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Old 09-12-2019, 05:00 AM
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I was curious...
 
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Originally Posted by dzeiger View Post
I was thinking about racing drivers, but trying to match with the criteria is tough. If 6 seasons in Formula 1 is short enough, then Senna, if "everyone is expecting big things out of him once he gets out of the minors" then Adam Petty.
Senna's F1 debut was in 1984, so he had 10 full seasons before he was killed near the start of his 11th.

A better candidate, looking back a bit further, would be Jim Clark, whose first F1 race was in 1960, giving him 9 active years to his death in 1968. Both Senna and Clark are definitely in the pantheon of all-time greats.

Then there was Fangio, who had 24 wins in 51 starts between 1950 and 1958, with a year out in 1952.