Pierce Marshall and Matador Motorsports will bring the Corvette C6.R that won the GT1-class pole in 2007 for the Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring Presented by Advance Auto Parts back to the legendary Sebring circuit next weekend for the fifth running of the Historic Sportscar Racing (HSR) Classic Sebring 12 Hour presented by the Alan Jay Automotive Network.
Along with professional co-driver and coach Eric Foss, Marshall will compete in the No. 3 Corvette C6.R in what is very likely the car’s first trip back to Sebring after 2007’s pole and second-place race finish in the GT1 class.
Marshall, Foss and the team recently put the No. 3 Corvette through a successful shakedown at Texas Motorsports Ranch, where Matador Motorsports is headquartered. The team took delivery of the car at their race shop earlier in November after recently retired Corvette Racing guru Dan Binks and Binks Motorsports put a new engine in the C6.R.
"I bought the car in early 2017 from V8 Racing, a Dutch team in The Netherlands," Marshall said. "I believe it was running in the Creventic 24H Endurance Series and raced in the 24 Hours of Dubai a couple of times. The car had a lot of time and racing miles on it when I got it, so it went to Pratt & Miller to go through a significant rebuild and restoration. As far as I know, this will be its first visit back to Sebring since that 2007 race."
Jan Magnussen won the 2007 Sebring pole in the No. 3 in his first start as a full-time Corvette Racing driver after initially joining the team as an endurance driver. He and co-drivers Johnny O’Connell and Ron Fellows finished second in the 12-Hour Classic just behind the sister No. 4 C6.R for a one-two Corvette Racing sweep.
Magnussen and O’Connell scored three victories in the No. 3 in 2007 at Houston, Mosport and Detroit, but Sebring is perhaps the most appropriate venue for the Corvette’s return to North American competition.
"There is no doubt that Corvette Racing has had remarkable success at Sebring," Marshall said. "They have won 11 class victories there since 2002. I grew up a die-hard Chevy guy, as was my father, and to be racing one of the factory Corvettes is very special to me. I hope I can carry on their legacy of perseverance and dedication to excellence into vintage competition."
Marshall has restored his C6.R with the familiar Velocity Yellow livery the No. 3 wore for all three of its race wins, but the 2007 Sebring race saw the Corvette adorned in a special Arctic White paint scheme. The livery paid tribute to Fellows, who was wrapping up his accomplished driving career, and saluted the limited edition Ron Fellows ALMS GT1 Champion Corvette Z06 street car, which was the first signed special edition in Corvette’s then 54-year history.
In addition to the HSR Classic Sebring 12 Hour, the season-ending HSR weekend also features the HSR Sebring Historics. Races on that event’s schedule include the final 2020 rounds of the HSR WeatherTech Sprint Series, the HSR B.R.M. Chronographes Endurance Challenge races, HSR Stoner Car Care Global GT, HSR Classic RS Cup and the HSR Sasco Sports International/American Challenge.
Detailed event information for the Classic Sebring 12 Hour and Sebring Historics, including weekend schedules and entry lists, is available at www.HSRRace.com.
Spectator tickets for the HSR Classic Sebring 12 Hour are available on-site at Sebring International Raceway beginning Thursday, December 3. For more information please visit www.HSRTickets.com.
About HSR: Historic Sportscar Racing (HSR) was formed in the mid-1970s with an event at Road Atlanta. There was one goal then and it remains true today: to celebrate the race cars from the past. As a "time machine" of sights and sounds, HSR provides a venue for competitors and spectators alike to share in the wonderful history and excitement created by the cars that competed at race tracks around the world. HSR currently sanctions eight vintage and historic racing events at some of the world’s most renowned race tracks, including Road Atlanta, Sebring International Raceway, Daytona International Speedway and more. The complete schedule and full event information can be found on HSR’s website at www.HSRRace.com. Look for the HSR Channel on YouTube and follow HSR on Facebook at www.Facebook.com/HSRrace/ and on Twitter and Instagram at @HSR_race.