Last year Corvette Racing joined the FIA’s World Endurance Championship for one race at Circuit of the Americas, however this year the team won’t be taking the wild card entry for the European series’ American stop, Sportscar365 reports.
A total of 31 cars will compete in the Six Hours of Circuit of The Americas next month, with just one additional, non-WEC team having signed up for the race. Last year Corvette Racing fielded a single C7.R in the race, getting Corvette Racing driver Tommy Milner and Wayne Taylor Racing brothers Ricky and Jordan Taylor to split driving duties.
This year such an entry was not possible, Corvette Racing program manager Doug Fehan said, as the team was already short one chassis after totaling one at Le Mans. The team was so strapped, in fact, that it was forced to borrow Larbre Competition’s customer C7.R for the TUDOR United Sportscar Championship races at Watkins Glen and Canadian Tire Motorsports Park earlier this year. Luckily, Larbre will be on hand to represent Corvette in the LMGTE Am class, so Texan fans will still be able to hear that wonderful Small Block roar amid Porsche flat-sixes and Ferrari V8s.
Even though Corvette Racing won’t be racing, we’d still suggest tuning into the 6 Hours of Circuit of the Americas, as the WEC is truly a sight to behold, and the world-class COTA facility serves as a perfect venue for such a spectacle. The race will be part of the Lone Star Le Mans weekend on September 17-19, with the TUDOR series race and the WEC race both being run Saturday.