C6.R #4 driven by Oliver Gavin, Jan Magnussen, and Richard Westbrook at Sebring.

Corvette has a long history of production-based endurance racing, making its first appearance at the Twelve Hours of Sebring in 1956, and its first appearance at Le Mans in 1960. Legendary Corvette chief engineer Zora Arkus-Duntov leveraged the racing program to improve the production Corvette, as evidenced by the development of heavy-duty and high-performance components and the introduction of the race-bred Z06 option on the 1963 Corvette Sting Ray.

The transfer of technology between racing and production cars resumed with the start of the modern Corvette Racing program in 1999. More than a decade later, it’s impossible to imagine one team without the other, according to Tadge Juechter, Corvette chief engineer: “Simply put, without Corvette Racing, there would not be a Corvette Z06, much less the ZR1," Juechter said. "And, without the foundation of the Corvette C6, Z06 and ZR1, the Corvette Racing team would not be the dominant presence in production-based racing.”

Corvette Racing began the 2011 American Le Mans Series at the Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring this March with two new cars, two new drivers, and a wealth of new technology.

The team constructed a pair of new Compuware Corvette C6.Rs to take on the world-class competition in the GT category. Based on the GT2 Corvettes that the team introduced in 2009, the new race cars have benefited from months of development and testing.

"2010 was an extremely productive year for Corvette Racing from the standpoint of gathering information," said Corvette Racing program manager Doug Fehan. "The team learned a tremendous amount about the production-based LS5.5R engine package, the aero package, and the chassis setups – all of which were brand new to us. The winter was spent distilling that information, running it through various matrixes, and coming up with what we think are going to be very competitive race cars in 2011."