After closing the front row of the GTE Pro-class, the GM-owned brand suffered a forget-me-not in the race 90 of the classic French sports car, with the main competitor, the #64 C8.R taken out by a stray LMP2 while out front of the field six. hours to run.
Entry 63, which had been raced by Garcia, Jordan Taylor and Nikki Katsberg, had already retired by that point with “significant mechanical damage” after an earlier suspension failure.
Garcia hopes the Corvette can avenge her agonizing defeat at Le Mans in Round Three of the Michelin Cup Endurance on the 2022 IMSA calendar, the six-hour Sahlin of The Glen, as it returns behind the wheel of the brand’s No. 3 car along with Taylor In GTD Professional section.
“Obviously it was a shock,” Garcia said of the Corvette Le Mans Double DNF. “It’s been a while since we’ve retired from such a big race as this. Le Mans has always been tough for everyone, but I didn’t expect to retire from racing.
“It’s disappointing on the one hand, but on the other hand I was happy with the performance we gave. Unfortunately, the sister car had to retire too. It’s time to come back.
We will return to GTD [GT3] Specs So we need to get a feel for the configuration of this car. Glen has always been a really good racetrack for us.
“It’s another new place for this car in this configuration, and we don’t know where it is against the rest. Looking at the other races we’ve been competitive so I hope everything stays the same and we can fight for it.”
#3 Corvette Racing Corvette C8.R GTD: Antonio Garcia, Jordan Taylor
Photo by: Art Fleischmann
Garcia admits he’s not sure how the GT3-spec C8.R will perform at The Glen, but he hopes the slowdown from last year will play into its strengths, as all five classes converge in the previous 3.4-mile Formula 1 race. IMSA’s seventh round place of the season.
“We didn’t test [at Watkins Glen]Garcia said: “I think there are some tests going on but we were completely focused on Le Mans.
“As we have at every other race track, we will link all the data we have from  GTLM is a car and translate everything we know so far into what we think will be the baseline for this car.
“We don’t know how it will go yet, but I think we have a tight track to see where the car is.
“Now we’re actually slower in a way that makes it easier compared to the GTLM where we had to pass a lot of cars but we were kind of in the way of prototyping.
“Now it’s more about fighting in our class and just getting success rather than trying to overtake some of the other classes. That might make it a little easier but it’s still a question mark for me and Jordan as to how this car will feel.
“Let’s see if the Corvette is fast enough to be on top and if we can take the win.”
Last year’s Corvette won six hours of The Glen against limited opposition from BMW and WeatherTech Porsche in the now-defunct GTLM class, with Garcia and Taylor taking the checkered flag ahead of the BMW M8 GTE driven by John Edwards, Jesse Kron and RLL. Augusto Farfus.
Taylor holds special memories from last year’s race, recording his first-ever win at Watkins Glen to add to his previous successes at other major Enduros including the Rolex 24 at Daytona and Le Mans 24 Hours.
Taylor said: “Winning last year’s race was a big deal. It was always up to my dad [Wayne Taylor] Bucket list of races to win as a driver.
“I think it was the only endurance race he didn’t win. He won Daytona, Sebring, Petit Le Mans and Le Mans, so the race he always talked about was the Six Hours.
“The same was happening to me. I’ve gone all these years without winning it. I’ve been second place a few times, I think, and it has always been a small thing.
“To finally get it all done, tapping and working out was very special. Our season started last year with great success.”