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2019 IMSA Road Race ShowcaseElkhart Lake, Wisconsin 2019 IMSA Road Race ShowcaseAt Road America for the IMSA Road Race Showcase (three hours) in August, a Japanese Mazda Jöst RT24-P under Jonathan Bomarito (US) and Harry Tincknell (GB) notches a victory and covers 336 miles (average 124.66 mph), under a second (.227) ahead of an Acura driven by Juan Pablo Montoya and Dane Cameron. Mazda maintains a comfortable lead over the field until Cameron in the Penske Acura deftly closes the gap in the closing minutes. Tincknell survives a mild tangle with Cameron at Turn 6 on the final circuit before outracing the latter up the reputed incline up to the finish. Surging Mazda Jöst collects its third consecutive series victory and pulls even with Team Penske atop the constructors' table. Photo Credit: IMSA.
2019 LVII Sebring 12 HoursSebring, Florida 2019 LVII Sebring 12 HoursAt Sebring for the 12 Hour in March, a Bob Johnson-Whelan Cadillac DPi-V.R. under Felipe Nasr (BR), Eric Curran (US), and Pipo Derani (BR) takes race honors in heavy rains and covers 1301.5 miles (average 108.42 mph), under two seconds ahead of a Cadillac driven by Renger van der Zande, Jordan Taylor, and Pipo Derani. The Johnson-W and Taylor Cadillac entries battle for supremacy from the first hour onwards before a late race restart generates a showdown between the two teams with only fifteen minutes remaining. Derani in the Johnson-W Cadillac jumps Jordan Taylor in the family entry and holds off the latter over the closing miles for a dramatic victory. Photo Credit: Blake Blakely.
2019 LIII Daytona 24 HoursDaytona Beach, Florida 2019 LIII Daytona 24 HoursAt Daytona for the 24 Hour in January, the race comes to a Taylor Cadillac DPi-V.R. under Renger van der Zande (NL), Jordan Taylor (US), Fernando Alonso (ES), and Kamui Kobayashi (JP) in heavy rain conditions that covers 2111.1 miles (average 96.02 mph), under fourteen seconds ahead of a Cadillac driven by Felipe Nasr, Eric Curran, and Pipo Derani. The Taylor and Johnson-W Cadillacs along with the Penske Acura entries launch the final fight in the fifteenth hour before the Penske Acura drops from contention with mechanicals four hours later. The incessant rains only intensify during the twenty-first hour, prompting IMSA to declare the race duration at twenty-two hours. With only ten minutes remaining on the readjusted clock, Taylor Cadillac and Alonso move out front after Nasr in the Johnson-W entry runs wide at Turn 1 in the tri-oval, opening the door for Alonso and a third victory at the Beach for Taylor Racing. Scion Jordan Taylor wins the event for the second time. Photo Credit: Attribution Unascertained.
2018 XXI Petit Le Mans Braselton, Georgia 2018 XXI Petit Le Mans At Road Atlanta for the Petit Le Mans (ten hours) in October, a Taylor Cadillac DPi-V.R. under Renger van der Zande (NL), Jordan Taylor (US), and Ryan Hunter-Reay (US) bests the field and covers 1125.2 miles (average 112.43 mph), under six seconds ahead of a Mazda driven by Oliver Jarvis, Tristan Nunez, and Lucas di Grassi. The Taylor Cadillac beneath Van der Zande moves out front after the race leading Johnson-MS Cadillac driven by Filipe Albuquerque in agonizing fashion exhausts its fuel supply only three corners away from the finish on the final circuit. Jordan Taylor wins at the Petit for the second time. Photo Credit: Phillip Abbott.
2017 LI Daytona 24 Hours Daytona Beach, Florida 2017 LI Daytona 24 Hours At Daytona for the 24 Hour in January, the race comes to a Taylor Cadillac DPi-V.R. under Max Angelelli (IT), Ricky Taylor (US), Jordan Taylor (US), and Jeff Gordon (US) that covers 2346 miles (average 97.69 mph), under a second (.671) ahead of a Cadillac driven by João Barbosa, Christian Fittipaldi, and Filipe Albuquerque. The Taylor Cadillac establishes the race tone early while running at the front before the Mustang Sampling Cadillac joins battle in the eighteenth hour on Sunday morning. The dueling Cadillacs exchange the lead by way of pit cycles as both approach the finish, yet controversy ensues with less than ten minutes remaining after the second running Taylor Cadillac beneath Ricky dumps the race leading Johnson-MS Cadillac driven by Albuquerque with a tight inside pass at Turn 1. Albuquerque spins off, Ricky dashes away to a dramatic victory, and Taylor Racing, winners at the Beach for the first time since the 2005 season, heaves a sigh of relief after the stewards elect not to assess the team with a postrace penalty for the incident. Veteran Angelelli wins at the Beach for the first time since the 2005 season. Photo Credit: Attribution Unascertained.
2017 Grand Prix of Long Beach Long Beach, California 2017 Grand Prix of Long Beach At Long Beach for the Grand Prix (two hours) in April, a Taylor Cadillac DPi-V.R under Ricky Taylor (US) and Jordan Taylor (US) takes the flag and covers 124 miles (average 73.93 mph), under seven seconds ahead of a Nissan driven by Scott Sharp and Ryan Dalziel. The Taylor Cadillac beneath Jordan Taylor nails down a third consecutive WSC victory for the family team after using backmarker traffic to pass the race leading Extreme Speed Nissan driven by Dalziel on the outside line at Turn 1 with only five minutes remaining. Photo Credit: Attribution Unascertained.
2017 Monterey Grand Prix Monterey, California 2017 Monterey Grand Prix At Laguna Seca for the Monterey Grand Prix (three hours) in September, a VisitFlorida Riley Mk XXX Gibson under Marc Goossens (BE) and Renger van der Zande (NL) crosses first and covers 255.1 miles (average 95.04 mph), under three seconds ahead of a Cadillac driven by Dane Cameron and Eric Curran. The VisitFlorida Riley beneath Van der Zande closes in on the race leading Johnson-W Cadillac driven by Cameron over the final twenty minutes and pulls off a remarkable pass of the latter in the Corkscrew complex with only three minutes remaining. Photo Credit: IMSA.
2017 XX Petit Le Mans Braselton, Georgia 2017 XX Petit Le Mans At Road Atlanta for the Petit Le Mans (ten hours) in October, an Extreme Speed Nissan Onroak DPi under Scott Sharp (US), Ryan Dalziel (GB), and Brendon Hartley (NZ) wins and covers 1021.1 miles (average 102.04 miles), under eight seconds ahead of a Cadillac driven by Dane Cameron, Eric Curran, and Mike Conway. Launching a final restart with less than thirty minutes remaining, a series of tangles result in stop-and-go penalties for the #5 Mustang Sampler Cadillac beneath Filipe Albuquerque and the race leading #22 ESM driven by Pipo Derani, leaving the door open for the #2 ESM under Hartley to pick up the pieces with less than fifteen minutes remaining to take the unanticipated cross at the Petit. Photo Credit: Vision Sport Agency.
2016 LXIV Sebring 12 Hours Sebring, Florida 2016 LXIV Sebring 12 Hours At Sebring for the 12 Hour in March, an Extreme Speed Motorsports Ligier JS PS2 Honda under Scott Sharp (US), Ed Brown (US), Johannes van Overbeek (US), and Pipo Derani (BR) takes race honors and covers 890.1 miles (average 74.07 mph), under three seconds ahead of a Corvette DP entry driven by Dane Cameron, Ed Curran, and Scott Pruett. The ESM Ligier beneath prodigy Derani, running third after service in the final half hour, in a stunning drive, passes the #5 Johnson-AER Corvette driven by Felipe Albuquerque with seven minutes left on the clock before moving out front with another splendid pass of the race leading #31 Bob Johnson entry beneath Cameron three minutes later for a slender and dramatic victory. Photo Credit: Action Sports Photography.
