Oliver Gavin Tackles New Corvette Daytona Prototype

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Oliver Gavin will be one of many American Le Mans Series (ALMS) regulars racing in this year's 50th annual Rolex 24 at Daytona Grand-Am endurance contest. 

The lanky British driver has been a factory GM sports car ace and a member of Corvette Racing for many years, driving for the multiple championship-winning Corvette Racing squad in ALMS.

Now Gavin has been confirmed as one of the Spirit of Daytona Racing drivers in the new Corvette Daytona Prototype (DP) that will have its first outing on the 3.56-mile road/oval course at Daytona International Speedway. 

Gavin shares the cockpit with Antonio Garcia and Richard Westbrook, with whom he's driven in many endurance races, under the Corvette Racing banner.  

Gavin is set for all three endurance races in the 2012 Rolex Sports Car Series: the Rolex 24 at Daytona, Sahlens Six Hours of the Glen at Watkins Glen and the new three-hour race at Indianapolis Motor Speedway in July.

With his considerable experience in both the Daytona Prototype and GT Grand-Am series over the past decade, "I am really delighted to be part of Spirit of Daytona Racing, driving with Antonio and Richard in the new Corvette Daytona Prototype," Gavin said. "I think this is an extremely exciting time to be in Grand-Am and driving a Corvette in that series.

"The car looks fantastic and is a real race car. I am itching to get on the track with it and see what it can do," Gavin explained. "A huge amount of work has gone into putting this all together at Pratt & Miller and, having worked with them for the last 11 years (at Corvette Racing), I know just what they're capable of. This will undoubtedly be another fine machine from them and it should allow us to really challenge for victories."

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Gavin--and the balance of the Spirit of Daytona DP team--will be at the Roar Before the Rolex 24 test session at Daytona this week; he's also scheduled to test his Corvette Racing 2012 Corvette C6.R GT ALMS machine before returning to Daytona for the 24-hour race scheduled the final weekend of January.  

The versatile Gavin is also due to return to the Australian V8 Supercar series during their 2012 season. The personable driver so impressed the General Motors and team bosses in Australia with his talent and demeanor that he has been asked to return for future races.

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