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 1 16 PORSCHE 962 120 Rob Dyson-Price Cobb 178 Laps 1.GTP
 2 68 PORSCHE 962 119 Darin Brassfield-Jochen Mass 177 Laps 2.GTP
 3 86 PORSCHE 962 HR2 Bob Wollek-Paolo Barilla 176 Laps 3.GTP
 4  5 PORSCHE 962 113 Bob Akin-James Weaver 170 Laps 4.GTP
 5 76 CHEVROLET CAMARO 861 Jack Baldwin-Jim Miller 168 Laps 1.GTO
 6 00 MARCH 83G Porsche 4 Jim Adams-John Hotschkis 168 Laps 5.GTP
 7 77 FORD MUSTANG Bruce Jenner-Scott Pruett 166 Laps 2.GTO
 8 27 FORD THUNDERBIRD Michael Chandler-Steve Cameron-Danny May 163 Laps 3.GTO
 9 63 ARGO JM19 Mazda 107 Jim Downing-John Maffucci 163 Laps 1.Lights
10 67 PORSCHE 962 106 Jim Busby-John Morton 162 Laps 6.GTP
11 72 OLDSMOBILE TORONADO Gene Felton-Paul Gentilozzi-Bob Bergstrom 162 Laps 4.GTO
12 38 MAZDA RX7 Roger Mandeville-Danny Smith 161 Laps 1.GTU
13 93 TIGA GT286 Mazda 330 Kelly Marsh-Ron Pawley-Don Marsh 161 Laps 2.Lights
14 50 PONTIAC FIERO GTU-003 Terry Visger-Don Roberts 161 Laps 2.GTU
15 66 ROYALE RP40 Mazda JM16/097 Jim Rothbarth-Mike Meyer 161 Laps 3.Lights
16 69 PORSCHE 911 Luis Mendez-Roy Valverde 159 Laps 3.GTU
17 88 CHEVROLET CORVETTE Ron Grable-John Heinricy-Bobby Carradine 159 Laps 5.GTO
18 71 MAZDA RX7 Amos Johnson-Dennis Shaw 159 Laps 4.GTU
19 85 CHEVROLET CORVETTE Joseph DiLoretto-Jim Snelling-Scooter Patrick 155 Laps 6.GTO
20 11 LOLA T616 Mazda HU1 Chuck Kendall-Bart Kendall-Max Jones 155 Laps 4.Lights
21 87 CHEVROLET CORVETTE Don Knowles-Tommy Morrison-Bob McConnell 155 Laps 7.GTO
22 06 ALBA AR5 Buick Joe Varde-Jeff Kline 153 Laps 5.Lights
23 75 MAZDA RX7 Tom Kendall-Bob Reed 151 Laps 5.GTU
24 39 PORSCHE 934 Jim Torres-Monte Shelton 147 Laps 8.GTO
25  6 TIGA GT286 Buick 321 Charles Morgan-Logan Blackburn 145 Laps 6.Lights
26 24 SPICE FIERO Gordon Spice-Ray Bellm 143 Laps 7.Lights
27 17 MAZDA RX7 Al Bacon-Bill Van 138 Laps 6.GTU
28 14 PORSCHE 962 HR1 Al Holbert-Derek Bell 137 Laps 7.GTP
29 95 NISSAN 300ZX Bob Leitzinger-Lou Rettenmeier 121 Laps 7.GTU
30  7 FORD MUSTANG PROBE Klaus Ludwig-Tom Gloy 116 Laps 8.GTP
31 47 PONTIAC FIREBIRD Tommy Riggins-Craig Carter 112 Laps 9.GTO
32 55 PONTIAC FIERO GTU-001 Bob Earl-Dominic Dobson 100 Laps 8.GTU
33 34 PORSCHE 934 930 670 0161 Kikos Fonseca-Jamsal 91 Laps 10.GTO
34 90 CHEVROLET CAMARO Les Delano-Andy Peterey 78 Laps 11.GTO
35 98 TOYOTA CELICA Rocky Moran-Juan Fangio II 75 Laps 12.GTO
36 09 TIGA GT285 Mazda 286 Steve Durst-Mike Brockman 72 Laps 8.Lights
37 40 CHEVROLET CAMARO Pieter Baljet-Ric Moore-Ed Matthews 72 Laps 13.GTO
38 78 CHEVROLET CAMARO Allen Glick-Leo Franchi 60 Laps 14.GTO
39  9 TIGA GT286 Porsche 331 Deborah Gregg-Steve Millen 47 Laps 9.Lights
40 89 MERCURY CAPRI Vic Manuelli-Bruce Mallery-Rick Greaney 43 Laps 15.GTO
41 46 HAWK Buick Bob Lobenberg-Ken Madren 38 Laps 9.GTP
42 07 FORD MUSTANG PROBE Lyn St James-Pete Halsmer 36 Laps 10.GTP
43 44 JAGUAR XJR7 004 Bob Tullius-Chip Robinson 36 Laps 11.GTP
44 52 CHEVROLET CORVETTE GTP T710-HU1 Doc Bundy-Sarel van der Merwe 31 Laps 12.GTP
45 42 PONTIAC FIREBIRD Chuck McConnell-Russ Romer 29 Laps 16.GTO
46 83 NISSAN ZX Tc GTP T710-3 Geoff Brabham-Don Devendorf-Elliot Forbes Robinson 27 Laps 13.GTP
47 04 JAGUAR XJR7 002 Hurley Haywood 20 Laps 14.GTP
48 48 NISSAN 280ZX Doug Barnhold-Frank Honsowetz 16 Laps 9.GTU
49 45 HAWK Buick John Paul Jr-Bob Lobenberg 15 Laps 15.GTP
50 12 BUICK SOMERSET Jim Fitzgerald-Harold Shaefer 15 Laps 17.GTO
51 13 ARGO JM19 Mazda 109 Frank Rubino-Ray Mummery 12 Laps 10.Lights
52 01 ARGO JM16 Buick JM16/101 Don Bell 12 Laps 11.Lights
53 02 CHEVROLET CAMARO Tommy Byrne-Wally Dallenbach Jr 8 Laps 18.GTO
54 58 PORSCHE 930 930 670 0162 Rick Borlase-Jim Torres 8 Laps 19.GTO
55 32 NISSAN 280ZX Tc George Alderman 5 Laps 10.GTU
56 29 TIGA GT285 Mazda Paul Lewis-Ron Canizares-Bill Jacobson 3 Laps 12.Lights

