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The Vehicles

Taking center stage at this year’s Rennsport is a display that features an exclusive collection of famed Porsche vehicles from around the world: the Champions Garage. Make your way to the Champions Garage to view the following significant examples of Porsche history.

Champions Garage

Porsche 356 "Nr.1" Roadster
Based on Ferry Porsche’s concept, the first car to bear the Porsche name takes shape from July 1947 on the drawing boards of the design office in Gmünd, Austria. On June 8, 1948, the sports car is road certified and sent out on its maiden drive. The handcrafted aluminium body and the steel tubular space frame come from Porsche, with the mechanicals taken and modified from the Volkswagen. Following company tradition, the design numbers are regarded as designation numbers – so begins the story of the Porsche 356. While “No. 1” remains a one-off, its successor with a rear engine and steel body will become the very first winning model in the history of Porsche.
917 KH
June 13, 1971, 4 p.m. local time in Le Mans. The 917 short-tail with starting number 22 crosses the finish line as the winner of the 24-hour race. Averaging 222.3 km/h and covering a distance of 5,335.16 kilometres, drivers Gijs van Lennep and Helmut Marko set two records that will remain intact for 39 years. Flying the Martini Racing colours, their Porsche features new “shark fins” at the rear, seen for the first time at pre-race tests in April. In true Porsche style, the fastest of all race cars wins the “Index of Performance”, an award for the most economical ratio of fuel consumption to displacement. This 917 is so light that the engineers fit a 55-litre oil tank and only then reach the 800 kilograms minimum weight. Completed on June 5, it completes 552 practice kilometres at Le Mans.
Porsche 718 RS 60 Spyder
Porsche develops the 718 RS 60 Spyder based on the 718 RSK. The famed four-cam Carrera engine grows by 100 cc to 1.6 litres. The mid-engine two-seater competes in the “small” class of the World Manufacturers’ Championship in 1960 and scores the first overall victory for Porsche at Sebring against considerably more powerful opposition. At the Targa Florio Hans Herrmann and Olivier Gendebien drive the Spyder seen here to third overall, while the sister car claims a sensational win. Porsche finishes the World Championship as runner-up. In hill climbs, however, Porsche is the undisputed number one: Swiss Heini Walter wins the European Hill Climb Championship at the wheel of the 718 RS 60 Spyder in 1960 and 1961.
Porsche 911 Carrera 3.2 4x4 Paris-Dakar (953)
Porsche takes on the greatest challenge in off-road racing and tackles the Paris-Dakar Rally for the first time in 1984. For the 14,000 kilometres through the Sahara, Porsche conceives the 911 3.2 4x4 (953). With reduced compression for poor quality fuel, the near-standard 3.2-litre engine delivers 225 hp. The luggage compartment houses a 120-litre fuel tank, with an additional 150-litre tank mounted behind the driver’s seat. Frenchman René Metge and his co-driver Dominique Lemoyne win the rally with the 911. Their success marks the first win for a sports car at the desert marathon. In 1988, Porsche lends the victorious 911 4x4 and the sister car to the French Formula 1 pilots Jacques Laffite and Jean-Pierre Jabouille to contest the Paris-Dakar for the “Team Porsche Foltène”.
Porsche 911 GT3 R Hybrid
From 2010 to 2012, Porsche conducts fundamental research on hybrid drives for high-performance sports cars with this “rolling race lab”. The hybrid system works without batteries; it increases the range, thus reducing the number of pit stops for refuelling. And it gives the GT3 R Hybrid additional thrust with the e-motors working like a front-wheel drive with limited slip differential. On March 27, 2010, the 911 GT3 R Hybrid contests its maiden race on the Nürburgring-Nordschleife. On May 16, the car tackles the 24-hour race on the storied German circuit and is leading until two hours before the flag, when a faulty pump in the dry sump lubrication ends the charge. After competing in the USA and China, the “race lab” scores the first overall victory for a hybrid racer in May 2011 on the Nürburgring.
Porsche 911 GT1 ‘98
Le Mans 1998 double-winner and a rolling research lab: that’s the 911 GT1 ‘98. After Porsche campaigned the first mid-engined 911 race cars at Le Mans in 1996 and 1997, the 911 GT1 ‘98 represents the late nineties’ pinnacle in the development of the 911 for racing. Its 3.2-litre, six-cylinder engine with two turbochargers produces about 550 hp. While the front end of the predecessors 911 GT1 and 911 GT1 Evo was taken from the road-going Porsche 911, the 911 GT1 ‘98 features a full carbon-fibre monocoque and bodywork. Ready to race, the Porsche weighs in at just 970 kilograms. Carbon-fibre brake discs are used for the first time in a works race car.

