DETROIT – The 2020 Rolex 24 At Daytona will be the latest milestone in the story that is Corvette Racing. For the first time, the most successful program in IMSA history will campaign a mid-engine Corvette – the Chevrolet Corvette C8.R that was revealed in October.
Prior to the season-ending Petit Le Mans, Tommy Milner talked about the excitement for C8.R before taking it on a demonstration lap around at Michelin Raceway Road Atlanta.
“We had a big crowd at our tent as it was starting up for the demo lap, and I think they were more excited to hear that start up than to watch the race warm-up!” Milner said. “It was a super-cool day. We were excited to show the fans and let everyone see and hear what the Corvette C8.R is about.”
The rear-mounted camera gives us a great way to listen to the 5.5L DOHC flat-plane crank V8 that is powering the new race car. The engine will make 500-hp and 480 lb-ft of torque as mandated by IMSA’s Balance of Performance (BoP) guidelines.
The new race car will make its race debut at the Rolex 24 at Daytona in late January and we expect to see it turning laps on the high banks of Daytona International Speedway during the weekend practice session on January 5-6th known as the Roar Before the 24.