Amelia Island Concours d'Elegance


2014 Amelia Island Concours d'Elegance Honors

Jochen Mass

 For most sports car racing fans, history begins with the creation of the famous Group C formula in 1982. To those fans, Jochen Mass’ name is at the top of the list of greats that include his co-drivers.

 In 1989 Mass, won the 24 Hours of Le Mans for Mercedes-Benz. A Le Mans victory is sports car racing’s ultimate achievement, but that was just the final flourish of a career that took Mass to two championships, a Formula 1 victory and to the top of the Group C winners’ list.

The German driver from Dorfen (near Munich) has won more Group C races than any other racer. Mass won 35 World Sports Car Championship endurance races, made 61 World Championship podium appearances, and his tenure with the Porsche and Sauber Mercedes-Benz teams accounted for 19 career Group C World Championship victories. In 1987 he won the 12 Hours of Sebring with 2011 Amelia Honoree Bobby Rahal.

Early in his career, a victory with Hans Stuck in the 1972 24 Hours of Spa propelled him to the 1972 European Touring Car Championship.

That same year Mass began a long Formula 1 career, ultimately driving for McLaren, Surtees, Arrows, March and ATS. Mass won the 1975 Spanish F1 Grand Prix at Montjuich Park in Barcelona, logging 105 career World Championship starts.

Today, Mass exercises his talents for Mercedes-Benz historic racing, driving many of Mercedes’ famous championship sports and racing cars in historic retrospectives like the Mille Miglia Storiche, The Goodwood Festival and Reunion and the Monterey Motorsports Reunion at Laguna Seca.

Career Highlights

  • 1972 European Touring Car Champion
  • Winner 1975 Spanish Formula 1 Grand Prix (McLaren)
  • Winner 1977 Watkins Glen 6 Hours (Porsche)
  • 35 World Sports Car Championship victories from 1975 through 1990 (Mercedes-Benz, Porsche and ALFA-Romeo)
  • 1985 German Racing Champion
  • Winner 1987 12 Hours of Sebring (Porsche)
  • Winner 1989 24 Hours of Le Mans (Sauber/Mercedes-Benz)