TOP-SIX U.S. SPORTS CAR RACERS
At 56, the Californian continues to
bolster a career that started much later
than one might expect. His first sports car
championship came in 1986 at the age
of 27 – and that IMSA GTO title, achieved
in a Jack Roush Ford Mustang, was
significant in another way, too: It was
Pruett’s first full season of professional
auto racing. That same year, he also won
his first GTP race, in a Porsche 962.
To fully appreciate Pruett’s age-defying
success, his first sports car victory came
behind the wheel of an IMSA GTO Ford
Thunderbird, Sept. 8, 1985; his most recent
win was secured in an IMSA Prototype class
Ford EcoBoost DP, Sept. 19, 2015. In the
intervening 30 years and 11 days, he
stockpiled 75 sports car wins, 45
second-place finishes, and 32 thirds,
making over 150 podium visits.
Those wins came in factory tubeframe
SCCA Trans-Am and IMSA GTO/GTS cars
from Ford, Jaguar, and Nissan; GTP
prototypes in the 962; the Panoz GTR-1;
a variety of Riley Daytona Prototypes,
and in production-based GTs with the
factory Corvette Racing team.
A five-time winner at the Rolex 24 at
Daytona; a 24 Hours of Le Mans class
winner; a two-time 12 Hours of Sebring
winner (class and overall); a five-time
Grand-Am Daytona Prototype champion;
a three-time Trans-Am champion, and a
two-time GTO champ, Pruett is the gold
standard for American sports car drivers.
In every discipline, at the greatest events,
and for multiple marques, Scott Pruett’s
accomplishments representing the red,
white ‘n’ blue over four decades of sports
car competition have no equal.
SCOTT vS. HURLEY – THE HIT RATES
As noted, winning percentages aren’t
everything, but here’s a comparison of Scott
Pruett’s vs. Hurley Haywood’s anyway...
75 WInS from
57 WInS from
* As of March 2016. Still active
(LEFT and BOTTOM
LEFT) Scott Pruett
earned pole and his
fifth win at the 2013
Rolex 24 at Daytona.
(BELOW LEFT) Pruett
was a multiple IMSA
and Trans-Am champ
with Roush-built Fords
in the late 1980s, the
formative seasons of
his long, successful –
and ongoing – career.
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