The 1994 season racing season saw Steve Millen and the No. 75 Nissan 300ZX win the IMSA GTS class at the 24 Hour of Le Mans (including 5th place overall) and the 12 Hours of Sebring, along with the 1994 IMSA GTS Drivers’ and Manufacturers’ Championship. Millen also won the 1994 24 Hours of Daytona behind the wheel of the No. 76 Nissan 300ZX.
To commemorate that championship season, Nissan and Millen are bringing the Le Mans-winning No. 75 300ZX (chassis no. 7), as well as a number of the original crew members, out of retirement to compete at the 2014 Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion, scheduled for August 14-17 at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca Raceway in Monterey, California.
The No. 75 Nissan 300ZX was prepared by Clayton Cunningham Racing (CCR) and featured a chromoly steel tube structure, steel and aluminum body, a 2960cc twin-turbo VG30DETT V6 rated at more than 800 horsepower, and a 5-speed Nissan transmission with Hewland gears. It is one of just 550 vehicles invited to compete in what has become the cornerstone of the Monterey Peninsula’s annual Classic Car Week. The race cars are selected based on each vehicle’s authenticity, race provenance and period correctness – benchmarks that the No. 75 exceeds by every measure.
“From the original 1994 Le Mans inspection sticker to the twin-turbo V6 and Nissan 5-speed Hewland crashbox, the No. 75 is the real deal, and we can’t wait to see it back on the track at speed with Steve Millen at the controls,” said Pierre Loing, vice president, Product Planning, Nissan North America, Inc. “It’s also fitting that it will be sharing the paddock space with our new 600-horsepower Nissan GT-R NISMO – which might just give the No. 75 a run for the money today.”
The road to running the No. 75 Nissan 300ZX in Group 6B at the 2014 Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion will include a vehicle shakedown and practice sessions at Willow Springs Raceway in late July, along with on-track practice and class qualifying on August 14 and 15 at Laguna Seca.
Millen has remained connected with Nissan through his STILLEN aftermarket performance parts company (which specializes in Nissan vehicles) and as part of the North American launch of the 2009 Nissan GT-R. Millen has the most victories in IMSA GTS history with 20, along with a series record 23 pole positions. He retired from competition in 1996 following a 1995 accident at Road Atlanta.
“The past 20 years have flown by like they were 24 hours, so getting back behind the wheel of the No. 75 with the support of many of the original team members will be like stepping into a time machine,” said Millen. “People might forget that this car was so dominant in 1994 that IMSA banned its twin-turbo V6 engine. I think we’ve got a great chance to bring it into Victory Lane one more time against some other amazing race cars at Laguna Seca. I can’t wait.”
Nissan will be setting up a display in the Laguna Seca garage area in support of the No. 75 300ZX’s return to competition, as well as showcasing its latest performance models – the new 370Z NISMO and GT-R NISMO.
hi guys at cunningham, I am that Polish fellow who stalked you in El Segundo and whom you then graciuosly took to Willow Springs for testing (in a Previa as I remember it). we met again in 1994 in France. I was then a reporter for a Polish motoring title “Motor”. I never slept thru the event (okay, except some three hours in a car’s boot early morning) and I was with you all the way. you people are one of my greatest motorsports memories and I have had the poster of the Nissan on walls of my flats ever since. just to remind the team and myself a question: who was it to push my citroen along the French autoroute when I ran out of gas on the way to the airport? Marcin Suszczewski