Cars that did not start

   15 MARCH 85G Buick 2 John Kalagian-Jim Mullen GTP
   22 ROYALE RP40 Mazda Paul Corazzo-Ed Flemke Lights
   31 PORSCHE 911 Charles Price-Jon Longmire GTU
   36 PORSCHE 924GTR Paul Haas-Margie Smith-Haas GTU
   41 MAZDA RX7 Chaunce Wallace-Tom Fleming GTU
   51 DE TOMASO PANTERA John Storey-Gilbert Potts GTO
   60 CHEVROLET CAMARO David Ward-Joe Bowers GTO
   62 FORD MUSTANG Chris Marte-Tim Coconis GTO
   70 PORSCHE 911 Brent Regan-Jim Schofield-Larry Chmura GTO
   79 ALBA AR3 Oldsmobile Skeeter McKitterick-Bill Koll Lights
   81 MAZDA RX7 Paul Romano GTU
   84 NISSAN ZX Tc GTP Geoff Brabham-Don Devendorf-Elliot Forbes Robinson GTP
   91 PORSCHE 934 Chester Vincentz GTO
   96 NISSAN 200SX David Day-Al Rocca-Derek McKesson GTU
   07 FORD MUSTANG PROBE Lyn St James-Pete Halsmer GTP
   99 TOYOTA CELICA Chris Cord-Dennis Aase GTO

