David Donohue

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2011 Rolex Sports Car

David Donohue (born January 5, 1967 in Morristown, New Jersey) is an American race car driver formerly active in the Grand-Am's Rolex Sports Car Series Daytona Prototype class for Action Express Racing and participant in the Pikes Peak races.


The son of racing legend Mark Donohue, David Donohue has accomplished much in a wide variety of auto racing series and classes, including NASCAR's Busch Series and Craftsman Truck Series, as well as winning the GT2 class at the 1998 running of the 24 Hours of Le Mans. Almost exactly 40 years after his father won the 24 Hours of Daytona, David won the 2009 event driving a Brumos-entered Riley-Porsche teamed with Antonio García, Darren Law and Buddy Rice. After starting the race from pole position, Donohue's 0.167-second margin of victory over Juan Pablo Montoya was the closest in the race's history by over a minute, and the closest finish in the history of major international 24-hour motorsports events.[1][2] In 2013, David Donohue drove in the first GX class race at the 24 hour of Daytona. His car, the #16 Napleton Porsche Cayman S, won by a 9 lap lead.

Motorsports career results[edit]

North American Touring Car Championship[edit]


24 Hours of Le Mans results[edit]

Year Team Co-Drivers Car Class Laps Pos. Class
1998 France Viper Team Oreca United Kingdom Justin Bell
Italy Luca Drudi
Chrysler Viper GTS-R GT2 317 11th 1st
1999 France Viper Team Oreca France Jean-Philippe Belloc
France Soheil Ayari
Chrysler Viper GTS-R GTS 271 DNF DNF
2000 France Viper Team Oreca Portugal Ni Amorim
France Anthony Beltoise
Chrysler Viper GTS-R GTS 328 9th 2nd
2002 United States Panoz Motor Sports United States Bill Auberlen
United States Gunnar Jeannette
Panoz LMP01 Evo LMP900 230 DNF DNF

Pike's Peak International Hill Climb[edit]

Donohue continues to race in the annual Pike's Peak Hill Climb in Colorado.

Year Car Class Time Class pos. Overall pos.
2017 2014 Porsche 911 Turbo S Time Attack-Time Attack 1 9:49.954[3] 2nd 6th
2018 2017 Porsche GT3 R Time Attack-Time Attack 1 09:37.152[4] 1st 6th


  1. ^ "2009 Rolex 24 Becomes Closest in History of International 24-Hour Motorsports Races". grand-am.com. 2009-01-26. Retrieved 2009-01-29.
  2. ^ "Report: Daytona 24 Hours". Autosport. Vol. 195 no. 5. 29 January 2009. pp. 56–59.
  3. ^ "PPIHC 2017 results" (PDF).
  4. ^ "PPIHC 2018 results" (PDF).

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Sporting positions
Preceded by
Randy Pobst
North American Touring Car Championship Champion
Succeeded by