The No. 3 Corvette C8.R showed some muscle in the early hours of the 2023 12 Hours of Sebring, but disaster struck in the latter stages of the race, killing what was otherwise an impressive run for the Corvette Racing team.
Piloted by a joint effort between Antonio Garcia, Jordan Taylor and Tommy Milner, the No. 3 C8.R started the race from the pole position. However, just after an hour was in the books, a caution period was thrown, and the No. 3 Corvette, then driven by Garcia, couldn’t complete its first stop before Pit Road was closed. As a result, the team had to pit again for five seconds of emergency fuel, and then had to pit once more for full service once Pit Road opened.
The race continued without incident for the Corvette Racing team, but while leading, Milner elected to pit to address an issue with the left rear damper, losing a lap in the process. Taylor took control and raced to the yellow flag, which allowed the No. 3 C8.R to regain its lost lap, before Garcia stepped back behind the wheel for the final stint of the race.
That’s when disaster struck. The No. 3 Corvette Racing machine was struck in the rear on a restart, forcing the C8.R out of the lead and plummeting into sixth place. Garcia and the No. 3 C8.R were involved in yet another crash with 17 minutes left on the clock, spinning again, but gaining a spot in the process as the wreck took out a competitor.
Overall, the No. 3 Corvette Racing team finished fifth, but the drivers were left wanting, especially after such a strong showing out of the gate.
“I’m really disappointed with the finish,” Garcia said after the race, “but it has nothing to do with the team. They did a great job all weekend with the car, our strategy and helping to keep us in the race when things weren’t looking so good.”