Name:
Kurt Thomas Busch
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Age today:
42
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Leo ♌ - the Lion - people born July 23 through August 21
Birth Place:

Relationships:

older brother of
Older than Kyle Busch by 6 years.

Brief Facts:

Stock car driver. Suspended for domestic violence.

Kyle Busch
auto racing, NASCAR

Real/Birth Name:
Kyle Thomas Busch
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Age today:
36
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Taurus ♉ - the Bull - people born April 21 through May 21
Birth Place:

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younger brother of
Younger than Kurt Busch by 6 years.

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Record-setting stock car driver.

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Jenson Button
auto racing

Real/Birth Name:
Jenson Alexander Lyons Button
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Age today:
41
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Capricorn ♑ - the Sea-Goat - people born December 23 through January 20
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Formula 1, Formmula Ford, Formula 3 racer. Appointed MBE in the 2010 New Year Honours for his services to motorsport.

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Red Byron
auto racing

Real/Birth Name:
Robert Byron
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
45
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Pisces ♓ - the Fish - people born February 20 through March 20
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Stock car racing.

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Pancho Carter
auto racing

Real/Birth Name:
Duane C. Carter Jr.
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Age today:
71, 9 days after his birthday
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Gemini ♊ - the Twins - people born May 22 through June 21
Birth Place:

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CART racing.

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Arthur Chevrolet
auto racing, business, inventor, suicide

Real/Birth Name:
Arthur Chevrolet
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
61, 9 days before his 62nd birthday
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Taurus ♉ - the Bull - people born April 21 through May 21
Birth Place:

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older brother of
Older than Gaston Chevrolet by 8 years.
younger brother of
Younger than Louis Chevrolet by 5 years.

Brief Facts:

In 1911, he competed in the inaugural Indianapolis 500 but had to drop out after 30 laps. Patented overhead valve engine in 1930. Committed suicide by hanging due to depression.

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Gaston Chevrolet
auto racing, accident, vehicle crash

Real/Birth Name:
Gaston Chevrolet
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
28
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Libra ♎ - the Scales - people born September 24 through October 23
Birth Place:

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younger brother of
Younger than Arthur Chevrolet by 8 years.
younger brother of
Younger than Louis Chevrolet by 13 years.

Brief Facts:

Competed in the 1919 Indianapolis 500, won the 1920 race. Crashed and killed at Beverly Hills Speedway.

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Louis Chevrolet
auto racing, business

Real/Birth Name:
Louis-Joseph Chevrolet
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
62
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Capricorn ♑ - the Sea-Goat - people born December 23 through January 20
Birth Place:

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older brother of
Older than Arthur Chevrolet by 5 years.
older brother of
Older than Gaston Chevrolet by 13 years.

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Became a US citizen 1915. Co-founder of the Chevrolet Motor Car Company in 1911. A founder in 1916 of the Frontenac Motor Corporation, which made racing parts for Ford's Model T. Raced cars he made, including the Indianapolis 500.

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Jim Clark
auto racing, accident, vehicle crash

Real/Birth Name:
James Clark Jr.
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
32, 34 days after his birthday
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Pisces ♓ - the Fish - people born February 20 through March 20
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Formula 1 and Formula 2. Indianapolis 500, won in 1965. Killed in a crash in Germany. Appoinnted OBE.

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Mike Curb
politician, auto racing, NASCAR, musician, business, composer, producer

Real/Birth Name:
Michael Curb
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Age today:
76
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Capricorn ♑ - the Sea-Goat - people born December 23 through January 20
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Republican. Lieutenant Governor of California from 1979 to 1983. President of MGM Records and Verve Records. Composed or supervised over 50 motion picture soundtracks and over 400 songs including All for the Love of Sunshine, It Was a Good Time.

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Hollywood Walk of Fame A star at 1750 Vine Street for contributions to the recording industry29 June 2007

Ralph DePalma
auto racing

Real/Birth Name:
Raffaele De Palma
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
73
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Sagittarius ♐ - the Archer or Centaur - people born November 23 through December 22
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Emigrated to the United States in 1893. Won the 1915 Indianapolis 500. Set a world speed record of 149.875 mph in 1919.

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Dale Earnhardt
auto racing, accident, vehicle crash, NASCAR

Real/Birth Name:
Ralph Dale Earnhardt
Also Known As:
Dale Earnhardt Sr.
Nickname(s):
Ironhead
Mr. Restrictor Plate
The Man in Black
The Intimidator
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
49
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Taurus ♉ - the Bull - people born April 21 through May 21
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NASCAR driver. Died in a race car wreck at Daytona.

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Ralph Earnhardt
auto racing, NASCAR

Real/Birth Name:
Ralph Lee Earnhardt
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
45
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Pisces ♓ - the Fish - people born February 20 through March 20
Birth Place:

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NASCAR driver.

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Dale Earnhardt Jr.
auto racing, actor, NASCAR

Real/Birth Name:
Ralph Dale Earnhardt Jr.
Nickname(s):
Junior
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Age today:
46
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Libra ♎ - the Scales - people born September 24 through October 23
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NASCAR driver, drives red #8 Chevrolet. Movie Herbie Fully Loaded.

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Chris Economaki
auto racing, sports analyst, actor

Real/Birth Name:
Christopher Constantine Economaki
Nickname(s):
The Dean of American Motorsports
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
91, 17 days before his 92nd birthday
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Libra ♎ - the Scales - people born September 24 through October 23
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Role of a pit reporter in the movies Stroker Ace, Six Pack.

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Bill Elliott
auto racing, NASCAR

Real/Birth Name:
William Clyde Elliott
Nickname(s):
Wild Bill
Awesome Bill from Dawsonville
Million Dollar Bill,
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Age today:
65
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Libra ♎ - the Scales - people born September 24 through October 23
Birth Place:

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NASCAR driver.

