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Wallpaper Wednesday: Corvette Racing On Track During the 2019 Rolex 24 at Daytona

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The 50th anniversary season of IMSA is underway, and it got off to a very wet start during the season-opening Rolex 24 at Daytona this past weekend.

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RICHARD PRINCE for CHEVY RACING

Wallpaper Wednesday: Corvette Racing On Track During the 2019 Rolex 24 at Daytona

The 50th anniversary season of IMSA is underway, and it got off to a very wet start during the season-opening Rolex 24 at Daytona this past weekend.

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The Corvette Racing team and its competitors battled a steady downpour for much of the final third of the race, which led to two red flag periods -- including one which ended the race -- and a slew of full-course yellows.

In the end, the No. 3 Corvette C7.R finished in the sixth spot in the GT Le Mans (GTLM) class of the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship, while its sister No. 4 came home in the eighth spot.

However, the day did get off to a promising start.

The No. 3 C7.R, driven by Jan Magnussen, Antonio Garcia and Mike Rockenfeller, started on the front row in class and led both near the beginning of the race and close to the 10-hour mark. Meanwhile. the No. 4 car, piloted by Oliver Gavin, Tommy Milner and Marcel Fässler qualified ninth in class but all three drivers spent time in the lead. 

Ultimately though electrical issues plagued the No. 3,  while the treacherous conditions wreaked havoc with the No. 4. The most serious incident came when Milner slid into the tire barriers with the left slide of the car around 6 a.m. Amazingly, repairs took less than 30 minutes and the car returned to the track with just under eight hours to go.

Despite the struggles, which also included contact between the team cars on pit road in the early going, the drivers were practical after the race.

“I think we deserved a lot more, but that’s how these 24-hour races can go sometimes,” Magnussen said. “It’s also about not being unlucky and staying out of trouble. On to Sebring we’ll go for another good result.”

Despite the challenging conditions, the weather did at least provide an opportunity for some interesting photos. One is of the No. 3 C7.R in the wet on the Daytona high banks. You can download a hi-res desktop version of above, or a mobile option is available on Instagram @theblockdotcom.

Next up for Corvette Racing is the Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring at Sebring International Raceway on March 16. Keep watching The BLOCK for IMSA coverage all season long.