C8.R Corvette Racing is back at its spiritual home this weekend as it enters the second half of the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship. Historic and picturesque Road America is set to play host to Corvette Racing for the 20th time, with the program searching for its ninth victory at the 4.048-mile, 14-turn road course.
Both of the team’s mid-engine Chevrolet Corvette C8.Rs will be in action for the two-hour, 40-minute race. Antonio Garcia and Jordan Taylor return as defending GT Le Mans (GTLM) race-winners in the No. 3 Mobil 1/SiriusXM Corvette C8.R. They are on a three-race winning streak and won last year’s GTLM Drivers Championship.
The first-year pairing of Tommy Milner and Nick Tandy reeled off consecutive runner-up finishes at Watkins Glen and Lime Rock Park, and they scored a victory in a non-points race at Detroit to start Corvette Racing’s summer swing.
Continuing that team momentum is as important as ever. Directly after Road America, Corvette Racing departs for France and its return to the 24 Hours of Le Mans. As is tradition, the team in May used Road America with its long straights and sections of fast, flowing corners to test and develop the Corvette C8.R’s low-downforce setup and aerodynamic package.
Road America also was the site of the first on-track test for the C8.R in 2018, another example of how Chevrolet continues to use the track to improve the Corvette brand a practice that dates back more than 60 years.
Chevrolet’s ties with Road America will be evident all over the circuit, including the famed Corvette Bridge at Turn Six and the immersive Chevrolet Motorsports Display that will be open to fans throughout the weekend. Located at the top of the Midway near the Victory Podium, the Chevrolet Motorsports Display will be full of Chevrolet vehicles that spectators can learn more about during a busy event.
The Chevrolet Motorsports Display opens at 9 a.m. Friday plus 8:30 a.m. Saturday and Sunday. Numerous Chevrolet vehicles and other highlights include:
• A Corvette Racing C8.R showcar
• A 2022 Corvette Stingray IMSA GTLM Championship Edition coupe
• Additional Chevrolet products such as the Camaro Coupe 2SS, Blazer RS, Silverado Trail Boss, and Tahoe RST
• A special display with various Corvette Racing artifacts
• An opportunity to receive a Corvette T-shirt
In addition, the Chevrolet Stingray coupe will serve as Official Pace Vehicle for the Road America event’s premier races, including the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship and Michelin Pilot Challenge.
Corvette Racing will contest the IMSA SportsCar Weekend on Aug. 6-8 from Road America in Elkhart Lake, Wis. Same-day coverage on NBCSN starts at 8 p.m. ET with live streaming coverage on TrackPass and NBC Sports Gold at 2:35 p.m. ET. Live audio coverage from IMSA Radio will be available on IMSA.com.
ANTONIO GARCIA, NO. 3 MOBIL 1/SiriusXM CHEVROLET CORVETTE C8.R:
“It’s good to have three weekends in a row ahead of Le Mans. Road America is good preparation for us to practice and compete, especially one week ahead of the Test Day. It will bring everyone up to speed and to be at 100 percent.
It will be challenging for the team being on one side of the world in a very competitive race and then fly halfway across the world to the most challenging race will do.
Road America is the closest you can get to the speeds will run at Le Mans. That will be very helpful.”
JORDAN TAYLOR, NO. 3 MOBIL 1/SiriusXM CHEVROLET CORVETTE C8.R:
“Last year was an unexpected win. We weren’t in a great position, but the way the race played out, and the strategy calls we made were big. Antonio basically had to survive the last couple of laps in the rain to bring it home for the win. It was a huge day for the team with a 1-2 finish and for the 3 car in the championship. Since then, we’ve had a couple of tests there, so we’ve learned some things to be more competitive when we do go back. Having that win last year really gave us some confidence.”
TOMMY MILNER, NO. 4 MOBIL 1/SiriusXM CHEVROLET CORVETTE C8.R:
“Road America will be a more important race than usual. It’s a place we typically go to for testing at Le Mans.
We won’t run the cars there this week in the same test spec, but it will be our last real-world test of all our processes ahead of the Test Day and Le Mans itself. I imagine it will be a little more ramped up all weekend as we focus on that race, but also having an eye toward going to France a few days later.
There are some challenges with that, with the team having already sent some equipment and spares over. I don’t see that being a problem, but I’m sure there could be some heartburn for some guys if there are issues!
We approach each race as its own isolated event, but we have to look at the big picture, too. This will be a big weekend for sure.”
NICK TANDY, NO. 4 MOBIL 1/SiriusXM CHEVROLET CORVETTE C8.R:
“The track at Road America is fantastic, the area is fantastic and the history of the circuit is phenomenal. There is some great stuff at Road America, but there also are places where it’s a straight, 90-degree corner, straight and 90-degree corner. Having said that, it is one of those places where it’s so incredibly fast with no room for error in many places.
Because of that, it’s an awesome lap when you have a car on the limit, even if you are on your own.
In some tracks, when you are on your own, it’s not much fun and needs that racing aspect. A quick lap at Road America is different and a lot of fun.”
2021 WeatherTech SportsCar Championship – GTLM
(After Five of 10 Events)
1. Antonio Garcia/Jordan Taylor – 1,852
2. Tommy Milner/Nick Tandy – 1,661
3. Cooper MacNeil – 1,604
4. Augusto Farfus/Jesse Krohn/John Edwards – 1001
5. Mathieu Jaminet – 994
1. No. 3 Corvette Racing – 1,852
2. No. 4 Corvette Racing – 1,661
3. No. 79 WeatherTech Racing – 1,604
4. No. 24 BMW Team RLL – 1,001
5. No. 25 BMW Team RLL – 966
1. Chevrolet – 1,875
2. Porsche – 1,726
3. BMW – 1,052
4. Ferrari – 330