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Red Farmer
NASCAR, auto racing

Real/Birth Name:
Charles Lawrence Farmer
Nickname(s):
Red
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Age today:
88
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Libra ♎ - the Scales - people born September 24 through October 23
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Birth date in dispute, possibly 1928 or 1932. He was a passenger in the helicopter crash at Talladega Speedway that took the life of Davey Allison but suffered only broken bones.

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William Fichtner
actor, auto racing

Real/Birth Name:
William Edward Fichtner
Also Known As:
Bill Fichtner
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Age today:
64
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Sagittarius ♐ - the Archer or Centaur - people born November 23 through December 22
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Movies Phantom, Independence Day: Resurgence, The Perfect Storm, The Dark Knight, Blades of Glory, The Longest Yard, Contact, Blackhawk Down. TV series Invasion, Grace Under Fire, Prison Break, Entourage, MDs. Toyota Pro/Celebrity Race, Long Beach 2011.

Emerson Fittipaldi
auto racing, actor, aviator

Real/Birth Name:
Emerson Wojciechowska Fittipaldi
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Age today:
74
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Sagittarius ♐ - the Archer or Centaur - people born November 23 through December 22
Birth Place:

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Formula Two and Formula One race driver. Finished 1st twice at Indianapolis 500.

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Bob Flock
auto racing, NASCAR

Real/Birth Name:
Robert Newman Flock
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
46, 30 days after his birthday
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Aries ♈ - the Ram - people born March 21 through April 20
Birth Place:

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older brother of
Older than Fonty Flock by 2 years.
older brother of
Older than Tim Flock by 6 years.

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Pole position for NASCAR's first Strictly Stock (now Monster Energy Cup Series) race. Was a moonshiner.

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Fonty Flock
auto racing, NASCAR

Real/Birth Name:
Truman Fontell Flock
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
51
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Pisces ♓ - the Fish - people born February 20 through March 20
Birth Place:

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younger brother of
Younger than Bob Flock by 2 years.
older brother of
Older than Tim Flock by 3 years.

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NASCAR driver.

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Tim Flock
auto racing, NASCAR

Real/Birth Name:
Julius Timothy Flock
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
73
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Taurus ♉ - the Bull - people born April 21 through May 21
Birth Place:

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younger brother of
Younger than Bob Flock by 6 years.
younger brother of
Younger than Fonty Flock by 3 years.

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Early NASCAR driver.

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Henry Ford
business, auto racing

Real/Birth Name:
Henry Ford
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
83
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Leo ♌ - the Lion - people born July 23 through August 21
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Ford Motor Company founder. Developed the Model T. Also the Ford trimotor airplane.

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A.J. Foyt
auto racing

Real/Birth Name:
Anthony Joseph Foyt Jr.
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Age today:
86
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Capricorn ♑ - the Sea-Goat - people born December 23 through January 20
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

The only driver to win the Indianapolis 500 (which he won four times), the Daytona 500, the 24 Hours of Daytona, and the 24 Hours of Le Mans. Also won the International Race of Champions all-star racing series in 1976 and 1977.

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Bill France Jr.
auto racing, NASCAR

Real/Birth Name:
William Clifton France
Nickname(s):
Little Bill
Bill Jr.
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
74
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Aries ♈ - the Ram - people born March 21 through April 20
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Head of NASCAR 1972 - 2000.

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Bill France Sr.
NASCAR, auto racing

Real/Birth Name:
William Henry Getty France
Also Known As:
William Henry Getty France Sr.
Nickname(s):
Big Bill
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
82
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Libra ♎ - the Scales - people born September 24 through October 23
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Chairman and CEO of NASCAR. Builder of Daytona International Speedway and Talladega Speedway.

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Dario Franchitti
auto racing, actor, NASCAR

Real/Birth Name:
George Dario Mario Franchitti
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Age today:
48, 32 days after his birthday
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Taurus ♉ - the Bull - people born April 21 through May 21
Birth Place:

Relationships:

ex-husband of
Younger than Ashley Judd by 5 years.

Brief Facts:

Italian ancestry. Resides in Tennessee. Movie Driven. Winner of the 2007 Indy 500 race, the 2010 race and the 2012 race. Also drives NASCAR races.

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Harry Gant
auto racing, NASCAR

Real/Birth Name:
Harold Phil Gant
Nickname(s):
Handsome Harry
Mr. September
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Age today:
81
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Capricorn ♑ - the Sea-Goat - people born December 23 through January 20
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

NASCAR driver, number 33 car. Movies Days of Thunder, Stroker Ace.

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Don Garlits
auto racing, columnist, politician

Real/Birth Name:
Donald Glenn Garlits
Nickname(s):
Big Daddy
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Age today:
89
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Capricorn ♑ - the Sea-Goat - people born December 23 through January 20
Birth Place:

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Considered the father of drag racing. Early promoter of safety equipment, and the design of the top fuel dragster.

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J. Geils
musician, jazz, blues, auto racing

Real/Birth Name:
John Warren Geils Jr.
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
71
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Pisces ♓ - the Fish - people born February 20 through March 20
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Group The J. Geils Band. Album Freeze-Frame. Song Centerfold. Guitar.

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Joe Gibbs
football, coach, auto racing, NASCAR

Real/Birth Name:
Joe Jackson Gibbs
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Age today:
80
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Sagittarius ♐ - the Archer or Centaur - people born November 23 through December 22
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

NASCAR and hot rod racing. Coach team Washington Redskins, St. Louis Cardinals, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, San Diego Chargers.

