Corvette Racing Pulls Out Of 2020 24 Hours Of Le Mans

The Corvette C8.R will have to wait until 2021 to make its Le Mans debut.

General Motors has confirmed Corvette Racing will not participate in this year’s running of the 24 Hours of Le Mans.

The automaker decided to pull out of the race due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic and inevitable scheduling clashes with the IMSA WeatherTech series it races in full-time.

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“Corvette Racing has a long history of competing at the 24 Hours of Le Mans, so our decision to not participate in this historic race this year was not an easy one,” said Chevrolet‘s U.S. Vice President for Performance and Motorsports, Jim Campbell, in a prepared statement. “Several factors played into our decision, including current conditions and the rescheduled timing. We’re proud Corvette Racing has been invited to the 24 Hours of Le Mans over the past 20 years and regret that we won’t be participating this year. We hope we have the opportunity to race at Le Mans again.”

The 88th running of the 24 Hours of Le Mans was previously pushed back from its usual June date to September due to the pandemic. Meanwhile, the newly revised IMSA WeatherTech schedule includes a race at Laguna Seca on September 6th and another at Mid-Ohio on September 25th. The amount of preparation required for the 24 Hours of Le Mans, along with the logistics of shipping personnel and equipment from the U.S. to France, mean Corvette Racing cannot fit in a visit to Le Mans in the same month.

CORE Autosport, which runs the IMSA Porsche GT Team, also announced it would withdraw from Le Mans for a similar reason.

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