Hurley Haywood

Hurley Haywood
Hurley Haywood on the podium at the 1994 Le Mans (cropped).jpg
Nationality American
Born (1948-05-04) May 4, 1948 (age 71)
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

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.

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 life

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 results

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

PPG Indycar Series

(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. ^ Racing-Reference.info 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. ^ Motorsport.com interview with Hurley Haywood Archived 2006-08-22 at the Wayback Machine
  6. ^ https://www.forbes.com/sites/risasarachan/2019/04/01/patrick-dempsey-talks-about-his-newest-film-the-inspiring-story-of-race-car-driver-hurley-haywood/#420a89566d25
  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

Further reading

External links

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

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