2015 XVIII Petit Le Mans Braselton, Georgia 2015 XVIII Petit Le Mans At Road America for the Petit Le Mans (1000 miles) in October, a GTLM-classified German Porsche 911 RSR under Patrick Pilet (FR), Nick Tandy (GB), and Richard Lietz (AT) bests the field in rainy conditions in 7:51:12.9 (average 64.36 mph), finishing ahead of a GTLM-classified BMW driven by John Edwards, Lucas Luhr, and Jens Klingmann. The Porsche RSR entry beneath Tandy, running on superior Michelin rubber than the prototypes, stuns the motorsports world with its daring pass of the race leading #31 Johnson-AER Corvette DP driven by Eric Curran in the eight hour in the dark and torrential rains, then holds on for a wild upset victory as race officials red flag the contest at eight hours due to the weather. Photo Credit: Jack Webster.
2014 Sports Car Classic Detroit, Michigan 2014 Sports Car Classic At Belle Isle for the Sports Car Classic (two hours) in May, a Taylor Corvette DP under Ricky Taylor (US) and Jordan Taylor (US) takes the flag and covers 134 miles (average 80.02 mph), under a second (.207) ahead of a Corvette DP driven by Richard Westbrook and Michael Valiante. Ricky Taylor, driving the family entry, comfortably leads the field over the final hour until the second running Johnson-AER Corvette DP driven by João Barbosa and the Sprit of Daytona Corvette DP beneath Westbrook press hard in the closing minutes. As all three entries begin the final circuit, Barbosa makes an aggressive inside move with some hard contact on Taylor at Turn 3 to move out front, yet the 24-year old Taylor keeps his head, recovers and repasses Barbosa in the succeeding complex, and then holds off an unanticipated charge from Westbrook to collect a slender and dramatic victory, the first for the brother tandem in endurance racing. Photo Credit: Attribution Unascertained.
2013 XLVII Daytona 24 Hours Daytona Beach, Florida 2013 XLVII Daytona 24 Hours At Daytona for the 24 Hours in January, a Ganassi Sabates Riley Mk XXVI BMW DP under Charlie Kimball (US), Juan Pablo Montoya (CO), Scott Pruett (US), and Memo Rojas (MX) notches a victory in moist and foggy conditions and covers 2524 miles (average 105.12 mph), under twenty-two seconds ahead of a Corvette DP driven by Max Angelelli, Ryan Hunter-Reay, and Jordan Taylor. Facing a showdown with a late race caution in the closing minutes, the Ganassi Riley beneath Montoya moves out front after passing the race leading Taylor Corvette driven by Angelelli on the restart and pulls away just enough to allow a brief service for a splash of fuel before taking the checkers. Ganassi-Sabates ascends as the all-time event leader with its fifth victory at the Beach, supplanting Brumos Racing, Pruett matches the great Hurley Haywood on the all-time list with his fifth cross, and Rojas and Montoya each take their third win, the first for Montoya since the 2008 season. Photo Credit: Attribution Unascertained.
2013 Six Hours of the Glen Watkins Glen, New York 2013 Six Hours of the Glen At Watkins Glen for the Six Hour in June, a Bob Johnson-AER Corvette DP under Christian Fittipaldi (BR) and João Barbosa (PT) crosses first in intermittent rain conditions and covers 581.4 miles (average 96.55 mph), under a second (.265) ahead of Corvette DP driven by Enzo Potolicchio, Stéphane Sarrazin, and Michael Valiante. The Johnson-AER Corvette beneath Fittipaldi, fighting severe leg cramps, moves out front after passing the race leading Starworks Riley driven by Brendon Hartley with only nine laps remaining before holding off the hard charging Star8 Corvette of Michael Valiante on the final circuit for a slender and dramatic victory. Photo Credit: Attribution Unascertained.
2012 Road America Road Race Showcase Elkhart Lake, Wisconsin 2012 Road America Road Race Showcase At Road America for the Road Race Showcase (four hours) in August, the race comes to a Dyson Lola B12/60 Mazda under Chris Dyson (US) and Guy Smith (GB) that covers 408.8 miles (average 101.45 mph), under a second (.083) ahead of an HPD driven by Klaus Graf and Lucas Luhr. Driving nose-to-tail on the final circuit, the Pickett HPD entry beneath Luhr, running on an Isobutanol fuel formulation for its Mazda power unit, executes a brilliant pass of the Dyson Lola driven by Smith, only to have the rally outrace Luhr down the final stretch run to the finish in dramatic fashion to win by the closest finishing margin in series history. Photo Credit: ALMS.
2012 XLVI Daytona 24 Hours Daytona Beach, Florida 2012 XLVI Daytona 24 Hours At Daytona for the announced fiftieth (forty-sixth) running of the 24 Hour in January, a Shank-Curb-Agajanian Riley Mk XXVI Ford DP under A.J. Allmendinger (US), Oswaldo Negri Jr. (BR), John Pew (US), and Justin Wilson (US) takes the flag and covers 2709.2 miles (average 112.83 mph), under six seconds ahead of a Riley driven by Ryan Dalziel, Lucas Luhr, Allan McNish, Alex Popow, and Enzo Potolicchio. A fierce battle among the SCA, Ganassi, and Starworks Riley entries endures through Saturday night and Sunday morning until SCA finally asserts control with Negri at the wheel in the twenty-first hour. Allmendinger in the SCA Riley deftly fends off the Starworks Riley over the final half hour to secure the slender and dramatic victory. Photo Credit: John Raoux.
2011 Road Race Showcase Elkhart Lake, Wisconsin 2011 Road Race Showcase At Road America for the Road Race Showcase (four hours) in August, a Pickett Lola B08/62 Aston Martin under Klaus Graf (DE) and Lucas Luhr (DE) takes race honors and covers 433.1 miles (average 107.48 mph), under a second (.112) ahead of a Lola driven by Chris Dyson and Guy Smith. The Pickett and Dyson Lolas dice nose-to-tail over the final two hours, yet the Dyson beneath Graf simply cannot get around the Pickett driven by Graf over the closing miles as the latter crosses in the closest finish in series history. Photo Credit: Chris Pruitt.
2011 XIV Petit Le Mans Braselton, Georgia 2011 XIV Petit Le Mans At Road Atlanta for the Petit Le Mans (1000 miles) in October, a French Peugeot 908 HDi under Franck Montagny (FR), Stéphane Sarrazin (FR), and Alexander Wurz (AT) takes the flag in 9:34:23.9 (average 104.46 mph), over five laps ahead of a Peugeot entry. Peugeot prevails after the #1 Audi beneath Romain Dumas and the #8 Peugeot driven by Montagny tangle at Turn 7 in the eighth hour, sending Dumas off into the grass and into the outer wall barrier. The #8 Peugeot thereafter cruises to a wide margin victory, the third consecutive for Team Peugeot and drivers Sarrazin and Montagny, while Wurz adds the Petit to his prior Le Mans and Sebring crosses. The Audi contingent howls with fury over the loss of its contending entry, yet race officials decline to issue a penalty, and Peugeot sheepishly deems the incident as payback for its disappointing defeat at the Sarthe. Photo Credit: Scott Rogers.
2011 XLV Daytona 24 Hours Daytona Beach, Florida 2011 XLV Daytona 24 Hours At Daytona for the 24 Hour in January, the race comes to a Ganassi Sabates Riley XI BMW DP under Scott Pruett (US), Memo Rojas (MX), Graham Rahal (US), and Joey Hand (US) that covers 2566.8 miles (average 106.88 mph), under three seconds ahead of a companion Riley driven by Scott Dixon, Juan Pablo Montoya, Dario Franchitti, and Jamie McMurray. Both companion Ganassi entries dice for the lead from the eighteenth hour onwards before the #01 Ganassi beneath Pruett moves out front ahead of its companion #02 racer driven by Dixon with only forty-nine minutes remaining. Dixon must survive a final one-lap sprint to the flag after a late race caution condition to earn himself and Team Ganassi-Sabates a fourth D24 victory at the Beach. Photo Credit: Sutton Images.
