The first appearance from a Corvette at the 24 Hours of Le Mans was in June of 1960. Those cars were fielded by racing teams who spent their own money to ship them across the pond in order to race them against Ferraris, Aston Martins, Porsches, Maseratis and more.
A 4.6-liter V8 Corvette won its class at Le Mans that year and finished eighth overall, the first of many successes at Le Mans for the nameplate. Today the Corvette Racing program is factory backed by General Motors and ran by Michigan-based race company Pratt & Miller, and if there’s one thing they know how to do, it’s winning at Le Mans.
This year Corvette Racing is shooting for their eighth class victory at Le Mans. Their appearance on the grid marks the 16th consecutive time they’ve shown up to the French endurance race, with the first being in 1999 in the C5-R. Pratt & Miller’s video below briefly tells the team’s history at Le Mans, but mostly, it’s meant to get you pumped up for the start of Le Mans this Saturday.
Check it out below, and if you want to watch Le Mans when it starts Saturday morning, check out FOX Sports’ 24 hour coverage schedule.