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DAYTONA'S PARK-IN
Sam Moses
February 13, 1989
Fog trimmed the 24 Hours to 20 hours, as Porsche outdueled Jaguar
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February 13, 1989

Daytona's Park-in

Fog trimmed the 24 Hours to 20 hours, as Porsche outdueled Jaguar

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Shortly thereafter the fog rolled in. It crept over the banking, down the track and onto the infield. The yellow lights marking the circuit gave the scene a fuzzy, surreal glow. The pace car came out to lead the cars around in the soup until 1:50 a.m., when the race was halted for nearly four hours. "Stopping the race was a wise call," said Bell. "It was hard enough to see the slower cars ahead of you in the dark. In the fog you couldn't see them at all."

The race was restarted just before sunrise, and the three-car battle for the lead resumed. The Nissan remained in front until its engine gave up at mid-morning. The final Jag and the Bell-Andretti-Wollek Porsche dueled past high noon, at times running nose-to-tail and sliding all over the now greasy track. Bell did his best to shake the Jaguar, and he finally lured Cobb into a spin to gain about a minute of breathing room, a margin that Wollek, who drove the last two hours, carried to the finish.

Bell & Co. had had a difficult week. During practice the Busby team had never gotten the car sorted out, and things only came together as the race progressed. Some members of the team said that part of the problem was the absence of Holbert's experience and organizational talent. Even Busby acknowledged that Holbert's touch was missed. "There's a little something of Al that surrounds us all," said Busby. "His will be some special shoes to fill."

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