Saturday’s American Le Mans Series Monterey marks the beginning of the 50th anniversary celebration of Corvette’s first appearance at the 24 Hours of Le Mans.
The six-hour race will start at 2:30 p.m. PT and televised by CBS Sports on May 29 at 1:30 p.m. ET.
Chevrolet will honor its rich racing history with a special Corvette Legends of Le Mans display at Laguna Seca, and legendary racing drivers Dick Thompson and Dick Guldstrand will attend the race.
California was central to Corvette racing from its earliest days. Corvettes ran on the streets of Pebble Beach until racers found a permanent home with the construction of Laguna Seca Raceway in 1957. Legendary drivers such as John Fitch, Dick Thompson, Dick Guldstrand, Bob Bondurant, among others, enhanced their reputations racing Corvettes in the Golden State.
Chevrolet designers have also created a unique 2011 Corvette Z06 to celebrate the 50th anniversary of Corvette racing at Le Mans. This one-of-a-kind Corvette (VIN 0001) features the same blue and white color scheme as the 1960 Corvette that won its class at Le Mans 50 years ago, and will be sold at auction later this year to benefit the National Corvette Museum.