DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – The No. 99 Brumos Porsche twin-turbo 935 driven to the overall victory in the 1978 Rolex 24 At Daytona by Rolf Stommelen, Antoine Hezemans and Peter Gregg is the latest addition to the display of overall Rolex 24 At Daytona championship cars to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the twice-around-the-clock challenge on January 28-29.
The No. 99 led a dominating performance by Porsche in the 1978 twice-around-the-clock challenge. After leading lap eight, the Brumos Porsche took the point on lap 14 and never relinquished the position for the remainder of the race.
Although the car was on pace to set a new race record, the team paused during the final half hour of the race to clean the car and apply new decals in order to stage an all-Porsche group photo on the final lap. Stommelen, Hezemans and Gregg took the checkered flag with a 30-lap margin of victory and an average speed of 108.743 mph, and Porsche swept the top seven positions in the race.
Gregg, who was driving the team’s sister car, the No. 59 Brumos Porsche single-turbo 935 with Claude Ballot-Lena and Brad Frissele, drove a shift in the No. 99 car in the early morning hours of the race. For Gregg, one of the most successful racers in the Rolex 24, it was his fourth and final triumph in the grueling endurance race.
For Stommelen, the 1978 Rolex 24 win was his second of four overall triumphs in the Rolex 24. Along with Scott Pruett, Stommelen has the distinction of winning the Rolex 24 in three different decades.
The No. 99 Brumos Porsche twin-turbo 935 joins the field of previously announced 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
• 1966 Rolex 24-winning No. 98 Ford GT Mark II
• 1968 Rolex 24-winning Porsche 907
• 1969 Rolex 24-winning No. 6 Lola T70 Chevrolet
• 1970 Rolex 24-winning No. 2 Gulf Porsche 917
• 1977 Rolex 24-winning No. 43 Porsche 911 RSR
• 1981 Rolex 24-winning No. 9 Bob Garretson’s Style Auto Porsche 935
• 1982 Rolex 24-winning No. 18 JLP Porsche 935
• The Preston Henn Porsches from the 1983 and 1985 Rolex 24s
• 1984 Rolex 24-winning No. 00 Kreepy Krauly Porsche-March
• 1993 Rolex 24-winning No. 98 Eagle GTP
• 1994 Rolex 24-winning No. 76 Nissan 300ZX-Turbo
• 1995 Rolex 24-winning No. 10 Kremer Porsche K8 Spyder
To view the complete list online, visit http://www.daytonainternationalspeedway.com/Vanity-Pages/50th-Rolex-24/50-Years-of-Champions-Display.aspx. Additional cars will be announced as they are secured to be part of this one-of-a-kind display.
In addition to the 50th anniversary display during the Rolex 24 At Daytona, the championship cars will also be on display at the Rolex 50 Years of Champions, a charity gala on Thursday night, January 26th at the Ocean Center. Daytona International Speedway has partnered with the Halifax Health Foundation to host the event with the admissions proceeds benefiting the Halifax Health Foundation, which includes the area’s only Level II Trauma Center. Tickets can be purchased by calling the Halifax Health Foundation office at (386) 254-4111.
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.