January 1 
Jacky Ickx, former Formula 1 driver, and 6-time "24 Hours of Le Mans" winner, born in Brussels, Belgium. (1945)

Hans-Joachim Stuck, former Formula 1 driver, and 3-time "24 Hours of Le Mans" winner, born in Germany. (1951)

Jimmy Clark of Team Lotus, finished 29 seconds ahead of the Ferrari of John Surtees, to win the South African Grand Prix, at East London, South Africa (1965)

Jimmy Clark, finished 25.3 seconds ahead Team Lotus teammate Graham Hill, to win the South African Grand Prix, at Kyalami Circuit, Kyalami, South Africa. (1968)

January 2 
Robby Gordon, former NASCAR, CART, IndyCar, Trans-Am, IMSA, IROC and Dakar Rally driver, born in Cerritos, California, USA. (1969)

The first South African Grand Prix, to be held on the Kyalami track near Johannesburg, is won by Pedro Rodriguez, at the wheel of a Cooper-Maserati. It was the first Formula 1 win for Rodriguez, and last for Cooper. (1967)

January 3
Michael Schumacher, 7 time Formula One world Champion, born in Cologne, Germany. (1969)  
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In a 16-year Formula One career, Schumacher's numerous F1 accomplishments also included records for most Grand Prix victories (91), most pole positions (68) and most career points (1,369) 

Jimmy Stewart, Formula One driver and the elder brother of three-time World Driving Champion Jackie Stewart, dies at the age of 76. (2008)

Clifton "Coo Coo" Marlin, former NASCAR Winston Cup driver and father to NASCAR driver Stirling, born in Columbia, Tennessee, USA. (1932)

Willy T. Ribbs, former Indy, NASCAR and Trans Am driver, born in San Jose, California, USA. (1955)

Wally Meskowski, Sprint car builder and Indy 500 crew chief, dies at the age of 64. (1980)

J.R. Hildebrand, the 2011 Indianapolis 500 "Rookie of the Year", born in Sausalito, California, USA. (1988)

January 4
Graham Rahal, IZOD IndyCar Series driver, 2011 "24 Hours of Daytona" winner, and son of 1986 "Indianapolis 500" winner Bobby Rahal, born in Columbus, Ohio, USA. (1989)

January 5
Ed Spencer, racing driver and father of NASCAR driver Jimmy Spencer, born in Nanticoke, Pennsylvania, USA. (1929)

Sports car racer David Donohue, the son of Mark Donohue is born. (1967)

January 6
1956 Indy 500 winner Pat Flaherty is born. (1926)

January 7
Lewis Hamilton, the 2008 and 2014 Formula One World Champion, born in Stevenage, England.(1985)

January 8
Nascar driver Bobby Hamilton Jr is born in Nashville, Tennessee, USA. (1978)

January 9 
Canadian Motorsport Hall of Fame member Craig Hill is born in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada (1934)

January 10
Bobby Rahal, Indy 500 champion, race team owner, and one-time head of the Jaguar F1 team, born in Medina, Ohio, USA. (1953)

Former F1 and Indy driver Eddie Cheever is born in Phoenix, Arizona, USA. (1958)

January 11
The Winston-Western 500 at Riverside, California, USA, is won by Bobby Allison driving a Harry Ranier Chevrolet. It is the last NASCAR Winston Cup race for the 115 inch wheelbase "big" cars. All future racers would use a 110 inch wheelbase. (1981)

American automotive designer and racing driver Carroll Shelby is born in Leesburg, Texas, USA. (1923)

Roberto Moreno, former F1 and Indy driver is born in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil (1959)

January 12
Emanuele Pirro, former Formula One driver and five time Le Mans 24 hour winner is born in Rome, Italy (1962)

January 13
The late Ron Hornaday Sr., a two-time Winston West Champion is born. (1931)

January 14
Former CART team owner Carl Hogan dies in New Hampshire, USA, at the age of 71. (2001)

