The victory by Kurt Busch was icing on the cake for Chevrolet, which opened Sunday with a 24 Hours of Le Mans victory for the manufacturer’s Corvette Racing program in France.
The No. 64 Corvette Racing team of Tommy Milner, Oliver Gavin and Jordan Taylor co-drove their Chevrolet Corvette C7.R to the Corvette team’s eighth victory in the tough GTE Pro class. Milner and Gavin are regulars in the IMSA TUDOR United SportsCar Championship No. 4 Corvette GT Le Mans entry, and guest driver Taylor co-drives the No. 10 Konica Minolta Corvette Daytona Prototype with his brother, Ricky, for their father’s Wayne Taylor Racing team.
“I’m obviously a little speechless about the whole thing,” Jordan Taylor said. “The goal in sports car racing and almost any kind of in motorsports in general is to win Le Mans. To win with Chevrolet and Corvette Racing as an American driver doesn't get any better than that.”
The victory gave Chevrolet and Corvette Racing another of sports car racing’s crown jewels in 2015. The team’s No. 3 Corvette co-driven by Jan Magnussen, Antonio Garcia and Ryan Briscoe won the TUDOR Championship GT Le Mans class in both the Rolex 24 At Daytona in January and the Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring in March.
“This victory adds to what already has been a terrific year for Corvette Racing and the Chevrolet Corvette C7.R,” said Mark Kent, director of Chevrolet Racing. “Today’s win at Le Mans goes alongside our successes in the Rolex 24 At Daytona and Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring.
“It shows the depth of our strengths and determination of everyone at Corvette Racing, GM Powertrain Performance and Racing team, and Pratt & Miller. I’d like to commend all of our partners who contributed to our eighth Le Mans victory.”