During practice for the Italian Grand Prix on Friday, a number of drivers ran with tribute stickers to Justin Wilson on their cars following his death at the age of 37 last week.
Wilson died from a severe head injury sustained in the IndyCar ABC Supply 500 at Pocono Raceway on August 23 when he was struck by debris from another car that had crashed.
His death left the IndyCar and F1 communities in mourning, such was the impact that he had made in both series across the course of his racing career.
In FP1 and FP2 at Monza on Friday, many of the drivers ran with tributes to Wilson on their helmets and cars, as seen below.
The arrangements for Wilson’s funeral in the UK have been announced by his family, with details on the one in the United States to follow.
Bobby Rahal has driven in some of the biggest races in the world, including the 24 Hours of Le Mans, the Rolex 24 Hours and, of course, winning the Indianapolis 500 as a driver in 1986 and in 2004 as a team owner.
But winning the 12 Hours of Sebring two years in a row (1987 and 1988), Rahal feels, is right up there in terms of his greatest accomplishments as a race car driver.
As IMSA celebrates its 50th anniversary, Rahal reflected on what racing at Sebring International Raceway has meant to him:
“To me, Sebring is the ultimate endurance race. Not as long as Daytona or Le Mans, but the demands put on a car and driver at Sebring are highly unusual.
“My father raced at Sebring in the late 60’s. To win that race two years in a row really meant something to me.
“While we’ve won a lot of other races, we’ve won just about everywhere, you name it. But for me personally, winning at Sebring those two years in a row was very special.”