Z06 Display, Souvenir Book & 300 Cars Highlight 2015 ‘Corvettes in the D’

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About 300 vehicles participated in the 2015 "Corvettes in the D."

Beautiful sunny weather greeted some 300 Corvette owners and their guests at the annual "Corvettes in the D" celebration along the Detroit River on Sunday, June 28.

After a rash of rainy and windy weather prior to the big event, Vette aficionado and "Corvettes in the D" organizer Larry Courtney laughed that, “The sun is always out for our events.”

Courtney, owner of the charismatic red, white and blue flag-wrapped Corvette convertible that is an anticipated staple of Corvette events around the country, said he “had a ‘special conversation’ about Sunday and, of course, the sun was shining for us – and we’re very glad!  The turnout was great!”

This third Annual "Corvettes in the D" at GM’s Renaissance Center headquarters along the Detroit River, sponsored in part by General Motors, Corvette Central, Matick Chevrolet and Michelin Tire, was organized as a celebration of the Z06, as well as a fundraiser for veterans.

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Verna and Larry Courtney hold down the "Corvettes in the D" regisgration.

With the beautiful weather, Courtney said the anticipated 300 Corvettes provided a rainbow stream of perfect chassis, purring engines, and grinning drivers and passengers.

“We chose to feature the Z06 Corvettes this year because we knew that the convertible was coming out soon and the new Z06 would be a terrific machine,” explained Courtney. “So we put together seven great examples of the C5, C6 and C7 Z06 Corvettes to display, in addition to several other displays and Corvette activities, including sessions with the Corvette Mechanic.”

With a stroll down the “Z06 spotlight lane,” event-goers could view these special cars and talk with their owners. The chosen cars, brilliant in the sun, included:

  • a 2002 with more than 250,000 miles and owned by a driver who likes to race
  • a 2002 that has some modifications and low miles
  • a C6 Black Centennial edition
  • a C6 Ron Fellows edition and a C6 with a Katech package
  • a C7 convertible and a C7 coupe
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Corvettes in the D souvenir book.

With the event’s celebration of the ZO6, each Corvette participant received a goodie bag – packed with care by Courtney’s wife and co-organizer, Verna Courtney – and containing a glossy, info-packed souvenir book that shares fascinating photos and facts about everything from Louis Chevrolet breaking Barney Oldfield’s closed-course, one-mile world record and Chevrolet’s partnership with Will Durant in the formation of the Chevrolet company, to Chevrolet’s place in the NASCAR era, photos and stories from Corvette owners and a list of Corvette events and related websites.

The book also shares structural, technical and design descriptions of the 2015 Corvette Z06, labeling the model as “the most capable Corvette ever,” the first Corvette Z06 to offer a supercharged engine with an eight-speed, paddle-shift automatic transmission and, thanks to a stronger aluminum frame, a removable roof panel.

Young visitors were treated to a kids’ goodie bag, containing a special Z06 coloring book and crayons, a die-cast collectible model car, flashlight, pens, keychain, sticker sheet and stickers: all part of expanding the fun of being around Corvettes and their owners as they share stories and information while raising money for area veterans.

The 17th District Veterans Court logo.

The Courtneys chose two local groups as charities benefiting from the Corvettes in the D admission donations:  The Veterans Outreach Program of Southeast Michigan, based in Redford Township, and Operation Care Package of Michigan. Both are 501C charities, and both are staffed by volunteers, pay no salaries, and provide all proceeds to the cause.

The Veterans Outreach Program of Southeast Michigan helps veterans get the benefits to which they are entitled while providing counseling, job placement, education and housing. Operation Care Package of Michigan packs and sends goodie boxes to those serving overseas.

“Not only are Corvette owners some of the most fun people, they are also among the most generous,” said Courtney. “Sometimes I receive checks for the charities in the mail long after our events – and from visitors who live in other parts of the world.”

For more information about donating to the charities, the special souvenir publication or the 2016 event,  email Larry Courtney or call him at 586-218-8616.

