The 2012 Corvette ZR1 and Corvette Racing’s C6.R go head to head in this dream drag race matchup.
After a long day of testing and working through the various setups and changes on the Corvette C6.Rs at the Sebring Winter Test session, the six drivers returned to the track after dark for the annual team picture photo shoot. Check out the gallery after the jump which also features some of the on-track action from earlier in the day.
Chevrolet Team Continues Development of New Corvette C6.R Race Cars
SEBRING, Fla., Feb. 9, 2012 – This was only a test – but as the final shakedown before the season-opening 60th Anniversary Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring, the two-day ALMS Winter Test at Sebring International Raceway was crucial for Corvette Racing. The Chevrolet team continued to develop its new Compuware Corvette C6.R race cars and integrate its new driver lineups. The team also unveiled its 2012 livery that features Jake, the team mascot, in the striking yellow and black graphics.
Corvette Racing’s Oliver Gavin and Tommy Milner tweeted photos today of the new paint scheme that will be on the Corvette C6.Rs for the 2012 American Le Mans Series and the 24 Hours of Le Mans campaigns. The livery is an evolution from the previous two years but new is the large Jake graphic that appears just under the race car’s B-pillar.
New Driver Alignment to Optimize Performance in Sprint and Endurance Events
DETROIT, Jan. 20, 2012 – A new alignment of drivers will pilot Corvette Racing’s new Compuware Corvette C6.R race cars when they make their competition debut at the season-opening 60th Anniversary Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring. With additional testing following the announcement of the 2012 driver roster, the team has now finalized the lineups for the twin Corvettes.
Corvette Racing today announced their full roster of drivers for the 2012 season. Returning to the familiar confines of the Corvette C6.R’s are Oliver Gavin, Jan Magnussen, Tommy Milner, Richard Westbrook and Antonio Garcia. As has been widely speculated, Olivier Beretta’s full time seat in the No 3 Corvette C6.R will now be occupied by Antonio Garcia, who has been serving as one of two endurance drivers since 2009. New to the roster is 20 year old American driver Jordan Taylor who will take over the endurance driver duties at Sebring, Le Mans and Petit Le Mans.
After nearly a month of speculation, we have learned that Olivier Beretta and Corvette Racing have parted ways after a successful eight-year run. Risi Competizione announced this morning that the 42 year old ex-Formula 1 driver will join the team as one of six drivers in the two Ferrari 458 Italias entered in the Rolex 24 at Daytona.
Over the last few days, we’ve been on the receiving end of some pretty interesting rumors regarding Corvette Racing. About this time every year, Fehan and the team review their driver lineups for the coming season and decisions are made on which drivers will be offered full time rides vs the part time endurance races. What we’ve been hearing so far is that Antonio Garcia will become a full-time driver for the Corvette Racing team. Multiple unconfirmed reports are listing Olivier Beretta as the driver that Garcia will be replacing.
Two icons of sports car racing will be inducted into the Sebring Hall of Fame in March. Johnny O’Connell and the Chevrolet Corvette were named as part of the 2012 group of inductees into America’s greatest sports car race hall of fame. The induction ceremony will take place on Friday, March 16 at the Chateau Elan Hotel which overlooks the historic race circuit.
Since its inauguration in 1911, Chevrolet has been a staple on the racetrack, having competed in every major contest over the past century. Chevrolet has also competed in the global market – having raced and won at illustrious venues such as the 24 Hours of Le Mans and Germany’s Nurburgring. In celebration of Chevrolet’s Centennial, the brand takes a look back at its greatest racing moments over the past 100 years.