Corvette Racing has already departed for France, with the General Motors factory team set to participate in Sunday’s annual Le Mans Test Day, which serves as a final rehearsal for the demanding endurance race on June 15 and 16.
This year will mark the 20th consecutive time GM’s pair of yellow Corvettes have competed in the 24 Hours of Le Mans, with the team having won its class in eight of those 19 entries and taken eight runner-up class finishes. It will also be the final appearance for the front-engine Corvette C7.R at Le Mans, with the team set to switch to the mid-engine Corvette C8.R for the 2020 racing season.
In addition to this Sunday’s eight hour test, Corvette Racing’s six drivers also participated in the team’s regular pre-Le Mans outing to Road America earlier this month and have been doing a ton of work on the Chevrolet Simulator in Charlotte, North Carolina. Jan Magnussen, Antonio Garcia and Mike Rockenfeller return to pilot the No. 63 Corvette C7.R, while Tommy Milner, Oliver Gavin and Marcel Fassler return for the No. 64 entry.
“The way we are performing in the IMSA championship builds confidence for when we get to Le Mans,” said Magnussen. Everyone will arrive with high expectations. Everything needs to work that particular weekend. We’ve shown in IMSA that even when we are in a little bit of trouble, we can come together and get the best out of any situation. That’s what we need to do for Le Mans. From the beginning, everyone needs to be at 100 percent otherwise it’s too hard to win unless you are at your best.”
“Having raced the C7.R at Le Mans for six years now, we’ve had the chance to improve it year on year. The last couple of years have given us a chance to more fine-tune things,” added Milner. “With some of the work we’ve done this year, we’ll have the best Corvette we’ve ever had at Le Mans.”
Stay tuned for more updates on Corvette Racing’s progress in France over the next two weeks.