John Lee Paul Jr. (February 19, 1960 – December 29, 2020) was an American racing driver. He competed in CART and the Indy Racing League competitions, but primarily in IMSA GT Championship, winning the title in 1982.

During his career, Paul was a twice winner of the 24 Hours of Daytona, the first of these was while co-driving with his father, John Paul Sr. A few weeks later, the pair won the 1982 12 Hours of Sebring. Paul also triumphed in another major U.S. race, the 1983 CART's Michigan 500.

Beside racing with his father, Paul also joined his father in criminal activities, in particular a drug smuggling operation.[1] In May 1986, Paul Jr. received a five-year sentence for racketeering, with the drug charges dropped.[2] Paul Sr. was found guilty, and served time, for a number of crimes over the years.

Career

Beginnings

After graduating from high school, Paul Jr. started working for his father's team, JLP Racing, learning the ins and outs of what a racing organization was. He became some kind of jack-of-all-trades within the team. As Paul Jr. started to learn about engines, his father decided his son needed to go to a racing school. He was enrolled at the Skip Barber Racing School, but Paul Jr. was deemed to be hopeless. Despite this setback, Paul Sr. bought his son a new Van Diemen Formula Ford. In 1979, he took part in SCCA National Formula Ford races, and made the SCCA National Championship Runoffs.[3]

1980s

Paul Jr.'s career really launched in 1980, when he became part of JLP Racing's driver line-up. His first race was at Coca-Cola 400 at Lime Rock. Co-driving alongside his father in a Porsche 935, they won the second heat, and subsequently the race overall. Junior had won the first IMSA race he entered. He repeated this feat by winning the Road America Pabst 500 three months later. With three second places, he would finish fourth in the final IMSA GTP standings.[3][4]

During the 1981 season the Porsche team faced a new challenge from the Lola T600. The Chevrolet-powered prototype with its better handling, driven by Englishman Brian Redman, quickly dominated the IMSA Championship. During the season, it became clear that only Junior could challenge for race victories, so Senior became JLP Racing's team manager, while Junior did the driving. Senior then only co-drove in the endurance races. Despite having the Lola, the Pauls won a rain-shortened race at Pocono in their Porsche 935 JLP-3. Using the same 935, Junior would go on to win the Daytona finale.[3][5]

John Paul Jr. became the youngest-ever IMSA champion in 1982.

The Pauls started the 1982 season with back-to-back wins in the US classic endurance races, the 24 Hours of Daytona and the 12 Hours of Sebring. For the Daytona race, they were partnered by the 1977 Deutsche Rennsport Meisterschaft Champion, Rolf Stommelen. At Sebring, they overcame a gearbox failure in their 935 to win over the March 82G, led by the hard charging Bobby Rahal. The Pauls' second team car was also on the podium. More importantly, Paul Jr.'s win at Road Atlanta attracted Miller Brewing Company sponsorship for the remainder of the season. He then switched to the Lola to win at Laguna Seca. He teamed up again with his father in the 935 JLP-3 to win the Charlotte 500 km.[3][5][6]

Outpowered by championship rival, John Fitzpatrick in Porsche 935K4, Paul Jr. drove a new Porsche 935 JLP-4 to a debut victory at Brainerd. He scored another win at Portland, before swapping back to the older Porsche for the endurance races. He drove the JLP-3 with his father to win the Mosport 6 Hours. For the next endurance race, Paul was partnered with Mauricio de Narváez, and the pair finished second in Road America, behind the English pairing of Fitzpatrick and David Hobbs. He was re-united with his father at Road Atlanta for the 500 km event. Their last race together resulted in a second place in Pocono. Paul Jr. had clinched the IMSA GT Championship at the age of 22, becoming IMSA's youngest ever GTP champion.[3][5]

At the beginning of 1983 Paul Sr. shot federal witness Stephen Caron, who would testify about Paul's illegal activities. After finishing second in the Grand Prix of Miami in a JLP Racing Lola, the team would be dismantled following his father's disappearance. Paul Jr. was hired by Henn's Swap Shop Racing for both the 12 Hours of Sebring and the Road America Pabst 500 but these resulted in two DNFs.[3][5]

