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2020 IMSA WEATHERTECH 240 AT DAYTONA
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2020 IMSA WEATHERTECH 240 AT DAYTONA


July 3-4, 2020
Circuit 3.56 miles

Entry by Class:
Daytona International Prototype (8)
GT Le Mans (6)
GT Daytona (12)


Television/Online Broadcast:


IMSA TV: July 4th, 2020
Qualifying -watch live IMSA.TV and IMSA app

2:20-2:35 p.m. est GTLM class
1:55-2:10 p.m. est GDT class
2:45-3:30 p.m. est DPI  class


Race times

TV-
NBCSN:  6:00-9:00 PM ET

ONLINE-
NBC Trackpass:  6:10-9:10 PM ET

IMSA TV International: 6:10-9:10 PM ET


LIVE TIMING:http://scoring.imsa.com/
Live Timing for mobile device: http://scoring.imsa.com/mobile.html


Entry List:
https://www.imsa.com/wp-content/upload ... -Pre-Event-Entry-List.pdf


Radio: IMSA Radio
http://imsatv.imsa.com/

http://radiolemans.0157.org/nplayer.php

Local: 107.9 FM local at track, 93.5 FM and 1150 AM in Daytona,
Sirius/XM 202
SiriusXM Online not published  (last year 972)

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CORVETTE RACING AT DAYTONA: Prepare for the Restart
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Following a long layoff due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Corvette Racing makes its return to competition this weekend 
  

CORVETTE RACING AT DAYTONA: Prepare for the Restart


• First race back following COVID-19 lockdown period
• Third race for new mid-engine Chevrolet Corvette C8.R
• Corvette C8.Rs placed fourth, seventh in Rolex 24 debut

DETROIT (June 30, 2020) – Following a long layoff due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Corvette Racing makes its return to competition this weekend at the same place the 2020 IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship began. Daytona International Raceway is the site of Saturday’s WeatherTech 240 and Corvette Racing’s second IMSA event this season.


Five months ago, Corvette Racing debuted the mid-engine Chevrolet Corvette C8.R in the Rolex 24 At Daytona. It was a landmark event for the program, which is in its 22nd year of top-level endurance sports car racing competition. Unlike January’s Rolex 24, each mid-engine Corvette will have two drivers apiece for the two-hour, 40-minute race on NBC Sports Network – Antonio Garcia and Jordan Taylor in the No. 3 Mobil 1/SiriusXM Corvette with Tommy Milner and Oliver Gavin in the No. 4 C8.R.


All four are past winners at Daytona. At this year’s Rolex 24, Garcia, Taylor and Nicky Catsburg placed fourth in GT Le Mans (GTLM), and the No. 3 Corvette C8.R completed more miles – 2,794.60 – than any other Corvette in race history.


This weekend’s race will have a drastically different feel, however. Aside from the difference in race length and grid size, Corvette Racing (like all competitors) will operate in accordance with federal, state and local guidelines for social distancing and wear appropriate PPE at all times.


The event schedule will include a one-hour practice Friday with another practice Saturday morning, qualifying early Saturday afternoon and a race into dusk Saturday evening.


Corvette Racing is a three-time winner at Daytona – all coming at the Rolex 24 including an overall victory in 2001. The GRAND-AM Rolex Sports Car Series held mid-summer races at Daytona through 2010; Garcia, Taylor and Milner each competed in at least one of those previous events.


The Corvette C8.R is the fifth racing version that Corvette Racing has fielded since its first season in 1999. The team’s record since its debut is unmatched – 107 victories, 13 IMSA Team Championships, and 12 Manufacturer and Driver titles.


The mid-engine C8.R is based on the strong foundation of the 2020 Corvette Stingray with both developed simultaneously. There is a deeper level of technology transfer between the race car and production Corvette than ever before which helps contribute to many of its advancements. As a result, the C8.R shares the highest percentage of parts between the production and race car than any previous generation.


Initial design and development on the Corvette C8.R – with Corvette Racing engineers working alongside Corvette production personnel – began more than five years ago with track testing starting within the last 18 months. Heavy emphasis on wind tunnel and simulation aided in the testing program.


The IMSA WeatherTech 240 at Daytona is set for July 3-4 with live race television coverage on NBC Sports Network, NBCSports.com and the NBC Sports App starting at 6 p.m. ET on Saturday. IMSA Radio will broadcast all practice and qualifying sessions as well as the race on IMSA.com, which also will host live timing and scoring.

ANTONIO GARCIA, NO. 3 MOBIL 1/SiriusXM CHEVROLET CORVETTE C8.R: “It’s going to be a challenge for everyone. Not being able to test your development on track is a new thing to do. Everyone is working at home so it’s not easy. You go by how the race went at Daytona, and we hope we are fixing the items we identified but we couldn’t test them on track. That’s the only downside to that and having just two hours practice. It will be a challenge, but Corvette Racing is the best team out there. If anyone can do this, it’s this team.”
 

JORDAN TAYLOR, NO. 3 MOBIL 1/SiriusXM CHEVROLET CORVETTE C8.R: “It will be a much shorter race with a much different mindset. For the Rolex, you’re trying to race to the end and survive the first 20 hours to race in the last four. For this one, you’ll prepping a car for speed to compete in laptime and performance. You’ll have to take a lot more risks not to lose track position. There will be a bit of difference in strategy. Corvette Racing has a long history of bouncing between races of these lengths (endurance vs. sprint).”
 

OLIVER GAVIN, NO. 4 MOBIL 1/SiriusXM CHEVROLET CORVETTE C8.R: “It’s fantastic to get back racing. All credit to everyone at IMSA for working away tirelessly for the last couple of months to get us back racing at Daytona. It will be obviously pretty hot and sticky conditions but at least we will be back behind the wheel. Some fans will get to see cars out on track, which I think is fantastic. It’s been a long break… probably the longest period for anyone involved in racing. There isn’t a lot of track time at Daytona, which will present some challenges and be a little weird, to be honest. But everyone is really wanting to just get out there and get on with it.”
 

TOMMY MILNER, NO. 4 MOBIL 1/SiriusXM CHEVROLET CORVETTE C8.R: “With a new car, we are approaching each race trying to learn as much as we can. Winning races is always the target, and that won’t change whether we had a bad Daytona or not. For Olly and I, it’s about continuing to push the car forward and going for race wins. That’s the best way to make up that deficit. With less cars, it’s harder to make up larger point gaps but it’s the same for everyone. Just because we had a bad Daytona doesn’t mean we are out of it. As always, the goal at every weekend especially early on is to finish as high as we possibly can. Winning obviously is No. 1, but getting points is big. That won’t change by any means. There is an expected learning process with the new Corvette. If there is something we can learn early on here that will help us down the road then we will certainly explore that.” 
 

2020 WeatherTech SportsCar Championship – GTLM Standings (After 1 of 11 Events)
Driver Standings
1. Augusto Farfus/Chaz Mostert/Jesse Krohn/John Edwards – 35
2. Earl Bamber/Laurens Vanthoor/Mathieu Jaminet – 32
3. Fred Makowiecki/Matt Campbell/Nick Tandy – 30
4. Antonio Garcia/Jordan Taylor/Nicky Catsburg – 28
5. Bruno Spengler/Colton Herta/Connor De Phillippi/Philipp Eng – 26
7. Oliver Gavin/Tommy Milner/Marcel Fässler – 24


Team Standings
1. No. 24 BMW Team RLL – 35
2. No. 912 Porsche GT Team – 32
3. No. 911 Porsche GT Team – 30
4. No. 3 Corvette Racing – 28
5. No. 25 BMW Team RLL – 26
7. No. 4 Corvette Racing – 24


Manufacturer Standings
1. BMW – 35
2. Porsche – 32
3. Chevrolet – 30
4. Ferrari – 28

Corvette Racing at Daytona
1999
No. 2 Corvette C5-R: Ron Fellows/Chris Kneifel/John Paul Jr. – 3rd in GTS
No. 4 Corvette C5-R: Andy Pilgrim/Scott Sharp/John Heinricy – 12th in GTS


2000
No. 3 Corvette C5-R: Ron Fellows/Chris Kneifel/Justin Bell – 2nd in GTS
No. 4 Corvette C5-R: Andy Pilgrim/Kelly Collins/Franck Freon – 10th in GTS


2001
No. 2 Corvette C5-R: Ron Fellows/Johnny O'Connell/Chris Kneifel/Franck Freon – 1st in GTS (overall win)
No. 3 Corvette C5-R: Andy Pilgrim/Kelly Collins/Dale Earnhardt/Dale Earnhardt Jr. – 2nd in GTS

2014
No. 3 Corvette C7.R: Jan Magnussen/Antonio Garcia/Ryan Briscoe – 10th in GTLM
No. 4 Corvette C7.R: Oliver Gavin/Tommy Milner/Robin Liddell – 5th in GTLM


2015
No. 3 Corvette C7.R: Jan Magnussen/Antonio Garcia/Ryan Briscoe – 1st in GTLM (Magnussen fastest race lap)
No. 4 Corvette C7.R: Oliver Gavin/Tommy Milner/Simon Pagenaud – 3rd in GTLM (Gavin pole)


2016
No. 3 Corvette C7.R: Jan Magnussen/Antonio Garcia/Mike Rockenfeller – 2nd in GTLM (Garcia fastest race lap)
No. 4 Corvette C7.R: Oliver Gavin/Tommy Milner/Marcel Fässler – 1st in GTLM (Winner by 0.034 second)


2017
No. 3 Corvette C7.R: Jan Magnussen/Antonio Garcia/Mike Rockenfeller – 4th in GTLM
No. 4 Corvette C7.R: Oliver Gavin/Tommy Milner/Marcel Fässler – 9th in GTLM


2018
No. 3 Corvette C7.R: Jan Magnussen/Antonio Garcia/Mike Rockenfeller – 3rd in GTLM (Magnussen pole)
No. 4 Corvette C7.R: Oliver Gavin/Tommy Milner/Marcel Fässler – 4th in GTLM

2019
No. 3 Corvette C7.R: Jan Magnussen/Antonio Garcia/Mike Rockenfeller – 6th in GTLM
No. 4 Corvette C7.R: Oliver Gavin/Tommy Milner/Marcel Fässler – 8th in GTLM

2020
No. 3 Corvette C7.R: Antonio Garcia/Jordan Taylor/Nicky Catsburg – 4th in GTLM
No. 4 Corvette C7.R: Oliver Gavin/Tommy Milner/Marcel Fässler – 7th in GTLM

CORVETTE RACING AT DAYTONA: By the Numbers
• 0.034: As in seconds – the winning margin of victory in Corvette Racing’s 1-2 finish at the 2016 Rolex 24. It is the closest finish in race history.
• 1: As in one team, one manufacturer and one model of car going on 22 years: Corvette Racing and Chevrolet.
• 2: Number of the overall winning Corvette C5-R in the 2001 Rolex 24. Ron Fellows, Johnny O’Connell, Chris Kniefel and Franck Freon completed 656 laps for 2335.36 miles in the winning effort.
• 3: Rolex 24 At Daytona wins in nine tries for Corvette Racing: 2001 overall, 2015 GTLM (Antonio Garcia/Jan Magnussen/Ryan Briscoe) and 2016 GTLM (Oliver Gavin/Tommy Milner/Marcel Fässler).
• 12: Manufacturer Championships for Chevrolet and Corvette Racing since 2001.
• 16: Number of GTLM wins for Corvette Racing since the start of 2014 – all with the Corvette C7.R.
• 21: Tracks at which Corvette Racing has won races – Baltimore, COTA, Canadian Tire Motorsport Park/Mosport, Daytona, Detroit, Houston, Laguna Seca, Le Mans, Lime Rock, Long Beach, Miami, Mid-Ohio, Portland, Road America, Road Atlanta, Sebring, Sonoma, St. Petersburg, Texas, Trois Rivieres and Utah.
• 22: Drivers who have driven for Corvette Racing at Daytona – Justin Bell, Ryan Briscoe, Nicky Catsburg, Kelly Collins, Dale Earnhardt, Dale Earnhardt Jr., Marcel Fässler, Ron Fellows, Franck Freon, Antonio Garcia, Oliver Gavin, John Heinricy, Chris Kniefel, Robin Liddell, Jan Magnussen, Tommy Milner, Simon Pagenaud, John Paul Jr., Andy Pilgrim, Mike Rockenfeller, Scott Sharp and Jordan Taylor.
• 67: Years since Corvette was introduced to the world on Jan. 17, 1953 in New York City. A total of 300 were produced that year.
• 107: Victories worldwide for Corvette Racing – 99 in North America and eight at Le Mans.
• 43,603.52: Number of racing miles completed by Corvette Racing at Daytona. For reference, the distance around the Earth at the equator is 24,901 miles. The team has completed 12,519 racing laps at Daytona.
• 304,144.20 Total number of racing miles completed by Corvette Racing entering the 2020 season. For reference, the Apollo 13 spacecraft holds the record for farthest distance traveled from Earth – 248,655 miles. The team broke 300,000 all-time miles in competition at the Rolex 24 earlier this year.


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CORVETTE RACING AT DAYTONA: Pre-Race Media Conference Transcript
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Press Releases: Ahead of July 4's IMSA WeatherTech 240 At Daytona

IMSA WEATHERTECH SPORTSCAR CHAMPIONSHIP
DAYTONA INTERNATIONAL SPEEDWAY
IMSA WEATHERTECH 240 AT DAYTONA
PRE-RACE MEDIA AVAILABILITY TRANSCRIPT
JUNE 24, 2020



Corvette Racing drivers Antonio Garcia and Jordan Taylor (No. 3 Mobil 1/SiriusXM Chevrolet Corvette C8.R) along with Oliver Gavin and Tommy Milner (No. 4 Mobil 1/SiriusXM Chevrolet Corvette C8.R) met with members of the media during a teleconference to discuss returning to competition next week at Daytona. FULL TRANSCRIPT:


WHAT ARE YOU MOST LOOKING FORWARD TO ABOUT NEXT WEEKEND AND GETTING BACK TO DAYTONA?
Antonio Garcia:  “It’s been super strange to have such a long period of ‘off’ time between the Rolex 24 and Daytona next week. It has been strange doing our own work; my own workout is the only thing I could do. I haven’t been back to the simulator yet so the next time I will be in the C8.R will be full-on in the first practice.”
Jordan Taylor:  “I’m excited. Everyone is ready to get back to the racetrack. It feels like this has been another offseason, just a little weirder. It’s been tough not to be with the guys, hanging out, going to the shop and checking out the car. I was able to go to one simulator test last week in Charlotte, which also was a new experience. We weren’t allowed to have engineers there, so everyone was remoted in, so I was basically talking to everyone on a radio. We had one person there to run the simulator. That was unique but it was nice to get back to work and working toward the race next week. We had a good showing for the new Corvette C8.R at the Rolex 24. We had a flawless run in our car, so having the opportunity to come back there is a plus. We have spent a lot of time at Daytona and can apply what we’ve learned.”
Oliver Gavin:  “It’s fantastic to get back racing. All credit to everyone at IMSA for working away tirelessly for the last couple of months to get us back racing at Daytona. It will be obviously pretty hot and sticky conditions but at least we will be back behind the wheel. Some fans will get to see cars out on track, which I think is fantastic. It’s been a long break… probably the longest period for anyone involved in racing. There isn’t a lot of track time at Daytona, which will present some challenges and be a little weird, to be honest. But everyone is really wanting to just get out there and get on with it.”
Tommy Milner:  “I’m very excited to get back racing. It’s been a long break for a lot of us out of a racecar. This is probably the longest break most drivers and teams have had from racing and testing. So we’re all excited to get back in the racecar and go racing again. It’ll be quite different going back to Daytona in the summertime. I’ve done that before in GRAND-AM; I remember it being very hot so that will be a big change from what we’re used to at Daytona. But there are a lot of things these days that we aren’t used to. So most of all, I’m excited to get back to racing, getting in the Corvette and having some fun.”


ANTONIO, YOU AND OLIVER GAVIN ARE SHARING AN APARTMENT OR HOUSE SOMEWHERE IN FLORIDA. HOW IS THAT GOING?
Antonio Garcia:  “It’s another new experience. This isn’t the first time I’ve shared a house with Olly; we used to do that every year we go to Sebring because we stay longer than a week there. We came over on the 18th to make sure we are ready for the race. So far it is going OK. We don’t hate each other yet! There’s still a few days to go because we usually don’t fly over this early. We are carrying on doing our work even though it is very warm. But we are getting used to the heat because the next two races will be very, very warm.
“We are near Clearwater, by the sea. It’s a very nice area. Olly likes to ride a lot on the bike and it’s very good for me to run here, as well. We need to be out there first thing in the morning otherwise it gets very warm. We are trying to stay over in the U.S. until Road America. We don’t know how the quarantine situation will develop, so we will plan to stay through Road America but who knows what will happen after that.”


OLIVER, HOW HAS IT BEEN BEING IN A QUARANTINE STATE FOR A COUPLE WEEKS LEADING UP TO THE RACE? WHAT HAVE YOU BEEN DOING TO ACCLIMATE TO THE FLORIDA CLIMATE?
Oliver Gavin:  “Cycling has helped and getting out for a few hours of exercise in the Florida heat and humidity. I’m sharing a house with Antonio, which is going good and well. He has some pretty good skills with his cooking, which is good. I’m not so hot at that, so I’m doing some shopping, tidying up, doing the dishes. He actually brought a PlayStation so we’re playing a bit on that. We’ve done Bathurst and Motegi in the Corvette C7.R. Just filling the days and trying to get acclimated. We’re right on the beach so we can just go right out to the sea, which is really hot! I can’t believe how it is… it’s like a bath!”


WHAT WILL IT BE LIKE NOT HAVING DAN BINKS WITH THE TEAM AS CREW CHIEF?
Antonio Garcia:  “It will be very strange. This entire situation has been a whole new experience for everyone. It will be strange not to have him on the radio and talk to him in the garage. I don’t know what exactly it will be like, but as soon as we show up at the track we will miss him.”


YOU HAVE A GOOD NOTEBOOK ON DAYTONA WITH THE NEW CORVETTE, BUT ONCE YOU GET INTO THE OTHER EARLY-SEASON RACES FOLLOWING THE TESTING LOCKDOWN, IS THAT A HANDICAP FOR THE CHAMPIONSHIP?
Antonio Garcia:  “It’s always a handicap not to be able to test and compete. We know Corvette Racing has been working since the checkered flag at Daytona. For sure we learned a lot at that race. There were some mistakes and the car wasn’t where we wanted it to be. I don’t know what to expect but I’m sure we will be as prepared as we can.”


HOW HAS THE BREAK ALTERED YOUR EXPECTATIONS FOR THE SEASON?
Antonio Garcia:  “It’s going to be a challenge for everyone. Not being able to test your development on track is a new thing to do. Everyone is working at home so it’s not easy. You go by how the race went at Daytona, and we hope we are fixing the items we identified but we couldn’t test them on track. That’s the only downside to that and having just two hours practice. It will be a challenge, but Corvette Racing is the best team out there. If anyone can do this, it’s this team.”


HOW IS IT DIFFERENT SHARING A CAR WITH JORDAN GIVEN THE HEIGHT DIFFERENCE BETWEEN JAN (MAGNUSSEN)?
Antonio Garcia:  “Up to now in the longer races, I used an insert so I could raise myself up a little bit. That’s one of the things we still need to work out. Maybe we will use a seat position that works for both us. It could be a little high for Jordan but also works for me because I wasn’t too low. For sure, my legs would be a little stretched out but as long as I can see out of the window I’m happy with that. We will figure out what the best solution is.”


IT’S BEEN SOME TIME SINCE YOU’VE WON A RACE ALTHOUGH YOU HAVE A COUPLE OF CHAMPIONSHIPS IN THAT SPAN. DOES THAT PLAY ON YOUR PSYCHE?
Antonio Garcia:  “I think you need to play every race as a single event and just try to achieve that. We had come close to many times with Jan; it was a little bit frustrating to be second so many times and knowing we could have won many of the races. But I think the approach will be the same: go race-by-race, do our best and if someone else does it better, then we can’t do anything about it.”


HOW CONFIDENT ARE YOU IN THE MEDICAL PROTOCOLS THAT IMSA HAS PUT IN PLACE FOR THIS EVENT?
Jordan Taylor:  “IMSA has gone through a lot and worked with NASCAR with their protocols. I’ve not heard of any issues through any of those events. I’m trusting them. There are a lot of competitors, teams and families involved so I’m sure they are taking all the precautions necessary.”


TALK THROUGH THE DIFFERENCES BETWEEN THIS RACE AND THE ROLEX 24.
Jordan Taylor:  “It will be a much shorter race with a much different mindset. For the Rolex, you’re trying to race to the end and survive the first 20 hours to race in the last four. For this one, you’ll prepping a car for speed to compete in laptime and performance. You’ll have to take a lot more risks not to lose track position. There will be a bit of difference in strategy. Corvette Racing has a long history of bouncing between races of these lengths (endurance vs. sprint).”


IS THIS THE BEST POSSIBLE PLACE TO RESTART THE SEASON?
Jordan Taylor:  “I think so. It’s the World Center of Racing. It’s a fun track and offers a lot of good things from a racing perspective. It will be an awesome July Fourth. We used to do this in the GRAND-AM days with the night race and with NASCAR. It’ll be a good show.”


WITH PORSCHE LEAVING GTLM, ARE YOU WORRIED ABOUT THE CLASS?
Jordan Taylor:  “I haven’t had any conversations on this. There’s a lot going on and not just in GTLM. It’s disappointing to see them gone but I’m sure they will be back at some point. I have confidence in Chevrolet and Corvette with decision-making processes.”


HOW HAS THE BREAK ALTERED YOUR EXPECTATIONS FOR THE SEASON?
Jordan Taylor:  “I don’t know if it’s altered things, but it’s made everyone a little more excited to get back to the track. I think we still have a team, a car and a full package to compete for the championship. For us, maybe the break is a little bit of an advantage for us with a new car. The guys were able to go back and study the car… understand where can make improvements whether it’s pit stops, drivability of the car, engine calibration, all those little things that have been worked on between the engineers and crew. I still have high expectations.”


HOW HAS YOUR MINDSET CHANGED GIVEN THAT YOU NEED TO USE YOUR MIRRORS FOR PASSING MUCH MORE THAN YOU DID IN THE DPi CARS?
Jordan Taylor:  “That was pretty eye-opening. It had been a few years since I had done the Rolex in a GT car. Going back to GT, I realized that you had a lot of time to relax in the prototype when you’re coming up on a GT car. If you know you’re not going to pass in that corner, maybe you come off the throttle a little. You’ll lose a couple of tenths but maybe you can a couple in the next corner when your competitor has that same GT car there. I went into the Rolex with that same mindset – if I see a prototype then I’ll lift a little and let that car go and lose a couple tenths. But I realized that all those tenths you lose in GT, you don’t find that back. So it was a lot more mentally draining just being focused on pushing every lap in a stint and trying to hold prototypes off. I’m glad I had that 24-hour experience before going to a sprint race when that will really matter.”


FROM WHAT YOU KNOW ABOUT THE NEW CORVETTE AND THE TIRE BEHAVIOR, COULD A SPRINT RACE PLAY INTO YOUR HANDS OR WOULD AN ENDURANCE RACE SUITED THE CAR BETTER AT THIS STAGE OF THE DEVELOPMENT?
Jordan Taylor:  “It’s hard to tell. We’re going to Daytona for a race where it’s going to be so much warmer so we don’t know how the tire is going to react. Through all of our Daytona testing it was pretty cool, and even on raceday the highest temperature wasn’t that hot. That will be the bigger thing… how everyone gets their tire in the window to see how they work. But I’m sure no matter what race, you’re going to single-stint tires. Endurance racing suits Corvette Racing with its heritage but they are very good in these strategic races as well. We have the right guys behind us.”


TALK ABOUT THE EFFORTS BY IMSA TO GET THE INTERNATIONAL DRIVERS OVER HERE FOR THE RACE.
Oliver Gavin:  “They really worked really hard, as did Ben Johnson (team manager) to keep Antonio and I in the loop. They worked really hard with DHS (Department of Homeland Security). There were lots of questions going back and forth during this whole time. All credit to everyone to get this going. Getting to the airport, getting over here and getting into the U.S. was relatively straight-forward and well-run. Where I flew into at Miami was good… the temperature checks, the paperwork we had to do, the advice on the quarantine was good. It is a recommendation, the quarantine. It’s not like there is someone watching the building to make sure we are sticking to the rules. But it’s the thing Corvette Racing wanted us to do, and it’s the right thing.”


HOW MUCH EXTRA STRESS DID YOU FEEL ABOUT POSSIBLY NOT GETTING BACK TO THE U.S. AND NOT GETTING BACK IN THE 4 CORVETTE?
Oliver Gavin:  “There was a little bit of anxiety about it, certainly in the last number of months when we heard Sebring was going to be postponed and moved and no one knew what was going to happen next. Ben Johnson and everyone at Corvette Racing kept us in the loop and have been working away, and IMSA has been working tirelessly. There have been some periods where you’ve been home for many, many weeks and you’re wondering what is going to happen. But you look around at all the racing series around the world and everyone is in the same situation. I think people are finding solutions, and that’s great.”


IT’S AN UNFORTUNATE CIRCUMSTANCE THAT THE TEAM WON’T BE ABLE TO GO TO LE MANS, BUT COULD THIS BE TURNED INTO A POSITIVE THAT MORE OF THE EFFORT WILL BE PUT ON THE IMSA CHAMPIONSHIP?
Oliver Gavin:  “Honestly in all the years I’ve driven for Corvette Racing, I never thought us going to Le Mans was detrimental to our championship chances in IMSA. I always thought us going to Le Mans made us better as a team, really sharpened our focus, gave us a chance to race other people and examined us fully under a microscope. There is no hiding place at Le Mans. So anything, I thought Le Mans was a really big bonus for us and that we always came back a little bit wiser and stronger. It’s a disappointment not to go this year. But in this whole season and year, there are lots of things that we are not going to like or not be happy about. But we have to make the best of the situations and make the most of it.”


YOU TALKED ABOUT COMING INTO THE COUNTRY AND IT BEING QUITE ORGANIZED. AS AN IMSA COMPETITOR, IS IT A LETTER THAT YOU SHOW UP WITH, A FORM OF A VISA OR SOMETHING ALREADY STAMPED IN YOUR PASSPORT? HOW DOES IT WORK WHEN YOU SHOW UP AT THE DESK?
Oliver Gavin:  “I operate on a P1 visa, so that’s already on my passport. There were two other pieces of documentation that IMSA sent through to make sure we were on the list for immigration and particular flights and where we were going. We had to send all that through a long time before the 18th. So when I turned up at the airport in London, I went straight to a desk and then a U.S. immigration person. They then went down the list of people and said, ‘Yes, OK you’re on this flight and yes you’re with IMSA. We’ve got 11 others of you on this flight today.’ And I think half my flight was with IMSA people. It wasn’t very busy, so that’s side of things were really straight-forward.
“Coming into the country on the plane, they have you filling out a form asking where you’ve been, what you’ve been doing and other bits and pieces. Once you are off the plane, they’d take that questionnaire off you, taking your temperatures and asking a few more questions. It was as thorough as it can be.”


TALK ABOUT THE TIME AWAY NOW FOR YOUR FAMILY THAT THIS IS GOING TO BRING. HOW HARD IS THAT GOING TO BE?
Oliver Gavin:  “It is going to be a difficult period and something my wife and I spoke about, and also my kids. I spoke earlier about this being a difficult period for a lot of people and there are going to be lots of things that not a lot of us really want to do, but we have to in order to fulfill our jobs to get back racing and do the thing we love. We know there will be some sacrifices. My wife has been supportive 100 percent, and my kids have been as well. We’ve had a fantastic time together these last three months. It’s three months at home with my wife and my kids that I just have never had before. So that side of it has been a huge positive. There’ve been loads of jobs done at home – some inside and some outside. But this has been a big plus.”


JORDAN HAS BEEN DOING SOME KARTING AND SIM RACING. WHAT HAVE YOU BEEN DOING, AND IS IT IMPORTANT TO ACTUALLY DRIVE SOMETHING TO STAY SHARP? IS STAYING IN SHAPE ENOUGH BECAUSE YOU’VE BEEN DOING THIS SO LONG THAT IT’S GOING TO COME BACK QUICKLY, OR DO YOU NEED TO BE BEHIND THE WHEEL OR A KART OR EVEN A COMPUTER GAME?
Tommy Milner:  “I just did the 24 Hours of Le Mans Virtual that Corvette Racing supported with two cars… that was an interesting exercise. IMSA has had its own iRacing series, and I think those are very valuable for drivers. It has a lot of value in that it keeps your mind in racing. What we were driving isn’t exactly the real thing, and nothing will ever replace the real thing. But putting yourself in racing situations with traffic, those are all skills we have honed in real life that we can apply to these different virtual situations and can continue to learn from that. It’s hard to say that someone who has done a lot of sim racing can get into a car suddenly and go super-quick. But there is value for guys who have been doing it for a while to keep their minds in the game. Time will tell if the sim racing stuff has a lot of value or is of just a little value. We’ve only recently been able to get in our professional Chevy simulator to do some setup work for the upcoming races. It’s helpful for the drivers but also for the engineers to explore setup options and different tire temperature and compounds that we’ve found over the years that definitely apply to real life. It’s good for the team to get their mindset on Daytona and Sebring with these different temperatures and in some ways try to explore a bit of what’s going to happen. With the Corvette C8.R, we have quite a new platform and car. So there still is lots of learning and tweaking on things from Daytona and the WEC race at Austin, so there are a lot of ideas that the engineers want to try. There is nothing like real-life, on-track experience and we’re all looking forward to that next week.”


WITH THE SMALLER GTLM FIELD THIS YEAR, HOW DO YOU SEE THE DYNAMIC WORKING OUT? DAYTONA WASN’T GREAT WITH THE RESULT FOR POINTS. IT’S HARD TO MAKE THOSE POINTS UP WITHOUT A LOT OF CARS. DOES THAT CHANGE YOUR PHILOSPHY GOING FORWARD?
Tommy Milner:  “With a new car, we are approaching each race trying to learn as much as we can. Winning races is always the target, and that won’t change whether we had a bad Daytona or not. For Olly and I, it’s about continuing to push the car forward and going for race wins. That’s the best way to make up that deficit. With less cars, it’s harder to make up larger point gaps but it’s the same for everyone. Just because we had a bad Daytona doesn’t mean we are out of it. As always, the goal at every weekend especially early on is to finish as high as we possibly can. Winning obviously is No. 1, but getting points is big. That won’t change by any means. There is an expected learning process with the new Corvette. If there is something we can learn early on here that will help us down the road then we will certainly explore that.”


