Corvette Racing has confirmed it will compete in the in the World Endurance Championship race at the Circuit of the Americas in Austin, Texas in September. The team’s regular race series, the Tudor United Sportscar Championship, will also be competing at COTA on the same day as WEC, so Corvette Racing will be bringing three C7.Rs in total to the track.
The morning will see the team’s usual line up of Jan Magnussen/Antonio Garcia and Tommy Milner/Oliver Gavin race the Tudor event in the No. 3 and No. 4 cars, respectively. Then, when the WEC six-hour endurance race kicks off later on in the day, Tommy Milner will join Wayne Taylor Racing’s Jordan and Ricky Taylor in a third C7.R. Wayne Taylor Racing’s sponsor for their Corvette Daytona Prototype, Konica Minolta, will co-sponsor the C7.R entry along with Michelin.
The race will be Corvette Racing’s first appearance in WEC competition outside of the 24 Hours of Le Mans. Milner, the only driver of the group who will participate in both races, acknowledged the challenge doing two races in one day presents, but said he was looking forward to the task.
“Doing two races on the same weekend will be somewhat difficult. It will be made a little easier by going to and from essentially the same car. But I’m definitely looking forward to the challenge,” Milner said in a statement. “It will be fun to have Ricky and Jordan in the car with us. Jordan obviously has time in the Corvette C7.R from Le Mans, and Ricky has time from last year at Le Mans in the C6.R. For Jordan, I’m sure driving the car in a full downforce spec will be quite a bit different than what he experienced at Le Mans. We’ll be helping them get going early on with lots of bouncing back and forth. It’s a challenge but I’m looking forward to it.”
If Corvette Racing wins, it will be a victory for America in a race series dominated by European manufacturers and drivers. The Taylor brothers and Milner are all American, their car is American and the Circuit of the Americas is, well, American. Show them your support by tuning into both races on September 20.