General Motors announced that it will pull the plug on its factory-backed Corvette Racing efforts upon conclusion of the 2023 racing season, but that doesn’t mean it’s backing off from ‘Vette racing efforts completely. In fact, GM’s decision to ditch its factory team allows the automaker to focus more on its customer racing program, and details regarding the future of the Corvette in motorsports were recently revealed in a report by Daily Sportscar.
Corvette Racing will live on in the form of the Corvette Z06 GT3.R, a mid-engine race car that is Chevy’s first vehicle fully compliant with the technical regulations outlined by the FIA for its GT3 division. Currently, GM expects that eight race cars will compete in 2024, including three in the FIA LMGT3 class, two in the SRO division, and four in the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship.
Laura Wontrop Klauser, GM Sports Car Racing Manager, explained, “Our desired plan has been to launch in 2024 with four cars racing in IMSA – two in GTD Pro and two in GTD – two cars in the WEC and two in SRO America. Understanding the timing of the 2024 WEC race schedule helps us coordinate build schedules to ensure we can meet the race timing, assuming our WEC attendance is granted.”
She added, “There is a plan in place to start confirming our customer teams, and I think fans will be very happy with the organizations we have chosen.”
Meanwhile, the GTD Pro alliance with Pratt-Miller Racing will continue, as the organization announced it will campaign two 2024 GT3-spec Corvettes for the full IMSA WeatherTech Sports Car Championship season, starting with the 2024 Rolex 24 at Daytona. “Chevrolet and Pratt Miller have collaborated for more than 25 years on the Corvette Racing program, and we are thrilled that we are able to continue together into the GT3 era,” said Corvette Z06 GT3.R Program Manager Christie Bagne.