(born 1 January 1951 in Garmisch-Partenkirchen
", is a German
racing driver who has competed in Formula One
and many other categories. He is the son of the legendary Hans Stuck
. As a young boy, his father taught him driving on the Nürburgring
. In 1969 he started his first ever motor race at the Nordschleife. Speaking about that day he said, "Getting to the grid was extremely exciting. All of a sudden, my wishes to become a racer came true. I just wanted to start the race and give everybody hell!" Hans-Joachim Stuck interview
Retrieved 2009-04-04 Remarkably, the following year, at just 19 years of age, he won his first 24 hours race
at the wheel of a BMW 2002TI. He won there again in 1998 and 2004, too, each time with a BMW
The always friendly and funny, tall and blond Bavarian
, who is living in Austria
, was immediately after his birth nicknamed Strietzel
by his grandmother, as she claimed that the newborn baby looked like one of the famous Stollen
cakes of her Saxony
area. He is also nicknamed "Regenmeister"
("Rainmaster") for his ability to race on wet tracks.
In 1972, Stuck teamed up with Jochen Mass
to drive a Ford Capri RS2600
to victory at the Spa 24 Hours
endurance race in Belgium
. His campaigns racing the BMW 3.0 CSL
"Batmobile" were very successful in 1974 and 1975, in the German DRM
as well as in the USA together with Ronnie......