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Bob Glidden
auto racing

Real/Birth Name:
Bob Glidden
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
73
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Leo ♌ - the Lion - people born July 23 through August 21
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Drag racer.

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Jeff Gordon
auto racing

Real/Birth Name:
Jeffery Michael Gordon
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Age today:
49
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Leo ♌ - the Lion - people born July 23 through August 21
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Stock car racer.

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Andy Granatelli
auto racing, business

Real/Birth Name:
Anthony Granatelli
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
90
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Pisces ♓ - the Fish - people born February 20 through March 20
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Race car owner. CEO of STP. Owner of TuneUp Masters. Did television commercials.

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Dan Gurney
auto racing

Real/Birth Name:
Daniel Sexton Gurney
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
86
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Aries ♈ - the Ram - people born March 21 through April 20
Birth Place:

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Formula One racing.

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Jim Hall
auto racing

Real/Birth Name:
Jim Hall
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Age today:
85, 33 days before his 86th birthday
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Leo ♌ - the Lion - people born July 23 through August 21
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Race driver and car builder. Formula One and CART. Chaparral cars.

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Phil Hill
auto racing, commentator

Real/Birth Name:
Philip Toll Hill Jr.
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
81
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Aries ♈ - the Ram - people born March 21 through April 20
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Three-time winner of the 24-hour race at Le Mans, France. Also won the 12-hour endurance race at Sebring, Florida three times. Commentator for ABC TV program Wide World of Sports. Formula One Champion.

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Jacky Ickx
auto racing

Real/Birth Name:
Jacques Bernard Ickx
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Age today:
76
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Capricorn ♑ - the Sea-Goat - people born December 23 through January 20
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Name pronouced "Ix" or "Icks." 25 podium finishes in Formula One and six wins in the 24 hours of Le Mans.

Halls of Fame, Awards, etc.

Bobby Isaac
auto racing, NASCAR

Real/Birth Name:
Robert Vance Isaac
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
45, 13 days after his birthday
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Leo ♌ - the Lion - people born July 23 through August 21
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

NASCAR driver, land speed record holder.

Halls of Fame, Awards, etc.

Dale Jarrett
auto racing, sports analyst

Real/Birth Name:
Dale Arnold Jarrett
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Age today:
64
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Sagittarius ♐ - the Archer or Centaur - people born November 23 through December 22
Birth Place:

Relationships:

Ancestors:

Brief Facts:

Stock car driver.

Halls of Fame, Awards, etc.

Ned Jarrett
auto racing, NASCAR, sports analyst

Real/Birth Name:
Ned A. Jarrett
Nickname(s):
Gentleman Ned Jarrett
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Age today:
88
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Libra ♎ - the Scales - people born September 24 through October 23
Birth Place:

Relationships:

Descendants:

Brief Facts:

NASCAR driver and two-time champion.

Halls of Fame, Awards, etc.

Gordon Johncock
auto racing

Real/Birth Name:
Gordon Johncock
Nickname(s):
Gordy
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Age today:
84
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Virgo ♍ - the Virgin - people born August 22 through September 23
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Two-time winner of the Indianapolis 500, in 1973 and 1982.

Halls of Fame, Awards, etc.

Jimmie Johnson
auto racing, activist, NASCAR

Real/Birth Name:
Jimmie Kenneth Johnson
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Age today:
45
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Virgo ♍ - the Virgin - people born August 22 through September 23
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

A NASCAR race car driver. Drives Chevrolet #48. Won three championships in a row. Supports children through his foundation.

Halls of Fame, Awards, etc.

Junior Johnson
auto racing, criminal, business, NASCAR

Real/Birth Name:
Robert Glenn Johnson Jr.
Nickname(s):
The Last American Hero
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
88
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Cancer ♋ - the Crab - people born June 22 through July 22
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Early driver in NASCAR racing. Car owner. Imprisoned for moonshining. Credited with discovering drafting as a race strategy.

Halls of Fame, Awards, etc.

Parnelli Jones
auto racing, business, NASCAR

Real/Birth Name:
Rufus Parnell Jones
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Age today:
87
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Leo ♌ - the Lion - people born July 23 through August 21
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Won Indianapolis 500 in 1963. Six IndyCar wins and twelve pole positions, four wins in 34 NASCAR starts.

Halls of Fame, Awards, etc.

Connie Kalitta
auto racing

Real/Birth Name:
Conrad Kalitta
Nickname(s):
The Bounty Hunter
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Age today:
83
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Pisces ♓ - the Fish - people born February 20 through March 20
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Drag Racer, first to reach 200 miles per hour.

Halls of Fame, Awards, etc.

Alan Kulwicki
auto racing, accident, air crash, NASCAR

Real/Birth Name:
Alan Dennis Kulwicki
Nickname(s):
Special K
Polish Prince
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
38
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Sagittarius ♐ - the Archer or Centaur - people born November 23 through December 22
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

NASCAR Winston Cup driver.

Halls of Fame, Awards, etc.

Frank Kurtis
auto racing

Real/Birth Name:
Frank Peter Kuretich
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
79, 23 days after his birthday
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Aquarius ♒ - the Water-Carrier - people born January 21 through February 19
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Racing car designer.

Halls of Fame, Awards, etc.

Bobby Labonte
auto racing, NASCAR

Real/Birth Name:
Robert Allen Labonte
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Age today:
57
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Taurus ♉ - the Bull - people born April 21 through May 21
Birth Place:

Relationships:

younger brother of
Younger than Terry Labonte by 7 years.

Brief Facts:

Stock car NASCAR race driver.

Halls of Fame, Awards, etc.

