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    One of sports car racing’s most decorated crew chiefs has announced his retirement as Dan Binks will step away from Corvette Racing and focus on life outside of IMSA’s WeatherTech SportsCar Championship. A fixture within an organization that takes pride in country and its bold, blaring race cars, Binks, a barrel-chested and proudly American man, embodied everything Corvette Racing represented at home and on the international stage.

    “Thirty-eight years is a long time in motor racing,” he told RACER. “I love my Corvette Racing family, and now it’s time to do something different.”

    Binks came to prominence in the 1980s with fellow Californian Tommy Kendall as the two terrorized IMSA’s GTU category with their low-dollar, high-talent Mazda RX-7 program. The Binks and Kendall connection would grow and move throughout North America as the SCCA Trans Am Series, IMSA GTP, and NASCAR beckoned.

    Most heavily associated with General Motors, Binks also spent time in the Ford camp as Kendall dominated the 1990s Trans Am scene in a Roush Racing Mustang. With his move to GM factory team Pratt & Miller in 2002, Binks spent 18 years on the front line as Corvette Racing’s leader on pit lane and in the garage.

    Known for his jovial but serious approach to the role, Corvette Racing set new standards for success by an American factory team in the American Le Mans Series, IMSA, and at the 24 Hours of Le Mans. Under his direction, Binks was also responsible for turning Corvette Racing’s pit stops into a work of art as the drivers of the yellow V8-powered supercars had the luxury of shorter stops than their rivals for many years.

  • #2
    38 years working is a long enough time and now its time to enjoy life in a new.
    Torch Red exterior/ black interior z51 FE4 1LT


    • #3
      Danny Binks was the best in every way. He was superbly competent, a great leader, and a wonderful person. While the Corvette team will miss him, he deserves his time to pursue the next chapters in his life.
      GBA Black; HTO Twilight/Tension interior; Z51 & Mag Ride; E60 lift; 5VM visible carbon fiber package; 5ZZ high wing; FA5 interior vis CF; ZZ3 engine appearance; 3LT; Q8T Spectra Gray Tridents; J6N Edge Red Calipers; SNG Edge Red Hashmarks; VQK Splash Guards; RCC Edge Red engine cover; VJR illuminated sill plates.Lifetime, annual contributors, and 22 year members of National Corvette Museum. Home is the beautiful Pacific Northwest.


      • #4
        This is a big loss for C8.R racing.


        • #5
          Thanks ABorC. He will be missed.