Corvette Racing returns in ’24 with new car, new name
Since 1999, Corvette Racing has been competing in sports car racing via a partnership between Chevrolet and Pratt Miller Motorsports, with the team owned by Chevrolet.
That changes with the new GT3 era, which de-emphasizes corporate team ownership in favor of customer teams. Privateers buy the race cars from the manufacturers and run the operation themselves, often with the support of the company. The arrangement has worked well for Porsche, Mercedes-AMG, and Aston Martin, as well as other teams and manufacturers.
Today, it was announced that Corvette Racing will become Corvette Racing by Pratt Miller Motorsports, beginning with the season-opening Rolex 24 at Daytona in January. Officials announced the formation of a program that will lead competition and development efforts with the Chevrolet Corvette Z06 GT3.R.
Two of them, actually—Corvette is returning to a two-car effort with Corvette Racing by Pratt Miller Motorsports, which will campaign a pair of the new-for-2024, GT3-spec Corvettes for a full season in the GT Daytona (GTD) Pro category of the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship. The current car is technically a GT3, but it was retrofitted from its previous role as a GT Le Mans–class racer. The Z06 will be a full-fledged GT3 car. Ford, incidentally, recently announced a Mustang GT3 effort, so we’ll see the classic Ford-Chevy battle once again.
The factory-supported effort is the first of two 2024 WeatherTech Championship programs that feature the Corvette Z06 GT3.R. Additional customer programs will be announced in the coming weeks. Drivers for the GTD Pro effort will be revealed at a later date, as well. Rumors abound as to who the second factory-supported team will be, with even Hendrick Motorsports’ name tossed into the mill.
The link-up between Chevrolet and Pratt Miller Motorsports is a natural fit. The current full-factory Corvette Racing program is in the midst of its 25th season with 125 race victories to date, the most recent coming at the 24 Hours of Le Mans for the team’s ninth class win at the famed French classic. Also for the second year in a row, Corvette Racing has programs in both IMSA and the FIA World Endurance Championship with the Corvette C8.R, now in its final season of competition.
“Chevrolet and Pratt Miller have collaborated for more than 25 years on the Corvette Racing program, and we are thrilled that we are able to continue together into the GT3 era,” said Christie Bagne, Corvette Z06 GT3.R program manager.