2013 is looking to be an eventful year for the Chevrolet Corvette.
Now we can add yet another laurel to the crown of America’s Sports Car, which is celebrating its 60th model anniversary in 2013.
Officials at the Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion just announced that the Corvette will be the featured marquee in 2013. Corvette held the same distinction in 2002.
The reunion is held at the Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca track where historic race cars come each year to relieve the sights, sounds, and smells of the past.
Held in Monterey, California, the 2013 reunion is expected to draw a large number of Corvette racers representing all of the car’s six generations of competitors.
“We look forward to working closely with the Corvette team on making next year’s celebration a monumental one for Corvette racers, owners and automobile enthusiasts,” said Gill Campbell, CEO/general manager of Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca. “The Monterey Peninsula will rumble to life with Corvettes of every era.”
Chris Perry, global vice president of marketing for Chevrolet, says Corvettes and racing have been linked since the days of Zora Arkus-Duntov. “His spirit is felt in today’s winning Corvette Racing program, which continues a proud legacy and one we’re looking forward to celebrating next summer,” Perry said.
That legacy can be traced back to 1956, when three Corvettes engineered by Duntov first ran in the 12-hour Sebring endurance race. Four years later, Corvette was competing at Le Mans, where in its first year at the 24-hour race in France, John Fitch and Bob Grossman finished first in the GT class in their Briggs Cunningham-prepared car.
Corvette Racing has been the winner at the 24 Hours of Le Mans seven times, including a win over Ferrari in 2011.
Corvettes are no stranger to Laguna Seca, either, where they finished first and second in the six-hour American Le Mans Monterey race earlier this year.
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