Car racing is indisputably a glamour sport, attracting those who seek a bit of excitement in between public appearances and script readings. Some actually turn out to be decent drivers. Who is the greatest celebrity to have turned a wheel in competition?

As far as pure name recognition goes, in his day (which stretched for two decades) Walter Cronkite was one of the best-known humans on earth. The genial, mustachioed news anchor was also a passionate amateur auto racer, finding some success in Northeast races in the Fifties and pulling the impressive double trick of both racing in and reporting on the Sebring 12 Hours in 1959, where he shared a Lancia Appia that finished fifth in class.

And that's the way it is.

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