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Ian Raby 1921 - 1967

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Raby started racing in 500cc F3 before graduating to F1 and sports cars. Crashed at Zandvoort in July of 1967 and succumbed to his injuries at the start of November.

Keith Rachwitz 1925 - 1981

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Keith "Porky" Rachwitz raced midgets and sprint cars at Ascot but never managed to qualify for the Indy 500.

Willard Rader 1890 - 1962

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American racing driver who drove relief at Indy for Howdy Wilcox in 1913 and Earl Cooper in 1914. He was test driver for the National Motor Car Company and for Cadillac in the 1920s.

Paul Radisich 1962

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Kiwi who raced in F3 before moving to Indy Lights. Switched to touring cars, driving for Ford and Peugeot, before moving into the V8 Surpercar series in Australia.

Bobby Rahal 1953

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Robert "Bobby" Woodward Rahal is an American auto racing team owner and former driver, spending most of his driving career in the CART open-wheel series, winning three championships there. Rahal raced in Formula 1 and CART. After retiring as a driver, Rahal held managerial positions with the Jaguar...

Graham Rahal 1989

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Son of Bobby Rahal,he drove in the last two rounds of the 2005-2006 A1 Grand Prix season for A1 Team Lebanon. SpeedTV has reported that Graham will drive for Newman/Haas Racing in the Champ Car World Series in 2007.

Kimi Raikkonen 1979

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He finished runner-up in the Formula One World Drivers' Championship in 2003 and 2005. Currently, he drives for Team McLaren-Mercedes, but has signed a 3-year deal with Ferrari from the 2007 season onwards.

Dick Ralstin 1925 - 2006

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Motoring Journalist for the golden age of racing in the USA covering races at Langhorne, Phoenix, Milwaukee, Trenton, Allentown, Springfield, Atlanta and the holiest of all Indianapolis. Became public relations manager for Goodyear's racing division and, after even years wanting to take...

Baron Johan Ramsay 1903 - 1974

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Bill Randall 1917 - 1963

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American racing driver who died from injuries sustained in a crash in a midget race at Lime Rock in 1963.

Raph 1910 - 1994

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Comte George Raphaël Béthenod de Montbressieux raced under the nom de volant of 'Raph' he was a French-Argentine racing driver who sometimes entered races under his mother's of de las Casas.

Pierre-Henri Raphanel 1961

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A French former racing driver, he participated in 17 Formula One Grands Prix for Larrousse, Coloni and Rial, debuting on 13 November 1988.

Dick Rathmann 1926 - 2000

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Elder brother of 1960 Indianapolis 500 winner Jim Rathmann, Dick raced in the AAA Championship Car series as well as NASCAR. He took 13 wins in Grand National races. His best Champ car finish was 2nd in 1959 at Daytona.

Roland Ratzenberger 1962 - 1994

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Roland Ratzenberger was an Austrian Formula One driver who died during qualifying for the 1994 San Marino Grand Prix. He was the first driver to perish at a Grand Prix in the twelve years since the 1982 deaths of Riccardo Paletti and Gilles Villeneuve. The same race meeting claimed the life of...

Joseph Ray 1923 - 2007

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Joie Ray was an Afro-American pioneer in auto racing and was the first black person to be licensed by the American Automobile Association.

Martin Raymond 1943 - 1980

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Martin Raymond was a well known amateur driver who did very well in the European 2 Liter Sports Car Championship. He was killed after retiring from the 6 Hour race at Brands Hatch in 1980. He was inspecting his Chevron when he was hit by two other cars that had tangled on the exit of Dingle Dell.

Walter Röhrl 1947

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Hector Rebaque 1956

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The last true gentleman driver, Héctor Alonso Rebaque entered F1 a bit too early. He participated in 58 Grand Pirx. Scored 13 points. He also ran his own F1 team for a short while, even going as far as to commission his own chassis.

Jean Rédélé 1922 - 2007

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Founder of the Alpine company, he won a number of races before concentrating on building and running his company that eventually became the competition department of Renault.

Brian Redman 1937

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He participated in 13 Grands Prix for Cooper and Shadow, debuting on January 1, 1968. He achieved 1 podium, and scored a total of 8 championship points. However his real strength was in sports car racing at which he was one of the great drivers of his era.

Laurent Redon 1973

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Test driver for Minardi and Benetton, went to the US to drive Indy cars.

