House Celebrates 75th Birthday With First IMSA Win In MPC Class
Friday, March 16, 2018

Dave House may have just celebrated his 75th birthday in the most unique way possible – winning a professional sports car race at one of the most iconic road courses in North America.

One week after hitting the personal milestone, House won the IMSA Prototype Challenge Presented by Mazda race Friday in the Mazda Prototype Challenge (MPC) class, beating ONE Motorsports teammate Paul LaHaye to the stripe by 13.507 seconds in the No. 86 Mazda-powered Elan DP02.

“I’ve been on the podium, but never on the top rung,” said House. “It was a great race, it was a clean race. It’s just about endurance when you’ve got a couple hours in the car. I was just fortunate to have a car that was really hooked up well and kept running the whole race.”

House went toe-to-toe with Daytona winner Dr. Robert Masson and young Wyatt Schwab throughout the race, even making contact a couple times in Sebring’s notoriously tough Turn 17. Unfortunately for the Performance Tech Motorsports teammates, both Masson and Schwab ran into separate mechanical issues while leading the race.

That opened the door for House and he didn’t look back. Stephen Dawes rounded out the podium with a third-place finish in the No. 22 Performance Tech Motorsports Mazda-powered Elan DP02.

While House was challenged by both Masson and Schwab throughout the race, one thing he was not challenged by – even at 75 years of age – was the IMSA Prototype Challenge Presented by Mazda’s new one hour, 45-minute endurance race format.

“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.”

The IMSA Prototype Challenge Presented by Mazda returns to action for Round 3 at Barber Motorsports Park on Saturday, April 21.