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July 02, 2001
With all the recent autocentric movies—The Fast and the Furious just the latest—we asked drivers to name their favorite racing films and chase scenes.
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July 02, 2001

Wheels On Reels

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With all the recent autocentric movies—The Fast and the Furious just the latest—we asked drivers to name their favorite racing films and chase scenes.

Gil de Ferran, CART: "The best car-chase scenes are in the 007 movies. Cars splitting in half, going down the steps of the Eiffel Tower, doing 360s in the air-can you imagine how many cars they destroy trying to get those shots?"

Paul Tracy, CART: " Le Mans, with Steve McQueen. The footage was great, and McQueen did his own driving."

Sarah Fisher, IRL: "In Gone in 60 Seconds, when Nicolas Cage and Angelina Jolie steal the Mustang. That car looked really fun to drive!"

Rusty Wallace, Winston Cup: "Bullitt. Those hot rods running through San Francisco were wild. They made me wonder what it would be like to run wide-ass open in the streets like that."

Dario Franchitti, CART: "Grand Prix, with James Garner. The access they had and the up-close shots of the cars from the 1960s—the movie has some priceless footage. Also, in Double Jeopardy there's a scene where Ashley [Judd, Franchitti's fianc�e] wrecks a pickup truck. That was a little close to real life, though. She's done that to a couple of my cars."

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