Careful, methodical preparation is more than merely due diligence in racing – it’s key to a win. And in a race like the 24 Hours of Le Mans, its importance is exponentially amplified for teams based in a completely different continent – and Pratt & Miller’s Corvette Racing group is no exception.
As the P&M folks count down the hours until the start of this year’s Le Mans race (which begins on Saturday, June 16), they reveal just how much work goes into actually fielding a car (or two, in this case) at the fabled endurance race. Predictably, there’s a lot of packing to do: trucks are shipped to England over a month in advance, and as team officials note, you need to make sure everything you might possibly need is handy. Since it’s a 3900-mile trek between Circuit de la Sarthe and Pratt & Miller’s home shop as the crow flies, it’s not as if they can quickly run home for a forgotten tool. Cars are shipped separately, but the Corvette C6Rs are first trailered to Chicago before they're sent par avion to France.
Will this hard, focused work pay off? We’ll know for sure on Sunday, when the 24-hour melee winds to an end. If Corvette Racing emerges with podium finishes, the effort has been worthwhile – and will immediately start anew for next year’s race.
Source: Pratt & Miller