1979 Sebring 12 Hours


17 March 1979 - Sebring (USA): Round 2, World Challenge for Endurance Drivers. Round 2, Endurance Triple Crown.
12 hour duration event in which 239 laps of a 5.200 mile/8.369 km circuit - 1242.800 miles/2000.089 kms were completed.
Weather: warm, dry


Pos. No. Driver / Nationality Car Entrant Laps Time/retired Grp Pos Group Grid Qual Time
1. 9 Bob Akin (USA)
Rob McFarlin (USA)
Roy Woods (USA)
Porsche 935 930 770 0910 Dick Barbour Racing 239 12:00:42,186  1. GTX 9. 2:51,388 
2. 5 Charles Mendez (USA)
Brian Redman (GB)
Paul Miller (USA)
Porsche 935 Busch Beer Racing 238 12:01:56,366  2. GTX 4. 2:44,435 
3. 3 Bob Garretson (USA)
Gary Belcher (USA)
Bob Bondurant (USA)
Skeeter McKitterick (USA)*
Porsche 935 930 770 0959 Dick Barbour Racing 235   3. GTX 7. 2:50,179 
4. 6 Rolf Stommelen (D)
Dick Barbour (USA)
Rick Mears (USA)
Porsche 935/77A 930 890 0024 Dick Barbour Racing 234   4. GTX 1. 2:38,038 
5. 38 Bonky Fernandez (PR)
Tato Ferrer (PR)
Chiqui Soldevilla (PR)
Porsche Carrera RSR 911 460 9113 Boricua Racing 233   1. GTO 16. 2:59,306 
6. 13 Hal Shaw, Jr. (USA)
Norm Ridgely (CDN)
Porsche 935 930 670 0180 Hal Shaw Racing 231   5. GTX 14. 2:57,342 
7. 69 Horst Kroll (CDN)
Rudy Bartling (CDN)
Klaus Bytzek (CDN)*
Porsche Carrera Bytzek Automotive 230   2. GTO 29. 3:02,634 
8. 54 Tony Garcia (USA)
Juan Montalvo (C)
Alberto Vadia (USA)
Porsche Carrera Montura Ranch Estates 229   3. GTO 21. 3:00,393 
9. 98 Lance Van Every (USA)
Ash Tisdelle (USA)
Porsche Carrera RSR Van Every Racing 226   4. GTO 28. 3:02,283 
10. 37 Honorato Espinosa (CO)
Francisco Lopez (CO)
Jorge Cortes (CO)
Porsche Carrera Botero Racing Team 219   5. GTO 24. 3:01,847 
11. 60 Rusty Bond (USA)
Ren Tilton (USA)
Porsche 911 E. J. Pruitt & Sons 219   1. GTU 44. 3:10,538 
12. 39 Jim Trueman (USA)
John Higgins (USA)
Chip Mead (USA)
Turner Woddard (USA)*
Porsche 911 Barrick Motor Racing 215   2. GTU 34. 3:06,293 
13. 77 Roger Mandeville (USA)
Amos Johnson (USA)
Jim Downing (USA)
Mazda RX-7 Roger T. Mandeville 213   6. GTX 41. 3:09,405 
14. 07 Dave Cowart (USA)
Kenper Miller (USA)
David McClain (USA)
Porsche Carrera Morrison's 205   6. GTO 22. 3:00,963 
15. 89 Francisco Romero (YV)
Ernesto Soto (YV)
Porsche Carrera Hector Huerta 201   7. GTO 15. 2:58,344 
16. 33 Peter Welter (USA)
Richard Aten (USA)
Jack Refenning (USA)
Porsche 911 Peter Welter 198   3. GTU 49. 3:13,781 
17. 2 Bonnie Henn (USA)
Lyn St. James (USA)
Janet Guthrie (USA)
Gary Belcher (USA)*
Doc Bundy (USA)*
Ferrari 365 GTB/4 13367 Thunderbird Swap-Shop 194   8. GTO 35. 3:06,824 
18. 70 Walt Bohren (USA)
James Besmer (USA)
Mazda RX-7 Walt Bohren Racing 193   7. GTX 38. 3:08,610 
19. 91 Roger Schramm (USA)
Werner Frank (USA)
Porsche Carrera RSR 911 460 0075? Framm Promotions 192   9. GTO 19. 2:59,836 
20. 51 Robert Kirby (USA)
Wayne Baker (USA)
Tom Winters (USA)
Porsche 914/4 Personalized Porsche 188   4. GTU 61. 3:19,375 
