As New Year’s Eve approaches, we wrap our celebration of the year in motorsport. For the past 60 days, we’ve published our 60 favorite images – memorable moments from an exciting year. We believe, and many agree, that 2013 was a bumper year for auto racing. Of course, we’re always mindful that it was a difficult and tragic year, and Allan Simonsen, Sean Edwards, and Jason Leffler are never far from our thoughts.
Tragedy aside, this was a wonderful year on track. In F1 and IndyCar, competition was tighter than ever, and while some criticized the means, the end was clearly worth it. This was also the last year of separate American sports car racing series, and we bid a fond farewell to the ALMS as we look forward to the United series debut next month in Daytona.
We’ve enjoyed interacting with the motorsport community all season, via this blog, Twitter, and our visits to Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca and Sonoma Raceway. This blog would not be possible without the support and help of so many people, including Mazda, Avast Communications, Robb Holland, Sonoma Raceway media staff, the FIA WTCC press folks, the IndyCar PR department, IMSA staff, and many others. We’re also grateful for the marshals and safety crew who keep us safe when we’re taking photographs of cars flying by just a few feet away.
We hope to bring more of the same in 2014, and we thank you for your support. When we look back on 2013, we feel pretty much like the Honda engineer in this photo.