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Beppe Gabbiani 1957

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Giuseppe "Beppe" Gabbiani is a former Formula One driver from Italy. He participated in 17 Grands Prix. In Formula 2, he won the 1983 Eifelrennen. He also raced touring cars and sport cars, finishing 3rd in the 2003 1000km Spa. Still racing, he entered the 2006 Le Mans 24 Hourace.

Gary Gabelich 1940 - 1984

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First driver to take the Land Speed Record over 1000 km/h, it remained unbeaten until 1983, when Richard Noble broke it driving Thrust 2.

Patrick Gaillard 1952

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French racing driver who did a few races in the difficult Ensign N179. He score a point in Spain in 1980 but the race was later downgraded to non-championship status so it was taken away.

Divina Galica 1946

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Divina Galica MBE (Member of the Order of the British Empire) is best known for her Olympics career and her motorsport racing career.

Nanni Galli 1940 - 2019

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Giovanni Giuseppe Gilberto Galli, nicknamed Nanni, is an accomplished Italian former saloon and sports-car racer of the 1960s and 1970s.

Oscar Galvez 1913 - 1989

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A great hidden talent, Galvez was the early rival and inspiration to Fangio back in their native Argentina both before and after the war.

Fred Gamble 1932

/(c) 'Who is Who' by Steve Small, 2000

Howden Ganley 1941

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Howden Ganley is a former racing driver from New Zealand who participated in 41 World Championship Formula One Grands Prix, scoring a total of 10 championship points. He also participated in numerous other races and founted Tiga Race Cars in 1976 with Tim Schenken.

Judy Ganley 1939 - 2007

/Thanks to Gary Horstkorta
Judy Ganley was an accomplished driver, race team member and race team administrator. She raced a Sprite and Mini-Cooper with the San Francisco Region of the SCCA in the late 1960s and early 1970s. In 1970 she drove a Le Mans Sprite Prototype with Janet Guthrie and Rosemary Smith to a class win and...

Harry Gant 1940

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Handsome Harry Gant was best known for driving the number 33 Skoal Bandits car on the NASCAR Winston Cup circuit and holds the record as oldest driver to win a cup race just shy of his 53rd birthday.

Ruben Garcia 1946

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From a poor background in South El Monte, California, Garcia made it into the ranks of NASCAR professionals though sheer hard work and determination. 

Frank Gardner 1930 - 2009

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Frank Gardner was one of the world's toughest, most determined and professional racing drivers. From Australia, he is best known as a Touring car racing and Sports car racing driver. He raced in nine Formula One grand prix. He won the 1971 and 1972 Formula 5000 championships and 1976 and 1977...

Derek Gardner 1931

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Visionary designer who worked on advanced transmission systems such as the 4 wheel drive Ferguson system for Matra in 1969. Joined Tyrrell in 1969 and designed some of the most successful F1 cars. He was also responsible for the P34 six wheeler.

Wayne Gardner 1959

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He was a motorcycle and touring car racer. His success on the world motorcycle racing circuit earned him the nickname The Wollongong Whiz.

Chester Leroy Gardner 1898 - 1938

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Dubbed 'The Grand Old Man of Auto Racing' Chet started racing in 1922. He was killed 16 years later when he crashed trying to avoid a child who had run onto the track during qualifying.

P.A.T. Garland 1916

/David McKinney

Don Garlits 1932

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Donald Glenn Garlits is considered the father of drag racing. Known as the "Big Daddy" to drag racing fans around the world he has always been one of the great pioneers in his sport. He was the first drag racer to officially surpass 170, 180, 200, 240, 250, 260, and 270 miles per hour for the...

Jo Gartner 1954 - 1986

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Much self-sacrifice and an iron determination to succeed against seemingly overwhelming odds kept Jo Gartner in motor racing when many drivers with lesser fibre would have fallen by the wayside. Jo had bags of talent but sadly lacked the neccessary finance to fully exploit it, running second-rate...

Dewey Gatson 1905 - 1956

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Rajo raced at a time when the colored barrier existed but his talent and the respect he was shown him access to racing circles. And when Rajo raced he won, driving everything from stock cars to midgets, big cars and even motorcycles.