LOOKING AT THE STRUCTURE OF THE IMSA CALENDAR NOW, DO YOU SEE HAVING THE THREE MAJOR ENDUROS STACK UP AT THE END OF THE SEASON GIVEN THE EARLY DEVELOPMENT OF THE C8.R?
Tommy Milner:  “That’s an interesting point I haven’t considered. Usually our two biggest races in the U.S. are the first two. Going into those with a new car is a big test of the car on the team and the drivers. Petit Le Mans has always been at the end so no matter if you have a new car or old car, you’ve got it figured out by the end of the season. I would expect that to be somewhat of the case again this year at Petit and Sebring – that the teams and drivers have figured their cars out and should provide for some pretty close racing. Sebring is a pretty tough track and we’ll have an opportunity here pretty early on and obviously not drive for 12 hours but have the experience of driving Sebring. We’ve done some testing there with this new Corvette so we have some experience there with it. Of course more time with the car is better. We had the one little problem at Daytona but the team had already identified the issue and made an update and fix for the WEC race in February. Everyone is confident that is solved and fixed. This whole year is going to be interesting with races quite close together is something we are going to be totally used to. It should be interesting. The team is up for it. They’ve taken this time with the opportunity to go through the lessons learned from Daytona and Austin to improve pit stop processes and other little details that sometimes get put aside earlier in the season because there often can be bigger things to focus on. All through testing, we’ve had a really good car. Daytona showed that the 3 car there was fast and competitive and reliable. That’s what we expected going into Daytona and that’s the feeling I get and the feeling most of the team has now. We aren’t looking to find problems with the car; we’re looking to find ways to make the car faster and win races.”



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Re: VIRTUAL LE MANS MEDIA SCHEDULE
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VIRTUAL LE MANS MEDIA SCHEDULE
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How to watch the #63 and #64 C7.R's this weekend


VIRTUAL LE MANS MEDIA SCHEDULE:
June 13-14,  2020

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ULTIMATE GUIDE:
https://www.fiawec.com/en/news/the-ult ... -mans-virtual-part-2/6754

TV Broadcast:

ESPN 2
Saturday June 13:
8:30am - 12pm ET
3pm - 5pm ET Live

Sunday June 14:
 Sunday 3am - 9:15am ET

Live Streaming-Full Virtual Le Mans 24 Hours:
ESPN2
https://www.espn.com/watch/player?type=live&channel=espn2

FIAWEC
https://www.facebook.com/fiawec/

https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list= ... 8ljJ0S8bVBV4wTdPkfEj2SGNZ

MotorsportsTV (subscription)
https://motorsport.tv/motorsport-games ... 24-hours-of-le-mans/36402

https://motorsport.tv/program/le-mans-esports-series/1356


Live Timing & pit notes:
http://www.24h-lemans.com/live/en

https://www.lemans.org/en/24-hours-of-le-mans/live-timing

http://twitter.com/   @CorvetteRacing, @FIAWEC, @FIAWEC_Live, @24hoursoflemans, @24hours_Live


Live Text:
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YouTube channel https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCcidF ... gX8COw?sub_confirmation=1
Social media platforms:
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Official Hastag #LEMANS24VIRTUAL
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Radio Le Mans:
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Le Mans Virtual Entry List:
https://sportscar365.com/lemans/wec/vi ... s-driver-lineups-roundup/
https://storage.googleapis.com/fiawec- ... st_inc_drivers_290520.pdf

Spotters Guide:
https://www.motor1.com/news/427621/virtual-le-man-race-liveries/

Le Mans news:
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Corvette Racing crew chief Dan Binks retires | RACER
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Corvette Racing crew chief Dan Binks retires
By Marshall Pruett

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.

Binks, who completed his final race with the team in January at the Rolex 24 at Daytona, has been a central part of nearly 20 championship titles and wins at the biggest events in sports car racing. In retirement, he will focus his energies on running an automotive performance and restoration shop, and supporting the non-profit Camp Anokijig.

In Binks’ absence, his son Phil, who works for Chip Ganassi Racing, will carry on the family legacy.

“The torch passes to him now,” he said.

IMSA president John Doonan was saddened to learn of Binks’ retirement, but happy to have competed against a character of immense stature in his former role leading Mazda Motorsports.

“I think of Dan as ‘the quiet legend,’” Doonan said. “To think of all the success he’s delivered for his teams over the years is really quite amazing. Roger Penske said Rick Mears did all of his talking with his right foot. I think of Dan that way in talking with a wrench, or a wheel gun, or how he’s been a leader for so long in helping to shape many teams into what they’ve ultimately become, which is champions. And he’s always done what’s in the best interest of the sport and with great integrity. He will be missed greatly by everyone in IMSA.”

Corvette Racing has been a home for many legends since its formation in 1999. Ron Fellows, Johnny O’Connell, Jan Magnussen, and more have spent large portions of their lives representing the brand with excellence, and in Binks, they’ve been joined in graduation by a teammate of equal stature.

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Corvette Racing withdraws from Le Mans
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Corvette Racing has withdrawn its new mid-engine C8.Rs from September’s 24 Hours of Le Mans. The decision follows a similar one from the Porsche GT Team, Corvette’s IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship GT Le Mans rivals, which confirmed its exit from the French endurance racing classic last week. RACER has also learned the ACO, organizers of the Le Mans event, were notified of the team’s change of plans weeks ago.

Both withdrawals come in reaction to the impact made by the coronavirus. With numerous furloughs and layoffs affecting the domestic and international auto industry, the calls to cut expensive international marketing campaigns like those involving trips to Le Mans fits the need to reduce expenditures.

“Corvette Racing has a long history of competing at the 24 Hours of Le Mans, so our decision to not participate in this historic race this year was not an easy one,” said Mike Ofiara, Assistant Manager – Product and Brand Communications. Chevy Truck & Performance Car, Motorsports.

“Several factors played into our decision, including current conditions and the rescheduled timing.  We’re proud Corvette Racing has been invited to the 24 Hours of Le Mans over the past 20 years and regret that we won’t be participating this year.  We hope we have the opportunity to race at Le Mans again.”

The pride of General Motors’ racing endeavors made its factory debut at Le Mans in 1999 and completed 20 consecutive visits to compete at the 24-hour race, earning eight class victories, with the most recent captured in 2015 with Oliver Gavin, Tommy Milner, and Jordan Taylor.

Like the Porsche GTLM team, Corvette Racing is expected to focus the remainder of its season on IMSA, which completed Round 1 at the Rolex 24 At Daytona in January before the championship was paused due to the outbreak of COVID-19.

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CORVETTE RACING REWIND: Oliver Gavin, Long Beach 2018
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CORVETTE RACING REWIND: Oliver Gavin, Long Beach 2018

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Victory was No. 50 with program for Corvette veteran

 CORVETTE RACING REWIND: Oliver Gavin, Long Beach 2018
Victory was No. 50 with program for Corvette veteran

DETROIT (April 9, 2020) – With racing on hold all over the globe, Corvette
Racing is taking a look back at some of its top highlights from its 20-plus
years of competitions.

In the first of a new series titled “Corvette Racing Rewind”, Oliver Gavin
relives the 2018 Bubba Burger Sports Car Grand Prix at Long Beach, which he
won with long-time teammate Tommy Milner in the No. 4 Mobil 1/SiriusXM
Chevrolet Corvette C7.R.

The result was extra-special for Gavin as it marked his 50th victory as part
of Corvette Racing. Five of those wins have come at Long Beach – three with
Milner.

"Amazing the way that all came around,” Gavin said after the race. “Yes we
had a little bit of luck, but Tommy had to drive brilliantly at the end
there and stay out of trouble. There were a number of incidents there. Man,
we could have gotten taken out. We could have gotten in the wall. Tommy just
navigated through it. We had a great pit stop. The guys did an amazing job.
We jumped a number of people and put us in position there we could challenge
for that victory. And we got it! That is our first win in season No. 20 for
Corvette Racing. And it is my 50th victory with the team. That is pretty
amazing… I am just thrilled."

The next edition of “Corvette Racing Rewind” will feature Antonio Garcia
reviewing his drive to close the 2017 Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gpgQnDL3ytU&feature=youtu.be



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IMSA Announces Updates to 2020 IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship
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IMSA Announces Updates to 2020 IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship and IMSA Michelin Pilot Challenge Schedules

The International Motor Sports Association (IMSA) today announced schedule updates for three 2020 IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship and IMSA Michelin Pilot Challenge events.




The Acura Sports Car Grand Prix at Mid-Ohio has been moved to the weekend of Sept. 25-27, 2020. It was originally scheduled for the weekend of May 1-3.

The IMSA Monterey SportsCar Championship at WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca has been moved up one weekend to run on Sept. 4-6. It was originally scheduled for the weekend of Sept. 11-13. This date adjustment was made to accommodate IMSA competitors planning to participate in the 24 Hours of Le Mans, which now will run on Sept. 19-20.

The 23rdannual Motul Petit Le Mans at Michelin Raceway Road Atlanta has been moved back one week and now will run Oct. 14-17 to provide teams a more balanced schedule as the season comes to its conclusion. The original dates of the event were Oct. 7-10.


These three event date changes are in addition to the previously announced reschedule of the Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring Presented by Advance Auto Parts, which now is set for Nov. 11-14. Previously purchased tickets for all four events will be valid on the new dates.

IMSA will provide additional series updates, broadcast information and event schedules as they become available.

https://www.imsa.com/news/2020/03/24/i ... skmtLxPW7IxMNak9wxaYvKM3M

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CORVETTE RACING AT COTA: Positive Steps Forward for Corvette C8.R
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Magnussen, Rockenfeller relish first laps in new mid-engine Corvette racecar

CORVETTE RACING AT COTA: Positive Steps Forward for Corvette C8.R
Magnussen, Rockenfeller relish first laps in new mid-engine Corvette racecar

AUSTIN, Texas  (February 22, 2020) – Corvette Racing and the No. 63 Mobil 1/SiriusXM Chevrolet Corvette C8.R will roll off seventh in the GTE Pro category for Sunday’s Six Hours of COTA for the World Endurance Championship. Jan Magnussen and Mike Rockenfeller posted an average lap of 2:02.967 (100.725 mph) in the unique two-driver qualifying format Saturday at Circuit of The Americas.
 
It wrapped up a day that saw the mid-engine Corvette C8.R turns laps at COTA and in the FIA WEC for the first time following its competition debut at last month’s Rolex 24 At Daytona. Magnussen, Rockenfeller and the Corvette Racing operation made steady gains from Saturday morning’s first session and were within a second of the top runners in class by the end of the final practice.
 
Rockenfeller, who was second to qualify, set a best lap in qualifying of 2:02.255 (100.849 mph) with Magnussen posting a 2:03.679 (100.600 mph).
 
The three sessions Saturday continued to build the team’s notebook of data on the new Corvette. The team will use the feedback and results to prepare the C8.R for the next round of WEC at Sebring International Raceway in March, as well as its two IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship Corvettes ahead of the Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring on the same weekend.
 
The FIA WEC’s Six Hours of COTA will air Sunday live on MotorTrend Network and the MotorTrend On-Demand App starting at 1 p.m. ET. Live audio coverage will be available via [radiolemans.com]


JAN MAGNUSSEN, NO. 63 MOBIL 1/SiriusXM CHEVROLET CORVETTE C8.R:  "We had good improvement from first practice to second practice; I was quite happy with everything after second practice. Qualifying was a step back with an unfortunate issue that we were able to address for Mike's run, but it meant I was unable to go for a lap time. That's obviously very disappointing, but we're here to learn everything we can. We're definitely doing that. Hopefully we can have a problem-free race tomorrow and get the best out of it."

MIKE ROCKENFELLER, NO. 63 MOBIL 1/SiriusXM CHEVROLET CORVETTE C8.R:   "For me obviously there were a lot of things to learn today - new car, new track. It's not so easy when you have to adapt quick. You don't have a lot of tires here with these regulations. I tried to use my time in the Corvette as much as I can. I thought we made a lot of progress over the day in improving the setup of the car. It looked like we are behind and in qualifying showed the same tendency but we always try our best. For me, the handling was pretty decent and I hope we have a good race car for tomorrow, but for sure it is going to be tough."


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6 Hours Lone Star Le Mans Race Info
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6 Hours Lone Star Le Mans
February 22-23, 2020

Track: Circuit of Americas
Race Duration: 6 hours
Circuit Length: 3.426 miles
Austin, Texas



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TV Broadcast:

Motor Trend Channel
Sunday February 23  12:30 pm to 2:00 pm EDT
Sunday February 23 6:00 pm to 7:30 pm EDT

A live stream will be available on the Motor Trend app.

https://www.motortrendondemand.com/fre ... QAvD_BwE&gclsrc=aw.ds


Le Mans has offered an app to you can download.  You can also purchase the race for a premimum package Program:  https://www.fiawec.com/en/official-fia-wec-app/45

https://www.fiawec.com/en/live-experience/47


INTERNATIONAL VIEWING: 
https://www.fiawec.com/en/news/where-t ... rs-lone-star-le-mans/6635


Live Timing & pit notes:
http://fiawec.alkamelsystems.com/

https://www.fiawec.com/en/live

https://www.facebook.com/fiawec/

http://twitter.com/   @CorvetteRacing, @FIAWEC, @FIAWEC_Live, @COTA


Radio Le Mans:
http://radiolemans.com/

http://radiolemans.0157.org/nplayer.php


TICKETS:
http://circuitoftheamericas.com/lslm/tickets/car-corrals


COTA Map:
http://circuitoftheamericas.com/maps


COTA Entry List:
https://press.fiawec.com/assets/fileuploads/5e/3b/5e3bd35400187.pdf


GTE Pro BoP:
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Fan Info and Schedule:
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CORVETTE RACING AT COTA: Next Steps in Corvette C8.R Development
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Return to Austin for Magnussen, first trip for Rockenfeller


CORVETTE RACING AT COTA: Next Steps in Corvette C8.R Development
Return to Austin for Magnussen, first trip for Rockenfeller


DETROIT  (February 18, 2020) – Corvette Racing will embark on its next step in the development of the new Chevrolet Corvette C8.R this weekend. The program returns to competition in the FIA World Endurance Championship at Circuit of The Americas with one mid-engine Corvette for Sunday’s Six Hours of COTA.
 
Jan Magnussen and Mike Rockenfeller will team in the No. 63 Mobil 1/SiriusXM Corvette C8.R in the Lone Star State. It’s the first of two FIA WEC rounds for the pair with the 1,000 Miles of Sebring upcoming in March with Magnussen and Rockenfeller competing in the GTE Pro category.
 
COTA is a familiar place for Corvette Racing. The team is a two-time winner at the 3.4-mile, 20-turn layout just outside the Austin city limits. Magnussen was part of those two victories – in 2013 with the Corvette C6.R and 2017 in a Corvette C7.R. Meanwhile, this weekend’s trip will be the first for Rockenfeller to Circuit of The Americas, although he has spent time learning the circuit through simulation and video.
 
The Six Hours of COTA will be the second event for the Corvette C8.R following a successful debut at the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship’s Rolex 24 At Daytona. Each of the two Corvettes finished their first race with the No. 3 C8.R finishing fourth and covering more mileage than any previous Corvette at Daytona.
 
The goal for the WEC rounds at COTA and Sebring is continue development of the mid-engine Corvette against similar manufacturer-backed competition that Corvette Racing faces in the IMSA GT Le Mans class. A mix of track testing and simulation has been the backbone of testing and development of the C8.R for nearly two full years.
 
The return of Magnussen and Rockenfeller, past endurance teammates with Corvette Racing, allows for the team to focus on technical and mechanical improvements to the Corvette with familiar drivers. Magnussen spent 16 years with Corvette Racing and won four times at the 24 Hours Le Mans, once at the Rolex 24 and captured four IMSA Driver’s Championships. Rockenfeller was a winner with Corvette Racing at the 2017 Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring with Magnussen and Antonio Garcia.
 
The FIA WEC’s Six Hours of COTA will air Sunday on MotorTrend Network from 12:30 p.m.-2 p.m. ET and 6-7:30 p.m. ET.


JAN MAGNUSSEN, NO. 63 MOBIL 1/SiriusXM CHEVROLET CORVETTE C8.R:  "I'm looking forward to getting back to Austin and COTA. It's a new car obviously, and I'm excited to drive the Corvette C8.R at COTA. I've had some really good experiences with the C7.R at COTA in the past. Hopefully this will be another great result for Corvette Racing.
"We are going against the best in the business in the middle of their season, so we will go in there a little bit on the back foot. We'll go in there to see where we are, what we can do and will make the best of it. We have high hopes with the new C8.R, so we'll do the best we can to get the best possible result."

MIKE ROCKENFELLER, NO. 63 MOBIL 1/SiriusXM CHEVROLET CORVETTE C8.R:  "I'm really looking forward to feel in reality how the new Corvette is. I've been in the team shop for a seat fitting during a couple days. So I know the car in detail sitting in it and looking at it. I followed the team closely at Daytona. The mid-engine Corvette looked very fast and competitive at Daytona... going that distance and being in contention for a win this early is a good sign. But for me, it will be great to be behind the wheel on the racetrack. That's what I'm really looking forward to.
"What I have done and will continue to do is drive the track on my simulator at home. I've already done several laps already so I know the track from that. But I do want to do that more in preparation for the race. I have heard now nice Austin is from a lot of people in different categories. So I'm looking forward to it. Hopefully we have a good race... that's even more important!"


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CORVETTE RACING ROLEX 24 SPOILER ALERT
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Corvette Racing’s new Chevrolet Corvette C8.R finished its maiden race with a fourth-place finish in the Rolex 24 At Daytona


CORVETTE RACING AT DAYTONA: Record Distance in C8.R Debut

· Garcia, Taylor, Catsburg finish fourth in GTLM
· No. 3 Corvette C8.R completes program-record distance in Rolex 24
· Gavin, Milner, Fässler fight through to finish after mid-race issues

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (Jan. 26, 2020) – Corvette Racing’s new Chevrolet Corvette C8.R finished its maiden race with a fourth-place finish in the Rolex 24 At Daytona to start the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship.

Antonio Garcia, Jordan Taylor and Nicky Catsburg led the team’s effort Saturday and Sunday in the No. 3 Mobil 1/SiriusXM Chevrolet Corvette C8.R, which had a mostly trouble-free run in its competition debut. The trio completed 785 laps for 2,794.6 miles – the greatest distance for any Corvette entry in Rolex 24 history.

The No. 3 C8.R led twice and was in contention for victory in its first race for the majority of the 24. The performance showed the potential of the mid-engine Corvette, which was developed simultaneously with the 2020 Corvette Stingray.

"It was a tremendous honor to debut the Corvette C8.R at the Rolex 24 Hour at Daytona – 22 years after we debuted the C5-R in the same location,” said Jim Campbell, US Vice President Performance and Motorsports. “I'm so proud of our team and how they prepared and executed the race with the 2020 mid-engine Corvette. I can't wait for the rest of the season and watch the excitement from our fans grow with every race."

The No. 4 Mobil 1/SiriusXM Corvette C8.R of Oliver Gavin, Tommy Milner and Marcel Fässler underwent multiple trials Saturday and Sunday, but the trio ultimately finished the race as well. While things looked optimistic in the first eight hours with the team racing inside the top-five, an oil leak near the ninth hour forced the No. 4 Corvette into the garage for extensive work. Complicating matters, the leak was in an area that required the team’s crew to remove the engine in order to make the repair.

Diligent and non-stop work for nearly nine hours brought the Corvette back into the race with the aim of evaluating tire settings and setup options to help the No. 3 for the end of the race.

“The Rolex 24 At Daytona is a demanding race, so to even finish here with a brand-new car with a brand-new engine is a major accomplishment,” said Mark Kent, Chevrolet Director of Motorsports Competition. “To have both of the new Corvette C8.Rs finish – and one of them nearly finish on the lead lap – is a tremendous reflection of the strength of this car and this program.”

Corvette Racing’s next event is the Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring Fueled by Fresh from Florida on March 19-21 at Sebring (Fla.) International Raceway.


ANTONIO GARCIA, NO. 3 MOBIL 1/SiriusXM CHEVROLET CORVETTE C8.R – FINISHED FOURTH IN GTLM:  "I'm proud that at least one car finished near the lead lap. For sure every time out we want to win and do the very best possible. Today, this was the best possible result. Probably we didn't have enough pace to be on the podium or to win. Once we lost track position and not having many yellows, we had to react to that and be aggressive on the strategy. A yellow would have put us a little ahead and maybe given us a chance to fight. But I'm proud that we gambled and tried to do better than what we actually might be. Instead of being comfortable with fourth, we went to try and win it. I'm very happy the Corvette C8.R went across the finish line for the first time. It wasn't a win, but I'm sure that knowing how it reacts and how much room there is for development, this Corvette will be a winning machine before long."

JORDAN TAYLOR, NO. 3 MOBIL 1/SiriusXM CHEVROLET CORVETTE C8.R – FINISHED FOURTH IN GTLM: "I think it is impressive to have a finish like this. It's always difficult with a brand new car and limited testing to go 24 hours without issues. That's a testament to the team, Corvette Racing, Pratt & Miller, the Corvette brand and everyone that is behind this program. It's a good start to the season. Obviously we wanted to be on the podium or win the race, especially when you have a flawless race. If you would have told us two weeks ago that we would have no issues all the way through the race, we would have taken that all day long. I'm excited for the rest of the year."
On Wayne Taylor Racing’s overall victory: "Obviously that is a great team. This is their third win in four years and only one year without finishing on the podium. It’s an incredible team and incredible victory. A lot of good guys on the team are like family. I'm very happy for them.”

NICKY CATSBURG, NO. 3 MOBIL 1/SiriusXM CHEVROLET CORVETTE C8.R – FINISHED FOURTH IN GTLM:  "There isn't much to be disappointed about. All the people that worked on this Corvette, tested the car, developed it... they can be proud. To come to Daytona for the first time with a car this new and being in contention to win for a long time is quite remarkable. I've seen it happen in a very different way in the past. It's something to be proud of. It's not so nice to finish just off the podium in P4. But we can be happy with this first event. We have some time and work to do in order to improve for Sebring. From my personal standpoint, this is a great team, a very nice car and very nice people. I really enjoyed it. Personally, I'm somewhat in the middle about my performance. I'm happy with the pace. There were some small mistakes that shouldn't have not have been there. But in the end, we can all be quite happy."

OLIVER GAVIN, NO. 4 MOBIL 1/SiriusXM CHEVROLET CORVETTE C8.R – FINISHED SEVENTH IN GTLM:  "Today has been a huge learning experience for everybody at Corvette Racing. Whenever you do a race of this magnitude against the competition we have in our class, you have got to learn stuff. There is nowhere to hide. There are no ifs, buts, maybes. It is the truth. We come here with a very fast Corvette, a car that has been developed well. But there are some things we need to go away an work on. You just look at the desire, the will and the drive of the guys to get the car fixed and back out there on-track. They worked some eight hours to fix that oil leak that we had. It’s amazing to see that these guys that have been working so hard for so many months, on getting this program up and running and ready. Then testing and then ready for here at Daytona, then put in a shift like they did today. It is pretty humbling. It is a testament to the drive and desire of everyone at Corvette Racing."

TOMMY MILNER, NO. 4 MOBIL 1/SiriusXM CHEVROLET CORVETTE C8.R – FINISHED SEVENTH IN GTLM:  "Obviously we're disappointed with our day, but can't be too unhappy. We've had a lot of fun getting to this point for the debut of the new Corvette C8.R. A lot of hard work went on today and yesterday. It hasn't gone as we would have wished, but the car is brand new after all. This is why we go racing and why we compete in races like this. It's a true test of man and machine. We use every opportunity whether it is a race or a test to improve ourselves and the cars.
“We learned a lesson today about the car, and the Corvette Racing guys will make some adjustments to make the car even stronger. The team can be proud of what the car has shown today. The No. 3 guys were in the hunt for the win almost all race. For us and the Corvette fans, there is obviously a bright future for this new Corvette C8.R."

MARCEL FÄSSLER, NO. 4 MOBIL 1/SiriusXM CHEVROLET CORVETTE C8.R – FINISHED SEVENTH IN GTLM:  "In general, our race started very positive. We were taking care of the car and conservative. Going into the race, we knew we should save the car until two or three hours before the end. We were pushing as hard as we needed to but not over the limit. It was going smooth until the oil leak. For sure it's a pity, but we know everything is brand new and some of these things can happen. The positive side is that we know the other Corvette is running well without any issue and is very good. It is positive too for the next races. It's too bad that it was our car that had an issue but that is racing. We will get over it, improve and be better for other races where we can still perform like we can."


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CORVETTE RACING AT DAYTONA: Second-Row Start for Corvette C8.R Debut
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CORVETTE RACING AT DAYTONA: Second-Row Start for Corvette C8.R Debut

PRESS RELEASE:
Corvette Racing will roll off third and fourth in the first race for the Chevrolet Corvette C8.R



CORVETTE RACING AT DAYTONA: Second-Row Start for Corvette C8.R Debut

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (Jan. 23, 2020) – Corvette Racing will roll off third and fourth in the first race for the Chevrolet Corvette C8.R following GT Le Mans (GTLM) qualifying for Saturday’s Rolex 24 At Daytona. A three-time winner of the Rolex 24, the Corvette Racing program hopes to start the 2020 IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship with a debut victory for the mid-engine Corvette.


Antonio Garcia set the quickest time for the team in the No. 3 Mobil 1/SiriusXM Corvette C8.R that he shares this weekend with Jordan Taylor and Nicky Catsburg. Garcia’s time of 1:42.545 (124.979 mph) put him just 0.338 seconds off Nick Tandy’s pole-winning time.


Tommy Milner, in the No. 4 Mobil 1/SiriusXM Corvette C8.R, was right behind his teammate at 1:42.801 (124.668 mph). He’ll share his Corvette with Oliver Gavin and Marcel Fässler – the GTLM-winning trio from 2016.


Thursday’s two practice sessions prior to qualifying were in mixed conditions – overcast skies on an alternating dry and wet track. Qualifying was fully dry and was the first time Corvette Racing ran the Corvette C8.R on a fully dry track since the three-day Roar Before the 24 earlier this month.


Corvette Racing’s first Rolex victory came in 2001 with the Corvette C5-R, and the team went back-to-back in 2015 and 2016 with the Corvette C7.R. The Corvette C8.R is the fifth racing version that Corvette Racing has fielded since its first season in 1999. The team’s record since its debut is unmatched – 107 victories, 13 IMSA Team Championships, and 12 Manufacturer and Driver titles.


The program also can reach another landmark at Daytona: it needs to complete 870 miles – 245 laps – to go over the 300,000-mile mark… more than 50,000 miles longer than the Apollo 13 mission.


The Corvette C8.R is based on the strong foundation of the 2020 Corvette Stingray with both developed simultaneously. There is a deeper level of technology transfer between the race car and production Corvette than ever before, which helps contribute to many of its advancements. As a result, the C8.R shares the highest percentage of parts between the production and race car than any previous generation.


The Rolex 24 At Daytona is set for Jan. 23-26 with live television coverage on NBC, NBC Sports Network, NBCSports.com and the NBC Sports App. IMSA Radio will broadcast all practice and qualifying sessions as well as the race on IMSA.com, which also will host live timing and scoring.

ANTONIO GARCIA, NO. 3 MOBIL 1/SiriusXM CHEVROLET CORVETTE C8.R – QUALIFIED THIRD IN GTLM: "It's not bad. It is difficult to predict where you will end up. I'm happy with my laps. Before the rain we were still working on setup. I don't know if that is where we will end up racing. What is important is there is still 2.5 hours left of practice time. We definitely need to use that time to improve the Corvette a little bit. Porsche is still faster than us so we definitely need to work a little bit more and I'm sure there is room for improvement.
"I am pleased with the lap I put together. Maybe getting a little bit longer session, we could have gotten a little bit better time. It is a good comparison to know where we are in the field. We still have the two hours of practice and we have a long race in front of us. The main thing about this race will be the actual pace. I'm sure this C8.R will be good but I think we will learn as we go along. We need to be prepared for that and be ready for the race."


TOMMY MILNER, NO. 4 MOBIL 1/SiriusXM CHEVROLET CORVETTE C8.R – QUALIFIED FOURTH IN GTLM: "Third and fourth... not bad for the Corvette C8.R first qualifying effort. I think we were shooting for a little bit more, but all things considered not too far off. We still have work to do for sure. We are learning every time we are taking this Corvette out on the track.
"This was another learning experience for us. We made some setup changes in practice and we wanted to stick with that, but we may have gone the wrong way with that. I'm not unhappy by any means. Third and fourth are good starting places. Most of all we learned more about the car and getting ready for the race is the most important thing. We gave it a good shot in qualifying we were looking for some more but definitely a not disappointed.
"Thankfully I can trust the guy who is starting next to me! As always, it is a long race so where you start doesn't matter too much. We use these opportunities whether it is a 24-hour race or a two-hour race; we use those opportunities to keep learning."


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Rolex 24 at Daytona Race info
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IMSA TV:
Qualifying -watch live IMSA.TV and IMSA app

4:40-4:55 p.m. est GTLM class
4:15-4:30 p.m. est GDT class
5:05-5:20 p.m. est DPI/LMP2 class


Saturday-Sunday: January 25-26, 2020

NBC sports :  Times Eastern (note recheck as times could change)
1:30pm-2:30pm Rolex 24 NBC, TrackPass, NBCSports.com
2:30pm-6:00pm Rolex 24 NBCSN, TrackPass, NBCsports.com
6:00pm-11:00pm Rolex 24 TrackPass, NBC Sports app, NBCSports.com
11:00pm-03:00am Rolex 24 NBCSN, Trackpass, NBC Sports app, NBCSports.com
3:00am-6:00 am Rolex 24 TrackPass, NBC Sports app, NBCSports.com
6:00 am-12:00pm Rolex 24 NBCSN, TrackPass, NBC Sports app, NBCSports.com
12:00pm-2:00 pm Rolex 24 NBC, TrackPass, NBC Sports app, NBCSports.com


IMSA TV International
1:30pm-Saturday-1:30pm Sunday


LIVE TIMING:http://scoring.imsa.com/
Live Timing for mobile device: http://scoring.imsa.com/mobile.html


Entry List:
https://sportscarchampionship.imsa.com ... 24_preevent_entrylist.pdf

Radio: IMSA Radio
http://imsatv.imsa.com/

http://radiolemans.0157.org/nplayer.php

Local: 107.9 FM local at track, 93.5 FM and 1150 AM in Daytona,
Sirius/XM not published  (last year 202)
SiriusXM Online not published  (last year 972)
2) PIT NOTES:http://www.imsa.com/races/rolex-24-daytona
http://twitter.com/   @CorvetteRacing, @IMSA, @IMSAlive, @DISupdates, @Rolex24Hours

Facebook
https://www.facebook.com/pages/Corvette-Racing/165177563541819


BoP pdf tables:
https://competitors.imsa.com/sites/def ... 4_bop_tables_12202019.pdf


TICKET INFO: 
Corvette Corral sold out.  Regular tickets can be purchased at:
https://www.daytonainternationalspeedw ... U0pztAMBWckEaAjWBEALw_wcB

Event Schedule:
https://www.daytonainternationalspeedw ... -At-DAYTONA/Schedule.aspx

https://competitors.imsa.com/sites/def ... sr_daytona_24h_010920.pdf


Spotters Guide:
http://www.spotterguides.com/


Track Map:
http://www.daytonainternationalspeedway.com/Track-Info/Maps.aspx


WEATHER:
http://www.myweather2.com/Motor-Racin ... ternational-Speedway.aspx


Hotels:
http://www.tripadvisor.com/Hotels-g34 ... Beach_Florida-Hotels.html


Corvette Corral:
See below:


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CORVETTE RACING AT DAYTONA: Corvette C8.R Set for Spotlight
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Press Release:

First race for new, mid-engine Corvette C8.R


CORVETTE RACING AT DAYTONA: Corvette C8.R Set for Spotlight


• First race for new, mid-engine Corvette C8.R
• New-look lineup seeks Corvette Racing’s fourth victory on Daytona high
banks
• Program set to crack 300,000 competition miles since first race in 1999
• Full lineup of Chevy vehicles at Motorsports Display, Daytona Injector and
Chevrolet Experience


DETROIT  (Jan. 20, 2020) – For more than 20 years, Corvette Racing has
carved a legacy in GT endurance racing with three generations of
front-engine racing Corvettes. The start of the 2020 IMSA WeatherTech
SportsCar Championship also marks the beginning of the mid-engine Corvette
era.


