Corvette Racing will bring the curtain down on its full-time GT1 programme in the American Le Mans Series this weekend as the 2008 campaign draws to a close at Laguna Seca.
The team will begin the move into a new global GT class in 2009, running in GT1 for the opening half of the season up to the Le Mans 24 Hours before turning its focus to GT2 – all in preparation for the introduction of new international GT class regulations in 2010.
As a result, the Monterey Sports Car Championships will be the conclusion of Corvette's time as a full-season GT1 entrant, with the team again fielding a brace of C6.Rs for the season finale.
The team arrives at Laguna Seca on the back of Johnny O'Connell and Jan Magnussen wrapping up the 2008 drivers' title at Petit Le Mans ahead of team-mates Oliver Gavin and Olivier Beretta.
However, it wasn't the only success at Petit Le Mans, as the team also took victory in the inaugural Green Challenge which looked for the "greenest" entries in the Prototype and GT classes based on energy used, greenhouse gases emitted, and petroleum fuels displaced.
"I think one of the facets of the Green Challenge that motivated the team was that for once we were able to go head-to-head in competition with many of the world's greatest automobile manufacturers," Corvette programme manager Doug Fehan said. "When we looked at the numbers, it was clear that Corvette proved itself the best in the world in the Green Challenge."