Twelve Hours Later, Corvette Finishes At Sebring

March 23rd, 2021 by

The former Air Force base at Sebring is one of the most challenging road courses in this country. While mostly flat, it’s turns can create havoc both day and night.

At the Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring, the number 3 Corvette C8.R finished fourth after an exciting final hour in the GTLM class of the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship. Veteran Corvette Racing driver Antonio Garcia survived a three-car incident after leading the class at the beginning of the final hour of racing. Jordan Taylor and Nicky Catsburg also drove the number 3 C8.R.

In fact, Garcia set the course lap record for the GTLM class at this year’s Twelve Hours of Sebring. He drove the course with a lap time of 1:55.642.
The number 4 Corvette C8.R or Tommy Milner, Nick Tandy, and Alexander Sims finished fifth in class.

These Corvettes endured a full 12 hours of racing on a 3.74-mile former airbase, switching through 17 turns. A Corvette-powered prototype once won the race outright in 2015, whereas the C5.R once ruled its class back in the late 2000s.

For Chevrolet, the track is an extension of the engineering work we do for our vehicles. By switching the engine to behind the cabin instead of in front is a direct result of our track testing. This major development in the Corvette benchmarked overall driving dynamics and vehicular stability with this new mid-engine platform.

At every race, Chevrolet receives feedback on performance in these conditions. It also helps to take a spot on the podium – even the top two spots.

What we experience on the track translates into the Corvette you can purchase from us at Dieffenbach GM Superstore. Contact us to become an owner of one of the winning cars today!

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