In a post on its Facebook page late Friday evening, Historic Sportscar Racing announced that racing champion Jim Pace died today (Nov. 13) at the age of 59.
Pace got his start in the Barber Saab Pro Series in 1988. His prestigious wins included overall and GT class victories in the Rolex 24 Hours of Daytona; a two-time win in the 12 Hours of Sebring; and Series Champion in the International Motor Sports Association (IMSA) GTU class. Recognized as a top driver, he regularly raced formula, Prototype, GT and vintage cars around the world, recording wins at the Spa and Nurburgring circuits.
Respected for his skill and integrity as a driver, Pace was also in demand as a driving instructor, racing coach and adventure consultant. His love of racing, combined with a passion for teaching, made him one of the most popular instructors at the renowned Skip Barber Racing School for over 20 years.
As a principal in Historic Sportscar Racing since 2015, Pace had served as Race Advisor for the Classic 24 at Daytona and Classic 12 at Sebring, providing driver training to a host of international drivers.