The Corvette is without a doubt a great sports car, but now Chevrolet and Michelin are letting folks race the Sting Ray in a sixteen race series to show just how capable the car is.
The racing series kicks off February 20, 2016 at the Spring Mountain facility, where racers will get 16 races over eight weekends at the track, using different configurations of the course.
The Ron Fellows Performance Driving School, based at Spring Mountain, will be a technical race partner for the series and helped develop the racing cars. The race cars (seen above) are 2016 Corvette Stingrays equipped with the Z51 package and a number of parts from the much faster Z06 model of Corvette. These vehicles and their related parts are on display this week at the 2015 SEMA Show.
“The Corvette Stingray is one of the most track-capable production cars available and our enhancements simply augment the production specs to help ensure durability for a dedicated racing life,” said Ron Fellows. “With the cars mechanically on equal footing, driver skill will be the determining factor in the rankings, which should make it a very exciting series.”
Michelin, who is partners with the Corvette Racing team that won the Rolex 24 at Daytona, the Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring and the Le Mans 24 Hour race, will also be supplying tires for this spec racing series. The cars will run on Michelin racing slick tires in dry conditions or Michelin Pilot Super Sport tires in wet conditions.
“Corvette owners have been competing in showroom-stock-type racing for six decades and the new Michelin Corvette Challenge extends that legacy,” said Harlan Charles, Corvette marketing manager. “With Michelin’s support and the direction from Ron Fellows and his team, the series offers Corvette racers a unique competition experience all their own.”
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