Hurley Haywood

Full Name:
Harris Hurley Haywood
Born:
4th May 1948 (Age 70)
Chicago, Illinois
Nationality:
American
Most recent race (in database):
Biography

With three victories at Le Mans and five at Daytona, Hurley Haywood ranks among the most successful 24-hour drivers of all time. His racing career began with a Chevrolet Corvette during 1968 while studying in Florida. It was at one such national meeting in Jacksonville that he first met local car dealer and professional racing driver Peter Gregg.

Success in IMSA

They raced a Porsche 911S together in 1969 and won the 2000cc GT class first time out at Watkins Glen. Haywood’s fledgling motor racing career was interrupted by military service in Vietnam but he returned to partner Gregg in the new IMSA GT Championship in 1971. They won the inaugural such race at Virginia International Raceway with a Brumos Porsche 914/6 and another two victories secured the title. Haywood was 1972 IMSA Champion in his own right when driving a 911S thanks to a couple of placings driving solo.

Although Gregg was the undoubted star of IMSA before his untimely death in 1980, Haywood proved a consistent winner, often as Gregg’s co-driver and invariably driving a Porsche. They combined to win both the Daytona 24 Hours and Sebring 12 Hours for the first time in 1973 and repeated that Daytona triumph two years later.

Le Mans winner for the first time

Haywood drove Vasek Polak’s Porsche 934 in Trans-Am in 1976 and won at Pocono and Watkins Glen. He transferred to Bob Hagestad’s similar car for the following season and 1977 also included the notable double triumph of winning both the 24-hour races at Daytona and Le Mans in the same season.

He drove throughout the night in the former when co-drivers John Graves and Dave Helmick were unhappy driving in the dark. They steered the two-year-old Ecurie Escargot Porsche 911 Carrera RSR to victory as quicker rivals faded.

He made his Le Mans debut that year as Jürgen Barth’s co-driver in the second works Porsche 936. When the lead car’s engine failed in the fourth hour, star man Jacky Ickx was drafted into the delayed Barth/Haywood machine. 41st early on, Ickx flew throughout the night, breaking the lap record by 2.8 seconds. The pacesetting Alpine-Renaults all failed to finish and the Martini Porsche took a winning lead with four hours to go.

Runner-up in the 1977 IMSA Championship, Haywood won the 1979 Daytona 24 Hours with Ted Field’s Interscope Porsche 935. He returned to Le Mans with Porsche and finished third in 1978 and 1982 before winning the race for a second time in 1983. The Rothmans Porsche 956 he shared with Al Holbert and Vern Schuppan beat his much delayed team-mates Ickx and Derek Bell by less than a lap.

Haywood broke his left leg when he crashed Preston Henn’s Porsche 935 during that year’s IMSA race at Mosport Park. He returned at the start of 1984 and joined Group 44 Racing’s Jaguar squad mid-season. He won three times over the coming seasons with Brian Redman and John Morton as his co-drivers. His works Audi 200 Quattro won the 1988 Trans-Am Championship and Haywood was part of the successful Joest Racing Porsche 962 line-up in the 1991 Daytona 24 Hours.

Le Mans winners for the third time

His 14th and final start in the Le Mans 24 Hours came in 1994 and it proved to be a winning farewell with a Dauer 962LM-Porsche. That was a true racing car thinly disguised as a GT machine to comply with new rules. He, Yannick Dalmas and Mauro Baldi successfully battled the works Toyota 94CVs for victory with the American winning the race for a third time.

Subsequent success has been confined to Grand-Am as the veteran continued to race into his sixties.

Championship seasons

Season Name Starts Poles Podiums Wins Position Points
2009 Grand American Rolex Sports Car Series
Brumos Racing
1 0 1 1 0
2003 Grand American Rolex Sports Car Series
Brumos Racing
2 0 2 2 0
1991 IMSA Camel GT Championship
Joest Racing
1 0 1 1 0
1991 World Sportscar Championship
Team Schuppan
1 0 0 0 0
1988 Trans-Am Series 1st -
1987 IMSA Camel GT Championship
Group 44 Racing
2 0 2 2 0
1987 World Sports-Prototype Championship
Joest Racing
1 0 0 0 0
1986 World Sports-Prototype Championship
Silk Cut Jaguar
1 0 0 0 0
1985 IMSA Camel GT Championship
Group 44 Racing
1 0 1 1 0
1985 World Endurance Championship
Group 44 Racing
1 0 0 0 0
1983 IMSA Camel GT Championship
Preston Henn
1 1 1 1 0
1983 World Endurance Championship
Rothmans Porsche
1 0 1 1 19th 20
1982 CART/PPG Indycar World Series
Wysard Motor Co
1 (1) 0 0 0
0% win rate
38th 3
1982 World Endurance Championship
Rothmans Porsche
1 0 1 0 29th 12
1981 IMSA Camel GT Championship
Joest Racing
Bayside Motorsports
2 1 2 2 0
1981 CART/PPG Indycar World Series
Wysard Motor Co
3 0 0 0
0% win rate
40th 3
1981 World Endurance Championship
Bruce Leven
Porsche System Engineering
Mike Meyer
Bayside Motorsports
6 (2) 0 2 1 14th 65
1980 World Championship of Makes
Whittington Racing
4 0 0 0 2
1980 CART/PPG Indycar World Series
Lindsey Hopkins Racing
1 0 0 0
0% win rate
52nd 20
1979 World Championship of Makes
Interscope Racing
2 0 1 1 20
1979 IMSA Camel GT Championship
Mendez-Haywood
Peter Gregg Racing
Interscope Racing
3 1 3 3 0
1978 World Championship of Makes 2 0 0 0 3
1977 World Championship of Makes
Dave Helmick
Robert Hagestad
2 0 2 1 32
1977 IMSA Camel GT Championship
Dave Helmick/Ecurie Escargot
Robert Hagestad
2 0 2 2 0
1976 World Championship of Makes
Peter Gregg Racing
1 0 0 0 10
1975 IMSA Camel GT Championship
GW Dickinson
Brumos Porsche
2 0 2 2 0
1975 World Championship of Makes
Robert Hagestad
Brumos Porsche
2 0 1 1 28
1974 IMSA Camel GT Championship
Applejack Racing
1 0 1 1 0
1974 World Championship of Makes
Brumos Porsche
1 0 1 0 12
1973 IMSA Camel GT Championship
Peter Gregg Racing
Dave Helmick
3 0 3 3 0
1973 World Championship of Makes
Brumos Porsche
1 0 1 1 20
1972 IMSA Camel GT Championship
Peter Gregg Racing
2 0 2 2 1st 0
1972 World Championship of Makes
Brumos Porsche
1 0 0 0 8
1971 IMSA GT Championship
Brumos Porsche
3 0 3 3 1st 0