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 1 99 TOYOTA CELICA Tc Willy T.Ribbs 74 Laps 1.GTO
 2 26 CHEVROLET CAMARO Greg Pickett 74 Laps 2.GTO
 3 22 FORD MUSTANG Tom Gloy 74 Laps 3.GTO
 4  4 PONTIAC FIERO Spice-GTO-001 Bob Earl 74 Laps 4.GTO
 5 38 MAZDA RX7 Roger Mandeville 73 Laps 5.GTO
 6 28 CHEVROLET CAMARO Tommy Riggins 72 Laps 6.GTO
 7 33 NISSAN 300ZX Tc Paul Newman 72 Laps 7.GTO
 8 11 FORD MUSTANG Lyn St James 72 Laps 8.GTO
 9 71 PONTIAC FIREBIRD Mike Downs 71 Laps 9.GTO
10 65 FORD MUSTANG Jerry Clinton-Morris Clement 69 Laps 10.GTO
11 55 PONTIAC FIERO GTU-001 Terry Visger 69 Laps 1.GTU
12 91 PORSCHE 930S 009 00030 Chet Vincentz-John Bauer 69 Laps 11.GTO
13 32 NISSAN 300ZX Max Jones 69 Laps 2.GTU
14 75 MAZDA RX7 Tom Kendall 68 Laps 3.GTU
15 82 MAZDA RX7 Dick Greer-John Finger 49 Laps 4.GTU
16 85 MAZDA RX7 Bart Kendall 66 Laps 5.GTU
17 89 PORSCHE 914/6 470 29 00076 Ray Hendricks-Bruce Jones 65 Laps 6.GTU
18 86 NISSAN 280ZX Jim Lively 64 Laps 7.GTU
19 47 MAZDA RX7 Richard Oakley 64 Laps 8.GTU
20 20 PORSCHE 914/6 Mark Altman-Gary Altman 64 Laps 9.GTU
21 88 MAZDA RX7 Guy Church-E.J Generotti 63 Laps 10.GTU
22 18 MAZDA RX7 Dennis Chambers-Chaunce Wallace 62 Laps 11.GTU
23 16 MAZDA RX7 Carlos Bobeda-George Robinson 60 Laps 12.GTU
24 71 MAZDA RX7 Amos Johnson 50 Laps 13.GTU
25 76 CHEVROLET CAMARO 861 Jack Baldwin 48 Laps 12.GTO
26 56 PORSCHE 911 Karl Durkheimer 47 Laps 14.GTU
27 26 PONTIAC FIREBIRD Del Taylor-Charles Weaver 47 Laps 13.GTO
28 87 NISSAN 300ZX Harry Gershenson-Clark Crawford 41 Laps 15.GTU
29 98 TOYOTA CELICA Tc Chris Cord 38 Laps 14.GTO
30 17 MAZDA RX7 Al Bacon 34 Laps 16.GTU
31 95 NISSAN 300ZX Bob Leitzinger 33 Laps 17.GTU
32 31 MAZDA RX7 Steve DePoyster-Ray Danton 32 Laps 18.GTU
33 84 PONTIAC FIERO Clay Young 31 Laps 15.GTO
34  1 FORD MUSTANG Scott Pruett 28 Laps 16.GTO
35 96 PONTIAC FIREBIRD Gene Felton-Wes Burnette 27 Laps 17.GTO
36 52 CHEVROLET CAMARO Ron Fariss-Fletcher Williams 27 Laps 18.GTO
37 41 MAZDA RX7 Helmut Silberberger-Dennis Krueger 26 Laps 19.GTU
38 30 CHEVROLET CAMARO Walt Bohren 22 Laps 19.GTO
39 08 MAZDA RX7 Paul Romano 22 Laps 20.GTU
40 57 NISSAN 300ZX Reed Kryder 8 Laps 21.GTU
41 21 PORSCHE 911 Fred Apgar 8 Laps 20.GTO
42 14 CHEVROLET CAMARO Fred Woltz 4 Laps 21.GTO
43 81 CHEVROLET CORVETTE Anthony Puleo 3 Laps 22.GTO
44 15 PONTIAC FIERO GTU-002 Dick Murray 0 Lap 22.GTU

