You might say two old friends will be celebrating a special anniversary later this month.
The second annual Corvette World Tribute is slated on Sunday, August 19 at Road America, where 60 years of Corvettes will be marked with a variety of special events.
Corvette and Road America go way back. In the early days of the marquee, Chevrolet executives would stage sneak previews of future models and develop high-performance packages for production models. The track has also been a battleground for decades of Corvette road racers, from the original solid-axles to the C6.Rs of today’s American Le Mans Series.
In fact, Road America’s annual American Le Mans Series event set for August 16-18 will precede the Corvette World Tribute.
“The relationship between Chevrolet and Road America runs deep,” says Russ Clark, Chevrolet Product Marketing Director, Midsize/Performance Cards and GM Racing. “It’s fitting that two icons of American racing, Chevrolet and Road America, have joined forces. Road America is known as ‘America’s National Park of Speed,’ and Corvette is America’s iconic sports car. We’re very proud to celebrate our mutual heritage here in the heartland of America.”
Road America officials feel the same way.
“We’re honored that Road America has played a key role in Corvette’s racing heritage from the track’s opening in 1955 to today,” said George Bruggenthies, Road America president and general manager. “We’re excited to celebrate this longstanding association at the second annual Corvette World Tribute and equally excited to celebrate the 50th anniversary of our Corvette Corral.”
There will be lots to do during the Corvette World Tribute at the Wisconsin track, including autocross and slalom courses, a concours featuring People’s Choice awards, a road rally, Karting Challenge, and track sessions for touring and race-prepared Corvettes.
The National Council of Corvette Clubs (NCCC) and the Kettle Moraine Corvette Club are helping Road America organize the event. Go to www.roadamerica.com for more information.