1986 Fabcar GTP-L news, pictures, specifications, 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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|PETER SACHS RECEIVES RRDC'S 2013 BOB AKIN AWARD|
|DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (Jan. 24, 2014) - Peter Sachs, a retired successful SCCA, IMSA, USRRC and vintage racer, received the 2013 Bob Akin Award from the Road Racing Drivers Club at a dinner prior to the running of the Rolex 24 At Daytona, the season opener of the 2014 TUDOR SportsCar Championship. Each recipient of this honor, considered the top award in motorsports for amateur, vintage/historic or semi-professional drivers, is selected by Akin's son Bobby, RRDC members Brian Redman and ...[Read more...]|
|HURLEY HAYWOOD HONORED WITH RRDC'S 2014 PHIL HILL AWARD|
|DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (Jan. 24, 2014) - Hurley Haywood, winner of more endurance classics than any other driver in racing history, was honored by the Road Racing Drivers Club with the 2014 Phil Hill Award. RRDC president Bobby Rahal presented Haywood with the award at a dinner prior to the running of the Rolex 24 At Daytona, the season opener of the 2014 TUDOR United SportsCar Championship. The Phil Hill Award has been presented annually since 1993 to the person who the RRDC feels has re...[Read more...]|
|RACE FOR HUNTINGTON'S DISEASE RESEARCH BACKED BY AC/DC'S BRIAN JOHNSON AND CHAMPION DRIVERS AT SEBRING|
|SEBRING, Fla. (Oct. 11, 2013) - Seven champion race-car drivers and one rock star racer will compete in a Porsche 935 JLP HD1 on Dec. 8, 2013, in Sebring, Fla., to help raise funds and awareness for Huntington's Disease (HD). The 4-hour endurance event at the famed 3.7-mile Sebring International Speedway is sanctioned by Historic Sportscar Racing Ltd. (HSR), and will feature internationally-acclaimed drivers Rob Dyson, John Fergus, Hurley Haywood, Roger Mandeville, Jim Pace, Brian Redman...[Read more...]|
|Seven-Time Pikes Peak Champion Zwart To Bring 'The Best Of Both Worlds' To The Mountain In 2013|
|Colorado Springs – June 25, 2013 – In 2010, Jeff Zwart, from Corona del Mar, Calif., made Pikes Peak history and shook up the sports car establishment by running a road racing car – the Porsche 911 GT3 Cup - at the world's most famous hill climb, smashing the Time Attack class record and winning his seventh championship. In 2011, Zwart drove his Porsche 911 GT2 RS turbo street car – not only up the Mountain, but on the Interstate from L.A. to Colorado Springs - and sliced 24-seconds o...[Read more...]|
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