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PRESS RELEASE:

For the first time in more than a decade, Corvette Racing will compete in
its hometown

CORVETTE RACING AT DETROIT: Home, Sweet Home


· First race for program on Belle Isle since 2008
· Two mid-engine Corvette C8.Rs to compete in front of home crowd
· Corvette brand with victories in GT, Prototypes at Detroit over the years



DETROIT (June 8, 2021) – For the first time in more than a decade, Corvette
Racing will compete in its hometown when the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar
Championship returns to Detroit and the Belle Isle street circuit this
weekend for the Chevrolet Sports Car Classic.


Both of the team’s mid-engine Chevrolet Corvette C8.Rs will compete in the
100-minute race that airs live at 5 p.m. ET Saturday on NBCSN as part of the
Chevrolet Detroit Grand Prix weekend. While the GT Le Mans (GTLM) contest in
a non-points event, that doesn’t lessen the importance of having Corvette
Racing back on Belle Isle.


For one, Belle Isle will provide an opportunity for the hundreds of
Chevrolet production team members – both within the Corvette team and others
outside the main program, all of whom contributed in some way to the C8.R
and the road-going Corvette Stingray – to see Corvette Racing in-person for
the only time in 2021. The reveal of the C8.R nearly 18 months ago was
culmination of almost six years of work between all facets of engineers and
designers from the Corvette production side and Corvette Racing.


What resulted was a racecar that won six times during its 2020 debut season
and swept the full-season IMSA GTLM championships for Manufacturers, Drivers
and Teams. The Corvette C8.R also won the Rolex 24 At Daytona to start the
2021 season.


Second, it’s Corvette Racing’s first IMSA event since the Mobil 1 Twelve
Hours of Sebring in March. Competing on Belle Isle will serve as a tune-up
for a busy summer schedule that includes four races in a six-week span, plus
the 24 Hours of Le Mans in mid-August. It also will be the first time the
full-season driver pairings compete together – defending GTLM champions
Antonio Garcia and Jordan Taylor in the No. 3 Mobil 1/SiriusXM Corvette C8.R
with Tommy Milner and Nick Tandy in the No. 4 Mobil 1/SiriusXM Corvette.


Corvette Racing competed at Belle Isle in 2007 and 2008 with the
sixth-generation racing Corvette, which took American Le Mans Series class
victories each year. The event date shifted from September to June in 2012,
which was in conflict with the 24 Hours of Le Mans – one of the premier
events on Corvette Racing’s calendar.


Two of the four Corvette Racing drivers – Milner and Taylor – have previous
experience on Belle Isle. Milner twice raced GT2 cars in the American Le
Mans Series, and Taylor is a five-time winner in prototypes at Belle Isle,
including three in a Corvette Daytona Prototype.


Chevrolet on Display at Belle Isle
In addition to happenings on the racetrack on Belle Isle, fans will have no
shortage of things to see and do from Chevrolet. That’s because the
Chevrolet Motorsports Display will be full of Chevrolet vehicles that
spectators can learn more about throughout the weekend.


The Chevrolet Motorsports Display opens at 7:30 a.m. from Friday through
Sunday in the fan midway. Numerous Chevrolet vehicles and other highlights
include:


• A Corvette Racing C8.R showcar and the No. 16 Paretta Autsport IndyCar
• Additional Chevrolet products such as the Camaro ZL1, Silverado and Blazer
Redline Edition
• An opportunity to receive a 2021 Chevrolet Detroit Grand Prix special
edition T-shirt


The Chevrolet Sports Car Classic is scheduled for 5:10 p.m. ET on Saturday,
June 12. The race will air live on NBCSN and stream on TrackPass via NBC
Sports Gold and the NBC Sports App. IMSA Radio will air full qualifying and
race coverage at IMSA.com along with Sirius 219, XM 202 and SiriusXM Online
992.




ANTONIO GARCIA, NO. 3 MOBIL 1/SiriusXM CHEVROLET CORVETTE C8.R: “Even though
this isn’t a points race, I’m glad we are back at Belle Isle. It’s the first
time for me racing in Detroit. Knowing we are racing with one of the most
iconic cars around there is pretty cool. Combining that with fans being back
in the grandstands and in the paddock is even better. I’m looking forward to
getting back on the racetrack and back to racing after a long period since
Sebring. I had a chance to race at Spa, but it still feels like a long time
since I’ve raced in the States. It’ll be nice to get back to doing what we
are used to doing – being around the fans and seeing them. That’s one of the
biggest things.”


JORDAN TAYLOR, NO. 3 MOBIL 1/SiriusXM CHEVROLET CORVETTE C8.R: “At any
racetrack where you’ve had success, you’re excited to go back and enjoy
being there. For me, I’ve been with GM for so many years. I won there in
2012 in a Camaro, three times in Corvette Daytona Prototype, and then 2017
in a Cadillac. To be there always in a GM vehicle with the Renaissance
Center nearby and all the big bosses coming to the race, it always adds a
lot of pressure but always means so much more when the race goes well. You
can see those guys in person, and they are so passionate for these programs
that it’s awesome to see their excitement. To go back there with the
Corvette C8.R after such a strong opening year in 2020 and a strong start in
2021, it’s going to be cool to show them in person what these cars are able
to do.”


TOMMY MILNER, NO. 4 MOBIL 1/SiriusXM CHEVROLET CORVETTE C8.R: “I’m excited
to get back in the C8.R again. It’s been a bit of break since Sebring. There
has been some testing but there’s nothing like a race weekend. The Detroit
event will be a little different for us since it’s a non-points event. We
will treat it as a race event but it will be a good warmup with quite a few
races coming up. There won’t be much time to take a breath before the end of
the season. We’ve missed the atmosphere of having the fans there. For me at
least I still feel that’s a missing element. Fundamentally that’s why we go
racing – to showcase these amazing Corvette race cars and allow the people
to get up close and see how cool they are five feet away. For the fans who
have been around sports cars so long to get back the access is pretty
special. For us, that’s something that is fun to see.”


NICK TANDY, NO. 4 MOBIL 1/SiriusXM CHEVROLET CORVETTE C8.R: “I’ve been to
Detroit to visit the Corvette Racing shop. But due to things associated
around COVID, I haven’t yet been able to integrate fully into the Chevrolet
and Corvette programs. So this is something that I’m looking forward to –
meeting some of the team members who have designed and worked on this car
and seeing the people of Detroit who want to come and see us. We’re all
looking forward to having the paddock open again to show off these cool
machines and interact with people. On top of that, it’s my first time at
Belle Isle. From a competition standpoint, I’m looking forward to getting
onto a brand new circuit. It’s not often that we go to a new track so it’s
something that is exciting for me personally.”
 
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