My Formula 5000
New York-born, multi-talented Posey has established an enviable record
of motor sport successes. As a factory driver for BMW in 1975, Posey
concentrated primarily placing ninth in the Camel GT series, placing ninth
in the final year-end point standings. His best 1975 effort was sharing the
Sebring victory with Brian Redman, Alan Moffat and Hans Stuck. He also
scored second place finishes at Riverside and Mid-Ohio. When not
behind the wheel, Sam’s 1975 activities included a stint as a CBS
television announcer, assigned the task of color commentator for the
network’s coverage of the Long Beach Formula 5000 race. He also
handled the same assignment for ABC television during the 1974
Indynapous 500. Posey’s 1974 racing efforts included several USAC
events and he also campaigned a Porsche in the Trans-American
Championship and Camel GT series. In 1973, he placed ninth at the
USAC Pocono 500 and competed in the Tasman F/5000 series, a
second at Teretonga his best New Zealand effort.
Posey twice earned the runner-up title in the U.S. F/5000 series in 1972
and 1971. In 1972, he was consistent in his finishing positions, placing
second three times and third twice while not among the finishers in other
events of the eight-race series. Posey also competed in USAC’s three
500 milers in 1972, finishing fifth at both Indy and Pocono and being
named Pocono’s “rookie of the year.” In 1971, he qualified his Surtees
TS8 on the front row of all eight F/5000 races and captured the Mid-Ohio
title. Devoting most of his time to the Trans-Am series in 1970, where he
campaigned a Dodge Challenger to fourth in the manufacturer’s
championship. He did not compete in the F/5000 series, but in 1969
drove an Eagle-Chevrolet to third in the final standings. Posey has been
on top of success since he began racing in 1965 in a Formula Vee. He
has also competed in NASCAR, World Championship of Makes and
World Championship Formula 1 events. In 1967, he was third in SCCA’s
U.S. Road Racing Championship series and seventh in 1968. He placed
ninth in the 1968 Can-Am Challenge Cup standings and was runner-up
at the invitational in World Challenge Cup event in Japan.  Driving a
Porsche, Posey won the 1966 Watkins Glen 500km, followed the next
year by a victory in a McLaren Mk2-Ford in the Nassau 250 and co-drove
a Group 4 Ferrari to the 12 Hours of Sebring victory in ‘69. He is also a
highly-regarded author, painter and furniture designer and is a 1966
graduate of the Rhode Island School of Design. His recent auto-
biography “The Mudge Pond Express” has drawn rave reviews.
Laguna Seca
Sam Posey
photo 1973, profile 1976
Age 32, San Juan Capistrano, CA
Norris Team of Champions  
Sam Posey
Skip Barber
Jon Woodner  
Sam Posey's Eagle at Riverside in 1969.  The
lower photo I've had in my collection for awhile.  
The top photo I just recently acquired. You can
see the nose (#8) of Ron Courtney's car up
against Posey's eagle.  Ron sued Sam and the
suit continued for almost 5 years before it was
settled out of court.
Riverside April 1969
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