Ryan Briscoe and Jordan Taylor have been officially confirmed as third drivers in GTE-Pro for Corvette Racing at the 2015 edition of the 24 Hours of Le Mans. The team meanwhile shifts numbers, back to its prior 63 and 64 from 73 and 74.
Briscoe will team with Antonio Garcia and Jan Magnussen in the No. 63 Corvette C7.R, as the trio looks for its second 24-hour win of the year to add to the GT Le Mans win achieved at the 53rd Rolex 24 at Daytona.
Taylor shifts from the No. 73 he drove the last three years into the sister No. 64, with Oliver Gavin and Tommy Milner. Milner and Taylor co-drove together in Corvette Racing’s FIA World Endurance Championship wild card entry at Circuit of the Americas last year.
Briscoe will make his second Le Mans start, and first in GTE after running with Level 5 Motorsports in LMP2 two years ago.
“As the third driver I know I need to be smooth, fast and consistent,” Briscoe said. “I’m comfortable enough in the car to keep a good pace and keep us in contention. A lot can happen in the race. Weather seems to always play a part.
“The year I did the race, I spent a lot of it on slick tires in rain and drying conditions and anything you could ask for. For one year of experience, I felt like everything was thrown at me. Hopefully there won’t be too many surprises going back there for a second time.”
Taylor’s fourth Le Mans start will see him paired with Gavin and Milner once again, and looking to join the two as Le Mans class winners.
“I’ve driven with Tommy twice – once in the WEC at COTA and in the Watkins Glen Six Hours where we finished second together,” Taylor said. “So I’ve known him for awhile. And Olly is one of the guys who helped me get into Corvette Racing to begin with after I raced with him in a Camaro in GRAND-AM GT. I know both guys really well. We may have been in different cars in the past, but at Corvette Racing it’s one team and one goal to win.”
Corvette Racing finished second and fourth in 2014 in its first Le Mans with the new C7.R, and looks for its eighth class win since 2001 in its 16th straight appearance at Le Mans.