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Jochen Neerpasch

23rd March 1939 (Age 81)
Krefeld, North Rhine-Westphalia
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Best known as a sports car team manager, Jochen Neerpasch started his own racing career in 1960 with a Borgward saloon. He was also seen in a Volvo P1800 before being invited to join Carroll Shelby’s Cobra team in 1964. Partnered with Chris Amon for his Le Mans debut that year, they ran in fourth-place before being disqualified for a push-start.

He tried Formula 3 without success and soon joined Porsche as a works driver. Winner of the 1966 Circuito di Mugello and third in the 1967 Targa Florio and Nürburgring 1000Kms, he was then sixth at Le Mans with Rolf Stommelen. He crashed heavily during practice for the 1968 Daytona 24 Hours but he recovered to score his highest profile victory as a driver when sharing a Porsche 907/8 with Vic Elford, Rolf Stommelen, Hans Herrmann and Jo Siffert.

Regularly placed during 1968 – he was second at Sebring and Monza, third at Brands Hatch and fourth in the Targa Florio and at the Nürburgring. He crashed on the fearsome Masta Straight at Spa-Francorchamps although he avoided serious injury by scrubbing off enough speed before hitting something solid.

Third in the 1968 Le Mans 24 hHours, he announced his retirement from racing as "you can only win at Russian roulette for so long." He moved into team management and later worked with distinction for Ford, BMW, Talbot and Sauber-Mercedes in endurance racing.