The world of American endurance racing reached a major turning point this past weekend, as two of the most successful cars to ever hit the track—the Audi R18 e-tron quattro and Chevy Corvette C6.R—posted winning results in what will likely be their final appearances at the Mobil 1 12 Hours of Sebring—albeit for two very different reasons.
For Audi, the issue is a major reorganization of the U.S. motorsports scene, as ALMS and Grand-Am Road Racing have agreed to merge their efforts into one series that will bring together many of each group’s individual vehicle classes. Unfortunately, however, the emphasis was on “many” and not “all,” and the LMP1 class for Le Mans Prototypes like the Audi R18 e-tron won’t be included.
Corvette Racing, on the other hand, is eagerly looking forward to the launch of the unified racing series, but it’s expected to be campaigning a next-gen racecar built off the platform of the all-new seventh-generation 2014 Chevy Corvette Stingray. As folks may recall, the redesigned Corvette made its public debut in January at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit, with the drop-top dropping in March in Geneva. The production model is scheduled to reach dealerships in the second half of this year.