The New Corvette C8.R took home first place at the IMSA WeatherTech at Daytona over the Independence Day weekend, with drivers Antonio Garcia and Jordan Taylor winning by 1.977 seconds in the No. 3 Mobil 1/SiriusXM Corvette C8.R. Oliver Gavin and Tommy Milner were slightly behind in fifth place with the No. 4 Mobil 1/SiriusXM Corvette C8.R, but succeeded as class pole-winners.
A momentous achievement
The IMSA WeatherTech at Daytona was only the third racing appearance of the C8.R Corvette, but its victory means even more to long-time Corvette fans. It marks not just the 1st Corvette C8.R win but also the Corvette’s 100th IMSA win overall, and its first win since 2017 at Virginia International Raceway.
Corvette’s drivers had nothing but admiration for the Corvette team and the C8.R. Jordan Taylor said it was “a perfect day for the Corvette C8.R,” and their “fuel mileage, engine and drivability” had drastically improved since the C8.R’s debut. Antonio Garcia agreed with Taylor, saying the team “learned a lot from the Rolex 24” and “now it’s time to win with the C8.R.”
Oliver Gavin admitted some difficulties in racing strategy, but noted, “the Corvette had good pace,” allowing him to lead and come on pole. Tommy Milner was more effusive, saying, “I’m very proud of how fast these Corvette C8.Rs were.” Milner was confident that the crew and car were at the top of their game and “ready to win races.”
The Corvette C8.R’s win at Daytona was followed by another at Sebring, and no doubt there will be many more victories to follow. If you don’t have a racing license, though, you can still tap into the power of the car by getting behind the wheel of a Corvette Stingray at Stingray Chevrolet Bartow!