Corvette Racing finally wins 100th race in North America

July 4, 2020

Corvette Racing finally wins 100th race in North America

July 4, 2020

Corvette Racing has finally secured its 100th race win in North America, after more than two years in pursuit of it, today at Daytona International Speedway in the return to racing for both IMSA and Michelin. Antonio Garcia and Jordan Taylor shared the new No. 3 Corvette C8.R.

Corvette Racing entered the WeatherTech 240 at Daytona International Speedway, like every race since May 2018, in search of its 100th race win in North America. The team had 99 wins in North America and eight at the 24 Hours of Le Mans. Of the previous 99, 76 came with MICHELIN® tires: 60 in the American Le Mans Series (2004-2013) and 16 in IMSA (2014-2018).

Finally, Saturday night on July 4, 2020 the all-American car scored a milestone victory on America’s birthday to win its 100th race in North America, and 77th with Michelin. The win snapped a two-plus year winless drought for the team since Long Beach in April 2018. It marks both the first pole and race win for the new Corvette C8.R race car in only its second IMSA race start.

The linkage between Corvette Racing and Michelin dates 17 years to 2004. The new Corvette C8 Stingray road car shares the most relevant track-to-street technology with the C8.R as the production car was developed with the new MICHELIN® Pilot® All Season 4 tires. Ironically, the win came as Corvette Racing operated without a Michelin race tire engineer in its pit for the first time after 163 races, due to IMSA event operations and reduced Michelin at-track personnel.

Here are 10 iconic win shots from the previous 99 here in North America. The program also has eight class wins at the 24 Hours of Le Mans.

All photos are courtesy Michelin North America.

Oliver Gavin and Tommy Milner, Long Beach 2018.
Jan Magnussen, Antonio Garcia, and the No. 3 Corvette Racing team, at VIR in 2017.
Antonio Garcia’s epic drive at Sebring 2017 stands out.
Oliver Gavin and Tommy Milner celebrate Milner’s epic fifth-to-first charge at Road America, 2016.
Oliver Gavin and Tommy Milner won Corvette Racing’s 100th race for the program at Lime Rock in 2016.
THE photo finish between the Nos. 4 and 3 Corvettes at the 2016 Rolex 24 At Daytona.
Antonio Garcia, Jan Magnussen and Ryan Briscoe won both Daytona and Sebring in 2015.
Jan Magnussen and Antonio Garcia won their first of four 2014 races in a row at Long Beach.
The final win for the Corvette C6.R, COTA 2013, with a great defense from Jan Magnussen and Antonio Garcia.
Oliver Gavin and Tommy Milner’s first win together at Corvette Racing came at Long Beach, 2012.

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