Racing Sayings and Quotes

Get your heart racing and step on the throttle. If you’ve got the need for speed, you’ll love the collection of insightful and humorous racing quotes below.

It doesn't matter whether you come in first, in the middle of the pack, or last. You can say, 'I have finished.' There is a lot of satisfaction in that.     

Fred Lebow

What sets these - and all - racers apart from less daredevilish mortals is their complete lack of fear and their joy of doing something on the edge. They love to speed because it is dangerous.     

Peter Golenback

Racing makes heroin addiction look like a vague wish for something salty.     

Peter Egan

My thoughts before a big race are usually pretty simple. I tell myself: 'Get out of the blocks, run your race, stay relaxed. If you run your race, you'll win... channel your energy. Focus.     

Carl Lewis

No marathon gets easier later. The half way point only marks the end of the beginning.     

Joe Henderson

Faster, faster, faster, until the thrill of speed overcomes the fear of death      

Hunter Thompson

There have been other tracks that separated the men from the boys. This is the track that will separate the brave from the weak after the boys are gone.     

Driver Jimmy Thompson Speaking About Daytona International Speedway

The crashes people remember, but drivers remember the near misses.     

Mario Andretti

Racing top fuel is for people who love work and hate money.     

Brendan Murry

Racing is a matter of spirit not strength.     

Janet Guthrie

When speed gets in the blood, one must drive to live.     

Rudolf Caracciola

You will never know the feeling of a driver when winning a race. The helmet hides feelings that cannot be understood.     

Ayrton Senna

Nobody remembers who finished second but the guy who finished second.     

Bobby Unser

Straight roads are for fast cars, turns are for fast drivers.     

Colin Mcrae

When you win a race you're on top that day, so take it for what its worth, have a good time and party, cause the next day when you get out of bed, the meter goes back to zero again.     

Bobby Allison

If you can leave two black stripes from the exit of one corner to the braking zone of the next, you have enough horsepower.     

Mark Donohue

Sometimes you have to bring back only the steering wheel so the car owner will know that you're giving it all you have.     

Mario Andretti

It's not a throttle-it's a detonator.     

Jeremy Clarkson

The winner ain't the one with the fastest car, it's the one who refuses to lose.     

Dale Earnhardt

There's no secret. You just press the accelerator to the floor and steer left.     

Bill Vukovich

The lead car is absolutely unique, except for the one behind it which is identical.     

Murray Walker

Auto racing is boring except when a car is going at least 172 miles per hour upside down.     

Dave Barry

Racing is the constant search for the weakest link.     

Duane Bailey

Aerodynamics are for people who can't build engines.     

Enzo Ferrari

It is more fun to drive a slow car fast than to drive a fast car slow.     

Abner Perney

The ideal racecar will expire 100 yards past the finish line.     

Stirling Moss

Newman's first law: It is useless to put on your brakes when you're upside down.     

Paul Newman

Speed costs, how fast do you want to go?     


They can be a handful to drive it's like driving a piece of chain down a race track.     

James Day

I love controlling a race, chewing up an opponent. Let's get down and dirty. Let's fight it out. It's raw, animalistic, with no one to rely on but yourself. There's no better feeling than that.     

Adam Goucher