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.
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GTD


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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
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85

66

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24

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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.