King of Nascar to star at Festival of Speed

Richard Petty with Sir Jackie Stewart and Sir Stirling Moss on his last trip to Goodwood
Richard Petty with Sir Jackie Stewart and Sir Stirling Moss on his last trip to Goodwood
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THE MOST successful Nascar racer of all time will be among the superstars of motorsport who will get behind the wheel at this year’s Goodwood Festival of Speed.

The theme is Addicted to Winning: The Unbeatable Champions of Motor Sport and seven-time Nascar champion Richard ‘The King’ Petty will be flying in to the event from America for the first time since 2006.

At a media launch in London, Lord March was announcing more details of the world-famous event, to be held on his estate near Chichester from June 27-29.

Nine-time world rally champion Sebastien Loeb is also returning to Goodwood for the first time since 2009.

He will drive the monstrous Peugeot 206 T16 Pikes Peak car in an assault on the hill record of 41.6 seconds, held ever since 1999 by German star Nick Heidfeld in a McLaren Formula 1 car.

Other racing legends set to appear at the 21st festival include F1 world champions Emerson Fittipaldi and John Surtees, Le Mans heroes Tom Kristensen and Derek Bell and Indy 500 winners Kenny Brack and Al Unser.

Alongside the overall theme, the festival will celebrate the centenary of Maserati, 60 years of the Jaguar D-type, the 50th anniversary of the Mini’s first Monte Carlo Rally victory and the 40th anniversary of McLaren’s first F1 title.

Lord March said: ‘It is always magical to see the greatest drivers, riders and machines in action up my 1.16-mile drive.’