Road Racing Champion Hacker Dead At 62

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VALATIE, N.Y. — Paul Hacker, who between 1979 and 1994 won 11 championships and 52 races while competing in various SCCA and IMSA road-racing events, died Friday after a brief illness. He was 62.

Hacker won 52 professional races in the 16 years between 1979’s SCCA VW Cup race at Riverside, Calif., and 1994’s IMSA Firestone Endurance race at Portland, Ore., sharing an Oldsmobile Achieva with Buddy Norton.

Along the line he won the 1976 SCCA VW Scirocco Cup season championship without winning a single race, and 1981 and 1983-85 VW Cup season titles in Rabbits and Golfs.

He added to his series championship total with 1986-87 titles in the ProStock division of IMSA’s International Sedan series racing Volkswagen Golfs.

Hacker won 23 races in IMSA’s Firestone Firehawk series between 1985-94, also collecting four driving championships.

Hacker is survived by his wife of 38 years, Jean; daughters Ryan and Kristi; grandson Aaron; a granddaughter; his mother Jane; sisters Diana, Nancy, Karen; and brother Karl. At Paul’s request, his ashes will be spread at Lime Rock Park at a future date.

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