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1980 IMSA GT Season
Photo Credit: Attribution Unascertained.
Champion Constructor: None
Putative Constructor: Barbour Porsche (GB,0,1)
Champion Driver: John Fitzpatrick (GB,1,1)
Putative Driver: John Fitzpatrick (GB)
Putative Constructor Entry Specification: Model 935 K3, 3.16-liter, six-cylinder boxer, aluminum engine, SOHC, fuel injection, dual turbocharged, four-speed, ventilated and cross-drilled disc brakes, fibreglass-kevlar/unitary steel chassis, McPherson strut-lower wishbone/semi-trailing arm independent suspension, 755 horsepower (Manfred Kremer, Norbert Singer).

Barbour Porsche with its Porsche 935 K3 entry under John Fitzpatrick (eight victories) easily speeds away with the 1980 IMSA drivers' and putative constructors' titles. Patrick Tambay in the Haas Lola T530 Chevrolet captures the Can-Am drivers' crown. The United States government proffers $1.5 billion USD to bailout bankrupt Chrysler Corporation in January, legislation that generates considerable controversy among the other major American manufacturers. Perennial IMSA driving champion Peter Gregg inexplicably takes his own life at a Florida beach in December, utterly stunning the racing world. Departures: Peter Gregg, 40, b. New York City, USA 1940, d. suicide, Point Verde, Florida, USA, December. New Racing Makes: American Frissbee. Belgian VDS.

HeM applies the Putative Model to all racing seasons for two primary purposes: First, to effectively normalize all racing seasons for empirical comparison across the decades, and second, to step clear of series organizers which score season championships primarily out of commercial interest or to attract manufacturer participation. The Putative Model simply scores all seasons in the same fashion as a standard track and field meeting, with the only purpose of tracking what takes place at the finishing stripe If the Putative Champion differs from the nominal Series Champion, please note the (SC) notation below.

Barbour Porsche135     Fitzpatrick J117
JLP Porsche74     Paul J80
Interscope Porsche41     Paul J Jr.53
Whittington Porsche34     Field T39
Electrodyne Porsche34     Moretti36
Brumos Porsche18     Barbour D32
Leven Porsche18     

Noteworthy 1980 Races

1980 XXVIII Sebring 12 Hours Sebring, Florida1980 1980 XXVIII Sebring 12 Hours At Sebring for the 12 Hour in March, the race comes to a Barbour Porsche 935 K3 under John Fitzpatrick (GB) and Dick Barbour (US) that covers 1315.6 miles (average 109.52 mph), three laps ahead of a Porsche entry. The Barbour Porsche moves out front after passing the race leading BDR Porsche during the seventh hour. Team Barbour wins at the airbase circuit for the third consecutive season. Photo Credit: Martin Raffauf.