With the 50 shot activated, Carlyle became the first 2020 Corvette in the 10s, with a 10.65. "We made 15 to 20 passes and it actually liked being hot-lapped—the C8 kept picking up time as we ran it warm," explained Carlyle. "We wanted to be the first one to the 10s and the 9s as well, but we didn't want to risk breaking the car since the C8s can't be tuned yet."
Mark started off with some mid-11-second baseline passes to get the car sorted out and ended up with a best time of 11.25. The ETs dropped further when Carlyle used the factory launch control, netting their fastest naturally-aspirated run of the day. "It actually ran several 11.05 passes, repeatedly," said Carlyle. "We also picked up 3 mph by using the launch control. The air outside was perfect with a tail wind and the density altitude was negative 987 feet. It's going to be hard to beat these stock ET runs." Running 11.05 at 126 mph with wheels and tires only is simply remarkable.
The only modification beyond the wheels and tires is a Nitrous Outlet dry nitrous kit. An LT1 plate kit fit perfectly between the LT2's throttle body and intake manifold, while the nitrous bottle is mounted in the front trunk. "From all our years of racing, we knew that the car would take a small amount of nitrous without issues," explained Carlyle. "It took it like a champ."