Page 1 of 1 Racing has played a key role in defining Corvette as America's performance icon. America's favourite sports car stood at the pinnacle of international endurance racing in 2004, propelled by achievements that include an overall victory in the Daytona 24-hour race, first in class at the 12 Hours of Sebring, back-to-back 1-2 finishes in the GTS class at the 24 Hours of Le Mans, and three consecutive drivers and manufacturers championships in the American Le Mans Series. Corvette Racing has written many new chapters to the competition chronicle of America's pre-eminent sports car. In 2003 the Corvette Racing team captured every championship trophy in the 2003 American Le Mans Series. Corvette scored five GTS victories, eight podium finishes and four pole positions.
The legend continued in 2004 as the Corvette C5-Rs contested another full season of the American Le Mans Series as well as the 24 Hours of Le Mans. The team began its year of racing at the 12 Hours of Sebring. The Chevrolet Corvette C5-R race program continued Chevrolet's tradition of racing production-based vehicles to improve the breed. It is a commitment that has taken Chevy's two-seater from the runways of Sebring in the '50s to Le Mans in the 21st century. The continuous exchange of information and the constant transfer of technology between the racing and production programs ensure that lessons learned on the track benefit every Corvette on the highway.
After securing the victory in the 2002 running of the 24 Hours of Le Mans race, the C5-R was beaten outright by the Ferrari 550s in 2003. In 2004 the Corvette was back at the 13 km long track with an even stronger package. In the race both the Ferraris and Corvettes were struck by problems, but in the end the C5-R came out on top, securing a 1-2 victory in what might be the last outing at Le Mans for the C5 model.
Both cars are pictured here on the Le Mans track. Page 1 of 1