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The Drivers

The Drivers

The vehicles are only half of the story.

There are thousands of race car drivers around the world. But there are far fewer who can be called Porsche Legends. More than 50 legendary Porsche drivers who took this fabled marque to victories at the world’s most demanding race tracks will be in attendance to celebrate Porsche racing history.

We have the esteemed pleasure of hosting the following Legends drivers at RRVI.

Earl Bamber

Won the 24 Hours of Le Mans twice

1990: born in Wanganui, New Zealand

2004: begins karting

2014: wins Porsche Mobil Supercup and Porsche Carrera Cup Asia

2015: joins Porsche Works team

Won the 24 Hours of Le Mans twice; in 2015 with Nico Hülkenberg and again in 2017 with Timo Bernhard and Brendon Hartley

Gianmaria Bruni

3 Time GT World Endurance Champion

1981: born in Rome, Italy

2008: wins the FIA GT Championship and a class victory at the 24 Hours of Le Mans

2011: wins the 2011 Le Mans Series

Claimed GT victories at the World Endurance Championship in 2008, 2012 and 2014

2017: joins Porsche Works team

Jörg Bergmeister

Porsche Supercup winner

1976: born in Leverkusen, Germany

2001: wins the Porsche Supercup

2002: joins Porsche Works team

2003: wins 24 Hours of Daytona

2006: wins the Grand-American Rolex Series Championship

Timo Bernhard

Holds Nürburgring Nordschleife lap record

1981: born in Homburg, Germany

2002: joins Porsche Works team

2010: wins 24 Hours of Nürburgring

2017: 1st World Endurance Championship Driver (LMP1 class)

2018: breaks the all-time Nürburgring Nordschleife lap record set in 1983 by Stefan Bellof in a 919 Evo with a time of 5:19.546

Michael Christensen

2013 Rookie of the Year

1990: born in Greve, Denmark

2012: becomes Porsche Junior Driver

2013: is named “Rookie of the Year” at the Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup

2014: joins Porsche Works team and places first at the North American Endurance Cup Driver Championship for the GT Le Mans class

2017: places first at the 24 Hours of Daytona in the GT Daytona class

Kévin Estre

2013 Porsche Carrera Cup champion

1988: born in Lyon, France

2001-2004: kart racing

2013: wins Porsche Carrera Cup Deutschland

2015: wins Blancpain Endurance Series Silverstone and Nürburgring. Also wins several Pirelli World Challenge races

2016: joins Porsche Works team

Richard Lietz

2 time GT2 class Le Mans Series champion

1983: born in Waidhofen, Austria

1998-1999: kart racing

2007: joins Porsche Works team and wins the International GT Championship

Won the GT2 class of the Le Mans Series twice, alongside Marc Lieb in 2009 and 2010

2015: wins World Endurance Champion title for GT drivers in a factory Manthey Porsche

Patrick Long

Two-time Pirelli World Challenge GT Driver’s Champion

1981: born in Thousand Oaks, California

1990-1997: kart racing

2004: joins Porsche Works team and takes first place at Le Mans 24 Hours for the GT class

Two-time Pirelli World Challenge GT Driver’s Champion

2016: places first in the World Endurance Championship, Mexico City and Bahrain in the GTE- Am class

Sven Müller

1st place rookie at Posche Mobil 1 Supercup

1992: born in Mainz, Germany

2004-2009: kart racing

2014: becomes a Porsche Junior driver and takes first place in the rookie classification at the Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup in Monza as well as the Porsche Carrera Cup, Deutschland

