Chevrolet is preparing to enter the 50th GRAND-AM Road Racing Series Rolex 24 at Daytona from January 26-29, 2012 and they’ve just introduced the car that will be their horse in the race. It’s called the Chevrolet Corvette Daytona Prototype and holds true to Chevy’s founding principles of racing and performance, presenting a tremendous opportunity for the prototype to be competitive in the GRAND-AM race.
Built as a collaborative project by Chevrolet, Corvette Designers, Pratt & Miller, and GRAND-AM, the Corvette Daytona Prototype infuses plenty of industry expertise in one smoking hot project. The design of this race car was inspired by the MSA GTP Corvette Prototype that was campaigned by Hendrick Motorsports back in the ’80s and carries numerous design and styling cues from the street-spec Corvette.
“Racing and performance are the founding principles of Chevrolet, and bringing the Corvette Daytona Prototype to GRAND-AM is a tremendous opportunity,” said Jim Campbell, Chevrolet Vice President, Performance Vehicles and Motorsports, “The opportunity for innovation is what makes the Daytona Prototype Class such a good fit for Chevrolet.
“Sports car and endurance racing is an outstanding platform for manufacturers like us to test and learn. The design of this race car incorporates iconic Corvette styling cues and will be immediately recognized by sports car enthusiasts and fans of GRAND-AM Road Racing,” he adds, “We are excited to see the Corvette DP compete in the legendary Rolex 24 at Daytona next January.”
The Corvette Daytona Prototype will be used by four teams in 2012 including the No. 90 Spirit of Daytona Racing; No. 10 SunTrust Racing; No. 99 GAINSCO/Bob Stallings Racing; and the Nos. 5 and 9 Action Express Racing teams.