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 1 60 JAGUAR XJR9 D TWR-J12C-288 Martin Brundle-Raul Boesel-John Nielsen 728 Laps 1.GTP
 2 67 PORSCHE 962 108C Bob Wollek-Mauro Baldi-Brian Redman 727 Laps 2.GTP
 3 66 JAGUAR XJR9 D TWR-J12C-188 Eddie Cheever-John Watson-Johnny Dumfries 713 Laps 3.GTP
 4 86 PORSCHE 962 121 Hans Stuck-Klaus Ludwig-Sarel van der Merwe 694 Laps 4.GTP
 5 15 PORSCHE 962 HR2 Jim Rothbarth-Bernard Jourdain-Michel Jourdain-Rob Stevens 680 Laps 5.GTP
 6  1 PORSCHE 962 HR4 A. J. Foyt-Al Unser, Jr-Elliot Forbes-Robinson 675 Laps 6.GTP
 7 14 PORSCHE 962 HR1 Al Holbert-Chip Robinson-Derek Bell 660 Laps 7.GTP
 8 09 SPICE FIREBIRD GTP PSGTPL1 Steve Durst-Mike Brockman-Bob Earl-Gary Belcher 651 Laps 8.GTP
 9 16 PORSCHE 962 120 Price Cobb-James Weaver-Rob Dyson-Vern Schuppan 638 Laps 9.GTP
10 11 MERCURY MERKUR XR4Ti Scott Pruett-Paul Miller-Bobby Akin-Pete Halsmer 634 Laps 1.GTO
11 03 CHEVROLET CAMARO Buz McCall-Paul Dallenbach-Max Jones-Jack Baldwin 634 Laps 2.GTO
12  9 TIGA GT286 CHEVROLET 322 David Simpson-Tom Hessert-David Loring 617 Laps 1.Lights
13 63 ARGO JM19 MAZDA 107 Jim Downing-Howard Katz-Hiro Matsushita 615 Laps 2.Lights
14 55 SPICE FIERO PSGTPL2 Terry Visger-Paul Lewis-Jon Woodner 599 Laps 3.Lights
15 71 MAZDA RX7 Amos Johnson-Dennis Shaw-Bob Lazier 598 Laps 1.GTU
16 38 MAZDA RX7 Roger Mandeville-Kelly Marsh-Don Marsh 597 Laps 3.GTO
17 04 PORSCHE 911 911 210 0224 Gary Auberlen-Bill Auberlen-Cary Eisenlohr-Adrian Gang 586 Laps 2.GTU
18 89 PORSCHE 911 Peter Uria-Jack Refenning-Larry Figaro-Rusty Scott 577 Laps 3.GTU
19 47 MAZDA RX7 Richard Oakley-Matt Mnich-Doug Mills- 573 Laps 4.GTU
20 33 MERCURY CAPRI Andy Petery-Les Delano-Craig Carter 568 Laps 4.GTO
21 01 SPICE FIERO 001 Don Bell-Charles Morgan-Costas Los 566 Laps 4.Lights
22 19 TIGA GT286 MAZDA Ron McKay-Bill Jacobson-Jim Brown 557 Laps 5.Lights
23 42 FABCAR PORSCHE FEP-001 John Higgins-Jack Newsum-Howard Cherry-Tim McAdam 554 Laps 6.Lights
24 95 NISSAN 300ZX Bob Leitzinger-Butch Leitzinger-Chuck Kurtz 541 Laps 5.GTU
25 68 CHEVROLET CORVETTE Greg Walker-King Smith-Scott Lagasse 527 Laps 5.GTO
26 61 JAGUAR XJR9 D TWR-J12C-388 Davy Jones-Danny Sullivan-Jan Lammers 512 Laps 10.GTP
27 80 ALBA AR6 Ferrari Martino Finotto-Guido Dacco-Pietro Silva 506 Laps 7.Lights
28 99 TOYOTA CELICA Tc Willy T. Ribbs-Rocky Moran-Juan-Manuel Fangio II 502 Laps 6.GTO
29 36 ARGO JM16 MAZDA John Grooms-Tom Bagley-John Fergus-Frank Jellinek 496 Laps 8.Lights
30 18 PORSCHE CARRERA RSR 911 460 0035 Bob Beasley-Steve Volk-Jack Lewis 490 Laps 7.GTO
31 84 CHEVROLET CAMARO Bill Wessel-Craig Rutright-Garrett Jenkins 479 Laps 8.GTO
32  5 CHEVROLET CORVETTE Bill Adam-Chip Mead-Tommy Archer 467 Laps 9.GTO
33 56 PORSCHE 911 Karl Durkheimer-Monte Shelton-Jim Torres-Nort Northam 455 Laps 6.GTU
34 75 MAZDA RX7 Bart Kendall-Johnny Unser-Tom Frank 446 Laps 7.GTU
35 17 MAZDA RX7 Al Bacon-Bob Reed-John Hogdal 445 Laps 8.GTU
36  7 FORD PROBE Bruce Jenner-Scott Goodyear-Arie Luyendyjk-Tom Gloy 418 Laps 11.GTP
37 98 TOYOTA CELICA Turbo Chris Cord-Dennis Aase-Steve Millen 416 Laps 10.GTO
38 92 PONTIAC FIREBIRD Anthony Puleo-Steve Zwiren-Mark Montgomery  402 Laps 11.GTO
