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cor123 Corvette Racing withdraws from Le Mans
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Corvette Racing has withdrawn its new mid-engine C8.Rs from September’s 24 Hours of Le Mans. The decision follows a similar one from the Porsche GT Team, Corvette’s IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship GT Le Mans rivals, which confirmed its exit from the French endurance racing classic last week. RACER has also learned the ACO, organizers of the Le Mans event, were notified of the team’s change of plans weeks ago.

Both withdrawals come in reaction to the impact made by the coronavirus. With numerous furloughs and layoffs affecting the domestic and international auto industry, the calls to cut expensive international marketing campaigns like those involving trips to Le Mans fits the need to reduce expenditures.

“Corvette Racing has a long history of competing at the 24 Hours of Le Mans, so our decision to not participate in this historic race this year was not an easy one,” said Mike Ofiara, Assistant Manager – Product and Brand Communications. Chevy Truck & Performance Car, Motorsports.

“Several factors played into our decision, including current conditions and the rescheduled timing.  We’re proud Corvette Racing has been invited to the 24 Hours of Le Mans over the past 20 years and regret that we won’t be participating this year.  We hope we have the opportunity to race at Le Mans again.”

The pride of General Motors’ racing endeavors made its factory debut at Le Mans in 1999 and completed 20 consecutive visits to compete at the 24-hour race, earning eight class victories, with the most recent captured in 2015 with Oliver Gavin, Tommy Milner, and Jordan Taylor.

Like the Porsche GTLM team, Corvette Racing is expected to focus the remainder of its season on IMSA, which completed Round 1 at the Rolex 24 At Daytona in January before the championship was paused due to the outbreak of COVID-19.

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j3studio Re: Corvette Racing withdraws from Le Mans
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No surprise—the logistics for humans are non-trivial at this point.

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Ultraman Re: Corvette Racing withdraws from Le Mans
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Glad you guys got to go when you did......... I hope someday we will see normals again....... heck they even cancelled our Big Blue River Mile race this year because of that damn virus...... I was bummed because I was looking to break 150 in the half with my Supercharger....... maybe next year.....
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I think it's a good move... Le Man's in Sept was going to conflict with the reset IMSA series in a big way. Logistics and costs were going to make it tough. I will miss them being there, but there will be enough teams from Europe to make for a good show.

I am hopeful that Sebring goes off as planned...

fingers crossed

Sorry to hear your event was cancelled, Marcus... that super sux... I hate when something seriously looked forward too is cancelled like that.
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