Jochen Neerpasch (born March 23, 1939 Krefeld, Germany) is a former German racecar driver and motorsports manager.

Career

His racing career began in the 1960s, first on Borgward touring car, then with the 1964 24 Hours of Le Mans as a first major event. Racing a Porsche 907, he won the 1968 24 Hours of Daytona. After his third-place finish in Le Mans the same year, he retired from racing.

In the 1970s, he became a successful manager in the Deutsche Rennsport Meisterschaft and the European Touring Car Championship. First he managed Ford, then he took the 1972 champion Hans-Joachim Stuck with him to BMW, to found the successful BMW M team and company.

In the 1980s, Neerpasch was in charge of Sauber-Mercedes sports car racing team, winning the 24 Hours of Le Mans in 1989. He also discovered and taught talents like Michael Schumacher, Karl Wendlinger, and Heinz-Harald Frentzen[citation needed].

Racing record

Complete 24 Hours of Le Mans results

Year Team Co-Drivers Car Class Laps Pos. Class
Pos.
1964 United States Briggs S. Cunningham New Zealand Chris Amon Shelby Daytona Cobra Coupe GT
+3.0
131 DSQ
(Outside assistance)
1965 France J. Simone
(private entrant)
Switzerland Jo Siffert Maserati Tipo 65 P
5.0
3 DNF
(Accident damage)
1966 United States Essex Wire Corporation Belgium Jacky Ickx Ford GT40 S
5.0
154 DNF
(Engine)
1967 Germany Porsche System Engineering Germany Rolf Stommelen Porsche 910 kurzheck P
2.0
351 6th 2nd
1968 Germany Porsche System Engineering West Germany Rolf Stommelen Porsche 908LH P
3.0
325 3rd 2nd

Complete 24 Hours of Daytona results

Year Team Co-Drivers Car Class Laps Pos. Class
Pos.
1968 Germany Porsche System Engineering United Kingdom Vic Elford
Germany Rolf Stommelen
Switzerland Jo Siffert
Germany Hans Herrmann
Porsche 907LH P 673 1st 1st

Complete 12 Hours of Sebring results

Year Team Co-Drivers Car Class Laps Pos. Class
Pos.
1968 Germany Porsche Automobile Company United Kingdom Vic Elford Porsche 907 P
3.0
226 2nd 2nd

Complete Targa Florio results

Year Team Co-Drivers Car Class Laps Pos. Class
Pos.
1964 Germany Porsche System Engineering Germany Günther Klass Porsche 356B Carrera 2000 GS/GT GT
2.0
10 7th 3rd
1967 Germany Porsche System Engineering United Kingdom Vic Elford Porsche 910 P
2.0
10 3rd 2nd
1968 Germany Porsche System Engineering Germany Hans Herrmann Porsche 907 P
3.0
10 4th 2nd


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