Juan Gaudino 1893 - 1975

/David McKinney
Juan Antonio Gaudino was one of the stars of the gruelling cross-country Gran Premio Nacional marathon which was Argentinas glamour event of the 1920s and 1930s.

Jean Gaupillat 1891 - 1934

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Jean Gaupillat was a French racing driver who spent most of his career racing Bugatti. He was killed in the second heat of the Grand Prix de Dieppe in 1934 when his Bugatti hit a tree.

Oliver Gavin 1972

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Oliver Gavin is a British racing driver. He won the British Formula 3 Championship in 1995. He has also won his class at Le Mans three times.

Peter Gaydon 1941

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Peter Gaydon was a professional racing driver in the 1960s and early 1970s. He worked in motor sport most of his career and was also Chairman of Aston Martin Lagonda in America from 1983-86.

Hanns Geier 1902 - 1986

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Started racing motorcycles but switched to cars. He became a Mercedes test driver in 1932 and drove in a number of Grand Prix in 1934 and 1935. He crashed badly in the Swiss GP in 1935. He recovered and returned to Mercedes as a timekeeper and assistant team manager until 1955.

Geki 1937 - 1967

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Geki was a wealthy Italian driver who won the Italian Formula Junior Championship in 1961, 1962 and 1963 and the Italian F3 title in 1964. He entered three Grand Prix.

Olivier Gendebien 1924 - 1998

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After serving with the British army in WWII he took up Rallying. He was hired by Enzo Ferrari to race his sports cars which he did very well. He won Le Mans four times, Sebring three times and the Targa Florio three times. He also raced in 15 Grand Prix.

Jordi Gene 1970

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Jordi Gene has raced in tourig cars, endurance racing, trucks, single seaters and motorbikes with consideable success. He came close to securing a full F1 drive but had to settle with a testing contract at Benetton.

Paul Gentilozzi 1950

/wikipedia + Rocketsports Racing

Ian Geoghegan 1939 - 2003

/www.v8supercar.com.au with additional information.
In Australia in the 60s the Geoghegan brothers pretty well dominated. Leo in single seaters with Ian alternating between Sports Cars and Touring Cars. Australian Sports Car Champion in 1963, 1965 and 1976, he also won five Touring Car Championships, 1964 an four in a row from 1966 to 1969.

Tony George 1959

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Tony George is the grandson of Tony Hulman, who purchased the Indianapolis Motor Speedway after the end of World War II. He is the current owner of the Indianapolis Motor Speedway and is also the president of Hulman and Co.

Elmer George 1928 - 1976

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Cowboy turned racer, George married Mari Hulman George, daughter of Tony Hulman, owner of the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. He raced in the 500 three times. Father of Tony George, founder of the Indy Racing League and current CEO of the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, he died in an exchange of gunfire...

Louis Gérard 1899 - 2000

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Gérard made his money from slot machines in Paris. Louis retired from racing in 1951 and went on to become the first major driver to reach his century, dying at the grand old age of 101.

Gerino Gerini 1928

/(c) 'Who is Who' by Steve Small, 2000
Italian driver who raced Ferrari sports cars in the mid-fifties, before switching to rivals Maserati.

Peter Gethin 1940

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Gethin was a top F5000 driver who moved up to F1 with McLaren in 1970. Switched to BRM for 1972 and took a sensational win at Monza by just one-hundredth of a second in a four-car dash to the line. Returned to F5000 in 1973 before moving into management and driver training.

Joe Giba 1909 - 1986

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Sprint car driver who turned to building cars after he retired fom driving.

Dick Gibson 1918 - 2010

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Gibson raced a Cooper-Bristol and an A-type Connaught before aquiring Cooper T42 Climax Formula 2 car. He raced in the 1957 and 1958 German Grands Prix and won the RAC South African International Championship in 1959.

José Guillermo Gidley 1970

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One of America's most articulate racing drivers. A multiple kart champion who previously drove in the Champ Car World Series and Indy Racing League, Gidley has now carved a niche for himself as a successful sports car racer.

