Home Mobile Forum News Cookbook FaceBook Us T-Shirts etc.: Europe/Worldwide. eBay Motorsport Links Advertising Live Chat  
Site Partners: SpotterGuides  
Related Sites: Your Link Here  

Go Back   TenTenths Motorsport Forum > Single Seater Racing > Formula One


Reply
 
Thread Tools Display Modes
Old 3 Aug 2008, 22:27 (Ref:2262861)   #1
Fish_Flake
Veteran
 
Fish_Flake's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2003
Georgia
The Foothills of North Georgia
Posts: 1,456
Fish_Flake should be qualifying in the top 3 on the gridFish_Flake should be qualifying in the top 3 on the gridFish_Flake should be qualifying in the top 3 on the grid
The Grand Prix 100: 100-91

Heikki Kovalainen's victory in the Hungarian Grand Prix marks a milestone in Formula 1 racing. One hundred drivers have now won World Championship races since is formation in 1950. When such a list reaches a nice, round number such as 100, the natural thing to do is make an attempt to rank them according to their perceived worth. With three weeks between now and the European Grand Prix at Valencia, it seems like the perfect time to determine the rankings of the winners in the World Championship era, if only to give the members of this forum something to talk about in the time being.

Today, I shall begin with the drivers ranked #100-91. For the first eleven years of the World Championship, the Indianapolis 500 held full points-paying status on the calendar, despite the fact that few drivers or teams crossed over between Indy-style and Grand Prix racing during that period. As a result, the bottom of the list is dominated by Indy 500 winners.


100: Pat Flaherty, United States (1926-2002)
Active: 1950-1959
Career Races: 6 (started 5)
Wins: 1
First Win: 1956 Indianapolis 500

Pat Flaherty's best season in racing came in 1956, when he won the Indianapolis 500 as well as the Rex Mays Classic in Milwaukee a week later, propelling him to a runner-up finish in the USAC Championship despite only competing in six of the twelve events on the Championship Trail. Interestingly enough, Flaherty did not have a ride for Indy in 1956, and secured his entry only after hearing from a patron at his Chicago bar that car owner John Zink was looking for a driver. Flaherty raced only sparingly after 1956, and ended his career with three Champ Car wins and two tenth-place finishes at the Brickyard to go with his 500 triumph.


99: Lee Wallard, United States (1910-1963)
Active: 1950-1951
Career Races: 2
Wins: 1
First Win: 1951 Indianapolis 500

Lee Wallard won three AAA Championship races during his career, the last and greatest of those being the 1951 Indianapolis 500. He suffered serous burns in a sprint car accident shortly after his Indy victory, effectively ending his career.


98: Bob Sweikert, United States (1926-1956)
Active: 1952-1956
Career Races: 5
Wins: 1
First Win: 1955 Indianapolis 500

Bob Sweikert's won the Indianapolis 500 in 1955, but his victory was marred by the death of two-time defending champion Bill Vukovich. He added another victory that year en route to the last AAA Championship. Winner of four AAA Championship races during his career, Sweikert was killed in a sprint car accident less than a month after finishing sixth in the 1956 Indy 500.


97: Sam Hanks, United States (1914-1994)
Active: 1950-1957
Career Races: 8
Wins: 1
First Win: 1957 Indianapolis 500

Before there was Dale Earnhardt, there was Sam Hanks. Winner of four Champ Car races and the 1953 AAA Championship, Hanks had raced at Indianapolis twelve times, and finished on the podium in three of the five races between 1952 and 1956, before winning on his 13th attempt. He retired from racing after the race to become the official pace car driver at Indianapolis Motor Speedway.


96: Johnnie Parsons, United States (1918-1984)
Active: 1950-1958
Career Races: 9
Wins: 1
First Win: 1950 Indianapolis 500

After finishing second on his first trip to Indy, Johnnie Parsons won the 1950 race on his second attempt. Parsons won 11 AAA/USAC Championship races, took the 1949 AAA season title, and collected two additional top-ten finishes at Indy to go with his first and second. A legend in the world of midget car racing, Parsons was inducted posthumously into the Motorsports Hall of Fame of America in 2004.


95: Jim Rathmann, United States
Active: 1950-1960
Career Races: 10
Wins: 1
First Win: 1960 Indianapolis 500

Jim Rathmann only won three races on the Championship Trail during his career, but he knew how to drive at Indy. During the eleven years the Indianapolis 500 counted in the World Championship standings, Rathmann placed in the top ten on six occasions, including three runner-up finishes and culminating in winning the last 500 included in the World Championship in 1960. Rathmann scored more World Championship points than any other Indy 500 participant during the era.


