February 28 2013 is US legend Mario Andretti's 73rd birthday. He took pole for his F1 debut with Lotus at Watkins Glen in 1968 but had to retire with damage, as pictured
1 / February 28 2013 is US legend Mario Andretti's 73rd birthday. He took pole for his F1 debut with Lotus at Watkins Glen in 1968 but had to retire with damage, as pictured

February 28 2013 is US legend Mario Andretti's 73rd birthday. He is shown in the Parnelli F1 car at the 1975 German Grand Prix at the Nurburgring
2 / February 28 2013 is US legend Mario Andretti's 73rd birthday. He is shown in the Parnelli F1 car at the 1975 German Grand Prix at the Nurburgring

February 28 2013 is US legend Mario Andretti's 73rd birthday. This picture shows him heading for victory in the 1984 Long Beach CART Indycar race.
3 / February 28 2013 is US legend Mario Andretti's 73rd birthday. This picture shows him heading for victory in the 1984 Long Beach CART Indycar race.


Sebastien Bourdais is 34 on February 28 2013. He is seen riding on title rival Tomas Enge's car after the 2002 Formula 3000 decider at Monza. Enge won the crown but a drugs test failure handed it to Bourdais
4 / Sebastien Bourdais is 34 on February 28 2013. He is seen riding on title rival Tomas Enge's car after the 2002 Formula 3000 decider at Monza. Enge won the crown but a drugs test failure handed it to Bourdais

Rupert Keegan turns 58 on February 28 2013. He is shown in a RAM-run Wlliams in the 1980 Austrian Grand Prix
5 / Rupert Keegan turns 58 on February 28 2013. He is shown in a RAM-run Wlliams in the 1980 Austrian Grand Prix

Peter Revson, who died at Kyalami in 1974, would have been 74 on February 27 2013. He was an Indianapolis 500 star before F1, taking pole and finishing second in this McLaren in 1971
6 / Peter Revson, who died at Kyalami in 1974, would have been 74 on February 27 2013. He was an Indianapolis 500 star before F1, taking pole and finishing second in this McLaren in 1971


Peter Revson, who died at Kyalami in 1974, would have been 74 on February 27 2013. He is shown racing for Shadow at Buenos Aires in what was his final season
7 / Peter Revson, who died at Kyalami in 1974, would have been 74 on February 27 2013. He is shown racing for Shadow at Buenos Aires in what was his final season

Rob Huff announced on February 27 that he'll defend his WTCC title in a Munnich-run SEAT. Huff started his touring car career as a works SEAT driver, seen here battling with Yvan Muller in the 2004 Silverstone BTCC event
8 / Rob Huff announced on February 27 that he'll defend his WTCC title in a Munnich-run SEAT. Huff started his touring car career as a works SEAT driver, seen here battling with Yvan Muller in the 2004 Silverstone BTCC event

Sebastien Loeb turns 39 on February 26 2013. This is the nine-time World Rally champion en route to his maiden WRC win, in the Junior class in Spain in 2001
9 / Sebastien Loeb turns 39 on February 26 2013. This is the nine-time World Rally champion en route to his maiden WRC win, in the Junior class in Spain in 2001


Sebastien Loeb turns 39 on February 26 2013. All his nine titles came in factory Citroens, but his 2006 crown was won in an ostensibly independent Kronos car, seen here in Cyprus
10 / Sebastien Loeb turns 39 on February 26 2013. All his nine titles came in factory Citroens, but his 2006 crown was won in an ostensibly independent Kronos car, seen here in Cyprus

On February 26 2013, Nissan announced it would field an electric car at Le Mans in 2014. Here is its 1989 contender, the R89C, driven by Mark Blundell, Julian Bailey and Martin Donnelly
11 / On February 26 2013, Nissan announced it would field an electric car at Le Mans in 2014. Here is its 1989 contender, the R89C, driven by Mark Blundell, Julian Bailey and Martin Donnelly

Six-time grand prix winner Tony Brooks is 81 today (February 25). Here, the Briton drives his Ferrari to victory in the 1959 German Grand Prix at Avus
12 / Six-time grand prix winner Tony Brooks is 81 today (February 25). Here, the Briton drives his Ferrari to victory in the 1959 German Grand Prix at Avus


