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NASCAR Statement Regarding Juan Pablo Montoya's Entry Into NASCAR
"Juan Pablo Montoya's entry into NASCAR is historic," said NASCAR president Mike Helton. "It encompasses all the things that are important to NASCAR, the things that we've worked very hard to establish. Juan Pablo is someone who touches not only the Hispanic fan base, but also is a driver with an international following. NASCAR has had success with drivers from other racing backgrounds who have come to NASCAR and done well, but to have Juan Pablo say, 'I want to compete here,' is historic," Helton said.
List of Drivers Who Have Competed in NASCAR and Formula One
Formula One drivers who have competed in NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series events:
Mario Andretti (USA) Â¿ 14 races: 1966-1969. 1 win, 1967 Daytona 500.
Bob Bondurant (USA) Â¿ 4 races: 1963-1981
Bobby Rahal (USA) Â¿ 1 race: 1984
Jim Clark (Scotland) - 1 race: 1967
Chuck Daigh (USA) Â¿ 2 races: 1963-1964
Mark Donohue (USA) Â¿ 6 races: 1972-1973. 1 win, 1973 Riverside 500.
Vic Elford (England) - 4 races: 1969- 1972
Christian Fittipaldi (Brazil) Â¿ 16 races: 2002, 2003
George Follmer (USA) Â¿ 20 races: 1972-1987
Hideo Fukiyama (Japan) - 4 races: 2002, 2003
Frank Gardner (Australia) Â¿ 1 race: 1968
Dan Gurney (USA) Â¿ 16 races: 1962-1980. 5 wins (All at Riverside, Calif.)
Walt Hansgen (USA) Â¿ 3 races: 1964-1965
David Hobbs (England) Â¿ 2 races: 1976
Innes Ireland (England) - 2 races: 1967
Jacky Ickx (Belgium) - Attempted to make the field for the 1969 Daytona 500.
Lella Lombard (Italy) - 1 race: 1977
Brain Naylor (England) - 2 races: 1961
Jackie Oliver (England) - 8 races: 1971, 1972
Sam Posey (USA) Â¿ 1 race. 1970
Pedro Rodriguez (Mexico) Â¿ 6 races: 1959 Â¿ 1971
Bob Said (USA) - 1 race: 1959
Jo Schlesser (France) - 2 races: 1964
Rolf Stommelen (Germany) - 1 event: 1971
Danny Sullivan (USA) - 1 race: 1994
Bobby Unser (USA) Â¿ 4 races: 1969-1973
*The Indianapolis 500 was part of the Formula One schedule from 1950 to 1960. Any Indy 500 drivers who also competed in a NASCAR premier series event would technically be included in this list. They are: A.J. Foyt (7 NASCAR wins), Al Keller (1 NASCAR win), Bill Cheesbourg, Bill Holland, Bill Cantrell, Chuck Stevenson, Dick Rathmann (13 NASCAR wins), Jim Rathmann, Johnny Mantz (1 NASCAR win), Len Sutton, Lloyd Ruby, Marshall Teague (7 NASCAR wins), Mike Magill, Paul Goldsmith (9 NASCAR wins), Rodger Ward, Troy Ruttman.