As the public eagerly awaited a glimpse of the spectacular new Corvette C7.R, the Corvette Racing team had a mission of their own. They were secretly testing, under the radar of any press or public, a stealthy camo’ed C7.R test car. Among the picturesque rolling hills of the famed Road America race track in Elkhart Lake, Wisconsin, just days before its public Laguna Seca sighting last summer, the team covertly prepared for what could be the birth of another racing giant.
Replacing and improving upon the back-to-back American Le Mans Series championship-winning C6.Rs would not be a simple undertaking. “It’s a tough act to follow, but we’ll do it,” confirmed the confident motorsports authority and Corvette Racing Team Manager, Gary Pratt.
The systems and components underneath its beastly skin have involved thousands of hours of hard work, performed discreetly, by some of the best engineers and technicians that motorsports has to offer. With only a handful of people in the know and even fewer in attendance, they developed the new contestant and prepared for its inaugural race at the Rolex 24 Hours at Daytona.
“The 24 Hours of Daytona is a race that exposes cars to twice around the clock grueling conditions. When you enter a demanding race like Daytona with two newly developed race cars, you’ve got to be realistic and understand you may not win.” explained Mark Kent, Director of Chevrolet Racing. “However, even though we didn’t win the race, we view the Corvette C7.R leading twenty hours into the race as a victory in itself. Overall, the Corvette C7.Rs performed well in their first race. We are looking forward to the balance of the 2014 Tudor Sports Car Championship season.”
What will make the C7.R a worthy successor to the famed C6.R is all the contributions from so many within the Chevrolet and Pratt & Miller organizations. “There’s a lot of talent on this team” confirmed race engineer, Chuck Houghton.
In a new car, in the new TUDOR United SportsCar Championship series, the team will carry the all-encompassing passion to continue Corvette Racing’s legendary tradition.