1973 24 Hours of Daytona – Race Profile and Photo Gallery Page Three
Porsche was ostensibly out of the business of building prototypes for the championship but due to circumstances had two of their brand new, supposedly private entry, Porsche 911 Carrera RS’s (the RS designation would later be changed to RSR) classified as prototypes instead of being in the Group 4 GT class where they technically belonged.
For Porsche the long, involved process of getting the new 911 Carreras approved by the FIA for the GT class was taking longer than usual. Porsche supposedly had met all the requirements for homologation but approval by the “Grand Poobahs” at the FIA had not yet arrived.
In a phone interview for this story Hurley Haywood indicated that he didn’t think there was any political motive for the Paris-based FIA’s slow approval of the Carrera RS for the GT class. It was just business as usual for the FIA.
One of the two new 911 Carreras RS’s was given by the Porsche factory to Brumos Porsche of Jacksonville, Florida and would be driven by Peter Gregg and Hurley Haywood. Gregg, known to many as “Peter Perfect”, had abandoned the traditional tangerine orange Brumos paint job in favor of the now highly recognizable red, white and blue livery. Gregg adopted the new paint scheme for his cars because in the summer of 1972 he announced that Brumos Racing would become “America’s Porsche Racing Team.”