Chevrolet Earns Second Consecutive IMSA GT Le Mans Manufacturer Title
Championship No. 12 since 1999 in production-based racing series
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BRASELTON, Ga. (Oct. 7, 2017) – Chevrolet earned its second consecutive Manufacturer Championship in the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship’s GT Le Mans (GTLM) category Saturday at Road Atlanta. A second-place finish in the 10-hour Petit Le Mans for the No. 3 Mobil 1/SiriusXM Chevrolet Corvette C7.R gave Chevrolet its 12th GT Manufacturer title dating back to the 2001 American Le Mans Series season.
Chevrolet and Corvette Racing won four times in 2017 with the Chevrolet Corvette C7.R, powered by a 5.5-liter Chevrolet small-block V8. Drivers Antonio Garcia and Jan Magnussen also claimed the GTLM Driver Championship, and the No. 3 Corvette won the GTLM Team title.
“This Manufacturer Championship is so special because of the amazing team effort in this intensely competitive GTLM class,” said Mark Reuss, Executive Vice President, Global Product Development, Purchasing and Supply Chain. “Corvette Racing’s passion, dedication and perseverance made the difference. We love racing and learn from every lap about how to deliver the right combination of power, reliability, efficiency and overall performance. We apply those lessons to every Corvette on and off the track. I’m so proud of everyone on the team.”
With 35 total victories in several classes, Chevrolet is the most successful manufacturer in IMSA competition dating back to the sports car merger between the American Le Mans Series and GRAND-AM in 2014. Of those, 15 have been produced by Corvette Racing in the production-based GT ranks.
Historically, Corvette Racing and Chevrolet have recorded 106 victories – 98 in the IMSA ranks. Both are North American professional sports car racing records. Among those 106 victories are eight at the 24 Hours of Le Mans, three in the Rolex 24 At Daytona and 11 in the Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring.