Published on Tuesday, March 11 2014 17:18
By Scott Pruett, Driver Of The No. 01 Telcel Ford EcoBoost Riley
For a long time, I was asked about the finish of the 1986 12 Hours of Sebring more than any other race.
I was 25. My copilot at Roush was Bruce Jenner – yeah, that one. The Olympic champion. No pressure, right?
I had plenty of experience on my own. I'd been driving go karts since the age of eight – but in 1986, I was just writing the first page of my driving career with Ford.
To say the finish was "talked about" is probably an understatement. To this day, it's still one of those wins that just stands out in the memory. That race came down to the last turn of the last lap to beat our Ford Racing teammates Bill Elliott and Ricky Rudd. I was driving for those last laps, basically taking qualifying laps for the last two hours trying to catch our team car. It was a no give up situation and it paid off. That was my first win for Roush, and we did it in a Mustang. (Here's a trivia question for you – which Ford model has started more years than any other at the 12 Hours of Sebring? The Mustang. Bet you didn't know that).
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