Cars that did not start

Willy T Ribbs again

The race was to feature a nice field of GT cars, with 21 GTO and 23 GTU entries. This race saw the debut of the Protofab Morrison Chevrolet Corvette, which was to be driven by Greg Pickett. This car was designed by Bob Riley and built by Protofab. Another interesting entry was the Newman/Sharp Nissan 300ZX 2+2 driven by Paul Newman, who was always at home at Road Atlanta. Gene Felton was back with a new Pontiac Firebird built by the Team of Wes Burnette. Roger Mandeville was also back with a rebuilt car, which proved to be quite efficient. The practice proved to be very fast, with Jack Baldwin setting a new GT track record with 1m20s987. Willy T Ribbs Toyota Celica was second, but nearly one second down. Behind them were Chris Cord, Scott Pruett, Tom Gloy, Greg Pickett and Bob Earl's Pontiac Fiero. Paul Newman was only in 9th place, but he was hampered by a broken sway bar.

The race would feature another Chevrolet-Toyota-Ford battle, with Pontiac and Nissan waiting for their time. Willy T Ribbs did not want to wait for someone to pave the way, so he took the lead in the very first turn of the race. Jack Baldwin, Scott Pruett and Chris Cord followed closely, and Tom Gloy, Greg Pickett and Bob Earl did what they could to follow the four of them. Paul Newman was running behind, with a car that wore its rear tires. Behind those guys, Roger Mandeville drove with Walt Bohren Chevrolet Camaro and Chet Vincentz Porsche 934. Jack Baldwin managed to take the lead from Willy T Ribbs on lap 18. Scott Pruett and Chris Cord were 5s behind. Tom Gloy and Greg Pickett were slightly behind. Aided by a huge traffic, Scott Pruett managed to get past Willy T Ribbs, then Jack Baldwin, who had begun to lose his edge. While the Ford Mustang seemed to get away from the pack, Scott Pruett's car would break its transmission and eventually retire on lap 28. Jack Baldwin Chevrolet Camaro was having trouble with tire wear, and he began to lose ground on the leaders. Willy T Ribbs and Chris Cord were now one-two. Tom Gloy and Greg Pickett were farther (15s) the Toyota duo. As the refueling pit stop session was approaching, however, Chris Cord would experience one of his very rare dnf of the season. He was hit by Steve dePoyster's Mazda RX7, and had to retire on lap 38. After everyone had pitted, except Bob Earl in his Pontiac Fiero, Willy T Ribbs, now in second place, had only two seconds over Jack Baldwin and five over Greg Pickett. The Toyota overtook Bob Earl's Pontiac Fiero on the front straight on lap 48. Jack Baldwin broke his differential one lap later. Bob Earl then pitted, letting Greg Pickett in second place, just ahead of Tom Gloy. It looked in the first place That the Chevrolet Corvette could get closer to the Toyota, but the engine lost a cylinder. In fact, it was Tom Gloy, in a Ford Mustang, who could get close to the Corvette, but he would miss second place by four seconds. Bob Earl kept his fourth place, fifty second in arrears. Roger Mandeville took fifth while Paul Newman was seventh, two laps down.

The GTU class saw an avid battle between the Pontiac Fiero driven by Terry Visger and the Nissan 300ZX driven by Max Jones, which could count on a very high top speed on the straights. Terry Visger was faster in practice, but the Nissan was right behind him. The Pontiac Fiero was able to run without having to pit for fuel. The Nissan had to pit for fuel, so the strategy was quite simple : run as fast as possible before refueling. While Max Jones pulled ahead of the pack, Terry Visger ran his pace. Amos Johnson overtook him on lap 10. He would have to pit later with a broken differential. Max Jones had gathered a 30s lead over Terry Visger when he pitted for fuel. When he was back, he was 30s down. His car began to jump out of gear, so his hopes for victory began to fade away. So all he had to do was maintain his second place, which he did somewhat easily. Terry Visger won his third straight race, and he was already wondering why his schedule was so limited. Tom Kendall reliable and old Mazda RX7 finished third, one lap down.