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The Factory Race Team Will Go Into Hiatus After This Year

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Tomorrow, at 4:00 PM local time, Corvette Racing will fire up the C8.R for the last time to compete in the 100th anniversary of the 24 Hours of Le Mans. Normally the American standout, the Corvette race car feels overshadowed by other GM entries, including a trio of Cadillac LMDh Hypercars, and the awesome Garage 56 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1. Next year, though, there’s expected to be a small fleet of Corvette Z06 GT3.R race cars. But it’s going to come with a sacrifice: the Corvette Racing factory team will be no more after the 2023 WEC and IMSA racing seasons.

A SportsCar365 interview with motorsport competition director Mark Stielow told all. The former GM performance engineering river mentioned that the departure from a full factory team will be a “big shift” for the company, but necessary to have a larger Corvette competition footprint globally.

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“From a General Motors perspective that’s how we’ve historically done it,” said Stielow of Corvette Racing. “It’s a big shift for our marketing team to be like, ‘What do you mean we’re not going to have the classic two yellow Corvettes?’

When we asked, the official statement from Chevrolet is as follows:

Corvette Racing is going through a transition with the GT3 program and Z06 GT3.R coming online, and us being more present in that sphere. Corvettes will still be in IMSA and WEC, plus other championships in the future.

When we sought to clarify if the Corvette Racing team is going away indefinitely, we got left on “read.” Make of that what you will.

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Indeed, Chevrolet has big ambitions with the C8 Corvette Z06 GT3.R race car, which was officially revealed at the 2023 24 Hours of Daytona in January. The car will be sold turn-key to privateer racing teams for $735,000 apiece, and will be eligible to compete in the IMSA (Daytona, Sebring), WEC (Le Mans, Spa), and SRO (Bathurst, Nürburgring) racing leagues. Supporting the privateer race teams will also be Pratt & Miller, the current partner of Corvette Racing. For 2024, Chevrolet is hoping to sell around 10 cars. All of that support will no doubt pull away focus from running a factory team, so its understandable that Corvette Racing will disband as GM’s motorsports ambitions grow. Eventually, we could see a GM F1 team.

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Written by Manoli Katakis

Muscle Cars & Trucks was founded by Manoli Katakis - an automotive media veteran that has been covering the latest car news since 2009. His journalism has uncovered dozens of major product changes, updates, plans, and cancellations long before automakers were ready to make things official.

Some highlights over the years of his reporting include the uncovering of the Zora trademark before anybody else reported on the coming of a mid-engine Corvette, as well as the dead-accurate reporting of the coming of the Chevrolet Colorado ZR2, two years before it hit the market, and even before the debut of the concept vehicle. This type of reporting has immediately continued here, with reports of the original seventh-generation Camaro plans being shelved, as well as what's in store for the Chevrolet Silverado.

Some of his work can be found on massive automotive media outlets, such as Motor1. He also has been a guest on the 910AM Radio Station with Detroit News auto critic Henry Payne, as well as the enthusiast-oriented Camaro Show podcast.

Over the years, Manoli has interviewed various automotive industry titans, leaders, and people that make things happen otherwise. These include figureheads such as GM CEO Mary Barra, GM President Mark Reuss, automotive aftermarket icon Ken Lingenfelter, Dodge firebrand Tim Kuniskis, along with various chief engineers of vehicles such as the Ford F-150 & Mustang, Chevrolet Camaro & Corvette, and many more.

At MC&T, Manoli is taking his journalism expertise, deeply planted sources, driving abilities, and automotive industry knowledge to new levels, covering more vehicles and brands than ever before. This is the place where you will continue to read groundbreaking stories about American performance vehicles, pickup trucks, and sport utility vehicles. Here is where you’ll also read insights and quotes from various automotive subject matter experts on the latest relevant products, as well as some of the latest official news from their manufacturers.

Fun facts: he also once beat Corvette Racing driver Tommy Milner in an autocross with a Chevrolet Bolt EV. The biggest vehicle he’s ever driven is a John Deere mining truck. Besides a go-kart, the smallest vehicle he’s driven has been a Hyundai i10. He’s also spent time in the cockpit of various American performance vehicle icons, including the fifth-generation Chevrolet Camaro Z/28, Dodge Challenger Demon, and Ford Mustang GT350R. He has reviewed dozens of trucks, SUVs, and performance vehicles over the years.

One of his favorite new vehicles on the market today happens to be the Chevrolet Colorado ZR2 Bison. He is also a card carrying member of the Sports Car Club of America, and regularly participates in Detroit Region autocross events.

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