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Factory Corvette Team Takes a Step Down to GT2, and Still Dominates

Running with the competition in a new class.

by on Aug.10, 2009

The GT1 Corvette so overwhelmed its competition they all dropped out, so now a new GT2 version will switch series and take on a new line-up of competitors.

The GT1 Corvette so overwhelmed its competition they all dropped out, so now a new GT2 version will switch series and take on a new line-up of competitors.

Leaf through the record books of the American Le Mans Series (ALMS) sports car races, and you will find that it is not Audi or Porsche or Ferrari or BMW or Mercedes-Benz that holds most of the significant racing records.  Not by a long shot.

That honor belongs to the Detroit-based, Detroit-sponsored Compuware Team Corvette organization, using a series of front-engined coupes with simple pushrod V-8 engines, not exotic rear-engined V-12 cars with double-overhead camshafts and four valves per cylinder.

The yellow and black Corvettes built and raced by Pratt & Miller Engineering of Wixom, Michigan, hold the ALMS records for most starts by its drivers, most pole positions in the GTS and GT1 classes (59), most wins in a single season (9), most consecutive wins in a season (8), most podium finishes in a season (12), the longest winning streak (24 races in a row), and the most wins over ten seasons (70), not to mention eight consecutive GT1 championships.

Make tracks!

Make tracks!

The team has won the 24 Hours of Daytona — first overall and first in class — won seven times at the 12 Hours of Sebring and the 1000-mile Petit Le Mans, and has scored six GT class wins at the toughest race on Earth, the 24 Hours of Le Mans, including its latest just two months ago.  No other GT team in history comes close.

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