21. 08 Terry Wolters (USA)
Bob Buchler (USA)
Nort Northam (USA)
Porsche 911 911 030 1263 Moran Construction 182   5. GTU 58. 3:17,269 
22. 62 Bill Koll (USA)
Jim Cook (USA)
Dennis Aase (USA)
Porsche 914/6 Koll Motor Sports 182   6. GTU 20. 3:00,283 
23. 93 David Deacon (CDN)
Reagan Riley (CDN)
Hank Franczak (CDN)
Porsche 914/6 M. Rochas Porsche 179   7. GTU 60. 3:17,716 
NRF 18 John Paul (USA)
Al Holbert (USA)
Porsche 935 JLP-1 JLP-1 JLP Racing 176 Transmission 8. GTX 3. 2:40,190 
NC 52 Jack Swanson (USA)
Dick Gauthier (USA)
Chevrolet Camaro Ours & Hours Racing 158   10. GTO 63. 3:20,648 
DNF 09 Hurley Haywood (USA)
Preston Henn (USA)
Peter Gregg (USA)
Porsche 935/77A 930 890 0021 or 0015 Thunderbird Swap-Shop 157 Engine 9. GTX 2. 2:39,912 
DNF 66 Jeff Loving (USA)
Richard Small (USA)
Ralph Noseda (USA)
Chevrolet Camaro Sunset Racing 148   11. GTO 42. 3:09,711 
DNF 46 Mauricio DeNarvaez (CO)
Albert Naon (USA)
Porsche Carrera Mauricio deNarvaez 147   12. GTO 12. 2:55,942 
NC 01 Dave White (USA)
Robert Overby (USA)
Porsche 911 Roehrig Racing 147   8. GTU 31. 3:04,552 
DNF 12 Ford Smith (USA)
Jimmy Tumbleston (USA)
Neil Potter (USA)
Chevrolet Camaro Ford Smith Racing 139 Engine 13. GTO 76. 3:44,363 
DNF 71 Bruce Jennings (USA)
Bob Beasley (USA)
Porsche 911 Bruce Jennings 136   9. GTU 55. 3:16,189 
NC 44 George Van Arsdale (USA)
Kent Murry (USA)
Porsche 911 SUD Porsche Racing 131   10. GTU 52. 3:14,788 
NC 02 J. Dana Roehrig (USA)
J. Kurt Roehrig (USA)
Porsche 911 Roehrig Racing 128   11. GTU 70. no time
NC 53 Guy Thomas (USA)
Milton Moise (USA)
Tom Nehl (USA)
Chevrolet Camaro Guy F. Thomas 122   10. GTX 51. 3:14,405 
DNF 00 Ted Field (USA)
Danny Ongais (USA)
Porsche 935/77A 930 890 0019 Interscope Racing 120 Suspension 11. GTX 5. 2:45,929 
NC 43 Bill McDill (USA)
Tom Frank (USA)
Mike Meldeau (USA)*
Chevrolet Camaro Meldeau Tire Stores 118   12. GTX 25. 3:01,937 
DNF 81 Steve Faul (USA)
Herb Jones, Jr. (USA)
Fred Lang (USA)
Chevrolet Corvette Jones Ind. Racing 116   14. GTO 59. 3:17,425 
DNF 29 Billy Hagan (USA)
Hoyt Overbagh (USA)
Ron Reed (USA)
Chevrolet Monza Stratagraph 115   15. GTO 71. no time
DNF 50 Rainer Brezinka (CDN)
Gary Hirsch (CDN)
Fritz Hochreuter (CDN)
Porsche 911 R & H Racing 109   12. GTU 48. 3:13,708 
DNF 75 Mike Ramirez (PR)
Manuel Villa (PR)
Luis Gordillo (PR)
Porsche 911 Mike Ramirez 108 Engine 13. GTU 72. no time
DNF 36 Ron Case (USA)
Dave Panaccione (USA)
Porsche 911 Case Racing 106   14. GTU 46. 3:13,129 
DNF 94 Bill Whittington (USA)
Don Whittington (USA)
Porsche 935/79 930 990 0026 Whittington Bros. Racing 104 Accident 13. GTX 6. 2:46,236 
DNF 72 Bill Scott (USA)
Pierre Honegger (USA)
Porsche 911 Bill Scott Racing-Z&W 99   15. GTU 37. 3:07,297 
DNF 92 Dale Whittington (USA)
R. D. Whittington (USA)
Milt Minter (USA)
Porsche 934 930 670 0173 Whittington Bros. Racing 94 Suspension 16. GTO 13. 2:56,362 
