GRAND-AM Series: Winning Porsche from 1982 Rolex 24 Joins Champions’ Display
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – The No. 18 JLP Porsche 935 that propelled the father-son duo of John Paul Sr. and John Paul Jr. and German Rolf Stommelen to victory in the 1982 Rolex 24 At Daytona will join the display of overall Rolex 24 At Daytona championship cars to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the twice-around-the-clock challenge on Jan. 28-29.
The triumph in the 1982 Rolex 24 is the only time in event history a father and son on the same team captured the overall victory. Only four father-son combinations have won the overall title in the history of the Rolex 24 – Bobby Rahal (1981) and son Graham (2011), Mark Donohue (1969) and son David (2009), Al Unser (1985) and son Al Jr. (1986, 1987) and the Paul family.
The 21-year-old Paul was scheduled to drive with his father in the 1981 Rolex 24 but had to wait a year after his father’s Porsche 935 expired early in the race.
Along with Stommelen, Paul Sr. and Jr. ran a flawless race in the 1982 Rolex 24. The trio won by 11 laps, completed 719 laps, 2,760.96 miles and averaged 114.794 mph – all new race records.
“We had absolutely no problems at all”, Paul Jr said. “We never added oil to it, never even opened the hood.”
The No. 18 JLP Porsche 935 joins the growing field of historic championship cars in the display:
• The No. 96 Arciero Racing Lotus-Climax 19B from the inaugural Rolex 24 (then known as the Daytona Continental) in 1962
• The Porsche 907 from the 1968 Rolex 24
• The No. 98 Eagle GTP from the 1993 Rolex 24
• The Preston Henn Porsches from the 1983 and 1985 Rolex 24s
• The No. 6 Lola T70 Chevrolet from the 1969 Rolex 24
• The No. 9 Bob Garretson’s Style Auto Porsche 935 from the 1981 Rolex 24 At Daytona
• The No. 43 Porsche 911 RSR from the 1977 Rolex 24
Additional cars will be announced as they are secured to be part of this one-of-a-kind display.
The Rolex 24 At Daytona, the kick-off event to Speedweeks 2012 as well as the international motorsports calendar, showcases the world’s best drivers competing against each other lap after lap for 24 hours on Daytona International Speedway’s challenging and demanding 3.56-mile road course.
Tickets for the 50th anniversary of the Rolex 24 At Daytona are on sale online at www.daytonainternationalspeedway.com or by calling 1-800-PITSHOP.
Source: GRAND-AM Road Racing