Only fitting that after Formula One’s newest race winner has entered that elite distinction – Daniel Ricciardo on Sunday in Montreal – we celebrate the birth of one of F1’s most famous one-off Grand Prix winners: Jean Alesi.
Alesi turns 50 today, and it’s fitting timing too for the French Sicilian. He was the podium interviewer at this year’s Canadian Grand Prix, and of course, his one and only win came in the 1995 Canadian Grand Prix driving the No. 27 Ferrari.
It remains the last time the No. 27 won a Grand Prix, although in its return to the grid this year, Nico Hulkenberg of Force India has done it proper justice by producing seven points-paying finishes in as many races. Six of them are fifth or sixth place results.
As for Alesi, who racked up more than 200 Grands Prix in a career that spanned from 1989 to 2001, he since moved into DTM and Le Mans racing in GTE.
His most recent race was a one-off in a Judd-built, Lotus-powered entry at the 2012 Indianapolis 500, driving for Fan Force United. Alesi started and finished last in a car that was woefully underpowered and off the pace at the 2.5-mile oval.
But, back to the glory days, here’s the podium celebrations and interviews from that day at Montreal in 1995.
The NTT IndyCar Series will be sharing Indianapolis Motor Speedway with the NASCAR Cup Series in a race weekend doubleheader for the second consecutive season, but both series will be on the road course in August 2021.
IMS announced Wednesday that IndyCar will hold an Aug. 14, 2021 race on its 14-turn, 2.439-mile road course. It’ll be a day before NASCAR’s premier series runs the same layout for the first time after the Brickyard 400 was contested on the 2.5-mile oval for the first time in 27 years.
This season’s rescheduling of the IndyCar GMR Grand Prix to July 4, 2019 (a day before the Brickyard 400) led to the first NASCAR-IndyCar doubleheader weekend. The Xfinity Series also raced on the IMS road course for the first time July 4 after the IndyCar race ended.
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IndyCar will be holding its second race weekend this year at the IMS road course Friday and Saturday with the Harvest GP.
“Our first NASCAR-INDYCAR weekend was a big success last July, with positive feedback from
our loyal fans who watched the races on NBC and from the drivers, teams and participants
involved,” IMS president Douglas Boles said in a statement. “The Xfinity Series’ debut on the IMS road course provided exactly the kind of thrilling action from the green to checkered flags that we anticipated, so we know the teams and drivers of the Cup Series will put on a great show as they turn left and right for the first time at IMS.
“We can’t wait to welcome back fans to see NASCAR and INDYCAR together during this
exciting weekend as we add another memorable chapter in the long, storied history of the
Indianapolis Motor Speedway.”
It also will mark the first NASCAR Cup-IndyCar doubleheader with a crowd as fans weren’t permitted at IMS in July because of the novel coronvavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.
Over the course of Wednesday, NASCAR is releasing its 36-race slate for next season. IndyCar has yet to release its full 2021 schedule.