Le Mans update: Chevy to celebrate 50th anniversary this weekend

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I know some of F1B’s readers are heading to Laguna Seca this weekend for the ALMS race. (Lucky you!)

Well, here’s something to keep your eye out for: a bunch of Corvettes.

Chevy, in honor of the 50th anniversary of its first competing at Le Mans, will be unleashing some of the Corvettes that screamed down Mulsane Straight onto the track’s famous Corkscrew.

Here are some details:

The spotlight will shine on Corvette’s racing heritage with a special display of historic Corvettes that raced at Le Mans and appearances by legendary Corvette drivers. Corvette Racing fans will be able to give the American Le Mans Series’ most successful team a grand send-off before the twin Compuware Corvette C6.R race cars begin their transatlantic journey to France, where they’ll compete in the world’s biggest sports car race on June 12-13.

“It is an honor for Chevrolet to salute the men and machines that have contributed to Corvette’s racing heritage at Le Mans since 1960,” said Jim Campbell, U.S. Vice President, Chevrolet Marketing. “They are part of Chevy’s longstanding tradition of developing technology on the track to improve the design, performance and efficiency of Corvettes on the street. The hardware has changed dramatically over five decades, but the challenge and excitement of the 24 Hours of Le Mans has endured through the years.”

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Chevrolet will close the circle of Le Mans Corvettes with a 2011 Corvette Z06 painted in the traditional white and blue American racing colors carried by the Cunningham Corvettes 50 years ago. This one-of-a-kind Corvette Z06 (VIN 0001) will be sold at auction later this year to benefit the National Corvette Museum.

So, take some pictures for us!

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