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The lessons learned from three tough GT seasons paid off
for Corvette Racing with a trio of championships in 2012.
ook beyond the individual races,
the brilliant drives, strategy calls and
mechanical preparation, and Corvette
Racing’s sweep of the GT class Drivers’,
Manufacturers’ and Teams’ Championships
in the 2012 American Le Mans Series can
be attributed to years of learning packed
into a concise pre-season plan.
Corvette Racing, as the world
witnessed, became the most feared
GT team of the 2000s. Using heavy
rations of patriotism and a hard-nosed,
uncompromising approach to their craft,
the Michigan-based factory program
collected championships and race wins at
a pace that was downright immodest. But
2009’s shift from ALMS GT1, a class it
seemingly owned, to become the new kids
on the GT2 block was a humbling affair.
And it was also somewhat familiar.
Corvette’s ALMS debut came in 1999,
when Dodge and its Vipers ruled the GT
landscape, but it didn’t take long for the
Corvette team to learn from and
eventually overwhelm the Mopar gang.
Cast into the same dynamic a decade
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For Corvette Racing, it
was “normal service is
resumed” in 2012,
with an ALMS Drivers’,
Teams’ title sweep.