Porsche had one regret: the 956 cannot be registered for the IMSA GTP North American championship, including the Daytona 24 hours, whose security rules are not the same as those of Group C. A lengthening of the wheelbase is needed to bring back the pedal box behind the front axle. The new model, introduced in 1984, takes the reference 962.
The 962 appeals the American private teams. Jim Busby Racing will have four of them.
One of these 962 owned by Busby began its career very badly, by an accident at Daytona in 1985. It was nevertheless recoverable, and Busby used it to try improvements. The major changes concern the aluminum structures, not stiff enough in the original Porsche design, for which the engineer Jim Chapman introduces honeycomb tub and milled plates.
Success is almost reached in 1988 with a pole position and second place at Daytona, behind a Jaguar. Busby had observed the aerodynamic efficiency of his Nissan competitors and modifies the body of his Porsche. Success is now behind the corner : driven by Bell, Wollek and Andretti, this 962 that no longer looks like any other wins in 1989 the 24 hours of Daytona.
Technology is advancing fast and the Daytona winning 962 stops competition after the 1989 season. It is estimated $ 2.5M for sale by Mecum in Kissimmee FL on January 23, lot S98.
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