For 15 years, Corvette Racing and their loud yellow ‘Vettes have been a regular sight in the paddock at the 24 Hours of Le Mans. The team has won the historic French endurance race seven times and with their new-for-2014 C7.R, is hoping to continue the success seen in the C6.R and C5-R which preceded it.
This year, Corvette Racing ran into some bad luck at Le Mans when racing against some of the most established sports cars on the market. The No. 73 car, driven by Jan Magnussen, Antonio Garcia and Jordan Taylor, fell behind after it was discovered the valve stem for the car’s air jack was faulty. Despite falling off pace, the No. 73 car battled back, giving fans a good show and the team a respectable second place finish in one of motorsport’s most demanding races.
Even though they didn’t win, their first pilgrimage out to the Circuit de la Sarthe in the C7.R will certainly go down in Corvette Racing’s history books. The builder of the C7.R and so many other of General Motors’ factory race cars, Pratt and Miller, will also remember the race for years to come, and put together a very well-made compilation looking back on the event. Check it out below and if you want more Corvette Racing action, you can catch them racing in the ongoing IMSA TUDOR United Sportscar Championship this summer.