From Screen to Speedway: Celebrities Who Embraced the Racing World

by AutoExpert   |  23 April, 2024

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You think acting is high pressure, but some of these stars traded the camera for the checkered flag! Here's the craziest ones:

Mr. Bean: Racing Nut 

Yeah, Rowan Atkinson is a COMEDIAN, but dude's a total adrenaline junkie. Wrecked a McLaren supercar, raced Aston Martins... even got in a NASTY crash, walked away like it was nothing.

Celebrities Who Embraced the Racing World

The News Anchor Who Raced 

Walter Cronkite, the serious CBS guy? Turns out he ripped up race tracks BEFORE he got famous! Even kept racing when he was a big-shot anchorman.

Celebrities Who Embraced the Racing World

Tom Cruise, Hotshot Driver?

Loved racing so much he made a whole movie about it. But turns out, he kinda sucked. Too aggressive, instructors called him "See Cruise Crash". Studios finally made him quit, bummer.

Celebrities Who Embraced the Racing World

Tragedy for the "Fast & Furious" Star 

The irony of Paul Walker dying in a crash, right? But the guy wasn't just faking it in the movies, he OWNED a racing team. They still race in his memory.

Celebrities Who Embraced the Racing World

Malcolm in the... Race Car? 

Yeah, Frankie Muniz went from sitcom kid to serious racer! Turns out, being short is great for those little formula cars. Dude even had top finishes!

Celebrities Who Embraced the Racing World

90210 Trendsetter Got Addicted 

Jason Priestley was THE cool guy from the show, so what'd he do? Race, of course. Almost DIED in an Indy car, switched to being a team owner instead. Smart move.

Celebrities Who Embraced the Racing World

The Original Badass 

Steve McQueen HAD to be a racer, right? Turns out he wasn't faking it in "Bullitt", the guy was legit. Motorcycles, endurance races, the works – he did it all.

Celebrities Who Embraced the Racing World

Gene Hackman: Oscar Winner AND Racer 

This guy did EVERYTHING. Got hooked on racing after doing his own stunts in "The French Connection". Even raced in Daytona, the big leagues!

Celebrities Who Embraced the Racing World

McDreamy's Other Dream 

Patrick Dempsey ain't just good-looking. This guy raced LE MANS, the craziest endurance race ever. Porsche team and everything!

Celebrities Who Embraced the Racing World

The Legend: Paul Newman 

Oldest guy to ever race at Daytona, won Le Mans... the man was a racing GOD. Makes sense he ended up playing Doc Hudson in "Cars"!

Celebrities Who Embraced the Racing World

The One That Started It All 

James Dean, man. Racing was his true passion. Bought a Porsche to get serious... then it all tragically ended. Makes you think, doesn't it?

Celebrities Who Embraced the Racing World

So yeah, turns out fame doesn't always fill that need for speed. Guess some guys (and gals!) are just wired to go fast.

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