94: Jimmy Bryan, United States
Active: 1952-1960
Career Races: 9
Wins: 1
First Win: 1958 Indianapolis 500

While he only won a single Indianapolis 500, Jimmy Bryan was the dominant driver on the Championship Trail during the years the 500 counted towards the World Championship. Bryan won 23 Champ Car races during his career, and finished in the top ten in 54 of his 72 starts. In addition to his 1958 win, he had three top-ten finishes during his Indy career. Bryan was killed in a Champ Car race at Langhorne Speedway near Philadelphia on June 19, 1960 -- the same day Chris Bristow and Alan Stacey were killed during the Belgian Grand Prix.


93: Troy Ruttman, United States (1930-1997)
Active: 1950-1960
Career Races: 9 (started 8)
Wins: 1
First Win: 1952 Indianapolis 500

One of racing's first phenoms, Troy Ruttman won the Indianapolis 500 at the age of 22; he is still the youngest winner of the 500, and was the youngest driver to win a World Championship race until Fernando Alonso surpassed him in 2003. Unfortunately, Ruttman was injured in a sprint car crash later in 1952, and while he would recover to race again, he could not recapture the success of his early years. However, Ruttman was the first Indy winner to have a try at Formula 1. After the "Race of Two Worlds" at Monza in 1958, he stayed in Europe to compete in the French Grand Prix at Reims in a Maserati, where he finished a respectable tenth. He qualified for the German Grand Prix a few weeks later in the same car, but mechanical problems prevented him from taking the start.


92: Giancarlo Baghetti, Italy
Active: 1961-1967
Career Races: 21
Wins: 1
First Win: 1961 French Grand Prix

Giancarlo Baghetti is best known for being the only driver to win a World Championship event in his debut (besides the obvious winners of the inaugural race in 1950 and the 1950 Indianapolis 500), and it is most likely the only thing he's known for. After taking advantage of the dominant Ferrari 156 to nip Dan Gurney at the finish of a slipstreaming epic at Reims in 1961, Baghetti would not finish on the podium in Formula 1 again.


91: Bill Vukovich, United States
Active: 1951-1955
Career Races: 5
Wins: 2
First Win: 1953 Indianapolis 500
Last Win: 1954 Indianapolis 500

Bill Vukovich may have been the most dominant driver to ever set foot upon the Brickyard. After an inauspicious debut finish of 29th in 1951, Vuky led 150 laps of the 1952 event before suffering a steering failure with nine laps to go. He then led all but five laps during his first 500 win in 1953, and led 90 of the 200 laps en route to his second victory a year later. Vukovich was well on his way to three in a row at the 1955 race when, while trying to maneuver through lapped traffic, he became caught in the middle of an accident between three other cars, flipping his car over the backstretch retaining wall and killing him. He led 71.7% of the laps he completed at Indianapolis, is still the only driver to lead the most laps in the race on three consecutive occasions.

So, there is the bottom ten. Like what you see so far? Don't? Then tell me about it. I'll post #90-81 sometime between now and Tuesday.
Fish_Flake is offline  
__________________
"There are some players who have psychologists, sportologists. I smoke."
--golfer Angel Cabrera, when asked how he kept his composure whilst winning the 2007 U.S. Open, beating Tiger Woods by one stroke.
Quote
Old 3 Aug 2008, 22:39 (Ref:2262868)   #2
Super Hans
Veteran
 
Super Hans's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2006
United Kingdom
Posts: 5,485
Super Hans is going for a new world record!Super Hans is going for a new world record!Super Hans is going for a new world record!Super Hans is going for a new world record!Super Hans is going for a new world record!Super Hans is going for a new world record!
Tremendous work there Fish Flake. I'll await the next installment with interest.
Super Hans is offline  
Quote
Old 3 Aug 2008, 22:46 (Ref:2262875)   #3
Fish_Flake
Veteran
 
Fish_Flake's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2003
Georgia
The Foothills of North Georgia
Posts: 1,456
Fish_Flake should be qualifying in the top 3 on the gridFish_Flake should be qualifying in the top 3 on the gridFish_Flake should be qualifying in the top 3 on the grid
Oops...forgot to add lifelines for some of the drivers.

