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For the first time in nearly a decade, Corvette Racing will feature a new
full-season driver roster for the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship

Corvette Racing Sets New Full-Season Driver Lineup for 2020


• Jordan Taylor joins Antonio Garcia for New Pairing in No. 3 Corvette C8.R
• Oliver Gavin, Tommy Milner Reunite in No. 4 Corvette for Ninth Consecutive
Season
• Corvette Racing Eager to Debut C8.R at Daytona



DETROIT (Nov. 14, 2019) – For the first time in nearly a decade, Corvette
Racing will feature a new full-season driver roster for the IMSA WeatherTech
SportsCar Championship. As the program prepares for its initial campaign
with the new Chevrolet Corvette C8.R, Jordan Taylor will join Corvette
Racing on a full-time basis starting with the Rolex 24 At Daytona in the GT
Le Mans (GTLM) category.



Taylor will join Antonio Garcia in the No. 3 Mobil 1/SiriusXM Corvette
C8.R – featuring a yellow livery with silver accents. In the No. 4 Mobil
1/SiriusXM Corvette – silver with yellow accents – Oliver Gavin and Tommy
Milner reunite for the ninth consecutive season, making them the
longest-running driver pairing currently in IMSA.


The quartet will contest the entire GTLM season with the Corvette C8.R.
Their combined record in IMSA competition is unmatched with a combined 102
victories and 13 championships:


• Antonio Garcia – 17 wins / three championships
• Oliver Gavin – 48 wins / six championships
• Tommy Milner – 16 wins / two championships
• Jordan Taylor – 21 wins / two championships

Jordan Taylor and Antonio Garcia

Tommy Milner and Oliver Gavin


“We couldn’t be more excited to have this group of talented drivers behind
the wheel of the mid-engine Corvette C8.R for the 2020 IMSA season,” said
Jim Campbell, Chevrolet U.S. vice president, Performance and Motorsports.
“Given our rich history at Daytona International Speedway, we are proud to
debut the C8.R at the Rolex 24 At Daytona.”


Taylor has previous experience as a driver for Corvette Racing, having been
part of the team’s endurance lineup from 2012-2017. In that span, he was
part of a Corvette Racing victory at the 24 Hours of Le Mans in 2015 and
finished second at Sebring and Petit Le Mans in 2012. Taylor, a two-time
IMSA Driver’s Champion, will partner with Garcia. The two were endurance
teammates in 2012-14 and again in 2017.


This will be Garcia’s ninth full season with Corvette Racing, having
partnered with Jan Magnussen for the previous eight. Garcia has 16 wins with
Corvette, including three at the 24 Hours of Le Mans. Garcia is also a
three-time GTLM Driver’s Champion.


Gavin and Milner continue a partnership that is the standard-bearer for
Corvette Racing and modern-day IMSA. They’ve won 14 races and two IMSA
titles together, the most recent in 2016.


Gavin will compete for the 19th consecutive season with Corvette Racing and
is the longest-serving and most successful driver in team history. He has 50
victories with the program including five at Le Mans; his most recent was
2015 with Milner and Taylor. Milner joined the team in 2011 and won Le Mans
for the first time the same season. He was teamed with Gavin the following
year, and they went on to win the American Le Mans Series’ GT Championship.

ANTONIO GARCIA, NO. 3 MOBIL 1/SiriusXM CHEVROLET CORVETTE C8.R: “First
off, thanks to Jan for all the great years we had in Corvette Racing. I’m
proud of what we all were able to accomplish together as a team.
“Now as I look ahead, welcome back to Jordan. I am happy to have him now as
a full-time teammate. We obviously know each other very well, so I’m looking
forward sharing the car together and hopefully returning to our usual
Corvette Racing form. The 2020 season is an important one for all of
Corvette Racing with the new C8.R. It’s very different from any Corvette I
have ever driven but in a positive way. I’m anxious to continue testing and
development with all our team.”


JORDAN TAYLOR, NO. 3 MOBIL 1/SiriusXM CHEVROLET CORVETTE C8.R: “It’s a huge
honor to be back with Corvette Racing for 2020 and part of the full-season
lineup. I’m very proud to be joining one of the most successful teams in
sports car racing history and to represent the Corvette and Chevrolet
brands. I was very fortunate to spend six years with Corvette in the
endurance races driving both the C6.R and C7.R. Now being back with the
brand new C8.R is really special. I am especially happy to be back driving
alongside Antonio, who I believe is one of the best GT drivers in the world.
I know I will have a lot to learn over the next few months leading to
Daytona, but I’m ready and looking forward to the challenge of GTLM.”


OLIVER GAVIN, NO. 4 MOBIL 1/SiriusXM CHEVROLET CORVETTE C8.R: “It’s another
honor to represent Chevrolet and Corvette Racing again in the IMSA
WeatherTech SportsCar Championship. If you had told me back in 2002 when I
first joined the program that I would continue for 19 years, I’d never
believe it. I’m appreciative of the confidence that everyone at Corvette
Racing has in me, and I’m absolutely delighted to be back with Tommy now in
the Corvette C8.R. It’s a wonderful car to drive and is a huge step forward
for Corvette Racing. Tommy and I have been together for many races and many
seasons. Certainly last year was full of misfortune and things not going our
way. The great thing about Corvette Racing is that we always try to take
that next step above our competitors, and I think we have an excellent
chance to do that with the C8.R.”


TOMMY MILNER, NO. 4 MOBIL 1/SiriusXM CHEVROLET CORVETTE C8.R: “I can't wait
to start this next chapter of Corvette Racing with the entire team, which
has worked so hard on the new 2020 Corvette C8.R race car. This will be the
biggest adjustment the program has ever had to make with an all-new car. But
with the time, effort and testing spent so far, I'm confident we will be
ready to take on all challenges. I'm really looking forward to be continuing
with Oliver again in the No. 4 car, and I think we're both eager to get back
to winning races and championships with this new Corvette.”

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The 2020 Rolex 24 At Daytona will be the latest milestone in the story that
is Corvette Racing

CORVETTE RACING VIDEO: Meet the Chevrolet Corvette C8.R

DETROIT - The 2020 Rolex 24 At Daytona will be the latest milestone in the
story that is Corvette Racing. For the first time, the most successful
program in IMSA history will campaign a mid-engine Corvette – the Chevrolet
Corvette C8.R that was revealed in October.


Prior to the season-ending Petit Le Mans, Tommy Milner talked about the
excitement for C8.R before taking it on a demonstration lap around at
Michelin Raceway Road Atlanta.

"We had a big crowd at our tent as it was starting up for the demo lap, and
I think they were more excited to hear that start up than to watch the race
warm-up!" Milner said. "It was a super-cool day. We were excited to show the
fans and let everyone see and hear what the Corvette C8.R is about.”

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