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1 59 BMW 3.0 CSL Peter Gregg-Brian Redman-John Fitzpatrick 545 Laps 1.GTO
2 14 PORSCHE CARRERA RSR 911 460 9056 Al Holbert-Claude Ballot-Léna 531 Laps 2.GTO
3 61 PORSCHE CARRERA RSR Jim Busby-Hurley Haywood 530 Laps 3.GTO
4 56 PORSCHE CARRERA RSR 911 460 9057 Bob Hagestad-Jerry Jolly 510 Laps 4.GTO
5 92 PORSCHE CARRERA RSR Mike Tillson-Dieter Oest-truce Jennings 508 Laps 5.GTO
6 71 FERRARI 365GTB4 16685 Chris Cord-Jim Adams 500 Laps 6.GTO
7 42 PORSCHE 911S Bob Hindson-Dick Davenport-Frank Carney 495 Laps 1.GTU
8 43 PORSCHE CARRERA RSR John Graves-John O'steen-Dave Helmick 493 Laps 7.GTO
9 99 CHEVROLET CORVETTE Phil Currin-Cliff Gotlob-Peter Knab 483 Laps 8.GTO
10 24 BMW 3.0 CSL David Hobbs-Benny Parsons 481 Laps 9.GTO
11 29 PORSCHE 911T Charles Mendez-David Cowart-Dave Panaccione 480 Laps 2.GTU
12 12 PORSCHE CARRERA RSR Dieter Schmid-Wilhelm Bartels-Heinz-Egon Evertz 475 Laps 1.Gr5
13 51 PORSCHE 914/6 John Hotschkis-Bob Kirby-Len Jones 467 Laps 3.GTU
14 60 PORSCHE 911S Rusty Bond-Ren Tilton-John Belperche 465 Laps 4.GTU
15 25 BMW 3.0 CSL John Fitzpatrick-Tom Walkinshaw 457 Laps 10.GTO
16 21 FORD TORINO David Pearson-Larry Pearson-Gary Bowsher-Jim Bowsher 442 Laps 1.G.I
17 84 PORSCHE 911S Ara Dube-Doug Zitza-Haro Zitza 441 Laps 5.GTU
18 90 MAZDA COSMO Ray Walle-Tom Reddy-Bill Scott 415 Laps 6.GTU
19 48 CHEVROLET LAGUNA James Hylton-Richard Childress 414 Laps 2.G.I
20 81 PORSCHE 911S Hans Berner-Willy Goebbels-Fritz Hochreuter 412 Laps 7.GTU
21 65 PORSCHE 911S Paul May-Lee Mueller-David Sauers 409 Laps 8.GTU
22 15 CHEVROLET CORVETTE Greenwood 006 George Garcia-Javier Garcia-Manuel Garcia 399 Laps 11.GTO
23 54 PORSCHE 914/6 Alex Job-Steve Southard-Hal Sahlman 392 Laps 9.GTU
24 35 CHEVROLET CORVETTE Ted Mathey-Joe Chamberlain-Arnstein Loyning 380 Laps 12.GTO
25  1 BMW 2002 Jim Westphal-Anatoly Arutunoff-Brian Goellnicht 369 Laps 10.GTU
26 89 PORSCHE 911S Don Parish-Dave Causey-Wayne Nelson 359 Laps 11.GTU
27 52 HONDA CIVIC Bob Bergstrom-Bill Shaw-Martin Palmer 352 Laps 12.GTU
28 04 CHEVROLET NOVA Hershell McGriff-Doug McGriff 336 Laps 3.G.I
29 40 CHEVROLET CORVETTE 194679S709810 Sam Fillingham-Bud Sherk 336 Laps 13.GTO
30  7 MAZDA RX3 Makoto Kamazuka-Masashi Fukuda-Ron Cortez 331 Laps 13.GTU
31 97 PORSCHE CARRERA RSR Gustavo Bolanos-Billy Sprowls-Juan Carlos Bolanos 318 Laps 14.GTO
32 41 CHEVROLET CAMARO Herb Jones-Steve Faul 301 Laps 15.GTO
33 33 CHEVROLET Chevelle Glen Francis-Randy Bebout 301 Laps 4.G.I
34 76 CHEVROLET CORVETTE Mike Brockman-John Greenwood 298 Laps 16.GTO
35 80 CHEVROLET CAMARO Carmon Salomone-Ed Maksym-James Halverson 291 Laps 17.GTU
