CORVETTE RACING AT LE MANS: Two Corvettes Confirmed for June Race
Team enters as defending GTE Pro champion, reigning Rolex 24 winner
- Eight class victories at Le Mans since 2001
- Gavin, Milner, Jordan Taylor won in class last year
- Garcia, Magnussen joined by Corvette Racing newcomer Ricky Taylor
DETROIT (Feb. 5, 2016) – On the heels of a historic 1-2 class finish in the Rolex 24 At Daytona, Corvette Racing learned today that its two Chevrolet Corvette C7.Rs have been invited to this year’s 24 Hours of Le Mans. It is the 17th consecutive season that two entries for Corvette Racing are part of the entry list for one of the world’s greatest motorsports events.
As was the case a year ago, Corvette Racing will field the No. 63 and No. 64 Chevrolet Corvette C7.Rs in the 14-car GTE Pro class. In it, the team will face a number of the same competitors as in the IMSA WeatherTech Championship as well as entries from the FIA World Endurance Championship. The full grid for Le Mans will be made up of 60 cars.
“Being invited to Le Mans always is a special honor for everyone at Chevrolet and Corvette Racing, and we are fortunate to return as the GTE Pro winner,” said Mark Kent, Director, Chevrolet Motorsports Competition. “Le Mans is where the best manufacturers compete in endurance racing’s toughest test – a place we have won eight times. The Corvette Racing team has a long history of success in long-distance events, evidenced by victories like our win this year at the Rolex 24.”
Corvette Racing has won eight times at Le Mans including a storybook victory last year for Oliver Gavin, Tommy Milner and Jordan Taylor. They are back together for a second straight season; Gavin and Milner lead the IMSA GT Le Mans (GTLM) standings after their win at Daytona with Marcel Fässler.
There will be new trio in the No. 63 Corvette C7.R. Full-season teammates Antonio Garcia and Jan Magnussen – second at Daytona with Mike Rockenfeller – will drive with Ricky Taylor.
The two Corvettes will take to the 8.5-mile Circuit de la Sarthe for the first time this year on June 5 as part of the annual Le Mans Test Day. The 24 Hours of Le Mans is scheduled for June 18-19.
The next event for Corvette Racing is the Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring Fueled by Fresh from Florida on March 16-19 from Sebring International Raceway, where Corvette Racing also is the defending GTLM winner.