Sunday, December 29, 2013

Auto Racing’s Top Winners of 2013

Despite seven wins, Kenseth came up short in comparison
Sebastian Vettel.  Won 13 of 19 Formula One races, nine in a row and his 4th straight world championship.  Easily racer of the year.

Jimmie Johnson.  Won six races, including the Daytona 500, on the way to his sixth Sprint Cup championship.  A “best of” type year, if it wasn’t for Vettel.

Scott Dixon.  Four wins and the IndyCar championship.

Tony Kanaan.  By winning the Indy 500, he won the biggest race of the year.  Also landed him a pretty good ride for next year.

Matt Kenseth.  His seven Cup race wins was tops.  But he couldn’t win the the biggest prizes.

Dario Franchitti.  He didn’t win a single race during 2013, but Franchitti’s still a winner.  His Houston crash and subsequent retirement ranks as one of the top stories of the year.  His four IndyCar titles, three Indy 500 wins, 21 total victories and his star power will be tough for IndyCar to replace.

Chase Elliott.  By winning the All-American 400 at Nashville, the son of Bill Elliott became the first driver to win the Grand Slam of short track racing.  Elliott is 18.

Bubba Wallace.  It’s not just that he was the first African American to win a NASCAR race in nearly 50 years and only the second ever.  At 20, he ranks along with Elliott as one of the future stars of the sport.

Allan McNish.  Won his third 24 Hours of Le Mans.  Others have more Le Mans wins, but no one has been faster, year in and year out, than McNish,who retired at the end of the season.

Max Angelelli and Jordan Taylor.  “Mad” Max, 47, proved an able mentor for Taylor, 22, as the pair teamed to win five of the 12 GrandAm races and the final three events of the season to capture the series’ last title. 


  1. No mention of someone like Donny Schatz (23 wins in 80 starts (over 25%) on the World of Outlaw Sprint Car Tour??

    No mention of someone like Josh Richards (World of Outlaw Late Model Champion or Jimmy Owens (Lucas Oil Late Model Champion).

    I admit that Vettel, Johnson, Dixon, etc. are all great drivers, but open your mind to other forms of racing besides that on pavement, guys in AMA flat track, Supercross, Motocross, Off-raod trucks, World Rally, etc. are racers too.

    Someone that didn't win championships, but is arguably has had the best season the last 3 years in a row is a kid by the name of Kyle Larson and he gets no mention either.....

  2. Auto racing my A--.

    Besides those Anonymous #1 mentions, the author omits NHRA/IHRA drag racing, NA$CAR's 2d tier [the ex- Busch Series], ARCA, ASA, K&N, Whelan modifieds, & many unidentified local series in other classes.

    NA$CAR trucks wouldn't be mentioned here were there no "Awesom Bill" connection, and Bubba was another ethnicity.

    Another Anonymous