January 15
Max Balchowsky, designer/builder of the Old Yeller road race specials, is born in Fairmont, West Virginia, USA. (1924)

January 16
A.J. Foyt, the only driver to win the Indianapolis 500 (which he won four times), the Daytona 500, the 24 Hours of Daytona, and the 24 Hours of Le Mans is born in Houston, Texas, USA. (1935)

Benny Parsons, the 1973 Winston Cup Series Champion and later an announcer/analyst/pit reporter on SETN, TBS, ABC, ESPN, NBC and TNT, died from complications resulting from lung cancer, in Charlotte, North Carolina, USA (2007)

William Grover-Williams, who won the first Monaco Grand Prix, is born in Paris, France. (1903)

January 17
The Chevrolet Corvette makes its world debut during the General Motors Autorama at the Waldorf-Astoria Hotel in New York, New York, USA. (1953)

January 18
Christian Fittipaldi, former Formula One, Champ Car and Nascar driver, born in Sao Paulo, Brazil (1971)

In Canadian History:
Canadian Motorsport Hall of Famer and racing legend Gilles Villeneuve is born in Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu, Quebec, Canada. (1950)

January 19
Jenson Button, the 2009 Formula One World Champion, born in Frome, England. (1980)

January 20
Fireball Roberts, named one of NASCAR's 50 Greatest Drivers is born in Tavares, Florida, USA. (1929) 

In Canadian History:
Canadian Motorsport Hall of Fame member, Billy Foster from Victoria BC, the first Canadian to race in the Indy 500, died in a crash during practice for a NASCAR stock car race at Riverside International Raceway in Riverside, California. (1967)

Canadian sports car and endurance racer Scott Maxwell of Toronto is born. (1964)

January 21
Mark Donohue drives an AMC Matador to victory in the NASCAR Winston Western 500 at Riverside, California. It was the first NASCAR wins for AMC and Donohue. (1973)

In Canadian History:
Gary Beck from Edmonton, Alberta a two-time World champion drag racer and Canadian Motorsport Hall of Fame member is born. (1941)

January 22
Porsche 959s finish first (Metge/Lemoyne), second (Ickx/Brasseur), and sixth (Kussmaul/Unger) in the Paris-Dakar Rally. (1986)

January 23
Indianapolis and Pikes Peak racer John Mauro dies at age 91. (2003)

January 24
Scott Speed, NASCAR driver and former Formula One driver, born in Manteca, California, USA. (1983)

January 25
NASCAR legend Buddy Baker is born in Charlotte, North Carolina, USA. (1941) 

January 26
Paul Newman, actor, racer, and part owner of Newman-Haas Racing, is born. (1924)

January 27
Buzz Calkins wins the Indy 200, the first Indy Racing League race ever run, at Disney World near Orlando, Florida, USA. (1995)

George Follmer, the only driver to win the Can-Am and Trans-Am championship in the same year is born in Phoenix, Arizona, USA. (1934)

January 28 
Emerson Fittipaldi wins the Argentine Grand Prix driving a John Player Lotus in 1973.

January 29
1979 Formula One World Champion, Jody Scheckter is born in East London, South Africa (1950)

January 30
The #1 Chip Ganassi entry driven by Scott Pruett, Memo Rojas, Graham Rahal and Joey Hand finished 2.426 seconds ahead of the #2 Ganassi car of Scott Dixon, Juan Pablo Montoya, Dario Franchitti and Jamie McMurray to win the Rolex 24 at Daytona. (2011)  

January 31
Buddy Rice, best known for winning the 2004 "Indianapolis 500" while driving for Rahal Letterman Racing, and the 2009 "24 Hours of Daytona" for Brumos Racing, born in Phoenix, Arizona, USA. (1976)

Mauro Baldi, former Formula One and sportscar racer is born in Reggio Emilia, Italy. (1954)

J.J. Lehto, former Formula One driver and two time winner of the 24 Hours of Le Mans is born in Espoo, Finland. (1966)

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