Photography by Martin Raffauf.
This year was the 60th anniversary of the Daytona 24 Hours race. The race in the beginning was shorter. It was started by Bill France Sr in 1962 as a 3- hour race. It was another 3-hour in 1963 followed by two 2000km events in 1964 and 1965. Since, it has been 24 hours except for the reduced event in 1972. While the cars and the racing have changed over the years, it is still a great endurance race. The key sponsor and official watch is Rolex.
Daytona International Speedway has changed over the years. This is the tower and main grandstand structure.
In what has now become a tradition every year, we had the annual IMSA “Old Timers” dinner between the ROAR and race. Limited to people who actually worked at races. No drivers allowed except by invite. From left John Shapiro, Debra Young, Steve Charsley, Wolfgang Hustedt, Roger Bailey, Alwin Springer, Don Caesar, Gary Cummings, Al Roberts, Martin Raffauf, Keith Andrews, Kevin Doran, Mark Raffauf, George Silbermann and Michael Colucci! A stellar group of sports car racers!
This year Daytona Speedway organized a special display for some of the winning cars from every 10 years of the history. The winning car was on hand from each of these years:
1972 – Ferrari 312PB of Mario Andretti & Jacky Ickx1982 – Porsche 935 of John Paul, John Paul Jr & Rolf Stommelen2002 – Dallara- Judd of Fredy Leinhard, Didier Theys, Max Papis and Mauro Baldi2012 – Ford-Riley DP of Allmendinger, Wilson, Pew and Negri
This was the 1982 winning car, Porsche 935-JLP3 driven by John Paul, John Paul Jr and Rolf Stommelen. It is now owned by Zak Brown of McLaren and he graciously provided it for the show. Sitting here in the Daytona garages.
Bill Riley and Mark Raffauf of IMSA examine the four assembled “special winners”. Factory 1972 Ferrari 312PB, 1982 Porsche 935 of John Paul, 2002 Dallara-Judd of Fredy Lienhard, and the 2012 Ford Riley of Mike Shank.
By: Martin Raffauf
Title: 2022 Rolex 24 Hours at Daytona
Sourced From: sportscardigest.com/2022-rolex-24-hours-at-daytona/
Published Date: Fri, 04 Feb 2022 21:01:48 +0000
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