39  2 CHEVROLET CORVETTE Greg Pickett-John Jones-Tommy Riggins 398 Laps 12.GTO
40 76 MAZDA RX7 John Morton-Parnelli Jones-P. J. Jones 389 Laps 13.GTO
41  6 MERCURY MERKUR XR4Ti Kenper Miller-Bobby Akin-Paul Gentilozzi M004 388 Laps 14.GTO
42 23 ARGO JM16 BUICK George Petrilak-Rex McDaniel-Bruce MacInnes 379 Laps 9.Lights
43  4 SPICE SE88P BUICK 002 Scott Schubot-Linda Ludemann-Jim Miller 369 Laps 10.Lights
44 22 MERCURY CAPRI Mark Martin-Lyn St. James-Deborah Gregg-Pete Halsmer 349 Laps 14.GTO
45 81 CHEVROLET CAMARO Ken Bupp-Guy Church-Kent Painter-Jack Boxstrom 345 Laps 15.GTO
46 72 TIGA GC286 FORD 336 Mike Allison-Stephen Hynes-Chris Ashmore 329 Laps 12.GTP
47 35 ROYALE RP40 PORSCHE 1 Mandy Gonzalez-Skip Winfree-Manuel Villa-John Schneider 302 Laps 11.Lights
48 79 SPICE FIERO 003 Skeeter McKitterick-Bill Koll-Tom Winters-Claude Ballot-Léna-Mario Hytten 297 Laps 12.Lights
49 51 PORSCHE 911 Colin Richard-Rene Azcona-Bob Copeman 278 Laps 10.GTU
50  3 PORSCHE 962 128 Oscar Larrauri-Massimo Sigala-Gianfranco Brancatelli 277 Laps 13.GTP
51 39 PONTIAC FIREBIRD Bob Hebert-Paul Reisman-Andy Strasser 269 Laps 16.GTO
52 82 MAZDA RX7 Dick Greer-Mike Mees-John Finger 243 Laps 11.GTU
53 31 MARCH 86G BUICK Steve Phillips-Jeff Andretti-Michael Roe 213 Laps 14.GTP
54 06 TIGA GT286 BUICK 321 Ron Nelson-Bobby Brown-Billy Hagan-Sterling Marlin 165 Laps 13.Lights
55 29 CHEVROLET CAMARO Hoyt Overbagh-Oma Kimtrough-Chris Gennone-David Kicak 165 Laps 17.GTO
56 58 LOLA T616 MAZDA Jonathan Green-Joseph Hamilton-Bill Bean-Gary Wonzer 151 Laps 14.Lights
57 28 MAZDA RX7 Russ Church-Daniel Urrutia-E. J. Generotti-Dennis Vitolo 150 Laps 12.GTU
58 27 ARGO JM19 MAZDA 106 Jim Fowells-Dave Cowart-Ray Mummery 146 Laps 15.Lights
59 88 ARGO JM19B Ferrari 118 Steve Johnson-Bob Strait-Geoff Nicol 132 Laps 16.Lights
60 40 ALBA AR2 Ferrari Uli Bieri-Angelo Pallavicini-Paolo Guatamacchi-Tommy Johnson 126 Laps 17.Lights
61 44 JAGUAR XJR7 001 Bob Tullius-Hurley Haywood-Whitney Ganz 122 Laps 15.GTP
62 12 BUICK SOMERSET Bobby Allison-ClifFORD Allison-Dick Danielson 104 Laps 18.GTO
63 10 PORSCHE 962 HR5 John Hotchkis-Jim Adams-John Hotchkis, Jr 98 Laps 16.GTP
64 05 ADA 03 FORD 003 Wayne Taylor-Ian Harrower-Ian Flux-Stanley Dickens 88 Laps 17.Lights
65 08 MAZDA RX7 Paul Romano-Steve Burgner-Bill Colom-Jeff Green 87 Laps 13.GTU
66 48 FABCAR PORSCHE FEP-002 Lorenzo Lamas-Charles Monk-Perry King 80 Laps 18.Lights
67 24 MARCH 84G BUICK 2 Jim Briody-Bob Nagel-John McComb 80 Laps 18.GTP
68 97 SPICE FIERO 004 Claude Ballot-Léna-Jean-Louis Ricci-Olindo Iacobelli 77 Laps 19.Lights
69 21 ALBA AR5 BUICK John Wood-Brent O'Neill-David Rocha 68 Laps 19.GTP
70 53 DODGE DAYTONA Tim Evans-Jack Broomall-Garth Ullom-Neil Hanneman 66 Laps 14.GTU
71 00 DODGE DAYTONA Kal Showket-Dorsey Schroeder-Phil Currin 62 Laps 15.GTU
72 96 URD C82 BMW Phil Mahre-Steve Mahre-Hellmut Mundas 60 Laps 20.GTP
73 20 MARCH 84G PONTIAC Bill McDill-Richard McDill-Tom Juckette 54 Laps 21.GTP
74 30 MARCH 86G BUICK Gianpiero Moretti-Paolo Barilla-Michael Roe 39 Laps 22.GTP
75 94 CHEVROLET CAMARO Lance Van Every-Rusty Bond-Rusty Bond 18 Laps 19.GTO

