Corvette Racing set for final run with iconic C7.R

October 8, 2019

Corvette Racing set for final run with iconic C7.R

October 8, 2019

There has not been an IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship race without a C7.R. It is the last car still racing that premiered in the first merged race of the series, the 2014 Rolex 24 At Daytona, that has not been phased out or retired.

Corvette Racing has established the baseline pedigree as the team to beat in class. While barring an unusual series of events it will not be able to win its fourth straight driver’s championship in 2019, it has still left a legacy with the C7.R.

This race will mark the C7.R’s 65th and last scheduled race in IMSA.

Through Monterey, Corvette Racing and the C7.R have won 16 of the 64 races, a 25 percent hit rate with a single car and the same quartet of full-season drivers.

Porsche GT Team has moved ahead in class with 18 wins since 2014, but that has been spread over two different generations of cars and several more driver lineups.

From a championship standpoint, Corvette has also set the mark. The team won three straight driver titles from 2016 to 2018, and also won the manufacturer championship in 2016 and 2017.

Corvette Racing has held the driver’s championship every day since October 1, 2016. But when the green flag falls on October 12, 2019, it appears a Porsche GT Team driver pairing will wrest the driver title away for the first time in more than 1,000 days.

But before they do, Corvette wants to go out on a high. Antonio Garcia spoke of the team’s desire to win its elusive 100th race in North America.

“I really want to win Petit Le Mans. Corvette Racing has always been strong at Michelin Raceway Road Atlanta in past years but we have just missed out on wins there,” Garcia said.

“It’s been very, very close. The championship is very unlikely so we can go all-out for a win. This event is one I like very much because of the track and the distance. It’s a very fast track and creates a good race. So let’s see how we can do. If we can’t get the championship, the next best thing is to win the race.”

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