Catsburg & Fässler Named As 2020 Corvette IMSA Enduro Drivers

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Nicky Catsburg and Marcel Fässler will bolster the full-season Corvette Racing drivers in the endurance races for the 2020 IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship as the factory team debut their new-for-2020 Corvette C8.R.

In his first season with Corvette Racing, Catsburg will join Antonio Garcia and Jordan Taylor at the wheel of the #3 Corvette for the Rolex 24, Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring and season-ending Petit Le Mans at Michelin Raceway Road Atlanta.

Fässler will join the pairing of Oliver Gavin and Tommy Milner for the same three-race programme in the #4 Corvette C8.R.

All six drivers will attend the Roar Before the 24 test at Daytona International Speedway from Jan. 3-5.

The same line-ups are likely to be retained for the Le Mans 24 Hours with Mike Rockenfeller unable to take part due to a clash with the DTM, the clash costing him not only the race in June but also the remaining Enduro drives as Corvette work to build a strong full-season effort with their new car.

“These additions give Corvette Racing a strong lineup for the top endurance races in the IMSA GTLM championship – Daytona, Sebring and Petit Le Mans,” said Jim Campbell, Chevrolet U.S. vice president, Performance and Motorsports. “The credentials of Nicky Catsburg and Marcel Fässler speak for themselves. They will be valuable members of the Corvette Racing team in 2020 with the new C8.R.”

Catsburg has competed in series like IMSA, the FIA World Endurance Championship and World Touring Car Championship, among others. He also drove the Corvette C6.R during the FIA GT1 World Championship and the Corvette C7.R during testing for the 24 Hours of Le Mans.

Fässler returns to Corvette Racing for the fifth consecutive season. He won at Daytona and Sebring during the 2016 season with Gavin and Milner. In addition to 2009 duties with Corvette Racing, Fässler also is a three-time overall winner of the 24 Hours of Le Mans and is a past World Drivers Champion in the FIA WEC. His experience in Corvette race cars dates back more than a decade.

Nicky Catsburg: “I am extremely happy to be joining Corvette Racing. Ever since I drove the Corvette C6.R in 2011 and the C7.R in 2016 at the Le Mans Test Day, I had this dream of one day joining the factory effort. Corvette is an iconic brand which has been showing great results throughout the years. I have always looked up to the team while racing against them in some of the IMSA races I did. The driver lineups have traditionally been extremely strong and consistent. To now be able to be a part of that makes me really proud.”

Marcel Fässler: “I am very happy to be back with Corvette Racing for another season. It’s great to have such a good relationship and teamwork within this program. It is one of the things that sets Corvette Racing apart from other teams. It’s exciting to be with Corvette Racing every year, but this one will be extra enjoyable with the new C8.R. My first laps in the mid-engine Corvette can’t come soon enough!”