Corvette Racing is celebrating its long-lasting partnership with Mobil 1 at this weekend’s 12 Hours of Sebring with a pair of matching gray liveries for its two Corvette C8.R race cars.
The team says the gray liveries are only a one-off for Sebring are a nod to its partnership with Mobil 1, which is the title sponsor of the race. Mobil 1 has a 25-year partnership with Corvette Racing and is the factory fill and recommended refill oil for all Corvette production vehicles.
Its traditional yellow color is notably absent for the first time in @IMSA program history.
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While it’s interesting to see the Corvette C8.R dressed up in a new livery, this new look may confuse some Corvette Racing fans that are used to seeing at least one of the team’s cars finished in bright yellow body color. This isn’t the first time Corvette Racing has painted one of its cars gray, however. Some fans might remember the team’s black and silver livery that it ran on the C5-R in its debut season back in 1999, which also carried sponsorship from GM Goodwrench Service Plus.
Corvette Racing also fielded a silver car more recently at the FIA WEC 6 Hours of Shanghai in 2018. That silver, red and black-themed look was intended to promote the launch of automaker’s then-new line of Redline Edition vehicles in China and, like the new Sebring livery will, was only applied to the car for one race.
The factory-backed General Motors team is looking for its 13th win in this year’s 12 Hours of Sebring, which will go green on March 20th at 10:10 a.m. EST.