36 36 PORSCHE 911S Rainer Brezinka-Gary Hirsch-Brian Hardacre 286 Laps 14.GTU
37 75 CHEVROLET CAMARO Bob Christiansen-Billy Hagan 282 Laps 18.GTO
38  0 DATSUN 240Z William Frates-Craig Ross-Spencer Buzbee 274 Laps 15.GTU
39 19 CHEVROLET LAGUNA Henley Gray-Bob Burcham 268 Laps 5.G.I
40 85 PORSCHE 914/6 John Hulen-Ron Coupland-Nick Engels 267 Laps 16.GTU
41 11 PORSCHE 934 930 670 0155 Egon Evertz-Sepp Greger-Jurgen Lassig 250 Laps 2.Gr5
42 08 AMC GREMLIN Mike Williamson-Keith Swope 246 Laps 19.GTO
43 22 CHEVROLET CORVETTE Denny Long-Bill Jobe-Tim Startup 244 Laps 20.GTO
44 55 DODGE DART Joe Rutman-Buddy Baker-Steve Behr 240 Laps 21.GTO
45 34 PORSCHE 911S George Drolsom-Bob Nagel 200 Laps 17.GTU
46 74 PORSCHE CARRERA RSR Ludwig Heimrath-Jacques Bienvenue-Norm Ridgely 189 Laps 22.GTO
47  9 DATSUN 240Z Bruce Matrito-Jack Steel 185 Laps 18.GTU
48 10 BMW 2002 Alf Zellmer-Brian Goellnicht-Bill Alsup 181 Laps 19.GTU
49 50 PORSCHE CARRERA RSR Fred van Beuren-Guillermo Rojas-Andres Contreras 172 Laps 23.GTO
50 68 CHEVROLET CAMARO Mike Meldeau-Bill McDill-John tremblay 172 Laps 24.GTO
51 46 FORD MUSTANG 9F02R112073 Jose Daher-Antonio Leal-Jose Madero 168 Laps 25.GTO
52 67 PORSCHE 914/6 David McClain-Dave White-Frank Harmstad 148 Laps 20.GTU
53 98 DODGE CHARGER Ed Negre-Bob Mitchell-Arturo Merzario 144 Laps 6.G.I
54 44 PORSCHE CARRERA RSR Mauricio de Narvaez-Albert Naon-John Freyre 141 Laps 26.GTO
55 49 FORD MUSTANG 0F02Z137150 Neil Potter-Bob Gray-Luis Sereix 139 Laps 27.GTO
56 46 CHEVROLET NOVA Bobby Allison-Donnie Allison 137 Laps 7.G.I
57 18 CHEVROLET CAMARO Terry Wolters-Charles Gano-Joe Castellano 122 Laps 28.GTO
58 53 VOLVO 142 Arthur Mollin-Bob Speakman-Michael Gatoff 121 Laps 21.GTU
59 20 PORSCHE 911S Richard Weiss-Mike Oleyar-Jerry Karl 94 Laps 29.GTO
60 91 CHEVROLET Chevelle Harold Miller-John Ray 66 Laps 8.G.I
61 72 CHEVROLET CORVETTE Bill Arnold-Al Levenson-Tom Brown 55 Laps 30.GTO
62 86 DE TOMASO PANTERA 1603 Hugh Kleinpeter-Ron Goldleaf 42 Laps 31.GTO
63 88 CHEVROLET CAMARO Maurice Carter-Gilles Villeneuve 34 Laps 32.GTO
64  4 PONTIAC ASTRE Stephen Bond-Dale Kreider 28 Laps 33.GTO
65 47 PORSCHE 911S Bill Bean-Jack Ansley 21 Laps 22.GTU
66 28 LOTUS EUROPA Anatoly Arutunoff-Jose Marina-Brian Goellnicht 20 Laps 23.GTU
67 64 CHEVROLET CAMARO C.C Canada-Russ Boykin 17 Laps 34.GTO
68 93 CHEVROLET CAMARO Jim Logan-Larry Flynn 17 Laps 35.GTO
69 73 CHEVROLET CORVETTE Clark Howey-David Kester-David Crabtree 15 Laps 36.GTO
70 23 FORD COBRA II Charlie Kemp-Sam Posey-Carson Baird 6 Laps 1.LM GTX
71 30 PORSCHE CARRERA RSR 911 460 9048 George Dyer-Michael Keyser 5 Laps 37.GTO
72  6 BMW 2002 Nick Craw-Ray Korman-Joe Peacock 1 Lap 24.GTU