Guest post story and photos by Honey Murray

Posted June 29, 2015 

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Chevy Lifts Lid On Refined, Lighter 2016 Camaro Convertible

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The new 2016 Camaro Convertible.

Chevrolet News, June 24, 2015

Chevrolet will offer a convertible model of the all-new 2016 Camaro, featuring the segment’s most advanced top.

Check out Chevy's cool Camaro video here.

The 2016 Camaro is the only convertible in the segment to offer all of the following:
• Fully automatic operation with latches that automatically release and secure the top
• Capability of opening or closing at speeds up to 30 mph
• Remote opening with the key fob
• A hard tonneau cover that deploys automatically, providing a more refined, finished appearance when the top is lowered and stowed.

The electro-hydraulic power roof system features multilayer construction – including acoustic and thermal barriers – designed for a comfortable, quiet driving experience in all seasons. The top emulates the sleek silhouette of the Camaro coupe.

“The 2016 Camaro coupe will set the benchmark for the segment in terms of technology, performance and design,” said Todd Christensen, Camaro marketing manager. “Adding the most sophisticated top in the segment brings another level of refinement – and driving enjoyment – to the Camaro convertible.”

The new Camaro convertible arrives in early 2016.

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The 2016 Camaro will weigh 200 pounds less than the model it replaces.

Like the Camaro coupe, the convertible benefits from a stiffer, lighter structure that helps reduce total vehicle weight by at least 200 pounds compared to the model it replaces. Consequently, the Camaro convertible retains the coupe’s sharp chassis tuning and nimble reflexes.

“From the beginning, the Camaro’s architecture was developed to incorporate a convertible with uncompromised driving dynamics,” said Al Oppenheiser, Camaro chief engineer. “Customers will appreciate what they don’t feel: quivers, cowl shake or an under-damped chassis typically found in a four-seat convertible.”

The architecture also enables the Camaro convertible’s sleek design, allowing the top to fold down completely beneath the belt line. The hard tonneau cover automatically covers the folded top, creating a finished appearance.

“With many convertibles, you have to affix a tonneau cover manually – if it’s done at all,” said Tom Peters, design director. “The Camaro convertible’s automatically deploying hard tonneau not only makes it easier to enjoy convertible driving when the inspiration hits, it ensures the car always looks its best.”

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The 2016 Camaro is offered in LT and SS models.

About the 2016 Camaro

The sixth-generation Chevrolet Camaro offers higher levels of performance, technology and refinement and is designed to maintain the sporty car segment leadership earned over the past five years.  

Offered in LT and SS models, it provides a faster, more nimble driving experience and a broader powertrain range.

Six all-new powertrain combinations are offered, including a 2.0L Turbo rated at an SAE-certified 275 horsepower, an all-new 3.6L V-6 producing and SAE-certified 335 horsepower, and the LT1 6.2L V-8, which is SAE-certified at 455 horsepower and 455 lb-ft of torque – the most powerful Camaro SS ever. Each engine is available with a six-speed manual or eight-speed automatic transmission.

Camaro’s leaner, stiffer platform and slightly smaller dimensions are accentuated by a dramatic, sculpted exterior. Meticulously tuned in the wind tunnel, the exterior contributes to performance through reduced aerodynamic lift for better handling, while enhancing highway fuel efficiency. 

Inside, the driver-focused cabin integrates class-leading control technologies, including a new Driver Mode Selector, configurable instrument cluster and a customizable ambient lighting feature.

The 2016 Camaro coupe and convertible will be produced at General Motors’ Lansing Grand River assembly plant in Lansing, Mich.

FAST FACT: In 1967 – Camaro’s first model year – the available convertible model came with a manually operated top. A power-operated top was a $52.70 option selected by 47 percent of buyers.