Alain Prost turns 58 on February 24 2013. He is seen celebrating his maiden win in the 1981 French Grand Prix at Dijon
13 / Alain Prost turns 58 on February 24 2013. He is seen celebrating his maiden win in the 1981 French Grand Prix at Dijon

Alain Prost turns 58 on February 24 2013. On the weekend of his first F1 win at Dijon in 1981, he also tried a primitive on-board camera on his Renault
14 / Alain Prost turns 58 on February 24 2013. On the weekend of his first F1 win at Dijon in 1981, he also tried a primitive on-board camera on his Renault

Alain Prost turns 58 on February 24 2013. This picture is from his final F1 win in the 1993 German Grand Prix
15 / Alain Prost turns 58 on February 24 2013. This picture is from his final F1 win in the 1993 German Grand Prix


Pedro de la Rosa is 42 on February 24 2013. The 2000 German GP was one of his best F1 races, as he qualified fifth and finished sixth for Arrows
16 / Pedro de la Rosa is 42 on February 24 2013. The 2000 German GP was one of his best F1 races, as he qualified fifth and finished sixth for Arrows

Satoru Nakajima is 60 today (February 23). In this picture, the Japanese is seen driving the Tyrrell 020 during the 1991 Hungarian Grand Prix.
17 / Satoru Nakajima is 60 today (February 23). In this picture, the Japanese is seen driving the Tyrrell 020 during the 1991 Hungarian Grand Prix.

Niki Lauda is 64 today (February 22). A young Lauda speaks to his BRM engineer during the 1973 season.
18 / Niki Lauda is 64 today (February 22). A young Lauda speaks to his BRM engineer during the 1973 season.


Niki Lauda is 64 today (February 22). Here the Austrian plays with the bodywork from his Ferrari 312B ahead of the 1974 Belgian GP.
19 / Niki Lauda is 64 today (February 22). Here the Austrian plays with the bodywork from his Ferrari 312B ahead of the 1974 Belgian GP.

Niki Lauda is 64 today (February 22). In this picture, the three-time world champion drives his Ferrari 312T during the 1975 Swedish Grand Prix.
20 / Niki Lauda is 64 today (February 22). In this picture, the three-time world champion drives his Ferrari 312T during the 1975 Swedish Grand Prix.

On this day (February 21) in 1948, NASCAR was officially founded. Richard Petty, 'The King', is, alongside Dale Earnhardt, the only other driver to have won the Cup title seven times.
21 / On this day (February 21) in 1948, NASCAR was officially founded. Richard Petty, 'The King', is, alongside Dale Earnhardt, the only other driver to have won the Cup title seven times.


On this day (February 21) in 1948, NASCAR was officially founded. Here, one of its greatest legends, Dale Earnhardt, celebrates his long-awaited Daytona 500 win in 1998.
22 / On this day (February 21) in 1948, NASCAR was officially founded. Here, one of its greatest legends, Dale Earnhardt, celebrates his long-awaited Daytona 500 win in 1998.

Peter Gethin (21 Feb 1940-5 Dec 2011) would have turned 73 today. The Briton scored his first and only Formula 1 win at the 1971 Italian Grand Prix driving a BRM, pictured here.
23 / Peter Gethin (21 Feb 1940-5 Dec 2011) would have turned 73 today. The Briton scored his first and only Formula 1 win at the 1971 Italian Grand Prix driving a BRM, pictured here.

Motorsports legend Roger Penske turns 75 today (February 20). In this picture, the American poses together with Gil de Ferran after his Indianapolis 500 victory in 2003.
24 / Motorsports legend Roger Penske turns 75 today (February 20). In this picture, the American poses together with Gil de Ferran after his Indianapolis 500 victory in 2003.


Bobby Unser is 79 today (February 20). The American is one of nine drivers to have won the Indianapolis 500 three times. In this photo, he drives into victory lane after winning the 1968 race.
25 / Bobby Unser is 79 today (February 20). The American is one of nine drivers to have won the Indianapolis 500 three times. In this photo, he drives into victory lane after winning the 1968 race.