As the 1999 Rolex 24 At Daytona marked the first appearance for Corvette
Racing, so does this year’s running mark the debut of the Chevrolet Corvette
C8.R. It is the first mid-engine, production-based Corvette in Chevrolet
Racing history and will be a focal point this weekend for thousands at
Daytona International Speedway and millions watching on NBC in the United
States and around the world.


The C8.R turned its first laps in public earlier this month at the three-day
Roar Before the 24. Corvette Racing’s six drivers combined to turn 341 laps
for a total of 1,213.96 mainly trouble-free miles.


As was the case at the Roar, No. 3 Mobil 1/SiriusXM Corvette C8.R will have
full-season teammates Antonio Garcia and Jordan Taylor driving with Corvette
newcomer Nicky Catsburg. Meanwhile, Oliver Gavin and Tommy Milner – ahead of
their ninth consecutive season together – will share the No. 4 Mobil
1/SiriusXM Corvette with Marcel Fässler.


Milner was the fastest Corvette Racing driver at the Roar in the GT Le Mans
(GTLM) qualifying session for pit and garage assignments – a 1:42.793
(124.671 mph) lap that put him third in class. Both Corvettes were within
0.446 seconds of the class-leading Porsche.


Corvette Racing is a three-time winner of the Rolex 24 – in 2001 with the
Corvette C5-R and back-to-back in 2015 and 2016 with the Corvette C7.R. The
Corvette C8.R is the fifth racing version that Corvette Racing has fielded
since its first season in 1999. The team’s record since its debut is
unmatched – 107 victories, 13 IMSA Team Championships, and 12 Manufacturer
and Driver titles.


The program also can reach another landmark at Daytona: it needs to complete
870 miles – 245 laps – to go over the 300,000-mile mark… more than 50,000
miles longer than the Apollo 13 mission.


The Corvette C8.R is based on the strong foundation of the 2020 Corvette
Stingray with both developed simultaneously. There is a deeper level of
technology transfer between the race car and production Corvette than ever
before, which helps contribute to many of its advancements. As a result, the
C8.R shares the highest percentage of parts between the production and race
car than any previous generation.


Initial design and development on the Corvette C8.R – with Corvette Racing
engineers working alongside Corvette production personnel – began more than
five years ago with track testing starting within the last 18 months. Heavy
emphasis on wind tunnel and simulation aided in the testing program.


Opportunities Abound for Chevrolet Fans at Daytona
Chevrolet aficionados will have no shortage of things to see and do at the
Rolex 24. That’s because three locations around Daytona International
Speedway – the Chevrolet Experience Center, the Chevrolet Injector and
Chevrolet Motorsports Display – will be full of Chevrolet vehicles that
spectators can learn more about throughout the weekend.


Each location will open at 9 a.m., Friday and Saturday; and 8 a.m., Sunday.


Among the highlights at the Chevrolet Motorsports Display is the 2020 North
American Car of the Year – the 2020 Corvette Stingray and production
counterpart of the Corvette C8.R. Numerous other Chevrolet vehicles will be
on-site including:


• Production vehicles such as the Blazer, Tahoe, Traverse, Equinox, Trax,
Silverado, Colorado, Camaro and Malibu
• Samples of Chevrolet engines, performance parts and accessories available
to fans for purchase from their local Chevrolet dealer
• A variety of Chevrolet and racing related activities for adults and kids
• Corvette Racing t-shirts for fans who sign up with Chevrolet Motorsports


Also located inside the track and next to Victory Lane, the Chevrolet
Experience Center will have a number of additional Chevrolet production
vehicles and product specialists throughout the Rolex 24 weekend. Fans can
walk through the Experience Center and see a Corvette C8.R showcar and
multiple examples of the 2020 Corvette Stingray – both coupe and
convertible.


At the Chevrolet Injector, nearly 30 different Chevrolet vehicles –
including Blazer, Bolt, Malibu, Colorado, Tahoe, Traverse, Trax, Equinox,
Silverado, Camaro and Suburban Corvette Z06, Camaro ZL1 1LE and a number of
Silverado, Traverse and Colorado editions – will be on display throughout
the four levels of fan access. As at the Chevrolet Motorsports Display and
Chevrolet Experience, Chevrolet product specialists will be on-hand to
answer questions on each model of Chevrolet vehicle throughout the weekend.


The Rolex 24 At Daytona is set for Jan. 23-26 with live television coverage
on NBC, NBC Sports Network, NBCSports.com and the NBC Sports App. IMSA Radio
will broadcast all practice and qualifying sessions as well as the race on
IMSA.com , which also will host live timing and scoring.


ANTONIO GARCIA, NO. 3 MOBIL 1/SiriusXM CHEVROLET CORVETTE C8.R:  “So far,
the new Corvette has been quite decent in testing. It is still very early
stages for this car. Even though we think we are ready, there are things
that can come up. We must do everything we can to make sure we are as
prepared as possible. Then we can see what we really have. Our testing has
been a consistent evolution between track days and simulator work. We’ve
been able to develop a plan to develop the car even though we weren’t
testing on the track. The correlation of data has been good. Everything that
we have tested virtually is working in real life. That makes life a lot
easier when you can use all your tools to improve. We continue to validate
all the work we’ve done and what we find on the racetrack. We are on the
right track.”


JORDAN TAYLOR, NO. 3 MOBIL 1/SiriusXM CHEVROLET CORVETTE C8.R:  “I’m excited
for this race and to do it in GT racing. It’s where I grew up and started my
career. I’m excited to go back into GT racing with Corvette in GTLM with
all-manufacturer teams and all-professional drivers. The class will get a
lot of eyes on it with the first race for the C8.R. The race itself will be
extremely difficult. I’ll have to get used to looking in my mirrors again.
In testing, I was reminding myself to check the mirrors leaving certain
corners so I could get in the habit of doing it for the race. So I’m looking
forward to it. Overall wins are fantastic, but a win is a win; you still get
a Rolex watch no matter what class you’re in! But for us in GTLM, the
competition will be the same if not more difficult than in prototypes.”


NICKY CATSBURG, NO. 3 MOBIL 1/SiriusXM CHEVROLET CORVETTE C8.R:  "This is
definitely one of the special races, and I always want to race at Daytona.
Last year I missed it, which was difficult! I was at home and jealous! The
track has a unique feel with the banking and the crowds. American fans are
always something that I always look forward to. The interaction and
engagement is great, and it's something I really like. The Rolex for sure is
the best way to start the season."


OLIVER GAVIN, NO. 4 MOBIL 1/SiriusXM CHEVROLET CORVETTE C8.R:  “The C8.R is
a brand new car and this is its first race outing. We won’t know where we
are in respect to the competition, and they will be looking at us and
figuring out where we’re strong and where we’re weak. You can pick up little
bits and pieces during the Roar and even in the two or three practice
sessions before the Rolex 24, but you never really get a great idea of where
you’re at until you get five hours or so into the race. But it always come
down to the last two hours. It would be quite remarkable if we could come
right out of the box and be super-fast, super-reliable and have a successful
weekend the first time out.”


TOMMY MILNER, NO. 4 MOBIL 1/SiriusXM CHEVROLET CORVETTE C8.R:  “For sure the
Corvette C8.R is very good. Everyone was happy with our performance at the
Roar. That shows the great job by the engineers and crew during the last
several months leading up to our first race. Thanks to all the tools we have
and the years of experience the team has with these cars, I know they’re
excited and we’re excited. Based on what we saw from our competition earlier
this month, GTLM is going to be another tough fight. It should be quite the
weekend.”


MARCEL FÄSSLER, NO. 4 MOBIL 1/SiriusXM CHEVROLET CORVETTE C8.R:  "The
banking at Daytona is unique and something we don't find anywhere else. Here
at the Rolex, you really have to nurse your car for the first 22 hours to
make sure you have a car that is in perfect position to fight for victory.
We showed that was the case in 2016. You have to be super-intelligent in how
you drive the car in this race. With all the cautions you usually have here
and chances to make up ground, it's maybe not necessary to go 100 percent
all the time. That goes against the nature of a racing driver but we have
seen that is how this race can be won."





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Press Release:
For the first time in nearly a decade, Corvette Racing will feature a new
full-season driver roster for the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship

Corvette Racing Sets New Full-Season Driver Lineup for 2020


• Jordan Taylor joins Antonio Garcia for New Pairing in No. 3 Corvette C8.R
• Oliver Gavin, Tommy Milner Reunite in No. 4 Corvette for Ninth Consecutive
Season
• Corvette Racing Eager to Debut C8.R at Daytona



DETROIT  (Nov. 14, 2019) – For the first time in nearly a decade, Corvette
Racing will feature a new full-season driver roster for the IMSA WeatherTech
SportsCar Championship. As the program prepares for its initial campaign
with the new Chevrolet Corvette C8.R, Jordan Taylor will join Corvette
Racing on a full-time basis starting with the Rolex 24 At Daytona in the GT
Le Mans (GTLM) category.



Taylor will join Antonio Garcia in the No. 3 Mobil 1/SiriusXM Corvette
C8.R – featuring a yellow livery with silver accents. In the No. 4 Mobil
1/SiriusXM Corvette – silver with yellow accents – Oliver Gavin and Tommy
Milner reunite for the ninth consecutive season, making them the
longest-running driver pairing currently in IMSA.


The quartet will contest the entire GTLM season with the Corvette C8.R.
Their combined record in IMSA competition is unmatched with a combined 102
victories and 13 championships:


• Antonio Garcia – 17 wins / three championships
• Oliver Gavin – 48 wins / six championships
• Tommy Milner – 16 wins / two championships
• Jordan Taylor – 21 wins / two championships

 Jordan Taylor and Antonio Garcia

Tommy Milner and Oliver Gavin


“We couldn’t be more excited to have this group of talented drivers behind
the wheel of the mid-engine Corvette C8.R for the 2020 IMSA season,” said
Jim Campbell, Chevrolet U.S. vice president, Performance and Motorsports.
“Given our rich history at Daytona International Speedway, we are proud to
debut the C8.R at the Rolex 24 At Daytona.”


Taylor has previous experience as a driver for Corvette Racing, having been
part of the team’s endurance lineup from 2012-2017. In that span, he was
part of a Corvette Racing victory at the 24 Hours of Le Mans in 2015 and
finished second at Sebring and Petit Le Mans in 2012. Taylor, a two-time
IMSA Driver’s Champion, will partner with Garcia. The two were endurance
teammates in 2012-14 and again in 2017.


This will be Garcia’s ninth full season with Corvette Racing, having
partnered with Jan Magnussen for the previous eight. Garcia has 16 wins with
Corvette, including three at the 24 Hours of Le Mans. Garcia is also a
three-time GTLM Driver’s Champion.


Gavin and Milner continue a partnership that is the standard-bearer for
Corvette Racing and modern-day IMSA. They’ve won 14 races and two IMSA
titles together, the most recent in 2016.


Gavin will compete for the 19th consecutive season with Corvette Racing and
is the longest-serving and most successful driver in team history. He has 50
victories with the program including five at Le Mans; his most recent was
2015 with Milner and Taylor. Milner joined the team in 2011 and won Le Mans
for the first time the same season. He was teamed with Gavin the following
year, and they went on to win the American Le Mans Series’ GT Championship.

 ANTONIO GARCIA, NO. 3 MOBIL 1/SiriusXM CHEVROLET CORVETTE C8.R:  “First
off, thanks to Jan for all the great years we had in Corvette Racing. I’m
proud of what we all were able to accomplish together as a team.
“Now as I look ahead, welcome back to Jordan. I am happy to have him now as
a full-time teammate. We obviously know each other very well, so I’m looking
forward sharing the car together and hopefully returning to our usual
Corvette Racing form. The 2020 season is an important one for all of
Corvette Racing with the new C8.R. It’s very different from any Corvette I
have ever driven but in a positive way. I’m anxious to continue testing and
development with all our team.”


JORDAN TAYLOR, NO. 3 MOBIL 1/SiriusXM CHEVROLET CORVETTE C8.R:  “It’s a huge
honor to be back with Corvette Racing for 2020 and part of the full-season
lineup. I’m very proud to be joining one of the most successful teams in
sports car racing history and to represent the Corvette and Chevrolet
brands. I was very fortunate to spend six years with Corvette in the
endurance races driving both the C6.R and C7.R. Now being back with the
brand new C8.R is really special. I am especially happy to be back driving
alongside Antonio, who I believe is one of the best GT drivers in the world.
I know I will have a lot to learn over the next few months leading to
Daytona, but I’m ready and looking forward to the challenge of GTLM.”


OLIVER GAVIN, NO. 4 MOBIL 1/SiriusXM CHEVROLET CORVETTE C8.R:  “It’s another
honor to represent Chevrolet and Corvette Racing again in the IMSA
WeatherTech SportsCar Championship. If you had told me back in 2002 when I
first joined the program that I would continue for 19 years, I’d never
believe it. I’m appreciative of the confidence that everyone at Corvette
Racing has in me, and I’m absolutely delighted to be back with Tommy now in
the Corvette C8.R. It’s a wonderful car to drive and is a huge step forward
for Corvette Racing. Tommy and I have been together for many races and many
seasons. Certainly last year was full of misfortune and things not going our
way. The great thing about Corvette Racing is that we always try to take
that next step above our competitors, and I think we have an excellent
chance to do that with the C8.R.”


TOMMY MILNER, NO. 4 MOBIL 1/SiriusXM CHEVROLET CORVETTE C8.R:  “I can't wait
to start this next chapter of Corvette Racing with the entire team, which
has worked so hard on the new 2020 Corvette C8.R race car. This will be the
biggest adjustment the program has ever had to make with an all-new car. But
with the time, effort and testing spent so far, I'm confident we will be
ready to take on all challenges. I'm really looking forward to be continuing
with Oliver again in the No. 4 car, and I think we're both eager to get back
to winning races and championships with this new Corvette.”

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The 2020 Rolex 24 At Daytona will be the latest milestone in the story that
is Corvette Racing

CORVETTE RACING VIDEO: Meet the Chevrolet Corvette C8.R

DETROIT  - The 2020 Rolex 24 At Daytona will be the latest milestone in the
story that is Corvette Racing. For the first time, the most successful
program in IMSA history will campaign a mid-engine Corvette – the Chevrolet
Corvette C8.R that was revealed in October.


Prior to the season-ending Petit Le Mans, Tommy Milner talked about the
excitement for C8.R before taking it on a demonstration lap around at
Michelin Raceway Road Atlanta.

"We had a big crowd at our tent as it was starting up for the demo lap, and
I think they were more excited to hear that start up than to watch the race
warm-up!" Milner said. "It was a super-cool day. We were excited to show the
fans and let everyone see and hear what the Corvette C8.R is about.”

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CORVETTE RACING AT PETIT LE MANS: Full Speed Ahead in Final C7.R Race
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Corvette Racing will try to race its way through the field Saturday and close the Chevrolet Corvette C7.R era with a GT Le Mans (GTLM) victory 
 

CORVETTE RACING AT PETIT LE MANS: Full Speed Ahead in Final C7.R Race

BRASELTON, Ga. (Oct. 11, 2019) – Corvette Racing will try to race its way through the field Saturday and close the Chevrolet Corvette C7.R era with a GT Le Mans (GTLM) victory in the 10-hour Petit Le Mans at Michelin Raceway Road Atlanta.


Antonio Garcia qualified the No. 3 Mobil 1/SiriusXM Chevrolet Corvette C7.R second Friday in the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship’s top production based class Friday. He set a time of 1:15.702 (120.789 mph) in the car that he shares with full-season teammate Jan Magnussen and Mike Rockenfeller. However, the No. 3 Corvette was found to be out of compliance in post-qualifying inspection and will be moved to the back of the GTLM field.


Teammate Oliver Gavin, in the No. 4 Corvette C7.R, set a time of 1:16.048 (120.239 mph) Friday and will start seventh in GTLM. In a display of the competitiveness of GTLM, Gavin was only 0.409 seconds from pole and less than two-tenths from the second row. He will drive with Tommy Milner and Marcel Fässler – the trio having placed second at Road Atlanta in GTLM a year ago.


Saturday’s race will be the 74th and final race for the C7.R under the Corvette Racing banner with the new Corvette C8.R set to make its racing debut in January at the Rolex 24 At Daytona. On Saturday morning, the C8.R will perform two demonstration laps ahead of the 2019 season finale.


Corvette Racing has competed at Michelin Raceway Road Atlanta more than any other venue in its history; Saturday will be No. 23. There have been 10 victories in that span including eight in Petit Le Mans. So the long-game approach in the race is something that the program has used to its advantage time and again.


The 10-hour Motul Petit Le Mans is set for 12:05 p.m. ET on Saturday, Oct. 12. It will air live starting at noon ET on NBC, followed by coverage on the NBC Sports App from 3-5:30 p.m. and on NBCSN from 5:30-10:30 p.m. Live audio coverage will be available on IMSA Radio, Sirius 113, XM 202 and SiriusXM Online 972.

 
OLIVER GAVIN, NO. 4 MOBIL 1/SiriusXM CHEVROLET CORVETTE C7.R – STARTING SEVENTH IN GTLM: "Qualifying was close, very close. Unfortunately we were at the back end of it. We definitely improved the car going into that session. It seemed like everybody else took a decent step forward. I had a pretty good lap going, probably my best lap, and I was probably a little too tentative going into (Turn) Seven and it cost us some time. It would have bumped us up a couple of spots and maybe got us in front of the Porsche. We know it's a long race and where you start here has very little to do with where you finish. So I feel we can improve the car and we will work with that overnight and get ourselves in the best possible spot for the start. It's going to be long, it’s going to be hard, it’s going to be close. I think we have finally gotten ourselves in a good spot with the car and it will be raceable in every condition with every tire. We will be ready to go."
 

ANTONIO GARCIA, NO. 3 MOBIL 1/SiriusXM CHEVROLET CORVETTE C7.R – STARTING NINTH IN GTLM: "It was a pretty good lap. We were still able to do a good one even after losing that amount of track time in Practice One. We've been going back and forth setup in Practice Two. At the end of the day that gave us a good indication of something to play with. We put in everything we could to show we have a fast car, and we showed it. We were very close to pole which I didn't expect for sure when we put together the lap. Everybody was super close. I’m happy with how the car behaved and the car we have for the race. Ending up at the back doesn't change our speed. We will have speed tomorrow and that should be a good thing."
 


2019 WeatherTech SportsCar Championship – GTLM Standings (After 10 of 11 Events)
Driver Standings
1. Earl Bamber/Laurens Vanthoor – 304
2. Nick Tandy/Patrick Pilet – 292
3. Antonio Garcia/Jan Magnussen – 289
4. Dirk Mueller – 283
5. Richard Westbrook/Ryan Briscoe – 281
8. Oliver Gavin – 251
11. Tommy Milner – 203


Team Standings
1. No. 912 Porsche GT Team – 304
2. No. 911 Porsche GT Team – 292
3. No. 3 Corvette Racing – 289
4. No. 66 Ford Chip Ganassi Racing – 283
5. No. 67 Ford Chip Ganassi Racing – 281
8. No. 4 Corvette Racing – 251


Manufacturer Standings
1. Porsche – 332
2. Ford – 313
3. Chevrolet – 302
4. BMW – 297



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CORVETTE RACING AT PETIT LE MANS: Hoping to Close on a High Note and By the Numbers
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CORVETTE RACING AT PETIT LE MANS: Hoping to Close on a High Note
Team seeking landmark IMSA victory in 2019 finale at Michelin Raceway Road
Atlanta

• Corvette Racing with 10 victories at Michelin Raceway Road Atlanta
• Continued quest for IMSA victory No. 100
• Final race for Corvette C7.R with Corvette Racing
• 2020 Corvette Stingray, Corvette Tour on location in Michelin Raceway Fan
Midway


DETROIT  (Oct. 8, 2019) – Corvette Racing will close the 2019 season – and
the era of the Chevrolet Corvette C7.R – this weekend at a familiar
location. Michelin Raceway Road Atlanta plays host to Corvette Racing and
the rest of the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship for the annual
10-hour Petit Le Mans on Saturday.

This will be the 23rd event at Road Atlanta for Corvette Racing – the most
of any track in the team’s 21-year history. The program claims 10 victories
at the circuit including eight at Petit Le Mans. If recent years are any
indication, there is a strong chance that Corvette Racing will contend once
again; it has recorded podium finishes in each of the last four years
including runner-up finishes the last two.

Oliver Gavin, Tommy Milner and Marcel Fässler will look to finish one spot
better than 2018 driving the No. 4 Mobil 1/SiriusXM Chevrolet Corvette C7.R.
That came a year after Antonio Garcia, Jan Magnussen and Mike Rockenfeller
did the same in the No. 3 Mobil 1/SiriusXM Corvette. Both trios are back for
this year’s Petit Le Mans as Corvette Racing seeks its first victory at Road
Atlanta since 2010.

Garcia and Magnussen, two-time and defending GT Le Mans (GTLM) champions,
stand third in this year’s points chase with an outside chance a third
straight title. It would be Corvette Racing’s fourth consecutive GTLM
championship dating back to Oliver Gavin and Tommy Milner’s 2016 crown.

Even without title hopes, Corvette Racing still has plenty at stake,
including its 100th triumph in IMSA competition.

Final Race for Corvette C7.R
A victory Saturday also would send out the Corvette C7.R on a high note. As
revealed last week, the team will field [the mid-engine Corvette C8.R in
2020starting with the Rolex 24 At Daytona.

Since its debut in 2014, the C7.R has won 17 races in 73 events across IMSA
and the FIA World Endurance Championship. Its 16 wins in IMSA is the
second-most of any car in the WeatherTech Championship to date. The C7.R
also helped Chevrolet and Corvette Racing claim consecutive GTLM
Manufacturer Championships (2016-17), and Driver and Team Championships
(2016-18). With the C7.R, Corvette Racing scored victories at Le Mans,
Daytona (twice) and Sebring (three times).

The C7.R is based on the road-going Corvette C7 Z06. It made several
advances in technology from the sixth-generation Corvette. For the first
time, the aluminum frame for both road car and racecar were both produced
in-house at the Corvette assembly plant in Bowling Green, Kentucky. The
addition of direct fuel injection to the Corvette Z06 enabled the technology
to return to a Corvette race car for the first time since the end of the GT1
era in 2009. The Z06 and C7.R also shared aggressive aero strategies with
greater levels of component cooling and downforce.

2020 Corvette Stingray Tour
 – the manufacturer’s first mid-engine production Corvette in its history –
will be the main attraction at the Chevrolet Motorsports Display in Michelin
Raceway Road Atlanta’s Fan Midway. Chevrolet will showcase the fastest, most
powerful entry-level Corvette from Thursday through Friday along with a
state-of-the-art informational display dedicated to the Corvette,

The 2020 Stingray is rated at 490hp with an eight-speed, dual-clutch
transmission. It is powered by the 6.2L Chevrolet small-block V8 LT2 engine
that produces 465 ft-lbs of torque. At Michelin Raceway Road Atlanta, the
2020 Stingray Coupe and 2020 Stingray Convertible will be on display.

“It’s incredibly exciting to take the 2020 Corvette Stingray to Michelin
Raceway Road Atlanta,” said Ed Piatek, Corvette chief engineer. “Petit Le
Mans features one of the largest fan followings in all of North American
racing. That includes a huge number of Corvette owners at the Corvette
Corral. We’re excited to show them the next-generation Corvette, as we
support Corvette Racing in its final race of the year.”

The entry-level 2020 Stingray continues that tradition as a no-compromise
value proposition, as it will start under $60,000. It will go into
production at GM’s Bowling Green Assembly later this year.

Chevrolet, Motorsports on Display
In addition to the 2020 Stingray, a number of additional Chevrolet vehicles
will be on-site at the Chevrolet Motorsports Display and Corvette Display
for visitors to view and learn from a team of product specialists. Vehicles
and attractions include:

• Production vehicles such as the 2019 Blazer RS, 2020 Colorado Crewcab Z71,
2020 Silverado 1500 and Silverado 2500 HD LT, and 2020 Camaro 2SS 1LE.
• A Corvette C7.R show car
• Samples of Chevrolet engines, performance parts and accessories available
to fans for purchase from their local Chevrolet dealer
• A variety of Chevrolet and racing related activities for adults and kids
• 2020 Corvette T-shirts for fans who sign up with Chevrolet Motorsports

The Chevrolet Motorsports and Corvette Displays will be open at 8 a.m. on
Thursday, Friday and Saturday.

The 10-hour Motul Petit Le Mans is set for 12:05 p.m. ET on Saturday, Oct.
12. It will air live starting at noon ET on NBC, followed by coverage on the
NBC Sports App from 3-5:30 p.m. and on NBCSN from 5:30-10:30 p.m. Live audio
coverage will be available on IMSA Radio, Sirius 113, XM 202 and SiriusXM
Online 972.


ANTONIO GARCIA, NO. 3 CHEVROLET CORVETTE C7.R:  “I really want to win Petit
Le Mans. Corvette Racing has always been strong at Michelin Raceway Road
Atlanta in past years but we have just missed out on wins there. It’s been
very, very close. The championship is very unlikely so we can go all-out for
a win. This event is one I like very much because of the track and the
distance. It’s a very fast track and creates a good race. So let’s see how
we can do. If we can’t get the championship, the next best thing is to win
the race.”

JAN MAGNUSSEN, NO. 3 MOBIL 1/SiriusXM CHEVROLET CORVETTE C7.R : “I’ve made
every start at Petit Le Mans since 1999, so this race has a special meaning
to me. The event is great, the fans are great and the track is great. In
many ways it’s the most demanding race we do. The layout of the track and
the mix of cars makes it really tough to pass and overtake. You have to be
decisive and have a clear understanding of how the car and the tires are
working together during all 10 hours. That’s what makes this race such a
challenge. There’s a lot of risk but also a lot of reward.”

MIKE ROCKENFELLER, NO. 3 MOBIL 1/SiriusXM CHEVROLET CORVETTE C7.R:  “It was
tough not being at Petit Le Mans last year because I really like the event.
Michelin Raceway Road Atlanta is an awesome track that presents a very big
challenge in any type of car – prototype or GT. It has a big-event feel to
it with a lot of cars and drivers. I’m really looking forward to getting
back in the Corvette again for this race. We were so close at Le Mans and I
feel like a win here would take away some of that sting.”

OLIVER GAVIN, NO. 4 MOBIL 1/SiriusXM CHEVROLET CORVETTE C7.R:  “It’s been a
trying season in a lot of ways for Tommy and I, but a strong finish at Petit
Le Mans would leave us with a little bit of satisfaction. Michelin Raceway
Road Atlanta presents a unique challenge when you consider the length of the
race, nature of the track and the amount of cars. It’s definitely one of the
biggest races on the IMSA calendar – nearly on the same level as Daytona and
Sebring. This will be my 20th start at Petit Le Mans, and the fan turnout
and support we get from the Corvette community is always fantastic. Closing
out with a solid result would set us on the right course into 2020.”

TOMMY MILNER, NO. 4 MOBIL 1/SiriusXM CHEVROLET CORVETTE C7.R: “Petit Le Mans
is an incredible event. Michelin Raceway Road Atlanta provides such great
racing and passing opportunities… some places where the prototype guys try
to sneak in at places make it exciting for us and them. In our GT cars, it’s
so fast. There’s so much grip and such a huge challenge. The track is fun by
yourself, but when you add in the full field and 10 hours, it makes for a
great race. It’s one where everyone holds their breath to the checkered
flag. I’m excited. Our Corvettes have always been fast there. Hopefully we
can end the season on a high note.”

MARCEL FÄSSLER, NO. 4 MOBIL 1/SiriusXM CHEVROLET CORVETTE C7.R:  “I’m happy
to be back with Corvette Racing for Petit Le Mans. This is an incredible
race and another of my favorites in the U.S. The fans at Michelin Raceway
Road Atlanta make it feel like a big event that keeps growing every year.
For us on the No. 4 Corvette, we want to end the season on a high note. The
team has been through a lot this year with some bad misfortune at Le Mans
and in IMSA. But the team is strong and the Corvette is always very good. I’m
looking forward to a great weekend.”



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Facts and figures around IMSA finale at Michelin Raceway Road Atlanta


CORVETTE RACING AT PETIT LE MANS: By the Numbers



• 1: As in one team, one manufacturer and one model of car for 20 years:
Corvette Racing, Chevrolet and the Chevrolet Corvette.
• 3: Generations of Corvette Racing entries at Road Atlanta since 1999 –
Corvette C5-R (1999-04) Corvette C6.R (2005-2013) and Corvette C7.R
(2014-current).
• 3: Consecutive GT Le Mans Drivers championships for Corvette Racing –
Oliver Gavin and Tommy Milner (2016); Antonio Garcia and Jan Magnussen (2017
and 2018).
• 6: Career victories at Road Atlanta for Oliver Gavin – all with Corvette
Racing. His first came in 2003 (Grand Prix of Atlanta), and five have come
in Petit Le Mans (most among active drivers).
• 8: As in Chevrolet’s small-block V8. More than 100 million units have been
sold worldwide and is the most successful engine in American motorsports.
• 10: Number of Road Atlanta victories for Corvette Racing dating back to
2000 – eight of those at Petit Le Mans.
• 10: Petit Le Mans wins for Chevrolet – eight in GT and two in Prototype.
That ranks third among manufacturers in event history.
• 12: Manufacturer Championships for Chevrolet and Corvette Racing since
2001.
• 16: Number of GT Le Mans wins in the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar
Championship for Corvette Racing since the start of 2014.
• 20: Consecutive Petit Le Mans starts for Jan Magnussen, the longest streak
for any driver in race history. Teammate Oliver Gavin has made 19 straight
starts.
• 23: Drivers who have competed for Corvette Racing at Road Atlanta. Of
those, 10 went on to win at Road Atlanta including current drivers Gavin and
Magnussen.
• 24: Tracks at which Corvette Racing has won races – Baltimore, COTA,
Canadian Tire Motorsport Park/Mosport, Daytona, Detroit, Houston, Laguna
Seca, Le Mans, Lime Rock, Long Beach, Miami, Mid-Ohio, Portland, Road
America, Road Atlanta, Sebring, Sonoma, St. Petersburg, Texas, Trois
Rivieres, Utah, VIR, Washington DC and Watkins Glen.
• 28: Number of drivers for Corvette Racing since 1999.
• 107: Victories worldwide for Corvette Racing – 99 in North America and
eight at Le Mans.
• 225: Event starts by Corvette Racing since 1999 following the most recent
race at Laguna Seca.
• 33,822.88: Number of racing miles completed by Corvette Racing in its 21
previous trips to Road Atlanta. That represents 13,539 laps or more than 525
trips around Interstate 285 – Atlanta’s Perimeter.
• 296,935.88: Total number of racing miles completed by Corvette Racing
since its inception. To put that in perspective Apollo 13 – the longest
manned spaceflight in history – covered “just” 248,655 miles.


