1982 marked the the 20th Annual Pepsi Challenge Daytona 24 Hours at the Daytona International Speedway and served as the opening round of the IMSA GT Championship.
In the GTP class, overall victory went to the No. 18 JLP Racing Porsche 935 of John Paul, John Paul Jr. and Rolf Stommelen, who completed 719 laps in total and in second place was the No. 5 Bob Akin Motor Racing Porsche 935, driven by Bob Akin, Craig Siebert and Derek Bell. The podium was completed by the No. 46 Porsche 935 of Marucio de Narvaez, Bob Garretson and Jeff Wood.