Corvette Racing is eager to get back on track with its new Corvette C8.Rs at this weekend’s IMSA WeatherTech 240 from Daytona International Speedway.
The sprint race on the Daytona road course will be IMSA’s first race back since the COVID-19 pandemic forced it to postpone its season and reschedule or cancel numerous events. This weekend’s slightly condensed on-track schedule will include a one hour practice session on Friday, a qualifying session on Saturday afternoon and a race into the dusk hours of Sunday night.
Because the Weathertech 240 is only two hours and 40 minutes in length, the team’s third endurance drivers will absent for the weekend. That means Antonio Garcia and Jordan Taylor will be behind the wheel of the yellow No. 3 Corvette C8.R, while Oliver Gavin and Tommy Milner will be in the silver No. 4 sister car. All four of Corvette Racing’s full-time drivers have won at Daytona in the past and will be looking for a strong result as America’s premier sports car racing series gets back to business.
Corvette Racing will be following federal, state and local guidelines with regard to social distancing throughout the race weekend and will also provide all of its employees with adequate PPE to protect them from contracting or potentially spreading COVID-19.
The No. 3 Corvette C8.R finished fourth in class at the 24 Hours of Daytona earlier this year, while the No. 4 sister car was fifth in class. There will only be six entries in GTLM at Daytona this weekend, (two Corvettes, two Porsches, two BMWs) with the Risi Competizione Ferrari 488 GTE not included on the entry list. There will also be no LMP2 class at Daytona.
After the WeatherTech 240, IMSA will head to Sebring for the Cadillac Grand Prix of Sebring on July 18th – another two-hour and 40-minute spring race on a track usually designated for an endurance race. IMSA is also planning subseuqent rounds at Road America, Watkins Glen, Lime Rock, Mid Ohio, Road Atlanta, Laguna Seca and Sebring through the summer and into the fall.