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1990 R9G Corvette Escort World Challenge Car #97
Primary Driver: Andy Pilgrim
1990 R9G Corvette Escort World Challenge Corvette #97

#97 Corvette Challenge Car documented history and specs

Car number: 97 Car Color: Silver
Sponsor: Exxon, Mobil 1, Morrison Engineering & Development Driver: Andy Pilgrim from Frisco, TX
Other Drivers: Tommy Morrison, Stu Hayner, John Heinricy & Robin Buck  

Previous owners:

Current owner: Kent Hussey 2012-current

Race history:

In 1990 the Morrison Team won the Team, Manufactures and the Tire championships with this and it's sister car. The #98 car won the 24 hours of Mosport race and finished 2nd in the Grand Prix's of Dallas & St. Petersburg.

Other history:

During 1992 this car was painted white and burgundy for the Palm Springs Road Races. This was to honor the 40th anniversary of Corvette. The car was used for exhibition. Most recently, before being repainted to it's original race colrs, this car was painted white and used for development and testing of a new oil pan system on the LS-1 motor for the GM Power Train Unit. Then these cars were raced during historic races throughout the country by Jay and Joe Policastro.

A few words about the car from the current owner (Lance Miller):

This Corvette has quite a history behind it with Tommy Morrison running the team full steam ahead in the early ‘90s. The #97 car pictured above also had a brother which was car #98 – both cars were always at the top of the pack. They were both backed by GM Corporation and reaped the rewards throughout the series. These cars recently came up for sale and we decided to jump on them, I’ve followed these cars for years and was happy to have them become a part of our collection.

Look for the #97 Tommy Morrison Corvette on a race track near you – I plan on driving this car in some of the historic race series.


Original window sticker, log book and plenty of articles/pictures


Plenty of magazine articles in regards to the “R9G” Corvettes, Tommy Morrison letter of agreement, pictures of the cars at various races which includes a lot of documentation.

Other interesting facts:

  • Andy Pilgrim went on to race for the GM Factory Team, he ran the C5-R Corvette and Cadillacs.
  • This was the last R9G Corvette ever produced.

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