Jim Rathmann (1928-)
Jimmy Bryan (1926-1960)
Giancarlo Baghetti (1934-1995)
Bill Vukovich (1918-1955)
Fish_Flake is offline  
__________________
"There are some players who have psychologists, sportologists. I smoke."
--golfer Angel Cabrera, when asked how he kept his composure whilst winning the 2007 U.S. Open, beating Tiger Woods by one stroke.
Quote
Old 3 Aug 2008, 22:57 (Ref:2262881)   #4
Bononi
Race Official
20KPINAL
 
Bononi's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 1999
Location:
Deep in the Chaos Nation's countryside
Posts: 21,600
Bononi will be entering the Motorsport Hall of FameBononi will be entering the Motorsport Hall of FameBononi will be entering the Motorsport Hall of FameBononi will be entering the Motorsport Hall of FameBononi will be entering the Motorsport Hall of FameBononi will be entering the Motorsport Hall of FameBononi will be entering the Motorsport Hall of FameBononi will be entering the Motorsport Hall of FameBononi will be entering the Motorsport Hall of FameBononi will be entering the Motorsport Hall of Fame
Nice work Fish_Flake, keep it coming !
Bononi is offline  
__________________
Show me a man who won't give it to his woman
An' I'll show you somebody who will
Quote
Old 3 Aug 2008, 23:27 (Ref:2262897)   #5
ralf fan
Forum Host
Veteran
 
ralf fan's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2003
United Nations
Apartment No.203
Posts: 6,529
ralf fan should be qualifying in the top 3 on the gridralf fan should be qualifying in the top 3 on the gridralf fan should be qualifying in the top 3 on the gridralf fan should be qualifying in the top 3 on the grid
Nice work man! I shudder to think the amount of work involved but kudos to you.
ralf fan is offline  
__________________
A byte walks into a bar and orders a pint. Bartender asks him "What's wrong?" Byte says "Parity error." Bartender nods and says "Yeah, I thought you looked a bit off."
Quote
Old 3 Aug 2008, 23:46 (Ref:2262911)   #6
SennaTheGreat
Veteran
 
SennaTheGreat's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2006
England
Grimsby
Posts: 596
SennaTheGreat has a lot of promise if they can keep it on the circuit!
Nice work there Fish_Flake. Keep it coming
SennaTheGreat is offline  
__________________
It isn't premarital sex if you have no intention of getting married.
Quote
Old 4 Aug 2008, 00:52 (Ref:2262931)   #7
Fish_Flake
Veteran
 
Fish_Flake's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2003
Georgia
The Foothills of North Georgia
Posts: 1,456
Fish_Flake should be qualifying in the top 3 on the gridFish_Flake should be qualifying in the top 3 on the gridFish_Flake should be qualifying in the top 3 on the grid
Quote:
Originally Posted by ralf fan
Nice work man! I shudder to think the amount of work involved but kudos to you.
Well, I was going to list every driver chronologically, made it to the mid-60s, and realized how long it takes to list the career statistics of a hundred drivers. Since I had already made it through the Indy 500 winners, and no one would object to them being the bottom feeders of the rankings, I retooled my idea just a little.
Fish_Flake is offline  
__________________
"There are some players who have psychologists, sportologists. I smoke."
--golfer Angel Cabrera, when asked how he kept his composure whilst winning the 2007 U.S. Open, beating Tiger Woods by one stroke.
Quote
Old 4 Aug 2008, 01:37 (Ref:2262941)   #8
Bononi
Race Official
20KPINAL
 
Bononi's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 1999
Location:
Deep in the Chaos Nation's countryside
Posts: 21,600
Bononi will be entering the Motorsport Hall of FameBononi will be entering the Motorsport Hall of FameBononi will be entering the Motorsport Hall of FameBononi will be entering the Motorsport Hall of FameBononi will be entering the Motorsport Hall of FameBononi will be entering the Motorsport Hall of FameBononi will be entering the Motorsport Hall of FameBononi will be entering the Motorsport Hall of FameBononi will be entering the Motorsport Hall of FameBononi will be entering the Motorsport Hall of Fame
Let's keep it on top at all times !
Bononi is offline  
__________________
Show me a man who won't give it to his woman
An' I'll show you somebody who will
Quote
Old 4 Aug 2008, 02:35 (Ref:2262945)   #9
Fish_Flake
Veteran
 
Fish_Flake's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2003
Georgia
The Foothills of North Georgia
Posts: 1,456
Fish_Flake should be qualifying in the top 3 on the gridFish_Flake should be qualifying in the top 3 on the gridFish_Flake should be qualifying in the top 3 on the grid
Quote:
Originally Posted by Bononi
Let's keep it on top at all times !
Wow, thanks for putting that kind of pressure on me, Mr. Mod. I guess I had better get to work on the rest of the list so that I don't mess it up!