Jimmy Reece 1929 - 1958

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Jimmy Reece raced in the Indy 500 6 times, finishing in the top ten in 1952, 1956 and 1958. He was killed in a championship car race at the Trenton Speedway in New Jersey.

Alan Rees 1938

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Alan Rees was a useful Formula Junior driver winning the British title in 1961. He started in three Grands Prix, two in a Winkelmann F2 car and a single outing in a rather tired works Cooper at the 1967 British GP. Later he was one of the founders of March Engineering and was also involved with the...

Stevie Reeves 1967

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Clay Regazzoni 1939 - 2006

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Regazzoni drove for Ferrari from 1970-72 and 1974-76, winning the Italian Grand Prix in 1970 and 1975, the German GP in 1974, and the United States GP in 1976. In 1974 he was second to Emerson Fittipaldi in the F1 championship. Regazzoni also raced for BRM, Ensign, Shadow and Williams, with whom he...

Wallace Reid 1891 - 1923

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Wallace reid was one of the all-time greats of silent films, Wallace loved racing and almost achieved his dream in 1922 of racing at Indianapolis.

Gordon Reid 1923 - 1952

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Anthony Reid 1957

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Top touring car driver, Reid almost made into F1 after being offered a drive by the Jordan F1 Team. Unfortunately he couldn't get the budget together but continued to carve out a good career in sports cars and saloons.

Lili Reisenbichler 1948

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Lili Reisenbichler was a former German Touring Car champion.

John Reiser 1938 - 2005

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John Reiser was a race car driver who won the Wisconsin Late Model Championship in 1972. Became a team owner with Reiser Enterprises running Matt Kenseth. He also served as general manager of Roush's race shops.

Louis Renault 1877 - 1944

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Founded the Renault company in 1899 with his brothers, Fernand and Marcel. Responsible for design and manufacturing, Louis took control in 1908 after Fernand retired. Marcel was killed in the Paris-Madrid race in 1903. During the war, Renault was put under the control of the Germans and Louis chose...

Marcel Renault 1872 - 1903

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Marcel Renault was a French industrialist and racing driver, brother of Louis Renault.

Tony Renna 1976 - 2003

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Tony Renna was a rising star in Indy car racing who was killed in 2003 while tire tesing at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

Dario Resta 1884 - 1924

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Dario Resta won the Indy 500, the Vanderbilt Cup twice and the 1916 United States National Driving Championship. Raised in England he was killed in a crash at Brooklands when a tire blew while trying for a new land speed record.

Carlos Reutemann 1942

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Carlos Reutemann is a former Argentine Formula One racing driver who showed flashes of brilliance alternated with disappointing performances. He won 12 Grand Prix wins and took six pole positions. In 1981, he finished second in the World Driver's Championship by one point. He later became a...

Emil Lloyd Reutimann 1941

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Buzzie Reutimann was probably one of the greatest Modified drivers of all time.

Jean Reville 1899 - 1981

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Jean Reville was a pioneering English Midget racer.

Peter Revson 1939 - 1974

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Revson was heir to the Revlon cosmetics fortune. He was one of the best American sports car drivers of the 1960s. He raced in F1 for McLaren winning the British and Canadian Grands Prix in 1973. He was killed in testing for the 1974 South African Grand Prix at Kyalami.

Bill Rexford 1927 - 1994

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Bill Rexford was a stock car driver in the early 1950's. He is still the youngest driver to win a championship in what has become the Nextel Cup series. He remains the only driver from the Northeast to win a championship and was the only Northerner to win a title in the series until Alan Kulwicki...

John Rhodes 1927

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John Rhodes made one F1 appearance at the British Grand Prix in 1965 but is best know as the legendary tyre-smoking Mini racer who is still revered to this day for his giant-killing achievements of the mid-1960s.

Willy T Ribbs 1956

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Willy T Ribbs, Jr. is an African-American racing driver who competed in many forms of auto racing including the Indy 500 and NASCAR. After retiring, he became a sport shooter in the National Sporting Clays Association.

Andre Ribeiro 1966

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André Ribeiro is a former racing driver in the IndyCar World Series and CART. Ribeiro drove in Champ Cars for 4 seasons, scoring 3 wins and 2 poles. He drove primarily for Tasman Motorsports and Penske Racing. He made one start in the Indianapolis 500, in 1995, finishing 18th.

