Sebring International Raceway is the go-to testing spot for both endurance racing reams like Corvette Racing and IndyCar outfits like Team Penske.
The circuit’s bumpy nature, mix of high- and low-speed corners and long straights make it the perfect place to test, giving teams all sorts of data to use at the wide variety of circuits they will visit throughout the racing season. It’s no surprise, then, that Corvette Racing has spent a ton of time at Sebring in recent months validating its new mid-engine Corvette C8.R chassis.
“Sebring’s the best place to do testing, it’s the roughest track we go to,” explained Corvette Racing’s Jordan Taylor in a recent interview with Mobil1 The Grid. “You know, 12 Hours here is probably harder than 24 Hours at Daytona, so the more laps you can do at Sebring the more you can learn about a car durability wise, and it’s a place that’s so many different types of corners. You have high speed, low speed, bumpy, smooth, you get a little bit of everything here at Sebring.”
Oliver Gavin, who has been with Corvette Racing since 2002, has run countless laps at Sebring over the years with the team. Gavin has been a crucial part of the Corvette C8.R’s development process, with the Brit having raced every generation of Corvette Racing car since the team’s inception.
“When I first started with Corvette Racing here we were (at Sebring) every month it seemed, just never away from the place,” Gavin told Mobil 1 The Grid. “Just doing lap after lap after lap, really trying to validate (the car), whether it’s gearboxes, drivetrain, or whether it’s engines, whether it’s suspension parts.”
Corvette Racing won’t be able to put its development work from its most recent visit to Sebring to the test for quite a while, unfortunately. With the coronavirus pandemic canceling all major sporting events, it’s not clear when we’ll see the Corvette C8.R on track next. For now, though, you can hear what Taylor, Gavin and the other Corvette Racing crew members have to say about their recent Sebring test outings in the video embedded below.