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List of notable or famous racecar drivers from Canada, with bios and photos, including the top racecar drivers born in Canada and even some popular racecar drivers who immigrated to Canada. If you're trying to find out the names of famous Canadian racecar drivers then this list is the perfect resource for you. These racecar drivers are among the most prominent in their field, and information about each well-known racecar driver from Canada is included when available.

This list includes Jason Priestley, Gilles Villeneuve and more people.

This historic racecar drivers from Canada list can help answer the questions "Who are some Canadian racecar drivers of note?" and "Who are the most famous racecar drivers from Canada?" These prominent racecar drivers of Canada may or may not be currently alive, but what they all have in common is that they're all respected Canadian racecar drivers.

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Al Pease is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous Racecar Drivers from Canada
Al Pease Died at 93 (1921-2014) Victor "Al" Pease was a motor racing driver from Canada, born in Darlington, England. He participated in three Formula One World Championship Grands Prix, debuting on 27 August 1967. ...more

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Alex Tagliani is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous Racecar Drivers from Canada
Alex Tagliani age 44 Alexandre "Alex" Tagliani, nicknamed "Tags", is a Canadian auto racing driver from Montreal, Quebec, Canada. He currently competes in the United SportsCar Championship, ...more

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Allan Moffat is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous Racecar Drivers from Canada
Allan Moffat age 78 Allan George Moffat, OBE is an Australian racing driver known for his four wins in the Australian Touring Car Championship, six wins in the Sandown 500 and his four wins in the Bathurst ...more

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Allen Berg is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous Racecar Drivers from Canada
Allen Berg age 56 Allen Bernard Berg is a former racing driver who raced for the Osella team in Formula One. He began in karting in 1978 and switched to cars when he was 20, into Formula Atlantic. In 1982 he won ...more

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Andrew Ranger is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous Racecar Drivers from Canada
Andrew Ranger age 31 Andrew Ranger is a Canadian professional racing driver.

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Bert Brooks is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous Racecar Drivers from Canada
Bert Brooks Died at 48 (1920-1968) Bert Brooks was a racecar driver. He made two attempts in 1961 for USAC Championship Car races, including the 1961 Indianapolis 500, failing to qualify because of his slow times. Brooks was a ...more

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Bill Brack is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous Racecar Drivers from Canada
Bill Brack age 82 William Brack is a former racing driver. He originally became involved in auto racing in the early 1960s, in the form of ice-racing Minis in Huntsville, Ontario. He went on to purchase Gordon ...more

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Billy Foster is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous Racecar Drivers from Canada
Billy Foster Died at 30 (1937-1967) William A. Foster, was a Canadian racing driver. Born in Victoria, British Columbia, Foster died in a crash during practice for a NASCAR stock car race at Riverside International Raceway in ...more

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Bob McLean is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Famous Racecar Drivers from Canada
Bob McLean Died at 33 (1933-1966) Bob McLean was a successful Canadian racing driver. McLean's driving career culminated in 1965 with the Canadian Driving Championship title. McLean died in 1966 at the Sebring International ...more

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Bon MacDougall is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Famous Racecar Drivers from Canada
Bon MacDougall Died at 69 (1901-1970) Ronald "Bon" McDougall was an American racecar driver. McDougall competed in the 1926 Indianapolis 500 driving a Miller car. He completed 19 laps before retiring due to a mechanical ...more

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Bruno Spengler is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Famous Racecar Drivers from Canada
Bruno Spengler age 34 Bruno Spengler is a French-born Canadian BMW factory racing driver, nicknamed 'The Secret Canadian'. He won the 2012 DTM Drivers' Championship.

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Claude Bourbonnais is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Famous Racecar Drivers from Canada
Claude Bourbonnais age 52 Claude Bourbonnais, is a former driver in the Toyota Atlantic, Indy Lights, and CART Championship Car series. He raced in the 1994 CART series with 5 starts. He also raced in the 1997 ...more

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Cliff Hucul is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Famous Racecar Drivers from Canada
Cliff Hucul age 69 Cliff Hucul, is a former driver in the USAC and CART Championship Car series. He raced in the 1977-1981 seasons, with 24 combined career starts, including the 1977-1979 Indianapolis 500. He ...more

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D. J. Kennington is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Famous Racecar Drivers from Canada
D. J. Kennington age 40 Daniel Joseph "D. J." Kennington is a Canadian stock car racing driver. He currently competes in the NASCAR Canadian Tire Series, winning the 2010 and 2012 series championships.

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Darryl O'Young is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Famous Racecar Drivers from Canada
Darryl O'Young age 38 Darryl O'Young Yeuk-Hay is a Canadian-born Hong Kong racing driver.

