Jacksonville, FL — Emerson Fittipaldi, double Formula 1 World Champion and two-time Indy 500 winner, will be the honoree for the 23rd annual Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance March 9-11, 2018 at the Ritz-Carlton, Amelia Island.
Fittipaldi was victorious in just his fifth World Championship F1 race, the 1970 U.S. Grand Prix at Watkins Glen. Two years later, at age 25, he became the youngest F1 champion at the time, a record that stood for 33 years. In 1974 he logged his second F1 world title.
After retiring from Formula 1 in 1980, Fittipaldi was lured back to active competition, and won the pole position for the 1985 Miami Grand Prix. Soon he was back in major league open-wheel competition with Patrick Racing, a top ranked Indy car team. He won the 1989 Indy 500 and the CART National Championship for Patrick Racing, then the 1993 Indy 500 for Penske Racing.
“In 100 years, just five racers have won both the Formula 1 World Championship and the Indy 500,” said Bill Warner, founder and chairman of the Amelia Island Concours. “We’ve had five Indy 500 winners and two World Champions as Amelia honorees, but ‘Emmo’ is the first who has scored motorsport’s ultimate ‘double.’ Having him as our 2018 honoree is an unprecedented honor for ‘The Amelia’.”