Legendary and perennial sports car racing powerhouse Porsche will be the featured marque at this year’s Historic Sportscar Racing (HSR) Classic Daytona presented by IMSA, the classic 24-hour race at Daytona International Speedway (DIS) that runs for the seventh time this October 27 – 31. Porsche sports cars of all competition generations will take centre stage at the seventh running of the Classic 24-Hour HSR race on the Daytona high banks.
The Porsche celebration at the HSR Classic Daytona pays tribute to the Stuttgart, Germany-based manufacturer’s decades of unmatched success in the Rolex 24 At Daytona, and the earlier iterations of the twice-around-the-clock race, which has annually been run on the Daytona road course for nearly 60 years.
Porsche is the most successful manufacturer in the history of the Rolex 24 At Daytona, amassing a record 22 overall wins, with the first coming in 1968 and the most recent in 2010. The winning run includes a record 11 consecutive overall victories from 1977 through 1987.
The sports car manufacturer’s Rolex 24 At Daytona class win record is just as impressive as the tally of overall victories. Including the Daytona Continental races, which paved the way starting in 1962 for the inaugural 24-hour race in 1966, a Porsche race car has been driven to 78 class wins at Daytona. The most recent class win came in the GT Daytona (GTD) division in 2017 when HSR regulars Alegra Motorsports scored its second Rolex 24 At Daytona GT class victory.
Porsche race cars are fixtures on HSR race weekends where they are regularly driven to victory lane in several different run groups and classes. The HSR Classic Daytona in particular draws a diverse and competitive lineup of Porsche race cars each year, and the race has never been run without a Porsche taking overall honors in at least one run group.
Historic Sportscar Racing (HSR) was formed in the mid-1970s with an event at Michelin Raceway Road Atlanta. There was one goal then and it remains true today: to celebrate the race cars from the past. As a “time machine” of sights and sounds, HSR provides a venue for competitors and spectators alike to share in the wonderful history and excitement created by the cars that competed at race tracks around the world. HSR currently sanctions eight vintage and historic racing events at some of the world’s most renowned race tracks, including Road Atlanta, Sebring International Raceway, Daytona International Speedway and more. The complete schedule and full event information can be found on HSR’s website at http://www.HSRRace.com. A dedicated website for the Classic 24 Hour at Daytona presented by IMSA is available at www.Classic24hour.com.
Kjell Gruner, President and CEO of Porsche Cars North America, Inc.
“We are honoured to be selected as the featured marque of the 2021 HSR Classic Daytona. Daytona has been the backdrop for many thrilling races for Porsche – some filled with joy, some heartbreaking. But that’s racing! We’ve learned a lot along the way – and made many friends. We’re excited and grateful to celebrate this rich motorsport history with our loyal racing fans here in the United States.”
David Hinton, President, Historic Sportscar Racing.
“For more than half a century, Porsche has set the standard for excellence in international sports car racing. For many, Porsche has been and remains today the globally recognized benchmark for success in international sports car racing. Daytona is one venue where the famous Goldcrest has shined particularly bright, and we are honored to be able to celebrate Porsche’s amazing success at the ‘World Center of Racing’ this year at the HSR Classic Daytona presented by IMSA.”