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David Empringham is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Famous Racecar Drivers from Canada
David Empringham age 54 David Empringham, is a Canadian auto racing driver. David is a two-time Toyota Atlantic, one-time Indy Lights and two-time Continental Tire Sports Car Challenge champion. Most recently, ...more

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Dennis Grant is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Famous Racecar Drivers from Canada
Dennis Grant age 47

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Don Thomson, Jr. is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Famous Racecar Drivers from Canada
Don Thomson, Jr. age 55 Don Thomson Jr. is a former Canadian racing driver in the NASCAR Canadian Tire Series. He drove the #4 Home Hardware Chevrolet Monte Carlo SS for Fitzpatrick Motorsports for more than two ...more

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Doug Didero is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Famous Racecar Drivers from Canada
Doug Didero age 57 Doug Didero, is a former driver in the Indy Racing League. He raced in the 1999–2000 seasons with 6 career starts. His best career IRL finish was in 14th position in the Delphi Indy 200 at Walt ...more

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Earl Ross is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Famous Racecar Drivers from Canada
Earl Ross Died at 73 (1941-2014) Earl Ross born in Fortune, Prince Edward Island, Canada was a Canadian race car driver who competed in the NASCAR Winston Cup Series from 1973 to 1976 driving the Carling Red Cap #52.

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Ed Crombie is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Famous Racecar Drivers from Canada
Ed Crombie age 72 Ed Crombie is a former Canadian-born United States Automobile Club Championship Car racecar driver. He made four starts with a best finish of 7th at Mosport in 1977. He failed to qualify for the ...more

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Ed Kostenuk is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Famous Racecar Drivers from Canada
Ed Kostenuk Died at 72 (1925-1997) Ed Kostenuk is a former USAC IndyCar racecar driver. He made six starts from 1962 to 1964 with a best finish of eleventh place. He failed to qualify for the 1962 Indianapolis 500.

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Eldon Rasmussen is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Famous Racecar Drivers from Canada
Eldon Rasmussen age 81 Eldon Rasmussen, is a former driver in the USAC Championship Car series. He raced in the 1971 and 1973-1979 seasons, with 23 career starts, including the 1975, 1977, and 1979 Indianapolis 500. ...more

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Eppie Wietzes is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Famous Racecar Drivers from Canada
Eppie Wietzes age 79 Egbert "Eppie" Wietzes is a former racing driver from Canada.

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Fedor Andreev is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Famous Racecar Drivers from Canada
Fedor Andreev age 36 Fedor Vladimirovich Andreev is a figure skater with dual Russian and Canadian citizenship. In single skating, he is the 2003 Canadian bronze medalist and the 1999 junior national champion. In ...more

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Francis Affleck is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list Famous Racecar Drivers from Canada
Francis Affleck Died at 35 (1950-1985) Francis Archibald Affleck was a Canadian race car driver. He raced late model NASCAR as a hobby when he was living in Montreal. He continued racing in NASCAR late models at local tracks and ARCA ...more

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Frank Hawley is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list Famous Racecar Drivers from Canada
Frank Hawley age 64 Frank Hawley is a two-time World champion drag racing driver. He won seven National Hot Rod Association Funny Car and two Top Fuel Dragster national events during his 10-year Top fuel racing ...more

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Frank Weiss is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list Famous Racecar Drivers from Canada
Frank Weiss age 73 Frank Weiss is a retired Canadian racecar driver. He competed in the USAC and CART Championship Car series. Weiss made his Champ Car debut in 1975 at Milwaukee. He returned the following year to ...more

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Gary Beck is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list Famous Racecar Drivers from Canada
Gary Beck age 77 Gary Beck is a two-time World champion drag racing driver. Born and raised in the United States, Beck married a Canadian and they made their home in her native Edmonton, Alberta. He competed in ...more

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Gary Kershaw is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list Famous Racecar Drivers from Canada
Gary Kershaw age 81 Gary Kershaw was a NASCAR driver from Victoria, British Columbia, Canada.

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George Eaton is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list Famous Racecar Drivers from Canada
George Eaton age 72 George Ross Eaton is the youngest son of Signy and John David Eaton. Eaton was born in Toronto. He gained fame as a Canadian race driver who drove sports cars, Can Am, Formula One and Formula A ...more

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Gilles Villeneuve is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list Famous Racecar Drivers from Canada
Gilles Villeneuve Died at 32 (1950-1982) Joseph Gilles Henri Villeneuve, known as Gilles Villeneuve, was a Canadian racing driver. Villeneuve spent six years in Grand Prix racing with Ferrari, winning six races and widespread acclaim ...more

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Greg Moore is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list Famous Racecar Drivers from Canada
Greg Moore Died at 24 (1975-1999) Gregory William Moore was a Canadian racecar driver who competed in the Indy Lights and CART World Series, where he had great success with several wins in both series and a championship in the ...more

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Hal Robson is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list Famous Racecar Drivers from Canada
Hal Robson Died at 85 (1911-1996) Hal Robson was a Canadian racecar driver active in the 1940s. He was the brother of 1946 Indianapolis 500 winner George Robson.

