Despite failing to win the GT class at the Sebring 12 Hours, the Corvette team had cause for celebration.
Chevrolet Corvette failed to win the GT class at the recent Sebring 12 Hours race; however the day before the race, Corvette was inducted into the Sebring Hall of Fame. Despite the failure to win this time, Corvette's record on the Floridian race track is impressive. Corvette first competed at Sebring in 1956 and since that year, 231 Corvettes have competed in the Twelve Hours of Sebring race; 24 of them scoring class or category victories in this legendary contest.
Seven of the Sebring wins were tallied by Corvette Racing, the most successful team in the history of the American Le Mans Series (ALMS). Corvette Racing finished strong in Sunday's 60th anniversary race, placing second and third in the GT Class. "The Chevrolet Corvette is an American automotive icon that has proven itself over six decades of competition at America's greatest sports car race," explained the curators of the organization. Corvette joins Porsche, Audi and Ferrari as automotive makes to be inducted into the Sebring Hall of Fame.
"We are thrilled that Sebring has recognized the success of the Corvette on the race track by inducting it into the hall of fame," said Russ Clark, Chevrolet marketing director for Performance Cars. "Even more important than the awards and race wins are the benefits to our production vehicles as a result of our racing programs," said Clark. "We have been successful at transferring racing technology to the street, especially in our high-performance vehicles such as the Corvette ZR1, Z06 and our carbon fiber models, including aerodynamic, powertrain, chassis, braking, safety and design features."