Reinhold Joest started his active racing career in the early 1960s. In the beginning, Reinhold Joest participated in the German Hill Climb Championship before changing to road course racing in 1966.
The team’s ongoing era in international sports car racing began upon the founding of JOEST RACING in 1968.
More and more often this Porsche customer team managed to beat the Porsche works team and quickly established itself as a force to be reckoned with. As a result of his outstanding achievements Reinhold Joest was called into the ranks of the official Porsche works drivers in 1971.
Some of the highlights from those days were several victories in class at the 1000km Nürburgring, repeated second and third place finishes at the 24h Le Mans, the championship title in the Interserie and the overall victory at the 24h Daytona.
The team became recognized and appreciated thanks to the immaculate and disciplined fashion in which JOEST RACING went about the preparation of its race cars resulting in outstanding reliability. This philosophy has remained at the team’s forefront till date and constitutes one of the foundation stones of the successful partnerships of the past decades.
In 1993, the Adam Opel AG made the step into the DTM with JOEST RACING.
Following this apprenticeship year, the historical first victory for Opel in DTM came at Donington Park in 1994. To the cheers of the entire team Manuel Reuter crossed the finish line victorious in his Nr. 5 Opel Calibra RC3.
Many more victories and podium finishes followed culminating in Opel Team Joest winning the DTM/ITC Championship in 1996 and rounding up this partnership with the title crown.
A particularly outstanding success story began when the AUDI AG decided to start in the 24h Le Mans in 1999.
JOEST RACING was the first choice for the brand with the four rings and it did not heed disappointment.
Having finished on the podium at its debut at the 24h Le Mans in 1999 sovereign victories by Audi Sport Team Joest followed in the years 2000, 2001 and 2002 occupying the top-three spots, respectively.
With the support of Audi Sport of North America JOEST RACING began participating in the American Le Mans Series (ALMS) and continued its run of victories. Audi Sport Team Joest won the ALMS title four years in succession.
At the 2006 edition of the 24h Le Mans, Audi Sport Team Joest scored another historic win. The first victory by a diesel powered sports car. Repeating this feat in 2007, 2008, 2010 and 2011 Audi Sport Team Joest locked out the podium in its entirety in 2012. This winning series continued into 2013 and 2014.
No other racing team has more overall victories at the 24h Le Mans than JOEST RACING.
This impressive resumé and the much appreciated German craftsmanship didn’t go unnoticed in America.
In 2017, JOEST RACING signed a third extensive contract with a car manufacturer, the Japanese Mazda brand, which had been without notable success in the IMSA championship before teaming up with JOEST RACING.
Following a development-year in 2018, the first victory for the Mazda RT-24 P came at the 6h Watkins Glen in 2019. JOEST RACING helped Mazda Motorsport achieve a total of three important victories before this partnership ended in March of 2020. Albeit not without MAZDA TEAM JOEST achieving the manufacturer’s best result of the past several decades at the 24h Daytona 2020 having posted Pole-Position, setting the lap record and finishing second overall with #77.