The list of superlatives only gets longer as drivers' rank gets higher
Five drivers, so many superlatives. Two four-time winners of the Indy 500, a three-time Formula One champion, the only man to win back-to-back-to-back Cup titles and a driver still going strong after 14 championships. ESPN.com's top 25 countdown moves on with drivers 15-11, writes Terry Blount.
Who are the top 25 drivers of all time? ESPN.com asked 19 experts to vote for any driver who piloted something with wheels and a motor. Today's list presents drivers 15-11.
|15. Al Unser|
Championships: Three (1970, '83 and '85).
Accomplishments: Unser's 644 laps led are the most in Indy 500 history. At age 47 in 1987, he became the oldest Indy 500 winner. 1978 IROC champion. Inducted into the International Motorsports Hall of Fame in 1998.
|14. Cale Yarborough|
Championships: Three Cup titles (1976, '77 and '78).
Accomplishments: Yarborough won the Daytona 500 four times. Won the 1984 IROC title. Fifth on the all-time NASCAR win list with 83 victories. Inducted into the International Motorsports Hall of Fame in 1993. Competed in five Indy 500s, finishing 10th in 1972.
|13. Jackie Stewart|
Championships: Three (1969, '71 and '73).
Accomplishments: Won 15 F1 races in a three-year span from 1971 to '73 when he won two championships and finished second in the other. Raced in two Indy 500s, finishing sixth in 1966. Honored with knighthood in 2001. Stewart helped revolutionize safety standards at F1 tracks and was one of the first to use safety belts and full-face helmets.
|12. John Force|
Championships: Fourteen (1990-91, 1993-2002, 2004 and 2006).
Accomplishments: Force's dominance of the Funny Car class has made him the greatest drag racer in history. Has an incredible 125 victories and recently won his 1,000th round of NHRA competition. Won 10 consecutive championships from 1993 to 2002.
|11. Rick Mears|
Championships: Three (1979, '81 and '82).
Accomplishments: In his first championship season in 1979, Mears finished in the top five in 13 of 14 events. Won 10 times in two years over his championship seasons of 1981-82. Won a record six Indy 500 poles. Finished in the top five in nine of 13 Indy 500 starts from 1979 through 1991. Inducted into the International Motorsports Hall of Fame in 1997.
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The Top 25• Monday
25. Steve Kinser
24. Nigel Mansell
23. Don Garlits
22. Niki Lauda
21. Shirley Muldowney
20. Darrell Waltrip
19. Emerson Fittipaldi
18. Alain Prost
17. Bobby Unser
16. Tony Stewart
15. Al Unser
14. Cale Yarborough
13. Jackie Stewart
12. John Force
11. Rick Mears
10. Jeff Gordon
9. Juan Manuel Fangio
8. Jim Clark
7. David Pearson
6. Richard Petty
5. Ayrton Senna
4. Michael Schumacher
3. Dale Earnhardt
2. Mario Andretti
1. A.J. Foyt
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The Voters• Kenny Bernstein -- Six-time NHRA champion with four Funny Car titles and two Top Fuel titles.
• Terry Blount -- ESPN.com motorsports writer.
• Tim Brewer -- ESPN NASCAR commentator and two-time Cup championship crew chief.
• K. Lee Davis -- ESPN.com motorsports editor.
• Mike Dunn -- ESPN analyst for NHRA events and one of only four drivers with 10 or more career victories in Top Fuel and Funny Car.
• Ray Evernham -- ESPN NASCAR analyst and crew chief for three of Jeff Gordon's four Cup championships.
• A.J. Foyt -- Four-time Indy 500 winner.
• Scott Goodyear -- ESPN IndyCar analyst, former IndyCar racer and member of the Canadian Motorsports Hall of Fame.
• Jeff Gordon -- Four-time Cup champion in NASCAR.
• Mike Harris -- Long-time auto racing writer for the Associated Press.
• Dale Jarrett -- ESPN NASCAR analyst and 1999 Cup champion.
• Dan Knutson -- Formula One writer for ESPN.com.
• Ryan McGee -- Motorsports writer for ESPN The Magazine and ESPN.com.
• Juan Pablo Montoya -- Current Cup driver, 1999 CART champion, 2000 Indy 500 winner and former Formula One driver.
• John Oreovicz -- American open-wheel racing writer for ESPN.com.
• Richard Petty -- Seven-time Cup champion in NASCAR.
• Marty Reid -- ESPN motorsports broadcaster.
• Tony Stewart -- Two-time Cup champion in NASCAR and 1997 IRL champion.
• Rusty Wallace -- ESPN NASCAR analyst and 1989 Cup champion.