If you were anywhere near the Daytona International Speedway today you might have had the chance to see and hear the exciting new 2012 Corvette Daytona Prototype in action at the Grand-Am test day. Compared to the somewhat strange looking current Grand-Am prototypes, the new Corvette DP, which will compete in the new Daytona Prototype class, has much prettier lines.
"Racing and performance are the founding principles of , and bringing the Corvette Daytona Prototype to Grand-Am is a tremendous opportunity," said Jim Campbell, Chevrolet vice president, Performance Vehicles and Motorsports when the car was unveiled yesterday. "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 styling cues and will be immediately recognized by sports car enthusiasts and fans of Grand-Am Road Racing," Campbell said. "We are excited to see the Corvette DP compete in the legendary Rolex 24 at Daytona next January."
"The 2012 Corvette Daytona Prototype was developed by a multi-faceted effort involving Chevrolet, Corvette Designers, Pratt & Miller and Grand-Am. Chevrolet also worked closely with chassis builders Riley, Coyote and Dallara," said Mark Kent, GM Racing director. "The IMSA GTP Corvette Prototype campaigned by Hendrick Motorsports in the '80s was the inspiration for this new Chevrolet Corvette Daytona Prototype. And, like the GTP Corvettes, the new Corvette Daytona Prototype contains numerous styling cues from the street version of the Chevrolet Corvette."
Four teams will campaign the Corvette Daytona Prototype in 2012: 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.
The Corvette Daytona Prototype will make its competitive debut in the 50th anniversary of the Grand-Am Road Racing Series Rolex 24 at Daytona from January 26-29, 2012.
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