Chevrolet launched its 2012 Corvette Daytona Prototype Tuesday morning at Daytona International Speedway, as the first manufacturer to build its own version of the third-generation DP in the Grand-Am Rolex Series.
The car takes styling cues on the nose from the production 2012 Corvette ZO6, while the purpose-built DP will run with 530hp at 7,000rpm. The engine's only running so far has been on a dyno.
Four teams were announced for the full Rolex campaign: GAINSCO/Bob Stallings Racing, SunTrust Racing, Spirit of Daytona Racing and Action Express Racing.
“I just can't stop smiling,” said Grand-Am President Tom Bledsoe. “This is exactly what we envisioned after many nights sitting around wondering what we could do with the prototypes.”
The car has not yet tested but immediately shipped off to the DIS track after the announcement, where it will test the next two days. One of the four teams announced, Spirit of Daytona Racing, will handle the test with its DP car and factory General Motors drivers.
SoD will run Antonio Garcia, Oliver Gavin and Jan Magnussen in the Rolex 24 at Daytona, but Jim Campbell, Chevrolet vice president of Performance Vehicles and Motorsports, said future GM factory driver participation for the balance of the season is still to be determined.
“I don't see a factory team (of the four), but we do have four fantastic partners and teams,” Campbell said. “Having great team owners and drivers and engineering staffs is a terrific formula.
“In terms of drivers, Gavin, Garcia and Magnussen will race Rolex 24, and you may see other races in DP, in GT or (Continental Sports Car Tire Series) GS later in the season. A number of drivers did GT or GS this season. Time will tell on that.”
The other driver lineups remain almost identical to 2011 lineups; GAINSCO/BSR with Alex Gurney and Jon Fogarty, Max Angelelli and Ricky Taylor at SunTrust, and Action Express with a six-pack including Joao Barbosa, J.C. France, Terry Borcheller, Christian Fittipaldi, Max Papis and Darren Law. David Donohue's name was not mentioned.