Speed Racer was the first cartoon to introduce Animi to the American audience, and now "Animi" returns 62,700,000 hits on Google Image. In a sense, it can be said that Speed spawned alot of children (take that Wilt Chamberlain, only 10,000).
The Speed Racer character was first created by anime pioneer Tatsuo Yoshida (1933-1977) in the late 1950s and was made into the cartoon series in the 60's. Since then there have been a number of re-incarnations, including a live action movie in 2008.
The manga spawned an anime adaptation which actually became a bigger success. In 1997, Tatsunoko produced a modernized version of Mach GoGoGo which aired on TV Tokyo, lasting for 34 episodes. An English adaptation of this remake was produced by DiC titled Speed Racer X, which aired in 2002 on Nickelodeon. Only the first 11 episodes were adapted due to licensing disputes between DiC and the Speed Racer Enterprise. Mach Girl was a web based series by Tatsunoko Productions, created by Tatsuo Yoshida's daughter, Suzuka.