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 1 83 NISSAN ZX Tc GTP 88-01 Chip Robinson-Geoff Brabham-Arie Luyendijk 330 Laps 1.GTP
 2 61 JAGUAR XJR9D TWR-J12C-388 Price Cobb-John Nielsen 328 Laps 2.GTP
 3 86 PORSCHE 962 139 James Weaver-Dominic Dobson 320 Laps 3.GTP
 4 30 PORSCHE 962 001GS Gianpiero Moretti-Massimo Sigala-Michael Roe-Derek Bell 317 Laps 4.GTP
 5  0 PORSCHE 962C 129 Frank Jelinski-Jean Louis Ricci-Bob Wollek 315 Laps 5.GTP
 6 10 PORSCHE 962 HR5/F02 Jim Adams-John Hotschkis-John Hotschkis Jr NISSAN 300ZX Laps 6.GTP
 7 55 SPICE FIREBIRD PSGTPL2 Bob Lesnett-Dan Marvin 292 Laps 1.Lights
 8 11 MERCURY COUGAR XR7 Wally Dallenbach Jr-Dorsey Schroeder 292 Laps 1.GTO
 9  9 SPICE SE88P Buick Tom Hessert-Charles Morgan 290 Laps 2.Lights
10 16 MERCURY COUGAR XR7 Pete Halsmer-Bob Earl 288 Laps 2.GTO
11 33 SPICE FIREBIRD 002 Costas Los-Jeff Kline-Dieter Quester 285 Laps 7.GTP
12 38 MAZDA RX7 Roger Mandeville-Kelly Marsh-Gary Drummond 284 Laps 3.GTO
13 90 MERCURY CAPRI Les Delano-Andy Peterey-Craig Carter 282 Laps 4.GTO
14 60 JAGUAR XJR9D TWR-J12C-288 Jan Lammers-Davy Jones 281 Laps 8.GTP
15 74 PONTIAC FIERO George Robinson-Bart Kendall-Johnny Unser 278 Laps 1.GTU
16 82 MAZDA RX7 Dick Greer-Mike Mees-John Finger 273 Laps 2.GTU
17 71 MAZDA RX7 Amos Johnson-Dennis Shaw-Paul Lewis-Dan Robson 272 Laps 3.GTU
18 19 TIGA GT288 Buick 367 Reggie Smith-Michael Dow-Monte Shalett 270 Laps 3.Lights
19 89 PORSCHE 911 Peter Uria-Jack Refenning-Freddy Baker 268 Laps 4.GTU
20 09 SPICE SE88P Buick Steve Durst-Mike Brockman-Jay Cochran-Tony Belcher 263 Laps 9.GTP
21 43 FABCAR Porsche FEP-002 Charles Monk-Lorenzo Lamas-John Higgins-Chip Mead 254 Laps 4.Lights
22 72 PORSCHE 911 Jay Kjoller-Patrick Mooney-Steve Volk 248 Laps 5.GTU
23 03 CHEVROLET CAMARO Max Jones-Buz McCall 246 Laps 5.GTO
24 63 ARGO JM19 Mazda 107 Jim Downing-John O'steen-Howard Katz 246 Laps 5.Lights
25  4 SPICE SE88P Buick 002 Scott Schubot-Linda Ludemann-Tom Blackaller 245 Laps 6.Lights
26 57 NISSAN 300ZX Reed Kryder-John Gimble-Frank del Vecchio 245 Laps 6.GTU
