Corvette Daytona Prototype Looking for Fourth Win of the Season in Inaugural Street Race in Detroit; Camaro GT.R Teams Ready to Grab Top Spot on the Podium
DETROIT – (May 30, 2012) - The GRAND-AM Rolex Sports Car Series heads to Detroit, Michigan for the inaugural race at The Raceway at Belle Isle street circuit, the Chevrolet GRAND-AM 200.
With four events in the books thus far in 2012, the Corvette Daytona Prototype teams have certainly showed their muscle. Richard Westbrook and Antonio Garcia drivers of the No. 90 Spirit of Daytona entry, gave the new Chevrolet Corvette DP its first victory in only the second race of the season at Barber Motorsports Park. The past two contests at Homestead- Miami Speedway and New Jersey Motorsports Park have been owned by the No. 10 SunTrust Racing team of Max Angelelli and Ricky Taylor. With the recent success, Chevrolet now leads the Manufacturer Championship standings by eight points over second place.
As the Corvette DP enjoys success in its class, the Camaro GT. R. in the Grand Touring class is still looking for that illusive first win of 2012. The drivers at Stevenson Motorsports and Autohaus Motorsports continue to move up in the series standings, but have yet to capture the top spot on the podium. What better place to take home the title than at the inaugural race at Belle Isle.
"We are looking forward to seeing the GRAND-AM Rolex Series compete for the first time on the Belle Isle Circuit,” said Mark Kent, Director of Chevrolet Racing. “With two classes of cars competing simultaneously, our hometown fans are certain to see some exciting racing. The Chevrolet Grand Am 200 will feature the Corvette Daytona Prototype in the Daytona Prototype Class and production-based Corvettes and Camaros in the GT class. With three consecutive wins under our belts in the Daytona Prototype Class for the Corvette, we are excited at the prospect of continuing the momentum at our home track in Detroit,”
To add to the heightened pressure of traversing the tricky 2.1-mile, 14- turn street course, Richard Westbrook, co-driver of the No. 90 Spirit of Daytona Corvette DP, and Jordan Taylor, co-driver of the No. 88 Autohaus Motorsports Camaro GT. R., will be flying back and forth to Le Mans, France as they prepare to compete in the 24 Hours of Le Mans for Corvette Racing.
Not only is this a historic weekend for the GRAND-AM Rolex Sport Car Series as they vie for the coveted title in the Chevrolet GRAND-AM 200, it is also a monumental weekend for Corvette. 2012 marks the 60th anniversary of the nameplate. In its honor, Action Express Racing will transform the familiar red, white and blue No. 5 and No. 9 Corvettes to look as the original car did when it made its debut in 1952.
Leading the field to the starting line will be a 2012 Camaro ZL1.