2011 Grand Prix of Miami Homestead, Florida 2011 Grand Prix of Miami At Homestead for the Grand Prix of Miami (three hours) in March, a Ganassi Sabates Riley XI BMW DP under Scott Pruett (US) and Mel Rojas (MX) takes race honors and covers 266.8 miles (average 96.23 mph), under five seconds ahead of a Riley driven by David Donohue and Darren Law. The #01 Ganassi Riley beneath Pruett moves out front after passing the race leading Taylor Dallara driven by Max Angelelli, running on worn rubber, in Turn 8 with only seven minutes remaining. Photo Credit: Brian Cleary.
2010 ALMS Long Beach Long Beach, California 2010 ALMS Long Beach At Long Beach for the ALMS event (two hours) in April, a Highcroft Acura HPD ARX-01C under Simon Pagenaud (FR) and David Brabham (AU) takes race honors and covers 131.9 miles (average 78.49 mph), under a second (.353) ahead of a Lola-Aston Martin driven by Harold Primat and Adrian Fernández. The Highcroft Acura beneath Pagenaud moves out front on the final circuit after the race leading Lola-Aston Martin driven by Fernández bobbles at Turn 5 and allows Pagenaud to slip past for victory. Photo Credit: Adriano Manocchia.
2010 Northeast Grand Prix Lakeville, Connecticut 2010 Northeast Grand Prix At Lime Rock for the Northeast Grand Prix (three hours) in July, a Cytosport Porsche RS Spyder Evo under Greg Pickett (US) and Klaus Graf (DE) takes the flag in rainy conditions and covers 256.5 miles (average 93.23 mph), under twenty-eight seconds ahead of an HPD driven by David Brabham and Simon Pagenaud. Battling hard with the Highcroft HPD all afternoon, the race leading Cytosport Porsche fends off a hard challenge from Brabham in the Highcroft at the last turn on the track with only twelve minutes remaining and breathes a sigh of relief after the Highcroft shortly thereafter suffers a tire puncture and falls back. The race stewards assess the Cytosport entry with a time penalty for blocking the Highcroft during the attempted pass by the latter for the lead, yet the added time still leaves enough margin for the Cytosport victory. Photo Credit: Attribution Unascertained.
2010 ALMS Road America Elkhart Lake, Wisconsin 2010 ALMS Road America At Road America for the ALMS event (three hours) in August, a British Drayson Lola B09/60 Judd under Paul Drayson (GB) and Jonny Cocker (GB) notches a victory and covers 279.3 miles (average 101.41 mph), under two seconds ahead of a Porsche driven by Klaus Graf and Timo Bernhard. The second place running Drayson entry beneath Cocker, seemingly out of contention as the leaders begin the final circuit, remarkably closes the gap over the closing miles and finally moves out front after the race leading Porsche driven by Graf gets caught in backmarker traffic, allowing Cocker to take full advantage and slip past on the penultimate corner for a dramatic victory. Photo Credit: Attribution Unascertained.
2010 XLIV Daytona 24 Hours Daytona Beach, Florida 2010 XLIV Daytona 24 Hours At Daytona for the 24 Hour in January, the race unexpectedly comes to a Bob Johnson-AER Riley Mk XI Porsche DP under João Barbosa (PT), Terry Borcheller (US), Ryan Dalziel (GB), and Mike Rockenfeller (DE) in rainy conditions that covers 2687.8 miles (average 111.93 mph), under fifty-three seconds ahead of a Riley driven by Scott Pruett, Memo Rojas, Justin Wilson, and Max Papis. The Johnson-AER Riley DP beneath Rockenfeller moves out front after the racing leading Ganassi Riley DP driven by Wilson mistakenly pulls in for service to address a loud noise heard from his entry on the circuit (no problems subsequently discovered) with only two and a half hours remaining, and the Bob Johnson entry rushes onwards to an upset victory in its racing debut. Rockenfeller becomes the first driver to win the Daytona 24 and Le Mans 24 in the same season since 1988. Weissach refuses to build a Grand-Am spec V8 powerplant for the series and thus the winning Bob Johnson entry runs a Porsche Cayenne five-liter powerplant developed by the Texas-based Lozano Brothers. Photo Credit: Eric Gilbert.
2008 LVI Sebring 12 Hours Sebring, Florida 2008 LVI Sebring 12 Hours At Sebring for the 12 Hour in March, the race comes to an LMP2-class Penske Porsche RS Spyder Evo under Timo Bernhard (DE), Romain Dumas (FR), and Emmanuel Collard (FR) that covers 1298.7 miles (average 107.98 mph), under sixty-three seconds ahead of a Dyson driven by Butch Leitzinger, Marino Franchitti, and Andy Lally. The Penske Porsche beneath Collard enters contention with the race leaders near the halfway mark and simply marks time with leapfrogging service stops before holding off a late race challenge from the Fernandez Acura (later disqualified) in the final hour to snare a steady and dutiful victory. The Penske cross marks the first time the LMP2 classification triumphs in Sebring race history. Photo Credit: Sidell Tilghman.
2008 Northeast Grand Prix Lakeville, Connecticut 2008 Northeast Grand Prix At Lime Rock for the Northeast Grand Prix (three hours) in July, a Highcroft Acura ARX-01B under Scott Sharp (US) and David Brabham (AU) takes the flag and covers 252 miles (average 91.11 mph), under nineteen seconds ahead of a Porsche driven by Timo Bernhard and Romain Dumas. The Highcroft Acura beneath Brabham moves out front after passing the race leading #7 Penske Porsche driven by Bernhard, slowed by backmarker traffic, at Turn 1 with only ninety seconds remaining. Highcroft Racing provides Acura with its maiden ALMS victory. Photo Credit: Greg Nichols.
2008 Road America 500 Elkhart Lake, Wisconsin 2008 Road America 500 At Road America for the 4 Hour in August, a German Audi North America R10 TDI under Lucas Luhr (DE) and Marco Werner (DE) notches a victory and covers 412.9 miles (average 102.93 mph), under three seconds ahead of a companion Audi driven by Marcel Fässler and Emanuele Pirro. Hotly chasing the leading Highcroft and Andretti Green Acuras over the closing laps, the #2 Audi driven by Werner takes advantage of backmarker traffic to slip past the blocked pair of lead entries at the last corner with only six laps remaining. Photo Credit: Ken Novak.
2008 XI Petit Le Mans Braselton, Georgia 2008 XI Petit Le Mans At Road Atlanta for the Petit Le Mans (1000 miles) in October, a German Audi North American R10 TDI under Emanuele Pirro (IT), Rinaldo Capello (IT), and Allan McNish (GB) crosses first in 9:41:17.8 (average 103.29 mph), under five seconds ahead of a Peugeot driven by Christian Klien, Nicolas Minassian, and Stéphane Sarrazin. After crashing on the formation lap and starting the race on the service lane five miles behind the field, the #1 Audi oil burner beneath McNish pulls off an incredible rally up and through the mortals before overtaking the race leading Peugeot diesel under Klien for victory with only forty minutes remaining. The Audi werks prevails for the third consecutive season with the same set of drivers, and the effort notches drivers Capello, McNish, and Pirro with their respective fifth, fourth, and third victories in the Braselton classic. Photo Credit: Andrew Jennings.
