The racing debut for the Corvette C7.R could have gone better, with the Corvette Racing team managing just a fifth-place and a tenth-place finish in the GT Le Mans class with the No. 4 and No. 3 cars, respectively, at the end of the 52nd Rolex 24 Hours of Daytona.
At one point (hour seven), Jan Magnussen had the No. 3 car in the lead, but mechanical issues crept up on the team, first claiming the No. 3 car with overheating issues, forcing the car to retire. In the 22nd hour, the No. 4 car was in the garage for 30 minutes after the car began smoking and set the team too far back to recover the lost ground by the time the checkered flag waved. Just as Oliver Gavin was close to capturing the lead. But it was the consistency of Porsche North America that ultimately secured the victory in GT Le Mans, running a practically flawless race in the No. 911 Porsche 911 RSR race car, despite not having the speed of the C7.R. BMW took second in the class. At least the team wasn’t involved in the hair-raising crash that shut the race down for an hour.
Overall, Corvette Daytona Prototypes took the top four spots, with the No. 5 Action Express Racing Corvette DP winning this year’s Rolex 24 after João Barbosa edged Max Angelelli and the Wayne Taylor Racing No. 10 Velocity Worldwide Corvette DP. Angelelli shared driving time with Wayne Taylor and his sons Ricky and Jordan, the latter of which will be driving for Corvette Racing at the 24 Hours of Le Mans.