Arthur Gill 1926 - 2008

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Arthur was a regular in 500cc F3 racing with his Cooper-JAP during 1951, achieving a number of good placings. After turning down a test in the works F2 Cooper-Bristol for 1952, he switched to a Mackson with limited success.

Richie Ginther 1930 - 1989

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In F1 he was conscientious, reliable and an extremely fine test driver. After racing Ginther dropped out of the rat race to live in a camper in the desert. He died of a heart attack in 1989.

Fabrizio Giovanardi 1966

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Fabrizio Giovanardi won the 1992, 1998 and 1999 Italian Touring Car Championship, the 1997 Spanish Super Touring Championship, the 2000, 2001 and 2002 European Touring Car Championship and the 2007 British Touring Car Championship in 2007.

Leonce Girardot 1864 - 1922

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One of the leading drivers at the dawn of motor sport. He won the Gordon Bennett Trophy in 1901.

Yves Giraud-Cabantous 1904 - 1973

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Giraud-Cabantous began his motor racing career in 1924 and raed until 1957 when he retired to concentrate on a transportation business he had established.

Ignazio Giunti 1941 - 1971

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Italian driver who made his name in saloon and Sports Car Racing in the late 1960s. He was killed when his Ferrari 312 PB prototype ploughed into the back of a Matra 650 stopped on the track in the Buenos Aires 1000km race in 1971.

Jerry Glanville 1941

/wikipedia.org plus other info
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Friedrich Glatz 1943 - 2002

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Friedrich Glatz raced under a number of names: Pierre Chauvet, Umberto Calvo, Frederico Careca and James Bald. He was killed racing a 1996 Arrows Cosworth F1 car in the Euro Boss Series at Most.

Christian Gläsel 1973

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Very successful contemporary and historic racer.

Walter Glöckler 1908 - 1988

/With thanks to Gooding and Company Auctioneers
An accomplished amateur motorcycle racer before the war, he took up auto racing post was. He is famous for creating a small Porsche Spyder in 1951 that later inspired the factory to build the Porsche 550.

Dieter Glemser 1939

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Winner European Touring Car Championship in 1971.

Helmut Glockler 1901 - 1993

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Helm Glöckler won the 1952 German sports car championship and became a woks Porsche driver the following year. Qualified for the German Grand Prix in 1953 but blew his engine in practice and didn't get to race..

Charlie Glotzbach 1938

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They called him "Chargin' Charlie," and he stormed out of the southern Indiana short tracks to challenge Richard Petty, David Pearson and other NASCAR stars in the late 1960s.

Tom Gloy 1947

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Driver and Team owner, Gloy won the 1979 North American Formula Atlantic Championship and the 1984 Trans-Am Drivers' Championship.

Potsy Goacher 1917 - 1986

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Potsy Goacher raced mainly sprint, midget and dirt cars. He entered the Indianapolis 500 four times, two as reserve driver and two as the main driver. Failing to qualify. He holds the unenviable record for the most American Championship Car races entered but not started with 10...

Kevin Gobrecht 1969 - 1999

/With thanks to Doug Auld

Ron Godfrey 1887 - 1968

/David McKinney

Chico Godia 1921 - 1990

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Art colector and racing driver, Paco Godia-Sales drove a wide variety of cars from a Hotchkiss to a Ford GT40 in a career that spanned 24 years. He competed in 16 World Championship Grand Prix with a best finish of 4th in Germany and Italy driving a Maserati 250F in 1956 to finish 6th overall in the...

Ab Goedemans 1942 - 1968

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Christian Goethals 1928 - 2003

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Goethals raced a Porsche Spyder in minor Continental events from the mid-fifties. He raced an F2 Cooper in 1958 with little success.

Paul Goldsmith 1927

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A former motorcycle racer who won five American Motorcycle Association (AMA) Nationals from 1952-1955, he turned to motor racing and won the USAC Championships in 1961 and 1962. Qualified for Indy 7 times.

Oscar Gonzalez 1923 - 2006

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Uruguayan racing driver who entered the Argentine Grand Prix in 1956 sharing a Maserati A6GCM/250F with Alberto Uria.

