Rolex 24 Retro: Busby Racing’s wild 1989 win

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Rolex 24 Retro: Busby Racing’s wild 1989 win


Rolex 24 Retro: Busby Racing’s wild 1989 win


Team owner Jim Busby, driver John Andretti, Busby Racing crew chief Mike Colucci, and Porsche/Andial legend Alwin Springer bring their win at the 1989 SunBank 24 Hours of Daytona to life on the 30th anniversary of their overall win in the gorgeous No. 67 Porsche 962.

The two-car effort, with the lead No. 67 entry for the late hero Bob Wollek, all-time great Derek Bell and Andretti, was complemented by a one-off second entry, the No. 68, as a tribute entry featuring the Holbert Racing crew and a 962 chassis for Mario and Michael Andretti, in the wake of Al Holbert’s death a few months earlier.

By the end of the 24 Hours, Porsche had won its 50th race with the 962, which would also serve as Bell’s final 24-hour win, and with a long delay for fog, the windshield flying off with Andretti behind the wheel, and a raging battle for victory with Jaguar that forced Wollek to close the race running at qualifying speeds, the 1989 event is loaded with amazing stories offered by our guests.

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