Away from IMSA, he tried his hand at CART racing, winning the 1983 Norton Michigan 500 in only his fourth Indycar start. After leading 66 of the 250 laps aboard the VDS Associates's Penske PC10, he passed Rick Mears on the last lap and took the checkered flag seconds later as Mears spun and crashed behind him. With a second place in the Caesars Palace Grand Prix (Las Vegas) and a further two third places, he would go on to finish 8th in points in 1983. Meanwhile, another new series, another victory first time out. This time in the Trans-Am series, he won for DeAtley Motorsports at Trois-Rivières.[3][5][7]

car that Paul co-drove to second place in 1984 24 Hours of Le Mans

In 1984, Paul finished second in the 1984 24 Hours of Le Mans with Jean Rondeau in a Preston Henn's T-Bird Swap Shop Porsche 956. He also finished second in the Six Hours of Watkins Glen, this time driving with Bruce Leven in his Bayside Disposal Racing Porsche 962. After this race, he was offered a seat alongside John Morton, by Conte Racing. Apart from an 8th place in Road America, Paul and Morton did not finish any races aboard the March-Chevrolet 84G. The CART scene did not fare much better. Although he entered nine of the sixteen races, this was for four different teams. The best result was a third-place in the Caesars Palace Grand Prix, for Provimi Veal Racing, in their March-Cosworth 84C.[3][5][8]

Paul Sr. was finally indicted, tried, and convicted, in 1985. Paul Jr. started the season with Conte Racing, who had switched to Buick engines, but these proved to be unreliable. In total, he had 11 DNFs in 11 IMSA starts. After wrecking his AMI Racing March-Cosworth 85C in Indianapolis 500, he would finish only one race, the Budweiser Cleveland Grand Prix in 17th.[3][5][9]

Early in 1986, Paul Jr. broke his string of seventeen IMSA DNFs by finishing second at Road Atlanta alongside Whitney Ganz for RC Buick Hawk, in their March-Buick 85G.[3][5]

1990s

Following his release from prison in October 1988, Paul Jr. returned to racing in 1989. In CART, he only drove in the Indianapolis 500 from 1990 to 1994, but he made his comeback in IMSA. His first season back he drove in six races for five teams. The best result was a fourth place in the Grand Prix of San Antonio for Momo/Gebhardt Racing.[3][10]

A full-time return to sportscar racing was possible in 1990, when he was offered a ride by Jim Busby, who had entered a Nissan GTP ZX-Turbo. In only his second race for the team, Paul and Kevin Cogan were on the podium after taking second place in the Grand Prix of Miami. Following a fifth place in Sebring, the Nissan was maintained by Seabrooke Racing. He ended the season with two second places in the World Challenge of Tampa and Grand Prix of Greater San Diego (Del Mar). His reward was 8th in the overall standings, but as he found, a lot of things had changed in these four seasons he missed. Full factory supported teams like Tom Walkinshaw Racing (Jaguar), Electramotive (Nissan) and All American Racers (Toyota) were now the ones to beat.[3][10]

In 1991 Paul ran a short IMSA schedule, taking in just seven races. Although the bulk of these were with Gunnar Racing in their Gunnar 966, it was in Hotchkiss Racing's underpowered Spice-Pontiac SE90P that he earned a second place in the Grand Prix of Greater San Diego. Paul Jr. also drove two NASCAR Winston Cup Series races, in a Chevrolet for Team Ireland both in 1991, recording a best result of 16th in the Budweiser at The Glen.[3][10][11]

During the 1992 season, Paul experienced his first ever GTU class win in Leitzinger Racing's Nissan 240SX, which he shared with Butch Leitzinger and David Loring, the 12 Hours of Sebring. He accepted an offer from Giampiero Moretti to race at Watkins Glen, where the pair finished 6th in a Joest Racing Porsche 962. Another outing for Hotchkiss Racing resulted in 8th in Laguna Seca in their Spice-Pontiac. This was followed by three more races with Moretti, but Paul ended the season by trying yet another car, the Intrepid RM-1, but this resulted in another DNF.[3][10]

