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Chevrolet confirms Corvette Z06 GT3.R customer from 2024
DETROIT (11 November 2021) – For the first time in its 24-year history, Racing Corvette will compete in multiple endurance racing championships during a 2022 world harness racing program.
The Corvette production racing team is ready for championship challenges throughout the season in both the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship and the FIA World Endurance Championship. Corvette Racing will field a Chevrolet Corvette C8.R in each series with two cars scheduled for the 24 Hours of Le Mans.
All six 2021 Corvette Racing drivers will return for the new season. Antonio Garcia, Jordan Taylor and Nicky Catsburg make up the attack in IMSA while Tommy Milner, Nick Tandy and Alexander Sims vie for the WEC.
“This is the most ambitious program Corvette Racing has faced in its nearly 25 years of racing,” said Jim Campbell, Chevrolet US Vice President, Performance and Motorsports. “It will be an honor to race in both the IMSA and WEC series on some of the best tracks in the world.”
Chevrolet has also confirmed that it will build and sell Corvette Z06 GT3.R racing cars to customers starting in the 2024 racing season.
IMSA: New class, new competitors, new challenge
Following the last race of the GT Le Mans (GTLM) category at this weekend’s Petit Le Mans, Corvette Racing will move up to the new 2022 GT Daytona (GTD) PRO category.
Garcia and Taylor – who are on the verge of repeating themselves as GTLM Drivers champions – are racing the entire 10-race championship in the No. 3 Mobil 1 / SiriusXM Chevrolet Corvette C8.R. Catsburg wants to rejoin the Garcia / Taylor duo for the Rolex 24 At Daytona (where they won the GTLM 2021 class), Sebring and Petit Le Mans.
The GTD-PRO Corvette C8.R will look similar to the GTLM setup. A revised airfoil will mean a slightly different level of downforce at the rear of the Corvette. The C8.R will run on the customer’s Michelin tires, according to GTD regulations.
Under the skin, the Corvette GTD-PRO will retain the same flat 5.5-liter V8 with slightly reduced horsepower compared to the GTLM rules pack. An anti-lock braking system (ABS), tested by Corvette Racing at the Belle Isle race in June, will also be featured on the IMSA C8.R along with other driving aids required by the class regulations.
Chevrolet has won 13 Constructors’ Championships (14 with the start of Petit Le Mans on Saturday) at IMSA since 2001.
FIA WEC: Towards a world championship
Corvette Racing’s presence in the FIA World Endurance Championship means Chevrolet will compete for the GT Constructors ‘World Championship alongside another IMSA Constructors’ title in 2022.
Milner and Tandy will face the six-round global championship with the No. 64 Mobil 1 / SiriusXM Chevrolet Corvette C8.R, which will continue in the GTE Pro category against similar factory entries.
Milner and Tandy’s season will kick off with the 1,000-mile Sebring on March 18, while the FIA WEC will return to its double-headed weekend with IMSA, which will race the Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring the following day.
A handful of new circuits for Corvette Racing – Monza, Fuji and Bahrain – await in the WEC calendar for 2022, as well as a return to Spa-Francorchamps. The focal point, like every season, is the 24 Hours of Le Mans.
Corvette Racing aims to win invitations for two C8.R Corvettes as the schedule includes a ninth class win from 2001. Sims will reunite with Milner and Tandy at Le Mans, with the Garcia / Taylor / Catsburg trio looking forward to a return to Le Mans, as well.
Chevrolet plans the future with the Corvette GT3 program
For 2024, a new era of Corvette Racing begins with the debut of the Chevrolet Corvette Z06 GT3.R, a revolutionary sports car designed for customer racing.
The Corvette Z06 GT3.R will be the closest link between the production Z06 and racing for Chevrolet’s high-performance vehicle. Thanks to the solid foundation provided by the Corvette Z06 mid-engined supercar, the Z06 GT3.R will share the same aluminum chassis, a production engine modified for use in race cars, and similar aerodynamic characteristics. They have the same silhouette and similar size.
At the heart of the Z06 GT3.R is a 5.5-liter DOHC LT6 V8 engine with the same flat-deck crankshaft architecture that powers the Corvette C8.R. A true rolling laboratory, the C8.R laid the foundation for the propulsion and aerodynamic strategies that will make the Corvette Z06 GT3.R a worthy competitor in the world of private racing.
For the first time, Chevrolet is offering a turnkey, customer-centric racing Corvette for competition in a wide variety of GT3 championships.