2017: joins the Porsche Works driving team

Patrick Pilet

2007 Porsche Carrera Cup Champion

1981: born in Auch, France

2007: is crowned Porsche Carrera Cup France champion with IMSA performance

2008: joins Porsche Works team

2010: wins Dubai 24 Hours and places 2nd at the Spa 24 Hours

2017: places 2nd at the 24 Hours of Daytona ( GTLM class )

Laurens Vanthoor

2009 German Formula 3 champion

1991: born in Hasselt, Belgium

2002-2007: kart racing

2009: wins German Formula 3 Championship

2015: wins 24 Hours of Nürburgring and the Sepang 12 Hours

2017: joins Porsche Works team

Dennis Aase

Top 10 in all-time IMSA wins

Born: 1944

1973: wins Sports Car Club of America (SCCA) CP title in 1973

Competed in IMSA through late 1970s, multiple classes, including stints with Akin, Momo and Holbert racing teams

Top 10 in all-time IMSA wins, most poles in GTO class history (mostly with Dan Gurney and AAR)

Since late 1990s, Aase has prepared Porsches for various races including Rolex series

Richard Attwood

First overall victory for Porsche at Le Mans in 1970

1940: born in Wolverhampton, United Kingdom

1969: involved with development of 917, drove it with Vic Elford at 24 Hours of Le Mans, led most of race before gearbox failed with two hours remaining

1970: wins 24 Hours of Le Mans with Hans Herrmann, first overall victory for Porsche at Le Mans. Finishes second at Nürburgring with Hermann

1971: finishes second at 24 Hours of Le Mans with Herbert Muller in John Wyer 917K; wins at Zeltweg with Pedro Rodriguez. Retires at the end of season

1984: comes out of retirement briefly with the Aston Martin Nimrod project, then officially retires

Jürgen Barth

Brought Porsche back to GT racing in 1993

1947: born in Thum, Germany

1977: wins 24 Hours of Le Mans in 936 with Jacky Ickx and Hurley Haywood

1978: finishes second at 24 Hours of Le Mans with Jacky Ickx and Bob Wollek in 936/78

1980: wins 1000K of Nürburgring with Rolf Stommelen in "908/3 Turbo" for Joest Racing

1993: brings Porsche back to GT racing with the Carrera 3.8 RSR after Group C program phased out

Derek Bell

Five Le Mans victories

1941: born in Pinner, United Kingdom

1970: debuts at 24 Hours of Le Mans for Ferrari w/512

5 time Le Man winner

1985 & 1986: wins World Sports Car Championship

Winningest driver in 956/962s with 37 victories in both World Sports Car Championship and IMSA Camel GT racing

Jon Bennet

Tudor USCC PC driver champion

1965: born in Fort Knox, Kentucky

1992: begins road racing in SCCA and IMSA Prototype Lites

2010: founded Core Autosport

2011: debut season in ALMS PC class, finishes second in driver points

2014: Tudor USCC PC driver champion with Colin Braun. Core Autosports becomes Porsche competition partner for two-car GTLM effort. Porsche wins Manufacturing Championship and North America Endurance Cup

Kevin Buckler

2002 GT class winner at Rolex 24 at Daytona

1959: born in Coral Gables, Florida

Began racing at local level in late 1980s

1992: creates The Racer’s Group (TRG) with wife, Debra

1995: gets first start as professional driver

2002: TRG, with support from the Porsche Factory, wins GT class at Rolex 24 at Daytona and 24 Hours of Le Mans

Andrew Davis

Crowned 2011 Rolex GT Champion

1977: born in Lilburn, Georgia

2000: moves into professional racing and competes in United States Formula Ford Championship

2011: crowned 2011 Rolex GT Champion after two victories and multiple podium finishes

2015: signed by Alex Job Racing and competes in the four long endurance races in Tudor United Sportscar Championship.

