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IMSA Notebook: Notes & News From Detroit, Belle Isle

Two drivers in, Lally's unbroken GTD streak ends, Special Edition C8 Corvettes launched

Grasser Confirm Mapelli For Detroit

The single GRT Lamborghini for the Detroit Grand Prix this weekend will see Marco Mapelli join the already named Misha Goikhberg in the #19 Huracan GT3 Evo, the latest change in a ‘revolving doors’ effort for the Austria team in IMSA competition this season.

Townsend Bell Drafted In at Vasser-Sullivan

The #12 Lexus RCF GT3 will see Townsend Bell drafted in as a late substitute for Zack beach after the full-season driver returned a positive COVID-19 test.

Bell, who raced in the same entry at the 2021 Rolex 24 hours, will join Frankie Montecalvo at Belle Isle this weekend.

Lally’s ‘Ever-Present’ GTD Run At An End

Andy Lally has been an ever-present in the Championship’s GTD class from the very beginning

The decision from Magnus Racing to skip the Detroit Grand Prix though means that his unique run comes to an end after 80 races dating back to the 2014 Tuder United Sportscar Championship in the class with Magnus Racing and Meyer Shank Racing aboard Audi, Porsche, Lamborghini and Acura GTD machinery.

Chevy Launch 2022 Corvette Stingray IMSA GTLM Championship Edition

The weekend’s race meeting is dubbed the ‘Chevrolet Detroit Grand Prix’ and the GM brand is planning plenty of ‘activation’ on home ground this weekend including the ‘reveal’ yesterday of the 2022 Corvette Stingray IMSA GTLM Championship Edition.

In left-hand drive markets only, Chevrolet will release 1,000 distinctively styled Corvettes, which resemble the #3 and #4 Corvette C8.R race cars designed to commemorate the mid-engine Corvette C8.R’s inaugural season when Corvette Racing swept IMSA’s sports car championship series, taking the Manufacturers, Drivers and Team titles.

Corvette Racing’s Jordan Taylor and Antonio Garcia drove coupe and convertible #3 Corvette Stingray IMSA GTLM Championship Editions across Belle Isle’s MacArthur Bridge and onto the track. Teammate Nick Tandy led on track in a Corvette Stingray convertible, the official pace car of the 2021 Detroit Grand Prix. Corvette Racing driver Tommy Milner followed the group in the #4 Corvette C8.R race car.

“Racing has been part of the Corvette’s DNA from nearly the beginning,” said Laura Klauser, General Motors Sports Car Program manager. “Both the Corvette Stingray and C8.R have seen tremendous success capitalizing on the benefits of a mid-engine platform, and we’re just getting started.”

The 2022 Corvette Stingray IMSA GTLM Championship Edition is based on the 3LT Corvette trim with Z51 Performance Package. Each car includes Corvette Racing-themed graphics packages. Accelerate Yellow #3 editions feature grey graphics and Hypersonic Gray #4 editions feature yellow accents.

Additional exterior content (varies by market):
• High-wing spoiler in Carbon Flash
• Yellow brake callipers
• Black Trident design wheels, with the “Jake” logo on the centre caps, and black lug nuts
• Exterior mirrors in Carbon Flash
• Black side rockers
• Splash guards

Inside, the Special Edition features a Strike Yellow and Sky Cool Gray cabin that mimics the exterior yellow and grey racing theme, with standard GT2 seats (Competition Sport seats are available), along with yellow seat belts and a C8.R Special Edition numbered plaque.

Each car comes with a custom-fitted indoor car cover rendered to the appearance of the #3 or #4 Corvette C8.R race car, per each Special Edition’s colour and graphic scheme.