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NASCAR 167 2260 Best drivers to make crossover from open-wheel to stock cars 11233467 Parnelli Jones Parnelli+Jones NASCAR

Jones, born in 1933, was a versatile racer of the future Robby Gordon variety.

He won races in sports cars, Indy cars, sprint cars, midget cars, off-road vehicles and stock cars. In the open-wheel ranks, he earned six career wins – including the 1963 Indianapolis 500 – and 12 pole positions.

He began competing in stock cars in 1956, running a limited schedule off and on through 1970. He made 34 Cup starts, winning four times.

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NASCAR 167 2260 Best drivers to make crossover from open-wheel to stock cars 11233527 Johnny Rutherford Johnny+Rutherford NASCAR

Rutherford was known for his prowess at Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

The driver won three Indianapolis 500s (1974, '76 and '80), two from the pole, and is credited with 27 career wins in the open-wheel cars. He won the 1980 CART title and then decided to compete in some NASCAR events.

He won in his first outing in a qualifying race at Daytona, an event that in 1963 counted as a series victory. He is a member of multiple halls of fame for his success in various racing series.

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NASCAR 167 2260 Best drivers to make crossover from open-wheel to stock cars 11233526 John Andretti John+Andretti NASCAR

The driver had little chance of being anything other than a racer.

Growing up as the son of Aldo Andretti, twin brother of Mario Andretti, John Andretti had racing in his life from the start. He competed in CART from 1987 through 1994, making 73 starts and earning a win. He finished eighth in the series standings in 1991 and 1992.

Then he moved to NASCAR, where he would eventually compete for Petty Enterprises and win a pair of races.

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NASCAR 167 2260 Best drivers to make crossover from open-wheel to stock cars 11234243 Tim Richmond Tim+Richmond NASCAR

Richmond (with trophy) may be a surprise entrant on the list, but he made a highly successful transition into NASCAR after a beginning in the IndyCar ranks.

Richmond was named the rookie of the race in the 1980 Indianapolis 500. He led a lap in that race but ran out of gas to finish ninth. He is widely reported to have been given a ride back to the pits by winner Johnny Rutherford.

Soon afterward, Richmond moved to stock cars, competing in five races in 1980. He ran full time in the series the next six seasons and then eight races in 1987. Richmond earned 13 wins in 185 starts and finished third in the 1986 standings. He died in 1989.

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NASCAR 167 2260 Best drivers to make crossover from open-wheel to stock cars 31592356 Danica Patrick Danica+Patrick+ NASCAR

Patrick is perhaps the most heralded NASCAR Sprint Cup rookie in history. She headed to NASCAR with one IndyCar win to her credit and first ran part time in the Nationwide Series. She moved full time into those ranks in 2012, finishing 10th in the Nationwide Series standings, the best finish for a female driver there. In 2013, she opened her Sprint Cup rookie run by taking the pole position for the Daytona 500.

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NASCAR 167 2260 Best drivers to make crossover from open-wheel to stock cars 31592357 Crossover queen Crossover+queen NASCAR

Danica Patrick might be the most celebrated driver to cross over from open-wheel to stock-car racing (or vice versa), but she is certainly not the first. As the most famous woman in motorsports earns her wings in her first full-time season in NASCAR's Sprint Cup Series — an era started with the 2013 Daytona 500 pole position — here are some drivers who have found success both with fenders and without, making left and right turns.

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