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John Paul Jr. Passes Away at 60

Longtime sports car, Indycar driver succumbs to battle with Huntington’s disease…

Photo: Dyson Racing

Championship-winning sports car racing driver John Paul Jr. has passed away at the age of 60 after battling Huntington’s disease.

A two-time Rolex 24 at Daytona winner, Paul Jr. also won the IMSA GTP championship in 1982 at the wheel of a Porsche 935, the same year he triumphed with his father in the Twelve Hours of Sebring.

While having served time in prison on racketeering charges in his involvement with his father’s criminal ring, Paul Jr. returned to racing in 1988 in both IMSA and Indycar competition.

He would race a variety of prototype and GT machinery, including a Nissan GTP ZX-T, Porsche 962s, and most recently, Riley & Scott Mk. IIIs for Dyson Racing in the mid-to-late 1990s.

Paul Jr.’s last full season of competition came in 2000, with Dyson, prior to his diagnosis of Huntington’s disease, a fatal genetic disorder that causes the progressive breakdown of nerve cells in the brain.

There has been an outpouring of tributes from the sports car community upon news of Paul Jr.’s passing on Tuesday.


John Dagys is the founder and Editor-in-Chief of Sportscar365. Dagys spent eight years as a motorsports correspondent for and SPEED Channel and has contributed to numerous other motorsports publications worldwide. Contact John

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