The 1993 season started with Paul co-driving with Moretti along with Derek Bell at the Daytona and Sebring endurance races in a Nissan NPT-90. The trio were joined by Massimo Sigala for Daytona, and were leading when the car began to experience engine problems, but it still finished sixth. Sebring proved kinder to them, as they finished second. Paul then switched to Gunnar Racing for a few races. He was able to take one last podium finish, a second-place at Road American, driving a Porsche 962 for Joest Racing.[3][10]

1994 saw IMSA become the World Sports Cars Championship [WSC] and Paul only raced twice in the new series. He joined Dyson Racing for the inaugural race, the Rolex 24 at Daytona. An oil pump problem with their Spice DR-3 saw another DNF for Paul and company. He was asked back to partner James Weaver at the Indy Grand Prix, a two-hour race around the Indianapolis Raceway Park. They finished second.[10]

For 1995, Paul would race for Dyson Racing in the WSC and for the Prototype Technology Group (BMW M3) in the IMSA GTS, as many races were at the same event. He recorded two top three finishes for Dyson aboard their Riley & Scott Mk III: second place with Butch Leitzinger in the Moosehead Grand Prix, and a third place with Andy Wallace in the Texas World Grand Prix.[10]

He continued with Dyson Racing into 1996. Paul recorded four top three finishes in the last four races, including wins at the Mosport 500 and the Daytona IMSA finale, while co-driving with Leitzinger. He finished the season sixth in the overall standings. 1996 also saw the formation of the Indy Racing League, and this gave Paul a second shot at a competitive Indycar career. Despite driving a two-year-old car for a new team, PDM Racing, he led 22 laps in that year's Las Vegas 500 before finishing 15th.[10][12][13]

In 1997, he competed with a contemporary IndyCar for the first time since 1985, and promptly finished 15th in the points. He also competed in the WSC with Dyson Racing. He continued where he left off in 1996 by winning at Daytona. His victory in the Rolex 24 at Daytona came as part of seven driver crew. This was followed by two victories, partnering Leitzinger in the Sportscar Grand Prix and VISA Sports Car Championship.[12][13]

Paul Jr. started the 1998 season with PDM Racing and Team Pelfrey before landing a competitive ride with Byrd-Cunningham Racing. He broke through to win the 1998 Lone Star 500 at Texas Motor Speedway and finished an IRL career best 11th in points.[14]

In his seven Indy 500 starts he had a best finish of seventh in 1998. He made his last IRL start the following season.[13]

2000s

The new millennium saw Paul return to his roots, sports car racing. He teamed up with Dyson Racing once again, and recorded four top three finishes, the best being a second in the U.S. Road Racing Classic, a 250-mile race at Mid-Ohio.[12]

Drug trafficking

Paul was lured into the drug trade at the age of 15, just to be with his father.[15][16] His first legal troubles were on January 10, 1979, when he and another accomplice were caught by customs agents loading equipment onto a pickup truck on the bank of a canal in the Louisiana bayous after dark. Following questioning, when one of them smelled cannabis on their clothing, his father was apprehended on his 42-foot boat named Lady Royale, where customs discovered residue of marijuana and $10,000 onboard. A rented truck was discovered nearby, which contained 1,565 pounds (710 kg) of marijuana.[17] In court, all three pleaded guilty to marijuana possession charges, where each was placed on three years' probation and fined $32,500.[18]

Paul's racing career was interrupted in May 1986, when he was sentenced to five years in prison for his involvement in a drug trafficking ring with his father and subsequent refusal to testify against him. He was sent to a minimum-security prison in Alabama. He served a total of 30 months, being released in October 1988.[19]

Retirement and death

Paul Jr. retired from professional racing in 2001 after noticing that the telemetry of the Corvette GT-1 he was testing did not match what he thought his feet were doing in the car. A subsequent medical evaluation confirmed he had Huntington's disease, a progressive neurological disorder.[20] [21]

In 2018, author and racing journalist Sylvia Wilkinson published a book about Paul Jr., titled 50/50, The Story of Champion Race Car Driver John Paul Jr. and his Battle with Huntington's Disease.[22]

Paul Jr. died on December 29, 2020 in Woodland Hills, California.[23][24]

