Chevrolet to Salute Corvette Legends of Le Mans at Laguna Seca ALMS
Chevy Celebrates 50th Anniversary of First Le Mans Participation with Historic Corvette Race Cars and Legendary Drivers
MONTEREY, Calif. - This year's 24 Hours of Le Mans will mark the 50th anniversary of Corvette's first
participation in the world's most prestigious sports car race. Chevrolet will celebrate this motorsports milestone
with a salute to the Corvette Legends of Le Mans at the American Le Mans Series Monterey at Mazda Raceway Laguna
Seca on May 21-22.
The spotlight will shine on Corvette's racing heritage with a special display of historic Corvettes that raced
at Le Mans and appearances by legendary Corvette drivers. Corvette Racing fans will be able to give the American Le
Mans Series' most successful team a grand send-off before the twin Compuware Corvette C6.R race cars begin their
transatlantic journey to France, where they'll compete in the world's biggest sports car race on June 12-13.
"It is an honor for Chevrolet to salute the men and machines that have contributed to Corvette's racing
heritage at Le Mans since 1960," said Jim Campbell, U.S. Vice President, Chevrolet Marketing. "They are
part of Chevy's longstanding tradition of developing technology on the track to improve the design, performance and
efficiency of Corvettes on the street. The hardware has changed dramatically over five decades, but the challenge
and excitement of the 24 Hours of Le Mans has endured through the years."
Four Corvettes competed in the 1960 24 Hours of Le Mans - three entered by sportsman Briggs Cunningham and one
by Camoradi USA. Cunningham's No. 2 Corvette driven by Dr. Dick Thompson and Fred Windridge will be on display at
the Laguna Seca event, and Thompson will be on hand to describe his Le Mans experiences. The No. 2 Corvette retired
at 20 hours, but the sister No. 3 Cunningham Corvette driven by John Fitch and Bob Grossman won its class and
finished eighth overall.
Chevy's second-generation Corvette made its Le Mans debut in 1967 with Corvette legends Dick Guldstrand and Bob
Bondurant sharing the driving duties. Entered by Dana Chevrolet, the red, white and blue coupe blitzed the Mulsanne
Straight with big-block horsepower. Guldstrand will be reunited with the restored Corvette and share his memories
of Le Mans at the historic Corvette display in the ALMS paddock.
The 1969 Greenwood Corvette competed in the Triple Crown of sports car racing - the 12 Hours of Sebring, 24
Hours of Daytona, and the 24 Hours of Le Mans. Constructed and campaigned by John Greenwood, this star-spangled
Corvette was driven by top road course drivers of the period including comedian Dick Smothers and Chevrolet
performance specialist Don Yenko. Greenwood, Bob Johnson and Jim Greendyke raced this remarkable machine at Le Mans
Chevrolet will close the circle of Le Mans Corvettes with a 2011 Corvette Z06 painted in the traditional white
and blue American racing colors carried by the Cunningham Corvettes 50 years ago. This one-of-a-kind Corvette Z06
(VIN 0001) will be sold at auction later this year to benefit the National Corvette Museum.
No team has enjoyed more success with Corvettes at Le Mans than Corvette Racing, winner of six GTS/GT1 class
titles since 2001. The twin Compuware Corvette C6.R race cars will compete in the six-hour Laguna Seca endurance
race against GT class rivals Ferrari, Porsche, BMW, and Jaguar. Corvette Racing's quartet of drivers - Johnny
O'Connell and Jan Magnussen in the No. 3 Corvette C6.R, and Oliver Gavin and Olivier Beretta in the No. 4 Corvette
C6.R - have a total of 17 Le Mans class victories. They'll be joined in Laguna Seca by Corvette Racing ambassador
Ron Fellows, a two-time winner at Le Mans.
Fans will be able to participate in a variety of activities, including driver autograph sessions, tech talks,
and a Q&A with the Corvette Legends of Le Mans. Chevrolet will stage a 7.8-mile ride-and-drive that puts
customers behind the wheel of new Chevrolet vehicles, including Equinox, Silverado, Traverse, Malibu, Tahoe, Camaro
The collection of vintage and contemporary Corvette race cars that will assemble at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca
spans half a century of motorsports history. The iconic drivers who raced these machines are a bridge to racing's
past. For two glorious days in May, the past and present will exist side by side at the American Le Mans Series
Release Date: May 7, 2010