Top Gear is right around the corner () and I’m pumped. The hosts for the shot are Adam Ferrara, Tanner Foust, and Rutledge Wood. I personally have only heard of Tanner Foust before and love his driving stunts in movies like Bourne Ultimatum but what about these other guys?
Do you think any of them are the next big celebrities? Tell us what you think!
Full bios after the jump.
Adam Ferrara, the stand-up comedian and actor who Entertainment Weekly dubbed “hilarious,” is a series regular on the Emmy-nominated FX drama Rescue Me, in which he plays Chief Needles Nelson. He also recently costarred alongside Kevin James in the hit movie Paul Blart: Mall Cop. Ferrara’s other feature film credits include Definitely Maybe with Ryan Reynolds and Isla Fisher, Winter of Frozen Dreams and National Lampoon’s Dirty Movie with Christopher Meloni.
A two-time nominee for best male stand-up by the American Comedy Awards, Ferrara has appeared on numerous TV shows, including The Tonight Show With Jay Leno, Late Show With David Letterman, The View and Rachel Ray. He is known for his honest, clever, fearless perspective on family, relationships and himself. In June 2010, Ferrara and Rescue Me costars Denis Leary and Lenny Clark headlined the Second Annual Rescue Me Comedy Tour in advance of the show’s sixth season premiere.
Ferrara began his TV career on NBC’s Caroline in the City. Since then, he has appeared as a series regular in the critically acclaimed ABC series The Job, which also starred Denis Leary, guest-starred on NBC’s Law & Order and was a frequent guest star on the CBS hit The King of Queens. At the 2009 Television Critics Association press tour, Leary was quoted as saying, “Adam Ferrara is a great comedian, but he’s really pissing me off now because he’s become such a great dramatic actor.”
Apart from opening for his comedy idol, the late George Carlin, and performing at both Carnegie Hall and Radio City Music Hall, Ferrara says his most exciting moment in stand-up was a benefit performance for President Obama and all the Democratic Senators. Stuck in traffic on the way to the event, Ferrara was heard to say, “I’ve waited this long for health care. Now they can wait for me!”
Tanner Foust is a champion race driver and stunt driver whose specialty areas include rally, drift, ice racing and time attack. He has a proven record of multiple podium placements and national championships. Foust has seen huge success in drift and rally in recent years. In addition to winning the 2008 Formula Drift Pro Drift Championship, repeating his 2007 Championship, he also took the silver medal in the 2008 Summer X Games Pro Rally race and bronze in 2009. He won the 2007 X Games gold medal in the Pro Rally for the Rockstar Energy Rally team, beating Ken Block and Travis Pastrana.
This year, Foust is competing with title sponsorship from Rockstar Energy Drink in Formula Drift in a Papadakis Racing built Scion tC. He is competing in X Games Rally and the US Rallycross events in a Rockstar Energy Etnies Ford Fiesta and is also running select events in the European Rallycross Championship in 2010. He is the first American to ever compete in the series.
Foust is a versatile driver known for his supreme car control with winning experience on and off road. His varied race experience includes multiple seasons of open wheel competition, the Pikes Peak Hill Climb (2002-2004), five Ice Racing championships, the 2005 PGT Rally Championship and the SCORE Baja 1000 in 2006 and 2007. He also holds class lap records at numerous U.S. road courses in Time Attack.
Foust’s precision car control also is very familiar to TV and movie viewers. He was a lead stunt driver in such movies as The Fast and Furious: Tokyo Drift, The Bourne Ultimatum and The Dukes of Hazzard. He also handles stunt driving in numerous TV shows and commercials. Foust is currently an on-air host for ESPN’s Import Tuners and for Speed TV’s Redline TV and RM Auctions. Through his role as host and co- producer on these shows, his racing efforts from behind the scenes are often featured.
Rutledge Wood is a broadcast racing analyst and roving reporter whose work includes Speed TV’s NASCAR Smarts, a NASCAR trivia game show that costars Kyle Petty and John Roberts. He has appeared as a regular on such Speed TV shows as NASCAR Live, NASCAR RaceDay Built by the Home Depot and Trackside Live.
Wood hosted the Speed Road Tour Challenge, a NASCAR-themed reality show in 2007. Before joining Speed TV in 2005, he worked for CMT on the Most Wanted tour and for Clear Channel Communications, co-hosting a daily talk show. Wood also restores old cars. He has worked on and owned nearly 50