Racing record

Career highlights

Season Series Position Team Car
1979 CASC/SCCA Formula Atlantic Championship [25] 13th Ralt-Ford RT1/79
1980 IMSA GT Series [26] 4th Preston Henn
JLP Racing
Porsche 935 K3
Porsche 935 JLP-2
FIA World Challenge for Endurance Drivers [27] 19th Preston Henn
JLP Racing
Porsche 935 K3
Porsche 935 JLP-2
1981 Camel GT Championship[28] 2nd JLP Racing Porsche 935 JLP-3
Lola- Chevrolet T600
Formula Super Vee USA Robert Bosch/Valvoline Championship [29] 14th JLP Racing Ralt-Volkswagen RT5
FIA World Endurance Championship of Drivers [30] 112th JLP Racing Porsche 935 JLP-2
1982 Camel GT Championship [31] 1st JLP Racing Porsche 935 JLP-3
Lola-Chevrolet T600
Porsche 935 JLP-4
Deutsche Rennsport Meisterschaft [32] 22nd Siegfried Brunn Porsche 908/3 Turbo
FIA World Endurance Championship of Drivers [33] 70th Kremer Racing Kremer-Porsche CK5
1983 PPG Indy Car World Series [7] 8th VDS Associates Penske-Cosworth PC-10
Camel GT Championship [34] 27th JLP Racing
Henn's Swap Shop Racing
Porsche 935 JLP-3
Lola-Chevrolet T600
Porsche 935L
1984 PPG Indy Car World Series [35] 17th Team VDS
Primus Racing
Patrick Racing
Provimi Veal
Penske-Cosworth PC-10/82
Primus-Cosworth 84
March-Cosworth 84C
FIA World Endurance Championship [36] 35th Henn's T-Bird Swap Shop Racing Porsche 956
Camel GT Championship [37] 38th Bayside Disposal Racing
Conte Racing
Pegasus Racing
Porsche 962
March-Chevrolet 84G
March-Buick 85G
1985 Camel GT Championship[38] 60th Conte Racing
Pegasus Racing
March-Buick 85G
March-Buick 84G
1986 Camel GT Championship [39] 34th Conte Racing March-Buick 85G
1989 Camel GT Championship [40] 22nd Bayside Disposal Racing
Phoenix Racing Cars
Momo-Gebhradt Racing
Porsche 962
Phoenix-Chevrolet JG2
Porsche 962C
Camel Lights Championship [41] 47th Whitehall Motorsports Spice-Pontiac SE87L
1990 Camel GT Championship [42] 8th Busby Racing Nissan GTP ZX-Turbo
1991 Camel GT Championship [43] 21st Dyson Racing
Gunnar Porsche
John Shapiro
Hotchkis Racing
Porsche 962C
Gunnar-Porsche 966
Porsche 962GTi
Spice-Pontiac SE89P
NASCAR Winston Cup Series [44] 56th Team Ireland Chevrolet Lumina
1992 IMSA GTU Championship [45] 12th Leitzinger Racing Nissan 240SX
Camel GT Championship [46] 13th Brumos Racing
Joest Racing
Hotchkiss Racing
Tom Milner Racing
Gunnar-Porsche 966
Porsche 962C
Spice-Pontiac SE89P
Intrepid RM-1
PPG Indy Car World Series [47] 27th D.B. Mann Development Lola-Buick T90/00
1993 Camel GT Championship [48] 5th Momo
Brumos Racing
Joest Racing
Nissan NPT-90
Gunnar-Porsche 966
Porsche 962C
1994 Exxon World Sports Cars Championship [49] 35th Dyson Racing Spice-Ferrari DR-3
1995 Exxon World Sports Cars Championship [50] 29th Dyson Racing Riley & Scott-Ford Mk III
1996 Exxon World Sports Cars Championship [51] 6th Dyson Racing Riley & Scott-Ford Mk III
Indy Racing League [52][53] 15th PDM Racing Lola-Cosworth T93/00
Lola-Menard T93/00
1996–97 Indy Racing League [54][55] 15th PDM Racing Lola-Menard T93/00
Lola-Menard T95/00
Dallara-Oldsmobile IR7
G-Force-Oldsmobile GF01
1997 Exxon World Sports Cars Championship [56] 11th Dyson Racing Riley & Scott-Ford Mk III
1998 Pep Boys Indy Racing League [57][58] 11th PDM Racing
Team Pelfrey
Byrd-Cunningham Racing
G-Force-Oldsmobile GF01B
1999 United States Road Racing Championship – SportsRacing Prototypes[59] 20th Dyson Racing Riley & Scott-Ford Mk III
Pep Boys Indy Racing League [60][61] 28th Nienhouse Motorsports
Byrd-Cunningham Racing
G-Force-Oldsmobile GF01C
American Le Mans Series – GTS[62] 36th Corvette Racing Chevrolet Corvette C5-R
2000 Rolex Sports Car Series [63] 15th Dyson Racing Riley & Scott-Lincoln Mk III
American Le Mans Series – GTS[64] 29th Konrad Motorsport
Patriot Motorsport
Porsche 911 GT2
Dodge Viper GTS-R
2001 Rolex Sports Car Series [65] 45th Konrad Motorsport Lola-Ford B2K/10