Currently driving for Magnus Racing in the IMSA WeatherTech Sportscar Championship

David Donohue

Grand AM speed record holder at Talledega

1967: born in Morristown, New Jersey

1994: Bridgestone Supercup Champion in BMW

2005: breaks Grand Am Speed records at Talladega in Carrera GT production car - three speed records including closed course speed record at 96.301 mph

2009: wins 24 Hours of Daytona with Darren Law

2013: wins 24 Hours of Daytona GX class in Cayman S

Rob Dyson

Two time 24 Hours of Daytona winner

1946: born in Pleasant Valley, New York

CEO of Dyson-Kissner-Moran Corporation

1982: begins racing professionally in IMSA GTO and the Trans-Am Series

1997 & 1999: wins 24 Hours of Daytona

2003: retires from full-time racing

Vic Elford

Speed & lap record in 1970 at 24 Hours of Le Mans

1935: born in London, England

1967: joins Porsche factory team

1968: wins Targa Florio with Umberto Maglioli in 907/2.2, said to be greatest Targa in history. Came from behind to win after losing 18 minutes on first lap

1970: sets speed and lap records at 24 Hours of Le Mans for sports cars at 247 mph on Mulsanne in 917 for Porsche Salzburg

1971: wins 12 Hours of Sebring in 917K with Gérard Larrousse for Martini Racing

John Fitzpatrick

3 time Porsche Cup winner

1943: born in Birmingham, England

1975: first in class at 24 Hours of Le Mans with GELO Racing Team

Wins Porsche Cup in 1972, 1974 and 1980

1980: places first in IMSA and 12 Hours of Sebring

1981: forms John Fitzpatrick Racing w/Sachs sponsorship and 935/K4

1985: retires from racing

George Follmer

Motorsports Hall of Fame member

1934: born in Phoenix, Arizona

1972: becomes first driver to win Trans-Am and Can-Am Series Championship in same year

1973: competes in 13 Formula 1 races, one podium

1986: third at 24 Hours of Le Mans in 956 for Joest Racing with John Morton and Kenper Miller

1999: inducted into Motorsports Hall of Fame in sports car category

Elliot Forbes-Robinson

Motorsports Hall of Fame member

1943: born in La Crescenta, California

1977: competes in first race, the Daytona 500

1982: champion of Trans-AM Series

1997: wins 24 Hours of Daytona overall

1999: wins 24 Hours of Daytona. Also wins inaugural American Le Mans Series Championship with Butch Leitzinger for Dyson Racing

2006: inducted into Motorsports Hall of Fame of America

Bob Garretson

Formed Garretson Racing in 1981

1933: born in Sunnyvale, California

1976: built & prepared Walt Mass 914/6 GT for IMSA GTU, wins championship

1977-1980: manages Dick Barbour's team

1978: wins Sebring with Brian Redman and Charles Mendez for Dick Barbour Racing

1981: forms Garretson Racing. Wins 24 Hours of Daytona and FIA World Endurance Championship

Hurley Haywood

Most successful American endurance driver in history

1948: born in Chicago, Illinois

Won 24 Hours of Daytona five times

Won 12 Hours of Sebring twice

Won 24 Hours of Le Mans three times

2005: inducted into the Motorsports Hall of Fame of America

David Hobbs

Trans-Am Series Champion

1939: born in Royal Leamington Spa, England

1969: is included in the FIA list of graded drivers

1971: wins L&M 5000 Continental Championship driving for Carl Hogan Racing. Wins five rounds at Laguna Seca, Seattle, and Road America

1982: places 1st in his class at 24 Hours of Le Mans in the 935/78 Moby Dick

1983: claims Trans-Am Series Championship

John Horsman

Racing Engineer

1964-1966: engineer at Ford Advanced Vehicles.

