How many of you out there think that race car drivers always get to drive around the city in a sports car? Keep in mind the question is also in reference to driving for grocery shopping or visiting a relative.
Are you done with your thinking? Well, TIME’S UP! Here, is a trivia for you. Even though most of them have one or two sports cars in their personal collection, the speed gods tend to enjoy having a beater for everyday driving.
These high-mileage cars give the racers a break from their work which is essentially driving at unfathomable speed with bursting adrenaline rush waiting to change their lives by a nanosecond. Driving a beater car is fun in its own way. You do not have to take extra stress while you aimlessly roam about in the city.
Check out 15 celebrity car racers who prefer moving in beaters for everyday driving.
15 Renault Megane RS – Fernando Alonso
The two-time Formula One World Champion, Fernando Alfonso drove for Ferrari in Formula One. Prior to that, he was a driver for Renault. Ferrari usually does not give their drivers a car that they can use for their everyday drive, unlike Renault. This explains Alfonso’s ownership of Renault Megane RS.
14 Fiat 500 – Jarno Trulli
The handsome Italian racer, Jarno Trulli drove for Toyota, Jordan, Lotus Racing, and Renault among many others during his days in the Formula One from ’97 to 2011. No matter how busy he is, Trulli loves to drive around his country, Italy, in the iconic Italian city car, Fiat 500.
13 Chevrolet Tahoe – Kurt Busch
The celebrity racer Kurt Busch has been a champion of the Daytona 500 and NASCAR has remarkable cars in his personal collection. For instance, Busch presented his wife with a twin-turbo Mercedes-AMG GLE63. But he prefers a 2019 Chevrolet Tahoe for his everyday drive, that he received as part of a sponsorship deal from Chevrolet.
12 Chevy Silverado – Chase Elliott
Before Chase Elliott began his racing career in 2014, he drove a Chevy Silverado that belonged to the NASCAR World Truck Series. He was the first rookie to win a NASCAR national series championship. In spite of all that, he has always preferred his Chevy Silverado as his personal vehicle.
11 Chevy Suburban – Joey Logano
If you look in Joey Logano’s garage, you will find many beaters, among which the Chevy Suburban is one of them. He has done nothing when it comes to the recuperation of his 1972 Chevy Suburban. Logano enjoys the company of his Chevy Suburban for comfortable drives precisely the way it is.
10 Toyota Camry – Kyle Busch
Kyle Busch, the legendary NASCAR racer drives a beater. Even after the model is a bit modified, the Toyota Camry is not a supercar. It is no secret Busch has a Camry, he has been driving Camrys both on and off the track.
9 Smart Roadster – Lewis Hamilton
Lewis Hamilton, the British iconic sports car racers of Formula One has quite a couple of supercars in his collection, that includes, a McLaren P1, LaFerrari, and a Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG. Amidst all these, Hamilton is a proud owner of the Smart ‘Brabus’ Roadster which is a two-seater sports car with a top speed of 109 miles per hour.
8 Chevy Volt – Jimmie Johnson
Jimmie Johnson is quite loyal to his sponsors, Chevrolet. This NASCAR sports car racer received a Chevy Volt whilst driving for Chevrolet. He had been quite obsessed to the extent that he took a trip to the Chevrolet plant to see for himself how the Volt was constructed and assembled.
7 Cadillac Hearse – Tony Stewart
Being a tough professional stock car racer, Tony Stewart prefers to drive around the city in his modified version of the 1984 Cadillac Hearse. Even though it is a modified model, the car is still not a match for a performance car. At present, Stewart is a NASCAR team owner.
6 Toyota Prius – Kyle Petty
Kyle Petty, the name of a racing legend and retired NASCAR driver’s choice for a beater car is Toyota Prius. According to Petty, the Prius gives him everything he needs. He can carry bigger stuff ranging from his guitars to golf clubs, he loves how it can accommodate almost everything.
5 Chevy C10 – Ryan Newman
Among the many professional drivers choosing to drive a beater, the most popular choice is Chevrolet. Ryan Newman has some of the most classic pickups in his collection. Newman loves driving them around whenever he gets a chance. For a dusty drive, he prefers the Chevy C10 over his other cars.
4 Fiat 695 Tributo Ferrari – Felipe Massa
During Felipe Massa’s time as a Ferrari driver, he received the Fiat Abarth 695 Tributo Ferrari, which was a special edition of the Abarth 500. The sports car was painted red to match his racing car. Fernando Alonso received the same car from Ferrari too. Usually, Ferrari does not hand over cars to their racers, however, Massa and Alonso received theirss during their time at Ferrari.
3 VW Bus – Jenson Button
Jenson Button’s love for racing kept his career alive for 18 long years in Formula 1 career. This included winning the championship title for Brawn GP in the team’s debut year in 2009. Button has an amazing car collection that includes expensive contemporary supercars. His beater car, a split-window Vee-Dub Bus is his choice for daily drive.
2 1973 Camaro – Dale Earnhardt Jr.
Dale Earnhardt Jr., son of NASCAR Hall of Fame member, Dale Earnhardt Sr. is a NASCAR royalty. He competed part-time in the NASCAR Xfinity Series and drove No. 88 Chevrolet Camaro. Earnhardt Jr. is a Camaro fan whether it is on track or off track. As a beater car, he has a 1973 classic Camaro model.
1 Ford F-150- Vaughn Gittin Jr.
Formula D’s professional sideways driver, Vaughn Gittin Jr. is a driver for Ford. His car collection is all about Ford and drifts a Mustang. Gittin Jr. owns a Ford Mustang RTR, a 1969 Ford Mustang, and a Ford F-150 that are both pragmatic and cool. He promotes his own line of personalized drifting Mustangs.
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