IMSA Spirit of Le Mans Corvette
On Thursday, March 11 2021 the late John Greenwood's spectacular "Spirit of Le Mans" Corvette race car arrived at the Motorsports Hall of Fame of America (MSHFA) in Daytona Beach, FL for an extended stay where it can be seen and enjoyed by daily tour guests. On loan by collector Steve Goldin, it took the IMSA Class pole at the 1976 24 Hours of Le Mans with its famous Stars and Stripes livery, set the fastest trap speed on the Mulsanne Straight (215.6 mph) and ran in the Top 5 before retiring. The number 76 was a nod to the nation's bicentennial. "Spirit of Le Mans" was a tribute to both the race and France, which contributed to making American independence possible. The 2,885 lb Greenwood Corvette's unique widebody form made room for massive tires front and rear and generated 1,000+ lbs. of downforce. The 467 cubic inch all-aluminum Chevy generated 700-725 horsepower. Attendees included Greenwood's brother Burt, son Joe and grandchildren Mallory and Logan. The Motorsports Hall of Fame of America is the premier hall of fame of American racing, honoring greats across all forms of motorsports, including cars, planes, powerboats and motorcycle competition. Our Class of 2020 included Red Byron (Historic), Chris Carr (Motorcycles), Floyd Clymer (At Large), Wally Dallenbach (Open Wheel), Rick Hendrick (Stock Cars), Jacky Ickx (Sports Cars), Tiny Lund (Historic), "Ohio George" Montgomery, (Drag Racing) and Ivan "Ironman" Stewart (Off Road). For museum tickets call 1-800-PIT-SHOP.