2019 WeatherTech SportsCar Championship – GTLM Standings (After 10 of 11
Events)
Driver Standings
1. Earl Bamber/Laurens Vanthoor – 304
2. Nick Tandy/Patrick Pilet – 292
3. Antonio Garcia/Jan Magnussen – 289
4. Dirk Mueller – 283
5. Richard Westbrook/Ryan Briscoe – 281
8. Oliver Gavin – 251
11. Tommy Milner – 203


Team Standings
1. No. 912 Porsche GT Team – 304
2. No. 911 Porsche GT Team – 292
3. No. 3 Corvette Racing – 289
4. No. 66 Ford Chip Ganassi Racing – 283
5. No. 67 Ford Chip Ganassi Racing – 281
8. No. 4 Corvette Racing – 251


Manufacturer Standings
1. Porsche – 332
2. Ford – 313
3. Chevrolet – 302
4. BMW – 297


Corvette Racing at Michelin Raceway Road Atlanta
1999
No. 3 Corvette C5-R: Ron Fellows/Chris Kneifel/John Paul Jr. – 5th in GTS
No. 4 Corvette C5-R: Andy Pilgrim/Kelly Collins/Scott Sharp – 4th in GTS


2000
No. 3 Corvette C5-R: Ron Fellows/Chris Kneifel/Justin Bell – 3rd in GTS
(Fellows pole)
No. 4 Corvette C5-R: Andy Pilgrim/Kelly Collins/Franck Freon – 1st in GTS


2001
No. 3 Corvette C5-R: Ron Fellows/Johnny O'Connell/Scott Pruett – 9th in GTS
No. 4 Corvette C5-R: Andy Pilgrim/Kelly Collins/Franck Freon – 1st in GTS
(Pilgrim pole)


2002
No. 3 Corvette C5-R: Ron Fellows/Johnny O'Connell/Oliver Gavin – 1st in GTS
No. 4 Corvette C5-R: Andy Pilgrim/Kelly Collins/Franck Freon – 3rd in GTS
(Pilgrim fastest race lap)


2003*
No. 3 Corvette C5-R: Ron Fellows/Johnny O'Connell – 3rd in GTS
No. 4 Corvette C5-R: Oliver Gavin/Kelly Collins – 1st in GTS


2003
No. 3 Corvette C5-R: Ron Fellows/Johnny O'Connell/Franck Freon – 5th in GTS
No. 4 Corvette C5-R: Oliver Gavin/Kelly Collins/Andy Pilgrim – 3rd in GTS


2004
No. 3 Corvette C5-R: Ron Fellows/Johnny O'Connell/Max Papis – 2nd in GTS
No. 4 Corvette C5-R: Olivier Beretta/Oliver Gavin/Jan Magnussen – 1st in GTS
(Gavin pole, fastest race lap)


2005*
No. 3 Corvette C6.R: Ron Fellows/Johnny O'Connell – 1st in GT1 (O’Connell
pole, fastest race lap)
No. 4 Corvette C6.R: Olivier Beretta/Oliver Gavin – 2nd in GT1

2005
No. 3 Corvette C6.R: Ron Fellows/Johnny O'Connell/Max Papis – 6th in GT1
No. 4 Corvette C6.R: Olivier Beretta/Oliver Gavin/Jan Magnussen – 1st in GT1
(Beretta pole, Gavin fastest race lap)


2006
No. 3 Corvette C6.R: Ron Fellows/Johnny O'Connell/Max Papis – 4th in GT1 (O’Connell
pole)
No. 4 Corvette C6.R: Olivier Beretta/Oliver Gavin/Jan Magnussen – 3rd in GT1
(Gavin fastest race lap)


2007
No. 3 Corvette C6.R: Ron Fellows/Johnny O'Connell/Jan Magnussen – 3rd in GT1
No. 4 Corvette C6.R: Olivier Beretta/Oliver Gavin/Max Papis – 1st in GT1
(Gavin fastest race lap)


2008
No. 3 Corvette C6.R: Ron Fellows/Johnny O'Connell/Jan Magnussen – 1st in GT1
(O’Connell pole, Magnussen fastest race lap)
No. 4 Corvette C6.R: Olivier Beretta/Oliver Gavin/Max Papis – 2nd in GT1


2009
No. 3 Corvette C6.R: Jan Magnussen/Johnny O'Connell/Antonio Garcia – 6th in
GT2
No. 4 Corvette C6.R: Olivier Beretta/Oliver Gavin/Marcel Fässler – 4th in
GT2


2010
No. 3 Corvette C6.R: Olivier Beretta/Johnny O’Connell/Antonio Garcia – 6th
in GT
No. 4 Corvette C6.R: Oliver Gavin/Jan Magnussen/Emmanuel Collard – 1st in GT
(Magnussen fastest race lap)


2011
No. 3 Corvette C6.R: Olivier Beretta/Tommy Milner/Antonio Garcia – 17th in
GT
No. 4 Corvette C6.R: Oliver Gavin/Jan Magnussen/Richard Westbrook – 4th in
GT


2012
No. 3 Corvette C6.R: Jan Magnussen/Antonio Garcia/Jordan Taylor – 2nd in GT
No. 4 Corvette C6.R: Oliver Gavin/Tommy Milner/Richard Westbrook – 12th in
GT


2013
No. 3 Corvette C6.R: Jan Magnussen/Antonio Garcia/Jordan Taylor – 6th in GT
(Garcia/Magnussen ALMS GT title)
No. 4 Corvette C6.R: Oliver Gavin/Tommy Milner/Richard Westbrook – 10th in
GT


2014
No. 3 Corvette C7.R: Jan Magnussen/Antonio Garcia/Ryan Briscoe – 8th in GTLM
No. 4 Corvette C7.R: Oliver Gavin/Tommy Milner/Ryan Briscoe – 4th in GTLM


2015
No. 3 Corvette C7.R: Jan Magnussen/Antonio Garcia/Ryan Briscoe – 6th in GTLM
No. 4 Corvette C7.R: Oliver Gavin/Tommy Milner/Ryan Briscoe – 3rd in GTLM


2016
No. 3 Corvette C7.R: Jan Magnussen/Antonio Garcia/Mike Rockenfeller – 4th in
GTLM
No. 4 Corvette C7.R: Oliver Gavin/Tommy Milner/Marcel Fässler – 3rd in GTLM
(Gavin/Milner clinch GTLM title)


2017
No. 3 Corvette C7.R: Jan Magnussen/Antonio Garcia/Mike Rockenfeller – 2nd in
GTLM (Garcia/Magnussen clinch GTLM title)
No. 4 Corvette C7.R: Oliver Gavin/Tommy Milner/Marcel Fässler – 4th in GTLM


2018
No. 3 Corvette C7.R: Jan Magnussen/Antonio Garcia/Mike Rockenfeller – 8th in
GTLM (Garcia/Magnussen clinch GTLM title)
No. 4 Corvette C7.R: Oliver Gavin/Tommy Milner/Marcel Fässler – 2nd in GTLM
* Two-hour, 45 minute races


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Petit Le Mans
Braselton, GA
October 9, 2019 to Oct 12, 2019

Track: Road Atlanta
Circuit Length: 2.54 miles
Race Duration: 10 hours

Entry by Class:
Prototype (11)
LMP (2)
GT Le Mans (9)
GT Daytona (12)

Tune-in Details:

Qualifying: Friday, October 11, 2019

(GTD) 3:55 PM to 4:10 PM EDT
(GTLM) 4:20 PM to 4:35 PM EDT
(P) 4:45 PM to 5:00 PM EDT

Qualifying Online Coverage for everyone:
IMSA.com (includes live images, in-car cameras and announcers)

http://imsatv.imsa.com/

IMSA mobile app

Television Broadcast: Saturday, October 12, 2019

NBC TV:  12:00 PM-3:00 PM  EDT
NBC SPORTS APP:   3:00 PM-10:30 PM EDT
NBCSN TV:  5:30 PM-10:30 PM EDT

Online Broadcast:

US: NBC SPORTS APP 3:00 PM-10:30 PM
iNTERNATIONAL:  IMSA mobile app 11:55 PM-10:05 PM EDT  http://imsatv.imsa.com/

Radio:
1) Streaming on IMSA TV & Radio Le Mans:
http://imsatv.imsa.com/
http://radiolemans.0157.org/nplayer.php
2)  Scanner frequency 454.000
3) XM 202 (not posted on XM website)
5) SiriusXM Online 967/972  (not posted on XM site)

LIVE TIMING:
http://scoring.imsa.com/

Live Timing for mobile device:
http://scoring.imsa.com/mobile.html


PIT NOTES:
Twitter
http://twitter.com/   @CorvetteRacing, @IMSA, @IMSAlive, @RoadAtlanta

Facebook
https://www.facebook.com/CorvetteRacingFans/

TICKET INFO:  (Corvette Corral sold out)
https://tickets.roadatlanta.com/online ... shopid=104&language=9

Event Schedule:
https://competitors.imsa.com/sites/def ... _petit_le_mans_100219.pdf

https://www.roadatlanta.com/fan-activities-entertainment

Entry List:
https://sportscarchampionship.imsa.com ... preevent_entrylist_v1.pdf

Maps:
http://www.roadatlanta.com/track-info/track-map

Pit Lane Assignments:
 https://competitors.imsa.com/sites/def ... pit_lane_road_atlanta.pdf

Road Atlanta BoP
https://competitors.imsa.com/sites/def ... -41_bop_tables_092619.pdf

Spotters Guide:
http://www.spotterguides.com/

WEATHER:
http://www.weather.com/outlook/health ... 6hr_fcst10DayLink_fitness

http://www.racecastweather.com/blog/m ... cast-update-petit-le-mans


Hotels:
http://www.roadatlanta.com/fan-guide/accommodations


Corvette Corral:
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CORVETTE RACING AT LAGUNA SECA: Another Tight Qualifying Battle in GTLM
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CORVETTE RACING AT LAGUNA SECA: Another Tight Qualifying Battle in GTLM
Sixth for Magnussen, seventh for Gavin in close session in Monterey


MONTEREY, Calif. (Sept. 14, 2019) – Corvette Racing will look to race its way through the field Sunday following qualifying for the Monterey Sports Car Championship at WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca.


Jan Magnussen and Oliver Gavin were sixth and seventh Saturday in the GT Le Mans (GTLM) category of the WeatherTech SportsCar Championship. It was another classic example of the closeness of GTLM with eight cars within 0.738 seconds.


Sunday’s race will air live at 3 p.m. ET on NBC.


Magnussen, teaming with Antonio Garcia, will start in the No. 3 Mobil 1/SiriusXM Chevrolet Corvette C7.R after a best lap of 1:22.026 (98.22 mph) in the 15-minute session. He was only 0.135 seconds ahead of Gavin in the No. 4 Mobil 1/SiriusXM Corvette C7.R that he shares with Tommy Milner.


Gavin and Magnussen got the most work in Saturday morning’s final practice and set the fastest lap for their respective cars in the session.


The qualifying position could prove important in the GTLM Drivers and Team title races. Magnussen and Antonio Garcia stand third in points in their push for a third straight championship, and victory Sunday would keep hope alive heading into next month’s finale at Michelin Raceway Road Atlanta for the 10-hour Petit Le Mans.


Gavin was the GTLM pole winner a year ago, and he and Magnussen both have four career IMSA victories at Laguna Seca. All four Corvette Racing drivers have won races at the circuit.


Of note, WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca is one of three tracks where Corvette Racing has competed in each season of its existence since 1999 – Sebring and Road Atlanta are the others. In 20 races in Monterey, Corvette Racing has accumulated nearly 12,000 racing miles and more than 5,300 racing laps.


The Monterey SportsCar Championship powered by McLaren at WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca is set for 3 p.m. ET on Sunday with live network coverage on NBC. Live audio coverage will be available on IMSA Radio, Sirius 113, XM 202 and SiriusXM Online 972.


JAN MAGNUSSEN, NO. 3 MOBIL 1/SiriusXM CHEVROLET CORVETTE C7.R – QUALIFIED SIXTH: “Another close qualifying session. That’s how it continues to be in GTLM. When things are this close, every little thing makes a difference. We found a few things from the practices that didn’t quite work out in qualifying.. But I think we have a pretty good Corvette for the race.. We have decent pace but it’s hard to predict how things will go. So sixth isn’t the best position for the start but it’s tight. We can try things on strategy so we’ll see what happens. It should be an interesting race tomorrow.”


OLIVER GAVIN, NO. 4 MOBIL 1/SiriusXM CHEVROLET CORVETTE C7.R – QUALIFIED SEVENTH: “It was a challenging session for us, which it always is here. We’d been working steadily on the car and felt like we were making good process. We were trying to fix one particular issue across the center of the with steady gains. It didn’t all come together in that qualifying and everyone else took some pretty big steps forward. That’s always how our class seems to go. You try to look and see where people are, and they had a little more to give than we did. A lot can happen in the race. There will be a large amount of tire degradation. This place can be pretty mysterious with how it gives you grip or takes it away. It’s frustrating but we’ll keep digging for the race and work the strategy to deliver the best possible result for Corvette Racing.”


Corvette Racing at WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca: By the Numbers
• 1: As in one team, one manufacturer and one model of car for 20 years: Corvette Racing, Chevrolet and the Chevrolet Corvette.
• 3: Generations of Corvette Racing entries at Laguna Seca since 1999 – Corvette C5-R (1999-04) Corvette C6.R (2005-2013) and Corvette C7.R (2014-current).
• 3: Pole positions and fastest race laps at Laguna Seca by Jan Magnussen in Corvette Racing entries.
• 4: Career victories at Laguna Seca for Oliver Gavin and Jan Magnussen. All four of Gavin’s have come with Corvette Racing.
• 7: Number of Laguna Seca victories for Corvette Racing dating back to 2004.
• 8: As in Chevrolet’s small-block V8. More than 100 million units have been sold worldwide and is the most successful engine in American motorsports.
• 9: Laguna Seca victories for Corvette Racing from the current driving lineup – Oliver Gavin (four), Jan Magnussen and Antonio Garcia (two) and Tommy Milner (one).
• 11: Drivers who have competed for Corvette Racing at Laguna Seca. Of those, seven went on to win at Monterey.
• 11: Victories at Laguna Seca for Chevrolet in IMSA competition.
• 12: Manufacturer Championships for Chevrolet and Corvette Racing since 2001.
• 16: Number of GT Le Mans wins in the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship for Corvette Racing since the start of 2014.
• 24: Tracks at which Corvette Racing has won races – Baltimore, COTA, Canadian Tire Motorsport Park/Mosport, Daytona, Detroit, Houston, Laguna Seca, Le Mans, Lime Rock, Long Beach, Miami, Mid-Ohio, Portland, Road America, Road Atlanta, Sebring, Sonoma, St. Petersburg, Texas, Trois Rivieres, Utah, VIR, Washington DC and Watkins Glen.
• 28: Number of drivers for Corvette Racing since 1999.
• 107: Victories worldwide for Corvette Racing – 99 in North America and eight at Le Mans.
• 224: Event starts by Corvette Racing since 1999 following the most recent race at VIR.
• 11,781.84: Number of racing miles completed by Corvette Racing in its 19 previous trips to Laguna Seca. That represents 5,347 laps or nearly 695 trips along historic 17-Mile Drive on the Monterey Peninsula.
• 296,425.62: Total number of racing miles completed by Corvette Racing since its inception. To put that in perspective Apollo 13 – the longest manned spaceflight in history – covered “just” 248,655 miles.


2019 WeatherTech SportsCar Championship – GTLM Standings (After Nine of 11 Events)
Driver Standings
1. Earl Bamber/Laurens Vanthoor – 280
2. Nick Tandy/Patrick Pilet – 269
3. Antonio Garcia/Jan Magnussen – 259
4. Richard Westbrook/Ryan Briscoe – 256
5. Dirk Mueller – 248
8. Oliver Gavin – 223
11.. Tommy Milner – 175


Team Standings
1. No. 912 Porsche GT Team – 280
2. No. 911 Porsche GT Team – 269
3. No. 3 Corvette Racing – 259
4. No. 67 Ford Chip Ganassi Racing – 256
5. No. 66 Ford Chip Ganassi Racing – 248
8. No. 4 Corvette Racing – 223


Manufacturer Standings
1. Porsche – 304
2. Ford – 278
3. Chevrolet – 272
4. BMW – 265


Corvette Racing at WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca
1999
No. 3 Corvette C5-R: Ron Fellows/Chris Kneifel – 2nd in GTS


2000
No. 3 Corvette C5-R: Ron Fellows/Andy Pilgrim – 2nd in GTS (Fellows pole)
No. 4 Corvette C5-R: Justin Bell/Kelly Collins – 4th in GTS


2001
No. 3 Corvette C5-R: Ron Fellows/Johnny O'Connell – 2nd in GTS
No. 4 Corvette C5-R: Andy Pilgrim/Kelly Collins – 3rd in GTS


2002
No. 3 Corvette C5-R: Ron Fellows/Johnny O'Connell – 5th in GTS
No. 4 Corvette C5-R: Andy Pilgrim/Kelly Collins – 3rd in GTS


2003
No. 3 Corvette C5-R: Ron Fellows/Johnny O'Connell – 2nd in GTS
No. 4 Corvette C5-R: Oliver Gavin/Kelly Collins – 3rd in GTS


2004
No.. 3 Corvette C5-R: Ron Fellows/Johnny O'Connell – 1st in GTS (O’Connell fastest race lap)
No. 4 Corvette C5-R: Olivier Beretta/Oliver Gavin – 2nd in GTS (Beretta pole)


2005
No. 3 Corvette C6.R: Ron Fellows/Johnny O'Connell – 2nd in GT1
No.. 4 Corvette C6.R: Olivier Beretta/Oliver Gavin – 1st in GT1 (Gavin fastest race lap)


2006
No. 3 Corvette C6.R: Ron Fellows/Johnny O'Connell – 3rd in GT1
No. 4 Corvette C6.R: Olivier Beretta/Oliver Gavin – 2nd in GT1 (Beretta fastest race lap)


2007
No. 3 Corvette C6.R: Jan Magnussen/Johnny O'Connell – 2nd in GT1 (Magnussen pole, fastest race lap)
No.. 4 Corvette C6.R: Olivier Beretta/Oliver Gavin – 1st in GT1


2008
No. 3 Corvette C6.R: Johnny O'Connell/Jan Magnussen – 2nd in GT1 (Magnussen pole, fastest race lap)
No.. 4 Corvette C6.R: Olivier Beretta/Oliver Gavin – 1st in GT1


2009
No. 3 Corvette C6.R: Jan Magnussen/Johnny O'Connell – 2nd in GT2 (Magnussen pole, fastest race lap)
No. 4 Corvette C6.R: Olivier Beretta/Oliver Gavin – 10th in GT2


2010
No. 3 Corvette C6.R: Jan Magnussen/Johnny O’Connell – 6th in GT2
No. 4 Corvette C6.R: Oliver Gavin/Jan Magnussen – 3rd in GT2


2011
No. 3 Corvette C6.R: Olivier Beretta/Tommy Milner – 7th in GT
No. 4 Corvette C6.R: Oliver Gavin/Jan Magnussen – 5th in GT


2012
No. 3 Corvette C6.R: Jan Magnussen/Antonio Garcia – 2nd in GT
No.. 4 Corvette C6.R: Oliver Gavin/Tommy Milner – 1st in GT (Gavin fastest race lap)


2013
No.. 3 Corvette C6.R: Jan Magnussen/Antonio Garcia – 1st in GT
No. 4 Corvette C6.R: Oliver Gavin/Tommy Milner – 9th in GT


2014
No.. 3 Corvette C7.R: Jan Magnussen/Antonio Garcia – 1st in GTLM
No. 4 Corvette C7.R: Oliver Gavin/Tommy Milner – 5th in GTLM


2015
No. 3 Corvette C7.R: Jan Magnussen/Antonio Garcia – 7th in GTLM
No. 4 Corvette C7.R: Oliver Gavin/Tommy Milner – 6th in GTLM


2016
No. 3 Corvette C7.R: Jan Magnussen/Antonio Garcia – 4th in GTLM
No. 4 Corvette C7.R: Oliver Gavin/Tommy Milner – 7th in GTLM


2017
No. 3 Corvette C7.R: Jan Magnussen/Antonio Garcia – 4th in GTLM
No. 4 Corvette C7.R: Oliver Gavin/Tommy Milner – 8th in GTLM


2018
No. 3 Corvette C7.R: Jan Magnussen/Antonio Garcia – 3rd in GTLM
No. 4 Corvette C7.R: Oliver Gavin/Tommy Milner – 5th in GTLM (Gavin pole)


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CORVETTE RACING AT LAGUNA SECA: Twenty-First Trip to Monterey
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Program has competed in Monterey every year since 1999

CORVETTE RACING AT LAGUNA SECA: Twenty-First Trip to Monterey
Program has competed in Monterey every year since 1999


• Magnussen, Gavin enter with four class victories each in Monterey
• No. 3 Corvette still alive in GT Le Mans title chase
• Continued quest for IMSA victory No. 100
• Live race broadcast at 3 p.m. ET Sunday on NBC

DETROIT (Sept. 10, 2019) – Corvette Racing heads westward again this week
with sights set on WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca and an eighth class
victory in 21 appearances on the Monterey Peninsula.


The Monterey Sports Car Championship – airing live at 3 p.m. ET Sunday on
NBC – is the 10th of 11 events for Corvette Racing in this year’s IMSA
WeatherTech SportsCar Championship. The goals are simple: score a 100th
victory in IMSA competition and remain in contention for a fourth straight
GT Le Mans (GTLM) championship.


Nestled near Monterey Bay, the 2.238-mile, 11-turn Laguna Seca circuit
presents another daunting challenge for Corvette Racing and the rest of the
IMSA field. Temperature fluctuations, sand and dust blowing on the circuit
and other factors are wildcards on a Monterey race weekend. But they are
ones Corvette Racing has successfully overcome before.


Antonio Garcia and Jan Magnussen are the most recent winners for Corvette
Racing, having won back-to-back in 2013 and 2014. The pairing in the No. 3
Mobil 1/SiriusXM Chevrolet Corvette C7.R stand third in the GTLM Drivers’
Championship with two races left and have a chance for their third
consecutive title.


Magnussen has four wins at Laguna Seca to rank second all-time in IMSA
history. The driver tied with him is teammate Oliver Gavin, who drives the
No. 4 Mobil 1/SiriusXM Corvette C7.R with Tommy Milner. The Gavin/Milner
pairing were winners at Laguna Seca together in 2012, and Gavin was the GTLM
pole-winner a year ago.


WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca is one of three tracks where Corvette Racing
has competed in each season of its existence since 1999 – Sebring and Road
Atlanta are the others. In 20 races in Monterey, Corvette Racing has
accumulated nearly 12,000 racing miles and more than 5,300 racing laps.


The Monterey SportsCar Championship powered by McLaren at WeatherTech
Raceway Laguna Seca is Sept. 13-15. Sunday’s two-hour, 40-minute race will
air live at 3 p.m. ET on NBC and the NBC Sports App. Live audio coverage
will be available on IMSA Radio, Sirius 113, XM 202 and SiriusXM Online 972.

ANTONIO GARCIA, NO. 3 CHEVROLET CORVETTE C7.R: “We’ve had really good races
in Monterey. It’s always a question mark if you can find the right tires and
right compound that make the car work around there. Until I hit the track
Friday and we try all the options, you don’t know where you are against the
competition. We’re all looking forward to this weekend - a challenging
racetrack and a big drop-off on tires so that management is key. Strategy
and tires will decide the race.”


JAN MAGNUSSEN, NO. 3 MOBIL 1/SiriusXM CHEVROLET CORVETTE C7.R: “Laguna Seca
is fantastic and in a beautiful area. It has a great flow to it, and when
you get the car just right then it’s super-enjoyable. We’ve had pretty good
success out there; hopefully we can get a bunch of points out there. It’s
very low-grip there. The key there is having a good setup that produces grip
so you can produce good lap times. Having a good balance in order to get
through traffic and not cost yourself lap time is a big thing. It’s so easy
to overdrive and make mistakes because of that grip level. You have to
disciplined to use what you have.”


OLIVER GAVIN, NO. 4 MOBIL 1/SiriusXM CHEVROLET CORVETTE C7.R: “I’ve been
coming to what’s now WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca for quite a long time
and been fortunate to win four times there. It’s a track that has a lot of
history not just in sports car racing but many other forms of motorsport.
Practically everyone knows of Laguna Seca and the Corkscrew, so we are lucky
each year to compete there. It’s down to the final two races of the season
and all of Corvette Racing want to end the season strong. A victory here
this weekend would give everyone here a lot of satisfaction heading to Road
Atlanta.”


TOMMY MILNER, NO. 4 MOBIL 1/SiriusXM CHEVROLET CORVETTE C7.R: “What stands
out is the drive to the track - way up the mountain and into the facility.
There is something that’s a little intimidating about it, but it’s another
track on the ISMA calendar that has a lot of history. It’s a challenging
one, for sure. For whatever reason - maybe it’s the sand that gets on the
racing surface - it’s always a challenge to get a quick lap and to be fast
and competitive over a whole stint. It’s fun to race on and one that lots of
people like to go to, and I’m sure one that fans enjoy watching from with
lots of great vantage points. It’s definitely a highlight for us.”


Corvette Racing at WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca: By the Numbers
• 1: As in one team, one manufacturer and one model of car for 20 years:
Corvette Racing, Chevrolet and the Chevrolet Corvette.
• 3: Generations of Corvette Racing entries at Laguna Seca since 1999 –
Corvette C5-R (1999-04) Corvette C6.R (2005-2013) and Corvette C7.R
(2014-current).
• 3: Pole positions and fastest race laps at Laguna Seca by Jan Magnussen in
Corvette Racing entries.
• 4: Career victories at Laguna Seca for Oliver Gavin and Jan Magnussen. All
four of Gavin’s have come with Corvette Racing.
• 7: Number of Laguna Seca victories for Corvette Racing dating back to
2004.
• 8: As in Chevrolet’s small-block V8. More than 100 million units have been
sold worldwide and is the most successful engine in American motorsports.
• 9: Laguna Seca victories for Corvette Racing from the current driving
lineup – Oliver Gavin (four), Jan Magnussen and Antonio Garcia (two) and
Tommy Milner (one).
• 11: Drivers who have competed for Corvette Racing at Laguna Seca. Of
those, seven went on to win at Monterey.
• 11: Victories at Laguna Seca for Chevrolet in IMSA competition.
• 12: Manufacturer Championships for Chevrolet and Corvette Racing since
2001.
• 16: Number of GT Le Mans wins in the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar
Championship for Corvette Racing since the start of 2014.
• 24: Tracks at which Corvette Racing has won races – Baltimore, COTA,
Canadian Tire Motorsport Park/Mosport, Daytona, Detroit, Houston, Laguna
Seca, Le Mans, Lime Rock, Long Beach, Miami, Mid-Ohio, Portland, Road
America, Road Atlanta, Sebring, Sonoma, St. Petersburg, Texas, Trois
Rivieres, Utah, VIR, Washington DC and Watkins Glen.
• 28: Number of drivers for Corvette Racing since 1999.
• 107: Victories worldwide for Corvette Racing – 99 in North America and
eight at Le Mans.
• 224: Event starts by Corvette Racing since 1999 following the most recent
race at VIR.
• 11,781.84: Number of racing miles completed by Corvette Racing in its 19
previous trips to Laguna Seca. That represents 5,347 laps or nearly 695
trips along historic 17-Mile Drive on the Monterey Peninsula.
• 296,425.62: Total number of racing miles completed by Corvette Racing
since its inception. To put that in perspective Apollo 13 – the longest
manned spaceflight in history – covered “just” 248,655 miles.


