Corvette, Michelin begin 15th year together

January 26, 2018

Corvette, Michelin begin 15th year together

January 26, 2018

As Corvette Racing prepares for its 20th season in professional sports car competition, having launched at the 1999 Rolex 24 at Daytona, it also celebrates its 15th year together with Michelin.

The team’s switch, which occurred prior to the 2004 season, has produced a greater alignment between Corvette’s racing and road-going products.

Jim Campbell, Chevrolet U.S. Vice President, Performance Vehicles and Motorsports, expanded on all this has meant during a press conference today at Daytona.

Campbell shared the stage with Corvette Racing program manager Doug Fehan and drivers Jan Magnussen and Oliver Gavin, who have both been with the team for more than a decade.

“Our relationship with Michelin is very special not only on the OEM side but also on the racing side,” Campbell said.

“We made a switch in racing first. When we went to Michelin, and we saw terrific results and a partnership on the track, which is a combination of the tire technology and also the preparation of the cars and strategy.

“Then we put Michelins on our highest performance Corvette models – models like the Z06 and ZR1 in the sixth generation. Now in the seventh generation, which we are deep into now, all of our Corvettes have Michelin tires.

“The engineer on our race program – Lee Willard from Michelin – is the same engineer who works with Tadge Juechter, our chief engineer on the production Corvette.

“We take the learnings right from the track. It’s not just a saying. It’s what we do. We drive that technology to make the road car better. Michelin is part of that equation for us.”

Corvette Racing starts first and sixth for Saturday’s race within the GT Le Mans class. The team has three victories at Daytona (2001, 2015, 2016) and has also won the last two class championships, with Magnussen and Antonio Garcia last year and Gavin and Tommy Milner in 2016.

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