Back at the 2016 Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring, we caught up with Tommy Milner to discuss “Technology Transfer” between his C7.R racecar and the road-going Stingray and Z06. He talked to us about how Pratt & Miller works closely with the design team so the racecar looks like the streetcar, as well as how the engine is naturally aspirated and direct injected just like the Stingray. He even told us how the suspension points are the same between the racecar and streetcar! Watch our Sebring recap video, “Why Chevrolet Races”, right here.
During our time with Tommy, he also talked to us about how Sebring is a much different animal and one of the more difficult races on the calendar. He approaches Sebring differently from other races talking about how he prepares physically for the race focusing on cardio, his core and his neck. With the rough surfaces of Sebring International Raceway, he says professional drivers racing at that caliber will race two hours before swapping drivers, whereas at faster, smoother tracks like Daytona, they’ll race for four-plus hours in a single sitting.
That interview took place before the Sebring race, and Corvette Racing was looking for their 99th win. Well, as most of you know, the foreshadowing paid off as they took the class win in GTLM tallying up their cumulative wins to 99. Now, the team looks to Long Beach hoping for the elusive 100-win mark. Check out the interview below with Tommy and join us in wishing Corvette Racing good luck this weekend. In the meantime, be sure to check out all of our 2016 Sebring coverage right here. If you’re ready to get in on technology bred on the racetrack, build and price your Stingray/Z06 here.