Longevity alone could account for the marque’s place at the top of all the major record columns for auto manufacturers. However, “just being there” isn’t what Porsche is about. The German sports car builder has earned its spot at the top by virtue of its hard-earned successes. In the course of the joint history of the two legendary companies, Porsche has accounted for 567 IMSA victories (chassis and/or engine) since 1969. While those wins have come at legendary facilities across North America, perhaps nowhere is more closely linked with Porsche than Sebring International Raceway.
At least one Porsche has contested every Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring since making its debut at the famous track in 1953 – one year after the first “12-Hours”. With the start of the 2019 race, Porsche will have taken the green flag on the former World War Two airfield 65-consecutive times, excluding 1974 when the race was not held due to a fuel crisis. In that time, Porsche has earned 89 unequaled victories – 56 more than its nearest rival. That includes records for overall wins (18), class wins (71) and GT class wins (29 since 1979) as well as GT class pole positions (15). In addition, Porsche has led more laps overall (4,198 – almost 20,000-miles) than any other manufacturer. Between 1976 and 1988, Porsche shutout every challenger to take the overall title for a 13-year streak, in itself another record. The industry’s most iconic car, the Porsche 911, alone holds a record 32 overall and/or class victories at Sebring. The Porsche 935 has six wins, the 962 prototype has four. The Porsche 718 RS 60, 907, 917, 934 and RS Spyder each have one overall title. Overall victories came in 1960, ’68, ’71, 73, ’76 – ’88 and again in 2008.