While Corvette Racing is a team first and foremost, rivalries help push competitors to heights they may not be able to reach otherwise, so it’s no surprise to learn that the No. 3 and No. 4 Corvette teams enjoy some intense internal competition.
The No. 3 Corvette team is led by crew chief Dan Binks, while the No. 4 car is led by Brian Hoye. Both Binks and Hoye are highly experienced and know that despite the friendly rivalry they have with each other, the most important thing is ensuring that one of the yellow Corvettes wins at the end of the day. Hoye and Binks also knew each other from previous racing ventures before joining Pratt & Miller to lead Corvette Racing, so the bond between the two is strong – despite the fierce competition.
Binks is a crucial cog in the Corvette Racing machine. Once described by former IMSA driver Tommy Kendall as the greatest crew chief of all time, he’s a big part of the reason why the team has been so successful both at home in the United States and in France at the 24 Hours of Le Mans. Hoye is also a hugely important part of the team, with Corvette Racing driver Oliver Gavin saying he almost has a sixth sense for when to come on the radio and inform his drivers of important change information with regards to the car’s behavior or race strategy.
And when things don’t go so well and the No. 3 or No. 4 Corvette crashes or gets damaged, Binks’ and Hoye’s respective teams don’t hesitate to help out across the garage and ensure the other car gets back on track as soon as possible.
Mobil 1’s The Grid video series recently caught up with Binks and Hoye and talked about the internal rivalry between the No. 3 and No. 4 cars and how they balance their competitive drive with the requirement to work as a team. Check it out in the video embedded below.