AJ Allmendinger returned to the cockpit of a single-seater for the first time in over six years on Tuesday, February 19. Here, the American is on his way to his first Champ Car win at Portland in 2006.
26 / AJ Allmendinger returned to the cockpit of a single-seater for the first time in over six years on Tuesday, February 19. Here, the American is on his way to his first Champ Car win at Portland in 2006.

Stephen South turns 61 on February 19 2013. The 1977 Vandervell Formula 3 champion got a sudden Formula 1 call-up with McLaren in 1980, failing to qualify at Long Beach filling in for the injured Alain Prost. Serious leg injuries in a Can-Am crash later ended his racing career.
27 / Stephen South turns 61 on February 19 2013. The 1977 Vandervell Formula 3 champion got a sudden Formula 1 call-up with McLaren in 1980, failing to qualify at Long Beach filling in for the injured Alain Prost. Serious leg injuries in a Can-Am crash later ended his racing career.


Andy Wallace, one of only two Brits to win sportscar racing's fabled Triple Crown, turns 52 today.  Here he is on his way to victory at Le Mans with Jan Lammers/Johnny Dumfries in 1988 in the glorious Jaguar XJR-9.
28 / Andy Wallace, one of only two Brits to win sportscar racing's fabled Triple Crown, turns 52 today. Here he is on his way to victory at Le Mans with Jan Lammers/Johnny Dumfries in 1988 in the glorious Jaguar XJR-9.

Henry Surtees would have been 22 on February 18 2013. The son of world champion John Surtees was killed in a Formula 2 accident at Brands Hatch in 2009
29 / Henry Surtees would have been 22 on February 18 2013. The son of world champion John Surtees was killed in a Formula 2 accident at Brands Hatch in 2009

Ferrari founder Enzo Ferrari was born on February 18 1898. This picture shows him watching his mechanics at work prior to the 1967 Italian Grand Prix
30 / Ferrari founder Enzo Ferrari was born on February 18 1898. This picture shows him watching his mechanics at work prior to the 1967 Italian Grand Prix


Peugeot announced today (February 18) that its new 208 has been renamed 208 T16 to pay homage to the legendary 205 T16 that competed in the WRC in the 1980s. Here, Bruno Saby delights the crowd in the car during the 1985 Sanremo Rally.
31 / Peugeot announced today (February 18) that its new 208 has been renamed 208 T16 to pay homage to the legendary 205 T16 that competed in the WRC in the 1980s. Here, Bruno Saby delights the crowd in the car during the 1985 Sanremo Rally.

As Danica Patrick becomes the first female pole-winner in Daytona 500 and NASCAR Sprint Cup history, the AUTOSPORT archive gallery celebrates other female racing stars: Michelle Mouton took four World Rally victories for Audi in the early 1980s and was runner-up in the '82 WRC title race
32 / As Danica Patrick becomes the first female pole-winner in Daytona 500 and NASCAR Sprint Cup history, the AUTOSPORT archive gallery celebrates other female racing stars: Michelle Mouton took four World Rally victories for Audi in the early 1980s and was runner-up in the '82 WRC title race

As Danica Patrick becomes the first female pole-winner in Daytona 500 and NASCAR Sprint Cup history, the AUTOSPORT archive gallery celebrates other female racing stars: Before Patrick, Shawna Robinson was the last woman to achieve success in NASCAR, taking a Nationwide (then Busch) Series pole in 1994 and making several Cup starts in the early 2000s
33 / As Danica Patrick becomes the first female pole-winner in Daytona 500 and NASCAR Sprint Cup history, the AUTOSPORT archive gallery celebrates other female racing stars: Before Patrick, Shawna Robinson was the last woman to achieve success in NASCAR, taking a Nationwide (then Busch) Series pole in 1994 and making several Cup starts in the early 2000s


As Danica Patrick becomes the first female pole-winner in Daytona 500 and NASCAR Sprint Cup history, the AUTOSPORT archive gallery celebrates other female racing stars: Danica Patrick had previously been a trailblazer in IndyCar, becoming that series' first female race-winner at Motegi in 2008
34 / As Danica Patrick becomes the first female pole-winner in Daytona 500 and NASCAR Sprint Cup history, the AUTOSPORT archive gallery celebrates other female racing stars: Danica Patrick had previously been a trailblazer in IndyCar, becoming that series' first female race-winner at Motegi in 2008