Posted June 24, 2015

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Free Press Writer Tells Inside Story Behind The 1-Millionth Corvette

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The one-millionth Chevrolet Corvette rolls off the assembly line in Bowling Green, Ky., in 1992. Today, the historic car undergoing restoration at GM Design headquarters in Warren. (Photo: General Motors)

By Mark Phelan, Detroit Free Press Auto Critic

Originally published June 21, 2015

How did the one-millionth Chevrolet Corvette get to be No. 1,000,000? No, not just by coming after No. 999,999, smart-aleck. Go sit in the corner.

Months of planning went into figuring out which Corvette would make history, and exactly when it would be built, former Corvette model-year manager Jeff Yachnin told me last week. Yachnin spent 17 years on the Corvette team.

We were talking because I got a look at the historic car undergoing restoration at GM Design headquarters in Warren, just outside Detroit. The car was damaged — virtually totaled, to the untrained eye — when a 30-foot sinkhole swallowed it and seven other cars at the National Corvette Museum in Bowling Green, Ky., on Feb. 12, 2014.

Chevrolet saw the millionth 'Vette coming and preparations began years in advance.

Read more by Mark Phelan here.

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‘Corvettes In The D’ Offers Displays, Seminars & More Along Detroit River

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Hundreds of Corvette owners turned out for the 2014 "Corvettes In The D."

With Larry Courtney as the organizer, you can expect this year's "Corvettes in the D" to be a revvin' blast. 

Hundreds of Corvettes participated in the 2014 "Corvettes In The D" event, which takes place this year on Sunday, June 28 at GM's Renaissance Center headquarters along the Detroit River. Attendees also enjoyed seminars by Corvette mechanic Paul Koerner and Brittany George, which are on tap again this month.

"This will be our third year at the Detroit Ren Cen and quite honestly there are still a few growing pains. What I try to do is keep the good stuff and avoid repeating the things that did not work so well," reports Courtney, who also headed the National Corvette Caravan from Michigan, Indiana and Kentucky in 2014.

"This year I was very excited to see GM make a Z06 convertible and I thought this would be a good time to celebrate the Z06.  There will be some fine examples of the C5, C6 and C7 Z06s on display. I would like this to be a Z06 reunion and hope to see a lot full of Z06s.  There will also be a great representation of all generations. Plus, we'll have a club tent for eventgoers to learn about area Corvette club updates   and to get information on upcoming shows," he adds.

Here are Courtney's invitation and flyer. Please share them with your friends!

For other questions, email  Courtney here.

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2015 Corvettes In The D. Please share this information with your friends.

Posted June 10.

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Matick Chevy’s Detroit Grand Prix Corvette Caravan Photo Album

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Matick Chevy in metro Detroit hosted its annual Grand Prix Experience on May 30.

We hope you like this collection of photos from the annual George Matick Chevrolet Corvette Caravan Experience to the Chevrolet Detroit Belle Isle Grand Prix on May 30. 

The race day experience included discounted grandstand seat tickets to the Grand Prix and Chevy's Hospitality Tent and Corvette Corral parking on the island, a starter's breakfast program at Matick, speakers and more. Almost 100 Corvette owners and their guests wheeled into the dealership Saturday morning before heading to the island with a Redford Township Police escort.

WJBK Fox 2 News promoted the event earlier in the week. Watch Matick General Sales Manager Paul Zimmermann, who recently was selected as one of the 2015 Automotive News 40 Under 40 Retail, talk about the Grand Prix event and the new C7 here.

Matick's Corvette Caravan Experience sold out, reports George Matick Chevrolet’s Ryan Esler. To attend the 2016 event, email Ryan well before race weekend, which is usually near the end of May. Corvetteblog.com will feature stories on the 2016 caravan beginning in January.

Enjoy the ride!

P.S. We also love to hear good news. Click here to learn how the Grand Prixmiere fundraiser, presented by Chevrolet on the Friday of race weekend, raised $1.1 million for the Belle Isle Conservancy. The funds will help maintain, renovate and improve the huge island park located in the Detroit River.

