The Rolex 24 at Daytona is celebrating 50 years of sports car
racing at Florida’s most famous circuit. By coincidence, this
may also prove to be the event’s most exciting edition yet.
Words Tony DiZinno | Main image R.D. Ethan/LAT | Image manipulation Rob French
canceled due to the worldwide fuel crisis.
Over time, one manufacturer and one
driver have stood out as the class of the
field when the record books are opened –
Porsche and Hurley Haywood, with 22
and 5 overall wins, respectively.
Porsche amassed 18 of those wins
between 1968 and ’91. More recently, the
marque took an overall win with the TRG-entered Porsche 911 GT3-RS upsetting the
Daytona Prototypes on the DPs’ 2003
debut. Porsche hasn’t been shut out in
the DP category, though, with back-to-back wins in ’09 (Brumos Racing) and ’ 10
(Action Express Racing). But it’s the
Porsche 935 which ranks as the most
successful car in terms of overall wins,
with six straight scored from 1978 to ’83.
A March-Porsche won in 1984 with the
Porsche 962 then ripping off five wins in
the ’85-’91 period, with Derek Bell
figuring in three of them.
DP chassis builder Bill Riley has
scored the last seven overall wins,
Late-race restarts have brought plenty of excitement in recent years, but for 2012, the prototypes (LEFT), have visual allure, too. This is Sun Trust Racing’s new Corvette DP.