Jan. 1st, 2006, Tom Wallace officially became the car
guy with the best job in the world. On that day he succeeded
Dave Hill as Corvette chief engineer and vehicle line
executive (VLE) for performance cars. Wallace became
only the fourth person to carry the title of Corvette
chief engineer in the marque's history, joining an exclusive
club whose membership includes Zora Arkus-Duntov, Dave
McClellan and Hill.
October 24th, 2008, it was announced that Tom Wallace
will be retiring from GM at the end of the month. The
news was delivered during an event at the Peterson Museum
honoring Corvette history.
60, who has worked for GM since 1966, retires just one
month shy of having run the Corvette program for three
years. He is only the fourth chief engineer in Corvette's
Wallace's tenure, the Corvette team finished and launched
the ZR1--a supercar laced with racing technology, from
its carbon-fiber body panels to composite-material brake
discs and its supercharged 6.2-liter V8 rated at 638
was known for his keen grasp of performance-car culture
and a passion for the marque, and his departure has
come as a shock to many. We at the Pace car Registry
wish him well in his future endeavors - he will be missed
in the Corvette world!
Stefanyshyn, GM's global vehicle line executive for
rear-wheel-drive vehicles, will add the Corvette responsibility
to his duties.
OF LUCK TOM !!
Tom Wallace completing his paperwork to become a member
of the Pace Car Registry during the 2007 Mid Ohio
ALMS race. Tom also owns a 2007 Pace / Track car.
Also pictured is Jim Egan, PCR Public Relations Director.
Tom rides along in the 2007 IPL 500 Festival Parade.