Zak Brown and United Autosports Enter a Pair of Legendary Porsches in the Classic 24 Hour at Daytona presented by IMSA
1980's Era JLP-3 Porsche 935 and Dyson Racing Porsche 962 Added to Classic 24 Entry List
DAYTONA BEACH, Florida (August 17, 2015) – Zak Brown and United Autosports have entered a pair of legendary 1980's-era Porsches in the second annual Classic 24 Hour at Daytona, presented by IMSA, at Daytona International Speedway, – .
Brown and the European-based team will be fielding both the No. 18 JLP-3 Porsche 935, winner of the 1982 IMSA Camel GT Championship, and a No. 16 Porsche 962 that was raced to several major IMSA GTP victories by Dyson Racing.
Well known as the top international motorsports marketer of the last few decades, Brown is also an established and winning race car driver. He has extensive experience in international sports car racing, including second-place GT2 finishes in both the 12 Hours of Sebring and the 24 Hours of Daytona in 1997.
In addition to competing in British GT, Blancpain Endurance, FIA GT and Ferrari Challenge USA in recent years, Brown also co-drove to a fourth-place overall finish in the 2011 Rolex 24 At Daytona with teammates Martin Brundle, Mark Blundell and Mark Patterson. The team’s Ford Riley Daytona Prototype was entered by United Autosports with Michael Shank Racing.
"I always love racing at Daytona, and last year's inaugural Classic 24 appeared to be a huge success and an enjoyable experience for competitors and fans,” said Brown, who is also an avid historic racing competitor. “I knew right away I wanted to be a part of the next Classic 24 and was happy to see they decided to run a 2015 edition instead of following the original every-other-year plan. It's a cool event, it should be held every year and I can't wait to compete.”
The race cars Brown and United Autosports are bringing to Daytona are two of the most successful cars of the IMSA Camel GT era and standout even in Porsche’s amazing history.
The JLP-3 is believed to be the most successful of all Porsche 935s and remains the only race car to ever win both the Daytona 24 Hours and the Sebring 12 Hours overall in the same year. That 1982 feat began a campaign that ended with the 1982 IMSA Camel GT Championship title for the team and driver John Paul, Jr.
In its two-year and 26-race career, the JLP-3 was driven to nine wins and 16 podium finishes. That equates to an average of one win every three races and a podium appearance in 60% of its races. The impressive record included a streak of five-straight first-place finishes from Pocono in September of 1981 through Road Atlanta in April of 1982.
The Porsche 962 is chassis No. 120 and won its debut with the Dyson Racing team in the 1986 Six Hours of Riverside. Additional wins were earned that year at Charlotte and Sears Point and driver Price Cobb placed second in the final 1986 IMSA Camel GTP Championship, winning Dyson Racing its second Porsche Cup. Additional wins came in 1987 at Watkins Glen and another in Miami in 1988.
The 962 was later heavily modified by Dyson with high-downforce nose and air tunnels under the car designed by noted aerodynamicist Dick Yagami. The Porsche engine produced an impressive 800 horsepower with a top speed of 240 mph at full turbo boost.
“We are bringing this pair of classic Porsches to Daytona,” Brown said. “Our goal is to enjoy the event but also be in victory lane on Sunday afternoon after the final checkered flag falls at the Classic 24.”
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SascoSports Named Official Tire Supplier of HSR Classic 24 Hour at Daytona, presented by IMSA
Multi-Brand Racing Tire Dealer Available For Advance Orders and On-Site Service at 2nd Annual Classic 24 Hour at Daytona, November 12 - 15
DAYTONA BEACH, Florida (July 15, 2015) – Officials from Historic Sportscar Racing (HSR) and SascoSports, a longtime supporter of vintage and historic racing in the U.S., announced today that the leading racing tire dealer has been named the Official Tire Supplier of the second annual Classic 24 Hour at Daytona, presented by IMSA, November 13 – 15, at Daytona International Speedway.
A fixture in the HSR paddock, SascoSports is a dealer for Avon, Dunlop, Goodyear and Toyo racing tires and provides expert advice to make sure competitors are running tires best suited for their race car.
SascoSports will be providing on-site service at Daytona International Speedway (DIS) throughout the Classic 24 event. They are also available now for event competitors interested in advance orders and information on the best tire combinations for the 3.56-mile DIS road course.
Tires ordered in advance from SascoSports for the Classic 24 can be shipped prior to the race directly to the customer or delivered to the event.
“The Classic 24 Hour at Daytona, presented by IMSA, features six different and distinct run groups with dozens of different race cars of all types and categories from the past 50 years” said HSR President David Hinton. “To service the wide-ranging tire needs of these competitors, a highly-experienced and knowledgeable supplier was needed, and SascoSports was the perfect fit.”
SascoSports can be reached at company headquarters at (434) 822-7200. Competitors looking for personal advice on racing tires or any aspect of their racing program can contact Dave Handy directly at (434) 203-7811, or by email at Dave@SascoSports.com.
WATKINS GLEN, N.Y. (June 27, 2014) – Many venues that host International Motor Sports Association (IMSA) events, such as Watkins Glen International, site of this Sunday’s Sahlen’s Six Hours of The Glen, are steeped in tradition and motorsports history.
In fact, racing in the Watkins Glen area dates all the way back to 1948, when races took place on a combination of country roads and streets in the small town in New York’s Finger Lakes region before the facility we now know as Watkins Glen International hosted its first event in 1957.
Daytona International Speedway is another venue with a long sports car racing history, dating all the way back to 1962. IMSA’s history goes back to 1969, but it wasn’t until 1971 that the organization began sanctioning sports car races.
So, why the history lesson? Because IMSA is taking another step in embracing its rich history in announcing today a new strategic alliance with Historic Sportscar Racing (HSR) that makes IMSA the presenting sponsor of HSR’s Classic 24 Hour At Daytona.
The second Classic 24 Hour At Daytona, presented by IMSA, is scheduled for Nov. 12-15, 2015. The event debuted in 2014 at Daytona International Speedway.
“What we saw when we walked around the garage at the first Classic 24 Hour At Daytona last fall was many, many classic sports cars carrying the original IMSA logo,” said IMSA President Scott Atherton. “In some cases, these cars were being fielded by teams that compete regularly in the TUDOR United SportsCar Championship or other IMSA-sanctioned series, or were being driven by current or former IMSA drivers. There’s a natural connection between our two organizations that we could not pass up."
As part of the alliance, IMSA will activate its marketing resources for the HSR Classic 24 Hour At Daytona, presented by IMSA in the month leading up to the event. As the event draws near, the IMSA.com website also will include “Throwback Thursday” features on prominent past IMSA race cars expected to compete in the event, as well as other featured content on participating cars and drivers.
“It is an absolute honor and privilege for HSR to have IMSA involved in this exciting new event,” said HSR President David Hinton. “The Classic 24 Hour is a rolling museum of the last 40 years of not only the 24-hour race at Daytona International Speedway, but IMSA history also. We look forward to welcoming back cars, drivers and race fans of the past and the present once again this November.”