2019 WeatherTech SportsCar Championship – GTLM Standings (After Nine of 11
Events)


Driver Standings
1. Earl Bamber/Laurens Vanthoor – 280
2. Nick Tandy/Patrick Pilet – 269
3. Antonio Garcia/Jan Magnussen – 259
4. Richard Westbrook/Ryan Briscoe – 256
5. Dirk Mueller – 248
8. Oliver Gavin – 223
11. Tommy Milner – 175


Team Standings
1. No. 912 Porsche GT Team – 280
2. No. 911 Porsche GT Team – 269
3. No. 3 Corvette Racing – 259
4. No. 67 Ford Chip Ganassi Racing – 256
5. No. 66 Ford Chip Ganassi Racing – 248
8. No. 4 Corvette Racing – 223


Manufacturer Standings
1. Porsche – 304
2. Ford – 278
3. Chevrolet – 272
4. BMW – 265


Corvette Racing at WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca
1999
No. 3 Corvette C5-R: Ron Fellows/Chris Kneifel – 2nd in GTS


2000
No. 3 Corvette C5-R: Ron Fellows/Andy Pilgrim – 2nd in GTS (Fellows pole)
No. 4 Corvette C5-R: Justin Bell/Kelly Collins – 4th in GTS


2001
No. 3 Corvette C5-R: Ron Fellows/Johnny O'Connell – 2nd in GTS
No. 4 Corvette C5-R: Andy Pilgrim/Kelly Collins – 3rd in GTS


2002
No. 3 Corvette C5-R: Ron Fellows/Johnny O'Connell – 5th in GTS
No. 4 Corvette C5-R: Andy Pilgrim/Kelly Collins – 3rd in GTS


2003
No. 3 Corvette C5-R: Ron Fellows/Johnny O'Connell – 2nd in GTS
No. 4 Corvette C5-R: Oliver Gavin/Kelly Collins – 3rd in GTS


2004
No. 3 Corvette C5-R: Ron Fellows/Johnny O'Connell – 1st in GTS (O’Connell
fastest race lap)
No. 4 Corvette C5-R: Olivier Beretta/Oliver Gavin – 2nd in GTS (Beretta
pole)


2005
No. 3 Corvette C6.R: Ron Fellows/Johnny O'Connell – 2nd in GT1
No. 4 Corvette C6.R: Olivier Beretta/Oliver Gavin – 1st in GT1 (Gavin
fastest race lap)


2006
No. 3 Corvette C6.R: Ron Fellows/Johnny O'Connell – 3rd in GT1
No. 4 Corvette C6.R: Olivier Beretta/Oliver Gavin – 2nd in GT1 (Beretta
fastest race lap)


2007
No. 3 Corvette C6.R: Jan Magnussen/Johnny O'Connell – 2nd in GT1 (Magnussen
pole, fastest race lap)
No. 4 Corvette C6.R: Olivier Beretta/Oliver Gavin – 1st in GT1


2008
No. 3 Corvette C6.R: Johnny O'Connell/Jan Magnussen – 2nd in GT1 (Magnussen
pole, fastest race lap)
No. 4 Corvette C6.R: Olivier Beretta/Oliver Gavin – 1st in GT1


2009
No. 3 Corvette C6.R: Jan Magnussen/Johnny O'Connell – 2nd in GT2 (Magnussen
pole, fastest race lap)
No. 4 Corvette C6.R: Olivier Beretta/Oliver Gavin – 10th in GT2


2010
No. 3 Corvette C6.R: Jan Magnussen/Johnny O’Connell – 6th in GT2
No. 4 Corvette C6.R: Oliver Gavin/Jan Magnussen – 3rd in GT2


2011
No. 3 Corvette C6.R: Olivier Beretta/Tommy Milner – 7th in GT
No. 4 Corvette C6.R: Oliver Gavin/Jan Magnussen – 5th in GT


2012
No. 3 Corvette C6.R: Jan Magnussen/Antonio Garcia – 2nd in GT
No. 4 Corvette C6.R: Oliver Gavin/Tommy Milner – 1st in GT (Gavin fastest
race lap)


2013
No. 3 Corvette C6.R: Jan Magnussen/Antonio Garcia – 1st in GT
No. 4 Corvette C6.R: Oliver Gavin/Tommy Milner – 9th in GT


2014
No. 3 Corvette C7.R: Jan Magnussen/Antonio Garcia – 1st in GTLM
No. 4 Corvette C7.R: Oliver Gavin/Tommy Milner – 5th in GTLM


2015
No. 3 Corvette C7.R: Jan Magnussen/Antonio Garcia – 7th in GTLM
No. 4 Corvette C7.R: Oliver Gavin/Tommy Milner – 6th in GTLM


2016
No. 3 Corvette C7.R: Jan Magnussen/Antonio Garcia – 4th in GTLM
No. 4 Corvette C7.R: Oliver Gavin/Tommy Milner – 7th in GTLM


2017
No. 3 Corvette C7.R: Jan Magnussen/Antonio Garcia – 4th in GTLM
No. 4 Corvette C7.R: Oliver Gavin/Tommy Milner – 8th in GTLM


2018
No. 3 Corvette C7.R: Jan Magnussen/Antonio Garcia – 3rd in GTLM
No. 4 Corvette C7.R: Oliver Gavin/Tommy Milner – 5th in GTLM (Gavin pole)


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IMSA Monterey SportsCar Championship
Powered By McLaren

Race Duration:
2 hours 40 minutes
Circuit Length:
2.238 miles


Monterey, CA
September 13-15, 2019

Entry by Class:
Le Mans Prototype (2)
GT Le Mans (8)
GT Daytona (12)

Qualifying:  Saturday, September 14, 2019
Live Streaming:  http://imsatv.imsa.com/
 
3:40 pm - 3:55 pm ET Qualifying - WeatherTech Championship (GTD)
4:05 pm - 4:20 pm ET Qualifying - WeatherTech Championship (GTLM)
4:30 pm - 4:15 pm ET Qualifying - WeatherTech Championship (P)


Television Broadcast: Sunday September 15, 2019
03:00 -6:00 PM ET NBC Channel

Online Coverage
IMSA.com (includes live images, in-car cameras and announcers)
http://imsatv.imsa.com/

International:
2:55 to 5:45 PM ET
http://imsatv.imsa.com/

 
LIVE TIMING:
http://scoring.imsa.com/

Live Timing for mobile device:
http://scoring.imsa.com/mobile.html


Radio:
1) Streaming on IMSA TV & Radio Le Mans:
http://imsatv.imsa.com/
http://radiolemans.0157.org/nplayer.php
2)  Scanner frequency 454.000
3) XM 202
4) SiriusXM Online 972

PIT NOTES:
http://twitter.com/   @CorvetteRacing, @IMSA, @IMSAlive, @WeatherTechRcwy

Provisional Event Schedule:
https://competitors.imsa.com/sites/def ... le_and_sr_wrls_090519.pdf


Spotters Guide:
http://www.spotterguides.com/

Entry List: 
https://sportscarchampionship.imsa.com ... preevent_entrylist_v2.pdf

BoP
https://competitors.imsa.com/sites/def ... -39_bop_tables_090619.pdf


Track Map:
https://competitors.imsa.com/sites/def ... s/wrls_2019_track_map.pdf

Garage Assignements:
https://competitors.imsa.com/sites/def ... rage_assignments_wrls.pdf


Pit Lane Assignments:
https://competitors.imsa.com/sites/def ... ls_pit_lane_2019.v2_0.pdf

WEATHER:
http://forecast.weather.gov/MapClick. ... l&smap=1#.U1ancvldWSo

Hotels:
http://www.weathertechraceway.com/hotels-more

Tickets, Banquet and Corvette Racing Corral below:
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Garcia, Magnussen third just ahead of Gavin, Milner in No. 4 Corvette


CORVETTE RACING AT VIR: Back on the Podium for No. 3 Corvette
Garcia, Magnussen third just ahead of Gavin, Milner in No. 4 Corvette



ALTON, Va. (August 25, 2019) – Corvette Racing’s Antonio Garcia and Jan
Magnussen returned to the GT Le Mans (GTLM) podium in the IMSA WeatherTech
SportsCar Championship on Sunday with a third-place finish in the Michelin
GT Challenge at VIR.


The duo in the No. 3 Mobil 1/SiriusXM Chevrolet Corvette C7.R recorded their
fourth straight top-three finish at Virginia International Raceway on the
heels of victories in 2016 and 2017 and last year’s runner-up result.
Corvette teammates Oliver Gavin and Tommy Milner were right behind in the
No. 4 Corvette C7.R, their best result since a third-place finish at Long
Beach in April.


The result moved Garcia and Magnussen back into third place in the GTLM
Drivers Championship with two rounds left in the season. The two Corvettes,
lacking overall pace to the race-winners, were part of a thrilling battle
inside the final 30 minutes for the final podium spot.


Both Corvettes opted for three-stop strategies following an early-race
caution that saw all GTLM cars pit just 22 minutes in. Magnussen – who
started second and Gavin – who started fifth – each drove double-stints to
start. Gavin, who gained two spots on the first round of stops thanks to a
speedy tire change and fuel fill, was the first GTLM driver to make his
second stop an hour into the race.


Magnussen handed over to Garcia 20 minutes later and was part of a tight
fight with Dirk Mueller in the No. 66 Ford in the midpoint of the race. It
was a close battle with the two cars making contact at the end of the
backstraight but both got away relatively damage-free.


The two Corvettes and the two Fords were nose-to-tail following the final
round of pit stops with 35 minutes remaining. Garcia made a daring move at
Turn Four to move back into the podium, and Milner followed him through by
overtaking both Fords a couple of corners later.


Corvette Racing’s next event is the IMSA Monterey Grand Prix at WeatherTech
Raceway Laguna Seca on Sept. 13-15.

ANTONIO GARCIA, NO. 3 CHEVROLET CORVETTE C7.R – FINISHED THIRD IN GTLM: “It
was a strange race. I don’t know if we had anything for the Porsches. There
was a lot going on in both stints. Initially the power was good and I could
gap the Fords. But at some point after that, I had a strange feeling that
felt like understeer. Then I realized I was having to give more right-turn
input than left. There was probably something going on there but not due to
the contact with the 66. Once I realized it wasn’t the tire going down, I
could get in a rhythm and it seemed to work. It’s unfortunate to have
contact with Dirk (Mueller). I didn’t want to have that, but once you’re
that close. I locked up completely and was over the curb trying to avoid
him. That took away a little of the gap I had over the other cars but still
had time to dump grass out of the radiator after that off. It was super
tight the rest of the way and was fun. It’s not a win but we will take a
podium.”


JAN MAGNUSSEN, NO. 3 MOBIL 1/SiriusXM CHEVROLET CORVETTE C7.R – FINISHED
THIRD IN GTLM: “A podium is great for the championship, but we are so hungry
for a win. The team did great this weekend. The car was solid all the way
through. We had an exciting qualifying yesterday. Good racing today. There
was a small miscommunication between Antonio and Mueller but they both came
back from that. On the podium is great but we want to win. A fantastic
weekend.”
(Being aggressive on strategy in attempt for IMSA Win No. 100) “It is not
due to lack of trying. We are there. We are right where we need to be.
Unfortunately, we miss out just a little bit. Today we didn't leave anything
on the table. We will just have to find a little bit more if we are to win
one of these pretty soon. I’m super happy with everything the team has done.
The preparation of the car, the strategy, execution of the pit stops.
Everything is fantastic. It’s just not enough for winning.”


OLIVER GAVIN, NO. 4 MOBIL 1/SiriusXM CHEVROLET CORVETTE C7.R – FINISHED
FOURTH IN GTLM:“We battled hard today. I don't think we had as fast of a car
there at the start as the sister car. We seemed to be working the rear tire
pretty hard and that bit me a little bit. But we made some changes and the
track rubbered in so that started to help Tommy a little. There was plenty
was action like there always is here. Lots of cars defending hard and racing
hard. This track has so much grip sometimes and there is only one line.
Trying to pass people can get frantic. In the end it kind of worked out our
way a little bit. We've been on the on the receiving end of it a few times,
but today we benefited a little bit from some other people's aggressive
racing. It was good to get fourth place and to get the 3 Corvette on the
podium.  But we are so desperate for a win. It's crazy how long it's gone.
It would be fantastic to get a win at some point before the end of the year.
The guys at Corvette Racing certainly deserve it. They worked super hard
through that last-minute engine change Saturday before qualifying. That got
us a starting spot further up the grid than we would have been if that
hadn't been done just before qualifying. The pitstops today were excellent;
the guys did a great job and the strategy worked out for us. It's positive
as we move toward Monterey. We can actually start chipping away to get in
the top-three. To get that win would be amazing.”


TOMMY MILNER, NO. 4 MOBIL 1/SiriusXM CHEVROLET CORVETTE C7.R – FINISHED
FOURTH IN GTLM: “All-in-all it was a good day today. Really at the end, we
made the right strategy calls. We needed to work on the car a little bit
throughout the race, and made good changes. Fourth place isn't what we come
here for, but I think based on how the race played out we can be pretty
happy. I know Olly struggled there in his first stint with his tires; with
that in mind, I was careful with them in my first stint and that may have
hurt me in the end. So we made a change and tried to improve all of it
essentially. At that point, knew what to expect from the tires as well. My
second stint was quite a bit better than my first I felt. Of course, that
was a fun pass there with the two Fords that were fighting pretty hard.
All-in-all a good day for the team. We still have some work to do for sure
but I’m proud of the team and the effort all weekend. We've definitely had a
rough year. Having races like we had today where maybe it wasn't perfect,
but everybody did a great job today. Sp two to go. We will try and get a win
before the end of the year.”


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CORVETTE RACING AT VIR: Front-Row Start for Magnussen, No. 3 Corvette
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Gavin fifth in No. 4 C7.R as team gears for third VIR win four tries 
  

CORVETTE RACING AT VIR: Front-Row Start for Magnussen, No. 3 Corvette
Gavin fifth in No. 4 C7.R as team gears for third VIR win four tries

  ALTON, Va. (August 24, 2019) – Corvette Racing will start from the front row of the GT Le Mans (GTLM) grid Sunday for the Michelin GT Challenge at VIR following Jan Magnussen’s final lap flyer Saturday at Virginia International Raceway in the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship. 

Magnussen was second and Oliver Gavin fifth in the pair of Mobil 1/SiriusXM Chevrolet Corvette C7.Rs. Magnussen, in the No. 3 Corvette, set a lap of 1:40.708 (116.892 mph) was only 0.078 seconds off overall pole-winner Laurens Vanthoor. Gavin’s last lap also was his best – 1:41.578 (115.890 mph) – and moved the No. 4 Corvette from seventh to fifth on the grid.

Even more remarkable was a 65-minute engine change before qualifying after the team discovered a potential fuel delivery issues after Saturday morning’s practice.

Sunday’s race is a critical one in the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship’s GTLM title chase. Magnussen and teammate Antonio Garcia stand fourth in Drivers points and remain in the hunt for a third consecutive championship and fourth straight for the Corvette Racing program.


All four Corvette Racing drivers have claimed victories at VIR since the team’s first appearance there in 2012. Gavin and teammate Tommy Milner were winners that year in the GT class of the American Le Mans Series, and they clinched the class title that weekend.


Magnussen and Garcia won in both 2016 and 2017, and they were second last season.


The Michelin GT Challenge at VIR is August 23-25. Sunday’s two-hour, 40-minute race will air live on NBCSN and the NBC Sports App at 1:30 p.m. ET. Live audio coverage will be available on IMSA Radio, Sirius 138, XM 202 and SiriusXM Online 972.

JAN MAGNUSSEN, NO. 3 MOBIL 1/SiriusXM CHEVROLET CORVETTE C7.R – QUALIFIED SECOND: “That was a super exciting and very tricky with the track drying. There was a full dry line but it was difficult to see where that line was in places. I was careful to work into it a little bit, but there was no holding back. It was absolutely as fast as you could go. There were no places where on-line there were no issues, but because that line was so narrow the slightest mistake would put you in a heap of trouble. So I’m very happy with the result. When you’re seven-hundredths of a second off and you look at the data afterward, you can find that somewhere! So that will irritate me until tomorrow but that’s how it is. We’ll start from the front row and see if we can get something good out of it tomorrow.”
 

OLIVER GAVIN, NO. 4 MOBIL 1/SiriusXM CHEVROLET CORVETTE C7.R – QUALIFIED FIFTH: “It’s been a bit of frantic day for us. We had a last-minute engine change before qualifying. It was a great effort by everyone at Corvette Racing to complete that work in just over an hour so we could make qualifying. That was huge. We decided as a team to wait to go out a few minutes into qualifying, which I suppose was a little bit of our undoing and not being up there with Jan closer to the front. I was getting quicker and quicker each lap and basically ran out of time. It’s unfortunate; in these conditions you need every lap. We have saved the tires a little bit, which is a positive. Well done to Jan; that was a hell of a lap there for him at the end. It should be an interesting race tomorrow. It should be dry and we’re in a good spot.” 
 


CORVETTE RACING AT VIRGINIA INTERNATIONAL RACEWAY: By the Numbers
• 1: As in one team, one manufacturer and one model of car for 20 years: Corvette Racing, Chevrolet and the Chevrolet Corvette.
• 2: Overall VIR race wins for Antonio Garcia and Jan Magnussen – 2016 and 2017
• 2: Generations of Corvette Racing entries at VIR since 2012 – Corvette C6.R (2012-2013) and Corvette C7.R (2014-current).
• 3: Class wins at VIR for Corvette Racing, tied for the most among IMSA entrants. Tommy Milner and Oliver Gavin won in ALMS GT in 2012, and Antonio Garcia and Jan Magnussen won overall in 2016 and 2017.
• 7: Number of VIR victories for Chevrolet since 2002 covering both ALMS and the Rolex Series.
• 8: As in Chevrolet’s small-block V8. More than 100 million units have been sold worldwide and is the most successful engine in American motorsports.
• 12: Manufacturer Championships for Chevrolet and Corvette Racing since 2001.
• 16: Number of GT Le Mans wins in the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship for Corvette Racing since the start of 2014.
• 24: Tracks at which Corvette Racing has won races – Baltimore, COTA, Canadian Tire Motorsport Park/Mosport, Daytona, Detroit, Houston, Laguna Seca, Le Mans, Lime Rock, Long Beach, Miami, Mid-Ohio, Portland, Road America, Road Atlanta, Sebring, Sonoma, St. Petersburg, Texas, Trois Rivieres, Utah, VIR, Washington DC and Watkins Glen.
• 28: Number of drivers for Corvette Racing since 1999.
• 107: Victories worldwide for Corvette Racing – 99 in North America and eight at Le Mans.
• 223: Event starts by Corvette Racing since 1999.
• 4,208.49: Number of racing miles completed by Corvette Racing in its six previous trips to Virginia International Raceway. That represents 1,111 laps or more than 16 trips from Tommy Milner’s home in Ashburn, Virginia to the track.
• 295,850.10: Total number of racing miles completed by Corvette Racing since its inception. To put that in perspective Apollo 13 – the longest manned spaceflight in history – covered “just” 248,655 miles.


2019 WeatherTech SportsCar Championship – GTLM Standings (After Eight of 11 Events)
Driver Standings
1. Earl Bamber/Laurens Vanthoor – 248
2. Nick Tandy/Patrick Pilet – 234
3. Richard Westbrook/Ryan Briscoe – 230
4. Antonio Garcia/Jan Magnussen – 229
5. Dirk Mueller – 223
8. Oliver Gavin – 195
11. Tommy Milner – 147


Team Standings
1. No. 912 Porsche GT Team – 248
2. No. 911 Porsche GT Team – 234
3. No. 67 Ford Chip Ganassi Racing – 230
4. No. 3 Corvette Racing – 229
5. No. 66 Ford Chip Ganassi Racing – 223
8. No. 4 Corvette Racing – 195


Manufacturer Standings
1. Porsche – 269
2. Ford – 248
3. Chevrolet – 240
4. BMW – 237


Corvette Racing at Virginia International Raceway
2012
No. 3 Corvette C6.R: Jan Magnussen/Antonio Garcia – 8th in GT (Garcia fastest race lap)
No. 4 Corvette C6.R: Oliver Gavin/Tommy Milner – 1st in GT (Clinched ALMS GT title)


2013
No. 3 Corvette C6.R: Jan Magnussen/Antonio Garcia – 3rd in GT (Clinch GT team, manufacturer titles)
No. 4 Corvette C6.R: Oliver Gavin/Tommy Milner – 6th in GT


2014
No. 3 Corvette C7.R: Antonio Garcia/Jordan Taylor – 7th in GTLM (Taylor replaced Magnussen – injury)
No. 4 Corvette C7.R: Oliver Gavin/Tommy Milner – 9th in GTLM


2015
No. 3 Corvette C7.R: Jan Magnussen/Antonio Garcia – 6th in GTLM
No. 4 Corvette C7.R: Oliver Gavin/Tommy Milner – 8th in GTLM


2016
No. 3 Corvette C7.R: Jan Magnussen/Antonio Garcia – 1st in GTLM (Magnussen pole)
No. 4 Corvette C7.R: Oliver Gavin/Tommy Milner – 9th in GTLM (Gavin fastest race lap)


2017
No. 3 Corvette C7.R: Jan Magnussen/Antonio Garcia – 1st in GTLM
No. 4 Corvette C7.R: Oliver Gavin/Tommy Milner – 6th in GTLM


2018
No. 3 Corvette C7.R: Jan Magnussen/Antonio Garcia – 2nd in GTLM
No. 4 Corvette C7.R: Oliver Gavin/Tommy Milner – 6th in GTLM


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Michelin GT Challenge at VIR Info
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Michelin GT Challenge at Virginia International Raceway
August 23-24, 2019
Danville, VA
Track: Virginia International Raceway
Race Duration: 2 hours 40 minutes
Circuit Length: 3.27 miles
Entry by Class:
GTLM:
GTD:

Live Qualifying:Saturday August 23, 2019
12:25 to 12:40 pm EDT GTD
12:50 to 01:05 pm EDT GTLM

Online Qualifying Coverage
http://imsatv.imsa.com/



Race Broadcast:  August 24, 2019
US:  1:30-4:30 PM ET 8/24 /2019 NBCSN

International: 01:25 -04:15 ET 08/24/19 http://imsatv.imsa.com/


Radio: IMSA Radio
1) Streaming on IMSA TV & Radio Le Mans:
http://imsatv.imsa.com/
http://radiolemans.0157.org/nplayer.php
2)  Scanner frequency 454.000
3) XM 202
4) SiriusXM Online 972


PIT NOTES:
https://twitter.com/search?q=IMSA

http://twitter.com/   @CorvetteRacing, @IMSA, @IMSAlive, @VIRNow


CORVETTE TICKET INFO:
http://virnow.com/events/imsa50/

Event Schedule:
https://competitors.imsa.com/sites/def ... ule_and_sr_vir_081419.pdf

Entry List:
https://competitors.imsa.com/sites/def ... re-event_entry_list_1.pdf

BoP
https://competitors.imsa.com/sites/def ... -37_bop_tables_081519.pdf

Maps:
http://virnow.com/track/configurations/

Spotters Guide:
http://www.spotterguides.com/

WEATHER:
http://www.myweather2.com/Motor-Racin ... nternational-Raceway.aspx

Hotels:
http://virnow.com/lodging/

Corvette Corral:
See below


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CORVETTE RACING AT VIR: Ready for an Overall Fight
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Second GT-only weekend of IMSA WeatherTech season


CORVETTE RACING AT VIR: Ready for an Overall Fight
Second GT-only weekend of IMSA WeatherTech season


• Three races remain in GT Le Mans title chase
• Garcia, Magnussen look for third VIR win in four years
• Gavin, Milner winners of Corvette Racing’s first VIR event



DETROIT (August 20, 2019) – Corvette Racing gets its second shot at overall
glory in the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship this weekend with an
annual visit to Virginia International Raceway. The Michelin GT Challenge at
VIR is one of two GT-only weekends in the IMSA championship and is one
Corvette Racing has captured twice.


The 3.27-mile, 17-turn road course is a favorite of all four Corvette Racing
drivers, and it’s easy to see why. A successful weekend for the program will
add to Corvette Racing’s tally of three victories and five podium finishes
since 2012. In addition, Chevrolet is the most successful IMSA manufacturer
at VIR in the field with seven total victories.


Each member of the Corvette quartet is a past race-winner. Antonio Garcia
and Jan Magnussen were overall winners in 2016 and 2017 – their most recent
victory – and finished second a year ago. Co-drivers in the No. 3 Mobil
1/SiriusXM Chevrolet Corvette C7.R, Garcia and Magnussen remain in
contention for their third straight GT Le Mans (GTLM) title with three
rounds remaining. They stand fourth in points and 19 out of first place.


The No. 4 Mobil 1/SiriusXM Corvette C7.R duo of Oliver Gavin and Virginia’s
own Tommy Milner won on Corvette Racing’s VIR debut in 2012, a victory that
netted them and Chevrolet the American Le Mans Series GT Championship. The
Gavin/Milner pairing showed strong form in the most recent race at Road
America with Gavin claiming the GTLM pole position.


The Michelin GT Challenge at VIR is August 23-25. Sunday’s two-hour,
40-minute race will air live on NBCSN and the NBC Sports App at 1:30 p.m.
ET. Live audio coverage will be available on IMSA Radio, Sirius 138, XM 202
and SiriusXM Online 972.

ANTONIO GARCIA, NO. 3 CHEVROLET CORVETTE C7.R: “VIR is one of our favorite
tracks as a team. We’ve won quite a few times there and came up a little
short last year. So Corvette Racing really likes the track, and Jan and I
have had a lot of success. Traffic won’t be as much of an issue as at other
venues with Prototype cars. There are sections at VIR - like the Esses -
where if you get caught in traffic can play into the result. If you do it
right, you can make up a lot of time. But if you get stuck behind slower
cars, you’ll also lose a lot. So it’s important to be smart around there and
avoid any contact. We always look forward to going back there. Hopefully we
can win there again.”


JAN MAGNUSSEN, NO. 3 MOBIL 1/SiriusXM CHEVROLET CORVETTE C7.R: “VIR has been
good to us. We need it to be good to us again. We really need a win for this
season and the championship. There are some places where the result comes a
little easier than at others, and for some reason VIR is that for us. A lap
around there is super enjoyable and a big challenge. There are consequences
if you mess up, but that doesn’t away from it being such a fantastic
circuit. These are the kind I really enjoy. GTLM is so close that you have
to go for whatever gap presents itself. For sure, you try to be safe and try
not to damage the car so you have something to fight with at the end. But
the level of competition is so high that you have to take every shot you
can.”


OLIVER GAVIN, NO. 4 MOBIL 1/SiriusXM CHEVROLET CORVETTE C7.R: “VIR is
fantastic and one of the best ones we go to. A GT-only race makes it more
intense. It’s a track that’s technical, fast-paced and with a lot of grip.
Strategy always plays a role… if you run long in a stint or short, what tire
you run and the fuel loads. It’s an intense race that you can never take
your eye off. The track is technical and really tough to get it right around
a lap. When you do nail it, it’s terrific. It can be difficult to pass in
spots around there, but that’s just how the racing goes at VIR. We’re hoping
to be able to rekindle some of our past success and get that 100th IMSA
 win.”


TOMMY MILNER, NO. 4 MOBIL 1/SiriusXM CHEVROLET CORVETTE C7.R: “It’s always a
fun weekend at VIR for a couple reasons. First off, it’s close to home and I
enjoy having family and friends at the track. The circuit is a great one,
especially for sports cars. There are great places for overtaking throughout
the lap, but a lot of those have a high level of risk. You have to quickly
decide whether to chance an overtake or be patient and lose some time. That’s
a great recipe for good sports car racing. Corvettes have been strong around
VIR in the past and the expectation is to be again this year.”


CORVETTE RACING AT VIRGINIA INTERNATIONAL RACEWAY: By the Numbers
• 1: As in one team, one manufacturer and one model of car for 20 years:
Corvette Racing, Chevrolet and the Chevrolet Corvette.
• 2: Overall VIR race wins for Antonio Garcia and Jan Magnussen – 2016 and
2017
• 2: Generations of Corvette Racing entries at VIR since 2012 – Corvette
C6.R (2012-2013) and Corvette C7.R (2014-current).
• 3: Class wins at VIR for Corvette Racing, tied for the most among IMSA
entrants. Tommy Milner and Oliver Gavin won in ALMS GT in 2012, and Antonio
Garcia and Jan Magnussen won overall in 2016 and 2017.
• 7: Number of VIR victories for Chevrolet since 2002 covering both ALMS and
the Rolex Series.
• 8: As in Chevrolet’s small-block V8. More than 100 million units have been
sold worldwide and is the most successful engine in American motorsports.
• 12: Manufacturer Championships for Chevrolet and Corvette Racing since
2001.
• 16: Number of GT Le Mans wins in the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar
Championship for Corvette Racing since the start of 2014.
• 24: Tracks at which Corvette Racing has won races – Baltimore, COTA,
Canadian Tire Motorsport Park/Mosport, Daytona, Detroit, Houston, Laguna
Seca, Le Mans, Lime Rock, Long Beach, Miami, Mid-Ohio, Portland, Road
America, Road Atlanta, Sebring, Sonoma, St. Petersburg, Texas, Trois
Rivieres, Utah, VIR, Washington DC and Watkins Glen.
• 28: Number of drivers for Corvette Racing since 1999.
• 107: Victories worldwide for Corvette Racing – 99 in North America and
eight at Le Mans.
• 223: Event starts by Corvette Racing since 1999.
• 4,208.49: Number of racing miles completed by Corvette Racing in its six
previous trips to Virginia International Raceway. That represents 1,111 laps
or more than 16 trips from Tommy Milner’s home in Ashburn, Virginia to the
track.
• 295,850.10: Total number of racing miles completed by Corvette Racing
since its inception. To put that in perspective Apollo 13 – the longest
manned spaceflight in history – covered “just” 248,655 miles.


2019 WeatherTech SportsCar Championship – GTLM Standings (After Eight of 11
Events)
Driver Standings
1. Earl Bamber/Laurens Vanthoor – 248
2. Nick Tandy/Patrick Pilet – 234
3. Richard Westbrook/Ryan Briscoe – 230
4. Antonio Garcia/Jan Magnussen – 229
5. Dirk Mueller – 223
8. Oliver Gavin – 195
11. Tommy Milner – 147


Team Standings
1. No. 912 Porsche GT Team – 248
2. No. 911 Porsche GT Team – 234
3. No. 67 Ford Chip Ganassi Racing – 230
4. No. 3 Corvette Racing – 229
5. No. 66 Ford Chip Ganassi Racing – 223
8. No. 4 Corvette Racing – 195


Manufacturer Standings
1. Porsche – 269
2. Ford – 248
3. Chevrolet – 240
4. BMW – 237


Corvette Racing at Virginia International Raceway
2012
No. 3 Corvette C6.R: Jan Magnussen/Antonio Garcia – 8th in GT (Garcia
fastest race lap)
No. 4 Corvette C6.R: Oliver Gavin/Tommy Milner – 1st in GT (Clinched ALMS GT
title)


2013
No. 3 Corvette C6.R: Jan Magnussen/Antonio Garcia – 3rd in GT (Clinch GT
team, manufacturer titles)
No. 4 Corvette C6.R: Oliver Gavin/Tommy Milner – 6th in GT


2014
No. 3 Corvette C7.R: Antonio Garcia/Jordan Taylor – 7th in GTLM (Taylor
replaced Magnussen – injury)
No. 4 Corvette C7.R: Oliver Gavin/Tommy Milner – 9th in GTLM


2015
No. 3 Corvette C7.R: Jan Magnussen/Antonio Garcia – 6th in GTLM
No. 4 Corvette C7.R: Oliver Gavin/Tommy Milner – 8th in GTLM


2016
No. 3 Corvette C7.R: Jan Magnussen/Antonio Garcia – 1st in GTLM (Magnussen
pole)
No. 4 Corvette C7.R: Oliver Gavin/Tommy Milner – 9th in GTLM (Gavin fastest
race lap)


2017
No. 3 Corvette C7.R: Jan Magnussen/Antonio Garcia – 1st in GTLM
No. 4 Corvette C7.R: Oliver Gavin/Tommy Milner – 6th in GTLM


2018
No. 3 Corvette C7.R: Jan Magnussen/Antonio Garcia – 2nd in GTLM
No. 4 Corvette C7.R: Oliver Gavin/Tommy Milner – 6th in GTLM


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CORVETTE RACING AT ROAD AMERICA: Pole Position Start for No. 4 Corvette
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CORVETTE RACING AT ROAD AMERICA: Pole Position Start for No. 4 Corvette
Gavin fastest in GTLM qualifying, Magnussen P5 in chase for eighth Road
America win



ELKHART LAKE, Wisc. (Aug. 3, 2019) – Corvette Racing’s Oliver Gavin will
start from pole position of the GT Le Mans field after qualifying for Sunday’s
IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship’s Road Race Showcase.


