John Surtees awarded CBE by the Queen

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John Surtees, the only man to have won world championships on both two and four wheels, has been made a Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE) by Queen Elizabeth II in her New Year Honors.

Surtees, 81, won four world motorcycle championships between 1956 and 1960 in the 500cc class before moving into Formula 1, where he claimed the 1964 title with Scuderia Ferrari.

Surtees went on to race until 1972 when he retired so he could focus on running his own team in F1 before its closure in 1978. He is the oldest surviving F1 world champion following the death of Jack Brabham earlier this year.

More recently, Surtees founded the Henry Surtees Foundation in memory of his son following his death in a Formula 2 race at Brands Hatch in 2009.

In the New Year’s Honors list published late on Wednesday night, Surtees was recognized for his “services to motorsport”.

Surtees has previously been awarded an OBE and an MBE by the Queen, and has been subject to a sizeable campaign to receive a knighthood in recent years.

No other motorsport figures were recognized this year, but you can see a full list of the newly-anointed Sirs, Dames, CBEs, MBEs, OBEs and otherwise by clicking here.

Santino Ferrucci will drive No. 14 for AJ Foyt Racing full time in 2023 IndyCar season

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Santino Ferrucci will return to full-time racing in the NTT IndyCar Series next season, joining AJ Foyt Racing.

Ferrucci had made eight IndyCar starts with three teams since his last full-time season in 2020 while also racing part time in the NASCAR Xfinity Series this year.

He will drive the storied No. 14 Dallara-Chevrolet for four-time Indy 500 winner A.J. Foyt’s team, which will field the car from its Waller, Texas headquarters.

“It’s incredibly exciting to be back in the INDYCAR Series full time,” Ferrucci said in a team release. “Being a part-time driver over the last two years has been hard for me, personally. I’m a race car driver, and I want to compete. Working with different teams has been exciting, and I’m proud that no matter which car I’ve raced, I’ve always shown speed and consistency. I couldn’t be more excited to join AJ Foyt Racing in the 14 Chevy. I can’t wait to make the best of it.”

Ferrucci, 24, had finished a career-best fourth in IndyCar four times, including the 104th Indy 500 in 2020. He was the 2019 Indy 500 rookie of the year with a sixth.

In nine Xfinity starts since 2021, Ferrucci has a career-best finish of 13th at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.

“I am thrilled to welcome Santino to the team,” Larry Foyt said in a release. “He’s shown a knack for getting toward the front of the field, and I think he is a racer who moves forward on race day. A.J. sees the fire in him and has enjoyed their meetings together. I think Santino’s experience will help his rookie teammate as well, so he is a great addition to our roster.”

Ferrucci will be teamed at AJ Foyt Racing with Benjamin Pedersen, who finished fifth in the 2022 Indy Lights standings. The team has yet to specify the number for Pedersen’s entry, which will be fielded out of its Indianapolis race shop.

Foyt’s two full-time drivers last season were Dalton Kellett and Kyle Kirkwood, who is moving to Andretti Autosport.