Button reverts back to Pink for Papa helmet in Hungary

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Jenson Button will be using his pink liveried helmet once again at this weekend’s Hungarian Grand Prix in honor of his father, John, who died earlier this year at the age of 70.

John would have turned 71 this Sunday at the Hungarian Grand Prix, and celebrated his birthday at the race last year. He had a huge effect on Jenson’s career, helping to nurture his passion and talent for racing. During his F1 career, John missed only a handful of Jenson’s races, and was always seen on race day wearing his lucky pink shirt.

For the British Grand Prix at the beginning of the month, Silverstone turned Pink for Papa in a campaign to raise money for charity in memory of John. The grandstands were packed with fans donned in pink shirts, and Jenson came good in the race to finish fourth, matching his best ever result at the track.

Hungary is a very poignant race for Button. The Briton claimed his maiden race win at the grand prix back in 2006, charging from 14th on the grid to win in wet conditions, and he also won the race back in 2011. As a result, he will be reverting back to his Pink for Papa helmet for the weekend.

IndyCar’s Vasser-Sullivan expand into IMSA for 2019

James Sullivan and Jimmy Vasser. Photo IndyCar
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Not even one year after returning to the IndyCar ranks, Vasser-Sullivan Racing is taking AIM at the IMSA world, you might say.

While team co-owners Jimmy Vasser and James “Sulli” Sullivan will continue to partner with Dale Coyne Racing on the IndyCar side, they expanded their holdings Tuesday, announcing a partnership with AIM Autosport to campaign a new two-car Lexus-backed RC F GT3 effort in IMSA’s GT Daytona class.

The new team – named AIM Vasser-Sullivan – will replace 3GT Racing, which was part of Lexus’ sports car program launch in 2016. It will announce its two drivers in the coming weeks, the team said.

“Sulli and I are excited and looking forward to entering a new chapter in our racing careers,” Vasser said in a media release. “I have driven sports cars before, but my career was pretty much limited to the 24 Hours of Daytona, including a ‘class’ win in 1992 and second overall in 2008.

“The AIM Vasser Sullivan team, with the support of Lexus and our sponsors, has the tools to get the job done and we are looking forward to this new challenge.”

Lexus has made significant progress in its first two seasons in IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship competition, having earned a combined two race wins, five poles and finished third in the 2018 GTD Manufacturer point standings.

Vasser and Sullivan were part of the ownership group of KVSH Racing in IndyCar from 2011 through 2016 before the organization folded.

They also owned Tony Kanaan’s 2013 Indianapolis 500-winning car.

After sitting out the 2017 season, Vasser, a former CART champion, and Sullivan rejoined forces this past February, just before the start of the 2018 IndyCar season, partnering with Coyne to form a satellite team led by driver Sebastien Bourdais, who previously drove for KVSH.

Bourdais kicked off the new team’s effort with a win in the season-opening Grand Prix of St. Petersburg. He finished seventh in the overall season standings.

AIM Vasser Sullivan will have two home bases for its IMSA program: AIM’s current facility in Woodbridge, Ontario, Canada, as well as a new U.S. shop in Charlotte, North Carolina.

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