Gavin, in the No. 4 Mobil 1/SiriusXM Chevrolet Corvette C7.R, was the
fastest qualifier Saturday with a lap of 2:00.663 (120.772 mph). It marks
the team’s first Road America pole position since 2010. Teammate Jan
Magnussen will start fifth in class with a lap of 2:01.085 (120.351 mph) in
the No. 3 Mobil 1/SiriusXM Corvette but was less than 0.3 seconds from the
front row.


The top five cars in GTLM were within 0.751 seconds. Tom Blomqvist in the
No. 25 BMW was the fastest driver in GTLM qualifying, but both BMWs failed
post-qualifying inspection to elevate both Gavin and Magnussen.


Corvette Racing will go for its eighth class victory at Road America and
first since 2016. The race begins at 1:35 p.m. CT on Sunday.


Saturday’s GTLM qualifying session was delayed 15 minutes due to severe
weather in the area. Both Corvettes were first out once the track went green
with the track mostly dry. The only damp part of the circuit was the final
corner, and both Corvettes went off track on their opening laps. Both Gavin
and Magnussen recovered without damage. Each was happy with the overall
balance of their Corvettes and expressed high optimism for Sunday’s
two-hour, 40-minute race.


Magnussen and Antonio Garcia entered Road America third in GTLM points and
well within striking distance for a third consecutive Drivers Championship.
Naturally, their first victory together at Road America couldn’t come at a
better time than Sunday. Gavin and Tommy Milner, back after missing two
races with an injured left hand, were the most recent winners for Corvette
Racing in Elkhart Lake with a victory in 2016.


Both Corvettes finished on the class podium a year ago with Gavin and Milner
finishing second, just ahead of their teammates.


The IMSA Road Race Showcase at Road America is August 2-4. It will be
streamed live on the NBC Sports App and NBCSports.com at 2:30 p.m. ET on
Aug. 4 and aired later Sunday on NBC Sports Network at 6 p.m. ET. Live audio
coverage will be available on IMSA Radio, Sirius 138, XM 202 and SiriusXM
Online 972.



OLIVER GAVIN, NO. 4 MOBIL 1/SiriusXM CHEVROLET CORVETTE C7.R – GTLM
POLE-WINNER: “It was a good session for us. We found some speed in the car.
I think it’s most probably the best the track has ever been here for our car
in terms of the grip level. That little bit of rain and the way the
conditions changed. It was super fast. And then it looked like the BMW was
just that tick quicker, but now they got bumped. This day just keeps getting
better and let’s hope this just continues on and into a great race tomorrow.
Leading from the front, that’s the best place to start, so I will definitely
take that. I’m very pleased for the guys. It has been a tough year
particularly for the 4 Corvette, but this is a great little reward for all
those guys, all their hard work. Keep digging. Chuck (Houghton, No. 4
Corvette engineer) and all the guys on the engineering staff gave me
fantastic car in qualifying. We’ll take it and we’ll be very happy to start
on the pole tomorrow for the big race.”


JAN MAGNUSSEN, NO. 3 MOBIL 1/SiriusXM CHEVROLET CORVETTE C7.R – QUALIFIED
FIFTH IN GTLM: “It was not an easy session with it raining a little bit.
There was a big moment in Turn 14 to stop the first timed lap because that
corner was properly wet and you can't see it; there is a change of tarmac
there and the fresh tarmac is darker. So there was nothing that pointed to
it being wetter than any place else. A big save… I got close to the wall,
but I gathered it back up and got back in the game. It could have been way
worse.
“The car was good. I am impressed with how fast the track is… how much
faster we could go than any time previously. I think I wasn't prepared for
how much traction grip there was. I knew the car was good, but I kept
kicking myself every time. I thought I got on the the throttle early, early
but I just never got full potential out of it. The car is definitely better
than what we managed right now. We didn't make the best of it. Plus Turn 14
kind of embedded itself a little bit. Even though it was probably full dry
at the end, it was hard trust 100 percent because it came out of nowhere.
There was spray and then we went off. So that was hard to let go of. But the
field is super close. We had a good long run in practice yesterday so
hopefully that will come in handy tomorrow.”



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ROAD AMERICA INFO
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Continental Tire Road Race Showcase
August 2-4, 2019
Elkhart Lake, WI
Track: Road America
Race Duration: 2 hours 40 minutes
Circuit Length: 4 miles
Entry by Class:
Prototype
GT Le Mans (8)
GT Daytona (15)

Live Streaming:  http://imsatv.imsa.com/
Qualifying: Saturday, August 3, 2019

12:35 pm - 12:50 pm Qualifying - WeatherTech Championship (GTD)
1:00 pm - 1:15 pm Qualifying - WeatherTech Championship (GTLM)
1:25 pm - 1:40 pm Qualifying - WeatherTech Championship (P)



Television & Online Broadcast
 2:30 PM -5:30 PM ET Sunday, NBC Sports app
Online Coverage
IMSA.com (includes live images, in-car cameras and announcers)
http://imsatv.imsa.com/

US:
2:30 to 5:30 pm ET
NBC Sports app

TV:
6:00-9:00 pm ET tape delay

International:
2:25 pm to 5:15 PM ET
http://imsatv.imsa.com/

LIVE TIMING:
http://scoring.imsa.com/

Live Timing for mobile device:
http://scoring.imsa.com/mobile.html

New IMSA Mobile App
http://www.imsa.com/all-new-mobile-app

Radio: IMSA Radio

1) Streaming on IMSA TV
http://imsatv.imsa.com/
http://radiolemans.0157.org/nplayer.php
2)  Scanner frequency 454.000
3) XM 202
4) SiriusXM Online 972

PIT NOTES:
http://twitter.com/   @CorvetteRacing, @IMSA, @IMSAlive, @roadamerica


Tickets:
https://www.roadamerica.com/buy-ticket ... a-road-race-showcase.html
Event Schedule:
https://competitors.imsa.com/sites/def ... r_road_america_072419.pdf
Spotters Guide:
http://www.spotterguides.com/


Entry List:
https://sportscarchampionship.imsa.com ... ica_preevententrylist.pdf

Track/Facility Maps:
http://www.roadamerica.com/maps.html

WEATHER:
http://www.weather.com/weather/tenday/Elkhart+Lake+WI+USWI0218

HOTELS:
http://www.roadamerica.com/plan-your-trip.html


Corvette Corral:
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CORVETTE RACING AT LIME ROCK: Getting Back on Track
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A return to site of Corvette Racing’s 100th program victory


CORVETTE RACING AT LIME ROCK: Getting Back on Track
A return to site of Corvette Racing’s 100th program victory


• Garcia, Magnussen seek to regain ground in GTLM points chase
• Fässler to sub for Milner in No. 4 Corvette alongside Gavin
• Corvette Racing leads all IMSA entrants with five Lime Rock victories

DETROIT (July 16, 2019) – The longest-running program in IMSA history visits
the shortest venue on the calendar this weekend as Corvette Racing heads to
Lime Rock Park with the rest of the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship.


The Northeast Grand Prix, set for 3:10 p.m. ET on Saturday, is a GT-only
affair at the 1.474-mile, seven-turn road course in northwestern
Connecticut. Corvette Racing is hoping that a return to Lime Rock – a place
where it has won five times in 12 tries – will set the course right after an
uncharacteristic showing two weeks ago at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park.


A victory this weekend in the two-hour, 40-minute race would bring things
full circle for Corvette Racing. A win would be No. 100 in IMSA competition
for the program… three years after Oliver Gavin and Tommy Milner scored
Corvette Racing’s 100th all-time victory at Lime Rock in 2016.


Hitting the fast-forward button to this week sees Milner out for the second
consecutive race with an injured left hand. As a result, Marcel Fässler will
sub in the No. 4 Mobil 1/SiriusXM Chevrolet Corvette C7.R alongside Gavin.
Fässler will make his first career start at Lime Rock while Gavin is tied
for most victories by an IMSA driver at the circuit with four.


In the No. 3 Mobil 1/SiriusXM Corvette, Antonio Garcia and Jan Magnussen
hope to regain ground in the GT Le Mans (GTLM) Drivers Championship in their
search for a third title. The pairing sit 11 points out of first place but
are coming to an event where they have fared well. Garcia and Magnussen
finished second in 2012, 2013, 2016 and a year ago.


Garcia qualified on pole position in the No. 3 Corvette as the duo just
missed on victory but still went on to win their second straight GTLM title.


The Northeast Grand Prix from Lime Rock Park begins at 3:10 p.m. ET on
Saturday, July 20. Live coverage will be available on the NBC Sports App and
IMSA Radio, via IMSA.com. NBC Sports Network will air the race beginning at
9:30 p.m. ET on Saturday.

ANTONIO GARCIA, NO. 3 CHEVROLET CORVETTE C7.R: “Lime Rock has turned into an
important race for Jan and me. We need to recover from the result in Canada
and get back in the championship. I believe we know as a team what our
issues were and everyone has worked to correct those. We know Lime Rock is a
place where anything can happen so let’s see. We have been close to winning
at Lime Rock in the 3 Corvette a lot of times - four times as runner-up. So
hopefully we are due for that win.”


JAN MAGNUSSEN, NO. 3 MOBIL 1/SiriusXM CHEVROLET CORVETTE C7.R: “Lime Rock is
quite a difficult challenge. It’s a short-track sports car race with
typically a lot contact… almost like touring cars. It’s a style of racing I
enjoy. You can make something happen for yourself at this track more than
most others, and that’s what we’ll look to do. If we ever needed a win in
the No. 3 Corvette, it’s this week. That’s always the end goal but we want
it a little more given the points situation. We need a good weekend.”


OLIVER GAVIN, NO. 4 MOBIL 1/SiriusXM CHEVROLET CORVETTE C7.R: “I’ve been
fortunate to win many times at Lime Rock with Corvette Racing. The lasting
one will always be 2016 and the 100th win for our team. It was a day
everything fell into place perfectly for us. We’d give a lot for that to
happen again this weekend. This will be Marcel’s first race at Lime Rock and
I know he will be well-prepared. Hopefully this is a weekend where our luck
takes a turn for the better.”


MARCEL FÄSSLER, NO. 4 MOBIL 1/SiriusXM CHEVROLET CORVETTE C7.R: “Lime Rock
is another track where I haven’t raced before. It’s a different type track
than any other at which I’ve competed. Things will happen very quickly on
such a short lap. So this will be another new challenge. It was beneficial
to be with the team in Canada and have the experience in a high-downforce
configuration. Hopefully Olly and I can bring back a good result for the
hard work of the Corvette Racing team.”

CORVETTE RACING AT LIME ROCK PARK: By the Numbers
• 1: As in one team, one manufacturer and one model of car for 20 years:
Corvette Racing, Chevrolet and the Chevrolet Corvette.
• 3: Generations of Corvette Racing entries at Lime Rock since 2004 –
Corvette C5-R (2004), Corvette C6.R (2005-13) and Corvette C7.R
(2016-current).
• 4: Wins at Lime Rock for Corvette Racing’s Oliver Gavin – tied for the
most of any driver entered in the Northeast Grand Prix.
• 5: Number of victories at Lime Rock for Corvette Racing, the most of any
entrant in IMSA.
• 5: Number of drivers who have won races at Lime Rock for Corvette Racing –
Oliver Gavin (four), Olivier Beretta (three), Jan Magnussen (two), and
Johnny O’Connell and Tommy Milner (one each).
• 5: Pole positions at Lime Rock for Corvette Racing, the most of any
entrant in IMSA. Antonio Garcia (2018) is the most recent.
• 7: Fastest race laps for Corvette Racing drivers at Lime Rock. Oliver
Gavin leads with three with Antonio Garcia (2016) being the most recent.
• 8: As in Chevrolet’s small-block V8. More than 100 million units have been
sold worldwide and is the most successful engine in American motorsports.
• 12: Manufacturer Championships for Chevrolet and Corvette Racing since
2001.
• 12: Victories for Chevrolet at Lime Rock – second among all manufacturers.
• 16: Number of GT Le Mans wins in the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar
Championship for Corvette Racing since the start of 2014. That’s the most of
any manufacturer and team in GTLM.
• 21: Tracks at which Corvette Racing has won races – Baltimore, COTA,
Canadian Tire Motorsport Park/Mosport, Daytona, Detroit, Houston, Laguna
Seca, Le Mans, Lime Rock, Long Beach, Miami, Mid-Ohio, Portland, Road
America, Road Atlanta, Sebring, Sonoma, St. Petersburg, Texas, Trois
Rivieres and Utah.
• 28: Number of drivers for Corvette Racing since 1999.
• 100: As in Corvette Racing’s 100th program victory at Lime Rock Park in
2016.
• 107: Victories worldwide for Corvette Racing – 99 in North America and
eight at Le Mans.
• 221: Event starts by Corvette Racing since 1999.
• 5,621.90: Number of racing miles completed by Corvette Racing in its 12
previous trips to Lime Rock. That represents 3,749 laps and approximately 51
trips from the Empire State Building in New York City to the track.
• 294,695.69: Total number of racing miles completed by Corvette Racing
since its inception. To put that in perspective Apollo 13 – the longest
manned spaceflight in history – covered “just” 248,655 miles.


2019 WeatherTech SportsCar Championship – GTLM Standings (After Six of 11
Events)
Driver Standings
1. Earl Bamber/Laurens Vanthoor – 186
2. Nick Tandy/Patrick Pilet – 182
3. Antonio Garcia/Jan Magnussen – 175
4. Connor De Phillippi – 163
5. Dirk Mueller – 161
8. Oliver Gavin – 145
10. Tommy Milner – 122


Team Standings
1. No. 912 Porsche GT Team – 186
2. No. 911 Porsche GT Team – 182
3. No. 3 Corvette Racing – 175
4. No. 25 BMW Team RLL – 163
5. No. 66 Ford Chip Ganassi – 161
8. No. 4 Corvette Racing – 145


Manufacturer Standings
1. Porsche – 205
2. BMW – 181
3. Chevrolet – 180
4. Ford – 178


Corvette Racing at Lime Rock Park
2004
No. 3 Corvette C5-R: Ron Fellows/Johnny O'Connell – 2nd in GTS
No. 4 Corvette C5-R: Olivier Beretta/Oliver Gavin – 1st in GTS (Beretta
pole, fastest race lap)


2005
No. 3 Corvette C6.R: Ron Fellows/Johnny O'Connell – 2nd in GT1
No. 4 Corvette C6.R: Olivier Beretta/Oliver Gavin – 1st in GT1 (Beretta
pole, fastest race lap)


2006
No. 3 Corvette C6.R: Ron Fellows/Johnny O'Connell – 2nd in GT1
No. 4 Corvette C6.R: Olivier Beretta/Oliver Gavin – 4th in GT1 (Beretta
fastest race lap)


2007
No. 3 Corvette C6.R: Jan Magnussen/Johnny O'Connell – 2nd in GT1 (O’Connell
fastest race lap)
No. 4 Corvette C6.R: Olivier Beretta/Oliver Gavin – 1st in GT1


2008
No. 3 Corvette C6.R: Johnny O'Connell/Jan Magnussen – 1st in GT1
No. 4 Corvette C6.R: Olivier Beretta/Oliver Gavin – 2nd in GT1 (Gavin pole,
Beretta fastest race lap)

2010
No. 3 Corvette C6.R: Olivier Beretta/Johnny O’Connell – 12th in GT2
No. 4 Corvette C6.R: Oliver Gavin/Jan Magnussen – 5th in GT2


2011
No. 3 Corvette C6.R: Olivier Beretta/Tommy Milner – 9th in GT
No. 4 Corvette C6.R: Oliver Gavin/Jan Magnussen – 10th in GT


2012
No. 3 Corvette C6.R: Jan Magnussen/Antonio Garcia – 2nd in GT
No. 4 Corvette C6.R: Oliver Gavin/Tommy Milner – 3rd in GT


2013
No. 3 Corvette C6.R: Jan Magnussen/Antonio Garcia – 2nd in GT
No. 4 Corvette C6.R: Oliver Gavin/Tommy Milner – 6th in GT

2016
No. 3 Corvette C7.R: Jan Magnussen/Antonio Garcia – 2nd in GTLM
No. 4 Corvette C7.R: Oliver Gavin/Tommy Milner – 1st in GTLM (100tth
Corvette Racing win; Gavin fastest lap)


2017
No. 3 Corvette C7.R: Jan Magnussen/Antonio Garcia – 4th in GTLM
No. 4 Corvette C7.R: Oliver Gavin/Tommy Milner – 8th in GTLM


2018
No. 3 Corvette C7.R: Jan Magnussen/Antonio Garcia – 2nd in GTLM (Garcia
pole)
No. 4 Corvette C7.R: Oliver Gavin/Tommy Milner – 4th in GTLM


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Northeast Grand Prix Lime Rock Info
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Northeast Grand Prix
Lakeville, CT
July 19-20, 2019
Track: Lime Rock Park
Race Duration: 2 hours 40 minutes
Circuit Length: 1.5 miles

Qualifying: Saturday, July 20, 2019
Live Streaming:  http://imsatv.imsa.com/

9:35 am - 09:50 am Qualifying - WeatherTech Championship (GTD)
10:00 am - 10:15 am Qualifying - WeatherTech Championship (GTLM)
 
Television Broadcast

US:
3:00-6:00 pm ET NBC sports app

9:30 pm to 12:30 am ET NBCSN TV

Online Coverage
IMSA.com (includes live images, in-car cameras and announcers)
http://imsatv.imsa.com/

International:
3:00 pm to 5:50 PM ET
http://imsatv.imsa.com/


LIVE TIMING:
http://scoring.imsa.com/

Live Timing for mobile device:
http://scoring.imsa.com/mobile.html


Radio: IMSA Radio

1) Streaming on IMSA TV & Radio Le Mans:
http://imsatv.imsa.com/
http://radiolemans.0157.org/nplayer.php
2)  Scanner frequency 454.000
3) XM 202
4) SiriusXM Online 972

PIT NOTES:
https://twitter.com/search?q=IMSA

http://twitter.com/   @CorvetteRacing, @IMSA, @IMSAlive, @limerockpark

TICKET INFO: 
https://tickets.limerock.com/

Corvette corral:  https://tickets.limerock.com/eventperformances.asp?evt=151


Event Schedule:
https://competitors.imsa.com/sites/def ... d_sr_lime_rock_071119.pdf


Spotters Guide:
http://www.spotterguides.com/
 

Entry List: 
https://sportscarchampionship.imsa.com ... ck_preevent_entrylist.pdf


Track Map:
http://www.limerock.com/images/stories/Track_Map_2011.jpg

Facility Map:
http://www.limerock.com/images/storie ... ock_Park_Facility_Map.jpg


WEATHER:
https://weather.com/weather/tenday/l/Lakeville+CT+06039:4:US

http://www.racecastweather.com/


Hotels and other info:
http://www.limerock.com/index.php?opt ... &id=123&Itemid=82


Corvette Corral: 
Come support Corvette Racing as they take on the Northeast Grand Prix at Lime Rock Park! 2018 brings a return to basics for the Corvette Corral, and includes Infield parking with other like-minded Corvette owners and parade laps for the first 25 cars that arrive for the day. While no hospitality is attached to this corral, we will update this page with any special experiences as they are added. Corvette Corral passes are $20 per car, per day, and do not include your general admission passes. This is the Saturday Corvette Corral Pass.
https://tickets.limerock.com/ordertickets.asp?p=1479


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CORVETTE RACING IN CANADA: Tough Day but Corvettes Back in One Piece
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The pair of Chevrolet Corvette C7.Rs finished seventh and eighth in the GT
Le Mans (GTLM) class


CORVETTE RACING IN CANADA: Tough Day but Corvettes Back in One Piece

BOWMANVILLE, Ontario, Canada (July 7, 2019) – Corvette Racing arrived at
Canadian Tire Motorsport Park hoping one of its most successful tracks would
result in some badly needed winning momentum. Unfortunately, the team came
up short in the effort for its 12th class victory at Canadian Tire
Motorsport Park on Sunday.


The pair of Chevrolet Corvette C7.Rs finished seventh and eighth in the GT
Le Mans (GTLM) class of the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship’s Mobil
1 Sports Car Grand Prix. The No. 3 Mobil 1/SiriusXM Corvette C7.R of Antonio
Garcia and Jan Magnussen led Corvette Racing’s effort and remained in
contention for their third straight GTLM Drivers’ Championship.


Oliver Gavin and Marcel Fässler were right behind in the No. 4 Mobil
1/SiriusXM Corvette C7.R. It was the first race for Fässler at CTMP, and
finishing the race was a positive step forward. The No. 4 Corvette team
suffered a crash six hours in at the 24 Hours of Le Mans and on the opening
lap of last week’s race at Watkins Glen.


The start looked promising, especially for the No. 3 Corvette. Magnussen
picked up a spot at the start but the handling on the Corvettes went away
quickly. Nevertheless, the Corvette Racing crews and engineers kept plugging
away to try and optimize the setup on the two C7.Rs for the end of the race.


Two late caution periods tightened up the field but traffic impeded both
Corvettes to the end.


The next event for Corvette Racing is the Northeast Grand Prix from Lime
Rock Park on July 19-20.

ANTONIO GARCIA, NO. 3 CHEVROLET CORVETTE C7.R – FINISHED SEVENTH IN GTLM:
"That was not the race we wanted. We struggled with pace a lot and couldn’t
make the car work. I’m not sure why yet but it is something we need to fix
for Lime Rock. We will need a good result there to stay in the championship.
But today was very disappointing. It’s one of the most frustrating weekends
we have had in a long time. But we are confident that Corvette Racing can
bounce back.”


JAN MAGNUSSEN, NO. 3 MOBIL 1/SiriusXM CHEVROLET CORVETTE C7.R – FINISHED
SEVENTH IN GTLM: “Obviously I’m very disappointed with the result today. It’s
pretty clear we missed something on the setup. At no point in the race did
we have the pace to do anything with the rest of the field. We have to go
home, think about this and come up with a solution for Lime Rock. This was a
pretty big hit in the championship for us, unfortunately. We have some
ground to make up.”


OLIVER GAVIN, NO. 4 MOBIL 1/SiriusXM CHEVROLET CORVETTE C7.R – FINISHED
EIGHTH IN GTLM: “Today was tough for both cars at Corvette Racing. It was
good we could actually finish a race; that’s been a really tough thing for
us to do in the last two races. But it was very tough today. We were working
away with the Corvette throughout the race to make it better. But we
ultimately lacking pace. Both cars seemed to be struggling with the same
thing. We’ll go back, analyze and assess to see where we can make it right
for Lime Rock.”


MARCEL FÄSSLER, NO. 4 MOBIL 1/SiriusXM CHEVROLET CORVETTE C7.R – FINISHED
EIGHTH IN GTLM: "Our expectations were certainly higher than the results
show. We are certainly not-so-happy with where we finished. It’s
disappointing because after (Friday afternoon’s) practice both cars were
one-two. We had quite a good pace after all the practice sessions so we were
wondering why we weren't able to have that pace in the race. I caught bad
traffic and lost a little bit to the front-runners, but caught up again and
tried to stay close to them which we did until the pit stop. Unfortunately
we lost a little bit because the lap belt got caught in the seat during the
driver change so we lost a little time. But truthfully it didn't change the
results much. It was a sad weekend for us. The upside for us is we have a
car that is in one piece.  But we are racers; we want more than a car in one
piece...we want results.”


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CORVETTE RACING IN CANADA: Setting Up for Try at CTMP Win No. 12
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Corvette Racing will look to charge through the field Sunday following qualifying
 
 

CORVETTE RACING IN CANADA: Setting Up for Try at CTMP Win No. 12

BOWMANVILLE, Ontario, Canada (July 6, 2019) – Corvette Racing will look to charge through the field Sunday following qualifying for the Mobil 1 Sports Car Grand Prix at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park. Doing so would write another remarkable chapter in Corvette Racing lore and secure a 12th class victory at the high-speed track east of Toronto.


Jan Magnussen, teaming with Antonio Garcia paced the program’s effort in qualifying with a lap of 1:14.295 (119.151 mph) in the No. 3 Mobil 1/SiriusXM Chevrolet Corvette C7.R. The time placed Magnussen seventh in the IMSA WeatherTech Sports Car Championship’s GT Le Mans (GTLM) category.


Teammate Marcel Fässler wasn’t far behind at 1:14.769 (118.396 mph) in the No. 4 Mobil 1/SiriusXM Corvette. He is driving with Oliver Gavin in place of Tommy Milner, who injured his left hand in an opening-lap incident last weekend at Watkins Glen.


It’s been a challenging last month for Corvette Racing. The team’s annual trek to the 24 Hours of Le Mans ended in heartbreak with separate incidents for the two Corvettes, most notably a heavy incident for Fässler that required a new chassis for the No. 4 side of the team. It didn’t get any better at Watkins Glen when Milner was hit and the crash by and large destroying the just-rebuilt Corvette.


There is reason for optimism, however. No team in the IMSA paddock boasts more races, miles or victories at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park than Corvette Racing. Another solid result at CTMP would be a boon for the program, especially with Magnussen and Garcia only one point out of the GTLM Drivers Championship lead. They have four podium finishes in the last five races at CTMP and are on a streak of four consecutive podiums this season.


The Mobil 1 Sports Car Grand Prix presented by Acura begins at 1:05 p.m. ET on Sunday, July 7. It will air live on NBC beginning at 1 p.m. ET. Live audio coverage of Sunday’s warmup and the race from IMSA Radio is available on IMSA.com.

JAN MAGNUSSEN, NO. 3 MOBIL 1/SiriusXM CHEVROLET CORVETTE C7.R – QUALIFIED SEVENTH IN GTLM: “I’m a bit disappointed in how things turned out. I’m not quite sure why we had a balance shift, and I wasn’t able to do anything with it in qualifying. It’s a real shame. We need to see what it was and why it happened.”
 

MARCEL FÄSSLER, NO. 4 MOBIL 1/SiriusXM CHEVROLET CORVETTE C7.R – QUALIFIED EIGHTH IN GTLM: “First, thanks to the team for giving the opportunity to qualify today. It wasn’t not easy to jump in and do qualifying at a track where I don’t have much experience and still have to learn a bit. I was quite sure I could improve in my qualifying run. My fastest lap felt OK, but I was disappointed in my lap time at the end. I was expecting a little bit more. We have to have a look and see what was actually different from the sessions before. For sure the race is long and we’ll see what we have to do for tomorrow.” 
 


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CORVETTE RACING IN CANADA: Familiar Ground for GTLM Contenders
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PRESS RELEASE:
Corvette Racing going for 12th class victory at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park
 
 

CORVETTE RACING IN CANADA: Familiar Ground for GTLM Contenders
Corvette Racing going for 12th class victory at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park


• Twentieth consecutive appearance for Corvette Racing at CTMP
• Garcia, Magnussen one point out of GT Le Mans title lead
• Gavin, Fässler to pilot rebuilt No. 4 Corvette C7.R

 
 
DETROIT (July 3, 2019) – It’s a quick turnaround for Corvette Racing as it heads north of the border following an up-and-down weekend at Watkins Glen International. For the 20th consecutive year, Corvette Racing will contest an event at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park as the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship prepares for the series’ only stop in Canada.


The GT Le Mans (GTLM) points race is in full swing ahead of the category’s sixth race of the year, which marks the midpoint of this year’s championship. The 2.459-mile, 10-turn road course is one of Corvette Racing’s most successful venues with 11 class victories.


Antonio Garcia and Jan Magnussen, teammates in the No. 3 Mobil 1/SiriusXM Chevrolet Corvette C7.R, have solid momentum heading to CTMP. The 2014 GTLM race-winners are a run of four consecutive podium finishes in their search for a third consecutive GTLM Drivers’ championship.


A runner-up finish last weekend at the Sahlen’s Six Hours of The Glen vaulted them to a tie for second in points, although they are more than eager for their first victory since 2017.


On the flip side, Oliver Gavin will drive the No. 4 Mobil 1/SiriusXM Chevrolet Corvette C7.R with CTMP debutant Marcel Fässler. One of the team’s endurance drivers, Fässler fills in for Tommy Milner, who suffered an injured hand in an opening-lap crash at The Glen.


The incident also forced the team to rebuild the No. 4 Corvette for the second time in three weeks. Following Fässler’s heavy crash at the 24 Hours of Le Mans, Corvette Racing was forced to switch to a different C7.R chassis for Watkins Glen. Milner had qualified third before being hit from an overtaking car on the third turn of the race. It caused substantial damage but the Corvette Racing team completed all repairs Monday ahead of the trip to Canadian Tire Motorsport Park.


Gavin last won at CTMP in 2013 with Milner and is a four-time winner at the track.


The Mobil 1 Sports Car Grand Prix presented by Acura begins at 1:05 p.m. ET on Sunday, July 7. It will air live on NBC beginning at 1 p.m. ET. Live audio coverage of practices, qualifying and the race from IMSA Radio is available on IMSA.com.

ANTONIO GARCIA, NO. 3 CHEVROLET CORVETTE C7.R: "We all feel badly about Tommy. The amount of bad luck for the No. 4 team is unbelievable. Jan and I came close again to finally winning another race at Watkins Glen. The points and podiums are good but we more and more want to breakthrough and be on the top step. Canadian Tire Motorsport Park should give us another good chance as Corvette Racing has won a lot of races there. It's a track that I think everyone likes with big risks and a lot of speed. It's one of the best classic tracks that I've ever raced on. CTMP has been good to Corvette in the past and we hope it is again this time."
 

JAN MAGNUSSEN, NO. 3 MOBIL 1/SiriusXM CHEVROLET CORVETTE C7.R:“It’s terrible about Tommy. I hope he’s able to get back to driving soon. I love Canadian Tire Motorsport Park. It’s absolutely one of my favorites. It’s so much fun to go around there in a good car… which the Corvette obviously is! It’s so fast. If you have the confidence and car underneath you, a lap around there is one of the most fantastic feelings in the world. Antonio and I are looking forward to going back there and keep building on this championship run that we have going. We still need to get a win pretty soon, but whatever we’re doing seems to work for points.”
 

OLIVER GAVIN, NO. 4 MOBIL 1/SiriusXM CHEVROLET CORVETTE C7.R: “First off, I’m gutted for Tommy. We’ve been teammates for nine seasons now and competed together many years before that. It’s unfortunate for him and the team, but we’re at the same time glad we can call on a trusted hand in Marcel to fill in while Tommy heals. 