“This is an exciting time for Corvette, first with the unveiling of the production Z06 and now with the confirmation of the Corvette Z06 GT3.R for racing customers,” said Mark Stielow, Chevrolet Director of Motorsports Competition Engineering. “The availability of the Z06 GT3.R will allow customer race teams the opportunity to campaign a Corvette that has benefited from Corvette Racing’s rich history.”
The Corvette Z06 GT3.R meets the criteria for GT3 sports car racing, which continues to grow exponentially year after year. The introduction of the Z06 GT3.R will allow individuals to compete in both endurance and sprint races in multiple series.
Further details such as pricing and support package options will be confirmed at a later date. More information can be found at Chevrolet Motorsports.
Corvette Racing will close its 2021 season with the 10-hour Petit Le Mans on Saturday 13 November.
ANTONIO GARCIA, NO. 3 MOBIL 1 / SiriusXM CHEVROLET CORVETTE C8.R – GTD-PRO:
“I can’t wait to be back with Corvette Racing, Jordan and IMSA. It will be my 12th full season in America and I have enjoyed it all. The GTD-PRO class is slightly different, but in some ways things will be the same as GTLM. We will have the C8.R with some changes to the rules. It will be nice to have the number of cars that it looks like we will have in the category. It reminds me a lot of the good years in GTLM where we had four and five producers. This always leads to good runs. This is the fundamental thing and what we all want to do: compete and compete against the best manufacturers and the best drivers. For us it will be a big change with a car and there is a lot to learn about the GTD-PRO category over the course of the year. We have to maximize all our resources to keep winning as we have done for all these years. “
JORDAN TAYLOR, NO. 3 MOBIL 1 / SiriusXM CHEVROLET CORVETTE C8.R – GTD-PRO:
“I am super excited to be returning to IMSA. Obviously going to a new class with more cars and more competition will be exciting. There is a lot for us at Corvette Racing to learn to help with the transition, but the team has so much experience over the years in GT racing that I am confident we can adapt well. We have already done some behind-the-scenes tests with the car to understand where we are and what we need to work on. So far, so good. It will be great to be back with Antonio and Nicky. We have had two great years in a row and we hope to have three in IMSA “.
NICKY CATSBURG, NO. 3 MOBIL 1 / SiriusXM CHEVROLET CORVETTE C8.R – GTD-PRO:
“GTD-PRO will be very competitive with, hopefully, many competitors in the class. The team has already done a lot of development and preparation for next year. For these reasons, we can’t wait. I am very happy to be part of the Corvette Racing program again and it will be great to continue working with Jordan and Antonio. We are a strong team with a strong team behind us. It will be a great challenge, but we are ready “.
TOMMY MILNER, NO. 64 MOBIL 1 / SiriusXM CHEVROLET CORVETTE C8.R – GTE Pro:
“It is an exciting new challenge to do a full season in the WEC. As decisions were being made, I was asked my preference on what I would like to do for 2022. Obviously I have enjoyed every single year I have been at IMSA with some great songs and events. But the opportunity to race other famous and legendary circuits – the ones I’ve never been to – in a Corvette and the WEC is incredible. The constants of the car, the Michelin tires and having Nick as a teammate are all great advantages. We took a look at what it’s like to race in a regular WEC race when some team members raced in Spa last year. Having that experience and that knowledge will be beneficial for 2022. Personally, I’m thrilled about it. “
NICK TANDY, NO. 64 MOBIL 1 / SiriusXM CHEVROLET CORVETTE C8.R – GTE Pro:
“I am excited for this new challenge. I last competed for a whole season in the FIA WEC in 2017, so I know what the championship is about. I can’t wait to take this Corvette to circuits and events where we’ve never raced before. Obviously I’ve been involved throughout the entire IMSA season and at Le Mans this year, but racing the C8.R in six and eight hour events that the WEC runs is something still somewhat unknown to us at Corvette Racing. Yes, it’s a step into the unknown, but it’s a new challenge and those are always exciting. I will definitely miss my friends, fans and well-known faces in the IMSA paddock, but at the same time I am looking forward to seeing some familiar faces that I have met over the years in the WEC paddock. Also, this is a World Championship and it is something really important for Corvette, Chevrolet and our team. Going for a world championship is something not many people compete for, so I’m looking forward to what comes next. “
ALESSANDRO SIMS, NO. 64 MOBIL 1 / SiriusXM CHEVROLET CORVETTE C8.R – GTE Pro:
“Looking forward to 2022, I am thrilled to continue the relationship with Corvette Racing and continue racing with this team. It’s great to have another year with Tommy and Nick at Le Mans. It has been a great experience to work with the team and the races have been fantastic. We are already confident of a great victory at Le Mans for the C8.R. “
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