Dyson and Cobb earned it

It was round five of the 1986 championship, and the first race on the west coast. It featured a fifty four car field, with some new cars to be seen at this somewhat shortlived track. Very dusty and dangerous, it would be withdrawn from the racing scene two years later. The following events would strengthen this fact. In spite of these facts, a strong field would show up. Porsche had six cars, which were strongly driven. Al Holbert and Derek Bell were the crowd's favorites, with their Löwenbraü backed 962. They would have to face Rob Dyson's new car, which replaced the twice repaired old chassis. The team owner was co-driven for the first time by Price Cobb, who subbed for Drake Olson, who had another commitment. Bayside Disposal fielded a car for Bob Wollek and Paolo Barilla. Tgis car was Bridgestone shod. Jim Busby entered two cars, and he was firmly determined to reiterate the previous year's race, which saw an incredible one-two for his team. Darin Brassfield and Jochen Mass ran car #68 while Jim Busby and John Morton were at the wheel of car #67. The last car was the Coca Cola car, run by Bob Akin and James Weaver. Phil Conte had two Hawk Buicks, which were very fast cars. John Paul would prove once again very impressive, once again, while Bob Lobenberg and Ken Madren were not that far. Zakspeed USA entered two Ford Probes, driven by Klaus Ludwig-Tom Gloy and Lyn St James-Pete Halsmer. Group 44 fielded a Jaguar XJR7 for Bob Tullius and Chip Robinson while Electramotive brought in a much improved Nissan ZX T GTP. Geoff Brabham and Elliot Forbes Robinson would try to lead the car to the finish. Rick Hendrick's Chevrolet Corvette GTP was the last GTP car to fight for the win, with Sarel van der Merwe and Doc Bundy at the wheel. The car was now experiencing some trouble trying to keep up the pace, but the drivers were trying hard. John Hotschkis and Jim Adams had a venrable March 84G Porsche, and they were quite aware of the fact that it would be a harsh task to run with the big guns, so. The Lights class featured an interesting field, indeed, with the new Spice Fiero driven by Gordon Spice and Ray Bellm showing up as the favorite. They would be opposed to perenial champion Jim Downing who drove an Argo JM19 Mazda along with John Maffucci. Kelly and Don Marsh drove a similar car with Ron Pawley, while Jim Rothbarth and Mike Meyer had an older Royale, which was also Mazda powered. Don Bell fielded an Argo JM16 Buick, which drove with Robert Overby.An Alba AR2 Buick was entered, driven by Joe Varde and Jeff Kline, would prove very fast. Charles Morgan and Logan Blackburn were on the familiar Tiga GT286 Buick. Paul Lewis drove and older car, which was a GT285, and Chuck Kendall had purchased a Lola T616 Mazda. He would drive it with his son Bart and Max Jones.

The GTO class provided diversity, too, but it was mainly a Ford-Chevrolet battle which was displayed. Jack Roush had brought a single Ford Mustang which has proved to be quite unbeatable since its inception. Scott Pruett drove the 7-Eleven backed car with Bruce Jenner while a private Ford Thunderbird, entered by Dennis Brisken, would be a strong runner-up with Danny May at the wheel, along with Michael Chandler and Steve Cameron. The toughest competition for the Roush team certainly was the Peerless car, driven by Jack Baldwin and Jim Miller. It was perhaps the most evolved Camaro ever built. Furthermore, the car was extremely well driven, so it should do very well. AAR had brought a Toyota Celica Turbo for Rocky Moran and Juan Fangio II. The team was coming right from the GTU class, with some hopes to do well. The car needed some development. Another new car to be seen in this class was the Rocketsports entered Oldsmobile Toronado, driven by Gene Felton, Paul Gentilozzi and Bob Bergstrom. The team had debuted at Daytona and lacked the necessary experience, but it had the potential to do well. Dingman Bros was here too with one extremely competitive car, due to be driven by Tommy Riggins and Craig Carter. It was one of three possible winners to be quoted by the brokers.

