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TUSC: Corvette announces GTLM lineup, adds Briscoe, Liddell

Dec 19, 2013, 5:00 PM EST

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Corvette Racing has announced its lineup for the GTLM class in the 2014 TUDOR United SportsCar Championship. The team’s 2012 and 2013 full season pairings, Antonio Garcia and Jan Magnussen (No. 3) and Oliver Gavin and Tommy Milner (No. 4) will return, now armed with Corvette’s new C7.R to replace the departed C6.R (pictured right). The Gavin/Milner pairing won the 2012 American Le Mans Series GT driver’s title, and Garcia and Magnussen took this year’s title.

Endurance race additions will be Ryan Briscoe (No. 3) and Robin Liddell (No. 4) for the Rolex 24 at Daytona and Mobil 1 12 Hours of Sebring, the first two rounds of the TUDOR Championship. At 24 Hours of Le Mans on June 14-15, Jordan Taylor and Richard Westbrook will reprise their roles from 2013.

“We feel this roster will be extremely competitive,” Mark Kent, Director of Chevrolet Racing, said in a release. “This is a program that embraces continuity and teamwork in all areas. It is a key to success in motorsports – evidenced by the roster of drivers who will compete at Le Mans against the most challenging competition in endurance racing. We also welcome championship talents Ryan Briscoe and Robin Liddell to the Corvette Racing program for the opening two races of an exciting new chapter in sports car racing.”

Neither Taylor nor Westbrook could commit to the TUDOR Championship endurance races for Corvette Racing because they’ll be driving Corvette Daytona Prototypes in the P class for the full season. Taylor will team with brother Ricky and drive for father Wayne in the No. 10 Wayne Taylor Racing entry, with Westbrook alongside Michael Valiante in the No. 90 Spirit of Daytona Corvette.

Briscoe has competed at Daytona with WTR’s DP in years past, while Liddell became available after the Stevenson Motorsports Camaro, campaigned in the Rolex Series’ GT class, will not continue into 2014. These are two solid hires by Corvette, and for Briscoe, continues his incredible month of December that has also included earning Chip Ganassi’s fourth full-time IndyCar seat and having his first child with wife Nicole.

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