The Corvette Racing duo of Jordan Taylor and Antonio Garcia took home a hard-fought third-place result at Road America on August 6th, 2023, wheeling the No. 3 Corvette C8.R to the podium after a two-hour, 40-minute race.
Early in the race, Taylor guided the No. 3 to the GTD Pro class lead as several competitors pitted, laying down blistering lap times before turning control over to Garcia with a little less than an hour left in the event. After pitting for four tires and fuel, Garcia dove back out onto the racing surface.
However, the Corvette Racing team was nailed with a penalty for not meeting the minimum refueling time outlined by the sanctioning body. The team attempted to argue its case with the sanctioning body, but lost the appeal. Thus, Garcia was forced to serve a drive-through penalty, surrendering the lead with 24 minutes left on the clock. They went on to finish third, and now must win in order to gain points in the championship.
“A very disappointing result and a shame about the penalty,” Garcia said after the race. “We had strong pace and good strategy calls that put us in the lead late. It was a hard but fair fight with the Aston late. Instead of gaining points in the championship, now we have lost more. Winning races is our only goal from now on.”
Taylor had a more positive outlook after his turn behind the wheel.
“I was happy with my stint,” he said. “The Corvette Racing guys did a great job giving us a good setup to move forward and eventually take the lead a couple of times. Things were looking great until the penalty on the last stop. Now we have to focus on getting maximum points in every race from here on.”