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.
Michael Carter was selected as the winner of the 2018 Mazda Road to 24 Shootout.
Carter was one of four drivers who competed for the honor and a $100,000 scholarship that went along with it. Matthew Dirks, Hannah Grisham and Loni Unser also competed.
With the scholarship, Carter will compete in the 2019 Battery Tender Global Mazda MX-5 Cup.
“What a journey this has been,” said Carter in a press release. “The reason I started racing a Mazda was because of the Mazda Road to 24 Shootout. It was our one single goal all along and to finally accomplish that is surreal. The process begins next week of getting ready for next season, for the series test at Barber, and to put together a good season in the Global MX-5 Cup.”
Carter was invited to the Shootout largely because of his 2018 performance in SCCA. He finished second in the SCCA Hoosier Super Tour Points Championship, won the Spec Miata Challenge and won in Spec Miata at the American Road Race of Champions.
The 18-year-old Carter had his eye on the Road to Mazda early.
“Each year, it is exciting to see the next batch of talent that is in the pipeline,” said John Doonan, Director, Mazda Motorsports. “I heard something from Michael and his father that really hit a chord with me which was that they built a Spec Miata with the sole purpose of going up the Mazda Road to 24 ladder.
That really speaks to the challenger spirit at Mazda, to why we have the Shootout, and to the family that we have at Mazda. Michael is the driver today who walks away with the scholarship, but we had four families come together here who have all gone racing together. For all of us at Mazda, it’s very rewarding to give these families a chance to go racing together. We look forward to watching Michael take the next step in his career in next season’s Global MX-5 Cup.”