GM’s long-running record of success in motorsport has just extended even further thanks to Corvette Racing completing a clean sweep of GT Le Mans titles of the 2020 IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship. In fact, the team won by simply crossing the start line at the 12 Hours of Sebring, the final round of the season.
The triple win marks a roaring success for debut season of the all-new C8.R – the race-going version of the all-new mid-engine Corvette. Just as the C8.R represents the first mid-engine Corvette race car, the C8 Corvette represents the first mid-engine Corvette in the model’s 67-year history.
This season, Antonio Garcia and Jordan Taylor have shared the #3 C8.R. The drivers made this weekend’s job easier on November 1st by finishing second at Laguna Seca, which gave them enough points to win the Drivers and Teams titles. The Manufacturers Championship remained unsettled, but would go to Corvette Racing if the car merely started at Sebring, which it did.
“I knew that finishing at Sebring would be very tough,” said Garcia before the race. “Fighting for a championship at such a hard event would have been difficult. I’m glad we got it out of the way.”
“The first season for the Corvette C8.R has shattered all of our expectations,” said GM president Mark Reuss when the result was confirmed. “The success of the Corvette Racing team wouldn’t be possible without the close link between the crew and the Corvette engineering team. It has been great to watch these two teams work closely together to learn from each other. I can’t wait to see what next season brings.”
Garcia and Taylor finished a promising fourth in the opening round of the 20202 GTLM series, the Rolex 24 at Daytona that took place on January 25th-26th. Like their IMSA contenders, they then had to wait as the championship was delayed by the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic. The season resumed on July 4th, from which point Corvette Racing won six rounds out of seven, one of them thanks to Garcia and Taylor’s team-mates Oliver Gavin and Tommy Milner.
This year’s win represents the third IMSA clean sweep by Corvette Racing in five seasons, with the team achieving the same feat in 2016 and 2018. It was also the second time the team has won an IMSA title in a brand new car. The first time was in 2005 – the first year of the Corvette C6.R.