1986 Fabcar GTP-L news, pictures, and information
Often referred to as the 'Baby 962', it won in its maiden outing in 1986, at Road Atlanta, being driven by Elliot Forbes-Robinson. It was EFR's only race in the car, and it faltered in other races that year. Purchased by veteran Porsche racer, Daytonian John Higgins, the car was entered as the Porsche Factory Endorsed entry in the IMSA GTP series in 1987. Driven by the late Chip Mead, John Higgins, and Howard Cherry, the car's early success led to the construction of a second team car. Joining the team were Tim McAdam and Canadian Dr. Charlie Monk.
In the first four races of 1987, the Fabcar Team finished second in the 24 Hours of Daytona, won the 12 Hours of Sebring, won the Miami Grand Prix, and finished second in the West Palm Beach GP. Pitted against factory teams from Ferrari, Buick, Pontiac and Mazda, the Daytona-based team went on to run up front for the rest of the season, adding the California 500 at Sears Point to their record. Lead driver Chip Mead was awarded the Porsche Cup for their accomplishments. This Chassis 001 set an all-time IMSA record with over 5200 racing miles in one year, without one single mechanical failure. The car continued to offer podium finishes for the team until its retirement in 1989. Among notable drivers who co-drove this car were 1996 Indy 500 Champion Buddy Lazier, actors Lorenzo Lamas and Perry King, plus ZZ Top drummer Frank Beard.
The car is now campaigned in Vintage Rolex Cup endurance races with two of its original drivers, Howard Cherry and John Higgins, still winning with the car. The car is campaigned out of the Grant Motorsports stable.
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