As Danica Patrick becomes the first female pole-winner in Daytona 500 and NASCAR Sprint Cup history, the AUTOSPORT archive gallery celebrates other female racing stars: Lella Lombardi is the only female point-scorer in Formula 1 history, finishing sixth in the 1975 Spanish Grand Prix
35 / As Danica Patrick becomes the first female pole-winner in Daytona 500 and NASCAR Sprint Cup history, the AUTOSPORT archive gallery celebrates other female racing stars: Lella Lombardi is the only female point-scorer in Formula 1 history, finishing sixth in the 1975 Spanish Grand Prix

As Danica Patrick becomes the first female pole-winner in Daytona 500 and NASCAR Sprint Cup history, the AUTOSPORT archive gallery celebrates other female racing stars: Desire Wilson was a race-winner in the British Formula 1 series in 1980, and also attempted to qualify for that year's world championship British Grand Prix
36 / As Danica Patrick becomes the first female pole-winner in Daytona 500 and NASCAR Sprint Cup history, the AUTOSPORT archive gallery celebrates other female racing stars: Desire Wilson was a race-winner in the British Formula 1 series in 1980, and also attempted to qualify for that year's world championship British Grand Prix


M-Sport boss Malcolm Wilson turns 57 on February 17 2013. Before switching to team management full-time in the mid-1990s, Wilson was one of Britain's top rally drivers. His career included taking Ford's Group B RS200 to victory on its debut in the 1985 Lindisfarne Rally, pictured here. The RS200 never had chance to show what it really could do as its World Rally Championship debut came amid the tragic months that would spell the end of the Group B era
37 / M-Sport boss Malcolm Wilson turns 57 on February 17 2013. Before switching to team management full-time in the mid-1990s, Wilson was one of Britain's top rally drivers. His career included taking Ford's Group B RS200 to victory on its debut in the 1985 Lindisfarne Rally, pictured here. The RS200 never had chance to show what it really could do as its World Rally Championship debut came amid the tragic months that would spell the end of the Group B era

Richard Burns's co-driver Robert Reid celebrates his 47th birthday on February 17 2013. Reid was alongside Burns throughout his World Rally career and shared the 2001 world title with him. This picture shows the duo on the way to their first WRC victory on the 1998 Safari Rally, driving a factory Mitsubishi
38 / Richard Burns's co-driver Robert Reid celebrates his 47th birthday on February 17 2013. Reid was alongside Burns throughout his World Rally career and shared the 2001 world title with him. This picture shows the duo on the way to their first WRC victory on the 1998 Safari Rally, driving a factory Mitsubishi

MotoGP legend Valentino Rossi turns 34 on February 16 2013. In 2006, he was on the brink of a switch to Formula 1, testing with Ferrari before deciding to stay in motorcycle racing
39 / MotoGP legend Valentino Rossi turns 34 on February 16 2013. In 2006, he was on the brink of a switch to Formula 1, testing with Ferrari before deciding to stay in motorcycle racing


MotoGP legend Valentino Rossi turns 34 on February 16 2013. In 2006, he was on the brink of a switch to Formula 1, testing with Ferrari before deciding to stay in motorcycle racing
40 / MotoGP legend Valentino Rossi turns 34 on February 16 2013. In 2006, he was on the brink of a switch to Formula 1, testing with Ferrari before deciding to stay in motorcycle racing

Rally legend Markku Alen turns 62 today (February 15). In this photo from 1985, the Finn takes his Lancia Delta S4 to second place in the RAC Rally.
41 / Rally legend Markku Alen turns 62 today (February 15). In this photo from 1985, the Finn takes his Lancia Delta S4 to second place in the RAC Rally.

Graham Hill would have turned 84 on this day (February 15). The man known as 'Mr. Monaco' won the street race five times (1963, 1964, 1965, 1968, 1969). Here, the Briton drives his Lotus 49 to his fifth and final victory in the principality.
42 / Graham Hill would have turned 84 on this day (February 15). The man known as 'Mr. Monaco' won the street race five times (1963, 1964, 1965, 1968, 1969). Here, the Briton drives his Lotus 49 to his fifth and final victory in the principality.


