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Default Chevrolet Captures GT Le Mans Manufacturers Championship

Press Release:

Press Release:
Team victory comes on the heels of Corvette Racing taking the GTLM Drivers,
Team titles

Chevrolet Captures GT Le Mans Manufacturers Championship
Comes on the heels of Corvette Racing taking the GTLM Drivers, Team titles

SEBRING, Fla. (Nov. 14, 2020) – Chevrolet claimed the GT Le Mans
Manufacturers title in the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship today
after the Corvette C8.R started the Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring. This is
Chevrolet’s 13th Manufacturers title in IMSA GT competition since 2001 and
concludes the mid-engine Chevrolet Corvette C8.R’s inaugural season.

Corvette Racing fielded two of the new Corvette C8.Rs in the 2020
WeatherTech Championship. Antonio Garcia, Jordan Taylor and the No. 3
Corvette Racing team clinched the GTLM Drivers and Team championships two
weeks ago at WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca.

"The first season for the Corvette C8.R has shattered all of our
expectations,” said Mark Reuss, GM president. "The success of the Corvette
Racing team wouldn’t be possible without the close link between the crew and
the Corvette engineering team. It has been great to watch these two teams
work closely together to learn from each other. I can’t wait to see what
next season brings.”

The mid-engine C8.R and 2020 Corvette Stingray were developed
simultaneously, and the race car and production vehicle share more
technology and parts than any previous-generation Corvette. When initial
Corvette C8.R design and development work began more than five years ago,
Corvette Racing engineers worked closely alongside Corvette production
personnel. Within the last 18 months, track testing began with a heavy
emphasis on wind tunnel and simulation testing.

Chevrolet swept the three full-season GTLM titles for the third time in five
years. This is only the second time that a first-year Corvette race car has
won an IMSA championship. In 2005, Corvette C6.R won American Le Mans Series
championship during its first season.

Corvette Racing captured six victories leading into Sebring. Garcia and
Taylor gave the Corvette C8.R its first victory at Daytona International
Speedway in July, Corvette Racing’s 100th IMSA win. Oliver Gavin and Tommy
Milner won the next race in the No. 4 Corvette C8.R with Garcia and Taylor
in second – the first 1-2 finish for the C8.R.

In addition, the Corvette C8.R has claimed seven pole positions and posted
fastest GTLM race lap at five events.
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