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1983 Daytona 24 Hours

Pepsi Daytona 24 Hours

Saturday, February 5, 1983
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United States
1983 season:

Frenchmen Bob Wollek and Claude Ballot-Lena won the Daytona 24 Hours, held on February 5th and 6th. However, they were assisted by the legendary A. J. Foyt and Preston Henn, the American businessman who actually owned their winning Porsche 935. Heavy rain during the second half of the race reduced the average speed of the winning car to just 98.7 m.p.h., the second slowest in the race's history. Seventy-nine cars started on Saturday afternoon, but only 29 were left at 3.30 p.m. on Sunday.

Wollek, the real hero ot the race, put Henn's Porsche on pole position with a record-breaking 1 min. 42.155 sec., using 1.6 bar boost on his 3.2-litre engine. The French Porsche expert took an immediate lead trom the rolling start but headed for the pits after 23 Iaps to have a turbocharger replaced. He rejoined the race, after a second turbo swop, in 38th position, and then proceeded, with Ballot-Lena, to haul the 935 back up to second place during the night.