This 1990 Chevrolet Corvette SCCA Racer from the Ed Foss Collection is one of 23 specially built by the factory for the Corvette SCCA Escort World Challenge Series with the R9G competition racing option. More significantly, it is one of the two Morrison Motorsports entries that took the team to the season championship that year.
Corvette signaled its coming supremacy in the Corvette SCCA Showroom Stock racing series when a Z51 coupe entered by John Greenwood, Dave Heinz and Rod Millen dominated the inaugural 1984 race at Nelson Ledges, Ohio, until forced to retire in 24th place. Corvette simply ran away from there, winning every race through the 1987 season. After the SCCA banned Corvette from Showroom Stock to mollify Porsche, Chevrolet and the SCCA created the Corvette SCCA Challenge series, but Chevrolet pulled its backing after 1989 due to escalating costs. The SCCA then invited Corvette to compete in the new World Challenge, formerly the Escort Endurance Championship sponsored by Escort radar detectors. To lend support to both the series and dedicated Corvette racers, Chevrolet briefly offered through its dealer network special Corvettes for the World Challenge. Widely known by their R9G merchandising code, World Challenge-bound Corvettes were specially built with such items as heavy-duty springs and other performance tweaks. Buyers could secure sealed race-prepared 5.7L/250 HP engines from Chevrolet, but were otherwise responsible for making their own modifications to prepare their cars for competition. Chevrolet built a total of 23 R9G Corvettes, only eight of which were raced. GM documentation accounts for all 23 cars by serial number and certifies that all were built specifically for World Challenge competition, removing all mystery from the process of authentication. These are truly great collector Corvettes.
In the hands of such talents as John Heinricy, Don Knowles, Stu Hayner, Bob Lobenberg and Andy Pilgrim – who would go on to become a top driver in the factory-backed C5R and Cadillac CTS racing teams – this number 98 R9G wore the famous Silver, Red and Blue Mobil 1 livery and enjoyed further sponsorship from Morrison Engineering and Grabiak Corvette Performance Center in Greensburg, Pennsylvania. The number 98 Corvette racked up more team points than any other car in the 1990 Escort World Challenge series. The high point of the season was an outright victory in the grueling 24 Hours of Mosport in Ontario, but the GM Corporation-backed team also scored victories at the Grand Prix of Dallas and St. Petersburg, Florida. Under Tommy Morrison’s capable management the number 98 and its number 97 sister car were always at the front of the pack, and by season’s end had together secured the Team, Manufacturer and Tire Championships for 1990. Years later both cars were regular competitors in vintage racing, campaigned throughout the country by veteran sports and endurance racers Jay and Joe Policastro. Formerly owned by Lance Miller, the car has been extensively covered in numerous automotive magazines and comes documented with the original window sticker, SCCA log book, copies of the MSO, build sheet and GM invoice, a letter of agreement from Tommy Morrison and period photographs.
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– Driven by John Heinricy, Andy Pilgrim, Don Knowles, Stu Hayner and Bob Lobenberg – Entered by Morrison Motorsports – Sponsored by Mobil 1, Tommy Morrison and Grabiak Corvette Performance Center – Multiple podium finished in the 1990 Escort World Challenge including a first place finish the Toronto Star 24-Hour World Challenge at Mosport, which was considered the toughest race of the series – Car #98 earned more team points than any other race car in the series – Morrison Motorsport won the Team Championship in the 1990 Escort World Challenge series – 1 of 23 R9G Corvettes built – 6-speed transmission – FX3 suspension, Z51 handling package – Formerly owned by Lance Miller – Documented with the window sticker, original MSO, copy of the GM invoice to dealer, copy of the build sheet and race results – Featured in multiple magazines – Offered on a bill of sale