Corvette Racing will only field a single Corvette C8.R in next year’s IMSA WeatherTech Championship, with the team electing to splits its efforts between IMSA and the FIA World Endurance Championship. The team confirmed this week it would enter two cars in the 2022 24 Hours of Daytona in late January, however, giving it a better chance at taking victory in America’s biggest and most important endurance race.
Driving the No. 4 Corvette C8.R at next month’s 24 Hours of Daytona will be full-season FIA World Endurance Championship co-drivers Tommy Milner and Nick Tandy, along with Corvette Racing newcomer Marco Sorensen. A two-time FIA World Endurance champion in the GTE Pro class and former Aston Martin factory driver, Sorensen brings a wealth of experience and knowledge to the Pratt Miller-run team.
“It’s a great opportunity for me personally to be with this team and try to achieve together the result that everyone is wanting – that’s of course winning,” Sorensen said in a statement. “I love the mentality of Corvette Racing. It has a great car and from what I know, there are some really great people that I will team up with. So I’m really looking forward to this.”
“They have been around for a very long time so to have the opportunity to go with the team to Daytona is a great one,” he added.
Jordan Taylor and Antonio Garcia, who will drive the No. 3 Corvette C8.R fill-time in the IMSA WeatherTech Championship next year, will be joined by Nicky Catsburg for the 24 Hours of Daytona and the remaining Michelin Endurance Cup rounds, which include the 12 Hours of Sebring, 6 Hours of the Glen and Petit Le Mans.
Alexander Sims, who shared the No. 4 Corvette C8.R with Milner and Tandy for last year’s Michelin Endurance Cup rounds, is said to only be contracted to drive with the team for the 24 Hours of Le Mans in June, according to Sportscar365.
As previously announced, Corvette Racing will compete in the new GTD Pro category in IMSA in 2022, which features GT3 machinery with less downforce than the GTE-spec cars it raced previously. The Corvette C8.R has been modified to suit these new GT3 rules, incorporating revised aerodynamics and a new ABS system, among other changes.
The 2022 24 Hours of Daytona will kick off on Saturday, January 29th, 2022.