Jochen Neerpasch

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Jochen Neerpasch.

Jochen Neerpasch (born March 23. 1939 Krefeld, Germany) is a former German racecar driver and motorsports manager.

His racing career began in the 1960s, first on Borgward touring car, then with the 1964 24 Hours of Le Mans as a first major event. Racing a Porsche 907, he won the 1968 24 Hours of Daytona.

In the 1970s, he became a successful manager in the Deutsche Rennsport Meisterschaft and the European Touring Car Championship. First he managed Ford, then he took the 1972 champion Hans Joachim Stuck with him to BMW, to found the successful BMW M team and company.

In the 1980s, Neerpasch was in charge of Sauber-Mercedes sports car racing team, winning the 24 Hours of Le Mans in 1989. He also discovered and taught talents like Michael Schumacher, Karl Wendlinger, and Heinz-Harald Frentzen[citation needed].

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