Not everyone gets to be an all-time racing great by just being fast. Other things work in to the mix as well: being able to slice through traffic, having unusual mechanical empathy, or possessing a serious ability to make the most of a situation will all bolster a reputation.
Mark Donohue was never considered much of a finesse racer, but his ability to get into a car and hammer it around a track (and around opponents) was hugely respected. Captain Nice was also a seriously smart engineer with a devious streak who loved to rig up rule-bending tricks like special brake lights or high-flow refueling rigs, all in tune with one of his favorite phrases: the "unfair advantage."
Straight and honest? No. Race-winning? Yes. More fun that the uptight SCCA types wanted to think was appropriate? Oh, yeah. Kinda like the conversation 2 fast 2 frögberg sees between a mutant hyper-fast Lotus owner and the arbiters of good and evil, whose ultimate solution Donohue would have doubtless appreciated: