24 Hours of Daytona
The race takes place in late January / early February, so the night is much longer than mid-June at the famous 24 - hour race at Le Mans. The mixture of the highly banked curves of the four kilometer long oval and the distance passages in the infield are unique to long-distance races.
As early as the 1962 sports car races were run at Daytona. The distance varied from three hours (1962-1963) to 2000 km ( 1964-1965 ).
Even in the period 1999-2013 was one of the race for the Grand-Am Sports Car Series and did not like the 12 - hour race at Sebring to competitive American Le Mans Series (ALMS ).
Porsche has scored the most overall victories at the 24 Hours of Daytona. Of these, eleven occurred in immediate succession from 1977 to 1987.2
The U.S. amerikinasche racer Hurley Haywood scored the most overall victories at the 24 Hours of Daytona - all with Porsche vehicles. With his victory in 2013 Scott Pruett took the same.
2 Statistics begin until the race duration of 24 hours; So from 1966.
After the triple victory in 1967 against the competition vehicle of Ford GT40 Ferrari has given the road-going sports car 365 GTB / 4 Daytona the nickname.
Depending on counting vehicles from Porsche have won a total of 20 times, in 2003, even the drivers Joerg Bergmeister and Timo Bernhard have won with a Porsche 996 GT3 RS for the takeoff in the GT class team The Racer 's Group for overall victory. A win against the first antretenden in 2003 Daytona prototypes, which the broadcasters do not like saw, so that the starting conditions for the GT Porsche were hampered dramatically in 2004, but they could offer the Daytona prototypes still stand up.