2008 Brumos Porsche 250 Daytona Beach, Florida 2008 Brumos Porsche 250 At Daytona under the lights for the 250 Miler in July, a Ganassi Riley Mk XI Lexus under Scott Pruett (US) and Mel Rojas (MX) takes the flag in 2:25:36.2 (average 102.69 mph), under a second (.081) ahead of a Riley driven by Jon Fogarty and Alex Gurney. After a caution condition compresses the field with only four laps to go, the flagman goes green for one final circuit around Daytona and the Ganassi Riley beneath Pruett moves out front after passing the race leading Stallings Riley driven by Gurney with a burst of speed on the high side Turn 4 exit for the closest finish in Grand-Am series history. Photo Credit: R.D. Ethan.
2008 Grand Am Montréal 200 Montréal, Quebec 2008 Grand Am Montréal 200 At Gilles Villeneuve for the 2 Hour in August, a Canadian AIM Riley Mk XI Ford DP under Brian Frisselle (US) and Mark Wilkins (CA) unexpectedly notches a victory and covers 186.9 miles (average 92.37 mph), under a second (.064) ahead of a Coyote driven by Antonio Garcia and Christian Fittipaldi. The AIM Riley beneath Wilkins moves out front after the race leading Brumos Riley driven by Darren Law exhausts its fuel supply a mere 100 meters from the finish. Wilkins prevails at the wire for the closest finish in Grand-Am series history. Photo Credit: R.D. Ethan.
2007 LV Sebring 12 Hours Sebring, Florida 2007 LV Sebring 12 Hours At Sebring for the 12 Hour in March, the race comes to a German Audi North America R10 TDI under Frank Biela (DE), Emanuele Pirro (FR), and Marco Werner (DE) that covers 1346.8 miles (average 112.04 mph), under six laps ahead of a Courage-Acura entry. The whisper-quiet #2 Audi oil burner beneath Werner moves out front after its companion #1 entry suffers starter gremlins in the eleventh hour. Audi takes its second consecutive win at the S12, Biela triumphs for the fourth time, and Pirro wins for the second time and first since the 2000 season. Photo Credit:
2007 Grand Prix of Mosport Bowmanville, Ontario 2007 Grand Prix of Mosport At Mosport for the Grand Prix (three hours) in August, an LMP-2 class Penske Porsche Spyder Evo under Romain Dumas (FR) and Timo Bernhard (DE) crosses first and covers 307.4 miles (average 111.29 mph), under twenty seconds ahead of an Audi driven by Allan McNish and Rinaldo Capello. The #1 Audi beneath McNish seemingly holds matters in hand until his R10 sticks in fourth gear and slows with only eight minutes remaining, handing the gift victory to Penske. Photo Credit: Tom Haapanen.
2007 Detroit Sports Car Challenge Belle Isle, Michigan 2007 Detroit Sports Car Challenge At Belle Isle for the Detroit Sports Car Challenge (three hours) in September, an LMP-2 Penske Porsche Spyder Evo under Romain Dumas (FR) and Timo Bernhard (DE) wins and covers 219.4 miles (average 101.59 mph), under six seconds ahead of an Audi driven by Emanuele Pirro and Marco Werner. The #2 Audi beneath Pirro jumps the #7 Penske Porsche driven by Dumas after a late race restart before the Penske rallies and moves back ahead with a pass with only three minutes remaining. Penske Porsche snares its eighth consecutive ALMS victory over the speedier and more economical Audi R10 LMP1 prototypes. Photo Credit: Eric Gilbert.
2007 X Petit Le Mans Braselton, Georgia 2007 X Petit Le Mans At Road Atlanta for the tenth running of the Petit Le Mans (1000 miles) in October, the race comes to a German Audi North America R10 TDI under Rinaldo Capello (IT) and Allan McNish (GB) in 9:18:58.3 (average 107.42 mph), under a second (.923 ahead of a Porsche driven by Timo Bernhard, Romain Dumas, and Patrick Long. The #1 Audi R10 beneath Capello moves out front after passing the race leading #7 Penske Porsche driven by Dumas with thirty minutes remaining and holding off the latter for the closest finish in event history. The Audi werks breaks the Porsche stranglehold upon the series while winning the Petit for the second consecutive season with the same set of drivers, and for the fifth time overall. Photo Credit: Sutton Images.
2007 XLI Daytona 24 Hours Daytona Beach, Florida 2007 XLI Daytona 24 Hours At Daytona for the 24 Hour in January, the race comes to a Ganassi Sabates Riley Mk XI Lexus DP under Scott Pruett (US), Salvador Durán (MX), and Juan Pablo Montoya (CO) in rainy conditions that covers 2378.1 miles (average 99.02 mph), under seventy-six seconds ahead of a Riley driven by Milka Duno, Patrick Carpentier, Darren Manning, and Ryan Dalziel. The Ganassi, Barron, and Taylor Riley DP entries dice for the lead up until the twenty-first hour before the Barron Riley beneath Carpentier loses its nose in a tangle with another entry and the Taylor Riley stops for brake service, leaving the pickings for the surviving Ganassi entry. Ganassi Sabates prevails at the Beach for the second consecutive season, Montoya becomes the first driver to win at Monaco, Indianapolis, and the D24, while Pruett triumphs for the second time and first since 1994. Photo Credit: Rainier Ehrhardt.
2006 Virginia International Raceway Alton, Virginia 2006 Virginia International Raceway At VIR for the 3 Hour in April, an Alex Job Crawford Porsche DP under Mike Rockenfeller (DE) and Patrick Long (US) takes race honors and covers 251.8 miles (average 91.37 mph), under a second (.518) ahead of a Riley driven by Max Angelelli and Wayne Taylor. The Ganassi Riley, SunTrust Riley, and Alex Job Crawford entries all race nose-to-tail over the final hour before all three drivers approach Turn 14 on the final circuit. The SunTrust under Pruett attempts a scraping door pass of race leader Angelelli in the Ganassi, and in the process the Job Crawford driven by Rockenfeller slips through on the inside left line, shoves his way past Angellelli, and survives the final three corners for a slender and very dramatic victory. Photo Credit: Grand-Am.
2005 LIII Sebring 12 Hour Sebring, Florida 2005 LIII Sebring 12 Hour At Sebring for the 12 Hour in March, the race comes to a Champion Audi R8 under J.J. Lehto (FI), Marco Werner (DE), and Tom Kristensen (DN) that covers 1350.1 miles (average 111.03 mph), under seven seconds ahead of a companion Audi driven by Emanuele Pirro, Frank Biela, and Allan McNish. The Champion Team elects to short-pit its #1 entry beneath Kristensen while running behind the race leading #2 companion entry driven by McNish, and the strategy pays off as Kristensen leapfrogs his teammates and deftly manages to stay ahead of McNish over the final miles for a slender and dramatic victory. Kristensen prevails at the S12 for the third time and first since 2000, while Lehto and Werner each snare a second cross, Lehto his first since the 1995 season. Photo Credit: Tom Haapanen.
2005 Ferrari Maserati 400 Fontana, California 2005 Ferrari Maserati 400 On the road course at Fontana for the Ferrari Maserati 400 (three hours) in April, a Ganassi Riley XI Lexus under Luis Diaz (MX) and Scott Pruett (US) takes race honors and covers 251 miles (average 87.78 mph), under a second (.096) ahead of a Riley driven by Wayne Taylor and Max Angelelli. After a late race caution compresses the field with twelve laps remaining, the Ganassi Riley beneath Pruett chases down the race leading Taylor Riley driven by Angelelli, overtakes the latter as the white flag unfurls, and deftly holds off an aggressive challenge by the latter on the final circuit for a slender and dramatic victory, the closest finishing margin in series history. Photo Credit:
2004 Monterey Sportscar Championships Monterey, California 2004 Monterey Sportscar Championships At Laguna Seca for the 4 Hour in October, a Champion Audi R8 under Johnny Herbert (GB) and Pierre Kaffer (CH) notches a victory and covers 378.2 miles (average 94.22 mph), under fifty-seven seconds ahead of a companion Audi driven by Marco Werner and J.J. Lehto. After darkness falls, a rain shower brings out the safety car and compresses the field, the #2 Champion Audi beneath Kaffer, already with a completed service, benefits from a closed service lane during the yellow that freezes out the companion #38 entry and allows Kaffer to leapfrog his teammates in the closing minutes for an impressive season finale victory. Photo Credit: Kurt Dahlstrom.
