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1994 IMSA GT Season
Photo Credit: Attribution Unascertained.
Champion Constructor: None
Putative Constructor: Cunningham Nissan (US,0,2)
Champion Driver: Steve Millen (NZ,2,2)
Putative Driver: Steve Millen (NZ)
Putative Constructor Entry Specification: Model 300ZX, 2.96-liter, six-cylinder vee, aluminum engine, DOHC, fuel injection, dual turbocharged, five-speed, ventilated disc brakes, carbon fibre-aluminum/chromoly tubular spaceframe chassis, double wishbone independent suspension, 755 horsepower (Clayton Cunningham Racing, Kazumasu Takagi).

Cunningham Nissan with its 300ZX entry snares its second IMSA GT putative constructors' title in by a comfortable margin over the field in 1994, while Steve Mullen, recovered from his near fatal injuries incurred at Watkins Glen on the prior season, outpoints teammate Johnny O'Connell for his second drivers' crown. GT-classified entries sweep the top six positions at the Daytona 24 in February. The Cunningham Nissans impress all observers with overall race victories at Daytona in February and Sebring in March.

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.

Cunningham Nissan144     Millen S85
Brix Cutlass77     O’Connell J65
Pezza Mustang9     Hoerr I46
Larbre Porsche8     Brassfield D30
Sandridge Porsche8     Leitzinger Bt13
Leitzinger Nissan6     Van de Poele13

Noteworthy 1994 Races

1994 XXVIII Daytona 24 HoursDaytona Beach, Florida1994 1994 XXVIII Daytona 24 HoursAt Daytona for the 24 Hour in February, the race comes to a GTS-class Clayton Cunningham Nissan 300ZX under Scott Pruett (US), Butch Leitzinger (US), Paul Gentilozzi (US), and Steve Millen (NZ) in rainy conditions that covers 2516.92 miles (average 104.82 mph), twenty-four laps ahead of a Porsche entry. The Cunningham Nissans assume control in the ninth hour after weathering a few mechanicals and Millen takes the wheel after the clouds open with rain during the night. The #76 Nissan never puts a wheel wrong and motors away to a wide margin victory in the wet, the first for a GT-classified entry since 1983 as the lesser category makes short work of its new WSC open-cockpit competition. Photo Credit: Brian Cleary.
1994 XLII Sebring 12 Hours Sebring, Florida1994 1994 XLII Sebring 12 Hours At Sebring for the 12 Hour in March, a GTS-class Cunningham Nissan 300ZX under John Morton (US), Johnny O’Connell (US), and Steve Millen (NL) takes race honors and covers 1209.89 miles (average 100.63 mph), five laps ahead of a Spice entry. The Cunningham Nissan dices for the lead with the Auto Toy Store Spice entry on Sunday morning until the latter suffers brake failure in the twentieth hour. The WSC entries show marked improvement at the airbase circuit in placing 2-3-4, yet still prove no match for the more reliable GTS Nissan. Photo Credit: Nissan.