Yesterday, beloved two-time Indianapolis 500 champion Dan Wheldon died in a 15-car collision in a Las Vegas race, reminding us all how dangerous race car driving can be. However, he leaves behind a legacy that also reminds us why we love racing. The inherent drama and binary nature of races (first or second, winner or loser) makes racing plots a favorite in Hollywood.
With racing on our minds after this tragic development, we thought we’d take inventory of our favorite racers and drivers in movies. So let’s buckle up, hit the gas, and “add additional racing cliché here”!
The name probably doesn’t ring a bell, but the actress playing her in Herbie: Fully Loaded might. Lindsay Lohan really captured the essence of the racer’s spirit in this charming romp about a sleazy-hot girl that races an anthropomorphic Volkswagen Beetle. She also was somehow able to beat fictional NASCAR champ Trip Murphy (played by Matt Dillon) in a race, which is hard to believe, because Lohan has a track record of piss-poor driving, but it’s still exhilarating to watch, nonetheless.
She would have placed higher on this list, but her character falls in love with Justin Long, which is ridiculous and improbable.
Seriously. He’s the worst.
Death Proof has its share of detractors, but it’s hard not to like the sleazy, for-some-reason-evil baddie Stuntman Mike. He rocks a satin jacket, which is VERY important for reasons I will get into in the next entry. He’s got a car that’s death-proof, which is a pretty badass concept. He kills innocent women, which I’m not totally in favor of, but I’m willing to look past that to his bitchin’ jacket and suave way with the ladies.
If you haven’t seen Quentin Tarantino’s Death Proof, check it out immediately, but don’t get too attached to Stuntman Mike.