Season-Opening Sebring Race Marks Corvette Racing's 10th Anniversary
GT1 Championship Edition Corvettes Commemorate Corvette Racing's Decade of Success
SEBRING, Fla. - The Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring, the season-opening race of the 2009 American Le
Mans Series to be held on March 21, will mark the start of Corvette Racing's 10th anniversary in international
road racing. The team made its competition debut in February 1999 at Daytona, and competed in its first Sebring
12-hour race the following month, finishing fourth in the GTS class. Since that modest beginning, Corvette
Racing has become one of the world's premier production sports car teams, winning eight consecutive ALMS GT1
manufacturers and team championships, seven straight drivers' titles, and five class victories in the 24 Hours
of Le Mans.
Chevrolet is commemorating Corvette Racing's decade of success with the introduction of the GT1 Championship
Edition Corvette. These limited edition vehicles (designated Regular Production Option GT1) will be available
in coupe, convertible, and Z06 models in yellow or black livery. With graphics packages inspired by the
championship-winning Corvette C6.R, the GT1 Championship Edition Corvettes will make their public debut at
Sebring International Raceway. Production is scheduled for spring.
"There have always been strong ties between production and racing Corvettes," said GM Racing
manager Mark Kent. "Technology developed by Corvette Racing is applied to improve the efficiency,
performance, handling, aerodynamics and safety of production vehicles. Now with the introduction of the GT1
Championship Edition Corvettes, the link between the race and street versions is apparent at a glance. Corvette
enthusiasts will be able to purchase cars that celebrate the remarkable history of Corvette Racing. The GT1
Championship Edition program is another example of how racing helps Chevy sell cars and trucks and provides a
solid return on investment."
The ALMS season-opener also will mark the final appearance of the Corvette C6.Rs in the GT1 class in the
Sebring 12-hour endurance classic. The twin Corvette C6.R race cars (chassis Nos. 5 and 6) are beginning their
third season, and are scheduled to be retired in preparation for new global GT class rules that will take effect
in 2010. These two cars have accounted for 23 of the team's 74 wins.
Corvette Racing has scored six class victories in Sebring, and Johnny O'Connell, driver of the No. 3
Compuware Corvette C6.R, notched his record-setting seventh Sebring win in last year's event. O'Connell and Jan
Magnussen, the reigning GT1 champions, will be joined by Antonio Garcia at Sebring, while three-time GT1
champions Oliver Gavin and Olivier Beretta will be teamed with Marcel Fassler in the No. 4 Compuware Corvette
C6.R. The addition of Garcia and Fassler for long-distance races will bring the total number of Corvette Racing
drivers to 19 since the team's inception.
Corvette Racing will be powered by cellulosic E85R ethanol fuel at Sebring for the first time. The team
adopted the renewable fuel made from wood waste after last year's Sebring race, and used E85R throughout the
remainder of the 2008 ALMS season. Cellulosic ethanol was one of the key ingredients in the team's overall
victory in the inaugural ALMS Green Challenge in the 1,000-mile Petit Le Mans held at Road Atlanta in October
2008. The winning No. 3 Corvette C6.R achieved the best overall score based on performance, fuel efficiency and
environmental impact under criteria developed by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, the U.S. Department
of Energy, and SAE International. Corvette Racing's use of an alternative fuel on the race track reflects GM's
commitment to producing fuel-efficient vehicles for customers – there are 3.5 million E85-capable GM FlexFuel
vehicles on the road today.
The Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring is scheduled to start at 10:30 a.m. ET on Saturday, March 21. The race
will be televised live on SPEED from 10 a.m. to noon and from 2 to 11 p.m. ET.
Release Date: March 12, 2009