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Corvette C5R GT class Sebring

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  1. F1tommy

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    Does anyone know the story on this car. I dug up and scanned these photos of the C5R notchback taken at the Sebring 12 Hours. The team said it was a 1999 C5R with new bodywork and different engine among other things so that it could run in the GT class. Maybe to expensive for private teams, and why bother??


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  3. Eric R

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    If your wanting info on this specific car you need to find out who the builder of it was first. I know Phoenix built a lot of them for SCCA racers back in the day. The C5R is one on the greatest race cars produced. It dominated T1 for almost a decade and well into the C6's run. SCCA finally had to change the rules to where it was not competitive in T1 anymore.
     
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    This was a factory C5R.
     
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    I highly doubt this was a factory car. In '99 GM had the black and silver cars. In 2001 they went to yellow with Earnhardt and Jr driving the #3. This car is not of the lineage and not factory unless you have the docs to prove it.
     
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    Sorry, let me restate. It was a 99 factory C5R chassis modified and run in GT class by a private team at Sebring in 2002. I am not trying to prove anything, just wonder what happened to it and how it happened. GM was thinking about running both classes from what they told me. GTS with factory and GT with private teams and factory assistance.
     
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    Interesting story. Wonder how a 99 chassis got away from GM when they were just starting their racing program? Regardless, it is a bad ass car. I have owned and tracked hard a couple of C5Z's and there wasn't much that could touch me unless I was up against superior talent.
     
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    The GTS factory team told me they already had built new cars and the 1999 cars were just sitting around at that point. I just wish I had the chassis number. It ran at Sebring and they were right across from the factory teams tent so I have no reason to doubt their stories. I looked it over and the cage and alot of the details looked C5R wich I saw every year starting in 1999 at Daytona and have hundreds of detailed photos of them. My guess is it has been converted back to original now or this car was actually built up from C5R parts during 2001 and 2002 with factory assistance.
     

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