Terry Labonte
auto racing, NASCAR

Real/Birth Name:
Terrance Lee Labonte
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Age today:
64
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Scorpio ♏ - the Scorpion - people born October 24 through November 22
Birth Place:

Relationships:

older brother of
Older than Bobby Labonte by 7 years.

Brief Facts:

Stock car NASCAR race driver.

Halls of Fame, Awards, etc.

Fred Lorenzen
auto racing, NASCAR

Real/Birth Name:
Frederick Lorenzen Jr.
Nickname(s):
The Golden Boy
Fast Freddie
The Elmhurst Express
Flyin Freddy
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Age today:
86
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Capricorn ♑ - the Sea-Goat - people born December 23 through January 20
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

NASCAR driver between 1958 and 1972. Winner of the Daytona 500 in 1965.

Halls of Fame, Awards, etc.

Irlene Mandrell
singer, musician, country, auto racing, model, actor

Real/Birth Name:
Ellen Irlene Mandrell
Gender:
Female
Birth Date:
Age today:
65
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Aquarius ♒ - the Water-Carrier - people born January 21 through February 19
Birth Place:

Relationships:

younger sister of
Younger than Barbara Mandrell by 7 years.
younger sister of
Younger than Louise Mandrell by 1 year.

Brief Facts:

Youngest of the Mandrell sisters. Involved in Catalyst Racing.

Pippa Mann
auto racing

Real/Birth Name:
Philippa Mann
Gender:
Female
Birth Date:
Age today:
37
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Leo ♌ - the Lion - people born July 23 through August 21
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Female IZOD IndyCar driver. Also Formula Renault race series.

Nigel Mansell
auto racing

Real/Birth Name:
Nigel Ernest Mansell
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Age today:
67
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Leo ♌ - the Lion - people born July 23 through August 21
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

1992 Formula 1 World Champion, 1993 CART Champion & CART Rookie of the Year. Awarded the OBE (Officer of the Order of the British Empire) in the Queen's Honours List for his services to motor sports and awarded the CBE (Commander of the Order of the British Empire) in the 2012 Queen's New Year Honours List for his services to children and young people.

Halls of Fame, Awards, etc.

Broad Street Walk of Stars A star at 52.47810N 1.91021W? August 2011

Dan Marino
football, sports analyst, auto racing, NASCAR

Real/Birth Name:
Daniel Constantine Marino Jr.
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Age today:
59
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Virgo ♍ - the Virgin - people born August 22 through September 23
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Quarterback. Team Miami Dolphins. Analyst for TV show The NFL Today. Owner in NASCAR racing.

Halls of Fame, Awards, etc.

Nick Mason
musician, auto racing, producer

Real/Birth Name:
Nicholas Berkeley Mason
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Age today:
77
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Aquarius ♒ - the Water-Carrier - people born January 21 through February 19
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Drummer, member of the band Pink Floyd. Album The Dark Side of the Moon. Le Mans racing and auto collector.

Halls of Fame, Awards, etc.

London Avenue of Stars 2010 as a member of group Pink Floyd.
Rock and Roll Hall of Fame 1996 as a member of group Pink Floyd.
UK Music Hall of Fame 2005 as a member of group Pink Floyd.

Banjo Matthews
auto racing, NASCAR

Real/Birth Name:
Edwin Keith Matthews
Nickname(s):
Banjo
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
64
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Aquarius ♒ - the Water-Carrier - people born January 21 through February 19
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

NASCAR driver, car owner, and car builder.

Halls of Fame, Awards, etc.

James Matthews (racing Driver)
auto racing, business

Real/Birth Name:
James Spencer Matthews
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Age today:
45
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Leo ♌ - the Lion - people born July 23 through August 21

Relationships:

husband of
Older than Pippa Middleton by 8 years.

Brief Facts:

Hedge fund manager. Formula 3 driver. Heir to courtesy title Laird of Glen Affric. Married on 20 May 2017.

Rex Mays
auto racing, accident, vehicle crash

Real/Birth Name:
Rex Houston Mays Jr.
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
36
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Pisces ♓ - the Fish - people born February 20 through March 20
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

AAA Championship racer. Killed in a crash at a race held at Del Mar Fairgrounds.

Halls of Fame, Awards, etc.

Bruce McLaren
auto racing, inventor, accident, vehicle crash

Real/Birth Name:
Bruce Leslie McLaren
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
32
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Virgo ♍ - the Virgin - people born August 22 through September 23
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Formula One racing champion, also CanAm sports car racing with 56 wins, 3 wins at the Indianapolis 500 and more. Died in a crash, testing his car.

Halls of Fame, Awards, etc.

Rick Mears
auto racing

Real/Birth Name:
Rick Ravon Mears
Nickname(s):
Rocket Rick
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Age today:
69
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Sagittarius ♐ - the Archer or Centaur - people born November 23 through December 22
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Won the Indianapolis 500 four tims, pole position 6 times.

Halls of Fame, Awards, etc.

Ken Miles
auto racing, vehicle crash, accident

Real/Birth Name:
Kenneth Henry Miles
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
47
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Scorpio ♏ - the Scorpion - people born October 24 through November 22
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Winner of multiple road races. Died in a crash testing a new car.

Halls of Fame, Awards, etc.

Stirling Moss
auto racing, knighted

Real/Birth Name:
Stirling Craufurd Moss
Also Known As:
Sir Stirling Moss
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Age today:
91
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Virgo ♍ - the Virgin - people born August 22 through September 23
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

British Formula 1 racing champion. Appointed OBE. Knighted 2000 New Year Honours List.

Halls of Fame, Awards, etc.

Shirley Muldowney
auto racing

Real/Birth Name:
Shirley Roque
Gender:
Female

Brief Facts:

Drag racer. Subject of movie Heart Like a Wheel.

Halls of Fame, Awards, etc.

