Chevys in the Paddock at Roar Before the 24
Camaros and Corvettes are everywhere. Unless you live in midtown Manhattan or in a Unibomber-style shack in the woods, chances are that you see at least one whenever you go out. But Corvettes and Camaros aren’t just popular on the roads; they are also very popular in this year’s GRAND-AM Road Racing Rolex Series. And as we found out from Hooniverse, these vehicles are as incredible in the garages as they are on the race course.
Based in Daytona Beach, Florida, GRAND-AM Road Racing sanctions two different series, the top-tier of which is the Rolex Sports Car Series. Under this series, two different car classes race. In the Rolex Daytona Prototype (DP) class, teams race cars which can consist of any engine and chassis combination. The Prototype class runs simultaneously with the production-based Grand Touring (GT) class. In this class, teams run cars based on the latest high-performance production models.
Both classes race at some of the most notable road courses in North America, including Daytona International Speedway, the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course, Indianapolis Motor Speedway and Watkins Glen International.
When the 2012 GRAND-AM Racing season kicked off at the Roar Before the Rolex 24 event January 6th through the 8th, the Chevrolet prototypes and GTs were out in full force. We’re sure these pictures of some of the biggest race teams and their Chevrolets don’t do the cars justice, but we can’t help but drool.
This year, five teams are racing Corvette Daytona Prototypes in the Rolex DP class while three teams are racing Camaro GT.Rs, and one is racing a Corvette in the GT class. If the Roar’s results are any indication of how well these Chevrolet-backed vehicles will do, it is going to be a very successful season for the manufacturer.
The top five finishers for the DP class at the Roar Before the Rolex 24 were all Corvette prototypes with fastest lap times hitting 1 minute and 41.657 seconds and top speeds peaking over 125 MPH for these cars. While the Camaro GT.Rs weren’t as successful in the GT class, they still placed respectably in fifth, seventh and seventeenth places out of a field of 33 cars.
We’re so excited to see the Corvette Daytona Prototype making its 2012 debut in a no-nonsense manner. We look forward to following all the teams racing Corvette Daytona Prototypes and Camaro GT.Rs throughout the 2012 Rolex Sports Car Series season.