2004 XXXVIII Daytona 24 Hours Daytona Beach, Florida 2004 XXXVIII Daytona 24 Hours At Daytona for the 24 Hour in January, the race comes to a Bell Doran JE4 Pontiac under Andy Pilgrim (GB), Terry Borcheller (US), Christian Fittipaldi (BR), and Forest Barber (US) in heavy rains that covers 1872.56 miles (average 77.93 mph), three laps ahead of a GT-class Porsche entry. The Bell entry moves out front after the race leading Howard Boss Crawford driven by NASCAR star Tony Stewart in dramatic fashion drops its rear suspension only fifteen minutes away from the finish. Photo Credit: Eric Gilbert.
2004 Grand Prix of Miami Homestead, Florida 2004 Grand Prix of Miami At Homestead for the 250 Miler on a very warm day in February, a Howard Boss Crawford under Andy Wallace (GB) and Milka Duno (CO) takes race honors in 2:33:20.5 (average 98.09 mph), under two seconds ahead of a Doran driven by Cort Wagner, Brent Martini, and Kelly Collins. Wallace takes over the Howard-Boss entry in the second hour, tracks down the leaders, and moves out front after the race leading Ganassi Riley driven by Max Papis and the Lista Doran piloted by Jan Magnussen tangle and both wreck out with only seven laps remaining. Duno becomes the first woman to win a North American top-tier series endurance event. Photo Credit:
2004 The Miami 250 Homestead, Florida 2004 The Miami 250 At Homestead for the 250 Miler on a very warm day (95 degrees) in September, a Howard-Boss Crawford Chevrolet under Andy Wallace (GB) and Milka Duno (CO) notches a victory in 2:46:07.04 (average 86.39 mph), under three seconds ahead of a Riley driven by Wayne Taylor and Max Angelelli. A late race caution compresses the field and the Howard-Boss entry driven by Wallace makes clever use of a backmarker Porsche to pass the race leading SunTrust Riley beneath Angelelli on the high side at the Turn 4 exit with only four minutes remaining. Photo Credit: Jack Durbin.
2003 LI Sebring 12 Hour Sebring, Florida 2003 LI Sebring 12 Hour At Sebring for the 12 Hour in March, the race comes to a German Jöst Audi R8 under Frank Biela (DE), Marco Werner (DE), and Philipp Peter (AT) that covers 1372.6 miles (average 113.09 mph), under fourteen seconds ahead of an Audi driven by J.J. Lehto, Emanuele Pirro, and Stefan Johansson. The Jöst Porsches benefit from a technical penalty that pushes the top qualifiying Bentleys back down the starting grid, and the #1 Audi entry prevails after driver Emanuele Pirro in the race leading Champion Audi develops severe leg cramps and stops for service to execute a driver change with only ninety minutes remaining. Team Jöst snares its first victory at the airbase circuit since the 1984 season while Biela takes his second cross in the event. Photo Credit: Attribution Unascertained.
2003 Grand Prix of Sonoma Sonoma, California 2003 Grand Prix of Sonoma At Sonoma for the Grand Prix (three hours) in June, an LMP675 class Dyson Lola EX257 MG under Butch Leitzinger (US) and James Weaver (GB) takes race honors that covers 258.1 miles (average 93.29 mph), under four seconds ahead of an Audi driven by Marco Werner and Frank Biela. The Dyson entry under Weaver moves out front with a tight inside pass of Werner in the Jöst Audi with less than sixteen laps remaining, marking the first instance in which a lesser prototype class wins an ALMS event. Photo Credit: Todd Corzett.
2003 Barber 250 At The Park Birmingham, Alabama 2003 Barber 250 At The Park At Barber Park for the for the first time for the 3 Hour in May, a Bell Doran JE4 Chevrolet under Terry Borcheller (US) and Forest Barber (US) takes race honors and covers 228.5 miles (average 79.99 mph), under two seconds ahead of a FABCAR driven by Hurley Haywood and J.C. France. The Doran entry, benefitting from a pair of late race caution periods to move up on the leaders, moves out front after passing the race leading Brumos FABCAR entry just three corners from the finish. Photo Credit: Douglas Phillips.
2003 Six Hours of the Glen Watkins Glen, New York 2003 Six Hours of the Glen At Watkins Glen for the 6 Hour in June, a Brumos FABCAR Porsche under David Donohue (US), Mike Borkowski (US), and Scott Goodyear (US) takes the flag and covers 567.8 miles (average 94.35 mph), under fifty-nine seconds ahead of a Doran driven by Terry Borcheller, Didier Theys, and Forest Barber. The Brumos and Doran DP prototypes exchange the lead over the distance before the Brumos under Goodyear, catching a break with a late race caution, moves out front in the final hour with a door-scraping pass of the Doran driven by Theys at the Turn 2 entry, forcing the latter into the service lane with a front right puncture. Photo Credit:
2001 XXXV Daytona 24 Hour Daytona Beach, Florida 2001 XXXV Daytona 24 Hour At Daytona for the 24 Hour (GARRA sanction) in February, the race comes to a GTS-classified Pratt & Miller Chevrolet Corvette C5-R under Johnny O’Connell (US), Ron Fellows (CA), Chris Kneifel (US), and Franck Fréon (FR) in rainy conditions that covers 2335.4 miles (average 97.29 mph), eight laps ahead of a Porsche entry. The swifter SRP prototypes all falter by early Sunday morning and the #2 GTS-class P&M Corvette finally moves out front after the race leading Dyson Riley & Scott entry in devastating fashion loses fire in the twenty-first hour. The race features a closely monitored P&M Corvette entry driven by Dale Earnhardt and son Dale Jr. Photo Credit: John Brooks.
2001 Sun Automotive 200 Avondale, Arizona 2001 Sun Automotive 200 At Phoenix for the 200 Miler in April, an Intersport Lola B2K/10 Judd under Jon Field (US) and Oliver Gavin (GB) takes race honors in rainy conditions in 2:58:51.3 (average 67.37 mph), under two seconds ahead of a Riley & Scott driven by James Weaver and Butch Leitzinger . An unexpected deluge in the desert slows the contest with a red flag condition, and after a late race caution period with only ten minutes remaining on the limit clock, the dominant Dyson Riley & Scott entry finds itself locked in combat with the Interscope Lola. Lola driver Gavin, chasing Leitzinger in the race leading Dyson, forces the latter into an error and spin at Turn 9 before slipping past and holding off the angry Dyson for victory. Photo Credit:
2000 Grand Prix of Mosport Bowmanville, Ontario 2000 Grand Prix of Mosport At Mosport for the Grand Prix (three hours) in August, a German Audi R8 under Allan McNish (GB) and Rinaldo Capello (IT) takes race honors in rainy conditions and covers 371.99 kilometers (average 123.94 mph), under a second (.11) ahead of a BMW driven by J.J. Lehto and Jörg Müller. As the weather clears, the second running BMW driven by Müller takes on dry rubber and only trails the race leading Audi R8 under McNish by four seconds entering the final circuit. Müller closes up right upon the tail of McNish, yet the latter in the R8 holds off the challenge for a slender and dramatic victory. Photo Credit: Attribution Unascertained.
