It's not every day that we get to feast our eyes on a new Corvette, and even if this isn't the much-anticipated C7, well, at least this one is in the here and now. This 2012 Chevrolet Corvette Daytona Prototype will race in the Grand-Am Road Racing Series next season, making its competitive debut at the Rolex 24 at Daytona International Speedway on January 28.

"The 2012 Corvette Daytona Prototype was developed by a multifaceted effort involving Chevrolet, Corvette designers, Pratt & Miller and Grand-Am. Chevrolet also worked closely with chassis builders Riley, Coyote and Dallara," said Mark Kent, General Motors Racing Director, in a statement.

Four teams will run the Corvettes, the No. 90 Spirit of Daytona Racing, No. 10 SunTrust Racing, No. 99 GAINSCO/Bob Stallings Racing, and the No. 5 and No. 9 Action Express Racing teams. The new race car will participate in testing at Daytona on Wednesday, Nov. 16. The Corvette Racing crew last won Daytona with its C5-R in 2001. Follow the jump to read the press release, but be sure to check out the racer in our high-res gallery first.
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Chevrolet Unveils 2012 Corvette Daytona Prototype
Will debut in GRAND-AM Road Racing Series Rolex 24 in January


DAYTONA, Fla. – Chevrolet unveiled its 2012 Corvette Daytona Prototype at Daytona International Speedway today. The Corvette Daytona Prototype will make its competitive debut in the 50th anniversary of the GRAND-AM Road Racing Series Rolex 24 at Daytona from January 26-29, 2012.

"Racing and performance are the founding principles of Chevrolet, and bringing the Corvette Daytona Prototype to GRAND-AM is a tremendous opportunity," said Jim Campbell, Chevrolet vice president, Performance Vehicles and Motorsports. "The opportunity for innovation is what makes the Daytona Prototype Class such a good fit for Chevrolet.

"Sports car and endurance racing is an outstanding platform for manufacturers like us to test and learn. The design of this race car incorporates iconic Corvette styling cues and will be immediately recognized by sports car enthusiasts and fans of GRAND-AM Road Racing," Campbell said. "We are excited to see the Corvette DP compete in the legendary Rolex 24 at Daytona next January."

The new Corvette Daytona Prototype will participate in a GRAND-AM test at Daytona International Speedway on Wednesday, Nov. 16.

"GRAND-AM's new Daytona Prototype concept is aimed at allowing manufacturers to showcase their brand in an exciting, cutting-edge fashion," said GRAND-AM President Tom Bledsoe. "Chevrolet, with its new Corvette DP, has done just that. The anticipation of seeing this new Daytona Prototype compete is building each and every day. This announcement has immediate and far-reaching implications with the potential to change the face of sports car racing."

Four teams will campaign the Corvette Daytona Prototype in 2012: No. 90 Spirit of Daytona Racing; No. 10 SunTrust Racing; No. 99 GAINSCO/Bob Stallings Racing, and the Nos. 5 and 9 Action Express Racing teams.

"The 2012 Corvette Daytona Prototype was developed by a multi-faceted effort involving Chevrolet, Corvette Designers, Pratt & Miller and GRAND-AM. Chevrolet also worked closely with chassis builders Riley, Coyote and Dallara," said Mark Kent, GM Racing director. "The IMSA GTP Corvette Prototype campaigned by Hendrick Motorsports in the '80s was the inspiration for this new Chevrolet Corvette Daytona Prototype. And, like the GTP Corvettes, the new Corvette Daytona Prototype contains numerous styling cues from the street version of the Chevrolet Corvette."

Corvette has a storied history of racing-related feats in Daytona. Zora Arkus-Duntov – the father of the Corvette and chief engineer working on the Corvette in the '50s and '60s – set a flying-mile speed record of more than 150 miles per hour in a Corvette on Daytona Beach, one of a number of record runs on the beach for him. When Daytona International Speedway opened in 1959, Arkus-Duntov turned the fastest laps – 155 miles per hour – in a Corvette SS.

More recently, in 2001, a Corvette driven by Ron Fellows, Johnny O'Connell, Chris Kneifel and Franck Freon was the overall winner in the Daytona 24-hour. Another Corvette finished fourth that year, with Dale Earnhardt Sr., Dale Earnhardt Jr., Andy Pilgrim and Kelly Collins.


