On Monday before noon local time, Corvette Racing’s C6.Rs were picked up in the paddock and taken to downtown Le Mans where they officially underwent scrutineering. Thousands of fans gathered in Jacobin square and looked on as the Corvettes were studied, tested and then deemed good to go for the 24 Hours of Le Mans. After pictures in front of the historic Le Mans Cathedral, team members headed back to the track for a photo shoot with the 1960 #3 Briggs Cunningham Corvette that won at Le Mans 50 years ago.
Also in these pictures, you’ll see the Corvette Racing support paddock at the track. Each driver has a dormitory-style room, with a bed and shower. This modular structure is built in three weeks; the day after the race, it will be completely gone without a trace. We also like the vintage photo on the rear of the Corvette Racing garage which celebrates the 50th anniversary of Corvette’s first participation in the 24 Hours of Le Mans in 1960.
There was a bit drama today for Antonio Garcia who drives with Gavin and Beretta in the #4 Corvette C6.R. As Oliver Gavin tells the story, “Antonio turned up just in time for the team photos at the end of scrutineering as he came from the Watkins Glen 6 HR. He had to change into his race suit in the middle of the square, in front of all the photographers!! The crew guys were decent enough to form a circle around him.”
Following scrutineering, the Corvette C6.Rs returned to the track where they spent some time getting acquainted and taking team photos with the 1960 #3 Le Mans Corvette.
The action really picks up for the team on Wednesday when the Corvette C6.Rs take to the track for the first practice session in the morning and then qualifying in the darkness later that evening.
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