I tell you what, things sure are fun again for Jake and boys from Corvette Racing!
The C8.Rs made a much-heralded start at the Rolex 24 at Daytona in January, but the results were less than spectacular with the No.3 car running a flawless race but finishing fourth while the No.4 car encountered some mechanical issues which put it behind the wall for several hours, and it would finish last in class.
But the team’s fortunes have quickly turned around. During the COVID-19 downtime, the team and drivers went back to the simulators to work on the new mid-engine race car and now that racing is back, they have back-to-back Poles and Wins at Daytona and Sebring to show for their efforts.
One of the big stories from Sebring this weekend are the two blistering laps laid down by Jordan Taylor in the No.3 C8.R during Saturday’s qualifying session. Jordan set the GTLM lap record at the historic track with a time of 1:55.653 and then came around and beat that with a flying lap of 1:55.634 to take the Pole.
Here’s a bit of the television coverage that captured the record-setting lap:
New GTLM Sebring lap record this weekend in the Corvette C8.R. 👊🏻🚀 pic.twitter.com/iK3o6pKd5I— Jordan Taylor (@jordan10taylor) July 20, 2020
It’s interesting to note that both cars are sharing in the success of the team’s hard work and dedication, with the No.3 and No.4 C8.Rs each having a Pole and a Win in two races. The other thing worth pointing out is that winning races removes all the discussion of how the cars don’t sound the same as the C7.Rs, or if the team made the right personnel moves in the off-season. We can still look back and celebrate what was, but in the here-and-now, the Corvettes are winning and that’s all the counts.
Jordan Taylor / Twitter
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