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After a superb win from Aston Dillon on the 2018 Daytona with his Camaro, Chevrolet may be looking at another Daytona 500 win this season. Even If you look at the list of winners of the Daytona 500 till now, you’ll see that Chevy has won most of the titles. This year’s Daytona is special as the all-new Corvette C8.R is getting launched in that event.
Roar Before the 24 Qualifying Session
Two Corvette C8.R are going to participate in the Rolex 24 at Daytona. One is painted yellow while the other has a grey with some yellow stripes on the body. In Roar Before the 24, the new Corvette completed 341 laps and covered 1213 miles. This test went on for 3 days and cars from other brands were also there. Ferrari’s driver James Calado with the No. 62 Ferrari 488 topped the qualifiers chart with a time of 1:42:685. Following him, Porsche 911 driver Nick Tandy finished at 1:42:686. Finishing 3rd was Chevrolet’s Corvette Racing Driver Tommy Milner, who completed his test at 1:42:793. He was driving the grey No. 4 Corvette and his partner Antonio Gracia had a No. 3 Corvette in yellow with him.
Corvette Racing Team’s Comments
Both Tommy and Antonio had many things to say about the new mid-engine Corvette as they drove it many times before going in the actual test. Other drivers in the Corvette Racing team, Marcel Fassier, and Nicky Catsburg, both haven’t driven the new mid-engine Corvette till now but according to them, the car is as good as advertised.
“Before this weekend, I had heard a lot already about how good the Corvette C8.R is to drive, so I was very much looking forward to getting in it for the first time,” said Fassler. “I can admit what everyone has said – that the car is amazing to drive. There hasn’t been a lot of time to get used to the car, but you can see the potential. Also, you can feel how much a difference seven years makes from when the C7.R first arrived. The car is very agile, and you can fight it harder and push pretty hard.”
Tommy Milner’s Comment
“It was fun to have that qualifying session where we can go on low fuel and new tires and see how we good we could do,” Milner said. “Third is pretty good. It looks like everyone is pretty close out there on lap times. It should be another very close and competitive for GTLM class at the Rolex 24.”
Antonio Garcia’s Comment on How the Test Went
“I think we’ve done a good job with our test plan,” said the Spaniard. “We need to figure out when we get back what works and what didn’t work. Every lap counts when you are testing, especially with a new car. I’m confident that the car is doing the right things and we’ve been testing quite a few different things to prepare for different conditions and car behaviors. We will carry on working with our plan to get all our drivers comfortable; that is the main thing. I hope it continues to go the right way.”
Corvette Racing confirms that they will analyze all the data they have collected throughout the test and will try their best to get in the top 3 of Rolex 24. The Rolex 24 Daytona is going to be held on Jan 23 which will go on for a complete day.
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