Corvette Racing will be forced to revert to a backup chassis for the upcoming IMSA Six Hours of the Glen after one of its cars endured a heavy accident during the 24 Hours of Le Mans.
The No. 64 Corvette C7.R that was crashed at Le Mans is the same chassis that has been entered as the No. 4 in this year’s IMSA WeatherTech Championship. The damage incurred in the accident was too extensive for the car to continue on racing, so the team will pull out one of its spare C7.R cars for the upcoming endurance round at The Glen.
Turning around the cars for the next IMSA race after Le Mans is always a lot of work for the Corvette Racing crew, but preparing a car that has not raced for some time is especially challenging.
“The challenge (of going from Le Mans to Watkins Glen) is for the team, I have to say,” said Antonio Garcia, driver of the No. 3 Corvette C7.R. “To turn around those two Corvettes and be ready to 100 percent in 10 days is the biggest challenge.”
Corvette Racing’s third chassis was put into hibernation after competing in the FIA WEC 1,000 Miles of Racing earlier this year. It also raced in the WEC Six Hours of Shanghai in late 2018 with a special Chevrolet Redline livery to promote the launch of Redline Chevy vehicles in China.
The No. 64 team will be looking to rebound from their tough outing to Le Mans with a strong result at Watkins Glen.
“When you consider that you have a rough Le Mans – and we did this year – you go back to the U.S. with a renewed amount of eagerness to right the wrongs of what may have happened at Le Mans,” Milner said. “It’s the spirit of this team to make each event count.”
The Sahlen’s Six Hours of The Glen begins at 9:45 a.m. ET on Sunday, June 30th.