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1984 GTP facts

Historically, Mario and Michael Andretti will be the first American drivers to be at the wheel of a Porsche 962.

Bayside Disposal would field the first ever entered Porsche 962 for Al Holbert and Derek Bell.

Al Holbert was involved in the development of the Porsche 962. His team was as close to the factory as one can be.

Blue Thunder Racing was an operation set up by Randy Lanier and Bill Whittington.

Sarel van der Merwe took two wins in the Kreepy Krauly entered March 84G Porsche.

Emerson Fittipaldi drove the Ralph Sanchez entered March 84G Chevrolet at Miami and Daytona Finale.

Bob Akin took delivery of his Porsche 962 at Charlotte Motor Speedway.

Lyn St James had a Ford powered Argo JM16.

The Argo JM16 was lightweight GTP car, powered by a Mazda rotary engine, a Buick or a Ford. The Lights class was not created yet.

Milt Minter drove the Grid S1 which was Porsche powered. He would be more than impressed by this car.

Many Porsche 935s were still entered, but they were in the hands of runner-ups.

The Joest Porsche 935J took an overall victory at Sebring in March. Stefan Johansson, Mauricio de Narvaez and Hans Heyer drove the 5 year old car.

Polimotor built a plastic engine fitted in the Lola T616 driven by Peter Kuhn.

Werner Frank fielded an unusual Osella PA10 BMW which was uncompetitive. He sold it and ran the ex-Bayside Disposal Porsche 935.

Preston Henn fielded a Porsche 935 earlier in the season, then he switched to a Porsche 962.

Bard Boand, a longtime Corvette entrant, purchased and ran the ex-JLP Racing Lola T600 Chevrolet.

Yves Courage, John Jellinek and Alain de Cadenet were entered in the Road America 500Miler in an unusual Cougar C01 Ford.

Steve Cohen and Bill Gelles fielded a Ferrari 512BB, which was still a GTP car. It would be listed as a GTO car the next season.

Pierre Honegger fielded a Denali(ex-Mazda GTP) which he shared with David Loring.

1984 GTO facts

Roger Mandeville won the title with his Mazda RX7 powered by a 13B engine. He won only two races but his consistency earned him the title.

Roush Racing entered the fray by the end of the season. The car was a winner out of the box. Wally Dallenbach Jr and John Jones were at the wheel.

Brooks Racing entered a very potent Ford Thunderbird with John Bauer as the driver. He took two class wins at Laguna Seca and Sears Point.

A new Bob Riley chassis was planned for the upcoming season.

A huge crowd was to attend the Charlotte race. A NASCAR event was scheduled on the same weekend.

Fernando Sabino ran the ex-T & R Racing, Holman & Moody prepared Ford Mustang.

Paul Pettey ran the ex-Group 44 Jaguar XJS(XJR4) at Sebring and Lime Rock. The car wore the distinctive three tones of green colors.

Vic Manuelli drove a De Tomaso Pantera which was now GTO eligible.

1984 GTU facts

The mark was under 2,8L

CCR entered a Mazda RX7 which was the ex-Jim Downing car. Jack Baldwin won the GTU title with it.

AAR fielded a pair of Toyota Celicas for Jim Adams, Chris Cord and Dennis Aase.

The Pontiac Fiero was the first GTU entered American car. Clay Young was the driver and he took two wins.

John Schneider was partnered by Elliot Forbes Robinson in a very fast Porsche 924GTR.

Tom Winters also campaigned a Porsche 924GTR driven by himself and Bob Bergstrom.