Al Holbert

Alvah Robert " Al " Holbert ( born November 11, 1946 in Abington, Pennsylvania, † September 30, 1988 in Columbus, Ohio) was an American race car driver.

From a young age was Al Holbert with automobiles and motorsport in touch. His father Bob drove sports cars and racing operation in Warrington, a local town near Philadelphia, a Volkswagen dealer. During his engineering studies, he worked with Roger Penske, for whom he also drove his first race car. 1974 Holbert became a professional racing driver and won with the overall wins in the IMSA sports car championship his first major title. Its use vehicle was a Chevrolet Monza.

Through the corporate connections to Volkswagen and Porsche Holbert was the beginning of the 1980s factory driver at Porsche and rose to become one of the best sports car drivers this time.

Three times he was the overall winner of the 24- hour race at Le Mans. In 1983 he won together with Hurley Haywood and Vern Schuppan in the works Porsche 956 in 1986 and 1987, he sat on the winning Porsche 962 and the success of each shared with Hans -Joachim Stuck and Derek Bell. Holbert was able to enter into the winners' lists also the two major U.S. long distance races. In 1986 and 1987 he won the 24 - hour race at Daytona in 1976 and 1981 and the 12 - hour race at Sebring. He won two more times for Porsche IMSA GTP Championship and built with Holbert Racing his own racing team. A IMSA title he won on a March 83G.

Between 1976 and 1979 he was at 19 NASCAR-R Ennen at the start and was fourth at the 1984 500-mile race at Indianapolis.

In September 1988, Holbert was killed in the crash of a Piper flown by him in the vicinity of Columbus, Ohio fatal.

Le Mans results

  • Racers (United States)
  • Winner of the 24 Hours of Le Mans
  • Born in 1946
  • Died in 1988
  • Man
  • NASCAR driver
  • Champ Car racer
  • World Sports Car Championship racer
  • Americans