Cars that did not start

   66 CHEVROLET MONZA King Tom Nehl-Steve Behr GTO
   96 CHEVROLET CAMARO Mike Williamson-Lawrence P.Pleasants GTO
   00 CHEVROLET CHEVELLE Bobby Mausgrover G.I
   01 DODGE CHARGER Earle Canavan G.I
   17 FERRARI 308GTB Terry Herman-Mark Felsen LM GTX
   32 DATSUN 510 Richard C.Hughes-George Rollin-Robert Whitaker GTU
   33 CHEVROLET CAMARO Phil Henny-Slick Gardner GTO
   37 PORSCHE CARRERA RSR Roberto Quintanilla-Roberto Gonzales GTO
   39 CHEVROLET CORVETTE Wiley Doran-Gary Belcher GTO
   63 OPEL MANTA Stephen Isett-Greg Dusz GTU
   67 PORSCHE 911 David McClain-Dave White-Frank Harmstad GTU
   78 CHEVROLET CORVETTE Babe Headley-Sam Feinstein GTO
   79 DODGE CHARGER Frank Warren G.I
   83 CHEVROLET CAMARO Larry Flynn-Bobbie Johnson-Jim Logan GTO
   98 CHEVROLET CORVETTE J.Peter Hanes-Steve Bell GTO

BMW at last.

This was to be a very special race as Grand National cars were allowed to enter the race. The organisation did allow these cars to provide the spectators with new cars. They thought that their renowned drivers would draw a better crowd. The field was a good 72 cars one. BMW was entering a three car team with Peter Gregg-Brian Redman, David Hobbs-Benny Parsons and John Fitzpatrick-Tom Walkinshaw. They were the favorites and had to face a challenge from Porsche, as per usual. The best cars were Al Holbert-Claude Ballot Léna, George Dyer-Michael Keyser, Bob Hagestad-Jerry Jolly, Ludwig Heimrath-Jacques Bienvenue and many others. A German Porsche 934, entered in FIA Group 4 category, could be a challenger for the overall victory, it was driven by Egon Evertz-Jürgen Lässig and Sepp Greger. The attraction for every IMSA spectator was the famous Greenwood Corvette driven by John Greenwood-Michael Brockman. Fitted with a 7,0L, it would provide stiff competition for the opposition. Some other good cars were part of the field, Phil Currin-Cliff Gotlob, the Garcia bros, Ted Mathey-Joe Chamberlain were the best cars. Some Camaros could have a good time too : the most able cars were from Carter Firestone for Maurice Carter-Gilles Villeneuve and Herb Jones-Steve Faul. One sole AAGT car would be entered, it was the Tom Nehl-Steve Behr car that made a promising 2m00s334 but could not make it to the start. Tom Nehl destroyed the car on saturday morning and it could not be repaired. One last possible car could be some trouble to the usual drivers was the De Tomaso Pantera driven by Hugh Kleinpeter-Ron Goldleaf, who started 9th on the grid.


David Hobbs in a BMW 3.0CSL leading the field.

At the she start of the race, everybody's attention was set on John Greenwood's stellar Vette, who jumped from the fourth row to overtake the three BMWs. In fact, Gregg was the only driver able to give John Greenwood for his money. The two drivers woul put a fight that will catch everyone's breath during the first hour. Behind the leaders, Hobbs and Fitzpatrick were just in front of Evertz' Porsche 934, who had just overtaken Garcia, on his Corvette. Holbert was just behind those drivers.Bobby Allison pitted his Chevrolet Nova on the second lap, his car suffering from transmission problems. Peter Gregg and John Greenwood will switch positions many times, with the same scenario set for each lap. Greenwood would push away on the banking while Gregg would work his way in the infield and get closer to the Corvette. Hugh Kleinpeter's Pantera had pitted at the end of the first lap, and would never run as fast as during practice. Hurley Haywood, who had started 28th, would stop and lose 7 laps to the leaders, with an intake manifold spilling oil on the exhaust and two broken windshields. Garcia had stopped his Corvette with gearbox troubles. Charlie Kemp had retired with a blown engine. George Dyer had retired too with a blown engine. Peter Gregg and John Greenwood led the race just ahead of David Hobbs, Tom Walkinshaw putting up a good fight with Al Holbert, then came Egon Evertz Porsche 934. A battalion of Porsche Carrera was just behind with John Graves, Ludwig Heimrath, Bob Hagestad and Juan Carlos Bolanos. After 70 minutes of racing, the BMWs refueled and took the lead. The Corvette, driven by Michael Brockman was soon to be slowed down by transmission problems. Twenty laps were lost for the Corvette now as low as 28th overall. The Porsche Carreras were going up in the standings, counting on their low fuel consumption. It would take about 105 minutes between every refueling stop. Al Holbert was second overall after two grueling hours. Hurley Haywood was going strong too, and had got up fourteen places during the second hour. Juan Carlos Bolanos was pushing David Hobbs very hard and Al Holbert-Claude Ballot Léna were going very fast to threaten Peter Gregg-Brian Redman. The Corvette had come back on the track and was literally orbiting around every car on the track! At the end of the third hour, Greenwood-Brockman were back in fifth position.

