F1: Force India VJM08 launch set for January 21st in Mexico City

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Sahara Force India has confirmed a January 21st launch for its 2015 challenger, the Mercedes-powered VJM08, in Mexico City.

With the confirmation, Vijay Mallya’s squad becomes the first in the F1 paddock to formally announce a 2015 launch date this off-season.

Mexican telecommunications company America Movil will be supporting the event, which will take place at the city’s Soumaya Museum and is reportedly set to be streamed online.

America Movil’s Telmex, Telcel, and Claro brands also serve as sponsors for the team.

“Our partnership with America Movil has proved to be very successful and together we have celebrated some special results,” Mallya said in November. “With Formula One returning to Mexico in 2015, our association will take on greater significance as we embrace the country’s huge passion for the sport.

“It’s also fitting that we will launch our 2015 season in Mexico City and I wish to thank Telmex, Telcel and Claro for their support in making this event possible.”

Force India finished sixth in the 2014 constructor’s championship. Mexico’s Sergio Perez and Germany’s Nico Hulkenberg have both been retained for 2015.

Watch: Top 5 heartbreaks in Indy 500 history (video)

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As we near the 103rd running of the Indianapolis 500, NBC Sports will be counting down some of the top moments in the race’s illustrious history, right up until May 26.

Today’s countdown features the top five heartbreaks, from J.R. Hildebrand crashing on the final turn in 2011 to hand the win to Dan Wheldon, to Robby Gordon running out of fuel in 1999 and leading to Kenny Brack’s victory.

For more Indy 500 coverage, check out NBC Sports Gold for exclusive coverage, and don’t miss the race on NBC on May 26.