Tony Adamowicz

Date of birth : May 2 1941
Deceased : October 10 2016

Biography Tony Adamowicz

Tony Adamowicz  is a former American racing driver from Port Henry, New York. He contested the Under 2-Liter class of the 1968 Trans-Am Championship in a Porsche 911, then raced in the Can-Am Series and Formula A/Formula 5000, winning the 1969 SCCA Continental Championship. At the 1969 Daytona 24hours, Tony Adamowicz teamed up with Bruce Jennings as a part of a three car Porsche Club of America entry, with a 1st in class as a result.

He had an opportunity to race in the 1970 Indianapolis 500, but during the first lap of his qualifying attempt in his Eagle-Offy the yellow light was shown and Adamowicz slowed. However, the yellow was an error and Adamowicz was ordered to continue with the other 3 laps. The first lap, 6 mph (9.7 km/h) slower than his others, dragged down his average to a point where he was bumped from the field. He got in another car but crashed in practice before having a chance to requalify. In 1970, Tony Adamowicz teamed up with David Piper to compete in Monza in Piper’s private owned Porsche 917-010.

Porsche 917-010 1970 Monza Tony Adamowicz David Piper
Porsche 917-010 1970 Monza Tony Adamowicz David Piper

He returned to sports cars achieving second place in the 1971 24 Hours of Daytona in a Ferrari 512M, shared with Ronnie Bucknum, and third place in the 1971 24 Hours of Le Mans with the same car. At the 1971 Watkin Glenn 6hours race, Tony Adamowicz drove Porsche 917-010, the very same car that was used in 1970 in Monza by himself and Tony. Another drive in a Porsche 917 for Tony Adomowicz that same season, at the Kyalami 9hours. This race he teamed up with Italian wine maker Mario Casoni. Despite a smaller crash with Clay Regazzoni causing about half an hour of work in the pits, Tony Adamowicz and Mario Casoni managed to finish in 4th position.

1972 Daytona 24H Tony Adamowicz Michael Keyser
1972 Daytona 24H Tony Adamowicz Michael Keyser

Another Porsche entry for Tony Adamowicz at the 1972 Daytona 24hours, where he teamed up in a Porsche 911 with Michael Keyser, renowed for the race movie Speed Merchants.

After the decline of the Can Am and F5000 formulas, he moved to IMSA series and won the 1981 GTU championship in an Electramotive Nissan 280ZX and 1982 and 1983 GTO championships in an Electramotive 280ZX-T. He returned to prototypes in 1984 but had little success at that level and retired after the 1989 24 Hours of Daytona. He currently competes in select vintage races in the same 1969-model Eagle racing car in which he won the 1969 SCCA Continental Championship. The car is now owned by Doug Magnon, the founder of the Riverside International Automotive Museum, and prepared by mechanic Bill Losee. It bears the identical livery it carried back in 1969. As the Eagle had been parked immediately after the 1969 season, and was not run again until following its restoration in 2008, Adamowicz remains the only driver to actually have driven this car.