Thursday, March 21, 2013

Greatest Drivers of All Time #1: Ayrton Senna

In a series I am doing on the blog, I take a look at the greatest fifteen drivers in the history of motorsports, with some statistics and reasons as to why I selected them. Here are the previous drivers on the list:

#15 Jim Clark
#14 Dario Franchitti
#13 Sir Jackie Stewart
#12 Jimmie Johnson
#11 Michael Schumacher
#10 Al Unser Jr.
#9 Dale Earnhardt
#8 Juan Manuel Fangio
#7 Al Unser
#6 Alain Prost
#5 Rick Mears
#4 Richard Petty
#3 Mario Andretti
#2 AJ Foyt


Ayrton Senna


Born: March 21, 1960 Brazil
Died: May 1, 1994
Race starts: 161
Wins: 41
Poles: 65
F1 Titles: 3

What is there to say about Ayrton Senna and the legacy he has left behind? Without question the greatest drivers for so many reasons. On the track, he was fearless, aggressive, and ungodly quick. Off the track, he was a caring, loving individual who was always looking out for his fellow drivers. He also donated vast amounts of money to help impovershed people back in his home country of Brazil. It is no surprise that every driver growing up looks up to him and tries to emulate him on and off the track. The day we lost Ayrton Senna goes down as one of the darkest in racing's history. But ledgends never die, and so Ayrton lives on for an eternity. 

Happy birthday Ayrton.

Thanks for following along with the whole series. *Let me know what you think or any disagreements you have with my list as to the order or who was omitted*

-Matthew Hickey

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