January 2019 News
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Michael Schumacher's 50th Birthday
Jan 2 - Michael Schumacher's family plan to celebrate his
50th birthday by releasing an app that will be a "virtual
museum" of the driver's achievements.

Schumacher's skiing accident that put him in a coma
happened in 2013.

Ferrari also will celebrate his 50th with an exhibition at the
Ferrari Museum in Maranello.  Schumacher won 5 of his
championships at Ferrari.
Schumacher's career in numbers

7 - a record seven world championships - two with Benetton in 1994 and 1995, and five in a row for Ferrari from 2000 to 2004.
91 - race wins, from 306 starts - he remains 18 clear of second-placed Lewis Hamilton on the all-time list.
68 - pole positions, a record beaten by Hamilton in 2017.
15 - consecutive seasons with a grand prix win, from 1992 to 2006. It is a record - three clear of Hamilton.
8 - wins at the French Grand Prix, the most by any driver at a single race. His seven wins in Canada and San Marino are also
 unmatched by any other driver.
17 - podium finishes in 17 races in the 2002 season.
43 - age when he drove in his final grand prix, in Brazil in 2012. He originally retired in 2006 but returned three years later.
150 Driver Entered for The Roar

Jan 4 - Sportscar teams must compete in the three day
practice ("the Roar") at Daytona Intl. Speedway this weekend
to be able to compete in IMSA's biggest race - the Rolex 24
Hours, which is held during the last weekend of January.

That race has resulted in 47 race teams with 150 drivers
showing up today to prepare for it.

Open-Wheel Stars Competing:
IMSA is celebrating it's 50th anniversary this year.

Michelin Tires have joined IMSA this year and will be
providing tires for all the cars.

Defending Champions
Joao Barbosa and Christian
Fittipaldi
return in the No. 5 Mustang Sampling Cadillac
DPi-V.R.   Fittipaldi has announced that this will be his last
race.
CLASS
TEAM
DRIVER
DPi


DPi


DPi

DPi


DPi

GTLM

GTLM


GTLM

GTLM

GTD


GTD

GTD

GTD
Acura Team Penske


Acura Team Penske


Konica Minolta Cadillac

Juncos Racing


JDC-Miller

Ford Chip Ganassi Racing

Ford Chip Ganassi Racing


BMW Team RLL

BMW Team RLL

AIM Vasser Sullivan


Via Italia Racing

AIM Vasser Sullivan

Meyer Shank Racing
w/Curb-Agajanian
Juan Pablo Montoya
Simon Pagenaud

Helio Castroneves
Alexander Rossi

Fernando Alonso

Rene Binder
Kyle Kaiser

Tristan Vautier

Sebastien Bourdais

Scott Dixon
Ryan Briscoe

Alex Zanardi

Colton Herta

Townsend Bell
Aaron Telitz

Victor Franzoni

Jack Hawksworth

Katherine Legge
Ana Beatriz
Simona De Sivestro
CAR#
6


7


10

50


85

66

67


24

25

12


13

14

57
2018 Winning DPi Car
2018 Winning GTLM Car
2018 Winning GTD Car
The All Female Team
ex-F1 Drivers with 2-Time CART Champ Alex Zanardi
IndyCar Signs Title Sponsorship Deal

Jan 16 - IndyCar announced a multi-year agreement with
NTT on Tuesday that will make the Japanese tech giant the
title sponsor of North America's premier open-wheel racing
series.

Mark Miles, chief executive of Hulman & Company which
owns IndyCar, said IndyCar floated around the idea of NTT
as a sponsor last September and quickly sealed the deal at a
meeting in Tokyo to which they brought along Takuma Sato,
who in 2017 became the first Japanese driver to win the
Indianapolis 500.

"We were invited to Tokyo, and there we had a meeting
together which I'll never forget," said Miles.

"Takuma Sato, one of our best-known drivers and
champions who happens to be a hero in Japan, was with us,
and by the end of that discussion, we said, 'Let's get this
done'."
NTT replaces Verizon as title sponsor of the series.  
Verizon served as the title sponsor for five years, replacing
IZOD in 2014.

The financial terms and length of the agreement were not
disclosed but media reports said IndyCar's asking price was
$30 million annually compared to the $10 million paid by
Verizon.
Rolex 24 Hours of Daytona

Jan 28 - One of the greatest showcases of racing talent in
the world was marred by extreme rain. Rain began to fall
with 10 hours remaining and never let up.  It was the first
time in Rolex 24 history that the event was marred by two
red flags.