Frankie Muniz
actor, auto racing

Real/Birth Name:
Francisco James Muniz IV
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Age today:
35
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Sagittarius ♐ - the Archer or Centaur - people born November 23 through December 22
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

TV series Malcolm in the Middle. Movie Agent Cody Banks. Atlantic Chamionship races. Toyota Pro/Celebrity race, Long Beach 2011.

Paul Newman
actor, producer, writer, director, auto racing, business, activist

Real/Birth Name:
Paul Leonard Newman
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
83
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Aquarius ♒ - the Water-Carrier - people born January 21 through February 19
Birth Place:

Relationships:

husband of
Joanne Woodward, until he died.
Older than Joanne Woodward by 5 years.

Brief Facts:

Salad dressing named "Newman's Own" funds his charity work. Movies Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid, The Sting, The Hustler, Cool Hand Luke, Cat on a Hot Tin Roof.

Halls of Fame, Awards, etc.

Hollywood Walk of Fame A star at 7060 Hollywood Boulevard for contributions to the motion picture industry1 February 1994

Cletus "Cowboy" O'Rourke
auto racing

Real/Birth Name:
Cletus Joseph O'Rourke
Also Known As:
Cletus J. O'Rourke
Nickname(s):
Cowboy
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
83
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Pisces ♓ - the Fish - people born February 20 through March 20
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Raced midget cars, stripped down, with stock engines such as a Ford V8, in the 1930s, -40s and -50s, often in the Chicago area.

Halls of Fame, Awards, etc.

Fred Offenhauser
auto racing, engineer

Real/Birth Name:
Fred H. Offenhauser Jr.
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
84
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Scorpio ♏ - the Scorpion - people born October 24 through November 22
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Automotive engineer. Developed an engine for racing, used in many Indianapolis 500 racecars.

Halls of Fame, Awards, etc.

Barney Oldfield
auto racing

Real/Birth Name:
Berna Eli Oldfield
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
68
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Aquarius ♒ - the Water-Carrier - people born January 21 through February 19
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

The first man to drive a car at 60 miles per hour on a circular track.

Halls of Fame, Awards, etc.

Cotton Owens
auto racing, NASCAR

Real/Birth Name:
Cotton Owens
Also Known As:
Everett "Cotton" Owens
Nickname(s):
King of the Modifieds
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
88, 17 days after his birthday
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Taurus ♉ - the Bull - people born April 21 through May 21
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Sprint Cup (then known as Grand National) winner five straight years (1957-61). Won NASCAR's first live televised race.

Halls of Fame, Awards, etc.

Jim Pace
auto racing

Real/Birth Name:
Jim Pace
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
59
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Aquarius ♒ - the Water-Carrier - people born January 21 through February 19
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

24 Hours of Daytona race winner. Died of COVID-19.

Halls of Fame, Awards, etc.

Wally Parks
auto racing

Real/Birth Name:
Wallace Gordon Parks Jr.
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
94
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Aquarius ♒ - the Water-Carrier - people born January 21 through February 19
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Founder, president, and chairman of the National Hot Rod Association.

Halls of Fame, Awards, etc.

Benny Parsons
auto racing, sports analyst, actor, NASCAR

Real/Birth Name:
Benjamin Stewart Parsons
Nickname(s):
BP
The Professor
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
65
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Cancer ♋ - the Crab - people born June 22 through July 22
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

NASCAR driver. Movie Stroker Ace.

Halls of Fame, Awards, etc.

Johnnie Parsons
auto racing

Real/Birth Name:
Johnnie Woodrow Parsons
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
66
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Cancer ♋ - the Crab - people born June 22 through July 22
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Race car driver. Dirt racing.

Halls of Fame, Awards, etc.

Danica Patrick
auto racing, model

Real/Birth Name:
Danica Sue Patrick
Gender:
Female
Birth Date:
Age today:
39
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Aries ♈ - the Ram - people born March 21 through April 20
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

IndyCar race driver. Won a race at the 2008 Indy Japan 300. Model in the magazine Sports Illustrated 2009 swimsuit edition.

David Pearson
auto racing, NASCAR

Real/Birth Name:
David Gene Pearson
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
83
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Sagittarius ♐ - the Archer or Centaur - people born November 23 through December 22
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Won three NASCAR championships, in 1966, 1968, and 1969.

Halls of Fame, Awards, etc.

Roger Penske
auto racing, business, NASCAR

Real/Birth Name:
Roger Searle Penske
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Age today:
84
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Pisces ♓ - the Fish - people born February 20 through March 20
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Owner of IndyCar, NASCAR, and American Le Mans Series teams. Owner of the Indianapolis Motor Speedway and Penske Corporation.

Halls of Fame, Awards, etc.

Kyle Petty
auto racing, business, actor, activist, NASCAR

Real/Birth Name:
Kyle Eugene Petty
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Age today:
61, 18 days after his birthday
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Gemini ♊ - the Twins - people born May 22 through June 21
Birth Place:

Relationships:

Ancestors:

Brief Facts:

NASCAR driver. Involved with family business Petty Enterprises. Movie Stroker Ace.

Halls of Fame, Awards, etc.

Lee Petty
auto racing, business, NASCAR

Real/Birth Name:
Lee Arnold Petty
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
86, 22 days after his birthday
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Pisces ♓ - the Fish - people born February 20 through March 20
Birth Place:

Relationships:

Descendants:

Brief Facts:

One of the pioneers of NASCAR.

Halls of Fame, Awards, etc.

Maurice Petty
auto racing, NASCAR

Real/Birth Name:
Maurice Petty
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
81
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Aries ♈ - the Ram - people born March 21 through April 20
Birth Place:

Relationships:

uncle of
son of
younger brother of
Younger than Richard Petty by 1 year.

