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Chevrolet Announces Limited Edition Corvette to Celebrate 2020 IMSA Championship

HOT ROD logo HOT ROD 6/15/2021 John McGann,Courtesy of Chevrolet
a car parked in a parking lot: Chevrolet reveals the 2022 Corvette Stingray IMSA GTLM Champions © Courtesy of Chevrolet Chevrolet reveals the 2022 Corvette Stingray IMSA GTLM Champions

Prior to the running of the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship Chevrolet Sports Car Classic at Belle Isle, Michigan, Chevrolet announced a special edition of the 2022 Corvette Stingray. The limited production model is called the IMSA GTLM Championship Edition to commemorate their winnings in the 2020 season. Corvette Racing, which fields the Number 3 and 4 C8.R Corvettes in IMSA's GT Le Mans (GTLM) class won both the driver, manufacturer, and team championships in 2020, the first year of the all-new, mid-engine C8.R.

a car driving down a busy highway © Courtesy of Chevrolet

Chevrolet is commemorating these accomplishments with a limited production run of just 1,000 IMSA GTLM Championship Edition Corvettes. The cars are built on the 3LT and Z51 trim and performance packages and are augmented with graphics that mimic the Accelerate Yellow and Hypersonic Gray of the two C8.R race cars. A tall spoiler, yellow brake calipers, and a special interior round out the list of limited-edition goodies. The car was revealed at the start of the race weekend when two of the limited-edition Corvettes were driven onto the track, accompanied by the official pace car, a 2022 Corvette convertible, and the Number 4 C8.R race car.

a person driving a race car on a road © Courtesy of Chevrolet

With the postponement of the 24 Hours of Le Mans, Corvette Racing was able to race in the IMSA Chevrolet Sports Car Classic at Belle Isle Park in Detroit. Corvette Racing fielded the only two cars in the GTLM class, so no points were awarded to the team. The Number 4 car, driven by Tommy Milner and Nick Tandy, edged out the victory over Jordan Taylor and Antonio Garcia in the Number 3 C8.R.

a police car parked on the side of a road © Courtesy of Chevrolet

Of Belle Isle's temporary street circuit, Tommy Milner said, "The goal coming here was to keep the cars off the wall and learn as much as we possibly could about the C8.R on a street track. We did that. We did treat this as competition within our team to remain sharp and working through our processes. For us to learn a lot about the car and the tires in those situations is a benefit. It puts us back in a groove again. We've been off for so many weeks. It's good for us as a team to shake the rust off and get our minds back into racing mode again. In some ways, it was a practice race for us before we push on for the last races. That was mission No. 1, but the whole point of coming here was to showcase these Corvettes. We haven't been here since 2008, so it's a great opportunity for Corvette Racing to showcase these C8.Rs to the engineers and a lot of the people who work for Corvette Racing and Chevrolet. "

a close up of a car going down the road © Courtesy of Chevrolet

Jordan Taylor concurred, saying, "It was a good experience. We had some new crew members over the wall for pit stops. We tried some new things on the car to help with reliability. There may not have been points, but we learned a lot to take to Long Beach for another street course and of course Le Mans, which is the big one we are preparing for. So yes, a very good day for Corvette Racing. "

© Courtesy of Chevrolet

Corvette Racing will be on track again at the Sahlen's Six Hours of the Glen, June 24 to 27, 2021 at Watkins Glen, New York. More information is available at IMSA.com

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