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The Datsun 280ZX Turbo that Tony Adamowicz drove to the 1983 IMSA GTO Championship.

Tony Adamowicz (born May 2, 1941) is a former American racing driver from Port Henry, New York. He contested the Under 2-Liter class of the 1968 Trans-Am Championship in a Porsche 911, then raced in the Can-Am Series and Formula A/Formula 5000, winning the 1969 SCCA Continental Championship. He had an opportunity to race in the 1970 Indianapolis 500, but during the first lap of his qualifying attempt in his Eagle-Offy the yellow light was shown and Adamowicz slowed. However, the yellow was an error and Adamowicz was ordered to continue with the other 3 laps. The first lap, 6 mph (9.7 km/h) slower than his others, dragged down his average to a point where he was bumped from the field. He got in another car but crashed in practice before having a chance to requalify. He returned to sports cars achieving second place in the 1971 24 Hours of Daytona in a Ferrari 512M, shared with Ronnie Bucknum, and third place in the 1971 24 Hours of Le Mans with the same car. After the decline of the Can Am and F5000 formulas, he moved to IMSA series and won the 1981 GTU championship in an Electramotive Nissan 280ZX and 1982 and 1983 GTO championships in an Electramotive 280ZX-T. He returned to prototypes in 1984 but had little success at that level and retired after the 1989 24 Hours of Daytona. He currently competes in select vintage races in the same 1969-model Eagle racing car in which he won the 1969 SCCA Continental Championship. The car is now owned by Doug Magnon, the founder of the Riverside International Automotive Museum, and prepared by mechanic Bill Losee. It bears the identical livery it carried back in 1969. As the Eagle had been parked immediately after the 1969 season, and was not run again until following its restoration in 2008, Adamowicz remains the only driver to actually have driven this car.

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Racer
Thu, 31 Dec 2015 09:03:49 -0800

Legendary American sportscar driver Tony Adamowicz finds himself in the middle of significant medical and financial fights. The Can-Am, Trans-Am, F5000, and IMSA racer from New York was diagnosed with Grade 4 Glioblastoma – brain cancer – earlier in ...

Sports Car Digest

Sports Car Digest
Thu, 08 Aug 2013 06:16:41 -0700

Racing great Tony “A2Z” Adamowicz was named Grand Marshal for the 2013 Fleet Week Coronado Speed Festival, scheduled for September 21-22 at the Naval Air Station North Island in Coronado, California. Adamowicz was seen as an ideal choice for the ...

RoadandTrack.com (blog)

RoadandTrack.com (blog)
Thu, 06 Aug 2015 12:11:29 -0700

NART hired Tony Adamowicz as my co-driver. Tony had won the F5000 championship two years before, and we knew he had the speed. But Mr. Chinetti and his team manager, Dick Fritz, weren't looking for speed—the Porsches and some of the works ...
 
Monterey County Herald
Sun, 16 Aug 2015 20:11:15 -0700

The three-time Formula 5000 champion shared the stage with 1969 F5000 champion Tony Adamowicz, Don Nichols, owner of the Shadow formula 5000 car, John Morton, Vern Schuppan, and Howden Ganley. “The main reason Formula 5000 came about ...

Racer

Racer
Mon, 13 Jul 2015 08:59:04 -0700

His co-drivers at the 24 hours of Daytona and the 12 Hours of Sebring include famed comedian Dick Smothers (1971 GT Sebring winners), Don Yenko, Bob Johnson, Tony Adamowicz, Ron Grable, Allan Barker, Dick Lang, Gib Hufstader, Mike Brockman, Jim ...

The Economic Voice (blog)

The Economic Voice (blog)
Mon, 17 Aug 2015 07:15:00 -0700

On display included vintage 1949 XK120 Jaguar, originally owned by none other than Hollywood icon, Clark Gable; a 1968 Porsche 911L Rally Car which won Bruce Jennings and Tony Adamowicz's 1969 24 Hours of Daytona; and a 1969 Ferrari 365 GT 2+2 ...

Mustang 360

Mustang 360
Wed, 11 Mar 2015 06:22:19 -0700

That first race was won by future F1 champion Jochen Rindt in an Alfa Romeo GTA, with the top over 2.0L finishers being Bob Tullius and Tony Adamowicz in Bob's Group 44 Dart. The best Mustang finisher was Dick Thompson's notchback in 26th Place.
 
Racer
Thu, 12 Feb 2015 09:30:52 -0800

ABOVE: The original championship-winning Gurney Eagle Formula 5000 driven by Tony Adamowicz in the 1969 SCCA FA- F5000/Continental Championship. Surpassing previous years' flurry of entry requests before the deadline strikes, the Rolex Monterey ...
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