Cars that did not start

    8 FABCAR GTP Chevrolet 001 Chip Mead-Tim McAdam GTP
   45 CHEVROLET CORVETTE Karl Keck-Mark Kennedy-Gary Wonzer-Brian Cameron GTO
   65 ROYALE RP40 Buick Gary English-Jerry Thompson-Gene Felton-Mike Laws Lights
   77 FORD MUSTANG PROBE Arie Luyendijk-Tom Gloy-Tom Pumpelly GTP
   52 CHEVROLET CORVETTE GTP T8610-HU02 Elliot Forbes Robinson GTP
   34 UKINA Jaguar Sid Collins-Paul Carpenter-Bert Struble Lights
   54 LOLA T616 Mazda Joseph Hamilton-Jonathan Green-Gary Wonzer-Brian Cameron-Rusty Scott-Buzz Cason Lights

Jaguar did it

New technical rules were welcomed by the 1988 competitors, which were supposed to give the Porsche opponents a better chance at winning a race. Power was reduced to 650 hp, a trick also aimed at improving reliability and costs. The beginning of the season saw the arrival of the TWR Jaguar XJR9s, cars fitted with V12 engines which should give the Porsche 962s a run for their money. Jan Lammers, Davy Jones and Danny Sullivan would drive one car, Eddie Cheever, Johnny Dumfries and John Watson the second one and Martin Brundle, John Nielsen and Raul Boesel the last one. The Group 44 car was still entered, with Bob Tullius, Hurley Haywood and Whitney Ganz at the wheel. Porsche had six cars, with Derek Bell, Chip Robinson and Al Holbert car sporting a new livery. The Dyson Racing car was driven by Price Cobb, Rob Dyson, James Weaver and Vern Schuppan. Bayside Motorsport had a 962 for Klaus Ludwig, Hans Stuck and Bruce Leven, Brun Motorsport entered a car driven by Oscar Larrauri, Massimo Sigala and Gianfranco Brancatelli. BF Goodrich relied on Bob Wollek, Mauro Baldi and Brian Redman. AJ Foyt, Al Unser Jr and EFR drove the Foyt Racing car. Two less competitive entries were recorded with John Hotschkis-Jim Adams and Jim Rothbarth-Bernard Jourdain. Two Ford Probes were entered by Tom Milner, with Arie Luyendijk, Bruce Jenner, Tom Gloy and Tommy Schweiz running on both cars. An ADA Cosworth for Ian Harrower, Ian Flux and Stanley Dickens and a Tiga GT286 Cosworth, entered by Roy Baker for Chris Ashmore, Mike Allison and Stephen Hynes, those two cars were classified as GTPs as their engine had four valves per cylinder. Another new car was the Fabcar Chevrolet GTP. Chip Mead and Tim McAdam would share the driving. Phil and Steve Mahre have purchased an URD BMW and try their hand at this new category. Gianpiero Moretti fielded two March 86G Buick, he drove one of them with Michael Roe and Paolo Barilla. An older March 84G Pontiac was entered by Bill McDill, while an Alba Buick was driven by David Rocha and John Wood. A new Spice SE88P Pontiac, with a 4,5L engine, was entered for Steve Durst, Mike Brockman and Bob Earl.

Twenty one Lights cars would fight it out, with many cars capable of winning. Spice cars seemed to have an edge over the opposition, but a nice share of Argos and Tigas had a chance at taking the class win. The GTO class was probably the most exciting one, with Ford and Chevrolet fighting against high tech Toyota Celicas. The Roush Ford Mustangs had been replaced by Mercury Merkurs and Protofab now entered state of the art Chevrolet Corvettes. a trirotor Mazda RX7, entered by Roger Mandeville could only play second fiddle. Bobby Allison was here with a Buick Somerset, co-driven by Dick Danielson. The GTU class was to be another Mazda versus Porsche battle, but a trio of Dodge Daytonas was to be seen. Full Time Racing entered one car for Kal Showket-Dorsey Schroeder and Phil Currin, Shelby Racing another one for Garth Ullom-Jack Broomall and Tim Evans. The practice sessions saw Mauro Baldi do a 1m38s917, quite close to the 1985 record.

