Jochen Neerpasch ( born March 23, 1939 in Krefeld ), a skilled machinist, is a former German racecar driver and motorsports manager. His family business before and after the war a Lloyd -Goliath Hansa Borgward dealership and after the collapse of the Borgward group for many years a Ford dealership in Krefeld.
His motorsport career began in the 1960s during the team Borgward. One of the first great events in which he took part, in 1964 was the 24 - hour race at Le Mans. In a Porsche 907 in 1968, he won the 24 Hours of Daytona.
In the 1970s Neerpasch became one of the most successful managers in the German Racing Championship and the European Touring Car Championship. First Neerpasch managed at Ford before on the successful M- Team BMW he was working as a manager of Hans -Joachim Stuck 1972.
Neerpasch conducted from 1973 to 1979 as Chairman of the Board in 1972 newly established BMW M GmbH (Society for individual automobiles). There he formed in 1977 the first " Junior Team " with Eddie Cheever, Marc Surer and Manfred Winkelhock. The juniors contested first touring car racing and drove later all three in Formula 1
1980 Neerpasch was Directeur General Competition at PSA Talbot in Paris. 1981-1982 Delegate to the sports car world championship at the FISA in Paris. 1983-1987 Vice President of Motorsport at IMG London / Munich. From 1988 to 1992 was Neerpasch race director of Daimler Benz AG, Stuttgart and in the context of this activity is also a member of the Executive Committee of the PP Sauber AG in Hinwil. During this time Neerpasch was responsible for the car racing team Sauber- Mercedes in the World Sportscar Championship. 1989 won his team the 24 Hours of Le Mans. Jochen Neerpasch promoted at that time the former junior driver Michael Schumacher, Karl Wendlinger and Heinz -Harald Frentzen.
Jochen Neerpasch regarded as the main enabler for the unparalleled career of Michael Schumacher in the formula 1 For this reason also returned the 7 times F1 champion Michael Schumacher in Formula 1 back and got the Mercedes GP Petronas Formula 1 team next racer mate Nico Rosberg as a regular driver. He wanted to give something back to Mercedes, because Mercedes was very helpful to him in his F1 career, Michael Schumacher is frequently quoted in the media.
From 1993 to 1998 Neerpasch was a consultant for the ADAC Motorsport and served as manager from 1995 STW series until it was replaced in favor of today's DTM. From 1999 to 2001, Jochen Neerpasch Director of Euroc SAM in Monaco.
Today Jochen Neerpasch lives as retirees in the Engadine in Switzerland.
From 4 to 7 June 2009 Jochen Neerpasch participated in the 14th Württemberg Classic with the legendary sports car from BMW M1 from the 1978 part. Interestingly, Jochen Neerpasch in the development of this vehicle was significantly during his time as CEO of the newly formed BMW Motorsport GmbH (BMW M GmbH) involved with.
Le Mans results
- Racers ( Germany )
- Drivers in the 24 Hours of Le Mans
- World Sports Car Championship racer
- Person (BMW)
- Person ( Krefeld )
- Born in 1939