April 11, 1988 |
Better is half a loaf than no bread. --JOHN HEYWOOD Better, too, is half a Porsche than no race car. That apparently was the decision of Porsche officials after their new model chassis failed to measure up against Indy car competition, leading team manager Al Holbert to trot out a 1988 March chassis for Sunday's opening race at Phoenix--powered by a turbocharged 750-horsepower V-8 Porsche engine.
February 3, 1986 |
The team of Al Holbert, Derek Bell and Al Unser Jr., driving a Porsche 962 Prototype, erased deficits of up to 35 laps on the way to victory Sunday in the Sunbank Daytona 24-Hours sports car endurance race. "Lord, am I surprised," said Holbert, who finally added America's most prestigious endurance event to his long list of victories, including the 24 Hours of LeMans. "We were so far out of it," he added. "But we had perseverance and the other guys had their troubles and we just kept after it.
April 29, 1985 |
Another race at Riverside International Raceway, another bitter disappointment for Al Holbert. During the short walk from his pit at the entrance to pit road to the trailer that will carry his turbo-charged Porsche 962 to the next race, Holbert was in no mood for being philosophical about jinxes or other such nonsense. It is altogether possible that, with the track on the verge of extinction, Holbert will never win an International Motor Sports Assn. race at Riverside.
January 4, 1986 |
Race drivers can usually trace their roots to one of three sources: --They had a love affair with cars when they were teen-agers, working on them around the clock and racing them anywhere they could find a challenge, the way A. J. Foyt, Bobby Unser and Bill Elliott grew up. --They had wealth and saw racing expensive cars as an exciting diversion that turned into a full-time avocation, as happened with the Whittington brothers, Bill and Don; Josele Garza; Salt Walther, and the late Peter Revson.
October 6, 1988 |
Al Holbert's death in an airplane accident Friday night in Ohio could mark the beginning of the end for the Porsche involvement in Indy car racing. Porsche has 2 years remaining in a 3-year commitment with its sponsor, Quaker State oil, and team spokesmen insist that the contract will be honored. Toward that end, Teo Fabi will drive the Porsche-March in the final two races this season, Oct. 16 at Laguna Seca and Nov. 6 in Miami.
December 2, 1985
Al Holbert and Al Unser Jr. combined Sunday to win the season-ending Eastern 3-Hour International Motor Sports Assn. Camel GT sports car race at Daytona Beach, Fla. To take his ninth victory of the season, Holbert, driving a Porsche 962 prototype, had to battle Hurley Haywood, piloting a Jaguar XJR-5 prototype, throughout most of the final hour at Daytona International Speedway. However, with both cars reportedly low on fuel, Haywood slowed a bit in the final 10 minutes and Holbert won by 8.