Corvette Racing Sets Ambitious Course for 2022 Race Schedule

Corvette Racing, which will win its 14th Manufacturers Championship in IMSA GT competition since 2001 with the start of the Petit Le Mans at Michelin Raceway Road Atlanta on Saturday in its final appearance in the GT Le Mans class, will remain in the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship in 2022 and beyond.

There was some doubt if Corvette would return, as the GT Le Mans class is ending. But Chevrolet made the announcement today that Corvette would return in the GT Daytona class with a single entry in 2022 and 2023, with an available customer car in 2024 based on the new Z06 model that should bolster its presence.

Corvette will also send a single car to race in the FIA World Endurance Championship overseas.

“This is the most ambitious schedule that Corvette Racing has faced in its nearly 25 years of competition,” said Jim Campbell, Chevrolet U.S. Vice President, Performance and Motorsports. “It will be an honor to race in both the IMSA and WEC series at some of the best tracks in the world.”

The current car will be modified to GT3 standards to compete in the new GT Daytona Pro category that takes the green flag at the Rolex 24 at Daytona in January. The 5.5-liter engine will be detuned, and features such as antilock brakes will be added, and the rear wing will be different. GT Daytona Pro cars will run alongside of GT Daytona ProAm class, which places an emphasis on amateur drivers.

All six Platinum-rated pro Corvette Racing drivers from 2021 will return for the new season. Antonio Garcia, Jordan Taylor and Nicky Catsburg make up the team in IMSA while Tommy Milner, Nick Tandy and Alexander Sims contest the WEC, with Catsburg and Sims racing only the longest events.

It will be new ground for Milner, who will share in the IMSA championship by just starting Saturday’s race. “It’s an exciting and new challenge to do a full season in WEC. As the decisions were being made, I was asked my preference of what I would like to do for 2022. I’ve obviously enjoyed every single year that I’ve been in IMSA with some amazing tracks and events. But the opportunity to race at some other famous and storied circuits – ones that I’ve never been to—in a Corvette and in the WEC is amazing.”

“I’m looking forward to being back with Corvette Racing, Jordan and in IMSA,” said Garcia. “ It will be my 12th full season in America and I’ve enjoyed all of it. The GTD-PRO class is a little different but in some ways things will be the same as GTLM. We will have the C8.R with some modifications for the rules. It will be good to have the number of cars that it seems we will have in the category. It reminds me a lot of the good years in GTLM where we had four and five manufacturers.”

That’s been the problem with GTLM, and what caused its demise—only Porsche contended against Corvette for the full season this year, and it wasn’t a full factory effort.

The 2024 season marks the first time Corvette has offered a turnkey car for the IMSA series, to be purchased and raced by customers. The Z06 GT3.R will share the same aluminum chassis, a production engine modified for use in the racecar, and similar aerodynamic features. They have the same silhouette and similar dimensions. At the heart of the Z06 GT3.R is a 5.5-liter, DOHC LT6 V8 engine with the same flat-plane crankshaft architecture that powers the Corvette C8.R.

“It’s an exciting time for Corvette—first with the reveal of the production Z06 and now confirming the Corvette Z06 GT3.R for customer racers,” 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.” Pricing and availability will be announced closer to production.

2021 IMSA GT Le Mans Manufacturers’ Standings

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