Chevrolet has officially announced its plans for the 2024 IMSA GTD Pro season, confirming a two-car Corvette factory-supported effort. These cars will join the existing customer programs under the Corvette Racing umbrella, with more details about those programs and the driver lineup set to be announced in the coming weeks. In total, four new Corvette cars are expected to participate in the IMSA grid next year.
This endeavor strengthens the longstanding partnership between Corvette Racing and Pratt Miller, which has spanned 25 seasons and achieved 125 race victories thus far. Pratt Miller is currently involved in single-car efforts in both IMSA and the World Endurance Championship. Notably, their C8.R recently triumphed in the GTE Am class at the prestigious Le Mans 24 Hours.
Christie Bagne, the program manager of the Corvette Z06 GT3.R, expressed her enthusiasm for the collaboration, stating, “Chevrolet and Pratt Miller have collaborated for more than 25 years on the Corvette Racing program, and we are thrilled that we are able to continue together into the GT3 era.” She also emphasized the importance of having the same group involved in the development, build, and testing processes of the new Corvette racecar, with the knowledge gained being shared with other Z06 GT3.R customer teams to establish the Corvette brand as a contender for championships worldwide.
The highly anticipated Corvette Z06 GT3.R has been undergoing rigorous testing since September of last year. Its official launch took place at the Daytona 24 Hours, where it will make its competitive debut in 2024. With almost 5,500 miles of testing under its belt, the car is currently undergoing final homologation testing in Europe.
Brandon Widmer, Pratt Miller’s vice president of motorsports, expressed his excitement about the transition to the GT3 era, remarking, “We’ve experienced a lot of successes, race wins, and championships with Chevrolet through the Corvette Racing program. Now we move into the GT3 era. Everyone is pleased with the progress of our testing and development programs, and new car builds are underway.”
While Pratt Miller has been responsible for the chassis builds and engineering of the Z06 GT3.R, the 5.5-liter, flat-plane crankshaft DOHC LT6 V8 engine that powers the racecar was developed by GM Propulsion Performance and Racing Center in Pontiac, Michigan. The engine, originating from the Performance Build Center in Bowling Green, shares over 70 percent of its components with the production Corvette Z06 engine. Racing-specific elements are integrated into the engines at the Performance and Racing Center.
As for the current driver lineup, Corvette Racing’s IMSA GTD Pro team consists of Antonio Garcia and Jordan Taylor (with Tommy Milner joining for endurance races). PMM’s WEC C8.R is driven by Nicky Catsburg, Nicolas Varrone, and Ben Keating.
In summary, Chevrolet’s confirmation of a two-car Corvette IMSA GTD Pro effort for 2024, alongside additional customer programs, marks an exciting new chapter for Corvette Racing and Pratt Miller. The Corvette Z06 GT3.R, the culmination of extensive testing and development, is poised to make a strong impact in the upcoming season with its impressive performance and shared lineage with the production Corvette Z06.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) about Corvette IMSA GTD Pro campaign
What is Chevrolet’s plan for the 2024 IMSA GTD Pro season?
Chevrolet plans to run a two-car Corvette factory-supported effort in the 2024 IMSA GTD Pro season, alongside additional customer programs under the Corvette Racing umbrella.
Who is involved in the Corvette Racing program?
Pratt Miller has been collaborating with Chevrolet on the Corvette Racing program for over 25 years. They are responsible for the chassis builds and engineering of the Corvette racecars.
How many cars are expected to be on the IMSA grid in 2024?
A total of four new Corvette cars are expected to be on the IMSA grid in the 2024 season.
When will the Corvette Z06 GT3.R make its race debut?
The Corvette Z06 GT3.R is set to make its race debut in 2024 at the Daytona 24 Hours.
What is the partnership between Chevrolet and Pratt Miller aiming to achieve?
The partnership aims to continue the success of the Corvette brand into the GT3 era. They plan to develop and test the Corvette racecars, with the knowledge gained being shared with other customer teams to make the Corvette a championship contender globally.
Where is the final homologation testing taking place for the Corvette Z06 GT3.R?
The final homologation testing for the Corvette Z06 GT3.R is currently taking place in Europe.
What is the engine powering the Corvette Z06 GT3.R?
The Corvette Z06 GT3.R is powered by a 5.5-liter, flat-plane crankshaft DOHC LT6 V8 engine developed by GM Propulsion Performance and Racing Center in Pontiac, Michigan. It shares over 70% of its components with the production Corvette Z06 engine.
Who are the current drivers in Corvette Racing’s IMSA GTD Pro team?
The current drivers for Corvette Racing’s IMSA GTD Pro team are Antonio Garcia and Jordan Taylor, with Tommy Milner joining for endurance races.
Which race did the Corvette C8.R win in the GTE Am class?
The Corvette C8.R recently won the GTE Am class at the Le Mans 24 Hours race.