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Posted June 2, 2015

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Nearly 100 Corvettes Lined Up For Matick Chevy’s 2015 Caravan To The Detroit Grand Prix On Belle Isle

Getting ready to steer toward some fun, these attendees can't wait to get into their 'Vettes!

The fourth annual George Matick Chevrolet 2015 Corvette Caravan Experience to the Chevrolet Detroit Belle Isle Grand Prix was once again a huge success.

Some 100 Corvette owners and their favorite passengers wheeled into the dealership's huge parking lot early yesterday (May 30) morning, anticipating a day of car fun. The local WJBK Fox 2 News station even promoted the event earlier in the week. Check out the segment here.


Guests fill up before heading to the races.

Corvetteblog.com joined the car enthusiasts over plates of bacon & eggs (and all the accoutrements) and met up with folks like Zack Trajzevski of Shelby Township, Mich., who drove his 2002 zippy yellow Corvette coupe into Matick’s lot with cousin Nick, of Canton, Mich.

“Ever since I saw a Corvette, when I was 9 years old, I thought that it was the coolest car I’d ever seen,” Zack recalls. And now a proud owner of a ‘Vette, Zack is all about Corvette events such as the Matick Corvette Caravan.

These Corvette owners are ready to roll at the 2015 Matick Chevy Grand Prix Caravan.

“Matick puts on a great show here … the hospitality … everything … it’s a topnotch operation,” says Zack, who with his cousin Nick and dozens of others would soon pull out of the lot and ribbon their way onto I-96 for a police-escorted caravan down to the exciting Grand Prix races on Belle Isle in Detroit.

Joseph Williams (right) and his son Lawrence.

In line for the breakfast buffet were Joseph Williams and his son, Lawrence, of Detroit and Redford, respectively. The father-son duo pulled up in Joseph’s candy apple red C6. “It’s running real well,” shares Joseph, who’s participated in the caravan every year since it started four years ago. “I love the grand Prix and I love speed.” Indeed, Joseph says he’s hit 120 on a certain Sunday morning — of course we won’t reveal where.

Banker Mary Karey and husband Joe Karey wheeled in in a C6 cyber gray convertible. Residents of Oakland Township, the couple once lived in Texas and enjoyed sharing tales about their ‘Vette club in the Lone Star state and their current ‘Vette event goings-on.

Steps from the Kareys were Gregory Frost, decked in a sharp race-themed shirt that he bought at the Grand Prix last year, and friend Sonja. The two arrived in Gregory’s 2008 red Corvette.


Gregory Frost came decked out in his favorite shirt.

After satisfying their morning appetites and enjoying hot cups of coffee, the eventgoers settled back for a short presentation by Ken Lingenfelter, who showed various race films and also mentioned Matick-sponsored Corvette racecar driver Danny Kellermeyer of DJ Racing Enterprise in Ortonville, Mich. Danny, too, enjoyed the day’s event.

The Collection raises money through tours and other private showings to help benefit these types of charities. While the Collection currently is not open to the public, it is available for corporate and charity events, silent and live auctions, and car-club specialty showings. For more information, call 248-486-5342, ext. 10.

Ken owns Decatur, IN.-based Lingenfelter Performance Engineering, which he purchased from his race driver cousin, the former John Lingenfelter. The company also has a fascinating collection of cars in southeast Michigan. In addition to a passion for collecting rare and unique automobiles, the Lingenfelter Collection is also actively involved in many charities, including breast cancer research and the  the Ronald McDonald House in Detroit affiliated with the Children’s Hospital, which he talked about during his presentation.

Mike Richardson drove his '78 Corvette.

Meanwhile, Mike Richardson of Farmington Hills, and son Brett, rolled up in Mike’s 1978 silver-anniversary beauty. “It’s running well these days,” Brett reports.