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Harry MacDonald is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list Famous Racecar Drivers from Canada
Harry MacDonald age 77 Harry MacDonald is a retired American racecar driver. He raced in the US Formula Super Vee series from 1977 to 1979 and in 1978 won a race at Texas World Speedway and finished third in the ...more

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Ira Vail is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list Famous Racecar Drivers from Canada
Ira Vail Died at 86 (1893-1979) Ira Vail was a Canadian-American racecar driver.

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J. R. Fitzpatrick is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list Famous Racecar Drivers from Canada
J. R. Fitzpatrick age 29 John Ryan "J. R." Fitzpatrick is a Canadian stock car driver. He is currently the youngest driver to win the CASCAR Super Series championship. He drives the No. 84 Chevrolet for ...more

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Jacques Villeneuve is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list Famous Racecar Drivers from Canada
Jacques Villeneuve age 46 Jacques Joseph Charles Villeneuve, OQ, is a Canadian automobile racing driver and amateur musician. He is the son of Formula One driver Gilles Villeneuve, and is the namesake of his uncle, who ...more

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Jacques Villeneuve is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list Famous Racecar Drivers from Canada
Jacques Villeneuve age 64 Jacques-Joseph Villeneuve Sr. also known as Jacquo or Uncle Jacques is a Canadian racer. He is the younger brother of the late Gilles Villeneuve, and uncle to Jacques Villeneuve. He was born in ...more

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James Hinchcliffe is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list Famous Racecar Drivers from Canada
James Hinchcliffe age 31 James Hinchcliffe is a Canadian race car driver from Oakville, Ontario currently competing in the IndyCar Series. He is also the self-proclaimed mayor of Hinchtown on social media. On January ...more

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Jason Priestley is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list Famous Racecar Drivers from Canada
Jason Priestley age 48 Jason Bradford Priestley is a Canadian-American actor and director. He is best known as the virtuous Brandon Walsh on the television series Beverly Hills, 90210 and for his role starring as ...more

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Joe Mazzucco is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list Famous Racecar Drivers from Canada
Joe Mazzucco Joe Mazzucco was an Italian racecar driver. He tried to qualify for the 1914 Indy 500, but was unsuccessful. He was born in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada.

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John Cannon is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list Famous Racecar Drivers from Canada
John Cannon Died at 66 (1933-1999) John Cannon was a sports car racer, who competed under the banner of Canada, though he was born in London, U.K.. He raced in the USRRC series, the CanAm Series and the L&M Continental ...more

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John Cordts is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list Famous Racecar Drivers from Canada
John Cordts age 82 John Cordts is a former racing driver from North Bay, Ontario. He emigrated from Germany to Sweden at the age of two with his family, and then to Canada when he was in his early twenties. Cordts ...more

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John Duff is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list Famous Racecar Drivers from Canada
John Duff Died at 63 (1895-1958) John Francis Duff was a Canadian racecar driver who won many races and has been inducted in the Canadian Motorsport Hall of Fame. He was one of only two Canadians who raced and won on England’s ...more

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John Jones is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list Famous Racecar Drivers from Canada
John Jones age 52 John Jones, is a former driver in the CART Championship Car series. He raced in the 1988, 1989, 1991, and 1992 seasons with 41 career starts, including the 1989 Indianapolis 500. He finished in ...more

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Kay Petre is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list Famous Racecar Drivers from Canada
Kay Petre Died at 91 (1903-1994) Kay Petre was an early motor racing star. She was born in Toronto, Ontario and came to England in her twenties, where she married aviator Henry A Petre in 1929.

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L.A. Lariviere is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list Famous Racecar Drivers from Canada
L.A. Lariviere Died at 90 (1897-1987) Leonide Albert Lariviere was an American racecar driver.

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Lee Bentham is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list Famous Racecar Drivers from Canada
Lee Bentham age 47 Lee Bentham is a Canadian former racing driver from Richmond Hill, Ontario. In 1990 and 1992 he competed in the Formula K karting World Championship series. He moved to cars in the Toyota ...more

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Ludwig Heimrath is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list Famous Racecar Drivers from Canada
Ludwig Heimrath age 61 Ludwig Heimrath, Jr. was a Canadian racecar driver. He started his driving career racing Go-karts and Formula Fords. In 1979 and 1980 he won the Ontario Formula Ford Championship winning seven ...more