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Gary Pratt And Jim Miller Talk About Building Winning Corvette Racing Machines

Gary Pratt And Jim Miller Talk About Building Winning Corvette Racing Machines

Chevrolet’s Corvette Racing factory team just rounded out its 20th year of competition – or at least, it will with this weekend’s Six Hours of Shanghai FIA WEC race – and for all 20 of those years, Michigan-based Pratt & Miller Engineering has been a key component of the team’s success.

Pratt & Miller was founded in 1989 by Gary Pratt and Jim Miller in New Hudson, Michigan, and ten years later, became tied-up with General Motors after being tasked with developing the Corvette C5-R race car. A hundred seven race wins later – including eight class wins at the infamous 24 Hours of Le Mans – and Pratt & Miller is still building, maintaining, and campaigning GM’s factory Corvette race cars.

How did we get here? A recent video from Mobil 1 The Grid decided to find out, by soliciting answers straight from the source: Gary Pratt, and Jim Miller.

Corvette Racing C6R - Pratt and Miller Mobil 1 interview featured

According to Pratt, when he and Pratt started the program, they were hoping it would last for maybe three years.

“When Doug [Fehan] came to us with a proposal, it was more or less, ‘Well, we want you to do a car, [but] we really don’t know where we’re going to race it yet,’” he says. “That’s really how the program got started. That’s how wide open it was.”

The newly-formed Corvette Racing outfit ended up selecting the 24 Hours of Daytona – an event formerly on the SCCA United States Road Racing Championship calendar – as its first venue of competition. It finished 18th overall, 34 laps down from the race-winning Porsche, and went on to enter the 12 Hours of Sebring – then a part of the American Le Mans Series (ALMS) – and a few other ALMS events. The team’s Sebring effort was met with failure, and its racing results overall were mixed, but they kept at it, with a focus “to be better every time we went out,” as Pratt says.

To find out how the Pratt & Miller Corvette Racing team grew from its humble beginnings into a fit, championship-winning outfit, watch the video above, and stay tuned for more of the latest Corvette Racing news.

— Aaron Brzozowski

Aaron Brzozowski is a writer and motoring enthusiast from Detroit with an affinity for ’80s German steel. He is not active on the Twitter these days, but you may send him a courier pigeon.

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via GM Authority

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