For 2009, Corvette Racing will compete in the GT1 class at Sebring and Long Beach, then finish out this portion of its racing history with a last venture to Le Mans for the June 24-hour enduro. After Le Mans, the team will enter the GT2 category with a totally new edition of the Corvette based on the '09 ZR1. GT2 boasts a hotly contested field with manufacturer-backed teams from Porsche, Ferrari, Panoz, and BMW augmented by privateer efforts featuring Ford GTs, Dodge Vipers, and additional Porsche entries. It's just the sort of challenge Corvette Racing thrives on.
Corvette Racing Scores Big At Alms Awards CeremonyThe American Le Mans Series closed out the '08 season with its annual awards gala, held at the Monterey Hyatt Regency the night after the Laguna Seca race. After a very successful year of racing, the GM team hauled in a raft of awards:
* Corvette Racing Program Manager Doug Fehan was presented with the "From the Fans" award for the second time since 2004, as the person who made the greatest contribution to sports-car racing in the past year.
* Mike "Westy" West, crew chief of the No. 64 Corvette, was honored as the ALMS GT1 Mechanic of the Year. Remarkably, it was West's first year heading up the crew.
* Johnny O'Connell and Jan Magnussen (shown above) were recognized for their ALMS GT1 Driver's Championship, earned through eight wins in 11 races in the No. 3 Corvette. This was O'Connell's third driver's championship.
* Chevrolet was awarded the ALMS GT1 Manufacturer of the Year. Chevy has compiled 68 wins over the last 10 years.
* Corvette Racing earned the ALMS Team Championship for the eighth year in a row.