It was just last week that Chevrolet announced the 2015 Corvette Z06 will make its debut at the 2014 North American International Auto Show in Detroit and now they are confirming that Corvette Racing’s new C7.R will be there as well. The C7.R will be shown in full race livery and then will depart to Florida to take part in the Tudor United SportsCar Racing’s inaugural race at the Rolex 24 of Daytona on January 25-26th.
It’s only fitting that both Corvettes be shown together. Chevrolet claims the Corvettes were co-developed and represent the closest connection between the racing and production Corvettes in modern times.
Chevrolet closed out its ALMS season last year with a sweep of all the major awards. Chevrolet claimed its 10th Manufacturer’s Championship and ALMS GT Team Championship for Corvette Racing. Chevrolet also won the Green Challenge GT Championship and the Michelin Green X Championship while drivers Antonio Garcia and Jan Magnussen claimed the GT Drivers Championship.
“We had an amazing year in 2013, winning more championships in professional motorsport than any other manufacturer,” said Jim Campbell, General Motors’ U.S. vice president, Performance Vehicles and Motorsports. “Our success was the direct result of considerable preparation, strategy, teamwork and great drive from our teams, drivers, and partners in open wheel, stock car, and sports car racing. We are looking forward to continuing that momentum for 2014.”
When the new C7.R debuts at the Rolex 24 at Daytona, the Corvettes will be wearing an all new “Jake” logo – the offically unofficial mascot of Corvette Racing.
“The best thing about Jake is that the logo transcends age and gender, uniting the Corvette Racing team and enthusiasts alike,” said Tom Peters, director of design, Performance Vehicles. “The new Jake logo reinforces the brand’s success on the track and signals the transition from the C6.R to the C7.R.”
Little is know about the specs of the new Corvette C7.R and it has only been spotted a few times since it made its first public debut at Monterey in August when driver Tommy Milner did a couple of laps in front of shocked fans at the Monterey Historics at Laguna Seca.
The team just wrapped up a private testing session at Sebring.