Alex Wurz celebrates his 39th birthday today (February 15). In this picture from the 1998 Canadian Grand Prix, the Austrian flies in the air after crashing at the start of the race.
43 / Alex Wurz celebrates his 39th birthday today (February 15). In this picture from the 1998 Canadian Grand Prix, the Austrian flies in the air after crashing at the start of the race.

Ronnie Peterson would have been 69 on February 14 2013. The legendary Swede is seen heading for sixth place in the 1977 Italian Grand Prix in the six-wheeled Tyrrell P34, showing his classic oversteering style
44 / Ronnie Peterson would have been 69 on February 14 2013. The legendary Swede is seen heading for sixth place in the 1977 Italian Grand Prix in the six-wheeled Tyrrell P34, showing his classic oversteering style

Maurice Trintignant passed away on February 13, 2005. Here he is en route to his maiden grand prix victory at Monaco in 1955. He won again in the principality four years later, this time in a Cooper T45.
45 / Maurice Trintignant passed away on February 13, 2005. Here he is en route to his maiden grand prix victory at Monaco in 1955. He won again in the principality four years later, this time in a Cooper T45.


On Sunday February 10 2013, Sebastien Ogier became only the second non-Scandinavian winner in the history of Rally Sweden. Sebastien Loeb was the first man to break the 'local' stranglehold when he won for Citroen in 2004 (pictured)
46 / On Sunday February 10 2013, Sebastien Ogier became only the second non-Scandinavian winner in the history of Rally Sweden. Sebastien Loeb was the first man to break the 'local' stranglehold when he won for Citroen in 2004 (pictured)

John Surtees turned 79 on Monday February 11 2013. He is pictured racing for Ferrari in the Dutch Grand Prix at Zandvoort in 1964, the year he won the world championship
47 / John Surtees turned 79 on Monday February 11 2013. He is pictured racing for Ferrari in the Dutch Grand Prix at Zandvoort in 1964, the year he won the world championship

John Surtees turned 79 on Monday February 11 2013. After retiring from the cockpit, the 1964 world champion ran his own Formula 1 team through the 1970s. Here Surtees driver Alan Jones runs ahead of James Hunt and Niki Lauda in the 1976 British Grand Prix at Brands Hatch
48 / John Surtees turned 79 on Monday February 11 2013. After retiring from the cockpit, the 1964 world champion ran his own Formula 1 team through the 1970s. Here Surtees driver Alan Jones runs ahead of James Hunt and Niki Lauda in the 1976 British Grand Prix at Brands Hatch


Roberto Moreno turned 54 on Monday February 12 2013. The Brazilian drove for a variety of Formula 1 teams, usually at the back of the grid, between 1987 and '95. But his first F1 appearance was standing in for the injured Nigel Mansell at Lotus in the 1982 Dutch Grand Prix. Moreno failed to qualify
49 / Roberto Moreno turned 54 on Monday February 12 2013. The Brazilian drove for a variety of Formula 1 teams, usually at the back of the grid, between 1987 and '95. But his first F1 appearance was standing in for the injured Nigel Mansell at Lotus in the 1982 Dutch Grand Prix. Moreno failed to qualify

Patrick Gaillard turned 61 on Tuesday February 12 2013. The Frenchman showed well in European Formula 3 in the late 1970s but his Formula 1 career was limited to a handful of Ensign outings in 1979 (pictured at Silverstone). He later became a Le Mans racer
50 / Patrick Gaillard turned 61 on Tuesday February 12 2013. The Frenchman showed well in European Formula 3 in the late 1970s but his Formula 1 career was limited to a handful of Ensign outings in 1979 (pictured at Silverstone). He later became a Le Mans racer

Tora Takagi turned 39 on Tuesday February 12 2013. The Japanese driver was a sensation in his homeland before joining Formula 1 with Tyrrell in 1998 (pictured)
51 / Tora Takagi turned 39 on Tuesday February 12 2013. The Japanese driver was a sensation in his homeland before joining Formula 1 with Tyrrell in 1998 (pictured)


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