On Display at MY Garage Museum
Larry Jewett - November 14, 2013 09:59 AM
Mid America Motorworks founder and Chief Cheerleader Mike Yager has added the Corvette GTP to the MY Garage Museum in Effingham, Illinois. The car is on permanent loan from the Hendrick Motorsports collection.
The GTP is one of only seven produced for General Motors to test and develop the V-6 engine program and to participate in the International Motor Sports Association racing series. Rick Hendrick sent the car from his personal collection in North Carolina to celebrate the 20th Annual Corvette Funfest, the 40th Anniversary of Mid America Motorworks and the 60th Anniversary of the Corvette.
“It was a great surprise to see Hendrick Motorsports pull in to our drive! I want to thank Rick Hendrick, Jim Perkins and their entire team – I am elated and PROUD to welcome my number 1, all time favorite car in Corvette's rich, 60-plus year history, the GTP,” Yager said.
The Corvette GTP was based on the T600 chassis, incorporating a body shape that recalled the style lines of the Corvette. Ryan Falconer’s 3.4 liter turbocharged V-6 Chevrolet engine was an integral part of the car’s structure. The V-6 engine featured many components – rocker arms, pistons and firewall – found in Chevrolet’s venerated small block V-8. The V-6 was also unique in that it was fabricated with off-the-shelf components as opposed to more costly designs commonly found in racing.
General Motors canceled funding for the GTP series at the close of the 1988 season, just as the teams were becoming more consistent. Hendrick Motorsports raced five of the seven GTPs from 1985 to 1988. The Corvette GTP at Mid America Motorworks’ MY Garage Museum is on loan as part of the permanent display.