Nissan became the first Japanese automaker to win the 24 Hours of Daytona endurance race, on Feb. 2, 1992.
Endurance racing at Florida's Daytona International Speedway began shortly after the track opened in April 1959, starting with a six-hour sports car race.
Following a series of expansions to the race, the first 24 Hours of Daytona was staged in 1966 and was won by Ken Miles and Lloyd Ruby behind a Ford GT40 Mk II.
The race would go on to be dominated by American and European cars. By 1992, when the race had became known as the Rolex 24 at Daytona, a recession and tight economic times had whittled the field to 49 cars.
Nissan had used British racing chassis until 1990 and its own engines, but the prototype R91CP used at Daytona was 100 percent Japan-built, with a full-carbon composite body.
Kunihiko Kakimoto led planning and engineering for the race.