With much fanfare, Chevrolet unveiled the new Corvette Daytona Prototype last Tuesday at the Daytona International Speedway. The next day, Spirit of Daytona driver Antonio Garcia had the honor of turning the first laps during the GRAND-AM Rolex Series test day. Those laps were captured on video and you can see (and hear) the new Corvette-branded race car after the jump.
Garcia and the Corvette DP hit the track last Wednesday during the morning testing session for a 30 minute shake-down, the first time the new Corvette DP has been on any track. Afterwards, Garcia commented on the experience:
“The car definitely looks good,” admitted Garcia, who returns with Spirit of Daytona this season. “This is just the first day so we have to take it step by step. This week is all about learning as many details about the car as possible and getting it ready for the December test. It’s all just a learning process at this point.”
“The car doesn’t really feel that much different than last year,” said Garcia. “Basically 80 percent of what we had last year is on this car. The difference is there is a lot more room for improvement now. Last year I think we hit our ceiling, we got everything out of that car that we could. Once we learn this new car I think we’ll be much faster everywhere.”
In addition to Spirt of Daytona, three other GRAND-AM teams have committed to run the Corvette DP next season. Those teams, SunTrust Racing, GAINSCO/Bob Stallings Racing and Action Express Racing are expected to have their new Corvette DP’s ready for the next test session at Daytona next month.
As someone who hasn’t watched a lot of GRAND-AM Racing, I’ll admit that I am intrigued by the new Corvette Daytona Prototype. The fact that it has the familiar sounding throaty V8 similar to the Corvette C6.Rs goes a long way. Will you be tuning in to GRAND-AM next year to follow the new Corvettes? Sound off in the comments below and let us know what you think.