1999 XLVII Sebring 12 Hour Sebring, Florida 1999 XLVII Sebring 12 Hour At Sebring for the 12 Hour in March, the race comes to a German BMW Schnitzer V12 LMR under J.J. Lehto (FI), Tom Kristensen (DN), and Jörg Müller (DE) that covers 1170.6 miles (average 96.38 mph), under ten seconds ahead of a Riley & Scott driven by Butch Leitzinger, Elliot Forbes-Robinson, and James Weaver. The BMW and Dyson entries dice across the afternoon and into the evening with the BMW leading until a full course caution with a half hour remaining again condenses the field. Kristensen in the BMW fends off a fierce challenge from Weaver in the Dyson after the restart and prevails for the closest finishing margin in Sebring race history. BMW, recommitted to top-tier endurance racing, wins at the airbase circuit for the first time since the 1975 season. Photo Credit: John Brooks.
1999 II Petit Le Mans Braselton, Georgia 1999 II Petit Le Mans At Road Atlanta for the Petit Le Mans (1000 miles) in September, a Panoz LMP-1 Ford Roadster S under David Brabham (AU), Éric Bernard (FR), and Andy Wallace (GB) takes race honors in 8:56:31.9 (average 111.91 mph), a lap ahead of BMW driven by Bill Auberlen, Joachim Winkelhock, and Steve Soper. The BMW and Panoz entries duel all afternoon across the distance until a late race spin by race leader Jörg Müller in the BMW with only minutes remaining hands the race victory to Panoz and driver David Brabham. Wallace enjoys the distinction as the only driver to claim race honors at Sebring, Le Mans, and the Petit Le Mans. Photo Credit: Greg Cooper.
1999 Grand Prix at Lime Rock Lakeville, Connecticut 1999 Grand Prix at Lime Rock At Lime Rock for the Grand Prix (two hours plus) in May, a Doran Lista Ferrari 333 SP under Didier Theys (BE) and Fredy Lienhard (CH) takes race honors and covers 143 laps (average 97.68 mph), under a second (.968) ahead of a Riley & Scott driven by Butch Leitzinger, Elliot Forbes-Robinson, and Rob Dyson. After an attempt to overtake a backmarker at Downhill Corner by Theys in the Ferrari entry with six minutes remaining ends bad for the Belgian with a spin, Theys determinedly rallies back into the race and moves out front after repassing Rob Dyson in his Riley & Scott at Turn 1 with less than two minutes remaining. Photo Credit:
1999 U.S. Road Racing Classic Lexington, Ohio 1999 U.S. Road Racing Classic At Mid-Ohio for the U.S. Road Racing Classic (two hours plus) in June, a Dyson Riley & Scott Mk III Ford under Andy Wallace (GB), James Weaver (GB), and Rob Dyson (US) takes the flag and covers 204.75 miles (average 90.39 mph), under a second (.591) ahead of a companion Riley & Scott driven by Elliott Forbes-Robinson and Butch Leitzinger. With eighteen minutes remaining, Wallace in the #16 Dyson moves past race leader Leitzinger in the companion Dyson with an inside pass and some considerable contact at Turn 2 before Leitzinger attempts to repay the favor at Turn 1 with only two laps remaining. Leitzinger dives deep into the braking zone, meets up with the curbs, and actually veers into Weaver on the exit, yet the latter gamely holds on to his entry and escapes for a slender and dramatic victory. Photo Credit:
1998 XXXII Daytona 24 Hours Daytona Beach, Florida 1998 XXXII Daytona 24 Hours At Daytona for the 24 Hour (SCCA sanctioned) in February, the race comes to an Italo-American Doran Momo Ferrari 333 SP under Gianpiero Moretti (IT), Arie Luyendyk (NL), Mauro Baldi (IT), and Didier Theys (BE) that covers 2531.2 miles (average 105.40 mph), eight laps ahead of a Porsche entry. Down eighteen laps early in the contest, the Doran Momo Ferrari charges back up through the field and moves out front after the race leading Dyson Riley & Scott loses drive and goes aflame with only three hours remaining, granting Moretti his first victory in the D24 after twenty-eight seasons. Photo Credit: ISC Images and Archives.
1998 I Petit Le Mans Braselton, Georgia 1998 I Petit Le Mans At Road Atlanta for the inaugural Petit Le Mans (1000 miles, under ACO regulations) in October, an Italo-American Doyle Risi Ferrari 333 SP under Eric van der Poele (BE), Wayne Taylor (ZA), and Emmanuel Collard (FR) takes the flag in 9:48:24.3 (average 102.07 mph), under eighty-three seconds ahead of a Porsche driven by Michele Alboreto, Stefan Johansson, and Jörg Müller. The Doyle Risi Ferrari, running steady all contest, moves out front in the ninth hour after the race leading Panoz in heartbreaking fashion slows and begins smoking with approximately a hundred miles remaining to the finish. The race remains memorable for a spectacular mid-air somersault and crash by a werks Porsche 911 GT1-98 driven by Yannick Dalmas during the sixth hour. Photo Credit: Attribution Unascertained.
1998 Six Hours of the Glen Watkins Glen, New York 1998 Six Hours of the Glen At Watkins Glen for the 6 Hour in August, an Italo-American Doran Momo Ferrari 333SP under Gianpiero Moretti (IT), Didier Theys (BE), and Mauro Baldi (IT) notches a victory and covers 589.95 miles (average 98.13 mph), under a second (.656) ahead of a Riley & Scott driven by James Weaver, Elliott Forbes-Robinson, and Butch Leitzinger. The Doran Momo Ferrari moves out front after passing the race leading Champion Porsche GT-1 with only sixty eight minutes remaining. The event proves out as the last professional race for veteran race winner Moretti. Photo Credit:
1996 XXX Daytona 24 Hours Daytona Beach, Florida 1996 XXX Daytona 24 Hours At Daytona for the 24 Hour in February, the race comes to a Doyle Riley & Scott Mk III Oldsmobile under Wayne Taylor (ZA), Scott Sharp (US), and Jim Pace (US) in cold and rainy conditions that covers 2481.3 miles (average 103.32 mph), sixty-five seconds ahead of a Ferrari driven by Gianpero Moretti, Bob Wollek, and Didier Theys. The Doyle Riley & Scott entry moves out front early Saturday afternoon before beginning to falter on Sunday morning. Papis in the second-place Momo Ferrari puts on a blazing charge in an attempt to run down the Doyle in the final hour, yet the latter outlasts the Ferrari for the dramatic victory with the closest finishing margin in D24 history. Photo Credit: Brian Cleary.
1996 Lime Rock Grand Prix Lakeville, Connecticut 1996 Lime Rock Grand Prix At Lime Rock for the Grand Prix (two hours) in May, an Italian Momo Ferrari 333 SP under Gianpiero Moretti (IT) and Max Papis (IT) takes the flag and covers 150.89 miles (average 86.12 mph), under a second (.571) ahead of a Riley & Scott driven by James Weaver, Butch Leitzinger, and Rob Dyson. The Moretti Ferrari moves out front after driver Papis executes a daring pass of Weaver in the Dyson R&S on the final circuit. Photo Credit:
1996 Six Hours of the Glen Watkins Glen, New York 1996 Six Hours of the Glen At Watkins Glen for the 6 Hour in June, an Italian Momo Ferrari 333 SP under Gianpiero Moretti (IT) and Max Papis (IT) notches a victory and covers 605.20 miles (average 100.75 mph), under four seconds ahead of a Riley & Scott driven by Butch Leitzinger, James Weaver, Andy Wallace, and Rob Dyson. As the race reaches the closing hours, the Momo Ferrari under Papis twice spins off the circuit, yet rallies to catch the Dyson R&S with less than an hour to go before both entries tangle and spin with twenty-two minutes remaining, leaving Weaver in the Riley R&S in the lead as Papis sinks back to third position. With just four minutes left on the clock, Papis in the Momo Ferrari again rallies and finally passes the Dyson R&S under Leitzinger at Turn 2 and holds off the latter for a very dramatic victory. Photo Credit: Ferrari USA.
