SEP 01st 2015

Video: How to drive a Porsche 911 RSR IROC around Daytona

The International Race of Champions went through various guises before being canned in 2006. Devised originally to be contested by drivers from all around the world and from completely different disciplines, one of the most memorable spells was the first championship in 1974.


Devised by Roger Penske, the Porsche 911 RSR was selected for that first season which saw the likes of Emerson Fittipaldi, Denny Hulme and Peter Revson try to establish just who was the fastest driver when all where in the same type of car. The great Mark Donohue prevailed in that first season, although it does have to be said that he was a works Porsche driver at the time …

Wind forward forty years and we have footage from the Daytona Classic 24 race with our very own Jochen Mass at the wheel of one of these cars during a practice session. The voice you can hear is that of Jim Pace, the Le Mans veteran who won the Daytona 24 in 1996 and whom keen GRR followers will note has starred in no fewer than three of our How to Drive … videos featuring a Porsche 911 RSR like this one at Le Mans, a Ferrari Daytona at Sebring and a McLaren M6B at Road America.

So, having triumphed at Daytona he’s an ideal candidate to be explaining to us just what Mr Mass is up to in the RSR as he screams around the famous banking before plunging down onto the infield section, although we can’t wait to see the contrast from this car to the mighty Ford Galaxie our House Captain will be piloting at the Revival in a fortnight.

So over lunch take a few minutes to witness the effortless style of a driver who’s driven just about everything with commentary by another rather handy pedaller who won the big one around here. We’ll be taking notes, just on the off-chance that we one day get to cover the Daytona Classic 24.

Now then boss, about next year’s abroad coverage …

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