10 Memorable Quotes from Race Car Drivers

Motor racing is an incredible sport. Yes, we can sometimes name all of the cars that have been pushed to their limits on race tracks, yet it’s the people behind the wheel who make motorsport memorable. Here are 10 quotes from legendary race car drivers.

“I would have been a much more popular World Champion if I always said what people wanted to hear. I might have been dead, but definitely more popular.” —Jackie Stewart

Jackie Stewart
Jackie Stewart in the Tyrrell-Ford at the 1973 Zandvoort Grand Prix, July 27, 1973. Photo by Rob Mieremet, courtesy of the National Archives of the Netherlands.

You must always strive to be the best, but you must never believe that you are.” —Juan Manuel Fangio

Juan Manuel Fangio
Juan Manuel Fangio in the Mercedes-Benz W196R racing car at the 1955 Argentinean Grand Prix. Photo courtesy of Daimler AG.

“There are two things no man will admit he cannot do well: drive and make love.” —Sir Stirling Moss

Stirling Moss
Stirling Moss and Denis Jenkinson in a Mercedes-Benz 300 SLR (W196S) at the 1955 Mille Miglia. Photo courtesy of Daimler AG.

“Driving a race car is like dancing with a chainsaw.” —Cale Yarborough

Cale Yarborough
Cale Yarborough at the 1983 Van Scoy 500. Photo by us44mt via Wikimedia Commons.

“My grandfather always told me that it is no good lying on a hospital bed saying, ‘I had the right of way.’ ” —Nigel Mansell

Nigel Mansell
Nigel Mansell in his Williams F1 car in 1991. Photo by Wiley Norwich Photo.

“A lot of people criticize Formula One as an unnecessary risk. But what would life be like if we only did what is necessary?” —Niki Lauda

Niki Lauda race car driver
Niki Lauda in his Ferrari 312B3 at the 1974 Race of Champions at Brands Hatch. Photo by Martin Lee.

“The closer you are to death, the more alive you feel. But more powerful than fear itself is the will to win.” —James Hunt

James Hunt
James Hunt prematurely celebrates at the 1976 British Grand Prix. Photo by Martin Lee via Wikimedia Commons.

“No one wants to quit when he’s losing, and no one wants to quit when he’s winning.” —Richard Petty

Richard Petty
Richard Petty at Pocono in 1985. Photo by Ted Van Pelt via Wikimedia Commons.

“The winner ain’t the one with the fastest car; it’s the one who refuses to lose.” —Dale Earnhardt

Dale Earnhardt
Dale Earnhardt. Photo by Ted Van Pelt.

“That same moment that you are seen as the best, the fastest, and somebody that cannot be touched, you are enormously fragile.” —Ayrton Senna

Ayrton Senna
Ayrton Senna driving for McLaren at the 1991 United States Grand Prix. Photo by Stuart Seeger via Wikimedia Commons.

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