27 18 CHEVROLET CAMARO Ken Bupp-Rob Peters 244 Laps 6.GTO
28 87 MAZDA RX7 Lance Stewart-Ron Cortez-Jeff Alkazian 243 Laps 7.GTU
29 95 NISSAN 240SX Bob Leitzinger-Butch Leitzinger-Chuck Kurtz 228 Laps 8.GTU
30 62 PORSCHE 911 Alex Job-Chris Kraft-Rusty Bond 225 Laps 9.GTU
31 12 TIGA GT286 Mazda 342 Tomas Lopez-Al Rocca-Carlos Bobeda 225 Laps 7.Lights
32 17 MAZDA RX7 Al Bacon-Bob Reed 216 Laps 10.GTU
33 75 NISSAN 300ZX John Morton-Steve Millen 215 Laps 7.GTO
34 40 TIGA GT286 Ferrari 341 Martino Finotto-Paolo Guatamacchi-Uli Bieri 193 Laps 8.Lights
35 47 CHEVROLET CAMARO Ferdinand de Lesseps-Luis Sereix-Chaunce Wallace-Hervé Regout 189 Laps 8.GTO
36 48 BMW 325 Mike Graham-Dave Russell-Alan Crouch 187 Laps 11.GTU
37 67 PORSCHE 962 108C/C02 Bob Wollek-Derek Bell-John Andretti 184 Laps 10.GTP
38 44 CHEVROLET CORVETTE Tim Morgan-Marcus Opie-Peter Morgan-Charles Bair 171 Laps 9.GTO
39 98 TOYOTA 88C 87C-007 Chris Cord-Steve Bren-Drake Olson 149 Laps 11.GTP
40 53 CHEVROLET CAMARO Richard McDill-Bill McDill 146 Laps 10.GTO
41 22 MAZDA RX7 Guy Church-E.J Generotti-Louis D'Agostino 141 Laps 12.GTU
42 25 ARGO JM19 Buick 113 Brent O'neill-Steve Shelton-Don Courtney-George Wilkie 137 Laps 9.Lights
43  2 CHEVROLET CORVETTE John Jones-Hunter Jones-Richard Andison 116 Laps 11.GTO
44 50 PORSCHE 911 Rudy Bartling-Rainer Brezinka-Fritz Hochreuter 115 Laps 13.GTU
45 68 PORSCHE 911 Luis Mendez-Mandy Gonzalez-Tato Ferrer 101 Laps 14.GTU
46 45 PORSCHE 911 Charles Slater-Kenneth Brady-Norm Dupont 93 Laps 15.GTU
47 05 OLDSMOBILE TORONADO Ken Hendrick-Dan Gallant 90 Laps 12.GTO
48  7 MAZDA RX7 Juan Negron-Chiqui Soldevilla-Luis Gordillo 72 Laps 16.GTU
49 42 PONTIAC FIREBIRD Del Taylor-Mark Montgomery 58 Laps 13.GTO
50 46 CHEVROLET CAMARO Gene Whipp-Daniel Urrutia-Gary Smith 20 Laps 14.GTO
51 58 LOLA T616 Mazda Bill Bean-Gary Wonzer-Bruce Westcott-Michael Dow 19 Laps 10.Lights
52 84 NISSAN ZX Tc GTP 88-03 Arie Luyendijk-Chip Robinson-Geoff Brabham 14 Laps 12.GTP
53 39 PHOENIX JG2 Chevrolet John Gunn-Chip Mead-Gary Belcher 10 Laps 13.GTP