“Canadian Tire Motorsport Park has brought great success to Corvette Racing over the years. We’ve had many victories, and I’ve personally enjoyed success there. It’s a huge, challenging track with the fact that it’s run by Corvette Racing legend Ron Fellows and his family makes it feel like home, really. The track is just fantastic to drive. It’s one of those that has not changed; it’s really old-school, which is really refreshing when you go to lots of other tracks around the world that have been somewhat sanitized. You really have to be on it there. Our Corvettes have suited that track in the past, and we hope we will have a strong chassis there for the weekend. We’ll find out once we get there but it’s usually very close and very tight racing.”
 

MARCEL FÄSSLER, NO. 4 MOBIL 1/SiriusXM CHEVROLET CORVETTE C7.R: “I wish my first race at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park was under different circumstances. We all feel bad for Tommy but I think everyone at Corvette Racing knows we still have a job to do. This track is one I have always wanted to race on. It has a great reputation around the world going back to the Formula One days. I have heard from the other drivers how fast and exciting a lap around CTMP is in the Corvette. I’m looking forward to experiencing that and helping all of Corvette Racing toward what we hope is another GTLM championship.” 
 

CORVETTE RACING AT CANADIAN TIRE MOTORSPORTS PARK: By the Numbers
• 1: As in one team, one manufacturer and one model of car for 20 years: Corvette Racing, Chevrolet and the Chevrolet Corvette.
• 3: Generations of Corvette Racing entries at CTMP since 2000 – Corvette C5-R (2004), Corvette C6.R (2005-13) and Corvette C7.R (2016-current).
• 7: Number of drivers who have won races at CTMP for Corvette Racing. Johnny O’Connell (six), Jan Magnussen (five), Oliver Gavin (four), Ron Fellows (three) and Olivier Beretta (two) each have multiple wins there with the team.
• 7: Pole positions for Corvette Racing drivers at CTMP. Oliver Gavin leads with three with Antonio Garcia (2016) being the most recent.
• 8: As in Chevrolet’s small-block V8. More than 100 million units have been sold worldwide and is the most successful engine in American motorsports.
• 11: Class victories at Corvette Racing at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park – all since 2001.
• 12: Manufacturer Championships for Chevrolet and Corvette Racing since 2001.
• 16: Number of GT Le Mans wins in the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship for Corvette Racing since the start of 2014. That’s the most of any manufacturer and team in GTLM.
• 18: Number of victories for current Corvette Racing drivers at CTMP:
Jan Magnussen: 5                Oliver Gavin: 4          Antonio Garcia: 1
• 21: Tracks at which Corvette Racing has won races – Baltimore, COTA, Canadian Tire Motorsport Park/Mosport, Daytona, Detroit, Houston, Laguna Seca, Le Mans, Lime Rock, Long Beach, Miami, Mid-Ohio, Portland, Road America, Road Atlanta, Sebring, Sonoma, St. Petersburg, Texas, Trois Rivieres and Utah.
• 28: Number of drivers for Corvette Racing since 1999.
• 107: Victories worldwide for Corvette Racing – 99 in North America and eight at Le Mans.
• 220: Event starts by Corvette Racing since 1999.
• 10,509.77: Number of racing miles completed by Corvette Racing in its 19 previous trips to Canadian Tire Motorsport Park. That represents 4,274 laps and approximately 46 trips from Detroit to Toronto.
• 294,12521: Total number of racing miles completed by Corvette Racing since its inception. To put that in perspective Apollo 13 – the longest manned spaceflight in history – covered “just” 248,655 miles.


2019 WeatherTech SportsCar Championship – GTLM Standings (After Five of 11 Events)


Driver Standings
1. Nick Tandy/Patrick Pilet – 152
2. Earl Bamber/Laurens Vanthoor – 151
3. Antonio Garcia/Jan Magnussen – 151
4. Dirk Mueller – 136
5. Connor De Phillippi – 135
8. Oliver Gavin/Tommy Milner – 122


Team Standings
1. No. 911 Porsche GT Team – 152
2. No. 912 Porsche GT Team – 151
3. No. 3 Corvette Racing – 151
4. No. 66 Ford Chip Ganassi – 136
5. No. 25 BMW Team RLL – 135
8. No. 4 Corvette Racing – 122


Manufacturer Standings
1. Porsche – 170
2. Chevrolet – 152
3. BMW – 149
4. Ford – 148


Corvette Racing at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park
2000
No. 3 Corvette C5-R: Ron Fellows/Andy Pilgrim – 2nd in GTS (Fellows pole, fastest race lap)


2001
No. 3 Corvette C5-R: Ron Fellows/Johnny O'Connell – 1st in GTS
No. 4 Corvette C5-R: Andy Pilgrim/Kelly Collins – 3rd in GTS


2002
No. 3 Corvette C5-R: Ron Fellows/Johnny O'Connell – 1st in GTS
No. 4 Corvette C5-R: Andy Pilgrim/Kelly Collins – 2nd in GTS (Pilgrim fastest race lap)


2003
No. 3 Corvette C5-R: Ron Fellows/Johnny O'Connell – 1st in GTS
No. 4 Corvette C5-R: Oliver Gavin/Kelly Collins – 7th in GTS (Gavin pole)


2004
No. 3 Corvette C5-R: Ron Fellows/Johnny O'Connell – 2nd in GTS
No. 4 Corvette C5-R: Olivier Beretta/Oliver Gavin – 1st in GTS (Gavin pole, fastest race lap)


2005
No. 3 Corvette C6.R: Ron Fellows/Johnny O'Connell – 2nd in GT1
No. 4 Corvette C6.R: Olivier Beretta/Oliver Gavin – 3rd in GT1


2006
No. 3 Corvette C6.R: Ron Fellows/Johnny O'Connell – 4th in GT1
No. 4 Corvette C6.R: Olivier Beretta/Oliver Gavin – 2nd in GT1


2007
No. 3 Corvette C6.R: Jan Magnussen/Johnny O'Connell – 1st in GT1
No. 4 Corvette C6.R: Olivier Beretta/Oliver Gavin – 2nd in GT1 (Gavin pole, fastest race lap)
No. 33 Corvette C6.R: Ron Fellows/Andy Pilgrim – 3rd in GT1


2008
No. 3 Corvette C6.R: Johnny O'Connell/Jan Magnussen – 1st in GT1 (O’Connell pole)
No. 4 Corvette C6.R: Olivier Beretta/Oliver Gavin – 2nd in GT1 (Beretta fastest race lap)


2009
No. 3 Corvette C6.R: Jan Magnussen/Johnny O'Connell – 1st in GT2
No. 4 Corvette C6.R: Olivier Beretta/Oliver Gavin – 3rd in GT2


2010
No. 3 Corvette C6.R: Olivier Beretta/Johnny O’Connell – 5th in GT2
No. 4 Corvette C6.R: Oliver Gavin/Jan Magnussen – 4th in GT2


2011
No. 3 Corvette C6.R: Olivier Beretta/Tommy Milner – 6th in GT
No. 4 Corvette C6.R: Oliver Gavin/Jan Magnussen – 1st in GT


2012
No. 3 Corvette C6.R: Jan Magnussen/Antonio Garcia – 2nd in GT (Magnussen pole)
No. 4 Corvette C6.R: Oliver Gavin/Tommy Milner – 10th in GT


2013
No. 3 Corvette C6.R: Jan Magnussen/Antonio Garcia – 4th in GT
No. 4 Corvette C6.R: Oliver Gavin/Tommy Milner – 1st in GT


2014
No. 3 Corvette C7.R: Jan Magnussen/Antonio Garcia – 1st in GTLM
No. 4 Corvette C7.R: Oliver Gavin/Tommy Milner – 7th in GTLM


2015
No. 3 Corvette C7.R: Jan Magnussen/Antonio Garcia – 3rd in GTLM (Garcia fastest race lap)
No. 4 Corvette C7.R: Oliver Gavin/Tommy Milner – 5th in GTLM


2016
No. 3 Corvette C7.R: Jan Magnussen/Antonio Garcia – 3rd in GTLM (Garcia pole)
No. 4 Corvette C7.R: Oliver Gavin/Tommy Milner – 2nd in GTLM


2017
No. 3 Corvette C7.R: Jan Magnussen/Antonio Garcia – 4th in GTLM
No. 4 Corvette C7.R: Oliver Gavin/Tommy Milner – 8th in GTLM


2018
No. 3 Corvette C7.R: Jan Magnussen/Antonio Garcia – 2nd in GTLM
No. 4 Corvette C7.R: Oliver Gavin/Tommy Milner – 3rd in GTLM

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CORVETTE RACING IN CANADA: Fässler to Fill In for Milner at CTMP
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CORVETTE RACING IN CANADA: Fässler to Fill In for Milner at CTMP
Hand injury sidelines Corvette Racing standout for this weekend

DETROIT (July 2, 2019) – Marcel Fässler will drive for Corvette Racing this weekend at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park as a fill-in for Tommy Milner. Milner, who regularly drives the No. 4 Mobil 1/SiriusXM Chevrolet Corvette C7.R with Oliver Gavin, suffered an injury to his left hand in a crash on the opening lap Sunday at the Sahlen’s Six Hours of The Glen.


As a result, Fässler will team with Gavin and make his first start at CTMP for the Mobil 1 Sports Car Grand Prix presented by Acura. It also will mark the first time Milner has missed an event for Corvette Racing since joining the program in 2011.


Fässler has been part of Corvette Racing’s endurance lineup for the past four seasons. He teamed with Gavin and Milner for 24-hour races at Daytona, Le Mans and Sebring’s 12-hour enduro. His return to Corvette Racing comes three weeks after his own heavy crash at the 24 Hours of Le Mans.


Milner’s status will be re-evaluated ahead of Corvette Racing’s event at Lime Rock Park on July 19-20.


The Mobil 1 Sports Car Grand Prix presented by Acura begins at 1:05 p.m. ET on Sunday, July 7. It will air live on NBC beginning at 1 p.m. ET. Live audio coverage of practices, qualifying and the race from IMSA Radio is available on IMSA.com.

TOMMY MILNER, NO. 4 MOBIL 1/SiriusXM CHEVROLET CORVETTE C7.R: “My day went from bad to worse Sunday. Additional tests after my initial exam at Watkins Glen showed an injury to my left hand that will prevent me from competing at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park this weekend. On the advice of doctors, there is too much risk for further damage and it would be best to allow time for it to heal. I look forward to getting back into the car as soon as I'm able. In the meantime, I'm glad we are able to call on Marcel. He always does a great job for the team and we’re all confident he’ll do the same this weekend.”
 

MARCEL FÄSSLER, NO. 4 MOBIL 1/SiriusXM CHEVROLET CORVETTE C7.R: “I’m very sorry for Tommy’s injury. I’m sure It is a very difficult and frustrating situation for him, and I hope he is back in the Corvette soon. It will be a different experience driving the C7.R around Canadian Tire Motorsport Park than what I am used to at Daytona, Sebring and Le Mans. But Corvette Racing is a very close team. We all work well together, so I’m positive the team will do the best job possible helping me get up to speed.” 
 


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CORVETTE RACING AT WATKINS GLEN: Runner-Up Finish for No. 3 Corvette
Garcia, Magnussen score fourth straight GT Le Mans podium; No. 4 Corvette
out early



WATKINS GLEN, N.Y. (June 30, 2019) – Corvette Racing’s Antonio Garcia and
Jan Magnussen finished on the podium for the fourth consecutive race in the
IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship’s GT Le Mans (GTLM) class Sunday
with a runner-up finish in the Sahlen’s Six Hours of The Glen.


The No. 3 Mobil 1/SiriusXM Chevrolet Corvette C7.R finished just 0.452
seconds behind the class-winning Porsche, and the Garcia/Magnussen duo
claimed their third straight podium at Watkins Glen International. The day
included an added bonus: Garcia and Magnussen are a single point of the GTLM
Drivers’ Championship as they seek their third consecutive title.


The news on the other side of the Corvette Racing garage wasn’t as good.
Tommy Milner suffered contact and crashed on the opening lap in the No. 4
Mobil 1/SiriusXM Corvette C7.R, ending the day for him and teammate Oliver
Gavin.


The damage to the Corvette was extensive but the team will have the No. 4
entry repaired for this week’s Mobil 1 Sports Car Grand Prix at Canadian
Tire Motorsport Park. The Corvette Racing crew faced a similar rush job
after a heavy crash at the 24 Hours of Le Mans forced the team to switch
chassis for the No. 4 Corvette ahead of Watkins Glen.


Down to one entry, the Corvette Racing team soldiered on and very nearly
pulled off a storybook ending. Garcia and Magnussen led Sunday’s race four
times but a call to pit ahead of a full-course yellow that never came
seemingly put the No. 3 Corvette on the back foot to the end.


Magnussen, making his 150th start for Corvette Racing, drove the middle
three stints and gave the Corvette back to Garcia for the final two hours
and 40 minutes. A final full-course yellow set the stage for the late-race
charge from seventh to very nearly a long-awaited victory.


There is little time to rest. Corvette Racing’s next event is the Mobil 1
Sports Car Grand Prix on Sunday, July 7 from Canadian Tire Motorsport Park.

ANTONIO GARCIA, NO. 3 CHEVROLET CORVETTE C7.R – FINISHED SECOND IN GTLM: “I
can’t be super, super happy about the result. I think we had this race. We
have such a strong field. We took one part of the strategy away thinking
there would be a yellow when one didn’t come. The race was split then
between half of the field and us. We could gain back some spots but when we
restarted after the last yellow, we didn’t have track position. To be sixth
or seventh in this field and try to win with an hour to go is tough. At the
end of the day, we didn’t make it. It was a good call to top off the car on
the last yellow to give me a chance to jump both Porsches at the end, but
the big thing is that the winning Porsche was too far up the road. I don’t
know what’s worse… ending up six or seven seconds off or three-tenths off. I
think it hurts more to finish so close. But it’s good points and we’ll take
that.”


JAN MAGNUSSEN, NO. 3 MOBIL 1/SiriusXM CHEVROLET CORVETTE C7.R – FINISHED
SECOND IN GTLM: "We had a shot at it today, but we are just missing that
last little bit. I am happy for the team and happy for the points. But it’s
been awhile since our last win. We keep getting so close but it is getting
hard to come up with excuses. We just need to go out there and do it… get
that win. I am very happy with how the whole team performed. We could not
have done much better. So we will just go on to Canadian Tire Motorsport
Park, another fantastic track, and see if we can get a win there.”


TOMMY MILNER, NO. 4 MOBIL 1/SiriusXM CHEVROLET CORVETTE C7.R: “It’s not a
cliché, it’s how I feel… it’s disappointing and unnecessary. It was the
first lap of the race and going side-by-side which should have been and is
possible. Hindsight is 20-20. Knowing the Porsche didn’t check up enough to
allow us to go two-wide… he said he gave some consideration but it wasn’t
enough. I’d love to say we could rewind it, I’d give up the position and we’re
still racing. And if he had given me a little more room than we’re also
still racing, too. It’s these split-second decisions we have to make.
Unfortunately I got penalized for someone’s small mistake - and that’s what
it was: a small mistake that ended up a big problem for us. A big thanks
again to Corvette for building such a strong car. But I feel bad for our
Corvette Racing guys. We were here and ready to go racing, but we’ve had
some really bad luck the last couple months. I feel bad they have to put in
more hard work and a lot of hours to get the car ready for Canadian Tire
Motorsport Park. But that’s our focus.”


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CORVETTE RACING AT WATKINS GLEN: Pole, Second Row Start for Corvette C7.Rs
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Garcia sets class record, Milner third in GT Le Mans qualifying at The Glen
 
 

CORVETTE RACING AT WATKINS GLEN: Pole, Second Row Start for Corvette C7.Rs
Garcia sets class record, Milner third in GT Le Mans qualifying at The Glen

 
 
WATKINS GLEN, NY (June 29, 2019) – Corvette Racing’s return from the 24 Hours of Le Mans took an overwhelmingly positive turn Saturday as Antonio Garcia scored a class pole position and teammate Tommy Milner qualified third Saturday ahead of the Sahlen’s Six Hours of The Glen for the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship.


Garcia, driving the No. 3 Mobil 1/SiriusXM Chevrolet Corvette C7.R with Jan Magnussen, set a track record in the GT Le Mans (GTLM) category with a lap of 1:40.799 (121.429 mph) that bettered the previous mark by more than a half-second. The 2014 GTLM Watkins Glen winner with Magnussen, Garcia was 0.317 seconds clear of the field Saturday. They enter Sunday second in the GTLM Drivers’ Championship.


Teammate Tommy Milner in the No. 4 Mobil 1/SiriusXM Chevrolet Corvette C7.R qualified third in class at 1:41.291 (120.839 mph). It puts the two bright yellow Corvettes lined up one behind the other on Sunday’s grid.


The Sahlen’s Six Hours marks Corvette Racing’s first event in IMSA following the 24 Hours of Le Mans two weeks ago. It was a bittersweet race with both Corvettes showing race-winning pace but ultimately getting the worst of the luck with two crashes that took away any hopes of a victory of podium.


The Gavin/Milner Corvette is a different car than they drove at Le Mans following Marcel Fässler’s heavy crash six hours in. This weekend’s No. 4 Corvette is the chassis they drove to the 2016 IMSA GTLM Championship and four victories.


The bad luck from Le Mans struck the No. 3 Corvette on Friday with a precautionary engine change during the first Watkins Glen practice. The Corvette Racing crew completed the work in plenty of time for the day’s second practice, and the drivers repaid the efforts with a banner day Saturday.

The Sahlen’s Six Hours of The Glen begins at 9:45 a.m. ET on Sunday, June 30. It will air live on the NBC Sports app beginning at 9:30 a.m. ET with same-day coverage on NBC Sports Network at 7 p.m. ET. Live audio coverage of practices, qualifying and the race from IMSA Radio is available on IMSA.com.

ANTONIO GARCIA, NO. 3 CHEVROLET CORVETTE C7.R - GTLM POLE-WINNER: "You always have to be careful with Richard (Westbrook, second-quickest qualifier) because he is always very, very fast. Kyle (Millay, No. 3 Corvette race engineer) did a really good job of telling me what Richard was doing and that gave me an opportunity to cool down so I could go again. So I had more to give as I showed on the last lap. I am happy for Corvette and Chevrolet. And finally we have something which is good for tomorrow and we can turn it around and start winning races.”
(On engine change after Friday first practice): "It was very tough to lose an engine in first practice, but that is why we have the other Corvette. The No. 4 car did a fantastic job of doing all the work that is supposed to be divided between both cars. All the work they've done we put in our car and everything seems to be working as you saw. It is always a team effort and I'm very happy with how the car behaved today and I hope this is a good start for tomorrow."
 

TOMMY MILNER, NO. 4 CHEVROLET CORVETTE C7.R – QUALIFIED THIRD IN GTLM: “This was a great qualifying for the team. I’m pretty amazed at what this team can do coming off a week-and-a-half break from Le Mans – really less than that for the crew guys and engineers. To go P1 and P3 is awesome for the whole group, and also for the No. 4 Corvette guys having to prep a car that sort of wasn't set up for GTLM. To get that going and go P3 is awesome. For sure I’m happy with the effort from the team and the car. As always we have a bit of work to do, but certainly third place is a great place to start the race tomorrow." 
 
2019 WeatherTech SportsCar Championship – GTLM Standings (After Four of 11 Events)


Driver Standings
1. Earl Bamber/Laurens Vanthoor – 126
2. Antonio Garcia/Jan Magnussen – 119
3. Nick Tandy/Patrick Pilet – 117
4. Connor De Phillippi – 83
5. Dirk Mueller/Sebastien Bourdais – 108
7. Oliver Gavin/Tommy Milner – 99


Team Standings
1. No. 912 Porsche GT Team – 126
2. No. 3 Corvette Racing – 119
3. No. 911 Porsche GT Team – 117
4. No. 25 BMW Team RLL – 111
5. No. 66 Ford Chip Ganassi – 108
7. No. 4 Corvette Racing – 99


Manufacturer Standings
1. Porsche – 135
2. BMW – 121
3. Chevrolet – 120
4. Ford – 118


Corvette Racing at Watkins Glen
2014
No. 3 Corvette C7.R: Jan Magnussen/Antonio Garcia –1st in GTLM
No. 4 Corvette C7.R: Oliver Gavin/Tommy Milner –4th in GTLM


2015
No. 3 Corvette C7.R: Jan Magnussen/Antonio Garcia –4th in GTLM
No. 4 Corvette C7.R: Oliver Gavin/Tommy Milner –7th in GTLM


2016
No. 3 Corvette C7.R: Jan Magnussen/Antonio Garcia –7th in GTLM
No. 4 Corvette C7.R: Oliver Gavin/Tommy Milner –4th in GTLM


2017
No. 3 Corvette C7.R: Jan Magnussen/Antonio Garcia –3rd in GTLM
No. 4 Corvette C7.R: Oliver Gavin/Tommy Milner –5th in GTLM


2018
No. 3 Corvette C7.R: Jan Magnussen/Antonio Garcia –2nd in GTLM
No. 4 Corvette C7.R: Oliver Gavin/Tommy Milner –5th in GTLM


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Team rejoins fight for fourth consecutive GT Le Mans title at The Glen
 
 

CORVETTE RACING AT WATKINS GLEN: Coming Back to America
Team rejoins fight for fourth consecutive GT Le Mans title at The Glen


• Six Hours of The Glen follows heartbreaking 24 Hours of Le Mans
• Garcia, Magnussen 2014 GTLM winners at The Glen
• Gavin, Milner look to mount points push after hard luck first half of 2019

 
 
DETROIT (June 25, 2019) – Corvette Racing returns to home soil this weekend with aims of continuing its championship push in the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship and putting behind the agonizing heartbreak from the 24 Hours of Le Mans.


The Sahlen’s Six Hours of The Glen marks Corvette Racing’s resumption of the GT Le Mans (GTLM) title chase, the last event in the U.S. coming in early May at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course. The Glen – at 3.4 miles with 11 turns – is the first of five events in a nine-week span for the Corvette program and its pair of Chevrolet Corvette C7.Rs.


Antonio Garcia and Jan Magnussen, winners together at Watkins Glen in 2014, return to IMSA competition second in GTLM points on the strength of consecutive podium finishes at Sebring, Long Beach and Mid-Ohio. It is the same formula they used to win the 2018 GTLM title – their second in a row – and part of their podium streak included a runner-up finish at The Glen.


Garcia and Magnussen – who will make his 150th start with Corvette Racing at The Glen – will drive the same Mobil 1/SiriusXM Corvette C7.R that they shared at Le Mans with Mike Rockenfeller. The trio came within three hours of winning the GTE Pro category, having it all go wrong with bad luck during a safety car period and a subsequent crash that eventually relegated the Corvette to a ninth-place finish.


On the flip side, Oliver Gavin and Tommy Milner will race at Watkins Glen in the No. 4 Mobil 1/SiriusXM Corvette C7.R but it will be a different chassis than what they used at Le Mans and in the first part of the IMSA season. A heavy crash in the sixth hour at Le Mans heavily damaged their car, which they shared with Marcel Fässler.


As a result, the Corvette Racing crew has been forced to prepare its third C7.R chassis – the same one that raced earlier this year in the FIA World Endurance Championship’s 1,000-mile race at Sebring – for Gavin and Milner. It’s yet another challenge for the team with a short turn-around time to get from Le Mans back to the United States and both cars prepped and ready… all within the span of a few days.


The Sahlen’s Six Hours of The Glen begins at 9:45 a.m. ET on Sunday, June 30. It will air live on the NBC Sports app beginning at 9:30 a.m. ET with same-day coverage on NBC Sports Network at 7 p.m. ET. Live audio coverage of practices, qualifying and the race from IMSA Radio is available on IMSA.com.

ANTONIO GARCIA, NO. 3 CHEVROLET CORVETTE C7.R: “The challenge (of going from Le Mans to Watkins Glen) is for the team, I have to say. To turn around those two Corvettes and be ready to 100 percent in 10 days is the biggest challenge. For us drivers to compete at Le Mans and Watkins Glen is not such a big difference. All the pressure is on the team and the crew. As we’ve proven in years past, we’ve been able to win Le Mans and The Glen. I think the transition back to IMSA rules is easier. Going back home to go racing is like riding a bicycle. Everyone knows what to do. If everything is ready, changing the mindset is easy. I’m really looking forward to this race because it’s one of the best tracks on the calendar. We’re going through a period of Le Mans, Watkins Glen and Canadian Tire Motorsport Park… it’s a very nice run of three tracks in a row.”
 

JAN MAGNUSSEN, NO. 3 MOBIL 1/SiriusXM CHEVROLET CORVETTE C7.R: “We’re in good shape in the GTLM Championship – P2 at the moment. We’re looking for a win but another championship would be nice. That is the main focus, but it has been awhile since our last win. We were hoping it would come at Le Mans but it wasn’t in the cards. We’ll have to wait and go for another one at Watkins Glen.”
 

OLIVER GAVIN, NO. 4 MOBIL 1/SiriusXM CHEVROLET CORVETTE C7.R: “We’re going from a track where you are effectively running the lightest on downforce at Le Mans to most probably one of the tracks that we run – if you can – the heaviest downforce. At Watkins Glen it’s all about building your speed and momentum to carry it through the lap. There’s a ton of grip out there and a lot of high-speed cornering at Watkins Glen. It’s quite different than Le Mans. It clicks you back into the IMSA season. It’s usually our biggest crowd at the Corvette Corral and always get a fantastic amount of support there. We get such a buzz from seeing everyone there and seeing all their cars – from C1 all the way up to C7. As a racetrack, it is a huge challenge – six hours for two drivers and one of the physically toughest we do all year."
 

TOMMY MILNER, NO. 4 MOBIL 1/SiriusXM CHEVROLET CORVETTE C7.R – FINISHED EIGHTH IN GTLM: “For us as drivers, coming back from Le Mans going straight in to one of our biggest races of the year in IMSA is a challenge. We always say the Monday after Le Mans is when we start thinking about next year’s race, but we also understand that we still have half of the WeatherTech Championship to go. We’re all mindful of that and the challenges it presents. When you consider that you have a rough Le Mans – and we did this year – you go back to the U.S. with a renewed amount of eagerness to right the wrongs of what may have happened at Le Mans. It’s the spirit of this team to make each event count.”
 

 

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2019 WeatherTech SportsCar Championship – GTLM Standings (After Four of 11 Events)


Driver Standings
1. Earl Bamber/Laurens Vanthoor – 126
2. Antonio Garcia/Jan Magnussen – 119
3. Nick Tandy/Patrick Pilet – 117
4. Connor De Phillippi – 83
5. Dirk Mueller/Sebastien Bourdais – 108
7. Oliver Gavin/Tommy Milner – 99


Team Standings
1. No. 912 Porsche GT Team – 126
2. No. 3 Corvette Racing – 119
3. No. 911 Porsche GT Team – 117
4. No. 25 BMW Team RLL – 111
5. No. 66 Ford Chip Ganassi – 108
7. No. 4 Corvette Racing – 99


Manufacturer Standings
1. Porsche – 135
2. BMW – 121
3. Chevrolet – 120
4. Ford – 118


Corvette Racing at Watkins Glen
2014
No. 3 Corvette C7.R: Jan Magnussen/Antonio Garcia –1st in GTLM
No. 4 Corvette C7.R: Oliver Gavin/Tommy Milner –4th in GTLM


2015
No. 3 Corvette C7.R: Jan Magnussen/Antonio Garcia –4th in GTLM
No. 4 Corvette C7.R: Oliver Gavin/Tommy Milner –7th in GTLM


2016
No. 3 Corvette C7.R: Jan Magnussen/Antonio Garcia –7th in GTLM
No. 4 Corvette C7.R: Oliver Gavin/Tommy Milner –4th in GTLM


2017
No. 3 Corvette C7.R: Jan Magnussen/Antonio Garcia –3rd in GTLM
No. 4 Corvette C7.R: Oliver Gavin/Tommy Milner –5th in GTLM


2018
No. 3 Corvette C7.R: Jan Magnussen/Antonio Garcia –2nd in GTLM
No. 4 Corvette C7.R: Oliver Gavin/Tommy Milner –5th in GTLM


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Sahlen's Six Hours of The Glen
Jun 27 to Jun 30 2019
Watkins Glen, NY
Track: Watkins Glen International
Race Duration: 6 hours
Circuit Length: 3.4 miles

Qualifying Saturday June 29, 2019

Watch live IMSA TV  http://imsatv.imsa.com/

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Television Broadcast Sunday June 30, 2019

Television Broadcast:
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Radio: IMSA Radio

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LIVE TIMING:
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CORVETTE RACING AT LE MANS: From Hopes to Heartbreak
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The No. 63 Mobil 1/SiriusXM Chevrolet Corvette C7.R of Antonio Garcia, Jan
Magnussen and Mike Rockenfeller finished ninth in the GTE Pro category



CORVETTE RACING AT LE MANS: From Hopes to Heartbreak

LE MANS, France (June 16, 2019) – Corvette Racing’s hopes for a magical
victory in its 20th straight appearance at the 24 Hours of Le Mans didn’t
come to pass, but the effort of the program was never stronger than what the
team displayed Saturday and Sunday in the world’s biggest endurance race.


The No. 63 Mobil 1/SiriusXM Chevrolet Corvette C7.R of Antonio Garcia, Jan
Magnussen and Mike Rockenfeller finished ninth in the GTE Pro category on a
day where the trio was firmly in contention for the first 20 hours. Three
unlucky safety car periods and an untimely late trip to the garage for
repairs following a spin put a dent in the plans for a ninth class victory
in 20 years.


Le Mans struck hard at both Corvette Racing entries. The No. 64 Mobil
1/SiriusXM Corvette C7.R retired following a heavy crash for Marcel Fässler
near the six-hour mark. The incident happened in the lightning quick Porsche
Curves toward the end of the lap. Fässler – driving with Oliver Gavin and
Tommy Milner – was hit from behind after making a pass on a slower car with
the impact sending the Corvette hard into the wall on driver’s right.


The damage was too extensive to repair and return the car to the race.
Fässler was evaluated at the track medical center and was sent to a local
hospital for a CT scan, which came back normal.


The No. 64 Corvette was up and down the order early with Gavin climbing from
11th at the start to fourth in class during his opening two stints. Debris
on his tires made it challenging for him to maintain his early pace but he
and Milner had relatively calm stints before handing over to Fässler, who
was matching the pace of his teammates before in incident.


The No. 63 led early and often. Garcia began the race from the third
position but needed less than 20 minutes to move to the point in a frantic
start.


All three drivers of the No. 63 Corvette took turns in the lead early. The
first safety car period of the race during the sixth hour brought the top
nine GTE Pro entries to within 15 seconds of each other at the six-hour
mark. Another safety car near the 10 hours running split the two lead cars
from the rest of the GTE Pro field, effectively taking what had been a
nine-car battle down to two with the Corvette part of the second group.


The early-morning period saw the leading GTE Pro entry run into trouble,
allowing the remaining Corvette – which had chipped away on the lead pack
for a number of hours – to move back into contention. By the 16-hour mark,
the C7.R had moved back into the lead and a strategic game of chess
developed between the No. 63 Corvette and the eventual winning Ferrari.


