Now that the 2020 IMSA WeatherTech Championship Series has come to a close, we are finally getting some answers as to how the driver’s lineup for Corvette Racing will be filled for the 2021 campaign which starts in just two months.
Following the retirement of Oliver Gavin after a 19-year career with Corvette Racing, Sportscar365.com is reporting that long-time Porsche driver Nick Tandy will be taking over Gavin’s seat in the No. 4 C8.R with Tommy Milner as his driving partner.
Tandy is a 36-year-old Englishman who has an overall win at the 24 Hours of Le Mans in 2015 and 13 wins over the seven years as a driver for Porsche in the WeatherTech Sportscar Championship Series. His most recent win came on Saturday at the 12 Hours of Sebring.
After the announcement of Porsche’s withdraw from IMSA for the 2021 season, Tandy became available and SportsCar365 says he had been in the mix for the open seat at Corvette Racing with a deal recently finalized. Corvette Racing has declined to comment on the addition of Tandy, stating that they will announce their 2021 driver line-up at a later date.
In addition to Gavin leaving Corvette Racing, Sportscar365 also tells us that Marcell Fassler will not be back for the endurance races in 2021, and that ex-BMW driver Alexander Sims may be in line for the 3rd seat of the No.4 C8.R.
Meanwhile, the 2020 championship-winning No.3 C8.R will be back with Antonio Garcia, Jordan Taylor, along with endurance driver Nicky Catsburg as the team looks to duplicate the success of the new mid-engine sports car in its sophomore year.