Hans-Joachim Stuck may be 58 years old, but he is far from being done with racing. The veteran of Formula One and endurance racing is returning to the Twelve Hours of Sebring with Vici Racing, for his 15th appearance at the March classic.
Stuck's first appearance at Le Mans was in 1972 at the wheel of a production-based Ford Capri 2600 RS, following up with a drive in a BMW 3.0 CSL the next year. He eventually claimed an overall victory at La Sarthe in 1986, partnering Derek Bell and Al Holbert at the wheel of a works Porsche 962C. The trio repeated their victory in 1987, and Stuck scored a further two podiums for Porsche in 1988 and 1989.
At Sebring, Stuck claimed victories in 1975, 1986 and 1988, the first with the 3.0 CSL, and the second two with Porsche's powerful 962s. In addition to the 3.0 CSL and the 962, Stuck has driven GT cars in ALMS and its predecessor, IMSA, for all the key German manufacturers in the series: Audi 90 GTO, BMW M3 GTR, Porsche 911 Turbo.
Stuck also won the 1990 DTM championship for Audi in the heavyweight Audi V8. His most recent success was in the 24 Hours of Nurburgring, which he won in 2008 with the high-caliber rally-driver teaming of Carlos Sainz, Giniel de Villiers and Dieter Depping, at the wheel of the new Volkswagen Scirocco.
Stuck now returns to Sebring in Vici's normally-aspirated Porsche 911 GT3 RSR. Ready to challenge the Ferraris and other top manufacturers plus the factory supported Porsche teams for the LMGT2 podium, Stuck will be doing so on a team that includes not only ex-F1 driver Nicky Pastorelli but also Stuck's son, Johannes.
Johannes is a third-generation racing driver, following in the footsteps of his grandfather -- the renowned Hans Stuck, one of the stars of pre-war Grand Prix racing -- and his father, Hans-Joachim. At 21 years old, he still has his career in front of him, but the Sebring drive will be a memorable one for young Johannes and the fans alike. Like the teaming of Derek Bell with son Justin, this, too, unites a multiple Le Mans winner with his young and talented son.
The Sebring 12 hour enduro takes place this coming week with practice and qualifying in preparation for Saturday's race at the historic circuit.