Albany, GA — Tommy Morrison, whose Chevy Corvettes and Camaros ruled 1980s and 1990s U.S. sports car racing, died April 2 at Wynfield Health and Rehabilitation here.
Morrison, a native of Glasgow, Kentucky, was inducted into the Corvette Hall of Fame in 2017. A talented driver, he achieved more fame as a team owner and manager.
His first big Corvette win was at Mid-Ohio in August 1984, when his 1985 prototype broke the Porsche/Nissan stranglehold on top-tier showroom stock road racing in the U.S. Altogether, Morrison’s Mobil 1 Corvettes and Camaros would win more than two dozen SCCA and IMSA endurance races between 1984 and 1989. In addition, his contracts to conduct tests of Corvette brake, suspension and power train systems would find him working closely with GM engineers on future products.
With the introduction of the 1990 Corvette ZR-1, Morrison found the funding and managed an assault on the outright 24-hour world endurance record that had had been set 50 years earlier by Ab Jenkins’ famous Mormon Meteor. When it was over, Corvette owned 12 records, including a 5000-mile mark, at an average of 175 miles an hour.
The only American sports car in the Smithsonian’s collection is one of the production ZR-1 Corvettes Morrison raced against full-bore grand-touring machines at Daytona and Sebring in the early 1990s.
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, no services will take place. In his obituary, the family asks that memorial contributions be made in Morrison’s name to the National Corvette Museum.