Today is Throwback Thursday where we like to feature vintage photos of Corvettes. This week’s photo comes from Corvette Racing as the team has been spending their downtime sharing photos of their various race cars throughout the years. It’s a really cool series and you can catch up with them here on Twitter.
Corvette Racing built twelve different C5-R race cars during the C5 generation. The fourth chassis in the C5-R line-up would first be raced at Road Atlanta on September 30, 2000. It was the first Corvette race car to feature an all-yellow classic paint scheme and it would win its class after the famous “Pilgrim Pass” put driver Andy Pilgrim in front of the Viper for good with 20 minutes to go.
After two more races in 2000, the chassis returned for the 2001 season. The chassis is probably most remembered for its entry at the 2001 Rolex 24 at Daytona with NASCAR legend Dale Earnhardt and his son Dale Jr. joining Andy Pilgrim and Kelly Collins in the effort. The team finished 2nd in class behind the No. 3 Corvette C5-R and 4th overall.
Three wins in 15 contests for #Corvette #C5R-004 including the ‘Pilgrim Pass’ at 2000 #PLM with a repeat victory the next year. It gained worldwide attention when it was driven by Dale Earnhardt and Dale Earnhardt Jr. at the 2001 #Rolex24 alongside Andy Pilgrim and Kelly Collins pic.twitter.com/plz7olQFYE— Corvette Racing (@CorvetteRacing) April 23, 2020
The 4th C5-R chassis would race throughout 2001 and would make three appearances in 2002. It would be retired following the final ALMS race in 2002 in Miami. The chassis can currently be found in the Chip & Lance Miller Collection.
FYI, in writing up this blog post, I referenced Nigel Dobbie’s outstanding almanac on the team’s history in his book Corvette Racing: The First Twenty Years that includes a breakout of all the various chassis built and their individual timelines.
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