>50 years since his first championship, Hurley Haywood talks about his brilliant career with insight into the role the Brumos brand played.
Honoring the 50th anniversary of his initial championship–the 1971 IMSA title Haywood won with teammate Peter Gregg, The Brumos Collections latest installment of “Inside the 59” chats with motorsports legend Hurley Haywood where he shares thoughts of his historic racing career.
Haywood secured five overall victories at the Rolex 24 at Daytona, three at the 24 Hours of Le Mans, and two at the 12 Hours of Sebring. In 2005 he was inducted into the Motorsports Hall of Fame.
His achievements comprise the 1988 Trans-Am title, three Norelco Cup championships, two IMSA GT Championships and 23 wins, a SuperCar title, and 18 IndyCar starts.
Transcript of ‘Inside the 59’ Conversation with Hurley Haywood
Here is the transcript of the interview Hurley Haywood has with ‘Inside The 59’.
As we came into this year, everybody mentioned this is 50 years since your first championship, and I sit there and think about that, and really 50 years seems like yesterday.
I can recall just about everything that happened during that time frame. The first race was in VIR, and I had just got a weekend pass. I was rotating out of the army after coming back from Vietnam, and the CEO was a big racing fan. So he went to that race. He didn’t know me from Adam.
And in the Base paper the next morning, it read Hurley Haywood is rotating out of the army. And, you know, Sure enough, that afternoon, I got a summons to the commander’s office, and he said, “We got to accelerate your departure from the army so you can continue because it was a really good race.”
I came down to college here in 1967, and Peter and I met each other at an autocross which I beat him at. I was not old enough to get my racing license yet, but he said, don’t worry, we’re going to Watkins Glen six hours in 1969.
And I said, “how am I going to do that? I don’t even have a regional license”, which is your basic license. He said, “don’t worry about it- we’ll get it through NASCAR. Once you get your NASCAR license, which was twenty-five dollars in the mail, you could go down to the FIA, which was a governing body, and they will issue you a license.”
So that’s when I went to Watkins Glen with maybe three races under my belt, and the SCCA people there were completely freaked out. They said, what’s going on here? Who is this kid? And Peter said, “don’t worry about it. He’s fine. He’ll be perfectly OK”. And we won the race. So it was one of those things when you think back and realize how lucky I was to get that opportunity with Peter to begin with.
By: Sports Car Digest
Title: Motorsport Legend Hurley Haywood Shares Memories of Racing Career
Sourced From: sportscardigest.com/hurley-haywood-shares-memories-of-racing-career/
Published Date: Sat, 27 Mar 2021 20:57:21 +0000
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