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House Enters IMSA History Books With Sebring IPC Win

75-year-old Dave House believed to be oldest-ever winner in IMSA competition…

Photo: IMSA

To say Dave House’s first career win in Friday’s IMSA Prototype Challenge Presented by Mazda was special would certainly be an understatement.

In fact, the win, which came less than one week after his 75th birthday, may also have been historic.

It is believed that House’s win in the MPC class makes him the oldest race winner in IMSA history.

And even more remarkable, the win moves him into the MPC class lead in the series standings through two of six rounds, with the No. 86 ONE Motorsports driver also finishing sixth at Daytona.

So how did House career get to this point? As you can imagine, it’s remarkable.

House was a longtime executive at Silicon Valley high tech companies such as Bay Networks and Intel, where he spent 23 years of his career.

He is currently Chairman of the Board of Brocade Networks, serves on many additional educational and non-profit boards, and is the owner of House Family Winery and Managing Partner of The Mountain Winery.

When he’s not racing, House is an avid heli skier and yachtsman.

So, of course, running an hour and 45-minute IMSA race with no co-driver at one of North America’s most notoriously challenging road courses was no problem.

“I’ve run the 25 Hours of Sebring and I run it in a Radical,” said House. “We run three-hour stints and I’m used to doing night stints for three hours, so an hour and 45-minute race I figured was not going to be that difficult, particularly in the daylight.

“I work out a lot and train so my trainer keeps me in good shape, and in spite of being the oldest guy on the track, I still came out on top.”

4 Comments

4 Comments

  1. Marneus

    March 21, 2018 at 5:12 pm

    Congrats to him, but it’s more a shame than other thing.
    How young guns can’t beat a very old guy? Amateur in top of that.

    That means a lot about the problem of finding young fast drivers for feeder sportcar series…

    • EJ

      March 22, 2018 at 12:19 am

      The original MPC leader crashed out while way out in front (video is on YouTube – right front suspension failure while braking into turn 10), so this gentleman must have assumed the lead at that point. Congrats to him.

      • BW

        March 22, 2018 at 7:53 am

        That leader you mention is a gentleman driver as well (the father of Kyle Masson). The only “young gun” in the series was making headway in the race, but his engine expired on the front straight.

  2. Steve

    March 22, 2018 at 8:24 pm

    That’s a great story: congratulations to Mr. House!

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