American Open Wheel racing results

(key) (Races in bold indicate pole position)

CART

Year Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 Rank Points Ref
1982 Miller Beer PHX ATL MIL CLE MCH MIL POC RIV ROA
21
MCH PHX 49th 0 [66]
1983 Racing Team VDS ATL
3
INDY
DNQ
MIL CLE
21
MCH
1
ROA
5
POC
29
RIV
3
MDO
20
MCH
7
CPL
2
LAG
26
PHX
11
8th 84 [67]
1984 Racing Team VDS LBH
20
PHX
DNS
INDY
DNQ
MIL
POR
MEA
CLE
17th 28 [68]
Primus Racing MCH
DNS
POC
17
Patrick Racing ROA
6
Provimi Veal MDO
9
SAN
MCH
22
PHX
LAG
11
CPL
3
1985 AMI Racing LBH INDY
15
MIL POR MEA CLE
17
MCH ROA POC MDO SAN MCH LAG PHX MIA 43rd 0 [69]
1986 Team ASC PHX LBH INDY
Wth
MIL POR MEA CLE TOR MCH POC MDO SAN MCH ROA LAG PHX MIA NC [70]
1989 Mann Motorsports PHX LBH INDY
DNQ
MIL DET
19
POR LAG
DNQ
44th 0 [71]
Bettenhausen Motorsports CLE
16
MEA
21
TOR
Dale Coyne Racing MCH
DNQ
POC MDO ROA NAZ
1990 Mann Motorsports PHX LBH INDY
16
MIL DET POR CLE MEA TOR MCH DEN VAN MDO ROA NAZ LAG 37th 0 [72]
1991 Mann Racing SRF LBH PHX INDY
25
MIL DET POR CLE MEA TOR MCH DEN VAN MDO ROA NAZ LAG 49th 0 [73]
1992 Mann Development SRF PHX LBH INDY
10
DET POR MIL NHA TOR MCH CLE ROA VAN MDO NAZ LAG 29th 3 [74]
1993 D.B. Mann SRF PHX LBH INDY
DNQ
MIL DET POR CLE TOR MCH NHM ROA VAN MDO NZR LAG NC [75]
1994 ProFormance Motorsports SRF PHX
18
LBH INDY
25
MIL DET POR CLE TOR MCH MDO NHM VAN ROA NZR LAG 45th 0 [76]

IndyCar

Indy Racing League results
Year Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 Rank Points Ref
1996 PDM Racing WDW
9
PHX
14
INDY
31
15th 153 [77]
1996–97 PDM Racing NHM
10
LVS
15
WDW
18
PHX
9
INDY
DNQ
TXS PPIR CLT
11
NH2
7
LVS
12
15th 163 [78]
1998 PDM Racing WDW
10
PHX
19
11th 216 [79]
Team Pelfrey INDY
7
Byrd-Cunningham Racing TXS
16
NHM
26
DOV
21
CLT
6
PPIR
15
ATL
23
TXS
1
LVS
4
1999 Byrd-Cunningham Racing WDW
11
PHX
22
CLT
C
INDY
DNQ
TXS PPIR ATL DOV PPI2 LVS 28th 39 [80]
McCormack Motorsports TXS
18
2001 Zali Racing PHX HMS ATL INDY
DNQ
TXS PPIR RIR KAN NSH KTY STL CHI TX2 NC [81]

NASCAR

(key) (Bold – Pole position awarded by qualifying time. Italics – Pole position earned by points standings or practice time. * – Most laps led.)

