The No. 3 Corvette Racing C8.R was the machine to beat on Sunday, August 27th at Virginia International Raceway, with Antonio Garcia and Jordan Taylor tag-teaming driving duties all the way to Victory Lane.
The GT-exclusive race saw the Corvette Racing duo battling hard with the No. 14 Lexus RCF GT3 driven by Jack Hawksworth and Ben Barnicoat. At one point, the No. 14 Lexus had opened up a 3.5-second lead over the Corvette Racing machine, holding the top spot despite a few pit stop cycles and caution periods.
Then, on the final round of pit stops, Barnicoat stalled the No. 14 Lexus while trying to exit Pit Road, losing precious seconds as Taylor, then in control of the No. 3 C8.R, used the incident to his advantage to complete the pass. Barnicoat set out after Taylor as the clock ticked down, but was unable to get past the No. 3 Corvette Racing machine.
Taylor wheeled the No. 3 C8.R across the line in first, marking his team’s second victory this year.
“This has to be one of the most special races I’ll ever have,” Taylor said after the race. “Amazing race, amazing victory. It was just down to saving fuel and managing tires and managing the gap. I was counting down the laps with about 25 to go. I was very happy to see that checkered flag.”
Garcia complimented Taylor’s performance, stating, “Jordan did an amazing job today. He was like a Swiss watch.”
It’s worth noting that this victory comes just days after Taylor announced he would step away from Corvette Racing upon conclusion of the 2023 WeatherTech SportsCar Championship, and will instead return to WTRAndretti next year. Garcia will return next year, alongside Tommy Milner and Nicky Catsburg to drive the new Corvette Z06 GT3.R.