Tommy Milner has been a contracted Corvette Racing driver since 2011, when he joined the General Motors factory team after racing with Panoz and Rahal Letterman in the American Le Mans Series. In that time, he has racked up two driver’s championships with the team (ALMS GT in 2012 and IMSA GTLM in 2016) and won the 24 Hours of Le Mans twice. He has also won the 24 Hours of Daytona and 12 Hours of Sebring with the Chevrolet-backed team.
After spending nine full seasons racing Corvettes, you’d think the second-generation American driver would have bought himself a Corvette at some point, but so far, Milner has held out on purchasing the roadgoing version of his race car. Speaking to GM Authority at the 2019 SEMA Show in Las Vegas, Milner told us that he currently daily drives a 2016 Chevrolet Silverado. It may not be as exciting as a Corvette, but when you spend many of your weekends driving an actual race car, it’s easy to see why having a sports car may not be a huge priority. He also owns a large plot of land as well, so the truck gets a lot of use doing yard work and other chores.
“I’ve got 10 acres and building a barn at my house, so the truck is very useful in doing that,” Milner explained.
That said, the American does still have some enthusiast cars in his garage.
“I have two old BMWs that I’ve had for a long time that are my two fun cars,” he said.
Corvette Racing fans may be unaware that Milner got his professional racing start in BMWs. After winning the Formula BMW Junior scholarship in 2004, he signed on with Prototype Technology Group to drive one of their BMW M3s in the Grand-Am Series. He stayed with PTG as it switched to Panoz, before once again finding himself racing BMWs with Rahal Letterman in 2009 and 2010. We imagine his affinity for BMWs is born out of the brand’s support for him early in his racing career.
Tommy Milner will once again partner with British teammate Oliver Gavin for the 2020 IMSA season. The two have shared a car for nine seasons in a row, making them the longest-standing driver pairing in the entire IMSA paddock. Milner will no longer be the team’s sole American driver, however, with Jordan Taylor set to partner Antonio Garcia in the No. 3 sister car next year.