America’s all-time winningest endurance driver, Haywood is one of a handful of drivers to compete in the Triple Crown of endurance racing. He has won the 24-Hours-of Daytona five times overall, the 24 Hours of LeMans three times and the 12 Hours of Sebring twice. He began racing under the guidance of Porsche great Peter Gregg in the late 1960’s and went on to score most of his major wins in Brumos Porsches, although he did capture the 1988 Trans-Am Championship behind the wheel of an Audi Quattro. The two-time IMSA GT champion was selected to compete in the International Race of Champions four times and concluded his driving careerd with a podium finish in his final 24 Hours of Daytona.
Accolades have come steadily for Haywood since he was inducted into the Motorsports Hall of Fame of America in 2005. He remains the Honorary Chief Instructor at the Porsche Track Experience at Barber Motorsports Park, and he has served as Grand Marshal of all three Triple Crown endurance racing events, each of which he has previously won. Haywood, a vice president of Brumos Porsche, stayed on board to help with the ownership change in 2015.
His autobiography, co-authored by Sean Cridland, “Hurley: From the Beginning”, was released in 2018. The documentary “Hurley”, produced by Patrick Dempsey, was released shortly thereafter.
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