Daytona Beach, FL — Legendary Austrian sports car driver Dieter Quester, who has competed in more than 1,000 races during a career of more than 50 years, will retire from endurance racing at the end of HSR Classic Daytona presented by IMSA, Nov. 7-11.
“I will drop the checkered flag in Daytona,” Quester said. “The decision fills me with sadness as I have built up over all the years a love relationship with this circuit. Returning to victory lane would be the measure of all things and a farewell to Daytona, as it could be not much better.”
Quester has raced a dozen different prototypes and GT cars in the Rolex 24 at Daytona the last few years, in addition to participating in every running of the HSR Classic Daytona since the race at Daytona International Speedway was introduced in 2014. He and co-driver Luca Riccitelli were the top GT finishers in Group B in last year’s HSR event while finishing third overall in the group in their 1979 Red Bull BMW M1 Procar.
“It is safe to say that there will never be a driver in the HSR Classic Daytona presented by IMSA that wouldn’t want to be Dieter Quester,” said HSR President David Hinton. “As racers, we all want to compete as well as we can, as hard as we can for as long as we can. Dieter has done all of that and more and is now hanging up his endurance racing helmet on his own terms. We are honored that he will end his incredible endurance racing career at the HSR Classic Daytona, and no one will be surprised if he goes out a winner.”
Quester has been closely linked to BMW throughout his career, but he also has extensive experience with Porsche, which will be his car of choice for next month’s classic 24-hour race.
Along with Riccitelli and the car’s current owner, Giancarlo Tanzi, Quester will drive the same No. 51 Red Bull Porsche GT3 Cup he raced in the 2002 Rolex 24 at Daytona. Quester co-drove the Porsche with Karl Wendlinger, Vincent Vosse and Johnny Mowlem in the 2002 race, contending for a GT class victory before leaving the race in the early morning hours after an accident.
While Quester will be ending his endurance racing career, the 79-year-old is far from stepping away from driving entirely. He will continue to participate in showcase historic races and rallies in his native Austria, including the Ennstal Classic “Oldtimer Rallye” and Gaisberg Race at the Gaisberg Mountain in Salzburg, and the Gran Premio Nuvolari in Italy.
Debuting in 2014, the HSR Classic Daytona presented by IMSA will again feature period-specific groups of historic and vintage sports cars competing twice around the clock on Daytona International Speedway’s road course. The event weekend will include practice, qualifying and Daytona Historics HSR WeatherTech Sprint and B.R.M. Enduro Challenge races preceding the Classic Daytona, scheduled for a 1 p.m. ET start on Nov. 10.