Ancestors:

Brief Facts:

Engine builder for Petty Enterprises and NASCAR crew chief.

Halls of Fame, Awards, etc.

Richard Petty
auto racing, politician, NASCAR

Real/Birth Name:
Richard Lee Petty
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Age today:
83, 12 days before his 84th birthday
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Cancer ♋ - the Crab - people born June 22 through July 22
Birth Place:

Relationships:

father of
son of
older brother of
Older than Maurice Petty by 1 year.

Ancestors:

Descendants:

Brief Facts:

NASCAR champion, always car number 43. Trademark cowboy hat and sunglasses. In 1996, he was the Republican nominee for North Carolina Secretary of State, but was defeated.

Halls of Fame, Awards, etc.

Megyn Price
actor, auto racing

Real/Birth Name:
Megyn Samantha Price
Gender:
Female
Birth Date:
Age today:
50
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Aries ♈ - the Ram - people born March 21 through April 20
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Movie Mystery, Alaska. TV series Rules of Engagement. Toyota Pro/Celebrity race, Long Beach 2011.

Jason Priestley
actor, auto racing, producer

Real/Birth Name:
Jason Bradford Priestley
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Age today:
51
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Virgo ♍ - the Virgin - people born August 22 through September 23
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Infiniti Pro Series racing driver. Injured in a car crash at Kentucky Speedway. TV series Beverly Hills, 90210.

Don Prudhomme
auto racing

Real/Birth Name:
Don Prudhomme
Also Known As:
Don "The Snake" Prudhomme
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Age today:
80
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Aries ♈ - the Ram - people born March 21 through April 20
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Champion drag racer and funny car racer.

Halls of Fame, Awards, etc.

Bobby Rahal
auto racing

Real/Birth Name:
Robert Woodward Rahal
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Age today:
68
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Capricorn ♑ - the Sea-Goat - people born December 23 through January 20
Birth Place:

Relationships:

Descendants:

Brief Facts:

CART open-wheel series driver and team owner.

Halls of Fame, Awards, etc.

Graham Rahal
auto racing

Real/Birth Name:
Graham Robert Rahal
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Age today:
32
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Capricorn ♑ - the Sea-Goat - people born December 23 through January 20
Birth Place:

Relationships:

Ancestors:

Brief Facts:

Indianapolis 500 racer on his father's team.

Rajo Jack
auto racing

Real/Birth Name:
Dewey Gatson
Also Known As:
Jack DeSoto
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
50
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Leo ♌ - the Lion - people born July 23 through August 21
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Early African-American stock racecar driver. Named for the Rajo cylinder head product he used on his Model T Fords. Used name Jack DeSoto because of racism at the time.

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Lance Reventlow
auto racing, accident, air crash

Real/Birth Name:
Count Lance von Haugwitz-Hardenberg-Reventlow
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
36
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Pisces ♓ - the Fish - people born February 20 through March 20
Birth Place:

Relationships:

son of
first cousin once removed of
great nephew of
grandson of
great grandson of
grandson of
ex-husband of
Older than Jill St. John by 4 years.
son of

Ancestors:

Brief Facts:

Heir to the Woolworth fortune, playboy. At the age of 21, he was given the choice between becoming an American, Danish or British citizen. He chose American citizenship. Died in a plane crash.

Les Richter
football, auto racing

Real/Birth Name:
Leslie Alan Richter
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
79
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Scorpio ♏ - the Scorpion - people born October 24 through November 22
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Linebacker. Team Los Angeles Rams.

Halls of Fame, Awards, etc.

Eddie Rickenbacker
military, hero, business, writer, aviator, auto racing, cartoonist

Real/Birth Name:
Edward Bickenbacher
Also Known As:
Edward Vernon Rickenbacker
Nickname(s):
Fast Eddie
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
82
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Libra ♎ - the Scales - people born September 24 through October 23
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

No middle name at birth. Changed name during World War I. Hero in World War I with 26 aerial victories. Executive and owner of airlines including Easterm Airlines. Owner of the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Scripts written for cartoon Ace Drummond.

Halls of Fame, Awards, etc.

Fireball Roberts
auto racing, NASCAR, accident, vehicle crash

Real/Birth Name:
Edward Glenn Roberts Jr.
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
35
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Capricorn ♑ - the Sea-Goat - people born December 23 through January 20
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

NASCAR driver. Died due to pneumonia and sepsis after burns received in a race car crash a few weeks earlier, on May 24.

Halls of Fame, Awards, etc.

Floyd Roberts
auto racing, accident, vehicle crash

Real/Birth Name:
Floyd Marion Roberts
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
39
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Aquarius ♒ - the Water-Carrier - people born January 21 through February 19
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Won the 1938 Indianapolis 500 with a then-record speed of 117.2 mph. Killed in the 1939 race.

Halls of Fame, Awards, etc.

Mauri Rose
auto racing

Real/Birth Name:
Maurice Rose
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
74
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Gemini ♊ - the Twins - people born May 22 through June 21
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Indianapolis 500 racer, won 3 times.

Halls of Fame, Awards, etc.

Jack Roush
auto racing, NASCAR

Real/Birth Name:
John Earnest Roush
Nickname(s):
The Cat in the Hat
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Age today:
79
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Aries ♈ - the Ram - people born March 21 through April 20
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

NASCAR owner. Survived two plane crashes.

Halls of Fame, Awards, etc.

Ricky Rudd
auto racing, NASCAR

Real/Birth Name:
Richard Lee Rudd
Nickname(s):
The Rooster
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Age today:
64
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Virgo ♍ - the Virgin - people born August 22 through September 23
Birth Place:

Relationships:

Brief Facts:

NASCAR driver.