Alex Ribeiro 1948

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Alex Ribeiro is a former Formula One driver from Brazil. He participated in 20 grands prix, debuting on October 10, 1976. A very religious man, he enjoyed a long career in touring cars back in his native Brazil and even drove in the 1992 SudAm F3 championship, driving a Ralt RT33 with Jesus Saves...

Larry Rice 1946 - 2009

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Larry Rice primarily drove Midgets but also raced in the USAC and CART Championship Car series, making two starts in the Indy 500. He won the 1973 USAC National Midget Championship.

Robin Richards 1920

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Robin Richards is probably better known for his motor racing and rallying commentaries for the BBC, he competed in sprints, hill climbs, rallies and races for 4 years between 1947 and 1950.

Ken Richardson 1911 - 1997

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Main development driver for the BRM V16 project. Later joined Triumph and help develop the TR2. Drove at the British Grand Prix in 1949 and Le Mans in 1955.

Tim Richmond 1955 - 1989

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Tim Richmond was a NASCAR race car driver who had his career cut short when he contracted HIV and died of complications from AIDS.

Eddie Rickenbacker 1890 - 1973

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Eddie Rickenbacker, was a successful racing driver, fighter pilot, airline executive, wartime adviser, and elder statesman.

David Ward Ridenour 1933 - 1966

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Reidenour was a fine sports car driver who was killed in his very first sprint car race at Calistoga Speedway in California on July 3 1966, the day after his 33rd birthday.

Andrew Ridgeley 1963

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Andrew Ridgeley, erstwhile member of the band Wham, started racing in Renault 5s before moving to French F3 after the band broke up. A bit prone to falling off. Now involved as an environmental activist with Surfers Against Sewage.

Fritz Riess 1922 - 1991

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Raul Riganti 1893 - 1970

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Raul Riganti was one of the best drivers to come out of Argentine in the 1920s and 1930s. He became one of the first heroes of Argentine Motorsport.

Ferdinando Righetti 1911 - 1966

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Born in Moderna, Righetti was a test driver for Stanguellini and Ferrari.

Jim Rigsby 1923 - 1952

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Jim Rigsby was a commercial fisherman who raced Sprint Cars on the dirt tracks of the United States. He drove in the Indy 500 once before loosing his life in a bizarre accident at the Dayton Speedway.

John Riseley-Prichard 1924 - 1993

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John Riseley-Prichard started racing in 1952. He bought a Connaught in 1954 and won a Formula 1 Race at Davidstow in Cornwall! He entered the British Grand Prix that year but crashed out. He raced at Le Mans in 1955 but retired shortly afterwards. A Lloyd's insurance broker, he moved to Thailand to...

Richard Robarts 1944

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Richard Robarts participated in 4 grands prix. After paying for an F1 drive with Brabham in 1974, Robarts lost it after three races to the better-funded Rikky von Opel. Robarts later raced in Formula 2.

Marty Robbins 1925 - 1982

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Martin David Robinson was country music's renaissance man. He was a successful recording artist, stage performer, actor, author, songwriter, and stock car racer.

Oliver Roberts 1985

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After a sucessfull early career in karting, Oliver graduated to Formula Ford with a limited program.

Barbara Roberts 1959

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Like so many blondes, Barbie started out as a brunette. Amongst he many careers she has been a flight attendant, pilot, astronaut, doctor and NASCAR driver.

Kenny Roberts Sr 1951

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Kenny Roberts was the first American to win the 500cc Road Racing World Championship. Roberts also won two AMA Grand National Championships in 1973-1974 along with his three 500cc World Championships between 1978-1980. He is the father of Kenny Roberts Jr, and Kurtis Roberts.

James Robertson Justice 1905 - 1975

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James Robertson-Justice was a Ph.D., a journalist, a naturalist, a falconer and a racing car driver and went on to become a famous film actor appearing in over forty movies.

Shawna Robinson 1964

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Shawna Robinson is a female NASCAR driver. Currently without a ride, she made history in 1984 by becoming the first woman to win a major super speedway points race at the famed Milwaukee Mile Bobtail 100.

George Robson 1909 - 1946

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George Robson was born in Newcastle-upon-Tyne but moved to America in 1924. He started racing in 1930 and in the first running of the Indy 500 after WWII, he took the win. He was killed later that year in a crash at Lakewood Speedway in Atlanta.