The weather was especially cold, but it would improve for the race. The Fabcar Chevrolet would not show up, as well as one Ford Probe and a Lola T616 Mazda. However, the second Momo March 86G Buick, which did not even practice, would start from the pits. Seventy five cars lined up in front of the pits, they would have one single pace lap before starting when the green flag is on. Jan Lammers jumped into the lead, followed by Bob Wollek but Price Cobb, apparently eager to take the lead, would overtake the both of them! He was in the lead after one lap, followed by Oscar Larrauri, Jan Lammers, Bob Wollek and Eddie Cheever. The leaders would catch up the slower cars during the third lap, and Price Cobb would maintain a very strong pace. Hans Stuck was also running strong and would find himself in second place, just before the first refueling session. Then it was Oscar Larrauri, Price Cobb and Bob Wollek during the next lap. Al Holbert would stop and keep running while everybody else was to switch drivers. He was in second place behind James Weaver, but the latter would have to stop for gearbox problems. Al Holbert was now in the lead and the car would dominate the race for a while. Hans Stuck and Klaus Ludwig, partnered by Sarel van der Merwe, were now in second place, but Hans Stuck would tangue with a slower car and lose twenty laps, his suspension having suffered a bit. Eddie Cheever and Johnny Dumfries would find themselves in second place after four hours, followed by Bob Wollek and Mauro Baldi. The BF Goodrich Porsche 962 was running faster than the Jaguar XJR9 and would soon be in the second spot. After five hours, Eddie Cheever and Johnny Dumfries were behind teammates Jan Lammers and Davy Jones, now in third place. The Brun Motorsport Porsche 962 was now in fifth place. The Group 44 Jaguar XJR7 had already retired with a broken cv joint. It was its very last race. Bob Wollek and Mauro Baldi took the lead after six hours, followed by Al Holbert and Chip Robinson, who were on the same lap. They would relinquish the lead to the Holbert Racing car two hours later, but the Jaguar XJR9s were closing on. Jan Lammers, Davy Jones and Dany Sullivan were accelerating and took the lead after ten hours.


Jim Busby passing two cars on the banking

The four leading cars were on the same lap and the race was getting exciting! A shower would add some more and drivers would switch for rain tires. The two Porsches were back in the lead, followed by the Jaguar driven by Eddie Cheever. Oscar Larrauri had retired his Porsche and the Foyt Racing car had an off course. Al Holbert was leading the race after sixteen hours, followed by two Jaguars. Bob Wollek lost two laps while leaving the pits with cold tires. But he was soon to get back into the lead, with Eddie Cheever and Johnny Dumfries just behind him. Martin Brundle, John Nielsen and Raul Boesel, whose Jaguar was now running smoothly, were now in third place. Jan Lammers, Davy Jones and Danny Sullivan were to retire when the engine expired. The Jaguar driven by Eddie Cheever suddenly experienced glitches and would have to slow down. It was now the third Jaguar XJR9 which was going to take the lead. The BF Goodrich Porsche 962 and the Jaguar would swap positions for hours, and the British car would stretch its lead when Brian Redman would lose one tire in front of the pits. After another caution period, an incident would occur, with the pace car seemingly willing to help the Porsche 962 gain one lap over the Jaguar. Mauro Baldi would take advantage of this and go for a refueling, but he would spin while exiting pit lane. His hood was dangling, and the pace car was still on the track. The Time lost was due to the fact that the Team had no spare hood, the team had to get its supplies from Porsche Motorsport! One lap was lost, which meant that the race was virtually over. The Holbert Racing Porsche retired with a broken engine, so the second Jaguar XJR9, driven by Eddie Cheever, Johnny Dumfries and John Watson took third place overall. The GTO race saw every leading car collapse, and the Skoal Bandit Chevrolet Camaro inherited the lead in the end, but the Roush Racing Mercury , driven by Scott Pruett, Paul Miller, Bobby Akin and Pete Halsmer finally took the win after losing time during the early spots. The Lights class saw a Tiga GT286 Chevrolet win with Tom Hessert, Daving Loring and David Simpson beating the Argo JM19 Mazda entered by Jim Downing. The GTU class was claimed by the Team Highball Mazda RX7 driven by Amos Johnson, Dennis Shaw and Bob Lazier. It was the fourth win in a row for Amos Johnson, who entered the legend by doing so. Gary Auberlen, Adrian Gang and Cary Eisenlohr ended up in second place, twelve laps down. It was the very first win for Jaguar at Daytona, which ended a fifteen year domination.