By contrast the Nissan ace, IMSA champion Geoff Brabham, winner of nine races in 1989, had announced that his two-car team intended to treat the 24 Hours of Daytona as a sprint. "We're going to come out with our guns blazing and see who's left at the end," he said. He did, and it wasn't Brabham; both of his Nissans were out of the race by 2 a.m. The third Nissan, entered by Jim Busby, the owner of last year's winning car, and driven by Kevin Cogan, John Paul Jr. and Mauro Baldi, lasted until 5:45 a.m. before its exotic engine also expired.
When both Jaguars began overheating around noon on Sunday, Walkinshaw ordered a slower pace. Even so, the winning car was six laps ahead of the third-place Wollek & Co. Porsche, while the second-place Jag held a two-lap cushion. "I'd say the race went about as we expected," said Walkinshaw. "Except we thought it would take about 16 hours for the other cars to wear down and for the ebb and flow to turn our way. I don't think I've ever seen so many good cars falter all at once."
One might say that under a Gemini moon, Jaguars eclipsed the field.