Al Holbert, still going strong, had a flat tyre when entering the infield. Unwilling to damage his suspension, he would go backwards to the pits, and would just avoid disqualification. He will just be fined for his uncautious act. Bob Hagestad became the best Porsche driver at that moment.During the night, Peter Gregg went ill and could not go on driving, so John Fitzpatrick was callled to drive the leading car. Tom Walkinshaw, his teammate, was working on his car when a broken distributor drive. Juan Carlos Bolanos would undergo a transmission and engine swap and lose any chance. Hobbs, running second, did stop too, and fall down to seventh overall after brake trouble, then an oil line and finally gearbox hampered his march. A big fight had been put up by Dave Helmick-John O'steen and Al Holbert-Claude Ballot Léna for third position. Greenwood was running stronger than anyone but was soon retiring, with an ailing oil pressure. It was thirty minutes before the first half of the race. Just after, John Fitzpatrick, second overall, pitted with electrical problems. At 3AM, Gregg-Redman-Fitzpatrick were 22 laps ahead of Ballot Léna-Holbert, 24 ahead of Helmick-O'steen-Graves, 28 Busby-Haywood, 35 Fitzpatrick-Walkinshaw, 38 Hagestad-Jolly, 43 Jennings-Tillson-Oest. It was five to one for Porsche, who still could win. It seemed that the two other cars were to stop regularly and the car #59 was their best chance for victory. As the two bimmers seem to be slowed down, the leading Porsches would have their share of troubles too. Ballot Léna stopped for his suspension joints, Haywood for his brakes and suspension joints, Helmick had a shunt on the banking with another car and Hagestad had a puncture and changed his brakes. After all these stories, Holbert-Ballot Léna still were second overall, they ran still strongly and could still win.

The leading BMW stopped after a puncture, to repair their suspension. The engine was hotting up and had transmission problems. The Porsche driven by Holbert was suddenly having big problems, too, and they would have a new engine forty three minutes later. They had lost two places but could run as strongly as ever. After eighteen hours of race, the BMW driven by Redman-Fitzpatrick-Gregg was still leading the race, it was 16 laps ahead of Helmick-O'steen-Graves Porsche, 26 of Haywood-Busby and Holbert-Ballot Léna, 41 of Hagestad-Jolly, 43 of Tillson-Oest-Jennings and Hobbs-Parsons, 44 of Walkinshaw-Blackburn, 51 of Minter-Cord-Adams and then Hindson-Carney-Davenport(1st GTU). At 9 AM, Redman was pitting for fuel and when he tried to restart, his car did not respond."As I pulled out of the pit, the engine misfired and coughed and banged" said Brian Redman. He would be trying for twenty minutes! When he could restart, he did go for a 30 meters stintch. It could be a mechanical problem, but the other cars would suddenly run the same way. The BMW team changed the plugs and the distributor. The hiccuping car would start only to stop 30 meters away. Suddenly, some other cars would seem to be affected with that strange disease. The two sister cars seem to run as badly and the O'steen-Helmick-Graves Porsche does not run clearly too. After more than one hour of investigations and discussions, the verdict would fall as the red flag! Water must been mixed with the fuel! Not every car have been affected with that strange fact and some cars were running strongly so Holbert-Ballot Léna and Haywood-Busby would have a lot to lose. The race was stopped at 10.10AM and the standings taken into account would be those of 9AM! The race was stopped for 2H40. During that period, distribution systems were thoroughly drained and a lot of teams would repair their cars. The race would restart at 12H50 with the thirty remaining cars. The leading BMW had a sixteen laps lead over Helmick, and 26 over Haywood and Holbert. The leading car seemed to be completely unable to engage for a fight with the remaining Porsches but it could go to the finish at a slow pace and still win the race. Dave Helmick was still pitted at the restart and would stop definitively on the track later. Redman went a very slow pace and Haywood and Holbert put a fantastic show. The latter would soon get the advantage but the rain would definitively spoil the race. Holbert would switch for rain tyres but not Haywood who was still relying on his talent. When the rain turned into a real flood, he stopped too. Curiously, he would prove less fast with rain tyres. Holbert-Ballot Léna would definitively go for second overall. Holbert did 27 laps against 15 to Redman. At the chequered, the BMW were 14 laps ahead of Holbert and 15 of Haywood. If the race had really lasted 24 hours, Porsche could have won. But the fate did favour BMW, who never lost the lead when John Greenwood Corvette retired. The best GTU car was Bob Hindson's Porsche 911S, who finished an excellent seventh overall. The Grand National cars did suffer a lot of troubles and the best car could do no better than 16th, it was the Ford Torino driven by NASCAR legend David Pearson, with son Larry and Gary and Jim Bowsher.