Hal Robson 1911 - 1996

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Brother of George Robson who won the Indy 500 in 1946, Hal raced at Indy three times without much luck.

Glen Rocky 1927 - 1959

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Ricardo Rodriguez 1942 - 1962

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Ricardo Rodríguez was a wild and fearless Mexican who entered Grand Prix racing with a bang. He was already being considered as a future World Champion when he was prematurely taken away just over a year later in his inaugural home GP.

Gonzalo Rodriguez 1972 - 1999

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Successful F3000 driver from Uraguay. He was tipped for success in the States and eventually in F1. Sadly he crashed his Penske in practice for his second CART race at Laguna Seca and was killed.

Washington Roebling 1881 - 1912

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Washington Augustus Roebling, II,came from a wealth family. Which enabled him to indulge in a little motor sport. In 1910 he designed and built his own racing car, the Roebling-Planche, finishing second in the Vanderbilt Cup that year. He perished two years later aboard the Titanic returning from a...

Adolf Ralph Roese 1900 - 1950

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Ralph Roese was a works driver for BMW as well as driving privately entered BMW and Veritas. He was tragically killed when he and his friends. Paul Mueller, Wilhelm Manske and Franz Geesmeier were hit head on by a driver who had lost control of his vehicle on the Autobahn. Roese was carrying extra...

Hank Rogers 0 - 0

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Real name Hank Rakowski born in Ford, New Jersey, USA

Franco Rol 1908 - 1977

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Rol was a wealthy Italian aristocrat and an enthusiastic and charming gentleman racer who made more of a mark in sports cars than in single-seater competition prefering to drive closed sports cars wearing silk shirts rather than racing overalls.

Alan Rollinson 1943

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Talented British F5000 driver who tried to qualify for the 1965 British Grand Prix in a Cooper T71/73.

Charles Rolls 1877 - 1910

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Pioneer motorist and aviator, the Honourable Charles Stewart Rolls is best remembered for his association with Henry Royce. He was killed when his Wright Flyer crashed in Bournemouth in 1910.

Tony Rolt 1918 - 2008

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Anthony Peter Roylance Rolt was born in Bordon, Hampshire. He is a former Formula One driver from England. He participated in 2 grands prix, debuting on July 18, 1953. He scored 0 championship points. Rolt was a POW in Colditz Castle during the Second World War and was involved in the audacious...

Bertil Roos 1943

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Raced in a single grand prix, the 1974 Swedish GP, from which he retired with transmission failure.

Anni Roosdorp 1920 - 2003

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Anni Roosdorp started racing in 1947, driving a Veritas single-seater at the Grenzlandsring in Germany. Her father, Hermann Roosdorp, also raced.

Archimede Rosa 1899 - 1953

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Great Italian road racer, Rosa was also OM's chief test driver. In the Mille Miglia he finished second twice and third on three occasions. He won the Giro di Sicilia three years running between 1929 and 1931.

Keke Rosberg 1948

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Formula One driver in the early 1980s, and the first regular Finnish driver in the series.

Nico Rosberg 1985

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Son of Finnish 1982 Formula One world champion Keke Rosberg, Nico is the number two driver in the Williams F1 team.

Paul Rosche 1934 - 2016

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BMW engine designer who built the 4-cylinder turbo used by Brabham in 1982. He designed the 10-cylinder unit used by Williams in 2000 before retiring.

Mal Rose 1962

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A champion driver in many categories - Production cars, Trucks, AMSCAR, and Bathurst Privateer Cup winner.

Thomas Essery Rose-Richards 1902 - 1940

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Tim Rose-Richards was a Welsh GP and sports car racing driver in the 30's who died at sea in 1940 shot down by the Germans while trying to rescue a downed German pilot.

Bernd Rosemeyer 1909 - 1938

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Bernd Rosemeyer was one of the most exceptional racing drivers in German motor racing history. He was killed durning a world record attempt when his Auto Union crashed at 440 km/h on the Frankfurt to Darmstadt autobahn.

Adolf Rosenberger 1900 - 1967

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Adolf Rosenberger was a successful businessman who mainly raced Mercedes and Benz cars in the 1920s. His successes and records included wins at Avus, Stuttgart Solitude in 1924 and 1925, the Kasseler Herkules Hillclimb and the Klausenpassrennen. In 1931 he founded the Porsche GmbH together with...

