people in the Business and Politics of Motorsports, as selected by long-time journalist/publicist and industry insider Michael Knight.
1. Brad Keselowski and Paul Wolfe -- Two consecutive Sprint Cup series wins for Team Penske Ford driver and crew chief. Right now they are the championship favorites.
3. Josef Newgarden -- Dominates IndyCar's Iowa race for his first oval win. Will he graduate to a ride at Penske, Andretti or Ganassi?
4. Don Schumacher-- NHRA's most important team owner sweeps Top Fuel and Funny Car classes at his home NHRA track, Route 66, for fourth consecutive year.
6. Maurizio Arrivabene -- Ferrari team principal surprisingly retains Kimi Raikkonen for 2017 F1 season, apparently because he and Sebastien Vettel get along so well.
7. Charlie Whiting -- FIA race director stands firm on restrictions on radio communications between teams and drivers. If a Mercedes team appeal fails, Nico Rosberg will lose second place in the British Grand Prix due to instructions from team how to overcome shifting problem.
8. Tony Stewart -- Good Kentucky finish solidifies his place in the Chase and the Eldora Speedway owner expands World of Outlaws' prestigious Kings Royal to a tripleheader with more than $320,000 in prize money.
9. Max Verstappen -- Red Bull's 18-year-old Formula One sensation finishes on the podium in difficult and changing weather conditions during British Grand Prix.
10. Greg Anderson -- Sixth NHRA Pro Stock win of the season, in eight consecutive final rounds, keeps the Ken Black Summit Chevy Camaro team undefeated.