Sir Jackie Rates The Yanks

June 28, 2004
June 28, 2004

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June 28, 2004

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Sir Jackie Rates The Yanks

SI's 1973 Sportsman of the Year, Sir Jackie Stewart of Scotland,
won 27 Grand Prix races and three World Championships during his
F/1 career, from 1964 through '73. A longtime commentator for ABC
Sports, he remains a keen observer of the sport. Here are Sir
Jackie's picks for the top five U.S. drivers in F/1 history, with
the years in which they competed in Grand Prix racing, their
number of GP wins and Stewart's comment for each.

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1. Dan Gurney (below), 1959-69, four wins: "A world-class
competitor, Dan is hands down the best American driver ever."

2. Mario Andretti, 1968-82, 12 wins plus the 1978 World
Championship: "In the late '70s nobody in the world was better
than Mario."

3. Phil Hill, 1958-67, three wins plus the 1961 World
Championship: "Phil was a balanced driver and never backed down."

4. Eddie Cheever, 1978-89, no wins: "Eddie never won a Grand
Prix, but he probably should have."

5. Danny Sullivan, 1983, no wins: "Danny had more desire than
almost anyone I've ever met in the sport. He'd always give you
his best."