Halls of Fame, Awards, etc.

Johnny Rutherford
auto racing

Real/Birth Name:
John Sherman Rutherford III
Nickname(s):
Lone Star JR
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Age today:
83
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Pisces ♓ - the Fish - people born February 20 through March 20
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

1974, 1976, and 1980 Indianapolis 500 champion.

Halls of Fame, Awards, etc.

Wendell Scott
auto racing, NASCAR

Real/Birth Name:
Wendell Oliver Scott
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
69
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Virgo ♍ - the Virgin - people born August 22 through September 23
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

NASCAR driver.

Halls of Fame, Awards, etc.

Wilbur Shaw
auto racing, accident, air crash

Real/Birth Name:
Warren Wilbur Shaw
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
51, 1 day before his 52nd birthday
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Scorpio ♏ - the Scorpion - people born October 24 through November 22
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Wwon the Indianapolis 500 race three times, in 1937, 1939 and 1940. Died in a plane crash near Decatur, Illinois.

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Carroll Shelby
auto racing, business, inventor

Real/Birth Name:
Carroll Hall Shelby
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
89
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Capricorn ♑ - the Sea-Goat - people born December 23 through January 20
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Automotive designer and racing driver. Known for the AC Motors-based Shelby American Cobra and later the Mustang-based performance cars for Ford Motor Company known as Mustang Cobras.

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Tom Sneva
auto racing, educator, NASCAR

Real/Birth Name:
Thomas E. Sneva
Nickname(s):
The Gas Man
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Age today:
73, 19 days after his birthday
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Gemini ♊ - the Twins - people born May 22 through June 21
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Indianapolis 500 and NASCAR races.

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Lake Speed
auto racing, unusual name, NASCAR

Real/Birth Name:
Lake Chambers Speed
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Age today:
73
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Capricorn ♑ - the Sea-Goat - people born December 23 through January 20
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Former NASCAR driver. 6-time United States Karting champion and World Karting champion 1978.

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Scott Speed
auto racing, NASCAR

Real/Birth Name:
Scott Andrew Speed
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Age today:
38
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Aquarius ♒ - the Water-Carrier - people born January 21 through February 19
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

NASCAR driver with F1 experience. Drives a Toyota Camry for Red Bull.

Jackie Stewart
auto racing, knighted

Real/Birth Name:
John Young Stewart
Also Known As:
Sir Jackie Stewart
Nickname(s):
Flying Scot
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Age today:
82, 9 days after his birthday
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Gemini ♊ - the Twins - people born May 22 through June 21
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Formula One driver. In the 1971 Birthday Honours Stewart was created an Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE). Knighted 2001.

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Tony Stewart
auto racing, business, model, NASCAR

Real/Birth Name:
Anthony Wayne Stewart
Nickname(s):
Smoke
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Age today:
50, 31 days after his birthday
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Taurus ♉ - the Bull - people born April 21 through May 21
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

NASCAR driver and owner of racetracks. Spokesmodel for Subway, Toyota, Burger King.

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Herb Thomas
auto racing, NASCAR

Real/Birth Name:
Herbert Watson Thomas
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
77
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Aries ♈ - the Ram - people born March 21 through April 20
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

One of NASCAR's most successful drivers in the 1950s.

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Mickey Thompson
auto racing, business, murdered

Real/Birth Name:
Marion Lee Thompson
Nickname(s):
Mickey
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
59
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Sagittarius ♐ - the Archer or Centaur - people born November 23 through December 22
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

1960, the first American to break the 400 mph barrier. Auto parts business for hot rod cars. Murdered, his wife was also killed.

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Speedy Thompson
auto racing, NASCAR

Real/Birth Name:
Alfred Bruce Thompson
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
45, 1 day before his 46th birthday
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Aries ♈ - the Ram - people born March 21 through April 20
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

NASCAR driver.

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Tommy Thompson
NASCAR, auto racing

Real/Birth Name:
Howard W. Thompson
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age:
74 or 75
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

First to win with a Chrysler hemi engine. Built a racetrack with a mile oval.

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Dick Trickle
auto racing, NASCAR, suicide, unusual name

Real/Birth Name:
Richard Trickle
Nickname(s):
White Knight
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
71
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Scorpio ♏ - the Scorpion - people born October 24 through November 22
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Short track racer. More than an estimated 2,200 races, Trickle logged one million laps and is believed to have won over 1,200 feature races. Suicide by gunshot.

Curtis Turner
auto racing

Real/Birth Name:
Curtis Turner
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
46
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Aries ♈ - the Ram - people born March 21 through April 20
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Stock car racer with a reputation for drinking and partying.

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Al Unser
auto racing

Real/Birth Name:
Alfred Unser
Also Known As:
Al Unser Sr.
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Age today:
82, 22 days after his birthday
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Gemini ♊ - the Twins - people born May 22 through June 21
Birth Place:

Relationships:

father of
younger brother of
Younger than Bobby Unser by 5 years.

Descendants:

Brief Facts:

Driver, CART series and Indianapolis 500 which he won 4 times, including consecutive wins.

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Bobby Unser
auto racing

Real/Birth Name:
Robert William Unser
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Age today:
87
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Pisces ♓ - the Fish - people born February 20 through March 20
Birth Place:

Relationships:

older brother of
Older than Al Unser by 5 years.
uncle of

Brief Facts:

Drive Indianapolis 500. Won 3 times.

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Al Unser Jr.
auto racing

Real/Birth Name:
Alfred Unser Jr.
Nickname(s):
Little Al
Al Junior
Junior
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Age today:
59
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Aries ♈ - the Ram - people born March 21 through April 20
Birth Place:

Relationships:

Ancestors:

Brief Facts:

Two-time winner of the Indianapolis 500.

