The final five could all have been No. 1, but only Foyt gets the prize
There can be only one No. 1, and there really isn't anybody else like A.J. Foyt, 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 5-1.
|5. Ayrton Senna|
Championships: Three (1988, '90 and '91).
Accomplishments: Won 27 races over four seasons from 1988 through 1991. Senna never finished worse than fourth in the F1 standings in his last eight seasons. He won 65 poles and is widely considered the best racer of his era under wet conditions. F1 boss Bernie Ecclestone called Senna, "The greatest driver I've ever seen."
|4. Michael Schumacher|
Championships: Seven (1994, '95, 2000, '01, '02, '03 and '04).
Accomplishments: He won an incredible 91 races in 249 F1 starts, finishing on the podium 154 times. He is the only driver to win five consecutive F1 championships. Over that period, Schumacher won a staggering 48 of 85 events. He won 13 of 18 races in 2004, including 12 of the first 13 races.
|3. Dale Earnhardt|
Championships: Seven Cup titles (1980, '86, '87, '90, '91, '93 and '94).
Accomplishments: Seventh on NASCAR's all-time wins list with 76 victories. His biggest win was the 1998 Daytona 500 in his 20th attempt after coming close several times. Earnhardt won four IROC titles. Earned the nickname "The Intimidator" for his aggressive driving style. He was considered the greatest restrictor-plate racer of his era. Earnhardt holds the record at Talladega with 10 Cup wins. Sadly, it took the death of NASCAR's biggest star to bring about a revolution in safety advances.
|2. Mario Andretti|
Championships: Four in Indy car (1965, '66, '69 and '84) and one in F1 (1978).
Accomplishments: Andretti won 109 races in major circuits. He is one of only three drivers to win on road courses, paved ovals and dirt tracks in the same season, which he did four times. Andretti won the 1979 IROC championship. With his final Indy car win at Phoenix in 1993, Andretti became the first driver to win Indy car events in four decades and the first driver to win races in five decades.
|1. A.J. Foyt|
Championships: Seven (1960, '61, '63, '64, '67, '75 and '79).
Accomplishments: Only driver to win the Indy 500, the Daytona 500, the 24 Hours of Le Mans and the 24 Hours of Daytona. Won the IROC championship in 1976 and '77. Foyt raced in 35 consecutive Indy 500s. He is the only driver to win the Indy 500 in both a front-engine and rear-engine car. Raced in Indy car until the age of 60. His final Cup race came in the inaugural Brickyard 400 at age 61.
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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.