As the sun shone outside (and there were quite a few downpours later in the day, but luckily that held off for these cruisers), enthusiastic ‘Vette owner Isaly Szetla, of  Southfield, Mich.’s Vettestorations, and her cruisin’ pal, Liz Fretz, both of Novi, Mich. (both regular fixtures at these types of events), jumped in to Isaly’s ’82 red convertible. Revving up the engine, the friends pulled into the colorful line of shiny metal zipsters, waving as they went and looking forward to a day at the races!

Isaly Szetla (left) and her cruisi' pal Liz Fretz are regular fixtures at Corvette events.

Update: This event sold out, reports George Matick Chevrolet’s Ryan Essler. To attend next year’s event, be sure to contact the dealership well before race weekend, which is usually near the end of May. Corvetteblog.com will feature stories on the 2016 caravan beginning in January.

Did you attend the Corvette Caravan? Did you enjoy it? Please share!

Posted May 31, 2015

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Update: $439 Million Corvette Plant Upgrade Includes Massive Paint Shop

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About 150 jobs will be retained as part of GM's Corvette plant makeover.

May 21, 2015 — GM announced today that it will spend $439 million on upgrades at the Corvette Assembly Plant in Bowling Green, Ky. This investment adds to the $135 million GM has already pumped into the facility over the past four years for the new Corvette Stingray and the Performance Build Center.

A new 450,000-square-foot, environment-friendly paint shop, almost half the size of the entire current production facility, will include substantial technology upgrades, new tooling and robots to improve efficiency.

Construction will begin this summer and last two years. Corvette production schedules will be unaffected by the construction.

“With this major technology investment, we can continue to exceed the expectations of sports car buyers for years to come,” said North American Manufacturing Manager Arvin Jones. “These types of investments are evidence that the customer is at the center of every decision we make.”

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GM's Arvin Jones detailed the upgrades.

Added UAW Vice President Cindy Estrada: “This new paint shop will mirror the efficiencies and technologies of the new body shop, installed with the launch of the Stingray.”

Corvette production began in 1981 in Bowling Green following assembly in Flint, Mich., and St. Louis, Mo. Each has been an exclusive home of the Corvette, contributing to its distinction as the world’s longest-running, continuously produced passenger car. More than 1.6 million have been produced in 62 years.

Since the launch of the all-new 2014 Stingray, the Corvette has won more awards than any other car in the industry, including the 2014 American Car of the Year, Car & Driver’s 10 Best and Automobile Magazine’s Automobile of the Year.

Building on that recognition, Corvette sales reached an eight-year high in 2014 with almost 38,000 cars sold globally. The plant welcomed a record 56,000 tourists last year.

The new Performance Build Center opened last year and in March began hosting customers in the Build Your Own Engine program. More information about Bowling Green Assembly is available at corvetteassembly.com.

The investments in Bowling Green are part of the $5.4 billion that GM said it would invest in U.S. facilities over the next three years.

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GM Plans $400 Million Makeover At The Corvette Plant In Bowling Green

Watch this morning's First Shift video report from Automotive News about the planned $400 million makeover at the Corvette Bowling Green, Ky. manufacturing facility, including a paint shop and other upgrades.

Click here to listen. There is a short video ad before the report.

GM is scheduled to make the announcement later today (May 21, 2015).

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‘Danny Boy’ Kellermeyer Adds Two C7s To Rev Up The New Racing Season

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Danny Kellermeyer's #37 Matick Chevy-sponsored C6 wins again at Waterford Hills.

How's this for a winter project?

DJ Racing driver Danny Kellermeyer spent the off-season taking apart his four speedy Corvettes — piece by piece.

"This winter might have been long and cold, but that didn’t stop us from working in the shop tearing down, rebuilding, prepping and fabricating our race cars. Our yellow C6 and C5 were completely dismantled to the frame, checked, reassembled and prepped for the 2015 season," says the effervescent Michigan-based race champion.

At the same time, Kellermeyer added two new C7s to his stable of fast Corvettes —   one yellow and one cyber gray.

"These cars were torn down to every last screw and bolt, cages installed and built back from the ground up. We built these C7s just like all the past Corvettes we've customized,” says the legendary builder-driver.

