5 More Celebrities Who Love Watching Motorsports
You’ve probably seen plenty of celebrities sitting courtside at a Lakers game or cheering along in the stands during the World Series. But did you know there are plenty of celebs who enjoy watching motorsports, too? Here are five more celebrities who enjoy seeing cars zoom past them on the track.
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In 2001, actress and activist Ashley Judd married racecar driver Dario Franchitti. During their marriage (which lasted until 2013), Judd was constantly seen on the sidelines of the tracks, cheering on her husband at races like the Indy 500 and the 24 Hours of Daytona. Even though a scary crash ended Franchitti’s career after the couple divorced, Judd still rushed to his support. It’s uncertain whether Judd still attends races today, but we’re sure she has a special place in her heart for the sport because of her former husband.
Most people recognize Rowan Atkinson as the hapless character Mr. Bean. But outside of his most well-known role, Atkinson has played some car-loving characters as well, including racing driver Henry Birkin in the 1995 television play Full Throttle. Not only that, but he is a genuine car lover and racing fan in real life. During an appearance on an episode of Top Gear, Atkinson set — at the time — the fastest record for the “Star in a Reasonably Priced Car” segment.
Move over, Jay Leno! When it comes to late night, there’s another car guy to mention: David Letterman. The former television host has an expansive sports car collection, estimated to be worth more than $2.7 million. But it’s not just about owning cars for Dave; he is also a co-owner of a racing team, Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing. Founded in 1992, the team has raced in IndyCar races, Le Mans, as well as some other big races, having won the 2004 Indy 500 with driver Buddy Rice.
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A man of many talents, Leonardo DiCaprio is known for a variety of impressive ventures from acting to producing to environmental activism. In his off time, DiCaprio has been seen strutting about the beaches of Monaco or partying on yachts with supermodels. However, during a visit in 2013, Leo made a stop at the Monaco Grand Prix to see Nico Rosberg take the top podium spot. The Academy Award-winning star also produced a documentary called And We Go Green, which covers the ABB FIA Formula E Championship.
You probably recognize Paul Hollywood as the grumpy guy or “the male judge” from The Great British Bake Off, but some know him as a man with a strong passion for cars and racing. In 2015, he made his debut as a professional racecar driver at the Britcar Trophy Championship in the UK. He also competed at Le Mans as well as at the GR Cup. However, Hollywood has also made appearances at other big-time races solely as a fan, including the 2016 British Grand Prix. With his interest in cars, Hollywood was even offered a role on Top Gear in 2016, but turned it down to stay on with GBBO.