1996 Mosport 500 Bowmanville, Ontario 1996 Mosport 500 At Mosport for the 3 Hour in August, a Dyson Riley & Scott Mk III Ford under John Paul Jr. (US) and Butch Leitzinger (US) bests the field and covers 160.69 miles (average 56.26 mph), under nineteen seconds ahead of a Ferrari entry. The Dyson R&S moves out front after driver Paul Jr. passes Max Papis in the Momo Ferrari at the last corner on the final circuit as the Ferrari slows on its approach to the finish. Photo Credit:
1995 XLIII Sebring 12 Hours Sebring, Florida 1995 XLIII Sebring 12 Hours At Sebring for the 12 Hour in March, a Scandia Ferrari 333 SP under Férmin Vélez (ES), Andy Evans (US), and Eric van der Poele (BE) takes race honors in rainy conditions and covers 962 miles (average 80.04 mph), under ninety seconds ahead of a Spice Chevrolet driven by Andy Wallace, Jan Lammers, and Derek Bell. Heavy rains lead to a pair of long caution periods and the Scandia Ferrari driven by Vélez risks a late race service for fuel with only six minutes remaining, cutting its lead margin to only a minute, before holding off the hard charging Auto Toy Spice under Lammers for a slender and dramatic victory. Photo Credit: John Lutz.
1993 XXVII Daytona 24 Hours Daytona Beach, Florida 1993 XXVII Daytona 24 Hours At Daytona for the 24 Hour in January, the race comes to an All American Racers Eagle Mk III Toyota under P.J. Jones (US), Rocky Moran (US), and Mark Dismore (US) that covers 2484.9 miles (average 103.54 mph), ten laps ahead of a Roush GTS entry. A brutal battle between Toyota, Jaguar, and Nissan provides enthusiasts with plenty of thrills and lead changes until the Nissan challenge fails with ninety minutes remaining, leaving the spoils to AAR Toyota for its maiden victory at the Beach. Photo Credit: LAT Photographic Archive.
1993 XLI Sebring 12 Hours Sebring, Florida 1993 XLI Sebring 12 Hours At Sebring for the 12 Hour in March, an All American Racers Eagle Mk III Toyota under Juan Manuel Fangio II (AR) and Andy Wallace (GB) takes the flag in rainy conditions and covers 851 miles (average 70.69 mph), two laps ahead of a Nissan entry. Extremely foul weather leads to nearly six hours' duration of caution as the Gurney Eagle under Fangio II hydroplanes its way to the front of the field, yet the same caution periods allows the companion Eagle driven by P.J. Jones, son of reputed IndyCar driver and builder Parnelli, to level up with Fangio II. Jones moves out front of Fangio II with only ninety minutes remaining before engine gremlins force his entry in for service, opening the door for Fangio II and a comfortable victory. All American, Fangio II, and Wallace each win at the airbase circuit for the second consecutive season. Photo Credit: Attribution Unascertained.
1991 XXXIX Sebring 12 Hours Sebring, Florida 1991 XXXIX Sebring 12 Hours At Sebring for the 12 Hour in March, a Japanese Nissan NPT-90 under Geoff Brabham (AU), Gary Brabham (AU), and Derek Daly (IE) takes race honors in rainy conditions and covers 1102.60 miles (average 91.63 mph), one lap ahead of a companion Nissan entry driven by Chip Robinson, Bob Earl, and Julian Bailey. The companion Nissans battle from Lap 81 onwards until the Brabham-Daly Nissan moves out front over its companion Nissan in the final hour. Geoff Brabham wins at the airbase circuit for the second time, while Daly earns the cross for the second consecutive season. Photo Credit: Bill Murenbeeld.
1991 Grand Prix of the Heartland Topeka, Kansas 1991 Grand Prix of the Heartland At Heartland Park for the Grand Prix (300 kilometers) in May, a Japanese Nissan NPT-91 under Chip Robinson (US) takes the flag in 1:54:26.9 (average 98.29 mph), under sixty-six seconds ahead of a Jaguar driven by Davy Jones. Jones seemingly holds matters in hand until his spin on the penultimate circuit allows Robinson to speed past for victory. Photo Credit:
1990 XXXVIII Sebring 12 Hours Sebring, Florida 1990 XXXVIII Sebring 12 Hours At Sebring for the 12 Hour in March, a Japanese Nissan GTP ZX-T under Derek Daly (IE) and Bob Earl (US) takes race honors and covers 1237.11 miles (average 102.99 mph), eighty-seven seconds ahead of a companion Nissan driven by Chip Robinson and Geoff Brabham. A fleet of Porsches lead the event until faltering in the final hours, allowing the #83 Nissan with Daly to move out front. Despite suffering overheating and gear gremlins in the final hour, Daly manages to hold off hard charging teammate Brabham, chasing him down at qualifying pace, for the dramatic victory. Photo Credit:
1989 XXIII Daytona 24 Hours Daytona Beach, Florida 1989 XXIII Daytona 24 Hours At Daytona for the 24 Hour in February, the race comes to a Busby Porsche 962 under Bob Wollek (FR), Derek Bell (GB), and John Andretti (US) in foggy and rainy conditions that covers 2210.76 miles (average 92.01 mph), under eighty-seven seconds ahead of a Jaguar driven by Price Cobb, John Nielsen, Andy Wallace, and Jan Lammers. Heavy fog rolls in near 1AM with the Nissan GTP Turbo entry in the lead, yet the same fails to restart during service after a four-hour caution period due to the unrelenting fog. The Busby Porsche and the Walkinshaw Jaguar remain to fiercely duel over the final four hours with the Porsche under Wollek ultimately prevailing for victory with the closest finishing margin in contest history. Busby drivers Wollek and Bell each win at the D24 for the third time. Photo Credit: Attribution Unascertained.
1989 World Challenge of Tampa Tampa, Florida 1989 World Challenge of Tampa At the Florida State Fairgrounds for the World Challenge of Tampa (357.5 kilometers) in October, a British Walkinshaw Jaguar XJR-9 under Price Cobb (US) crosses first in 2:47:06.9 (average 79.81 mph), under a second (.28) ahead of a Spice driven by Jim Miller and Bob Earl. After an extended late race service puts away the race leading Geoff Brabham Nissan, teammate Chip Robinson picks up the point and holds matters in hand until spinning out of contention with seven laps remaining. The Robinson spin also forces close pursuer Jan Lammers in his Jaguar off the course into the trees, and Cobb in the companion Jaguar picks up the pieces and narrowly holds off Miller for a slender and dramatic victory. Photo Credit:
1988 XXII Daytona 24 Hours Daytona Beach, Florida 1988 XXII Daytona 24 Hours At Daytona for the 24 Hour in January, the race comes to a British Walkinshaw Jaguar XJR-9D under Martin Brundle (GB), Raul Boesel (BR), and John Nielsen (DN) in rainy conditions that covers 2591.68 miles (average 107.94 mph), one lap ahead of a Porsche driven by Bob Wollek, Mauro Baldi, and Brian Redman. The TWR Jaguar moves out front late Sunday morning after the race leading Busby Porsche damages its front nose upon service exit and must stop again for repairs. TWR holds off a determined charge by Busby over the final hours and breaks a sixteen-year hold over the event by Porsche. Photo Credit: LAT Photographic Archive.
