Driver: Jackie Stewart
Year: 1966
Race: Belgian Grand Prix
Complex Says: This guy is the reason that this list even exists. Without him, there is a very good chance that almost every racer here would be dead right now. During the '66 Belgian GP, Stewart crashed going 165 mph and got trapped in his car as it filled up with fuel. Two fellow racers had to remove his steering wheel without causing a spark to free him. Later, Stewart pushed hard for new safety precautions to be put into place—a move that has no doubt saved dozens, even hundreds, of lives over the years.