Rob Dyson and Price Cobb survived the race to win.

Three Porsche 934 or 930 were entered, and not to be set aside as possible winners. Latino Racing had Kikos Fonseca and Jamsal running a 934, while BCW Racing fielded two cars, a 934 and a newer 930, which was to take over later in the season. Jim Torres and Monte Shelton drove the older car while Rick Borlase teamed up with Jim Torres in the new car. Brooks Racing entered a Chevrolet Camaro with Allen Glick and Leo Franchi at the wheel, Road Circuit Technology had replaced its usual Pontiac Firebird by a Chevrolet Camaro, driven by regular Les Delano and Andy Peterey. Canadian drivers Rick Moore and Pieter Baljet also drove a Chevrolet Camaro. Tommy Byrne had a very competitive car, too, which was entered by Spirit Racing, but he was running solo, which was somewhat weird in such a race! Local driver Vic Manuelli was co-driven by Rick Greaney in a Mercury Capri. Jim Fitzgerald was at the wheel of an unusual Buick Somerset, which was entered by Centurion Racing. This car was normally used in the American Challenge series, and it certainly was for test purposes. Morrison Cook Motorsports entered a pair of stock Chevrolet Corvettes. Those cars featured what would later fit in the future versions of the American sportscar. Don Knowles and Tony Morrison drove the first car while Ron Grable, John Heinricy and Bobby Carradine drove the other one. Another interesting car was the one entered by Di Loreto Racing, for Joseph di Loreto, Jom Snelling and veteran driver Scooter Patrick. Chuck McConnell and Russ Romer were at the wheel of another Pontiac Firebird. The GTU class was less exciting, but interesting, nonetheless. Mazda outnumbered the field, as per usual. Roger Mandeville and Amos Johnson were the favorites, but a pair of well-driven Pontiac Fieros could be a real threat. Bob Earl and Dominic Dobson on car number 55, and Terry Visger and Don Roberts on car number 50 had the tool to do a great job. CCR entered a RX7 with Tom Kendall and Bob Reed driving the most successful car ever in GTU. Amos Johnson and Dennis Shaw were at the wheel of the Team Highball machine. Al Bacon was partnered by Bill Van in his own car. A single Porsche 911 was entered, but Luis Mendez was a former GTO champion, and he was a very good driver, so he had some high hopes for this race. Bob Leitzinger entered the only Nissan 300ZX to be raced in GTU. The car was fast, but it needed to get more reliable. Lou Rettenmeier partnered him. George Alderman had brought his Nissan 280ZX T, which he would drive solo, while Doug Barnhold would drive the Datsun Alley car. The race would be run under a clear weather, and attrition would certainly play a major role in the outcome of the event. The practice sessions were dominated by John Paul Jr, who drove Phil Conte's Hawk Buick. He put a 1m32s103, which beat his previous mark, and he was followed by Geoff Brabham, who was a surprising second. Klaus Ludwig was third and Al Holbert only fourth.

The race should be very exciting, with no less than seven makes which were potential winners. At the start, John Paul, as expected, jumped in the lead with Klaus Ludwig on his tail, driving the Ford Probe. The two of them would pull out from the rest of the field very quickly. Just behind them, Geoff Brabham, Al Holbert and Bob Lobenberg followed. Don Bell, on an Argo JM16 Buick was the firstbto retire on lap one. Behind the two leaders, Bob Lobenberg, on the second Hawk Buick, was soon to become very aggressive in his driving, and he overtook Al Holbert and would challenge Geoff Brabham. Doc Bundy, in the Chevrolet Corvette GTP, pitted and lost five laps with engine misfire problems. It looked like Bob Lobenberg was to move ahead very fast, as he was behind his teammate by lap twelve. He overtook him one lap later, while John Paul seemed to slow down. He would soon pit with a turbo failure. Behind Bob Lobenberg, Klaus Ludwig and Al Holbert were dicing together. Geoff Brabham was to stop also, being struck with engine vibrations. He would restart, but on lap thirty, he would hit the wall after a steering failure