Louis Rosier 1905 - 1956

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A very tactical racer, Rosier participated in 38 Grands Prix. He won many post-war races non-championship races in his Talbot-Lago as well as Le Mans in 1950. He won the French Championship from 1949 to 1952 but was fatally injured when he crashed his Ferrari sports car during the Coupe du Salon...

Ricardo Rosset 1968

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Rosset was a Formula One driver from Brazil who participated in 32 grand prix, debuting on March 10, 1996. He scored no points and his career went largely unnoticed.

Matias Rossi 1984

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Matías Rossi is an Argentine racing driver competing in Turismo Carretera and TC2000. He won the TC2000 Championship in 2006 and 2007.

James Rossiter 1983

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Huub Rothengatter 1954

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Huub Rothengatter participated in 30 Formula One Grands Prix, always driving for small and under-funded teams. He made his F1 debut on June 17, 1984. He scored no championship points. Rothengatter later entered into F1 management, as the manager of Jos Verstappen.

Bernard Rubin 1896 - 1936

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One of the Bentley Boys, he won Le Mans in 1928 driving with Woolf Barnato. He quit driving the next year after an accident. He died of pulmonary tuberculosis following surgery in 1936.

Porfirio Rubirosa Ariza 1909 - 1965

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Dominican diplomat, polo player and race car driver, but was best known as an international playboy for his jet setting socialite lifestyle and legendary prowess with women.

Lloyd Ruby 1928 - 2009

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Often reffered to as the best driver never to have won the Indy 500, he led the 500 in five occasions. A works driver for Ford in sportscars he had better luck winning the Daytona 24 Hour race twice. He took partin two Grand Prix, once at the Indy 500 when it counted as a round of the World...

Jean Claude Rudaz 1942

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A pilot and founder of an air freight business, Rudaz entered the Italian GP in 1964 but after qualifying well, his engine blew up and he failed to start the race.

Hans Ruesch 1913 - 2007

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Hans Ruesch won 27 Grand Prix before the war and is probably the last remaining pre-war Grand Prix winner. After racing he became a best selling novelist before turning his attention to the animal rights movment, establishing a foundation in Switzerland to campaign against vivisection.

Mickey Rupp 1936

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Rupp raced in the USAC Championship Car series in the 1964 and 1965, finishing 6th at Indy that year.

Adrian Russell 1937

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Adrian Russell was a regular Formula Atlantic and Aurora Series competitor in the UK between 1976 and 1979.

Roy Russing 1910 - 1946

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One of the top drivers on the West Cost, Russing won over 40 midget features during his career

Eddie Russo 1925

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AAA and Grand Prix driver at Indy, born in CHICAGO ( Illinois). 4 Indy Gp 1954-1960

Paul Russo 1914 - 1976

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Part of midget racing's famous 'Chicago Gang' Paul Russo started racing in 1934. In 1938 he won the AAA Eastern Midget Championship. He became a regular at the Indianapolis 500, starting 14 times and led the 1956 and 1957 races. He co-drove with Tony Bettenhausen Sr. to 2nd place in 1955 and placed...

Joe Russo 1901 - 1934

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Joe Russo finished 5th in the Indy 500 in 1934 but was killed two weeks later at the Langhorne Speedway. His brother, Paul, and son, Eddie, also raced in the Indianapolis 500.

Johnny Rutherford 1938

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During his career Johnny Rutherford won the National Sprint Car Champion in 1965, and the first of his Indy 500 wins in 1974. He followed that win with two more victories at Indy in 1976 and 1980. In 1980 he also won the US Auto Club Championship and was CART champion.

Troy Ruttman Jnr 1950 - 1969

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The son of Troy Ruttman who won the 1952 Indianapolis 500 at the age of 21, died in an accident during a Super Modified race at Long Pond, PA. He was 18.

Peter Ryan 1940 - 1962

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A young Canadian driver who built a fine reputation during his tragically short career, winning the Canadian GP in 1961 in a Lotus 23 beating Sir Stirling Moss also in a Lotus 23!

Rickard Rydell 1967

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Best know at a saloon car driver who won the British Touring Car title in 1998 for Volvo. Now racing in World Touring Cars.