1967-1971: Director and Chief Engineer at JW Automotive and John Wyer’s Deputy. Won 24 Hours of Le Mans in 1968 & 1969

1970-1971: engineer in charge of racing the Gulf Oil-sponsored 917 in world competitions

1972-1975: Director and Chief Engineer of Gulf Research Racing Company. Wins 24 Hours of Le Mans in1975 and is offered membership with British Racing Driving Club

1981: modified an “Indy” car’s aerodynamics, allowing it to move from 32nd place to third place in Indianapolis 500 Race

Jacky Ickx

International Motorsports Hall of Fame member

1945: born in Brussels, Belgium

Formula 1: eight wins, 25 podiums, 181 career points

Le Mans: six wins from 1969 – 1982

1982 &1983: becomes World Champion of Endurance Racing

1985: retires from professional circuit racing

2002: inducted into the International Motorsports Hall of Fame

Kevin Jeannette

Formed Gunnar Porsche Racing in 1978

1983: built engine for 24 Hours of Daytona-winning car

1991: under Jeannette’s leadership, Gunnar Racing built first open-topped prototype to run in IMSA Camel GTP class with 966 Spyder

2017: Porsche Motorsport North America announces strategic partnership with Gunnar Racing

Alex Job

Sebring International Raceway Hall of Fame member

1969: begins racing with 356

1988: establishes Alex Job Racing (AJR) with wife, Holly, in their garage

1992: retires from driving to concentrate on Alex Job Racing

AJR has nine Sebring class wins, two Daytona class wins (1999 & 2013), four Petit Le Mans wins

2016: inducted into Sebring International Raceway Hall of Fame

Stefan Nils Johannson

2 time World Sportscar champion

1956: born in Vaxjo, Sweden

1980: wins British Formula 3 Championship

Won two World Sportscar Championship races in1980s

1992: moves over to CART Championship Car and is named Rookie of the year

1997: wins 12 Hours of Sebring and 24 Hours of Le Mans

Willi Kauhsen

European Touring Car champion

1939: born in Aachen, Germany

1963: starts racing with a Porsche 356 super 90

1967: wins European Touring Car Championship

1968: wins 24 Hours of Spa in 911 with Erwin Kremer & Helmut Kelleners

1970: finishes second at 24 Hours of Le Mans behind Hans Herrmann and Richard Attwood

Michael Keyser

12 Hours of Sebring winner in 1976

1947: born in Baltimore, Maryland

1975: second overall at 24 Hours of Daytona in RSR with Billy Sprowls and Andres Contreras

1976: wins overall at 12 Hours of Sebring in RSR with Al Holbert

1981: retires from racing

2001: produces photo essay Behind Le Mans – The Film in Photographs

Hartmut Kristen

VP of Porsche Motorsport North America

1955: born in Berlin, Germany

1991: promoted to Vice President of Marketing for Porsche Cars North America, immediately focused on getting RS Spyder project underway

1994: named Vice President of Sales and Marketing Special and Race Vehicles at Porsche’s R&D Center at Weissach-Flacht

1996: under Kristen’s management, PMNA Porsche Motorsports North America acquired ANDIAL

2004: is named Vice President of Porsche Motorsport North America

Gérard Larrousse

Two time 12 Hourse of Le Mans champion

1940: born in Lyon, France

1969: becomes Porsche Factory driver

Finishes second at Monte Carlo Rally 1969, 1970, 1972

1971: teams with Vic Elford to win 12 Hours of Sebring and 1000K of Nürburgring

Wins 1973 and 1974 12 Hours of Le Mans for Matra Simca with Henri Pescarolo

Rudi Lins

43 career wins

1944: born in Bludenz, Austria

1964: begins competing in motorsport events

1965: becomes Austrian sports car champion in a Porsche 356

1967: finishes second in European Hill-Climbing Championship, offered place on Porsche Works team for 500km race in Zeltweg

Competed in 228 races, securing 43 class and overall wins

Arie Luyendyk

Two time Indianapolis 500 winner

1953: born in Sommelsdijk, Netherlands

1977: wins European Super Vee championship, switches to Formula Three

1985: runs first full Champ Car season, wins rookie of the year title both for season and Indianapolis 500

1990: Wins Indianapolis 500

1997: Wins Indianapolis 500 for a second time

1999: retires from racing

Briefly joins ABC Sports as a commentator

Jochen Mass

24 Hours of Le Mans winner in 1989

1946: born in Germany

114 Formula 1 starts, one win, eight podiums, 71 points (1973-1982)

1987: wins 12 Hours of Sebring in 962 with Bobby Rahal for Bayside Disposal Racing