Jose Froilan Gonzalez 1922

/(c) 'Who is Who' by Steve Small, 2000 with additions
González made his Formula One debut in the 1950 Monaco Grand Prix. He raced 26 Grands Prix in 9 seasons (1950-1957 and 1960). He won twice, came second 7 times, third 4 times, set 3 pole positions and 6 fastest laps. He won the 1951 Coppa Acerbo, in 1954 the 24 Hours of Le Mans with Maurice...

Scott Goodyear 1959

/www.wikipedia.org

Leo Goossen 1892 - 1974

/Michigan Motor Sports Hall of Fame

Mark Goossens 1969

/wikipedia.org
Marc Goossens is a Belgian racecar driver who drove in Formula 3000. A veteran of Le Mans, in 2006 he made his debut in the NASCAR Busch Series and NEXTEL Cup.

Sacha Gordine 1910 - 1968

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Sacha Gordine was a respected French film producer who did a few races in a Simca Gordini TMM in the early 50s.

Aldo Gordini 1921 - 1995

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Aldo Gordini was the son of Amédée Gordini, founder of the French sports car manufacturer Gordini. Aldo worked as a mechanic and occasionally drove in Formula 2. He participated in one F1 World Championship Grand Prix.

Amedeo Gordini 1899 - 1979

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Master tuner, manufacturer and driver, he earned the nickname of The Sorcerer. In September 1945 Gordini won the first post-war race, the Robert Benoist Cup. His Simca-Gordini team enjoyed great success especially with Jean-Pierre Wimille driving.

Robby Gordon 1969

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He has raced off-road, sports cars, and Indy cars. He was leading on the last lap of the 1999 Indianapolis 500 when his car ran out of gas, relegating him to sixth place. In 1991 he became increasingly involved in NASCARs Winston Cup.

Jeff Gordon 1971

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Gordon was NASCAR Rookie of the Year in 1993 and became the youngest winner of NASCAR's Winston Cup in 1995. He repeated his Winston Cup success in 1997, 1998, and 2001, and in 1998 also won 13 races, tying the record held by Richard Petty.

Rick Gorne 1954

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After racing in the mid 1970s Gorne turned his attention to maketing and management. He worked with Adrian Reynard to develop the company into a leading manufacturer before joining BAR. He now manages drivers through his company Goman Ltd.

Horace Gould 1921 - 1968

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Larger than life Bristol Motor Trader whose build and driving style led to him being dubbed "the Gonzalez of the West Country". He participated in 16 Grand Prix, debuting on July 17, 1954. He scored 2 championship points.

Jean-Marc Gounon 1963

/(c) 'Who is Who' by Steve Small, 2000

Jules Goux 1895 - 1965

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Jules Goux was a successfull Grand Prix driver and the first foreigner to win the Indianapolis 500. It was back in 1913, his victory being put down to his liberal consumption of champagne during pitstops! Which doesn't sit well with the current practice of sipping a bottle of milk, a practice...

Héctor Gradassi 1933 - 2003

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Hector Luis Gradassi was one of the great stars of Argentine Motorsport in the 1960s and 1970s, never the less he never achieved the fame that perhaps he should. He won the Turismo Carretera Championship in 1972, 1974, 1975 and 1976 in addition he was runner-up in 1967, 1973, 1977 and 1978.

Andy Granatelli 1923 - 2013

/www.motorsportshalloffame.com

Jerry Grant 1935

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Jerry Grant raced everything from sports cars to Indy cars, NASCAR and F5000. In USAC he raced in the 1965-1977 seasons and drove in the Indianapolis 500 from 1965 to 1968, 1970 and then from 1972 'till 1976. Grant thought that he had won the 1972 Indianapolis 500 but third-place Al Unser's team...

Harry Grant 1877 - 1915

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Works driver for the American Locomotive Company, he won the Vanderbilt Cup in 1909 and 1910.

Robb Gravett 1956

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David Green 1958

/www.david-green.com

Cecil Green 1919 - 1951

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Cecil Green raced midgets and sprint cars. In his rookie year at Indy he finished 4th. He was killed in qualifying at the Winchester Speedway in Indiana in 1951.

Harry Green 1923 - 2005

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Harry C. "Pike" Green was a well known Northwest open wheel racing driver who took many wins during a career that lasted from 1946 to 1960 in the Northwest and at Langford Speedway.

