One of the anticipations for each new racing season is when the Corvette Racing team rolls out the new livery. For 2009, Corvette Racing and GM close the marketing loop by running the two C6.Rs with the new GT1 Championship livery. Like the forthcoming limited edition GT1 Championship Coupes, Convertibles and Z06s, the new livery features the #3 C6.R in familiar Velocity Yellow with black striping while the #4 C6.R is reversed in Black with Yellow accents.
Over the years we’ve been treated to some great designs, from last year’s “Jack Scrape” to the Bad Boy “Jake” livery at Monterey in 2007. The 2009 GT1 Championship livery is a hit as a C6.R in Black is just about the most menacing-looking car on the track. The fact that you can buy a street version of these Corvettes makes the livery special as well. Only one other time as GM offered an ALMS C6.R replica, the 2007 Arctic White Ron Fellows Edition Z06.
As there are no other GT1 class entries, the 12 hour endurance race will be the ultimate practice session for this June’s assault on the 24 Hours of LeMans. But that doesn’t mean the two factions are going to take it easy on each other. Remember the door-banging-on-pit-row incident at Mid Ohio in 2008 anyone?
Speaking of racing, the Corvette C6.Rs were out on the track today in two practice sessions. #3′s Jan Magnussen holds the fastest time with a lap of 1:56.907 while #4′s Marcel Fassler ran just 0.162 seconds behind with a lap of 1:57.069.
The 2009 GT1 Championship Edition Corvettes will make their public debut on Friday at 1pm at the Corvette Paddock in Sebring. We’ll be there for the unveiling and hope to have plenty of video and pictures to share.
As part of our Sebring coverage, we’ll be taking a hot lap around Sebring Raceway in a Corvette and will be dropping in to hear what Chief Engineer Tadge Juechter has to say during his presentation. Make sure you visit Corvette Blogger throughout the weekend. You can also follow our updates on Twitter.com.
The Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring is scheduled to start at 10:30 am EST on Saturday, March 21st. The race will be televised live on SPEED from 10 am to noon and from 2 to 11 pm Eastern.
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