Corvette Racing’s Future Beyond 2023 is Far from Clear

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Corvette Racing's Future Beyond 2023 is Far from Clear

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The future of the Corvette Racing program remains unclear, especially with this week’s announcement that Chevy will be selling racing versions of the new Corvette Z06 to customers as a factory-built GT3.R model beginning in 2024.

Chevy indicated Thursday that the Pratt & Miller team will run parallel full-time programs in the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship and the FIA World Endurance Championship in 2022 and “likely” in 2023, GM sports car racing program manager Laura Wontrop Klauser tells Sportscar 365.

“We’re still figuring that side of it out,” she admits. “A lot of it is that we’re just feeling out what the landscape looks like and what’s appropriate for this style of racing.”

Corvette Racing's Future Beyond 2023 is Far from Clear


She expressed support to continue having Corvette Racing remain active beyond 2023 “as people know and love it but obviously it’s going to have to change in some way because of the different classes and the customer program will be a huge part of GT3.”

Klauser says GM isn’t ready to commit “to anything” and instead prefers to “wait and see” what ACO does with GT3. “That will help us understand what the landscape is and what that’s going to look like and everything along those lines,” she says.

Since ACO is going to Pro-Am in the GT3 class in 2024, Klauser says the Corvette Racing factory program isn’t officially confirmed beyond 2022.

“Mainly because we don’t know what’s going on in the WEC,” she told Sportscar 365. “We’re waiting to see what’s happening there because it’s a little ambiguous right now.”

Corvette Racing's Future Beyond 2023 is Far from Clear


Having the GTD Pro class in IMSA is “huge,” Klauser says. “That definitely makes it more of a feasible thing for us to have the style of racing we have today and to have our [factory] drivers. If you go into a Pro-Am situation, you can’t use all of your drivers because you need to have different [rated] people in the seats.”

GM will “wait and see” if Corvette Racing will focus only on GTD Pro in 2024 or move more towards a customer-oriented program similar to most GT3 manufacturers, she said.

“A lot of it is going to come down to what the customer demand ends up looking like and who wants to run the cars,” Klauser says. “We do like having that connection – I know our fans really enjoy our Corvette Racing team that we have now and how we do that. We’d like to be able to carry that forward in some way. But we’ll see what the best fit is.”

Corvette Racing's Future Beyond 2023 is Far from Clear


According to Klauser, GM could expand its planned single-car entries in the WeatherTech Championship and WEC in 2022, saying they have not ruled out a second Corvette C8.R in certain IMSA races.

“Nothing’s off the table,” she says. “We’ll evaluate it race by race and figure out what makes sense at the time and where we want to target resources. Clearly GT3 is really a high priority right now to make sure we have the best race car we can possibly have for everybody. If it makes sense to bring another car to a race to show off something or to give the drivers some seat time, we’ll look at it.”


Source:
sportscar365.com

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2 COMMENTS

  1. For once, Laura made a clear statement. They have to wait and see where the ACO takes GT. This said, their focus is on the Cadillac LMDh for LeMans, WEC and IMSA. I can see Corvette Racing transitioning from a works team to customer racing support for the GT3.R cars while fielding in GTD Pro, but in any case, not leaving altogether.

    Customer GT3s still a big win for Corvettes on track.

  2. Callaway Competition would be an excellent fit for WEC and ACO Pro-Am GT3.
    Already has an established and successful GT3 team and race facility in Germany for their
    ADAC GT Masters Team.
    Seems like a no brainer!
    Shuffle a few drivers seats; Tommy & Jordan [3rd enduro driver t-b-d] for IMSA,
    Antonio & Nick [3rd enduro driver t-b-d] for WEC/ACO. Let them race where they live.
    Seems too logical, so they probably won’t do it.

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