Corvette C5 Racing History
C5-R – Chassis C5R-003
This is the first of the “Second Generation” C5-R racing chassis with a 3″ wider suspension and wider, revised body. It was the first C5-R to win a race and was the most successful C5-R with a total of 11 victories, including the overall win at the Daytona 24 hour.
C5R-003 Chassis Serial Number Plate
Above – 2001-09-14 – This is the Chassis Serial Number Plate for C5R-003 as photographed at Pratt & Miller on September 14, 2001. Note the “Manufacture Date” of May 19, 2000.
Above – The frame stamp on C5R-003 is IRC-992. Some sanctioning bodies require this for identification.
2000 Racing Season – Second Half
Above – 2000-08-06 – The introduction of C5R-003 at Mosport, Canada. The new paint scheme was said to have been created by a student designer to highlight the greatly revised chassis. The race team members called this paint scheme the “Kabuki Mask”.
Above – There is some resemblance.
Above – 2000-09-02 – The FIRST WIN for the C5-R. On a VERY hot day in Texas, C5R-003 ran down and passed the factory Vipers for a resounding victory in only its second race! The Kabuki mask was apparently good luck.
Above – 2000-09-30 – C5R-003 in the garage at the Petit Le Mans in Atlanta. Good luck or not, the Kabuki mask only lasted two races.
Above – 2000-09-30 – At speed at the Petit Le Mans in Atlanta.
Above – 2000-10-15 – The beginning of a long string of bad luck at Laguna Seca.
2001 Racing Season
Above – 2001-02-04 – Daytona – The overall winner and a great look at how the fenders are flared.
Above – 2001-02-04 – Daytona – The overall winner looks tired but never missed a beat.
2001 Racing Season Results
|Feb 3-4||Rolex 24||24 hrs||Grand-Am||GTS||C5-R #2||14||1|
|24 hrs||Grand-Am||GTS||C5-R #3||19||2|
|Mar 4||Grand Prix of Texas||2hrs 45min||ALMS||GTS||C5-R #3||6||1|
|2hrs 45min||ALMS||GTS||C5-R #4||7||4|
|Mar 17||12 Hrs of Sebring||12 hrs||ALMS||GTS||C5-R #4||12||2|
|12 hrs||ALMS||GTS||C5-R #3||10||3|
|Jun 16,17||24 Hrs of Le Mans||24 hrs||24 Hrs of Le Mans||GTS||C5-R #63||27||1|
|24 hrs||24 Hrs of Le Mans||GTS||C5-R #64||29||2|
|Jul 22||Sears Point Raceway||2hrs 45min||ALMS||GTS||C5-R #3||10||1|
|Aug 4||Portland Int’l Raceway||2hrs 45min||ALMS||GTS||C5-R #3||1||1|
|2hrs 45min||ALMS||GTS||C5-R #4||3||DQ|
|Aug 19||Mosport Int’l Raceway||2hrs 45min||ALMS||GTS||C5-R #3||1|
|2hrs 45min||ALMS||GTS||C5-R #4||3|
|Aug 25||Mid-Ohio||2hrs 45min||ALMS||GTS||C5-R #3||14||1|
|2hrs 45min||ALMS||GTS||C5-R #4||15||2|
|Sep 9||Laguna Seca Raceway||2hrs 45min||ALMS||GTS||C5-R #3||7||2|
|2hrs 45min||ALMS||GTS||C5-R #4||8||3|
|Oct 6||Audi Petit Le Mans||1000 miles||ALMS||GTS||C5-R #3||*||*|
|1000 miles||ALMS||GTS||C5-R #4||15||1|
|* By decision of the Stewards of the Meet excluded for violation of Article 5.6 of the ACO 2001 Sporting Regulations.