Air Brigade members are at the Daytona 24 Hours race to cheer on the Porsche 992 RSR race cars that will be starting on the front row in the GT LeMans category. The number 911 is on pole with number 912 on the outside pole. Both the Porsches start in front of the new mid-engine Corvettes making their race debut.
Daytona held its first 24-hour race in 1966 and just two years later Porsche achieved a triple victory. Porsche has the record of 22 overall victories. Porsche has taken the overall win 41 percent of the time. Porsche also holds the record for “one-two” finishes having achieved that distinction 12 times. The first overall win came for Porsche in 1968.
The iconic air-cooled Porsche 911 delivered the majority of Daytona 24 wins. The Porsche 911 achieved 40 overall and class wins at Daytona. When a 911-race car is in the starting field it has won 75% of the time. That includes 20 straight victories (overall and/or class) from 1966-1987. Most notable was Hurley Haywood and Peter Gregg’s overall victory in the famous number 59 Porsche 911. Kevin Buckler repeated an overall victory in a 911 in 2003.
Long-time Porsche racer, Hurley Haywood reached victory lane five times overall at the wheel of a Porsche. In addition he has a class victory at the wheel of a Porsche. Longtime co-driver Peter Gregg is tied with the Porsche legend in class victories with six. All but one came at the wheel of a Porsche.
Porsche 911 race cars have moved from the iconic and classic air-cooled Porsche 911 we all love to the highly sophisticated water-cooled racing monsters, the Porsche RSR.
The race starts today at 1:35 p.m. ET and will be broadcast on NBC starting at 1:30 p.m. At 2:30 p.m. the race switches over to NBC Sports network and the NBC Sports App until Sunday, January 24 at 12:00 p.m. until the end of the race and victory lane at 2:00 p.m.
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