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Who's Your Favorite Celebrity Racing Driver?

Paul Newman racing his 300ZX at Road Atlanta
Paul Newman racing his 300ZX at Road Atlanta
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Racing is flashy. It’s expensive. You’ve gotta have resources to do it. But most importantly, racing is cool. Paul Newman was cool and Paul Newman raced. Correlation or Causation? I’ll let you decide.

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You might want to leave the racing to professionals and keep the “civilians” safe in the stands, but I think it’s great when personalities we know from elsewhere find success on the track, or at least just have fun. More of them have been at it than you might think. Gene Hackman raced at Daytona, Eric Bana loves his XB Falcon race car, Walter Cronkite was actually a bit of a success in his Lancia Appia Zagato at Sebring and plenty of others have had their hand at racing too.

Who’s your favorite? Let us know in the comments below!

Max Finkel is a Weekend Contributor at Jalopnik.

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So I got a couple. First up?

James. Fucking. Garner. The fact that nobody else has said James Garner is a goddamn travesty. Because James Garner, gave us this:

And not only this. See, without James Garner, there basically would be no off-road racing. His shops built all of the SC/Ramblers for the Baja 500. His celebrity brought the money and the racers. That he was in the documentary The Racing Scene as himself is just icing on the cake.

Next up? GENE HACKMAN. Bet you didn’t know he raced, did you? Well he did. And he was GOOD at it.

(Yes that is a Supra.) This man not only did more than half the stunts in The French Connection, he also competed in Formula Ford. And secured the seat he’s pictured in above on skill not money. And raced in the 24 Hours of Daytona. And got called “the most talented celebrity” he’s ever taught by Bob Bondurant.

And last, but far from least, Walter Cronkite. Yes, your mind is now blown.

That’s his Zagato-bodied Lancia Appia. With him in it. Which placed 5th at the Sebring 12 hours, while he was reporting on the race. He raced all over the northeast, mostly in a Volvo PV444. Yes, a Volvo. Walter Cronkite is therefore, the ultimate celebrity racer.