DNF 88 Dave Yerger (USA)
Dario Orlando (USA)
Del Russo Taylor (USA)
Alfa Romeo GTV Day Enterprise Racing 90   16. GTU 67. 3:25,549 
DNF 85 John Hulen (USA)
Ron Coupland (USA)
Bob Speakman (USA)
Porsche 914/6 John E. Hulen 82   17. GTU 39. 3:08,880 
DNF 56 Craig Carter (USA)
Murray Edwards (CDN)
Richard Valentine (USA)
Chevrolet Camaro Peerless Racing 81 Engine 17. GTO 17. 2:59,369 
DNF 23 Charlie Kemp (USA)
Kees Nierop (USA)
Carson Baird (USA)
Ford Cobra II Kemp Motoracing 80 Engine 14. GTX 30. 3:03,590 
DNF 27 Ray Mummery (USA)
Tom Sheehy (USA)
Luis Sereix (USA)
Porsche 911S Miami Auto Racing 80   18. GTU 43. 3:09,916 
DNF 97 Ricardo Londono (CO)
George Garces
John Gunn (USA)
Porsche 935 Ricardo Londono 77   15. GTX 10. 2:48,017 
DNF 8 Anatoly Arutunoff (USA)
José Marina (USA)
Danny Sullivan (USA)
Lancia Stratos Automobiles International 75 Engine 19. GTU 57. 3:16,721 
DNF 34 George Drolsom (USA)
Mark Greb (USA)
John Maffucci (USA)
Porsche 911 Drolsom Racing 75 Transmission 20. GTU 65. 3:22,202 
DNF 03 Tico Almeida (USA)
Rene Rodriguez (USA)
Pepe Romero (USA)
Motor Hernandez (USA)*
Chevrolet Corvette Motorcito Racing 73 Engine 18. GTO 53. 3:14,959 
DNF 31 Hiram Cruz (USA)
Juan Lopez (DR)
Mandy Gonzalez (PR)
Porsche 911 Hiram Cruz 66   21. GTU 40. 3:09,039 
DNF 58 Diego Febles (PR)
Phil Currin (USA)
Porsche Carrera Diego Febles Racing 65 Transmission 19. GTO 23. 3:01,781 
DNF 79 Bob Bergstrom (USA)
Brad Frisselle (USA)
Mazda RX-7 Sports Ltd. Racing 64   22. GTU 36. 3:06,845 
DNF 04 Rick Thompkins (USA)
Dave Heinz (USA)
Chevrolet Corvette Rick Thompkins 61 Engine 20. GTO 75. 3:32,034 
DNF 95 Stephen Bond (USA)
Philip Dann (USA)
Chevrolet Monza Ozone Industries 49 Transmission 21. GTO 74. no time
DNF 22 Peter Kirill (USA)
Gerry Wellik (USA)
Carl Shafer (USA)
Chevrolet Camaro Oftedahl Racing 37   22. GTO 64. 3:21,880 
DNF 25 Bob Zulkowski (USA)
Gerard Raney (USA)
Porsche 914/6 Metal Craft Racing 34   23. GTU 47. 3:13,368 
DNF 17 Kenneth LaGrow (USA)
Bill Boyer (USA)
Chevrolet Camaro Kenneth D. LaGrow 29 Out of fuel 16. GTX 56. 3:16,291 
DNF 16 Darrel Overstreet (USA)
Dwight Mitchell (USA)
Porsche 914/6 Overstreet Racing Ent. 25 Engine 24. GTU 32. 3:05,487 
DNF 28 Clif Kearns (USA)
Gianpiero Moretti (I)
Porsche 935 930 770 0960 Desperado Racing 23 Out of fuel 17. GTX 11. 2:51,799 
DNF 61 Bill Bean (USA)
Al Cosentino (USA)^
Tom Ashby (USA)^
Mazda RX-3 Bill Bean 19   25. GTU 45. 3:12,093 
DNF 7 Ludwig Heimrath (CDN)
"Jamsal" (ES)^
Carlos Moran (ES)^
Porsche 935 930 770 0958 Heimrath Racing  17   18. GTX 8. 2:50,509 
DNF 57 John Tremblay (USA)
Bob Lapp (USA)^
Datsun 240Z J. F. Tremblay 12   26. GTU 62. 3:20,448 
DNF 40 Steve Southard (USA)
Earl Roe (USA)^
Porsche 914/6 Performance Specialists 11   27. GTU 54. 3:15,848 
DNF 67 Manuel Quintana (USA)
Joaquin Balaguer (DR)^
Jorge DeCardenas (USA)^
Pedro Vazquez (USA)^
