As follow up to my post last week, about which among a list of actors was not a professional race car driver. And your choices were: James Garner, Steve McQueen, Rowan Atkinson, Jason Statham, Eric Bana, and Gene Hackman. And the winner is, Jason Statham! Let’s go through the list of celebs and their racing pedigree.
Home state: Oklahoma
He started driving at the age of 10 in Oklahoma, out of necessity as he put it, and continued until well into his 80’s. His motoring was transformed from necessity to obsession after starring in 1969’s racing film, Grand Prix. After filming wrapped, he founded American International Racing. The team competed at Daytona and Sebring. He also competed in the Baja 1000.
Home state: Indiana
British Touring Car championship 1961 (3rd place), Baja 1000, Mint 400, Elsinore Grand Prix, and 12 Hours of Sebring. He was also set to compete in the 24 Hours of LeMans with Jackie Stewart, but had to withdraw due to filming commitments.
Home state: Somewhere in the UK
Throughout the 80s he piloted a Renault 5 in the manufacturer’s Turbo Cup racing series. Additionally he went on to compete in his Aston Martin at Silverstone in 2010. This is besides the notoriety he gained for crashing his McLaren.
Home state: Melbourne, Australia
In 2007 he competed in the Targa professional road rally, and he’s a three time competitor in the Bathurst endurance race (2009-2011-2014) finishing 13th in 2014. He’s obviously a man of discerning taste and a blue oval enthusiast owning a 1974 Ford Falcon XB.
Home state: California
Gene competed in four races between 1978-1984 including the 24 Hours of Daytona, 12 Hours of Sebring, and 6 Hours of Riverside. He raced both Mazdas and Toyotas with a personal best of 16th in the 1983 installment of the 6 Hours of Riverside piloting a Toyota Celica.