The Brickyard was not kind to Corvette Racing on September 17th, 2023, as The Bow Tie team only had a fifth-place result to show for its efforts at the end of the day.
After qualifying with the fifth-quickest time, Jordan Taylor wheeled the No. 3 Corvette Racing C8.R into fourth place before the field was slowed by a caution. Then, Taylor took advantage of a penalty to the leader, bumping the C8.R to third place right out of the gate. After pacing the leaders, Taylor wheeled into the pits before swapping with Antonio Garcia.
Garcia took control and unable to fend off charges from traffic behind him. Eventually, he brought the race car back to the attention of the crew with an hour left in the race, exiting Pit Road behind several formidable competitors, including the eventual race-winning Mercedes and the runner-up Aston Martin. Unfortunately, the No. 3 C8.R simply didn’t have the speed to pace the leaders, and fell back, crossing the line in fifth place when it was all said and done.
“A frustrating day,” said Garcia after the race. “We had a little bit of track position before the first stop thanks to the slow traffic and Jordan [Taylor] being able to save fuel. Once we went back to green and no one was holding us up, there was no chance to stay with the leaders.”
He added, “The only way for us to create laptime was no traffic and momentum. The others could go whenever they wanted while we struggled to stay up to speed getting through the traffic. And there was a lot of that. Even the GTDs had a pretty easy time getting by. The car was fine and ran well. We just couldn’t fight. I hope that gets better at Road Atlanta.”
Taylor echoed his teammate’s sentiments, saying, “The car was decent. Like Antonio said, we had no power to race with anyone. It was wild out there. You could gain and lose a second or two a lap depending on when they get you and how aggressive they are.”