Hurley Haywood

Hurley Haywood (born May 4, 1948) is an American race-car driver. Hurley has won multiple events, including five overall victories at the Rolex 24 at Daytona, three at the 24 Hours of Le Mans, and two at the 12 Hours of Sebring. He is credited with the 1988 Trans-Am title, two IMSA GT Championship titles and 23 wins, three Norelco Cup championships, a SuperCar title and 18 IndyCar starts.

Hurley Haywood
Hurley Haywood on the podium at the 1994 Le Mans (cropped).jpg
Nationality American
Born (1948-05-04) May 4, 1948 (age 72)
Chicago, Illinois
24 Hours of Le Mans career
Years1977–1983, 1985–1987, 1990–1991, 1993–1994
Best finish1st (1977, 1983, 1994)
Class wins3 (1977, 1983, 1994)
The Porsche 936 which Hurley Haywood drove to victory at the 1977 24 Hour of Le Mans

He won the 24 Hours of Le Mans in 1977 (Porsche 936), 1983 (Porsche 956) and 1994 (Dauer 962 Le Mans) and is tied as the most successful driver at the 24 Hours of Daytona with 5 wins (1973, 1975, 1977, 1979, and 1991).[1] He won the 12 Hours of Sebring in 1973 and 1981. He also drove in the 1980 Indianapolis 500 finishing 18th. He represented IMSA four times in the International Race of Champions (1986, 1989, 1992, 1995).[2] In 1970, he was drafted into the army where he served as Specialist 4 with the 164th Aviation Group near Saigon during the Vietnam war.[3] After completing his tour of duty, he won his first IMSA GT title in 1971.[4]

After Peter H. Gregg's death, Haywood was a spokesperson and executive with Brumos Automotive dealerships.[5]

He is the chief driving instructor at the Porsche Track Experience, held at the Barber Motorsports Park outside Birmingham, Alabama.[1] Patrick Dempsey produced a documentary film, Hurley, about Haywood's life.[6]

In honour of his historical achievements, he was invited to perform the ceremonial duties of Grand Marshal at the 2019 24 Hours of Le Mans.[7]

Personal lifeEdit

In February 2018, Haywood publicly came out as gay in his autobiography Hurley: From The Beginning.[8]

In June 2019, to mark the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall riots, an event widely considered a watershed moment in the modern LGBTQ rights movement, Queerty named him one of the Pride50 "trailblazing individuals who actively ensure society remains moving towards equality, acceptance and dignity for all queer people".[9]


He was inducted into the Motorsports Hall of Fame of America in 2005.[10]

24 Hours of Le Mans resultsEdit

Year Team Co-Drivers Car Class Laps Pos. Class
1977   Martini Racing Porsche System   Jürgen Barth
  Jacky Ickx
Porsche 936/77 S
342 1st 1st
1978   Martini Racing Porsche System   Peter Gregg
  Reinhold Joest
Porsche 936/77 S
362 3rd 3rd
1980   Sun System
  Whittington Brothers Racing
  Don Whittington
  Dale Whittington
Porsche 935 K3 IMSA 151 DNF DNF
1981   Porsche System   Jochen Mass
  Vern Schuppan
Porsche 936 S
312 12th 2nd
1982   Rothmans Porsche System   Al Holbert
  Jürgen Barth
Porsche 956 C 340 3rd 3rd
1983   Rothmans Porsche   Vern Schuppan
  Al Holbert
Porsche 956 C 370 1st 1st
1985   Jaguar Group 44   Brian Redman
  Jim Adams
Jaguar XJR-5 GTP 151 DNF DNF
1986   Silk Cut Jaguar
  Tom Walkinshaw Racing
  Gianfranco Brancatelli
  Win Percy
Jaguar XJR-6 C1 154 DNF DNF
1987   Joest Racing   Frank Jelinski
  Stanley Dickens
  Sarel van der Merwe
Porsche 962C C1 7 DNF DNF
1990   Team Schuppan
  Omron Racing
  Wayne Taylor
  Rickard Rydell
Porsche 962C C1 332 12th 12th
1991   Team Salamin Primagaz
  Team Schuppan
  James Weaver
  Wayne Taylor
Porsche 962C C2 316 NC NC
1993   Le Mans Porsche Team   Walter Röhrl
  Hans-Joachim Stuck
Porsche 911 Turbo S LM-GT GT 79 DNF DNF
1994   Le Mans Porsche Team
  Joest Racing
  Yannick Dalmas
  Mauro Baldi
Dauer 962 Le Mans GT1 344 1st 1st

PPG Indycar SeriesEdit

(key) (Races in bold indicate pole position)

Year Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 Rank Points
1980 Lindsey Hopkins Racing ONT
52nd 20


  1. ^ a b Porsche Sport Driving School Instructor Profile Archived 2010-02-23 at the Wayback Machine
  2. ^ IROC statistics for Hurley Haywood
  3. ^ Bell, T. Anthony. "Hurley Haywood: Racing Icon and Unknown Soldier", Fort Lee Traveler, 30 November 2017. Retrieved 16 June 2019.
  4. ^ Motorsports Hall of Fame of America – Hurley Haywood
  5. ^ interview with Hurley Haywood Archived 2006-08-22 at the Wayback Machine
  6. ^
  7. ^ Hurley Haywood, three-time winner and Grand Marshal of the 24 hours of Le Mans
  8. ^ Hurley Haywood: 'If my voice is strong enough to help one kid ...'
  9. ^ "Queerty Pride50 2019 Honorees". Queerty. Retrieved 2019-06-18.
  10. ^ Hurley Haywood at the Motorsports Hall of Fame of America

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Sporting positions
Preceded by
IMSA GT champion
Succeeded by
Peter Gregg
Preceded by
Jacky Ickx
Gijs van Lennep
Winner of the 24 Hours of Le Mans
1977 with:
Jacky Ickx
Jürgen Barth
Succeeded by
Jean-Pierre Jaussaud
Didier Pironi
Preceded by
Jacky Ickx
Derek Bell
Winner of the 24 Hours of Le Mans
1983 with:
Vern Schuppan
Al Holbert
Succeeded by
Klaus Ludwig
Henri Pescarolo
Preceded by
Scott Pruett
Trans-Am Series champion
Succeeded by
Dorsey Schroeder
Preceded by
Geoff Brabham
Christophe Bouchut
Éric Hélary
Winner of the 24 Hours of Le Mans
1994 with:
Yannick Dalmas
Mauro Baldi
Succeeded by
Yannick Dalmas
JJ Lehto
Masanori Sekiya