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William K. Vanderbilt II
business, auto racing

Real/Birth Name:
William Kissam Vanderbilt II
Also Known As:
William K. Vanderbilt Jr.
Nickname(s):
Willie K.
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
65
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Pisces ♓ - the Fish - people born February 20 through March 20
Birth Place:

Relationships:

first cousin once removed of
first cousin of
son of
first cousin twice removed of
first cousin twice removed of
younger brother of
Younger than Consuelo Vanderbilt by 1 year.
great grandson of
nephew of
first cousin once removed of
nephew of
first cousin of
first cousin of
first cousin once removed of
older brother of
Older than Harold Stirling Vanderbilt by 6 years.
grandson of
father of
first cousin of
husband of
grandson of
son of
father of

Ancestors:

Descendants:

Brief Facts:

Built estate "Eagle's Nest". Set record speed for 1 mile - 39 seconds (92mph) in 1904.

Bill Vukovich
auto racing, accident, vehicle crash

Real/Birth Name:
William John Vukovich
Nickname(s):
Vuky
The Mad Russian
Vuke
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
36
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Sagittarius ♐ - the Archer or Centaur - people born November 23 through December 22
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Serbian ancestry. Formula One and Indy 500 driver. Killed in a crash at the Indy 500.

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Rusty Wallace
auto racing, aviator, actor, NASCAR

Real/Birth Name:
Russell William Wallace Jr.
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Age today:
64
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Leo ♌ - the Lion - people born July 23 through August 21
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

NASCAR driver. Movie Herbie Fully Loaded.

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Darrell Waltrip
auto racing, NASCAR, sports analyst

Real/Birth Name:
Darrell Lee Waltrip
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Age today:
74
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Aquarius ♒ - the Water-Carrier - people born January 21 through February 19
Birth Place:

Relationships:

older brother of
Older than Michael Waltrip by 16 years.

Brief Facts:

Driver and owner. NASCAR Cup Series champion and Daytona 500 winner.

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Michael Waltrip
auto racing, NASCAR, sports analyst, writer

Real/Birth Name:
Michael Curtis Waltrip
Also Known As:
Mike Waltrip
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Age today:
58
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Taurus ♉ - the Bull - people born April 21 through May 21
Birth Place:

Relationships:

younger brother of
Younger than Darrell Waltrip by 16 years.

Brief Facts:

Two-time winner of the Daytona 500. Owner of Michael Waltrip Racing.

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Rodger Ward
auto racing, aviator, sports analyst

Real/Birth Name:
Rodger M. Ward
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
83
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Capricorn ♑ - the Sea-Goat - people born December 23 through January 20
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Midget cars and open wheel racing. Won at Indy twice.

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Joe Weatherly
auto racing, accident, vehicle crash, NASCAR

Real/Birth Name:
Joseph Herbert Weatherly
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
41
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Gemini ♊ - the Twins - people born May 22 through June 21
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

NASCAR racer. Died from a head injury in a race crash.

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Humpy Wheeler
auto racing, actor

Real/Birth Name:
Howard Augustine Wheeler Jr.
Also Known As:
H.A. "Humpy" Wheeler
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Age today:
82
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Libra ♎ - the Scales - people born September 24 through October 23
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

President and General Manager of Charlotte Motor Speedway. Voice role of Tex in animated movie Cars.

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Dan Wheldon
auto racing, accident, vehicle crash

Real/Birth Name:
Daniel Clive Wheldon
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
33
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Cancer ♋ - the Crab - people born June 22 through July 22
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Winner of Indianapolis 500 race, 2005 and 2011. Died in a massive car crash pileup at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.

Larry Wilcox
actor, director, producer, criminal, aviator, auto racing

Real/Birth Name:
Larry Wilcox
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Age today:
73
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Leo ♌ - the Lion - people born July 23 through August 21
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

TV shows CHiPs, Lassie. Convicted for securities fraud, sentenced to three years probation plus 500 hours community service. Holds a Bonneville Salt Flats land speed record.

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Billy Carroll Wooldridge
auto racing, accident

Real/Birth Name:
William Carroll Wooldridge
Also Known As:
Billy Wooldridge
Nickname(s):
BC
Billy Carroll
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
61, 23 days before his 62nd birthday
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Leo ♌ - the Lion - people born July 23 through August 21
Birth Place:

Relationships:

Brief Facts:

Died 2 days after a heart attack and injuries in a crash just as he completed a race at an event named for his uncle.

Butterball Wooldridge
NASCAR, auto racing

Real/Birth Name:
Paul V Wooldridge
Also Known As:
Paul "Butterball" Wooldridge
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
56
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Gemini ♊ - the Twins - people born May 22 through June 21
Birth Place:

Relationships:

Brief Facts:

The Annual Paul "Butterball" Wooldridge Memorial Race is named for him.

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Cale Yarborough
auto racing, NASCAR

Real/Birth Name:
William Caleb Yarborough
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Age today:
82
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Aries ♈ - the Ram - people born March 21 through April 20
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

NASCAR driver and owner.

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LeeRoy Yarbrough
auto racing

Real/Birth Name:
Lonnie Yarbrough
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
46
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Virgo ♍ - the Virgin - people born August 22 through September 23
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Stock car racer. Won 7 races in 1969. Admitted to a mental institution on March 7, 1980 after trying to kill his mother by strangulation. Died there after a fall.

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Smokey Yunick
auto racing, aviator

Real/Birth Name:
Smokey Yunick
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
77, 16 days before his 78th birthday
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Gemini ♊ - the Twins - people born May 22 through June 21
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Auto mechanic involved in auto racing. A pilot during World War II.

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