Keith Greene 1938

/(c) 'Who is Who' by Steve Small, 2000

Peter Gregg 1940 - 1980

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One of America's greatest and most successful road racers. A four-time winner of the 24 Hours of Daytona, Peter Gregg was also the owner of Brumos Porsche, a Jacksonville, Florida car dealership.

Bob Gregg 1920 - 2002

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Bob Gregg's career spaned six decades, winning over 1000 main events in midgets, big cars, sprints, track roadsters, late model stock cars, modifieds, super modifieds, saloon cars, sports cars and AAA and USAC championship cars. He won 48 championships racing all over the USA and Canada.

Ken Gregory 1926 - 2013

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Best know as Stirling Moss' manager, Ken Gregory also raced in 500cc F3.

Paul Greifzu 1902 - 1952

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East German racer Paul Greifzu ws one of the best BMW Special builders for the East German Formula 2 Championship in the post-war era. He became the most successful driver in the series and also competed in a variety of races in the west. He was killed when the engine seized in practice for a race...

Cliff Griffith 1916 - 1996

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American racing driver who competed mainly on dirt ovals. Raced at Indy four times with a best finish of 9th in 1952.

Pat Griffith 1925 - 1980

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A member of the Monkey Stable and a works Aston Martin driver. Griffith was a very useful driver however after a bad crash in the 1954 12 Heures de Hyères he retired to concentrate on his business.

Bobby Grim 1924 - 1995

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American racing driver who won four sprint car champions. Rookie of the Year at Indy in 1959 and the last person to qualify a front engined car for the race in 1966.

Hank Gritzbach 0 - 0

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Henry Gritzbach - Schenectady, New York. Born 1897 or 1989.

Mike Groff 1961

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Mike Groff is a former racing driver in CART and the Indy Racing League. In 1989 he won the Indy Lights Championship.

Olivier Grouillard 1958

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Grouillard won the French Formula 3 championship in 1984. He moved up to F3000 in 1985 and to F1 with Ligier in 1989, scoring a point with a 6th plcae finish in the French Grand Prix. Tried his hand in Champ cars but returned to Europe to race sports cars.

William Grover-Williams 1903 - 1945

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The most successful British Grand Prix racing driver of the 1920s who, along with fellow drivers, Robert Benoist and Jean-Pierre Wimille, formed the most extraordinary resistance network of WWII.

Brian Gubby 1934

/With thanks to the man himself, Brian Gubby.

The son of a jockey, Brian started racing in 1959 with an Austin A30. He raced saloon cars and sports cars before aquiring a Lotus 11, a Lotus 18 and an Ausper T4 Formula Junior. In 1965 he raced Lotus 24 Coventry Climax in Formula Libre and non-championship F1 races. After racing he turned to...

Miguel Angel Guerra 1953

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Guerra was, until the first-corner accident which eliminated Marco Apicella at Monza in 1993, famous for having the shortest Grand Prix career on record.

Roberto Guerrero 1958

/(c) 'Who is Who' by Steve Small, 2000

Carlos Guerrero 1957

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Carlos Guerrero is a former driver in the CART Championship Car series. He raced in the 1995-1996 seasons with 17 career starts, including the 1995 Indianapolis 500.

Algernon Lee Guinness 1883 - 1954

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Sir Algernon Arthur St.Lawrence Lee Guinness, 3rd Baronet of the famous brewing family, specialised in straight-line speed trials and record attempts, setting a world Land Speed Record in 1908.

Kenelm Lee Guinness 1887 - 1937

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Kennelm Lee Guinness was a member of the famous brewing family. He was also the inventor of the KLG spark plug. He started racing as riding mechanic for his brother Algernon in a Darracqs and went on to be an accomplished driver in his own right.

Tony Gulotta 1903 - 1981

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Raced in the Indy 500 13 times between 1926 and 1939, his best finish was third in 1927.

Dan Gurney 1931 - 2018

/http://www.allamericanracers.com with additions from historicracing.com

Janet Guthrie 1938

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Janet Guthrie is the first woman to qualify and compete in both the Indianapolis 500 and the Daytona 500.