Winston Cup Series

NASCAR Winston Cup Series results
Year Team No. Make 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 NWCC Pts Ref
1991 Team Ireland 53 Chevy DAY RCH CAR ATL DAR BRI NWS MAR TAL CLT DOV SON POC MCH DAY POC
32
TAL GLN
16
MCH
DNQ
BRI DAR RCH DOV MAR NWS CLT CAR PHO ATL 56th 182 [82]

Indianapolis 500 results

Year Chassis Engine Start Finish Ref
1983 Penske Cosworth Practice Crash [83]
1984 Penske Cosworth Practice Crash [84]
1985 March Cosworth 24th 15th [85]
1986 March Buick Failed to Qualify [86]
1989 March Cosworth Failed to Qualify [87]
1990 Lola Buick 32nd 16th [85]
1991 Lola Buick 25th 25th [85]
1992 Lola Buick 19th 10th [85]
1993 Lola Buick Qualifying Crash [88]
1994 Lola Ilmor 30th 25th [85]
1996 Lola Menard-Buick 17th 31st [85]
1997 Dallara Oldsmobile Practice Crash [89]
1998 Dallara Oldsmobile 16th 7th [85]
1999 G-Force Oldsmobile Practice Crash [90]
2001 G-Force Oldsmobile Failed to Qualify [91]

Complete 24 Hours of Le Mans results

Year Class No Tyres Car Team Co-Drivers Laps Pos. Class
Pos.
Ref
1980 IMSA 73 G Porsche 935 JLP-2 United States J.L.P. Racing United States John Paul Sr.
United Kingdom Guy Edwards
312 9th 2nd [92]
1982 IMSA
GTX
72 D Ferrari 512BB/LM United States North American Racing Team France Alain Cudini
United States John Morton
306 9th 4th [93]
1984 C1 26 G Porsche 956 United States Henn's T-Bird Swap Shop France Jean Rondeau 358 2nd [94]
1995 GT1 30 G Chevrolet Corvette ZR-1 United States ZR1 Corvette Team Canada Chris McDougall
United States James Mero
57 DNF [95]

Complete 24 Hours of Daytona results

Year Class No Tyres Car Team Co-Drivers Laps Pos. Class
Pos.
Ref
1981 GTX 18 Porsche 935 JLP-2 United States JLP Racing United States John Paul Sr.
United States Gordon Smiley
53 DNF
Piston
[96]
1982 GTP 8 Porsche 935 JLP-2 United States JLP Racing United States John Paul Sr.
Germany Rolf Stommelen
DNS [97]
GTP 18 G Porsche 935 JLP-3 United States JLP Racing United States John Paul Sr.
Germany Rolf Stommelen
719 1st
1983 GTP 1 G Porsche 935/JLP-3 United States JLP Racing United States Rene Rodriguez
United States Joe Castellano
412 DNF
Turbocharger
[98]
1985 GTP 45 G March-Buick 85G United States Conte Racing Canada Bill Adam
United States Whitney Ganz
358 DNF
Suspension
[99]
1986 GTP 45 G March-Buick 85G United States RC Buick Hawk/Conte United States Chip Ganassi
Italy Ivan Capelli
United States Whitney Ganz
310 DNF
Engine
[100]
1989 GTP 85 G Porsche 962 United States Texaco Havoline Star Bayside Motorsports United States Bruce Leven
United States Rob Dyson
United States Dominic Dobson
347 DNF
Piston
[101]
1990 GTP 67 BF Nissan GTP ZX-Turbo United States BFG/Miller High Life United States Kevin Cogan
Italy Mauro Baldi
397 DNF
Engine
[102]
1991 GTP 16 G Porsche 962C United States Dyson Racing United Kingdom James Weaver
United Kingdom Tiff Needell
450 DNF
Oil Pump
[103]
1993 GTP 30 G Nissan NPT-90 Italy Momo Italy Giampiero Moretti
United Kingdom Derek Bell
Italy Massimo Sigala
645 DNF (6th)
Engine
[104]
1994 WSC 16 G Spice-Ferrari DR-3 United States Dyson Racing United Kingdom James Weaver
United States Rob Dyson
United States Scott Sharp
339 DNF
Oil Pump
[105]
1995 GTS-2 12 Y BMW M3 United States Prototype Technology Group Austria Dieter Quester
United States Pete Halsmer
United States David Donohue
221 DNF
Engine
[106]
1996 GTS-2 06 Y BMW M3 United States Prototype Technology Group Costa Rica Javier Quiros
United States Pete Halsmer
United States David Donohue
638 6th 3rd [107]
1997 WSC 16 G Riley & Scott-Ford Mk III United States Dyson Racing United Kingdom Andy Wallace
United States Butch Leitzinger
United Kingdom James Weaver
227 DNF [108]
WSC 20 G Riley & Scott-Ford Mk III United States Dyson Racing United States Elliott Forbes-Robinson
United States John Schneider
United States Rob Dyson
United States Butch Leitzinger
United Kingdom Andy Wallace
United Kingdom James Weaver
690 1st
1998 CA 20 G Riley & Scott-Ford Mk III United States Dyson Racing United States Butch Leitzinger
United Kingdom Perry McCarthy
United States Rob Dyson
615 DNF
Engine
[109]
1999 GT2 2 G Chevrolet Corvette C5-R United States Corvette Racing Canada Ron Fellows
United States Chris Kneifel
600 18th 3rd [110]

