Earl Ross

Earl Ross ( born September 4, 1941 in the Fortune, Prince Edward Iceland, Canada) is a former Canadian race car driver who was active in NASCAR from 1973 to 1976. By 2007, he was the only non-US driver who won a race in the top division of NASCAR, today's Sprint Cup and former Winston Cup. In 2007, it succeeded Juan Pablo Montoya, a Colombian to win a second non- American driver in the highest division of NASCAR.


Ross began his NASCAR career in the Daytona 500 of the year 1973. He started out as a 30, but had to give up early after 34 laps with engine problems. In the 1973 season he made two more starts at the Alabama International Motor Speedway, as Talladega Superspeedway is known since 1990, and the Michigan International Speedway. However, it could end none of these races and did not progress beyond the 14th Place. He finished 68th in the drivers' standings.

In the 1974 season Ross drove 21 of the 30 races and was thus a serious contender for the NASCAR Rookie of the Year Award. On September 29 1974 he won after he went into the race from eleventh place from the Old Dominion 500 at Martinsville Speedway. He was the first non- American rider to win a race in the top division of NASCAR, and remained there until June 24, 2007, when the Colombian Juan Pablo Montoya, the Toyota / Save Mart 350 at Infineon Raceway won. Overall, it was enough for Ross in the 1974 season to ten top - 10 finishes and five top -5 finishes. He finished the season in eighth place in the drivers' standings and was thus at the same time the best rookie of the season, so he won the NASCAR Rookie of the Year Award.

In the years 1975 and 1976 Ross drove only one race apiece. He finished his 1976 NASCAR career, which was a total of 26 races long. In those 26 races he reached ten times the top-10 and five times the top fifth All these top 10 ranking he learned in the season 1974.

After his NASCAR career Ross was encountered frequently in Canadian racing series, among others, in the CASCAR Super Series. He was also represented almost every week in the taking place on the Delaware Speedway Friday night race. In the late 1990s, he finished his final career.

In 2000, Ross was inducted into the Canadian Motorsport Hall of Fame.