1982: finishes second at 24 Hours of Le Mans with Vern Schuppan

1989: wins 24 Hours of Le Mans for Sauber Mercedes

Chad McQueen

Professional racer & film producer

1960: born in Los Angeles, California

12 years old: wins his class in World Mini Grand Prix

Begins professional racing career with Sports Car Club of America (SCCA), eventually becomes a national champion

2010: launches McQueen Racing, which develops high-performance, limited-edition customer cars, motorcycles, and accessories

Has produced several films, including Steve McQueen: The Man & Le Mans

Hans Mezger

Member of Porsche team since 1956

1929: born in Ottmarsheim, Germany

1956: joins Porsche as an engine design engineer

1960–1962: worked on the 1.5-liter Formula 1 engine with eight cylinders that helped Dan Gurney steer his way to victory at French Grand Prix

1981: develops the TAG turbo engine for McLaren International

Until 1994: is head of engine and transmission development for research and racing

David Murry

Won World Challenge Championship in a Porsche 911 Turbo

Born: 1957

1981: begins racing early in the Formula Ford Championship

1994: wins five races and claims the Firehawk Drivers Championship in Porsche 968. Also finishes second in Porsche Cup

Won World Challenge Championship in a Porsche 911 Turbo for the Porsche Factory and drove their prototype LMP1 car at 24 Hours of Le Mans

Finished on the podium two out of four times at 24 Hours of Le Mans and numerous times at 24 Hours of Daytona and 12 Hours of Sebring

Kees Nierop

Nierop is the only Canadian to have his name on a Porsche factory race car

1958: born in Purmerend, Netherlands

1980: competes at 24 Hours of Daytona in 911RS. Finishes seventh at 12 Hours of Sebring with Bob Garretson and Bobby Rahal for Barber team.

1983: wins 12 Hours of Sebring in 934 with Wayne Baker, Jim Mullen

2008: becomes certified Porsche Sport Driving School instructor

2011: retires from racing

Nierop is the only Canadian to have his name on a Porsche factory race car. It is currently on display at the Porsche Museum in Germany

Jackie Oliver

24 Hours of Daytona & Spa winner

1942: born in London, England

1961: begins racing

1969: wins 12 Hours of Sebring and 24 Hours of Le Mans with Jacky Ickx

1971: wins 24 Hours of Daytona, 1000K Monza, and 24 Hours of Spa with Pedro Rodriguez in Gulf 917K

1977: forms Arrows GP team. Arrows becomes infamous for longest losing streak in Formula 1 history, competing in 382 races with no wins. Arrows cars were well presented, giving starts to good drivers: Jochen Mass, Thierry Boutsen, Gerhard Berger, and Marc Surer

John O'Steen

More than 50 SCCA National race wins

Born: 1944

More than 50 SCCA National race wins from 1970-1982 in 356 and 924. Seven Division titles and 1981 EP National Championship

Multiple endurance series wins from 1986-1995 in 944S, T & 968

1995: drives Rohr RSR to third in ALMS GT3 standings. Tied for third in Porsche Cup.

Former Director of Cornerstone Brands, co-founder of Frontgate Catalog, held management positions with Proctor & Gamble Co.

David Piper

Began racing career in mid-1950s

1930: born in Southeast England

Began racing career in mid-1950s, competing in sprints and hill-climbs before moving to circuit racing with a Lotus Eleven

1962-1970: raced worldwide in his own Ferraris and Porsches.