1987 XXI Daytona 24 Hour Daytona Beach, Florida 1987 XXI Daytona 24 Hour At Daytona for the 24 Hour on a very warm day in February, the race comes to a Holbert Porsche 962 under Chip Robinson (US), Derek Bell (GB), Al Unser Jr. (US), and Al Holbert (US) that covers 2680.68 miles (record average 111.59 mph), eight laps ahead of a Porsche entry. With the other major makes electing to skip the IMSA GTP chase for 1986, the D24 swiftly devolves into an internecine affair among the Porsche 962 fleet with the Holbert and Foyt teams both at the front during the early hours. The Florida heat begins to wear down the lead Holbert drivers on Sunday morning and the Foyt Porsche closes ground. Desperation forces team strategist Al Holbert into his own car and he deftly holds off Foyt until the latter drops out with a missing cylinder with only twenty minutes remaining. Bell replaces the relieved Holbert and takes the 962 across the line for a command performance of its all-star driving triumvirate. Photo Credit: LAT Photographic Archive.
1987 XXXV Sebring 12 Hours Sebring, Florida 1987 XXXV Sebring 12 Hours At Sebring for the 12 Hour in March, a Bayside Porsche 962 under Jochen Mass (DE) and Bobby Rahal (US) takes race honors and covers 1224.78 miles (average 101.86 mph), two laps ahead of a Porsche entry. The Bayside Porsche moves out front after the race leading Holbert Porsche drops a turbocharger with only ninety minutes remaining as constructor Bruce Leven wins at the airbase circuit for the first time since the 1981 season. Photo Credit: Attribution Unascertained.
1987 Los Angeles Times Grand Prix Riverside, California 1987 Los Angeles Times Grand Prix At Riverside for the Los Angeles Times Grand Prix in April, a Group 44 Jaguar XJR-7 under Hurley Haywood (US and John Morton (US) notches a victory in 2:51:31.9 (average 108.39 mph), under three seconds ahead of a Porsche driven by Chip Robinson and Al Holbert. The Group 44 Jaguar moves out front after Morton passes the again disabled race leading Holbert Porsche with a fade and surge move at Turn 9 with only two laps remaining. Photo Credit: Ken Barton.
1987 Grand Prix of Palm Beach West Palm Beach, Florida 1987 Grand Prix of Palm Beach On the streets of West Palm Beach for the 3 Hour in June, a Group 44 Jaguar XJR-7 under Hurley Haywood (US) and John Morton (US) bests the field and covers 236.80 miles (average 78.84 mph), under three seconds ahead of a Porsche driven by Chip Robinson and Derek Bell. The Group 44 Jaguar moves out front after passing the race leading Holbert Porsche with only two laps remaining. Photo Credit: Brian Cleary.
1986 XX Daytona 24 Hours Daytona Beach, Florida 1986 XX Daytona 24 Hours At Daytona for the 24 Hour in February, the race comes to a Holbert Porsche 962 under Al Holbert (US), Derek Bell (GB), and Al Unser Jr. (US) that covers 2534.72 miles (record average 105.48 mph), under two minutes ahead of a Porsche driven by A.J. Foyt, Arie Luyendyk, Danny Sullivan, and Preston Henn. The Holbert Porsche, plagued early with gremlins, climbs the field over the distance and moves out front after passing the Henn Porsche only eighty-five minutes from race completion. Holbert Racing, strangely enough, wins for the first time at the D24. Photo Credit: LAT Photographic Archive.
1985 XIX Daytona 24 Hours Daytona Beach, Florida 1985 XIX Daytona 24 Hours At Daytona for the 24 Hour in February, the race comes to an Andial Henn Porsche 962 under A.J. Foyt (US), Bob Wollek (FR), Al Unser (US), and Thierry Boutsen (BE) in rainy conditions that covers 2502.68 miles (average 104.16 mph), seventeen laps ahead of a Porsche entry. The Andial Porsche moves out front after the faltering Holbert Porsche, race leader for over eighteen hours, suffers ignition and fuel feed problems before stalling with less than forty-five minutes remaining. Andial and Preston Henn win at the Beach for the second consecutive season, while Foyt and Henn each earn their second D24 victory. Photo Credit: Attribution Unascertained.
1985 Miami 3 Hours Miami, Florida 1985 Miami 3 Hours At Miami for the 3 Hour in February, a Holbert Porsche 962 under Al Holbert (US) and Derek Bell (US) takes race honors and covers 203.95 miles (average 68.34 mph), under five seconds ahead of a March driven by David Hobbs and Darin Brassfield. The Holbert Porsche moves out front after Bell makes a daring inside scraping pass of rookie driver Brassfield at Turn 3 with only four laps remaining. Photo Credit:
1984 XXXII Sebring 12 Hours Sebring, Florida 1984 XXXII Sebring 12 Hours At Sebring for the 12 Hour in March, a German Jöst Porsche 935J under Mauricio DeNarvaez (CO), Stefan Johansson (SE), and Hans Heyer (DE) takes race honors and covers 1837.41 miles (average 106.36 mph), two laps ahead of a March entry. Sleep deprived from delayed travel, Johansson and Heyer arrive late just in time for the contest, jump in for their respective stints, and hustle the 935 from its rear field starting position (as qualified by DeNarvaez) to the front in the eleventh hour after the race leading Akin Porsche suffers a wheel failure. Photo Credit: Louis Galanos.
1983 XXXI Sebring 12 Hours Sebring, Florida 1983 XXXI Sebring 12 Hours At Sebring for the 12 Hour in March, a Garretson Porsche 934 (GTO class) under Wayne Baker (US), Jim Mullen (US), and Kees Nierop (CA) unexpectedly takes race honors and covers 1097.25 miles (average 91.27 mph), ninety seconds ahead of a Porsche driven by Bob Akin, Dale Whittington, and John O’Steen. With little over an hour remaining, the favored GTP teams and their entries begin to retire with mechanicals, and the GTO-class Garretson ‘yellow bus’ moves out front with only thirty minutes remaining after the race leading Bayside Porsche stops for service to deal with electrical gremlins. A drunken spectator on the circuit in the closing minutes raises the hackles of both race officials and the Garretson Porsche, yet Baker survives and crosses for an improbable victory over the prototypes. IMSA introduces its new changes for the Sebring airport course at the event to mixed reviews. Photo Credit: Jeff Allison.
1981 Datsun California Grand Prix Sonoma, California 1981 Datsun California Grand Prix At Sears Point for the 100 Miler in July, the race comes to a Zakspeed Roush Ford Mustang Turbo under Klaus Ludwig (DE) in 1:05:09.5 (average 92.93 mph), under four seconds ahead of a Lola driven by Brian Redman. Ludwig and Redman dice for the lead over the race distance before Redman spins off the circuit with only two laps remaining, gifting the victory to Ludwig. Photo Credit: Brent Martin.
1981 Camel GT 250 Daytona Beach, Florida 1981 Camel GT 250 At Daytona for the 250 Mile season finale, a JLP Porsche 935/80 under John Paul Jr. (US) takes the flag in 2:02:21.1 (average 122.40 mph), under two seconds ahead of a Lola driven by Brian Redman. Redman leads the field after the midrace point, yet a spinning backmarker on the final circuit prompts Redman to lift and Paul dashes past the Lola for the wire and a thrilling late race victory. Photo Credit:
1968 Monterey Grand Prix Monterey, California 1968 Monterey Grand Prix At Laguna Seca for the Monterey Grand Prix (152 miles) in October, the race unexpectedly comes to a Canadian Cannon McLaren M1B Chevrolet under John Cannon (CA) in rainy conditions in 1:46.24.6 (average 85.60 mph), a lap ahead of a McLaren entry. Driving a three-year old McLaren chassis, Cannon wisely selects intermediate wet rubber for the race, speeds his way through the field, and pulls off the big upset over the heavily favored McLaren entries. Chaparral owner Jim Hall offers his services and manages the Cannon pit during the contest. Photo Credit: Pete Lyons.