by Kevin Triplett of Live Oak, CA
There are drivers who have crossed over and had success in more than one series, but no one is as versatile as George Follmer. He began his career in Southern California and from there went on to compete in the USAC IndyCar series, Formula One, SCCA United States Road Racing, International Race of Champions, NASCAR, Trans-Am and Can-Am, to mention a few.
Not only did Follmer compete…he won. He is the only driver to win the Trans-Am and Can-Am championships in the same year. Early in his career, he was the SCCA United States Road Racing Champion. He also won on the oval in an IndyCar at Phoenix International Raceway, driving against a star-studded field. In addition, Follmer tallied countless podium finishes.