Of the 593 laps, 126 – or 21 percent – were run under
yellow, and it wreaked havoc on the flow and fortunes of
teams in the race.

DAYTONA PROTOTYPE INT'NL CLASS
Fernando Alonso, driving a Cadillac for Wayne Taylor
Racing, took the lead two laps from the end when sports
car ace
Felipe Nasr blew the Turn 1 corner. Alonso's
teammates were
Kamui Kobayashi, Jordan Taylor and
Renger van Der Zande.  This was Alonso's 2nd Rolex 24.
Alonso joins
Phil Hill (1964) and Mario Andretti (1972)
as only the third Formula 1 champion to win the Rolex 24.
Alsonso won last year’s 24 Hours of Le Mans.

Trouble struck twice for Team Penske’s Acura DPIs while
running under yellow in a downpour with less than 6 hours
remaining.  The #6, driven by IndyCar driver
Simon
Pagenaud
, pulled off the track due to a bad oil pump.  
Juan Montoya would finish the race in #6 in sixth place.

Ricky Taylor fell ill in Penske’s No. 7 Acura while run-
ning for nearly an hour behind the pace car with the lead.
Taylor pitted and turned the car over to
Helio
Castroneves
.  2016 Indy 500 winner Alexander Rossi
drove the car to the finish, placing third.

Team Mazda appeared to be the biggest competition in the
prototype class until both the No. 55 and pole winning No.
77 had problems during the sixth hour. The No. 77 team
led the field to green
Oliver Jarvis after breaking a 26-
year-old record.
Timo Bernhard was behind the wheel
when the car caught fire causing the retirement.

GT LE MANS CLASS
In the GT Le Mans class, defending winner Richard
Westbrook
pitted his Chip Ganassi Racing Ford from the
lead just before the final red.  This handed the victory to
BMW Team RLL (whom young IndyCar driver
Colton
Herta
was driving for.)

Alex Zanardi’s return to endurance racing got off to a bad
start. At the beginning of his first stint, he encountered a
problem changing his steering wheel 90 minutes into the
race.  His BMW RLL Team would finish last in class while
their stablemate finished first.

LE MANS PROTOTYPE 2 CLASS
The DragonSpeed team (Pastor Maldonado, Roberto
Gonzalez
, Sebastian Saavedra and Ryan Cullen) won
the LMP2 class.

GT DAYTONA CLASS
Christian Engelhart and the No. 11 team won in the GTD
class with
Rolf Ineichen, Roberto Pampanini and Miles
Pavlovic
.
Fernando Alonso, Kamui Kobayashi,
Renger van Der Zande and Jordan Taylor
Winning Daytona Prototype - Konica Minolta Cadillac
Winning GTLM - BMW Team RLL
'500' Party Gets New Name

Jan 29 - The 500 Festival announced today that its upscale
party at Indiana Roof Ballroom featuring celebrities and
well-known bands, will be known as "Off the Grid" rather
than the "Snakepit Ball."

The "Snakepit Ball" name was used from 2004 through
2018 as a nod to an infield party — known as the "snake
pit" — that raged at Indianapolis Motor Speedway each
May from the 1960s through the '80s.

In 2010, Indianapolis Motor Speedway launched a Race
Day party billed as the "Indy 500 Snake Pit." That event
has grown into a prestigious electronic music concert.

"Our event’s new name ... will help eliminate any confusion
between the two events and set the tone for the evening,"
500 Festival president and CEO
Bob Bryant said in a
statement. "We’re proud to continue the tradition of
producing the preeminent pre-race party."

The newly renamed "Off the Grid" party is scheduled 6
p.m. May 25 at Indiana Roof Ballroom, 140 W.
Washington St.  

Tickets for Off the Grid, priced at $325, go on sale March
6. For more information, visit 500festival.com.
2019 Snake Pit DJs Announced

Jan. 29, 2019 - The Snake Pit these days is a gathering of
around 30,000 young people who party in the infield during
the running of the Indy 500 to listen to DJs spin electronic
music.  Tickets are required as well as Indy 500 admission.

Ticket Information

This year's lineeup include Skrillex, Alesso, Illenium and
Chris Lake.

Performances will start at 7 a.m.

All Snake Pit ticketholders must be at least 18 years old.