Restart the Rivalry on National Brother’s Day!
Brothers are pretty much the life equivalence of a racing teammate: you more or less have the same equipment, so it’s down to you to see who comes up on top in life. If you and your brother happen to love racing at K1 Speed, then the rivalry tends to translate to the track for extra motivation!
National Brother’s Day is Thursday, May 24th, so if it’s been awhile since you’ve challenged your brother to some wheel-to-wheel racing now is the time to restart the rivalry. Challenge your brother on our app and come into K1 Speed to see which brother is best while earning rewards points in the process! To find the K1 Speed closest to you, CLICK HERE.
Being as we’re talking about brothers and racing, here’s eight of some of the most classic brother racers from the world of motorsport you can try to emulate:
Terry and Bobby Labonte
Terry and Bobby Labonte are just one of two sets of brothers in NASCAR Cup Series history who have won at least one championship each (the Busch brothers being the other set, see below). Older brother Terry has two Cup titles, while younger brother Bobby has won one. Together, they have more than 40 Cup wins under their family belt, and their name will always be a fixture in the sport’s history books.
Jordan and Ricky Taylor
Racing for their father, Wayne, the Taylor brothers logged 12 wins together in the IMSA SportsCar Championship Prototype class, including at the 24 Hours of Daytona, 12 Hours of Sebring, and Petit Le Mans. They dominated last year’s championship, winning the first five races, and ultimately won that season’s championship. This year, the brothers race against each other: older brother Ricky is racing at Team Penske in the Acura DPi, while Jordan continues to race for his father in the Cadillac DPi.
Check out our interview with Jordan Taylor about his karting days, CLICK HERE.
Kyle and Kurt Busch
The term “rivalry” certainly applies to these two accomplished NASCAR brothers. In 2007, their relationship came to a head in 2007 during the All-Star race, when the two took each other out, missing out on the opportunity to win a cool one million dollars. Supposedly that crash was enough for them to stop talking to one another for a half a year, but eventually made up. They still aren’t the closest of brothers, but at least they have a ton of wins between the two of them (especially younger brother Kyle).
Ricardo and Pedro Rodriguez
Two of the most prolific racers Mexico has ever produced happened to be brothers. It started with younger brother Ricardo making waves at age 15 by winning his first international race – a sports car event at Riverside. From there Ricardo finished 2nd at Le Mans at only 18 years old. This led to a race seat at Ferrari for the Italian GP in ‘61, and then a full-time spot for Ferrari’s F1 team in ‘62. Unfortunately, 1962 proved to be a disastrous year for Ferrari, and they pulled out of Ricardo’s hometown race in Mexico City, leading to Ricardo finding a spot in Rob Walker’s Lotus. Unfortunately, Ricardo was killed in front of his home crowd during practice – he was only 20 years old at the time. This left Pedro Rodriguez as the sole brother to continue their legacy. Pedro was well-known for his racecraft in the rain, and went on to score two F1 wins, seven podiums, and overall victory at Le Mans in ’68, before he was tragically killed like his brother while racing in 1971. The historic F1 circuit in Mexico City was instantly renamed to Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez in tribute.
Bobby and Al Unser
The Unser brothers, Bobby and Al, are undeniably the most successful brother pairing in North American open wheel history. With almost 80 wins between them, a staggering seven Indy 500 wins combined, and a total of 5 championships, you can see why the Unser name holds so much weight in IndyCar.
Did we miss any of your favorite racing brothers? Let us know in the comments section below!