Cars that did not start

   00 DODGE DAYTONA Kal Showket-Neil Hanneman GTU
   99 EAGLE HF89 Toyota Willy T.Ribbs-Juan Fangio II GTP
   ## TIGA GT285 Mazda Tommy Johnson-Buzzy Smith Lights
   01 SPICE FIREBIRD 001 Michael Dow-George Wilkie-Andrew Gilbert-Scott Lights
   07 DODGE DAYTONA Joe Varde-Tommy Riggins GTU
   31 CHEVROLET CAMARO Anthony Puleo-Richard Valentine-Phil Currin GTO
   46 NISSAN 280Z Adriano Abreu GTU
   70 ARGO JM19 Mazda Tom Blackaller-Jim Downing Lights
   76 CHEVROLET CORVETTE GTP T8811-HU01 Jack Baldwin-Tom Pumpelly GTP
   79 SPICE FIREBIRD 003 ## Lights

Nissan's first

53 cars were entered for the second race of the 1989 season. For the first time, Nissan had opted to contest this prestigious event. So it would challenge Jaguar, Porsche, Toyota and Spice. Two cars were entered not a proven strategy to defeat the opposition in such a race. Geoff Brabham, Chip Robinson and Arie Luyendyk were not to be underestimated, though, as Nissan was improving every race on. Jaguar had two cars for Price Cobb-John Nielsen and Jan Lammers-Davy Jones. The Team was very effective and eager to show its winning capabilities. Toyota was in another mood, as the cars were fast but probably less reliable, but things were improving. Chris Cord, Drake Olson and Steve Bren drove the 88C, waiting for the new car. Porsche had high hopes, once again, in such a race, with five cars entered. Bayside Racing had James Weaver and Dominic Dobson drive their usual car, while Gianpiero Moretti was partnered by Michael Roe, Massimo Sigala and Derek Bell. Bob Wollek drove the Busby car with John Andretti and Derek Bell, while Joest Racing had Frank Jelinski, Jean Louis Ricci and Bob Wollek. John Gunn had entered his own car, a Phoenix, powered by a 5,0L Chevrolet. Costas Los and Jeff Kline were the drivers for the works Spice, still powered by a Pontiac 5,0L. The remainder of the GTPs had not survived Miami, and thus, did not enter the airport. The Lights class was to be led by Spice machines, with the Huffaker entry driven by Dan Marvin-Bob Lesnett, and the Essex car driven by Tom Hessert-Charles Morgan. Jim Downing, Howard Katz and John O'steen should provide a strong challenge, with their Argo JM19 Mazda. Uli Bieri, Martino Finotto and Paolo Guaitamacchi would drive a fast Tiga GT286 Ferrari. Not to forget the single Lola T616 Mazda and a pair of Fabcar CL Porsche.

The GTO class was to be dominated by Mercury Cougar XR7s, driven by Wally Dallenbach-Dorsey Schroeder and Pete Halsmer-Bob Earl. No Audi 90 Quattro were to be entered, and Nissan had a brand new 300ZX Tc driven by John Morton and Steve Millen. The car was in the early stages of development and too much young to be a threat. Buz McCall entered the former Peerless Chevrolet Camaro with Max Jones co-driving. Roger Mandeville had his three rotor Mazda RX7, still short on power. Kelly Marsh was his co-driver. A single Oldsmobile Toronado was entered, as well as some private Chevrolet Camaros, and a Mercury Capri. The GTU class was the home of Mazda RX7s, Porsche 911s, Nissan 240SXs and Pontiac Fieros. Amos Johnson, Dennis Shaw and Paul Lews drove the Team Highball Mazda RX7, arguably one of the fastest car, along with the Overton Motorsport entry, driven by Lance Stewart and Ron Cortez. Leitzinger Racing had a Nissan 240SX, driven by Bob and Butch Leitzinger and Chuck Kurtz. Luis Mendez, Mandy Gonzalez and Tato Ferrer drove a fast Porsche 911, while Seventy Four Ranch fielded a Pontiac Fiero for George Robinson, Bart Kendall and Johnny Unser. The praticien sessions only confirmed the Nissan superiority, with the best Jaguar two seconds slower. Bob Wollek was the best Porsche performer, one tenth of a second behind John Nielsen.

At the start of the race, no surprise was to occur as both Nissan ZX Tc GTP stormed into the lead. The pair would not remain such for long as Arie Luyendyk would retire after 14 laps, with a broken rear wheel. He had set the fastest lap during his third stint. John Gunn Phoenix had expired on lap 10. The leading car was still the other Nissan ZX Tc GTP, which had a 52s lead over Price Cobb and John Nielsen Jaguar XJR9, followed by the second TWR entry driven by Jan Lammers and Davy Jones. The remainder of the field was already one lap down, with the strongest Porsche 962s having lost time on the track. Bob Wollek had hit a backmarker and James Weaver a piece of tarmac. After less than 90 minutes, however, the leading car had to pit when the rear bodywork began to work loose due to broken latch. It enabled the Jaguar driven by Price Cobb to take the lead, but not for long as John Nielsen would take over after a few laps. The Jaguar chances suddenly fell down when Davy Jones collided with Lorenzo Lamas slowing Fabcar CL Porsche. Bad luck struck and the Fabcar was sent high into the air, and the Jaguar badly damaged. Both cars could go back to their pit, and no caution period resulted, which was quite unbelievable! While the race settled into a domination by Nissan, a full course caution was set after three hours, and the three leading cars were suddenly on the same lap. The Price Cobb Jaguar was back in the lead, but it took only five laps to the Nissan to regain his leading position when the green was set. The Busby Porsche 962 was slightly in arrears and could take second when John Nielsen was to take the wheel of the Jaguar. The Bayside Porsche 962 had lost a great deal of time when it had to replace a broken crossover Line on the brakes. The race was suddenly gaining momentum when Geoff Brabham pitted for Chip Robinson and John Andretti for Bob Wollek. Chip Robinson was leading with two seconds over John Nielsen, who did pretend to let him go. Both cars would keep together until the next pit stop, but when the TWR crew worked on the brake pads, they appeared to be worn to the backing. The Jaguar would lose three laps to have its worn-out pads removed. The Nissan's fate was not sealed, however, as it nearly lost a wheel near the entrance of the pits! The Busby Porsche 962 was not as lucky, and retired when a stud that hopes a locating bracket for the rear suspension went loose.