A caution period was thrown, and many cars would pit for fuel. After five laps the race restarted, and Al Holbert was in the lead, followed by Klaus Ludwig. In fact, his run would be a very short one, as the biggest crash ever to be recorded at an IMSA race was to happen on lap thirty six. Chip Robinson was attempting to pass Lyn St James and Doc Bundy was trying to do the same with the Ford driver. The three of them spun and flipped over the wall, and the three cars were destroyed. The Ford Probe burst into flames after being shot in the air while the Jaguar would hit the guardrail and literally explode. Miraculously, none of the drivers was hurt, but it seemed that none of them was able to really explain what happened. A very long caution period followed, in order to clean up the debris scattered on the course. A mini tornado took place somewhere outside the track, which added to the weirdness of that day. When the race restarted again, Bob Wollek, in the Bayside Disposal car, was in the lead, and running great. He lost a wheel shortly afterwards, and his position, of course. Klaus Ludwig and Tom Gloy were the new leaders, in the Ford Probe, but Price Cobb and Rob Dyson were closing in on them. Rob Dyson overtook Klaus Ludwig, soon to be passed by Al Holbert. The latter would take the lead shortly after. Klaus Ludwig then pitted for fuel, when another caution period was to be set. Jeff Kline, driving a Alba, tangled with the Chevrolet Camaro driven by Les Delano. The GTO car would slide and hit the spectator fencing and a camper parked nearby. Two people were injured, but the driver was left unhurt.

At the new restart, Bob Wollek and Paolo Barilla were again in the lead. They were followed by Al Holbert and Derek Bell, Klaus Ludwig-Tom Gloy and Rob Dyson-Price Cobb. The following laps would see a fierce battle between Paolo Barilla and Derek Bell, while Klaus Ludwig was slowing down. Four laps later, he was out of the race with a broken driveshaft. The race would end up in a bad way for the Bayside car, as Paolo Barilla pitted to repair a throttle linkage. The race would end up in a battle between Derek Bell and Price Cobb, but the Löwenbraü was soon to experience gearbox problems, too. Derek Bell was even seen passing the pit lane and steer to the right to get back to his pit, running backwards! He would restart, and finally retire later, with a ring and pinion worn out. Rob Dyson was in the lead for good. He would then hand the wheel to Price Cobb, who had a flawless run until the chequered. Darin Brassfield and Jochen Mass inherited the second place, one lap down, while the sister car would pit with turbo problems. It would not be the same as the previous year for Busby Racing! Third was the Bayside Motorsport Porsche 962 driven by Bob Wollek and Paolo Barilla, while Bob Akin and James Weaver were fourth, but clearly outpaced in this race. The Lights class was won by Jim Downing and John Maffucci, who were followed by Kelly and Don Marsh, who drove a similar car.

The GTO class was dominated by the Ford Mustang driven by Scott Pruett and Bruce Jenner, but the car had to be pushed back for repairs. Jack Baldwin and Jim Miller were happy to win their first GTO class win. The Ford finshed second while third place was taken by the very competitive Brisken Racing Ford Thunderbird driven by Michael Chandler, Steve Cameron and Danny May. The GTU class was won by Roger Mandeville and Danny Smith in their familiar Mandeville Auto Tech Mazda RX7. Terry Visger and Don Roberts were second in a Huffaker Racing Pontiac Fiero which was getting more and more competitive. Amos Johnson and Dennis Shaw ended up third in their reliable Team Highball Mazda RX7. Bob Earl and Dominic Dobson were fighting for the win when their clutch faltered. A very interesting race, however. Price Cobb and Rob Dyson were happy winners, with a new car again. As a conclusion, a very attractive race, with many lead changes, but also with many race incidents. The course appeared to be unsuited to modern sportscars and would be later withdrawn from the IMSA schedule in 1988.