Corvette Racing has announced the driver line-up that will be behind the wheels of its Compuware Corvette C6.R race cars for the 2012 American Le Mans Series and 24 Hours of Le Mans campaigns.
Antonio Garcia joins Oliver Gavin, Jan Magnussen, and Tommy Milner as the four full-season drivers. Richard Westbrook will reprise his role as third driver in endurance events (Sebring, Le Mans, and Petit Le Mans), and Jordan Taylor will join Corvette Racing for the three long-distance races.
"The level of competition in the 2011 American Le Mans Series GT category was intense, and we expect it to be just as fierce in 2012," said GM Racing Director Mark Kent. "Corvette Racing has been working hard over the winter to develop a complete package of cars, drivers, team, and technology that will be able to win in this extremely competitive environment."
Newcomer Taylor will become the 23rd driver to race in Corvette Racing colors. The son of championship-winning driver Wayne Taylor, the 20-year-old current student at the University of Central Florida literally grew up at race tracks. After learning his trade in karting, he made his début in the GRAND-AM Rolex Sports Car Series in 2008. He and his co-driver took the Autohaus Motorsports Chevrolet Camaro to a runner-up finish in the 2011 Rolex GT championship, just two points short of the title.
"Corvette Racing is one of the most iconic names in motorsports, and joining this team is a huge opportunity for me," said Taylor. "There are certainly going to be challenges as I learn the capabilities of the Corvette C6.R race cars, become familiar with the team, adapt to new tracks, and race with new competitors. It's going to be amazing to race a Corvette at Sebring, Le Mans, and Road Atlanta, and I can't wait to get started!"
Taylor will continue to compete in the Rolex Series in 2012 with Autohaus Motorsports in addition to driving for Corvette Racing in endurance races.
"We have watched Jordan develop as a fine young driver over the years, and when he had an opportunity to test for Corvette Racing, his performance was very impressive," said Kent. "He is totally dedicated to racing, gives great feedback, understands how to interpret data, and knows how to make changes to the car and his driving style to suit the conditions. He has tremendous potential and we see this opportunity as an investment in the team's future.
Taylor takes the place of Antonio Garcia, who has been promoted into the full-time line-up replacing the departed Olivier Beretta. Kent was keen to thank his former driver: "Olivier was a valued member of the team, and he played a key role in our success in the ALMS and at Le Mans. Although we have parted company with Olivier, we'll look forward to seeing him at the race track, and we wish him all the best in the future."
Corvette Racing will participate in the Sebring Winter Test on February 8-9 in preparation for the season-opening 60th Anniversary Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring on March 17.