Corvette Racing’s Program Manager Doug Fehan kicked off the 2020 racing season by addressing owners and enthusiasts inside a packed Corvette Corral Friday morning following the final Rolex 24 practice session. You’re always going to learn something interesting when the good Doctor speaks and you will for sure be entertained. With the C8.R’s debut this weekend at the Rolex 24, interest in the car and the new drivers is very high and the annual Corvette Racing seminar is a great opportunity to hear from the program manager about all the new changes.
There are a lot of GM’ers here for the race and introducing Doug was his boss, GM’s Racing Manager Mark Kent. Also in the house and speaking were Todd Christensen from Chevy Motorsports and Wes Wong from the NCM.
To say this weekend is important for Corvette Racing would be an understatement and yet listening to Doug, we have a sense of the calm before the storm. He tells us right off how excited he is for the new C8 Corvette streetcar and he already has an order placed. He describes his car’s options and why he made certain choices so no spoilers from me. But I will tell you he said he has no hesitation buying the first-year car.
One of the highlights of the program is the question and answer session. Doug addresses everything from BoP to the departure of the Ford GT program as well as some optimistic news that perhaps another manufacturer might be eyeing a future GTLM program. He also confirmed the running of the WEC race at COTA on February 23.
At the end of the Q&A, the six Corvette drivers enter and have a seat at the tables and Doug introduces them all. We get to meet Nicky Catsburg who will be the new endurance driver in the No. 3 C8.R as well as new full-time driver Jordan Taylor who returns to the team after a previous stint from 2012-2017 as the Endurance driver at Le Mans.
The C8.R Corvettes go to battle on Saturday at 1:40 EST and you can follow the race here.
Here is Doug Fehan at the 2020 Rolex 24 Corvette Corral:
Photos and Video by Keith Cornett
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