Taylor and Garcia Clinch GTLM Title But Corvette Racing Team Loses Podium Finish

Corvette Racing's Antonio Garcia and Jorday Taylor - Photo: Mike Levitt/IMSA

No. 4 Corvette Driven by Tommy Milner and Oliver Gavin Penalized Post-Race for Rear Diffuser Height

Jordan Taylor and Antonio Garcia in the No. 3 Corvette C8.R finished second in Sunday’s race at WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca, but the No. 4 C8.R has been stripped of its podium finish in Sunday’s Monterey Sports Car Championship due to a post-race technical infraction.

Driven by Tommy Milner and Oliver Gavin, the No. 4 Corvette C8.R was stripped of its third place finish and pulled back to sixth place by race officials due to the car’s rear diffuser being set to high.

As a result, the No. 911 Porsche driven by Nick Tandy and Fred Makowiecki takes third place and Taylor and Garcia now have a 35-point lead in the GTLM standings with the 2020 12 Hours of Sebring race left in the season.

The 2020 12 Hours of Sebring at Sebring International Raceway is set to take place on Saturday, November 14th after being postponed from its original date back in March due to the COVID-19 outbreak.

No. 3 Corvette C8.R at Laguna Seca. Photo: Corvette Racing

Below is the official press release from Corvette Racing:

Garcia, Taylor, No. 3 Corvette C8.R Clinch GT Le Mans Championships

November 2, 2020

Garcia, Taylor, No. 3 Corvette C8.R Clinch GT Le Mans Championships
Banner season in first year for mid-engine Chevrolet Corvette C8.R

MONTEREY, Calif. (Nov. 1, 2020) – Corvette Racing’s Antonio Garcia and Jordan Taylor clinched the GT Le Mans (GTLM) Drivers title Sunday in the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship – the 13th for Corvette Racing and with one event still to go in the season.

The two finished the Monterey Sports Car Championship second in the No. 3 Mobil 1/SiriusXM Chevrolet Corvette C8.R. Garcia and Taylor have teamed to win five races in the No. 3 Corvette Racing C8.R entry – which also landed the GTLM Team Championship for Corvette Racing. It is the 14th time the program has claimed that honor since 2001 and comes near the end of the first year for the new, mid-engine Corvette race car.

Garcia is now a four-time IMSA Drivers’ champion – all coming with Corvette Racing – while Taylor added his first in GT competition to a pair from the prototype ranks. Following the return of racing in July due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the pair won at Daytona to give the Corvette C8.R its first victory as well as the 100th in IMSA competition for Corvette Racing.

Garcia and Taylor went on to win races at Road America, Virginia International Raceway, Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course and the Charlotte Roval. Taylor captured pole position at Sebring, Mid-Ohio, Charlotte and Sunday at WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca, as did Garcia in the previous IMSA event at Michelin Raceway Road Atlanta for Petit Le Mans. Garcia also set fastest GTLM race laps at Daytona, Road America and Mid-Ohio.

Chevrolet can complete a sweep of the full-season GTLM championships and wrap up the Manufacturers title by having one of the two Corvettes start the Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring on Saturday, Nov. 14.

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