It was announced today that Corvette Racing ace Oliver Gavin will be joining the Spirit Of Daytona’s GRAND-AM racing team where he’ll be driving in three endurance races during the 2012 Rolex Sports Car Series. Gavin will drive the new Corvette Daytona Prototype with current Corvette Racing endurance team mates Antonio Garcia and Richard Westbrook in the Rolex 24 at Daytona, the Sahlen’s Six Hours of the Glen at Watkins Glen and the Indianapolis 3 Hour race.
While his main focus in 2012 will be the American Le Mans Series with Corvette Racing, Gavin brings a considerable amount of talent to the Spirit of Daytona team with a decade’s worth of experience in both the DP and GT classes.
“I am really delighted to be part of Spirit of Daytona Racing, driving with Antonio and Richard in the new Corvette Daytona Prototype,” he commented. “I think this is an extremely exciting time to be in Grand Am and driving a Corvette in that series.
“The car looks fantastic and a real race car; I am itching to get on the track with it and see what it can do. A huge amount of work has gone into putting this all together at Pratt & Miller and, having worked with them for the last 11 years, I know just what they are capable of. This will undoubtedly be another fine machine from them and it should allow us to really challenge for victories.”
Oliver raced in the Rolex series last year in the GT class with Banner Racing’s No. 07 The Cool TV Chevrolet Camaro where he was paired with Gunter Schaldach. He and Gunter earned two 2nd place GT class podiums and finished 9th in team points for the season.
Gavin will be joining his Spirit of Daytona team mates in the official three-day “Roar Before the Rolex 24″ test session at Daytona International Speedway this week and will then test his 2012 Corvette C6.R GT machine before returning to Daytona for the 24-hour race on Jan. 28-29.
In addition to his commitments with Corvette Racing and Spirit of Daytona, the UK native plans to return to the Aussie V8 Supercar Series later in the year as well.
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