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Happy birthday, Nigel Mansell! (+photos)

Former Formula 1 and IndyCar series’ champion, Nigel Mansell celebrates today his 61st birthday. Happy Birthday, Nigel!

F1 Nigel Mansell 2014
Nigel Mansell, Austin, 2013 (Photo: WRi2)

Mansell was born August 8, 1953. He clinched his first Formula 1 victory at the European Grand Prix in 1985 behind the wheel of a Honda-powered Williams FW10.

F1 Nigel Mansell Lotus 1980
Nigel Mansell, first Grand Prix in 1980 with Lotus in Austria. (Photo: WRi2)

In 1992, he clinched 8 victories and captured the World Championship, driving a Williams FW14B-Renault.

F1 Nigel Mansell 1992 world champion Williams
Nigel Mansell, world champion in 1992. (Photo: WRi2)

The year after, he moved to the U.S. and raced in the CART series (IndyCar), driving for Newman-Haas. He won the title at his first attempt, scoring 5 wins.

CART Nigel Mansell 1993 champion
Nigel Mansell, CART champion 1993. (Photo: WRi2)

In 2010, Nigel and his two sons, Greg and Leo, contested the 24 Hours of Le Mans in a Ginetta-Zytek.

WEC Nigel Mansell Le Mans 2010
Nigel Mansell at Le Mans in 2010. (Photo: WRi2)