Some people have the need for speed, and for others, it's their calling. These race car drivers, from all across the globe, are the most famous and gifted in history. Can you remember who is who? Cozy up to some serious Talladega nights.
Richard Petty is rightfully called "The King of NASCAR." He won the NASCAR Cup championships and Daytona 500 seven times each.
Dale Earnhardt was Richard Perry's successor, and he's called "The Intimidator." Earnhardt was famous for trading a lot of paint on the course.
Jimmie Johnson is killing it, with seven Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series wins. And this driver is not done yet!
Jeff Gordon was lucky No. 24 in his racing days. Arguably one of the most famous racers of our time, these days he's a commentator for Fox NASCAR.
David Pearson is considered to be a phenomenal rider. "Pearson is the best driver I ever raced against," Petty said about their rivalry.
Some would argue that Cale Yarborough is the greatest racer in history. He has 83 wins, including four Daytona 500 and three Cup championships.
Who can forget the feud between Darrell Waltrip and Dale Earnhardt? Then the pain in his voice on that fateful day where Waltrip said, "Is Dale okay? I hope he's going to be okay." Earnhart was not okay, unfortunately. Waltrip's younger brother won that race.
Junior Johnson was not just a great racer, he knew how to choose a car. He also won 50 of the 313 races that he entered.
"Gentleman" Ned Jarrett is one of the greatest racers in history. He won 50 races and two championships in his Cup career.
Bobby Allison was part of the "Alabama Gang." He survived a near-tragic accident in 1988 but endured later tragedies - the deaths of two sons - one in a crash at Michigan International Speedway and another in a helicopter crash.
Rusty, Mike, and Kenny Wallace are all racers in their own right, but Rusty Wallace is the most famous. He finished in the top 10 in over half of his 706 races.
A.J. Foyt is famous for his open-wheel and NASCAR racing. He racked up 67 wins in his USAC career.
Roger Penske knew talent when he saw it. He signed Rick Mears to Team Penske, where he went on to become one of the greatest open-wheel racers in history.
Mario Andretti had a career spanning nearly 40 years. He was the only American to win an Indy 500, Daytona 500 and Formula One championship.
Michael Andretti was an amazing racer in his own right. He raced open-wheel as well, and went to on to be a successful IndyCar team owner.
Fireball Roberts is considered one of the pioneers of NASCAR. His racing career lasted for about 15 years, and he made an amazing impact on the sport.
Bill Elliott is yet another NASCAR pioneer. He's famous for his amazing 44 wins and 55 poles.
With an incredible winning percentage of 20.86%, it's no mystery why Tim Flock is a legend. He won 39 races in his career.
Kyle Busch is the NASCAR driver to watch. With a series of impressive wins, it seems like there's more victory on the horizon.
Tony "Smoke" Stewart is a retired stock car racing driver and NASCAR owner. He is a three-time NASCAR Sprint Cup Series champion as a driver.
Lee Petty was not only the first three-time Cup winner in history, he was also the start of an empire in NASCAR. He became the leader of Petty Enterprises and was the father of Richard Petty.
Texas Terry Labonte was a crowd favorite and was able to amass two championships and 22 wins in his storied career.
You bet your *ss he was! Bobby Allison was part of the Alabama Gang, and was inducted into the NASCAR Hall of Fame in 2011.
Not only is he one of the most famous Hall of Famers, Darrell Waltrip is also famous for the most wins at Bristol Motor Speedway. That would be 12! Seven were consecutive.
Everyone thinks of Jimmie Johnson, but it was Carl Yarborough that started it all. He won 83 NASCAR races and 68 pole positions during his career.
It's funny to think that retired legend Jeff Gordon was originally known as "The Kid." The Hall of Famer is credited with bringing NASCAR out of the South and into the mainstream.
Before rising to fame, Jimmie Johnson was known for his escape from a destroyed car. He was still an unknown when Jeff Gordon signed him in 2001.
"Big Al" Unser was an open-wheel champ that was part of a dynasty, including his son Al Jr. and brother Bobby. He won 39 career Indy Car races in his career.
John Force had a reality show, called "Driving Force." He's considered the greatest racer that the quarter-mile sport has ever known.
Don Garlits is considered to be as important to drag racing as Richard Perry was to NASCAR. He started in the sport at its infancy and helped to establish it as a nationwide phenomenon. His name graces a drag racing museum in Ocala, Florida.
Shirley Muldowney is one of the first females to enter the sport of drag racing. "Cha Cha" also went on to be one of the best drag racers in history. Period.
Danica Patrick needs no introduction. She was the first female NASCAR driver to win a NASCAR Sprint Cup Series pole. She placed 8th in the 2013 Daytona 500.
Dan Gurney is a Formula One driver who is considered one of the best in history. He invented the Gurney flap, which adds some drag but produces more downforce.
David Pearson had a phenomenal 105 wins in his career. He is a three-time champ and famous rival to Richard Petty.
No one has more wins than Richard Petty, "The King." He also won 7 championships.