DETROIT – The Chevrolet’s Corvette, the best-selling luxury performance car in the U.S., was inducted into the Sebring Hall of Fame during the weekend.
Corvette first competed at Sebring in 1956 and since that year, 231 Corvettes have competed in the Twelve Hours of Sebring race, 24 of them scoring class or category victories in this legendary contest.
Seven of the Sebring wins were tallied by Corvette Racing, the most successful team in the history of the American Le Mans Series (ALMS). Corvette Racing finished strong in Sunday’s 60th anniversary race, placing second and third in the GT Class.
“We are thrilled that Sebring has recognized the success of the Corvette on the race track by inducting it into the hall of fame,” said Russ Clark, Chevrolet marketing director for Performance Cars.
“Even more important than the awards and race wins are the benefits to our production vehicles as a result of our racing programs,” said Clark. “We have been successful at transferring racing technology to the street, especially in our high-performance vehicles such as the Corvette ZR1, Z06 and our carbon fiber models, including aerodynamic, powertrain, chassis, braking, safety and design features.”
Chevrolet is celebrating the 60th anniversary of the Corvette with the 427 Convertible Collector Edition, as well as a special 60th anniversary package that will be available on all 2013 models.