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Ian Raby

1921 - 1967
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
Keith "Porky" Rachwitz raced midgets and sprint cars at Ascot but never managed to qualify for the Indy 500.

Willard Rader

1890 - 1962
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
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
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 Formula 1 team and also was an interim president of the CART series.

Graham Rahal

1989
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
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

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 it a bit easier, he became field manager of off road racing for Goodyear. Dick died in 2005 and as he said to me once, "I would hate to be the undertaker who has to try to get the smile off my face. " 


Baron Johan Ramsay

1903 - 1974
A Finno-Swedish nobleman who raced for fun and though he turned out to be a pretty good racing driver he wasn't prepared to commit the time, money and effort to be a serious driver, thus his racing days were rather short.

Bill Randall

1917 - 1963
American racing driver who died from injuries sustained in a crash in a midget race at Lime Rock in 1963.

Raph

1910 - 1994
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

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
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
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 Ayrton Senna.

Brian Raubenheimer

1940 - 2021
Brian Raubenheimer was a South African racing driver. He attempted to make his Formula One debut in 1965 South African Grand Prix but withdrew as he couldn't get a suitable engine in time.

Joseph Ray

1923 - 2007
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
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.

Hector Rebaque

1956
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

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

Barry Reece

1946 - 1989

Jimmy Reece

1929 - 1958
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.

Jim Reed

1926

Alan Rees

1938
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 Shadow and Arrows teams.

Clay Regazzoni

1939 - 2006
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 won the British GP at Silverstone in 1979. Regazzoni was confined to a wheelchair in 1980 when he suffered spinal damage in a crash during the US Grand Prix West in Long Beach, California.

Josh Rehm

1978 - 2006

Wallace Reid

1891 - 1923
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
Started out racing midgets before moving up to sprint cars. He was killed racing at Dayton Speedway caused by what was though to be the steering wheel coming off.

Anthony Reid

1957
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
Lili Reisenbichler was a former German Touring Car champion.

John Reiser

1938 - 2005
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
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 to remain. When France was liberated he was arrested for collaboration and died in questionable circumstances while awaiting trial.

Marcel Renault

1872 - 1903
Marcel Renault was a French industrialist and racing driver, brother of Louis Renault.

Tony Renna

1976 - 2003
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
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 - 2021
Carlos Reutemann was an Argentine Formula One racing driver who showed flashes of brilliance alternated with disappointing performances. He won 12 Grand Prixs and took six pole positions. In 1981 he finished second in the World Driver's Championship by one point. He later became a prominent politician in his native province of Santa Fe, representing the Justicialist Party.

Emil Lloyd Reutimann

1941
Buzzie Reutimann was probably one of the greatest Modified drivers of all time.

Lance Reventlow

1936 - 1972
ance Reventlow was a wealthy playboy, entrepreneur, and racing driver. He was the stepson of actor Cary Grant. Raced in F2 in Europe before returning to the States and setting up Scarab race cars. He died in a plane crash in 1972.

Jean Reville

1899 - 1981
Jean Reville was a pioneering English Midget racer.

Peter Revson

1939 - 1974
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
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 won in 1992. Rexford was the only series champion that was not included among NASCAR's 50 Greatest Drivers in 1998.

John Rhodes

1927
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
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
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
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 prominently displayed on the car.

Larry Rice

1946 - 2009
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
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
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
Tim Richmond was a NASCAR race car driver who had his career cut short when he contracted HIV and died of complications from AIDS.

Ulrich Richter

1957 - 2001

Eddie Rickenbacker

1890 - 1973
Eddie Rickenbacker, was a successful racing driver, fighter pilot, airline executive, wartime adviser, and elder statesman.

David Ward Ridenour

1933 - 1966
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
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

Raul Riganti

1893 - 1970
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
Born in Moderna, Righetti was a test driver for Stanguellini and Ferrari.

Rigoden

0 - 0

Jim Rigsby

1923 - 1952
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.

Jochen Rindt

1942 - 1970

John Riseley-Prichard

1924 - 1993
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 escape trial for pornography and paedophilia. Died of AIDS in Baan Kai Thuan in Thailand.

Richard Robarts

1944
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
Martin David Robinson was country music's renaissance man. He was a successful recording artist, stage performer, actor, author, songwriter, and stock car racer.

Fireball Roberts

1929 - 1964

Oliver Roberts

1985
After a sucessfull early career in karting, Oliver graduated to Formula Ford with a limited program.

Barbara Roberts

1959
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
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.

George Robertson

1884 - 1955

James Robertson Justice

1905 - 1975
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.

Jim Robinson

1946 - 1995

Shawna Robinson

1964
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
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
Brother of George Robson who won the Indy 500 in 1946, Hal raced at Indy three times without much luck.

Glen Rocky

1927 - 1959

Pedro Rodriguez

1940 - 1971

Ricardo Rodriguez

1942 - 1962
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
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
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 trip to Europe.

Adolf Ralph Roese

1900 - 1950
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 fuel in cans in the car and these exploded with the impact. They all perished in the inferno.

Hank Rogers

0 - 0
Real name Hank Rakowski born in Ford, New Jersey, USA

Franco Rol

1908 - 1977
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
Talented British F5000 driver who tried to qualify for the 1965 British Grand Prix in a Cooper T71/73.

Charles Rolls

1877 - 1910
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
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 glider escape plan.

Emilio Romano

1895 - 0

Nicola Romeo

1876 - 1938

Bertil Roos

1943
Raced in a single grand prix, the 1974 Swedish GP, from which he retired with transmission failure.

Anni Roosdorp

1920 - 2003
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
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
Formula One driver in the early 1980s, and the first regular Finnish driver in the series.

Nico Rosberg

1985
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
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.

Mauri Rose

1906 - 1981

Mal Rose

1962
A champion driver in many categories - Production cars, Trucks, AMSCAR, and Bathurst Privateer Cup winner.

Thomas Essery Rose-Richards

1902 - 1940
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
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
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 Ferdinand Porsche and Dr. Anton Piech.

Willi Rosenstein

1892 - 1949

Louis Rosier

1905 - 1956
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 meeting at Montlhery.

Ricardo Rosset

1968
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
Matías Rossi is an Argentine racing driver competing in Turismo Carretera and TC2000. He won the TC2000 Championship in 2006 and 2007.

Huub Rothengatter

1954
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
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
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
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 Championship and in the 1961 US Grand Prix.

Jean Claude Rudaz

1942
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.

Tony Rudd

1923 - 2003

Hans Ruesch

1913 - 2007

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

Adrian Russell

1937
Adrian Russell was a regular Formula Atlantic and Aurora Series competitor in the UK between 1976 and 1979.

Roy Russing

1910 - 1946
One of the top drivers on the West Cost, Russing won over 40 midget features during his career

Eddie Russo

1925
AAA and Grand Prix driver at Indy, born in CHICAGO ( Illinois). 4 Indy Gp 1954-1960

Paul Russo

1914 - 1976
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 4th in 1957.

Joe Russo

1901 - 1934
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
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

1930 - 1997

Troy Ruttman Jnr

1950 - 1969
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
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
Best know at a saloon car driver who won the British Touring Car title in 1998 for Volvo. Now racing in World Touring Cars.

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