Chevrolet Claims Pair of IMSA Manufacturer Championships at Petit Le Mans
GT Le Mans and Prototype titles clinched with Green flag of 10-hour endurance race
· Chevrolet is IMSA’s winningest manufacturer over past three seasons
· Fifth consecutive Prototype Engine Manufacturer championship
· GTLM Manufacturer title is 11th in production-based IMSA competition
· First manufacturer to claim multiple championships in one season since 2009
BRASELTON, Ga. (Oct. 1, 2016) – Chevrolet has claimed Manufacturer Championships in the two premier classes of the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship. With the green flag for the 10-hour Petit Le Mans, Chevrolet is assured of securing enough points to win both the 2016 Prototype Engine Manufacturer Championship and the GT Le Mans Manufacturer Championship.
“Chevrolet is honored to win Manufacturer championships in both the Prototype and GTLM classes,” said Mark Reuss, GM executive vice president, global product development, purchasing and supply chain. “Thank you to our Chevrolet teams, drivers and technical partners for their dedication and commitment that resulted in these championships.”
These titles add to Chevrolet’s position as the most successful manufacturer during the post-merger era of sports car racing with 31 race wins since 2014. Chevy’s 20 wins in Prototype and 11 in GTLM are both class records. It’s also the first time since 2009 that the same manufacturer claimed more than one title in IMSA competition during a single season.
Since the debut of the Corvette Daytona Prototype in 2012, Chevrolet and its teams have won 35 races and five consecutive manufacturer championships.
In GTLM, the Corvette C7.R program delivered Chevrolet’s 11th GT production class manufacturer title against some of the best competition in the world. The two Chevrolet Corvette C7.Rs won on North America’s biggest stages – including the Rolex 24 At Daytona and the Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring.
“Competing with Corvettes in the IMSA series is important because it allows us to learn and transfer technologies between the race track and the showroom,” Reuss said.