Winning this year’s edition of the world’s most prestigious sports car race had special significance for Corvette Racing because it marks the end of team Corvette C6R’s run in GT1 racing. Corvette Racing begins its transition to a global GT class in 2010 that is chiefly based on current GT2 regulations.
The most successful team in American Le Mans Series history has won its class five times in the classic 24-hour French endurance race (2001-02, 2004-06), prior to this year’s winning effort.
The racing goals of Corvette are significant for GM because they push technological innovations forward for the company which trickle down to other production vehicles. Also, because Corvette has traditionally been one of the more attractive ambassadors for the much-maligned American car maker, success for the sports car helps legitimize the company against global competition.
Corvette launches their new campaign into GT2 racing in August.