Seriously, though, I have #90-81 ranked out, and am working on the write-ups for the drivers to post tomorrow. Should I start a new thread, or should I post them as a reply? Can someone update the thread title if I keep the rest of the list in one thread?
Fish_Flake is offline  
__________________
"There are some players who have psychologists, sportologists. I smoke."
--golfer Angel Cabrera, when asked how he kept his composure whilst winning the 2007 U.S. Open, beating Tiger Woods by one stroke.
Quote
Old 4 Aug 2008, 05:34 (Ref:2262972)   #10
Neil22
Veteran
 
Join Date: Mar 2006
United States
Nor Cal
Posts: 552
Neil22 should be qualifying in the top 10 on the grid
Nice work. Plan on reading them all.
Neil22 is offline  
Quote
Old 4 Aug 2008, 06:15 (Ref:2262980)   #11
Bononi
Race Official
20KPINAL
 
Bononi's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 1999
Location:
Deep in the Chaos Nation's countryside
Posts: 21,600
Bononi will be entering the Motorsport Hall of FameBononi will be entering the Motorsport Hall of FameBononi will be entering the Motorsport Hall of FameBononi will be entering the Motorsport Hall of FameBononi will be entering the Motorsport Hall of FameBononi will be entering the Motorsport Hall of FameBononi will be entering the Motorsport Hall of FameBononi will be entering the Motorsport Hall of FameBononi will be entering the Motorsport Hall of FameBononi will be entering the Motorsport Hall of Fame
Quote:
Originally Posted by Fish_Flake
Should I start a new thread, or should I post them as a reply? Can someone update the thread title if I keep the rest of the list in one thread?
No pressure fish, take your time ! I think maybe a separate thread will give more space for discussion, so we'll unstick the older ones as they become with less traffic. I'm sure there will be some good content worth a debate in the next series you're about to post, so get ready to start threads and ask any mod that is on-line to stick it for you.
Bononi is offline  
__________________
Show me a man who won't give it to his woman
An' I'll show you somebody who will
Quote
Old 4 Aug 2008, 11:55 (Ref:2263116)   #12
Ralf's Girl
Veteran
 
Join Date: Jul 2000
England
London
Posts: 5,361
Ralf's Girl has a real shot at the podium!Ralf's Girl has a real shot at the podium!Ralf's Girl has a real shot at the podium!Ralf's Girl has a real shot at the podium!
Great idea, Mr. Flake.

I sense ranking the top 10 might be a source of much debate...and I hadn't even heard of most of the 10 you posted above! Could be an interesting history lesson.
Ralf's Girl is offline  
__________________
"The more I see of the world, the more am I dissatisfied with it; every day confirms my belief of the inconsistency of all human characters, and of the little dependence which can be placed on the appearance of either merit or sense." -- Elizabeth Bennet, 'Pride & Prejudice'
Quote
Old 4 Aug 2008, 19:32 (Ref:2263392)   #13
Chiefy
Veteran
 
Chiefy's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2003
Germany
Cottbus, Germany.
Posts: 874
Chiefy should be qualifying in the top 10 on the grid
How are the rankings worked out? Is it just an opinion-based thing? Rathmann sounds like he could be the best of that bunch to me.
Chiefy is offline  
__________________
Belgian GP commentary: "Friday morning was nice and sunny - but not for Erik Comas, who crashed heavily."
Quote
Old 5 Aug 2008, 15:03 (Ref:2263804)   #14
JamesRamone
Veteran
 
JamesRamone's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2007
England
Just outside Leeds, West Yorkshire
Posts: 723
JamesRamone should be qualifying in the top 10 on the grid
Best idea ever !
JamesRamone is offline  
__________________
Do you ever have motorsport dreams at night? :

Down F0rce: "More than a few, but the strangest one was when Jos Verstappen and Enrique Bernoldi scored a one-two for Arrows and were apparantly so impressed by each other's driving, they sang "Wind Beneath My Wings" to each other in the press conference."

Brilliant
Quote
Reply

Bookmarks




Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off

Forum Jump

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
[FIA GT] Grand-Am Round 2: Gainsco Grand Prix of Miami mattcat North American Racing 29 1 Apr 2008 07:21
Grand Prix Manager : French Grand Prix results Wrex Formula One 4 10 Jul 2003 11:25
Grand Prix Manager : French Grand Prix Asp Formula One 6 3 Jul 2003 11:31
Grand Prix 4 ... Why didn't they call it Grand Prix 2.5? DNQ Virtual Racers 18 27 Oct 2002 17:09


Powered by vBadvanced CMPS v3.2.3

All times are GMT. The time now is 17:14.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.9
Copyright ©2000 - 2018, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.
Original Website Copyright © 1998-2003 Craig Antil. All Rights Reserved.
Ten-Tenths Motorsport Forums Copyright © 2004-2016 Royalridge Computing. All Rights Reserved.