Despite Changes to the Season Lineup, Corvette Racing Will Run Two C8.R Corvettes at Daytona
Marco Sorensen to join Tommy Milner and Nick Tandy in second GTD PRO Corvette for Rolex 24
Corvette Racing will enter two Chevrolet Corvette C8.Rs at the 2022 running of the Rolex 24 At Daytona, the inaugural event of the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship. Both cars will participate in the new GT Daytona (GTD) PRO category.
For the Rolex 24, Marco Sorensen will be splitting driving duties for the 24-hour event with Corvette Racing regulars Tommy Milner and Nick Tandy in the No. 4 Mobil 1/SiriusXM Corvette. Milner and Tandy will participate in this race ahead of their full-season race program in the FIA World Endurance Championship. Antonio Garcia, Jordan Taylor, and Nicky Catsburg will pilot the No. 3 Corvette at the Rolex24 as they chase their second straight class victory at Daytona. Beginning with Daytona, Garcia and Taylor will continue to compete in every sanctioned IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar event as they seek another championship in 2022.
The 31-year-old Sorensen has previously competed at the highest levels of GT racing, securing two FIA World Endurance Championship’s GTE Pro category championship titles to his credit. He also placed third in the 24 Hours of Le Mans in 2020 and had the fastest GTE Pro qualifier lap time in 2019.
Sorensen’s appearance in the Rolex 24 with Corvette Racing will be his second appearance at the race and in the WeatherTech Championship. He previously raced in the GTD category during the 2017 season and was third in qualifying for the race. Sorensen also has a strong background in single-seater racing with victories in GP2, Formula Renault 3.5, and the German F3 series.
Corvette Racing returns to Daytona after a 1-2 finish in 2021 for the mid-engine Corvette C8.R as part of the GT Le Mans (GTLM) category. Interestingly, 2021 marks the end of the GTLM racing class. For 2022, Corvette Racing will compete as part of the GTD-PRO class. The GTD-PRO Corvette C8.R will look similar to the GTLM trim, though the new car will feature a revised wing profile which will produce a slightly different level of downforce at the rear of the Corvette. Additionally, the C8.R will compete on customer Michelin tires as per GTD regulations.
Under the skin, the GTD-PRO Corvette will retain the same 5.5-liter, flat-plane V8, though with a slightly decreased power output (as compared to its GTLM-governed engine platform.) An anti-lock braking system tested by Corvette Racing at Belle Isle’s race in June will be featured on the IMSA C8.R, along with other driver aids that are mandated per class regulations.
Corvette Racing will open the 2022 season with the Rolex 24 At Daytona on Jan. 27-31 from Daytona International Speedway. The week prior, the team will participate in the three-day Roar Before the 24, which will include a 100-minute qualifying race to set the grid for the Rolex 24.
MARCO SORENSEN, NO. 4 MOBIL 1/SiriusXM CHEVROLET CORVETTE C8.R: “I’m super happy to join Corvette Racing. It’s a great opportunity for me personally to be with this team and try to achieve together the result that everyone is wanting – that’s of course winning! I love the mentality of Corvette Racing. It has a great car and from what I know, there are some really great people that I will team up with. So I’m really looking forward to this. Corvette Racing has always been a standout team to me because of the way they go racing. They go race and they race hard. They have been around for a very long time so to have the opportunity to go with the team to Daytona is a great one.”