Complete 12 Hours of Sebring results

Year Class No Tyres Car Team Co-Drivers Laps Pos. Class
Pos.
Ref
1981 GTX 8 G Porsche 935 JLP-3 United States JLP Racing United States John Paul Sr. 40 DNF
Suspension
[111]
1982 GTP 18 G Porsche 935 JLP-3 United States JLP Racing United States John Paul Sr. 244 1st [112]
1983 GTP 09 G Porsche 935 L United States Henn's Swap Shop Racing United Kingdom Derek Bell
United States Michael Andretti
125 DNF
Engine
[113]
1985 GTP 3 March-Buick 84G United States Pegasus Racing United States Ken Madren
United States Wayne Pickering
38 DNF
Clutch
[114]
1986 GTP 46 G March-Buick 85G United States R C Buick Hawk United States Whitney Ganz
United States Ken Madren
151 DNF
Engine
[115]
1990 GTP 67 BF Nissan GTP ZX-Turbo United States Busby Racing United States Kevin Cogan 286 5th 4th [116]
1991 GTP 24 G Porsche 962 GTi United States John Shapiro United Kingdom James Weaver 218 DNF
Suspension
[117]
1992 GTU 96 T Nissan 240SX United States Leitzinger Racing United States David Loring 301 8th 1st [118]
1993 GTP 30 G Nissan NPT-90 Italy Momo Italy Giampiero Moretti
United Kingdom Derek Bell
228 2nd [119]
1994 GTS 72 G Porsche 911 Turbo United States Champion Porsche Canada Bill Adam
United States Victor Gonzalez
91 DNF
Mechanical
[120]
1995 GTS-2 12 Y BMW M3 United States Prototype Technology Group Austria Dieter Quester 228 20th 8th [121]
1996 WSC 16 G Riley & Scott-Ford Mk III United States Dyson Racing United States Rob Dyson
United Kingdom James Weaver
262 24th 7th [122]
1997 WSC 20 G Riley & Scott-Ford Mk III United States Dyson Racing United States Elliott Forbes-Robinson
United States John Schneider
263 5th [123]
1999 GTS 3 G Chevrolet Corvette C5-R United States Corvette Racing Canada Ron Fellows
United States Chris Kneifel
262 23rd 4th [124]
2000 GTS 33 D Porsche 911 GT2 Germany Konrad Motorsport Austria Franz Konrad
United States Charles Slater
307 12th 4th [125]

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Awards
Preceded by
None
Scott Brayton Trophy
1997
Succeeded by