This weekend will be Corvette Racing’s 250th racing event they have participated in since their first outing at the Rolex 24 in 1999. Let that sink in for a moment.
Over the years, the competition has changed, the classes have changed, and the Corvette race cars have changed, but through it all, Corvette Racing’s winning attitude has never wavered and ultimately it has led to 120 victories worldwide including 8 Le Mans Class Wins.
That winning attitude has carried over to the Corvette Engineering team who continued to make vast improvements with each generation of Corvette with lessons learned from racing, culminating with the 2023 Corvette Z06 which shares its engine with the C8.R race car.
And as fans, we have watched a scrappy team with a “take no prisoners” rallying cry and a skull logo become a dominant force in GT sportscar racing. It’s been an amazing run and we are hoping for many more!
This weekend's #PLM at @RoadAtlanta has extra special meaning: it's our 250th event start since we came on the scene at #Rolex24 in 1999. Time flies when you're having fun! #Corvette #C5R #C8R #Z06 #IMSA #GT @TeamChevy @IMSA pic.twitter.com/Dl6SkXW5ru— Corvette Racing (@CorvetteRacing) November 10, 2021
Here are some other fun facts about Corvette Racing and this weekend’s final race of the season AND the grand finale for the GT Le Mans (GTLM) class:
CORVETTE RACING AT ROAD ATLANTA: By the Numbers
- 1: As in one team, one manufacturer and one model of car for 23 years: Corvette Racing, Chevrolet and the Chevrolet Corvette.
- 3: Tracks where Corvette Racing has competed in each of its 23 years: Michelin Raceway Road Atlanta, Sebring International Raceway and WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca.
- 4: Generations of Corvette Racing entries at Road Atlanta since 1999 – Corvette C5-R (1999-04) Corvette C6.R (2005-2013), Corvette C7.R (2014-2019) and the new-generation Corvette C8.R (2020-current), which made its Road Atlanta debut during last September’s six-hour IMSA race.
- 10: Number of Road Atlanta victories for Corvette Racing dating back to 2000 – eight of those at Petit Le Mans.
- 10: Petit Le Mans wins for Chevrolet – eight in GT and two in Prototype. That ranks third among manufacturers in event history.
- 13: Manufacturer Championships in GT racing for Chevrolet and Corvette Racing since 2001. That will grow to 14 with the start of Saturday’s race
- 25: Tracks at which Corvette Racing has won races – Baltimore, Charlotte Motor Speedway, COTA, Canadian Tire Motorsport Park/Mosport, Daytona, Detroit, Houston, Laguna Seca, Le Mans, Lime Rock, Long Beach, Miami, Mid-Ohio, Portland, Road America, Road Atlanta, Sebring, Sonoma, St. Petersburg, Texas, Trois Rivieres, Utah, VIR, Washington DC and Watkins Glen.
- 29: Number of GT Le Mans wins in the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship for Corvette Racing since the start of 2014.
- 31: Number of drivers for Corvette Racing since 1999.
- 120: Victories worldwide for Corvette Racing – 112 in North America and eight at Le Mans.
- 249: Event starts by Corvette Racing since 1999.
- 39,497.24: Number of racing miles completed by Corvette Racing in its 25 previous trips to Road Atlanta. That represents 15,773 laps or more than 617 trips around Interstate 285 – Atlanta’s Perimeter.
- 331,830.62: Total number of racing miles completed by Corvette Racing since its inception. To put that in perspective Apollo 13 – the longest manned spaceflight in history – covered “just” 248,655 miles when it reached its farthest point from earth. Simply put, the program has raced to the moon… and then some.