"Every piece is looked at to see if it can be made stronger, lighter and better. The part is then modified, replaced or, if  nothing can be done, it is reinstalled as is. All new wiring harnesses are made as the engine and ABS are completely stand-alone systems. These Corvettes are complete racecars and easier to work on if problems occur.”

Kellermeyer says his first C7 is on target to hit the track for testing this summer. If preparations go as planned, his Matick Chevy/Corvette Central-sponsored yellow DJ Racings C7 speedster will be tearing up Midwest tracks soon.

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Sweet: Kellermeyer's new C7 racecar will be ready for racing later this summer.

Let's Race

With those new C7s still in the shop, Kellermeyer was able to run his C6 for the first race of the season on May 2-3 at Michigan's Waterford Road Racing course. Great weather conditions contributed to great track times as the racing was tight for all three events with four Touring 1 class cars leading the pack every time.

Two BMWs, a silver Corvette and DJ Racing's familiar #37 yellow Corvette were all nose-to-tail and side-by-side for most of the races. The lead seemed to change multiple times every lap, but it was the Matick Chevy-sponsored DJ Racing Corvette that prevailed at the finish line in all three races.

“This year started right where the last year season ended — very competitive. Just the way I like it,” reports Kellermeyer.

“Driver Tony Mac in his well-prepared BMW was tough and wasn’t afraid to mix it up on any corner. I just had to run it out until one of us had to drop back. We finished one race side-by-side with only a marker light setting us apart. The victory was just .043 seconds.

"I don’t think either of us knew who actually won that race. Now that is great racing," concludes an excited Kellermeyer.

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Danny Kellermeyer takes another checkered flag in his first 2015 outing.

Photos by Mark Windecker

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John Heinricy Heads to Road Atlanta

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After traveling to Tampa, Florida for the final prep of two Corvette GT1 racecars sponsored by Exsys Eppinger, John Heinricy will be heading to the Road Atlanta racetrack for the SCCA Double Majors race on March 19-22. Road Atlanta is recognized as one the world’s best road courses and is situated on 750-park-like acres in the rolling hills of Northeast Georgia.

Heinricy will be racing the #97 GT1 Corvette, which is the same number he used to win the National Championship at Road Atlanta in 1993. “This is a bit of a homecoming for me. Or a ‘trip down memory lane,’ as some say.” The team owner Stewart Bachmann will drive the second GT1 Corvette.

There is expected to be about 12 GT1 cars in Heinricy’s class, including 2 Jaguars and the rest will be Corvettes. This class is often referred to as the “ground pounders” because of the awesome sound of the 800 HP engines accelerating down the straights. We asked Mr. Heinricy about his confidence level and he commented, “It will be very competitive and while I am certainly going for a win, this is our first time out so anything can happen. Our team is well prepared.”

Heinricy also talked about his plans for the first day at the track, “It will be a test day on Thursday March 19th and our goal is for Stewart and me to get acclimated to the racetrack.” Specific things Heinricy mentioned were evaluating the car setup and making appropriate changes to the chassis and gearing so the car will work well at Road Atlanta. Heinricy added that his team will probably bed in tires and brakes on that day as well so they have good hardware ready for the races on Saturday and Sunday.

On Friday, Heinricy will be qualifying for the races. He will have two sessions on the track to establish his best lap times. These times then are used to establish the starting order for the Saturday race with the fastest starting in front “on the pole”. For Sunday’s race, the driver with the fastest time from Saturday’s race will start from the pole.

GT1 1993Road Atlanta is a very storied racetrack in a picturesque setting. It's fast with very challenging turns through many elevation changes. From talking with Mr. Heinricy, it sounds like he is ready to go back for another win. “It is one of my favorite racetracks in the world and I am really excited to be back in the seat of a Corvette racecar. It feels like home!”

For more information on Road Atlanta, including race details and schedule, please visit www.scca.com.

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