The 2019 Corvette Grand Sport is a very punchy car. With 460 horsepower from its 6.2-liter LT1, it sprints to 60 in just 3.8 seconds. Furthermore, its ability to corner at 1.10 g, as well as its sub-140-foot braking distance from 70 mph, make it a genuine weapon on the circuit.
However, put it up against a 997 GT2, and it looks just a little underpowered. More power, more torque, and about 300 pounds lighter, the Porsche has the measure of the Chevy on the straights — and at Laguna Seca, there are a few longer ones. That said, Vivek Kumar’s command of his Corvette helps close the gap enabled by Porsche power, but then finds himself crawling all over an oblivious driver who won’t give way.
This is a situation many aspiring track rats are familiar with, especially when running in the slower run groups. That (when combined with strict passing rules) can cause a frustrating scenario like the one Mr. Kumar found himself in.
While Kumar and his Corvette were clearly the faster duo, a point-by was required for a pass. It seems the man in the Porsche forgot this, hence the awkward side-by-side crawl from Turn 5 to Turn 6 (1:09). A pass down the inside would’ve solved some of his problems, but under the typical track day rules, this sort of maneuver is verboten.
In the following lap, Kumar took the matter into his own hands and crept by when the Porsche’s driver lifted at the base of the climb to Turn 6. Because he acknowledged the passing rules, gave the Porsche plenty of space, and passed when it became clear the other driver forgot the proper procedure, the marshals couldn’t have protested.
With his abilities, Kumar should try running in an open group, where he won’t be subjected to rules designed to keep the greener drivers from colliding. He certainly has the skills to embarrass the less talented supercar owners.