Flashback to Road America in August of last year, when Christian Fittipaldi announced his retirement from racing at a grand farewell press conference. Fittipaldi was so focused on the announcement being a surprise that he didn’t even tell the moderator Justin Bell what it was until just minutes before the press conference started. Tasked with organizing a press conference and announcing a surprise retirement made for a fun challenge for Sunday Group Management.
The tables were turned during the 2019 Rolex 24 Hours At Daytona where Fittipaldi was the one who was surprised when the team organized a retirement send-off on Thursday of the event weekend. The 2004, 2014, and 2018 Rolex 24 winner was hoping to add to that tally of victories, but the 2019 edition of the twice around the clock event played a cruel hand after a problem with the rear taillights forced the team behind the wall early in the race. A valiant fight back through the rain earned a top-ten spot, but it wasn’t how Fittipaldi wanted to close out his career.
While Fittipaldi has marked the end of his driving career, he will not be stepping away from the sport he loves completely. He remains track-side with Action Express Racing in the position of Sporting Director. He has commissioned Sunday Group to provide support for an upcoming project. Stay tuned….