Joe Gibbs was still reeling from the death of his oldest son when he arrived at last year's Daytona 500. Then, on a magical Sunday for his team, his drivers went 1-2-3 in the biggest race of the year to kick off a tribute season to the late J.D. Gibbs.
Team Penske won the championship last year in every series it competes except NASCAR. Doesn't mean it was a bad year: the team still won six races and placed all three of its drivers into the playoffs.
Sebastien Bourdais spent a day in early November helping IndyCar iron out the wrinkles on its newest safety innovation. He'd been chosen to test the new windscreen cockpit protection because of his experience, his ability to offer technical feedback and his methodical approach in a race car.