Provided drivers and cars for 1971 film Le Mans. Crashed 917 during filming and lost part of a leg

Bobby Rahal

24 career wins

1953: born in Medina, Ohio

Started 264 races for five teams, took 18 poles and scored 24 wins over course of 18-year career

1998: retired from competitive racing and spent time with Jaguar’s F1 effort

Along with former late night talk show host, David Letterman, and businessman Michael Lanigan, he is principal owner of Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing

Operates Bobby Rahal Automotive group, a string of car dealerships in Pennsylvania

Brian Redman

International Motorsports Hall of Fame member

1937: born in Colne, Lancashire

1969: joins Porsche Werks team and wins Monza 1000K, 24 Hours of Spa, Nürburgring, and Six Hours of Watkins Glen with Jo Siffert

1970: joins JW Engineering Gulf Porsche team. Wins Targa Florio, 24 Hours of Spa and finishes second at 24 Hours of Daytona and at the Six Hours of Watkins Glen

Won SCCA/USAC Formula 5000 Championship three times consecutively from 1974 to 1976

1981: wins 24 Hours of Daytona with Bobby Rahal and Bob Garretson, 935 also wins at Laguna, Lime Rock, Mid Ohio, Portland and Road Atlanta, is first IMSA GTP Champion

2011: inducted into International Motorsports Hall of Fame

Chip Robinson

CART Rookie of the Year in 1986

1954: born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

1982: SCCA Formula Ford Champion

1986: named CART Rookie of the Year

1987: Camel GT Champion with 962 for Holbert Racing; wins 24 Hours of Daytona with Derek Bell, Al Holbert and Al Unser Jr

1989: wins 12 Hours of Sebring with Arie Luyendyk and Geoff Brabham in Nissan GTP, plus six other wins

Valentine Schaeffer

Racing Turbo Expert

Assisted with building most of Porsche race engines

With Hans Mezger, applied turbocharging to 917 engine for Can-Am series, responsible for building reliability into this landmark engine

Built Type 961 racing engine

Considered to be racing turbo expert in Porsche racing engine design department

Worked on Indy Type 2708/80 engine

Vern Schuppan

24 Hours of Le Mans winner in 1983

1943: born in Booleroo Center, South Australia

1972: competes in first Formula 1 race

1975: wins Road America, finishes second in Long Beach Grand Prix and third in 24 Hours of Le Mans

1977: places second at 24 Hours of Le Mans driving a Mirage GR8-Renault

1983: wins 24 Hours of Le Mans driving for Rothmans Porsche

1990: with a team, designed and constructed the Schuppan Porsche 962, which at the time was one of the world’s fastest road cars

Manfred Schurti

Swiss Motocross Champion in 1963

1941: born in Lustenau, Austria

1963: wins Swiss Motocross Championship

1974: contracted as a Porsche factory driver; finished second at 24 Hours of Le Mans

1974-1982: makes nine starts at 24 Hours of Le Mans

2001: retires from racing

Norbert Singer

Spirit of Le Mans award winner

1939: born in Eger, Sudetenland (now Cheb, Czech Republic)

Contributed to first 16 of 17 Porsche wins at 24 Hours of Le Mans, earning the 2003 Spirit of Le Mans award from Le Mans organizers

Worked on 911 race cars from the advent of the Carrera RSR in 1973 , the RSR Turbo, through to the 2011 versions of the 911 GT3 RSRs

Worked with Porsche engineers on RS Spyder

2005: retires from full-time work at Porsche

Alwin Springer

VP of ANDIAL for 21 years

1969: spearheaded California dealer Vasek Polak's racing efforts with 904, 911, 908 for club racing and 917 later on in Can-Am series

1975: founded ANDIAL with Arnold Wagner and Dieter Inzenhofer, specializing in preparation and running of Porsche race cars and engines. Enormously successful.

1975-1996: serves as Vice President of ANDIAL

1997: resigns from ANDIAL, becomes president of Porsche Motorsport North America (PMNA)

2004 : retires from President role at PMNA to work on consulting basis

Gijs van Lennep

Dutch Racing Driver of the Century

Born: 1942

1971-1975: eight Formula 1 starts, earning two points

1971: signs with Martini Porsche works team, wins 24 Hours of Le Mans with Helmut Marko

1976: wins 24 Hours of Le Mans in 936 with Jacky Ickx

Named Dutch Racing Driver of the Century

Jeff Zwart

Film director, racer, photographer, cameraman, author

1955: born in Long Beach, California

1983: starts racing in Jim Russell Racing Series in California

1990: wins overall national championship in US Pro Rally driving a Mazda

1994: wins Open Class Championship at Pikes Peak International Hill Climb


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