2014 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray: Track Day!
April 23, 2014
Sure, you can slap four snow tires on the 2014 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray and drive it to and from Detroit, Michigan in the middle of winter. If that's your thing, I say go for it, have a great time.
Me? I'd rather drive the new C7 Vette the way it was intended. Hard. And on the track.
And wouldn't you know it, we just happened to get an invite dubbed "The Greatest Event in Track Day History."
Okay, in truth, it's entirely possible no one was calling it that except yours truly. But most people also weren't "double-dipping," as they say, driving a car one session and riding a motorcycle in another. It brings a whole new element to the track day experience.
But that's what Mazda lets you do at this combo car/motorcycle event at the track that bears its name, Laguna Seca near Monterey, California.
A chance to drive a car and ride my motorcycle at the same fantastic race track? For two days? Wasn't about to turn that one down. Especially when Edmunds just happens to have a long-term Corvette in its fleet primed for a good flogging.
Making it more interesting, this meant we were taking a Chevrolet to a race track with Mazda's name on it, while the Corvette's Lime Rock Green color is named for a famous track in Connecticut. So maybe everyone's happy.
Keep it right here for multiple updates on our track-day adventure, including the preparation required to get the Corvette properly track-ready. It was a blast, though not without a few complications.
Mike Monticello, Road Test Editor @ 17,012 miles