Road America has been linked to the Corvette for decades.
Last week, that relationship continued when Chevrolet delivered the last three of five 2019 Elkhart Lake Blue Corvettes to the track, where they will be used as official pace cars during the 2019 season at the legendary Wisconsin track.
“If we look at all the racetracks on which we compete and the history that Corvette Racing has enjoyed at each of them, you could make the claim that none are more important than Road America,” said Doug Fehan, Chevrolet’s Program Manager for the Corvette Racing effort. “Elkhart Lake was the site of the very first Corvette Corral. You have the iconic Corvette Bridge, the Kettle Morraine, the food the people… all those things and more.”
Indeed, Road America’s 4.048-mile, 14-turn course has been used to showcase the Corvette as a production showcase vehicle and top-line racecar for decades. As far back as the 1960s, Chevy has used the track to spotlight high-performance production models, as well as the original Stingray racer and the 1961 Mako Shark concept.
By the way, the current Elkhart Lake Blue model isn’t the first Corvette to sport that color name as it was available all the way back in 1967 on the C3 Sting Ray. The name of the color comes from Elkhart Lake, Wisconsin, home of the Road America track.
The Corvette Bridge referred to by Fehan stands like a sentinel at the approach to Turn 6, appearing first in 1963 and returning after a 16-year hiatus in 2011 to help Chevy celebrate its 100th birthday.
At the time, Russ Clark, Chevrolet Product Marketing Director, Midsize/Performance Cars and GM Racing, noted that the relationship between Chevrolet and Road America runs deep and it was only fitting that two icons of American racing, Chevrolet and Road America, join forces to celebrate the occasion at “America’s National Park of Speed.”
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