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      dan1malk
      • 3 Years Ago
      Yes. That is all.
      FriskyDingo
      • 3 Years Ago
      I'm surprised that they could get a design they so obviously tried to get to mimic the street car to be aero effective. The attention to detail and similarities to the Corvette are striking to say the least, and I think they did an excellent job incorporating design elements into this car. Nicest looking DP car, no doubt. I wish others would follow suit, w/ street car inspired looks. Especially Porsche.
        mrx19
        • 3 Years Ago
        @FriskyDingo
        Absolutely agree. Having some brand identity in this series would greatly enhance interest.
        Elmo
        • 3 Years Ago
        @FriskyDingo
        I believe Porsche and BMW have been working on new DPs for 2012. New rules have stated that the new DPs will look closer to production cars than previous DPs. Alfa Romeo made news 2 years ago when they said they were entering Grand Am in the GT class and showed a rendering of the car, which carried a lot of influence from the 8C. So hopefully Alfa is still thinking about getting into Grand Am.
          Elmo
          • 3 Years Ago
          @Elmo
          DP class is what I mean, not GT.
      Dennis Baskov
      • 3 Years Ago
      I wish GM would build a street version of this. This prototype looks too hot and exotic to be a modern corvette.
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Dennis Baskov
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      You guy
      • 3 Years Ago
      I won't say no if this what they want the C7 to look like. Gullwings, please?
      mylexicon
      • 3 Years Ago
      Don't worry. Grand-Am will detune the car at some point, GM will flip, and they will withdraw. If Grand-Am don't detune the Chevy everyone else will quit. That's how Grand-Am works.
        Jonathan Arena
        • 3 Years Ago
        @mylexicon
        Grand Am, like every other race series on the planet has a set of rules that are designed to even out the different cars so that one brand doesn't dominate and ruin the series like Porsche did to Can Am.
          Anthony Thomas
          • 3 Years Ago
          @Jonathan Arena
          Grand Am not special they are draconian with leveling the playing field, taking that from NASCAR heavy handed tactics. The pre-renderings of these things told the story. I am not surprised and the biggest knocks again Grand Am were its ugly DP cars. That might have changed but the general dumbing down of the cars so rich men can drive them is still troubling for hard-core fans. Also the GT series is actually the joke now with Mazda coming back and I'm sure some fixing of the rules so uni-body cars like the Porsche don't dominate vs tube chassis cars... Stupid. Also there some butt-hurt ALMS fans that don't like the idea of internet streaming and will make the jump.
      ssbjohn
      • 3 Years Ago
      the comeing season looks like its shapeing up to be something to watch---and i for one will be watching
      RICK
      • 3 Years Ago
      Great way to spend our tax dollars!
        Elmo
        • 3 Years Ago
        @RICK
        You're an idiot. Laser should create a "I HATE GM!" group on Facebook so all these trolls can just spew out their retardness on there instead of here.
        pontiacmuscle68
        • 3 Years Ago
        @RICK
        GM is a private company, all the bailout money was paid back smart one!!! no tax dollars were spent on making this car!!!
          Mike D
          • 3 Years Ago
          @pontiacmuscle68
          Could be wrong but doesn't the government still own quite a bit stock in GM's IPO?
      Karl T
      • 3 Years Ago
      That's simply ugly. Looks waaaay too forced.
      Sukairain
      • 3 Years Ago
      That in fact, looks awesome!
      boosted
      • 3 Years Ago
      OMG. Is this the mid engine Corvette we've been waiting for? If this is the C7, it will be my 3rd new Corvette this decade. This needs a dual clutch transmission as well.
        Krishan Mistry
        • 3 Years Ago
        @boosted
        Read the article. This is about as close to a C7 Vette as an Audi R18 TDI is to an A8L.
        Elmo
        • 3 Years Ago
        @boosted
        This is a pure, tubed chassis race car. It has no relation to a Corvette except for the engine, which I believe is the C6.R GTE's LS7. This isn't the C7, also.
          • 3 Years Ago
          @Elmo
          [blocked]
          Mike D
          • 3 Years Ago
          @Elmo
          boosted, it's not a guess. GM has already said the C7 won't be mid-engine. Sports cars don't need to be mid-engine to be competitive, the Vette will do just fine without it.
          boosted
          • 3 Years Ago
          @Elmo
          Your guess makes sense. But, we won't know until the C7 debut. Mid Engine, Direct Injection, and DSG should be C7 features if the Corvette wants to continue to be a world class sports car. AWD should become an OPTION as well. I hate having to park my sports car for the winter and feel disgusted that I am actually thinking of replacing my C6 with a GTR.
          • 3 Years Ago
          @Elmo
          [blocked]
        • 3 Years Ago
        @boosted
        [blocked]
      Tripointkid
      • 3 Years Ago
      Misallocation of tax dollars aside... This reminds me of what a mid-engined Corvette could have been. The front bonnet trips me out though. I keep on thinking Corvette.. as your eyes move to the rear it's not! I know it's a purpose built chassis but it really reminds of an NSX from the side profile too.
      iPlunger
      • 3 Years Ago
      looks a lot like a Mosler
        Blakkar
        • 3 Years Ago
        @iPlunger
        That's like saying all Pick-up trucks look like for being pick-up trucks. Look again and stop being an A-hole with your comments.
          Elmo
          • 3 Years Ago
          @Blakkar
          Wow, really? Was there really a reason to go off on him because you simply disagreed with him?
        Rotation
        • 3 Years Ago
        @iPlunger
        It practically is a Mosler. A Mosler starts out life as a Corvette and the frame is replaced and the engine moved back. It even keeps the taillights, like this. Looks great actually.
          FriskyDingo
          • 3 Years Ago
          @Rotation
          What?? A Mosler shares nothing in common w/ a Corvette but drivetrain and trivial pieces (lights, etc). It uses a bespoke, purpose-built carbon fiber chassis. People only make the Corvette connection because it uses LS engines. Although, the designer did previously work on the Corvette team. Still, they share nothing but motivation sources.
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