Porsche 911 Quintana Racing 9   28. GTU 66. 3:24,280 
DNF 48 Sam Fillingham (USA)
Courtney Canfield (USA)^
Tim Chitwood (USA)^
Chevrolet Corvette Fillingham Racing 8 Engine 23. GTO 50. 3:13,963 
DNF 21 Carl Shafer (USA)
John Wood (USA)^
Chevrolet Camaro Oftedahl/Shafer Farms 8 Engine 24. GTO 26. 3:02,059 
DNF 15 Alf Gebhardt (USA)
Bruno Beilcke (USA)^
BMW CSL Bavarian Motors 4   25. GTO 27. 3:02,080 
DNF 4 Mark Leuzinger (USA)
Mike Van der Werff (USA)^
De Tomaso Pantera B. R. Racing Team 0 Electrics 26. GTO 73. no time
DNS 0 Danny Ongais (USA)
Ted Field (USA)
Porsche 935/79 930 990 0029 Interscope Racing   Alternate car   GTX   2:55,360 
DNS 06 Gary Wonzer (USA)
George Van Arsdale (USA)
Triumph GT6 Gary J. Wonzer       GTU   4:05,417 
DNS 14 Josele Garza (USA)
Bill McVey (USA)
Glen Cross (USA)
Robert Taylor (USA)*
Porsche Carrera  Precision School of Racing   Withdrawn   GTO 68. 3:25,569 
DNS 41 Herb Jones, Jr. (USA)
Dean Hollis (USA)
Chevrolet Camaro Jones Ind. Racing       GTX 18. 2:59,435 
DNS 47 Tim Chitwood (USA)
Joie Chitwood (USA)
Chevrolet Nova  Tim Chitwood   Withdrawn   GTO 33. 3:06,233 
DNS 68 Al Cosentino (USA)
Bill Bean (USA)
Tom Ashby (USA)
Mazda RX-3 Alfred Cosentino       GTU   4:21,268 
DNS 74 Raul Garcia (USA)
Manuel Cueto (USA)
Chevrolet Camaro Raul Garcia       GTO   3:38,006 
DNS 76 Ken Williams (USA)
Wiley Doran (USA)
Bill Johnson (USA)*
Datsun 240Z  Associated Speed & Performance   Withdrawn   GTU   3:38,566 
DNS 78 Ignacio Gonzalez (PR)
Eugenio Matienzo (USA)
Chevrolet Camaro Iggy Gonzalez       GTX   3:06,845 
DNS 86 Tom Ross (USA)
Paul Tavilla (USA)
Ford Pinto Team Ross Racing       GTX   3:53,905 
DNS 87 Mike Williamson (USA)
Wayne Miller (USA)
Charles Gano (USA)
Earle Moffitt (USA)*
Chevrolet Corvette U-Mo Racing       GTO 69. 3:24,105 
DNS 90 Bob Lee (USA)
Rick Kump (USA)
Glenn Plushanski (USA)*
AMC AMX Bob's Speed Products   Withdrawn   GTO   3:40,462 
DNA 10 Amos Johnson (USA)
Dennis Shaw (USA)
AMC Spirit Levi's Team Highball       GTX    
DNA 24 Graham Shaw (USA)
Don Yenko (USA)
Jerry Thompson (USA)
Chevrolet Monza Graham Shaw       GTX    
DNA 26 Alejandro Cortes (USA)
Mike Powell (USA)
Ford Mustang Alejandro Cortes       GTO    
DNA 83 Joseph Hamilton (USA)
Rob Hoskins (USA)
Porsche 911 Hamilton House Racing       GTU    

 
Winning Time: 12h00m42.186, 103.466 mph/166.512 kph
Fastest Lap: Rolf Stommelen #6 (Porsche 935), 2m39.145, 117.629 mph/189.305 kph

 
* Driver entered for car, but never drove it at meeting
^ Driver practiced car, but did not race it
RES - Reserve (Practiced, on standy-by for start)
REE - Reserve Entry
DNA - Did Not Arrive
DNS - Did Not Start
DNF - Did Not Finish
DNP - Did Not Practice
NC - Not Classified
DSQ - Disqualified
NRF - Not Running At Finish
NAC - Not Accepted
REJ - Rejected (Did not pass scrutineering)


Last Updated on 14/12/03
By Darren Galpin
Email: Darren.Galpin@virgin.net