The loosened bracket sheared off the other bolt, which proved fatal when the team could not remove it. The race was only seven hours old. The leading Nissan was now cruising at medium speed, while the Jaguar was trying to catch up. John Nielsen and Price Cobb were able to grab one lap on the Nissan, and eventually finished second overall. The second TWR car had been thoroughly repaired, and wound up an eighth place at the finish. James Weaver and Dominic Dobson finally took third in the Bayside Porsche 962, which was the best finish for the German make after a 13 years domination stint. Next was the Momo Porsche 962, which was content with such a result. The best Spice was the works entry, driven by Costas Los and Jeff Kline, in fifth place at the chequered. The Lights class had been dominated by the Argo JM19 Mazda driven by Jim Downing, Howard Katz and John O'steen. Unfortunately, overheating ended up the team's hopes after five hours of domination and one lap lead. Two hours were lost to repair the rotor housing. Scott Schubot's race ended with an electrical problem and Charles Morgan-Tom Hessert were hampered by health problems. Dan Marvin and Bob Lesnett were running in arrears, and would jump into a class lead after those racers fell apart. Both drivers were running at Sebring for the first time, they had to cope with a cooling problem on their car. Charles Morgan and Tom Hessert Spice could keep up the Pace, and stayed in second place until the end. Pete Halsmer had set the fastest GTO lap in his Roush Mercury Cougar XR7, just ahead of John Morton's Nissan 300ZX. He would suffit a flat tire early in the race.

The Nissan was in the lead after the first round of pit stops. A yellow caution allowed Dorsey Schroeder to take the lead after pitting. He and co-driver Wally Dallenbach, along with the other car, were hit by mechanical problems at the seventh jour mark. He lost a gear, but the crew changed the gearbox in just 19 minutes. The left front sway bar broke on the other car, so both cars were stalled at the same time! Steve Millen took advantage of the situation, but a broken valve spring sidelined the car after nine. Then the Skoal Bandit Chevrolet Camaro took the lead, but luck went south and the right front suspension broke just after it took the lead! So it was Wally Dallenbach and Dorsey Schroeder who finally took the GTO win, as per usual, one could say. The GTU portion of the race was different, with Luis Mendez placing his Porsche 911 on the pole. It also shattered the class record by more than two seconds. The Nissan 240SX driven by Bob Leitzinger and Chuck Kurtz was leading in the early laps, with a bunch of cars, including Amos Johnson and Lance Stewart Mazda RX7, and George Robinson Pontiac Fiero. Amos Johnson took the lead when the Nissan spun. Then, the Leitzinger Team problems really started : the oil pump quit and the transmission was done. The Team Highball Mazda led for a while, and the Huffaker Pontiac Fiero was right behind it. Bad luck also struck when they had to stop to fix the spoiler. They were in second place when the clutch stopped the car for another 15 minute repair. The Pontiac Fiero was driven consistently and never gave up. They just had to slow down a bit in the closing hours, thanks to their gearbox. By the end, the Pontiac Fiero took the class win, which was the first ever for an American car at Sebring. Second in class was finally Dick Greer, Mike Mees and John Finger, who could hold off a hard-charging Amos Johnson's Mazda RX7.