Hurley Haywood’s importance only continues to grow in retirement.
Forever linked with the Porsche brand as one of its most successful sports car drivers, the contributions of the American motor racing legend have been captured in a new autobiography, , where immense detail is offered throughout six decades of competition. But it’s the non-racing content that hits the hardest.
Navigating the Vietnam war, the suicide of his closest friend, and his position as a gay man in a devoutly heterosexual sport give Haywood an earned perspective that few of his contemporaries can offer.
The Chicagoan, a five-time winner at the 24 Hours of Daytona, three-time winner at the 24 Hours of Le Mans, double IMSA GT champion and deliverer of Audi’s 1988 Trans-Am title with its iconic all-wheel-drive 200 model, is revered as one of our sporting treasures. Those achievements, however, are in the past.
Haywood’s value in the present, especially as a conduit for social acceptance and change, could come to pass as his greatest contribution to motorsports. And we can think of no better representative to achieve it.