MEMPHIS, Tenn. : Jim Pace, overall winner of the Daytona 24 Hours in 1996, died after contracting COVID-19. He was 59 years old.
A contestant, mentor, and a loyal friend, « said IMSA President John Dunant. These are three simple words to describe Jim Pace. All of us at IMSA are devastated by the loss of such a great hero.
Pace was born in 1961 in Monticello, Mississippi, and began his racing career on the Barber Saab Pro series in 1988.. He quickly moved to sports car racing and won the GTU Class in the 1990 24 Hours of Daytona.
After six years at Daytona, Pace with fellow drivers Scott Sharp and Wayne Taylor won a Riley & Scott Mk III, and he also won the 12 Hours of Sebring that year in the same car, with Taylor and Eric Van de Boyle. . He had his third win that season at Texas World Speedway, co-starring with Taylor.
It’s shocking, Taylor said in a post on Historic Sportscar Racing’s Facebook page. He was probably one of my best team mates ever.
Pace also competed in the Le Mans 24 Hours in 1996, driving again with Taylor and Sharp. They finished 33rd due to transmission issues.
The Pace family requested any donations to be made to Wounded Warriors or Alzheimers Research in his name.
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