C5R-003

Corvette C5 Racing History
David Palmeter


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


Date Venue Duration Series Class Car Start Finish
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
    2hrs 45min ALMS GTS C5-R#4 11 2
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.

Red=C5R-003


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