Two questions. What’s the best racecar you’ve ever
driven? And which racecar do you wish you could
have driven? Here’s what some of the great and
good from racing past and present have chosen…
TWO-TIME WORLD RALLY CHAMPION
The best car that I
ever drove was the
Peugeot 206 WRC. It was
so good from the moment
it arrived in 1999 and
I had so much success with
it – so did Peugeot, of course. I won my
two world titles with it. It felt like “my” car.
It was an easy car to drive and we had
some interesting things on it, some good
technology and the performance was
strong from a very good engine. But it
also was very nicely balanced.
Of course, a car is always special to you
when it gives you your first World Rally
Championship event win and your first title.
The car I wish I had driven? I think
every rally driver looks back at Group B
and thinks that it would have been nice to
have driven one of those cars, and I’m the
same. Maybe something like the Peugeot
205 T16, Lancia Delta S4 or the big Audi
Quattro, you know. Ah, so much power!
That could have been nice…
But, the car I probably was most keen to
drive and find out how it worked was my
big rival, the Citroen C4 WRC. It was the
car of Sebastien Loeb and he beat me in it
sometimes, so I thought, “It would be nice
to know what is going on in that car!” It
would have been funny to have tried the
C4 one time in a rally. And I guess if you
asked Loeb, he would say that this was his
special car, like me and the Peugeot 206.
FOUR- TIME INDIANAPOLIS 500 WINNER
Every car that I won was
with was a good one, but
I guess I’d have to go with
the 1977 Coyote-Foyt
(LEFT). It was my car, my
engine and I drove it, so
that was pretty special and I don’t think
that’s something that’s ever gonna
happen again. And with my daddy (Tony),
Jack (Starnes, chief mechanic) and
Howard (Gilbert, engine builder) working
with me, it couldn’t have been any better.
Bob (Riley) was working for Ford Motor
Company when I met him and so was I, so
they let me use him and we hit it off. That
first car he designed in ’ 67 was a damn
good one, too, and one of my favorites.
A car I wish I’d driven? Well, every car
that I ever wanted to drive, I did.
NOTE: Bob Riley designed the first
Coyote in 1967 and the 1977 Indy 500
winner. The Foyt engine was a Ford V8
with tweaks by Howard Gilbert.