The momentum seemed like it was swinging permanently toward the side of the
Corvette when disaster struck with three-and-a-half hours to go.
Rockenfeller pitted for fuel, tires and a driver change to Magnussen during
a safety car period. The pit stop was excellent – as they had been all
race – but the pit exit was closed, which once again prevented the Corvette
from catching the safety car queue that included the GTE Pro leader.


Once under way, Magnussen spun late in the lap at the Porsche Curves on cold
tires and contacted the outside wall with the front-left of the Corvette.
The crew repaired the suspension on that corner of the Corvette, losing just
six minutes but two costly laps. A final late-race visit to the garage
thwarted any hopes of gaining additional positions.


There is little rest for Corvette Racing with the team returning to IMSA
WeatherTech SportsCar Championship competition in two weeks at Watkins Glen
International for the Sahlen’s Six Hours at The Glen.

ANTONIO GARCIA, NO. 63 MOBIL 1/SiriusXM CHEVROLET CORVETTE C7.R: “It was
super tough all race, especially for being all the way up at the front for
21 hours. The early safety car around five hours really put us down, and I
got pretty upset about that. For me, I thought the race was lost but you
never know at Le Mans. A few more stints in and we were back in the lead. It’s
a shame that we didn’t put it together all the way to the end because I
think everyone here deserved to win. The team made a fantastic effort. The
preparation was really good, and we proved that to every other team out
there - the preparation of the cars, the pit stops, the brake changes and
the way we could go for a win instead of waiting for the race to come to us.
I felt like we had everyone afraid of us. Most of the teams at Le Mans
probably feel that we had the car to beat, and I think that’s right. But
Ferrari did a perfect run and they won. All we can do is congratulate them.
Then we will come back and win it.”


JAN MAGNUSSEN, NO. 63 MOBIL 1/SiriusXM CHEVROLET CORVETTE C7.R: “Up until it
all went wrong, we did the best we could and that put us in front. The guys
did a fantastic job all race - the crew, the engineers and the drivers…
everybody. But the safety car came out there late, we had to pit and
effectively that took the win away. P2 was in the cards; that’s not what we
came here for but for sure we would have taken that with the win not being
on the table any longer. Unfortunately I clipped a curb on cold tires and
hit the wall. I can’t begin to describe how horrible I feel for the guys and
all the hard work they have put in for the past year. We had the car in
front and a mistake like that takes it all away. I don’t know how to
apologize for that but hopefully I can make it up to them someway.”


MIKE ROCKENFELLER, NO. 63 MOBIL 1/SiriusXM CHEVROLET CORVETTE C7.R: “Thanks
to Corvette Racing for giving me the opportunity to race here at Le Mans
again. I always love it even though as we saw this weekend it can be one of
the toughest races in the world in that you can be a bit unfortunate. We had
a really good car… the Corvette was running super nice, especially at the
end of the race. The track and everything evolved in the right direction;
when it rubbered in and our car came alive… I think we had everything to
fight for victory, but obviously the rules with these safety cars are a bit
unfair. We’ve known this since years past and it has been proved it is not
the good way of doing it. I think we need to think about it, but that is
obviously not our job.


“Again, the car was prepared well and I always enjoy it to race here with
Corvette Racing. Personally I was really happy to drive the car. I felt
confident at the wheel, I felt I could get the most performance out of the
car and really push hard and fight for it. So personally I was super happy
with my own performance, but obviously the results are not what we wanted.
Both cars were super unlucky… our sister car and Jan on our car, but that’s
racing you know. We always push to the limit and sometimes things go wrong.
And this also is something special within the Corvette team: there is no bad
word about anything. And I’ve seen it different in my career, I can tell
you. Here, from top to bottom, they all work together and they consider it a
sport. It’s racing, you try hard, and you win and you lose together. And
this is what you feel at Corvette, and this is a good feeling for a driver.
Because one day you make a mistake and it’s not nice if people drag you down
when they should say, ‘Hey, it happens. we’ve won so much together and
sometimes things go wrong,’ which for me again shows I’m in the right team
here and I hope we’ll have some more opportunities in the future to win this
together.”


OLIVER GAVIN, NO. 64 MOBIL 1/SiriusXM CHEVROLET CORVETTE C7.R: “This has
without a doubt been a tough Le Mans 24 Hours for Corvette Racing. On the 64
Corvette side, we had a promising start with good pace. We got ourselves up
to fourth place, which ended up being the high-water mark as it turns out.
Some little bits and pieces didn’t go our way but the race got reset with a
safety car, and we were looking good again. But it wasn’t to be. Marcel had
the incident with the GTE Am car… it was such a big hit. We’re all so happy
he’s been able to walk away. It’s a testament to the work that Corvette
Racing and Chevrolet have done on the C7.R - our driver cell, the impact
structure. Those all really helped protect Marcel. Then it was all eyes on
the 63 Corvette and it was looking so well for so long. This race can bite
you so hard sometimes and it can be tough to take. Everyone at Corvette
Racing put so much into this for months and months. It’s very special but it
does take a lot of preparation. When you that chance of winning taken away,
that’s really hard for the guys to take. They worked so, so hard over the
last few months. We can be proud of what we achieved over this race but
unfortunately we weren’t standing on the top step of the podium."


”TOMMY MILNER, NO. 64 MOBIL 1/SiriusXM CHEVROLET CORVETTE C7.R: “It
definitely was not the 24 Hours that we were hoping for. We can all be super
proud of all the efforts from everyone at Corvette Racing. We had two fast,
reliable Corvettes - all ingredients that you need for a good race.
Unfortunately what ends up being the most important piece - the luck - … we
didn’t have that today. It’s a cliche but that’s racing. Everyone is pushing
at 100 percent, and when it is this close and the competition is this
fierce, the margin for error is razor-thin. It’s unfortunate to have had our
race end early. We can be proud of the effort of this whole team. We’re all
proud to drive for Corvette Racing and Team Chevy.
“We’re happy that Marcel is OK, and that’s one of the reasons I’m proud to
drive these cars like we do. We know things happen sometimes but we know we
are safe. I feel bad for the 63 team too. They showed how competitive we can
be with a seven-year old car. It’s just too bad that today was not Corvette
Racing’s day.”


MARCEL FÄSSLER, NO. 64 MOBIL 1/SiriusXM CHEVROLET CORVETTE C7.R: “It was a
tough weekend for us. It definitely was not what we were hoping for. It was
an early end to our day. Everyone did a double stint, and I was on my last
lap before I was to hand off to Olly. Unfortunately I got hit by a GTE Am
driver that took me out and I hit the barrier quite hard. For us the race
was over. I’m happy Corvette is the safest GT car we have in the field.
Every system worked well and I have no issues… feeling well even though the
impact was hard. I’m happy I’m OK but on the other hand I am sad because we
were taken out of the race. For sure we wanted to achieve a good result on
Corvette’s 20th year at Le Mans. For sure that’s kind of racing but it’s
still sad for the team that all the preparation we did ended all of a
sudden. It is difficult to take.”


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CORVETTE RACING AT LE MANS: Halfway Report
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No. 63 Corvette still in the fight following No. 64 C7.R retirement

 CORVETTE RACING AT LE MANS: Halfway Report
No. 63 Corvette still in the fight following No. 64 C7.R retirement

LE MANS, France (June 16, 2019) – Corvette Racing reached half distance of
its 20th appearance at the 24 Hours of Le Mans early Sunday with one of its
Chevrolet Corvette C7.Rs firmly entrenched in the battle for GTE Pro honors.


The No. 63 Mobil 1/SiriusXM Chevrolet Corvette C7.R of Antonio Garcia, Jan
Magnussen and Mike Rockenfeller ran fifth at the 12-hour mark with
Rockenfeller just finishing a double-stint. The practice of having the three
drivers stay in the car for two fuel stops at a time was the prevailing
strategy for Corvette Racing, which is shooting for its ninth Le Mans class
victory.


Unfortunately, the No. 64 Mobil 1/SiriusXM Corvette C7.R isn’t part of the
fight following a heavy crash for Marcel Fässler near the six-hour mark. The
incident happened in the lightning quick Porsche Curves toward the end of
the lap. Fässler – driving with Oliver Gavin and Tommy Milner – was hit from
behind after making a pass on a slower car with the impact sending the
Corvette hard into the wall on driver’s right.


The damage was too extensive to repair, and Corvette Racing was forced to
retire the car. Fässler was evaluated at the track medical center and was
sent to a local hospital for a CT scan, which came back negative.


Early in the race, the No. 63 Corvette led early and often. Garcia began the
race from the third position but needed less than 20 minutes to move to the
point in a frantic start.


All three drivers of the No. 63 Corvette took turns in the lead early. The
first safety car period of the race during the sixth hour brought the top
nine GTE Pro entries to within 15 seconds of each other at the six-hour
mark. Another safety car near the 10 hours running split the two lead cars
from the rest of the GTE Pro field, effectively taking what had been a
nine-car battle down to two with the Corvette part of the second group.


The No. 64 Mobil 1/SiriusXM Corvette was up and down the order early with
Gavin climbing from 11tth at the start to fourth in class during his opening
two stints. Debris on his tires made it challenging for him to maintain his
early pace but he and Milner had relatively calm stints before handing over
to Fässler, who was matching the pace of his teammates before the incident.

ANTONIO GARCIA, NO. 63 MOBIL 1/SiriusXM CHEVROLET CORVETTE C7.R: “There was
a lot of uncertainty at the start. We were all looking at each other not
knowing who would be fast and who would be slow. So we did like we did in
qualifying and just settled in. Everybody seemed to be on a good pace and
obviously our car felt pretty good. In the draft I was kind of following
everybody but I think I feel more secure and better for myself when I’m
running in a higher position rather than depend on the others. I could have
stayed behind, but I decided to go ahead and see if I could stay because
with the amount of slipstreams you have here it’s easy for the others to
overtake you again even if they don’t have the pace. There is no better
place to stay than P1!”


JAN MAGNUSSEN, NO. 63 MOBIL 1/SiriusXM CHEVROLET CORVETTE C7.R: “The first
stint was good, keeping the same distance to the Porsche and opening the gap
a bit towards the end, which was nice. The second stint was a little bit
more of a handful on the tires. The car started moving around a bit. I think
the track isn’t quite ready yet for double-stinting the tires, but we have
to do it. I thought we were going to lose everything when I had to come in
(early for an emergency five seconds of fuel) under the full-course yellow
when the pitlane was closed, but fortunately everybody else was pretty much
in the same boat so we didn’t lose anything.”


MIKE ROCKENFELLER, NO. 63 MOBIL 1/SiriusXM CHEVROLET CORVETTE C7.R: “Like
last year, unfortunately these safety car rules tear the field apart, which
is a shame but the race is not over. Let’s see. Maybe we will get lucky and
catch the better safety car next time  and the field will be bunched up
together because it was a good fight when we were all together. Let’s see
where we will end up in the morning. It feels like since it has cooled down
or the track has rubbered in that the car is running better and better. This
is good, but we just need some luck to come to us."


OLIVER GAVIN, NO. 64 MOBIL 1/SiriusXM CHEVROLET CORVETTE C7.R: “It was a
very interesting first couple of stints. We bounced up and down the order
among pretty much all the manufacturers. There definitely were some moves
early on there. We were on the move a lot of the time. But it was
aggressive… very aggressive. It was very intense racing. In the back of your
mind, you’re thinking we have a lot of racing to be done but it was pretty
wild now thinking about it. Toward the middle of the second stint, I ran
wide a little bit near the end of the lap and got a bunch of junk on the
tires. I just couldn’t cleaned up for a bit. It was amazing how many stops I
dropped just through that one little thing. That shows the fine line in this
category.”


TOMMY MILNER, NO. 64 MOBIL 1/SiriusXM CHEVROLET CORVETTE C7.R: “My stints
were pretty relaxed. There was some fighting ahead of me during my second
stint, but generally those guys were not going crazy. In the first stint, I
struggled with understeer but my pace was decent. On the second stint, we
decided to double-stint the tires, which was a bit of a struggle. I think we
were heading toward a good balance in the car and would have been in good
shape.”


 


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CORVETTE RACING AT LE MANS: 20 Years In Their Own Words
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Ahead of landmark 20th consecutive appearance at the 24 Hours of Le Mans

 CORVETTE RACING AT LE MANS: 20 Years In Their Own Words
Ahead of landmark 20th consecutive appearance at the 24 Hours


LE MANS, France (June 13, 2019) – No program in endurance sports car racing
can claim a longevity to match Corvette Racing at the 24 Hours of Le Mans.
Not only is this is the program’s 20th consecutive year at Le Mans, each
year has been with Chevrolet and the Corvette brand. The success has been
substantial with eight class victories in 19 attempts.


Ahead of this weekend’s 87th running of Le Mans, Corvette Racing leadership
and drivers offered their thoughts on this historic milestone.


JIM CAMPBELL, CHEVROLET U.S. VICE PRESIDENT, PERFORMANCE AND MOTORSPORTS:
“This is Corvette Racing’s 20th consecutive appearance at the 24 Hours of Le
Mans. Every single year is an absolute honor to race at Le Mans. We’re proud
to have celebrated eight class wins and many podium finishes with Corvette
owners and supporters from around the world. The tens of thousands of miles
completed at Le Mans continue to help us learn lessons on the track that
transfer back to our production vehicles and powertrain systems for the
showroom. The Corvette owners’ passion and support of this race program is
one of the reasons why we continue to compete at Le Mans each year.”

ANTONIO GARCIA, NO. 63 MOBIL 1/SiriusXM CHEVROLET CORVETTE C7.R: “Corvette
Racing is a huge part of Le Mans. Even though people focus a lot of
prototypes, we always have a large group that follows us at the race and
around the world on TV and radio. It’s a big honor for them to follow us.
“I’ve already been there 15 years, but Corvette Racing has been there a few
years longer! I don’t see any other team that has been going to Le Mans for
such a long period year after year. Corvette Racing needs Le Mans, but I
also believe Le Mans needs Corvette Racing.”


JAN MAGNUSSEN, NO. 63 MOBIL 1/SiriusXM CHEVROLET CORVETTE C7.R: “I don’t
know if sports car racing will see a program like Corvette Racing again. It
is unique with how this program has been put together and run for the last
20 years. That’s what makes being part of Corvette Racing so special. None
of us knew when we joined the team that we were going to be here this many
years for Le Mans. That’s one of the strengths of the program – the
continuity in the team. Everyone knows each other so well that we can work
to the strengths of everyone on the team. I’d say it’s a huge advantage. It
doesn’t mean we will win every race, but we do have the biggest chance to
not making mistakes because there are very few unknowns. As a driver, I
really like that.”

MIKE ROCKENFELLER, NO. 63 MOBIL 1/SiriusXM CHEVROLET CORVETTE C7.R: “What
stands out to me about Corvette Racing is that it is an American team that
comes over every year for 20 years to Le Mans. It shows how important Le
Mans is to Corvette Racing, but also Le Mans appreciates the attendance of
Corvette Racing as well. This program is committed and has all this
experience over the years, still we know it’s a new challenge. The Corvettes
always stand out. Even when I was younger and in my container with other
teams, you always knew when Corvette would come by! I knew that sound and
loved it, and so do all the fans.”

OLIVER GAVIN, NO. 64 MOBIL 1/SiriusXM CHEVROLET CORVETTE C7.R: “Corvette
Racing has been very loyal and determined to follow through on our
commitment to Le Mans and what it stands for. It means a lot to the brand.
Creating that image and sporting identity of racing and winning at Le Mans
each year against the other top manufacturers is a huge deal. If we are
fortunate to do it again this year, we would come away with nine wins out of
20 years! That’s an amazing average and something to be extremely proud of.
Then you think about how many races where we’ve been runner-up. For all the
victories we’ve had, there have been some extremely unlucky close calls
where we could have two, three or four more. But that’s the nature of Le
Mans and why we keep going back. You take up that challenge and fight
against the other teams and manufacturers to come away with the spoils. And
when you do, it’s the best feeling in the world.”

TOMMY MILNER, NO. 64 MOBIL 1/SiriusXM CHEVROLET CORVETTE C7.R: “These
24-hour races are unique in itself. But Le Mans is why Corvette and other
teams and manufacturers want to compete and test themselves and their
technology. In a lot of ways, this is shaping the trajectory of the Corvette
brand itself with lessons learned on the track and improving future
generations with what we learn on the racing side at Le Mans. It definitely
has had an impact on the Corvette brand and the cars people can buy every
day. If there was ever an example of how a manufacturer makes a car better
or the sentiment toward your brand, I’d say those manufacturers look at
Corvette Racing as the shining example of what can be done.”


MARCEL FÄSSLER, NO. 64 MOBIL 1/SiriusXM CHEVROLET CORVETTE C7.R: “This is
something very unique. It makes me very proud to be a driver for such a
great team. The commitment also shows the value of the success of Corvette
Racing at Le Mans. They have won many times and been on the podium many
more. It shows the professionalism of the team in the preparation and also
not having so much change within the team. This is an important thing to
have consistency within the team to improve and be fast. It develops a trust
between the drivers and the team. You are confident because you know have
the support of the program in good times and bad times. This is something
every driver appreciates and I’m very happy and appreciative to be part of
Corvette Racing.”


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Corvette Racing’s Le Mans Tales with Doug Fehan
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Corvette Racing’s Le Mans Tales with Doug Fehan

On the 20th anniversary of Corvette Racing's immensely successful participation at the 24 Hours of Le Mans, program manager Doug Fehan returns to the Marshall Pruett Podcast to share stories on the team's inception, first trips to France, the selection process associated with some of its greatest drivers, the unmistakable sound of of the naturally-aspirated Corvette V8 engine, and how the team and 24 Hour event have influenced each other since the yellow supercars competed for the first time in 2000.

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CORVETTE RACING AT LE MANS: 20th Start in Hopes of Ninth Victory
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Corvette program has set standard at 24 Hours for last two decades

CORVETTE RACING AT LE MANS: 20th Start in Hopes of Ninth Victory
Corvette program has set standard at 24 Hours for last two decades


• Corvette Racing seeks ninth class victory in competitive GTE Pro category
• Rockenfeller, No. 63 Corvette C7.R quickest in class on Test Day
• Six Corvette Racing drivers with 19 combined Le Mans victories

DETROIT (June 10, 2019) – For the 20th straight year, Corvette Racing is set
to take on the 24 Hours of Le Mans. Following a successful run on the Le
Mans Test Day last weekend, endurance racing’s premier GT sports car team
has put finishing touches on its preparations for a ninth class victory.


Corvette Racing has been a constant at Le Mans the past two decades. It has
generated a global following with its successes at Le Mans, fan-friendly
approach and roaring V8-powered Corvette race cars. This year’s Le Mans is
the sixth for the Chevrolet Corvette C7.R, which has recorded a victory and
two other podium finishes in that time.


There’s still plenty of life in the Corvette C7.R, has evidenced by its
showing on the June 2 Test Day. Mike Rockenfeller was the fastest GTE Pro
driver with the No. 63 Mobil 1/SiriusXM Chevrolet Corvette C7.R that he
shares with full-season teammates Antonio Garcia and Jan Magnussen. In the
No. 64 Mobil 1/SiriusXM Corvette, Tommy Milner set the Test Day’s
third-quickest time in class; he is driving with Marcel Fässler and
full-season teammate Oliver Gavin.


As has been standard practice, Corvette Racing did not concern itself with
outright speed and pace on the Test Day. Instead, the team worked toward
race setup by concentrating on items like tire compounds and pressure,
suspension components and other areas that will insure the two Corvettes
will be in the best possible position come Saturday and Sunday.


It’s a formula that has worked for 20 years. Since debuting at Le Mans in
2000, Corvette Racing has scored eight class victories and accumulated
nearly 100,000 racing miles at the 24 Hours. Very rarely has the Corvette
been quickest over a single lap, a testament to the team’s commitment to the
long game at Le Mans.


Corvette Racing also will try to carry over its momentum from the IMSA
WeatherTech SportsCar Championship’s early-season run to Le Mans. Garcia and
Magnussen, winners of the last two GT Le Mans (GTLM) titles, have reeled off
three straight podium finishes and sit second in points after four races… a
similar to start to their 2018 campaign.


And the GTLM champions before Garcia and Magnussen went back-to-back in
2017-18? That would be Milner and Gavin, who won the Rolex 24 At Daytona in
2016 with Fässler. The Gavin/Milner duo have showed front-running pace at
every IMSA race this season but have been snake bit with bad luck, although
they did finish third in class at Long Beach.

Le Mans is the final race in the FIA World Endurance Championship Super
Season. There is a total of 17 entries from five manufacturers in the GTE
Pro category.


The achievements by the collection of six Corvette Racing drivers can’t be
matched by any other entrant at Le Mans. The group has combined for 19
victories – an exemplary record at Le Mans:


• Antonio Garcia: Three victories in 13 appearances– 2008, 2009 and 2011;
runner-up in 2014; third place in 2017
• Jan Magnussen: Four victories in 20 appearances– 2004-06, 2009; runner-up
in 2003, 2007, 2008 and 2014; third place in 2017
• Mike Rockenfeller: Two victories in nine appearances– 2005 and 2010; third
place in 2012
• Oliver Gavin: Five victories in 18 appearances  – 2002, 2004-06, 2015;
runner-up in 2003; third place in 2001 and 2008
• Tommy Milner: Two victories in 10 appearances– 2011 and 2015
• Marcel Fässler:Three victories in 13 appearances– 2011-12 and 2014;
runner-up in 2010; third place in 2015


The 24 Hours of Le Mans will air live on the MotorTrend Network with
coverage of practice, qualifying and the race on Radio Le Mans.

ANTONIO GARCIA, NO. 63 MOBIL 1/SiriusXM CHEVROLET CORVETTE C7.R: “We’ve not
had a win in our Corvette since 2017. It’s been too long. We want to win for
sure in IMSA but I’d be more than OK if it happens at Le Mans! It’s also
been so long since I’ve won there. We have been close a couple times in the
last three or four years. I really want to win it again. Preparation is
always a good thing, and doing both the WEC and IMSA races at Sebring was a
good step. There were some revelations of how we can execute at Le Mans
instead of having to remember everything from a year ago. Everyone is
well-prepared. Let’s see if that’s enough. Le Mans is unique. Once you win
there, you want to do it again. The feeling of going across the line or when
you are on the podium is so intense… it’s one of the best feelings you can
ever have. All you want to do is get back up there.”


JAN MAGNUSSEN, NO. 63 MOBIL 1/SiriusXM CHEVROLET CORVETTE C7.R: “Everyone at
Corvette Racing has a lot of experience at Le Mans. But it’s not routine
going there. Yes there are things we do year in and year out in terms of how
we prepare ourselves and how you plan out the race. The race, the car and
the track are always at least a little bit from year to year. The last
couple of years we have been very competitive, and I believe that will be
the case again this year. We will concentrate on our own plan and trying to
execute that the best we can. As we’ve always done at Corvette Racing, we
try to stick to our own plan… not worry so much about what everyone else is
doing but have faith that our plan is good enough to win. And usually when
our plan comes together, we end up coming out on top.”


MIKE ROCKENFELLER, NO. 63 MOBIL 1/SiriusXM CHEVROLET CORVETTE C7.R: “Le Mans
is so historical and such an old race with so many big racing moments and
heroes. That it isn’t a permanent track is unique. Those are just a few
things that make Le Mans special. It is hard to describe. When I first
started racing in a professional level, I went to Le Mans when I was 18 to
watch the race. I walked the track at night, saw the speed of the cars,
glowing brake discs, sparks flying off the cars as the drivers pushed their
cars to the limit all the time. That was an impression that I would never
forget. From that point on, Le Mans meant so much to me. It still does as I’m
back again with Corvette. We all are 100 percent focused on winning. That’s
the greatest feeling… to be on the podium with all those people below. I’ve
never had that feeling anywhere else in the world.”


OLIVER GAVIN, NO. 64 MOBIL 1/SiriusXM CHEVROLET CORVETTE C7.R: “Le Mans is a
unique beast; sometimes Le Mans it’s a beast that’s kind and is on your
side, and other times it is absolutely horrible and it’s completely against
you. You feel like you’re fighting against it the entire time you’re there.
But that’s a reason why it’s such an amazing race. You try to get some
influence over the race and shape it. If you can’t do that, then you’re a
little bit in the passenger’s seat and waiting for someone to make a
mistake. Every year you go there, it’s still quite unknown how you’re going
to go because things are so tight in our class. We had a good Test Day and
learned a lot. You can take all of those positives together and come up with
what we know, what we’ve got and what we all know collectively as drivers
and crew how things are going to go. Ultimately, you don’t find out if you’re
really in the race with a chance until Saturday afternoon or Saturday
evening.”


TOMMY MILNER, NO. 64 MOBIL 1/SiriusXM CHEVROLET CORVETTE C7.R: “For the
whole of the program, Le Mans is No. 1 on our lists of goals to achieve each
year. From Corvette Racing’s side, this is a little bit of a one-off race
and unique for us. There is added emphasis on Le Mans. That comes from the
race itself – what Le Mans means, its history and its prestige. We get close
to that in the U.S. with Sebring, Daytona and Petit Le Mans. Those are
massive events that we all want to win. Not to take anything away from those
events and successes, but Le Mans has something a little more. That name has
a familiarity to it even to people who don’t follow racing. That all
translates to everyone’s best effort. Everything is just done that one
little notch higher or more intense. That comes with the territory of being
at this race. Being at Le Mans each year gives you goosebumps every time.”


MARCEL FÄSSLER, NO. 64 MOBIL 1/SiriusXM CHEVROLET CORVETTE C7.R:
“Preparation for Le Mans has been good. We tested at Road America and course
on the Le Mans Test Day. We also went to Charlotte for some work in the
Chevrolet simulator. This was a good chance to adapt ourselves again to the
Le Mans track. It was important to jump right into that to get up to speed
and stay on pace. Corvette Racing has so much experience in preparing a car
that needs to be up to battling for a victory at Le Mans because the
manufacturer competition will be very tough. I’m really looking forward to
this. I have three wins at Le Mans but never in GTE Pro, and this is
something I’d like to achieve with Oliver, Tommy and the Corvette Racing
team.”


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CORVETTE RACING AT LE MANS: By the Numbers


DETROIT (June 6, 2019) – This year’s running of the 24 Hours of Le Mans is a
landmark one for Corvette Racing. It is the 20th consecutive appearance for
the program at the famed race dating back to 2000 – the longest current
streak for a single entrant. With eight class victories in 19 starts,
Corvette Racing is one of the most successful teams in the history of Le
Mans. Below is a handful of notes and statistics ahead of this year’s race…


• 1: As in one team, one manufacturer and one model of car for 20 years at
Le Mans: Corvette Racing, Chevrolet and the Chevrolet Corvette.
• 3: Generations of Corvette Racing entries since 2000 – Corvette C5-R
(2000-04), Corvette C6.R (2005-13) and Corvette C7.R (2014-current).
• 3: Number of wins for the Corvette C5-R – 2001, 2002, 2004.
• 4: Number of wins for the Corvette C6.R – 2005, 2006, 2009, 2011.
• 8: As in Chevrolet’s small-block V8. More than 100 million units have been
sold worldwide and is the most successful engine in American motorsports.
• 8: Class victories for Corvette Racing at Le Mans – all since 2001.
• 9: Number of drivers who have won races at Le Mans for Corvette Racing –
Olivier Beretta, Ron Fellows, Antonio Garcia, Oliver Gavin, Jan Magnussen,
Tommy Milner, Johnny O’Connell, Scott Pruett and Jordan Taylor.
• 12: Manufacturer Championships for Chevrolet and Corvette Racing since
2001.
• 16: Number of GT Le Mans wins in the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar
Championship for Corvette Racing since the start of 2014. That’s tied for
the most among manufacturers and entrants in GTLM.
• 19: Number of victories for Corvette Racing’s lineup at Le Mans.
Oliver Gavin: 5                      Jan Magnussen: 4                Antonio
Garcia: 3
Marcel Fässler: 3                  Tommy Milner: 2                   Mike
Rockenfeller: 2
• 21: Number of drivers to compete for Corvette Racing at Le Mans. Oliver
Gavin leads with 17 Le Mans starts for the program while Jan Magnussen has
15.
• 21: Tracks at which Corvette Racing has won races – Baltimore, COTA,
Canadian Tire Motorsport Park/Mosport, Daytona, Detroit, Houston, Laguna
Seca, Le Mans, Lime Rock, Long Beach, Miami, Mid-Ohio, Portland, Road
America, Road Atlanta, Sebring, Sonoma, St. Petersburg, Texas, Trois
Rivieres and Utah.
• 107: Victories worldwide for Corvette Racing – 99 in North America and
eight at Le Mans.
• 218: Event starts by Corvette Racing since 1999.
• 95,221.25: Number of racing miles completed by Corvette Racing in its 19
previous trips to Le Mans. That represents 11,299 laps… or nearly four full
trips around the Earth at its equator. The two Corvettes need to complete
4,778.75 miles to reach the 100,000-mile mark at Le Mans.
• 104,671: Approximate pounds of freight sent by Corvette Racing to Le Mans
by air and by sea!
• 289,913.28: Total number of racing miles completed by Corvette Racing
since its inception. To put that in perspective Apollo 13 – the longest
manned spaceflight in history – covered “just” 248,655 miles.

Corvette Racing at Le Mans (Wins in bold)
2000
No. 63 Corvette C5-R: Ron Fellows/Chris Kneifel/Justin Bell – 4th in GTS
No. 64 Corvette C5-R: Andy Pilgrim/Kelly Collins/Franck Freon – 3rd in GTS


2001
No. 63 Corvette C5-R: Ron Fellows/Johnny O'Connell/Scott Pruett – 1st in GTS
No. 64 Corvette C5-R: Andy Pilgrim/Kelly Collins/Franck Freon – 2nd in GTS


2002
No. 63 Corvette C5-R: Ron Fellows/Johnny O'Connell/Oliver Gavin – 1st in GTS
No. 64 Corvette C5-R: Andy Pilgrim/Kelly Collins/Franck Freon – 2nd in GTS


2003
No. 53 Corvette C5-R: Ron Fellows/Johnny O'Connell/Franck Freon – 3rd in GTS
No. 50 Corvette C5-R: Oliver Gavin/Kelly Collins/Andy Pilgrim – 2nd in GTS


2004
No. 63 Corvette C5-R: Ron Fellows/Johnny O'Connell/Max Papis – 2nd in GTS
No. 64 Corvette C5-R: Olivier Beretta/Oliver Gavin/Jan Magnussen – 1st in
GTS


2005
No. 63 Corvette C6.R: Ron Fellows/Johnny O'Connell/Max Papis – 2nd in GT1
No. 64 Corvette C6.R: Olivier Beretta/Oliver Gavin/Jan Magnussen – 1st in
GT1


2006
No. 63 Corvette C6.R: Ron Fellows/Johnny O'Connell/Max Papis – 7th in GT1
No. 64 Corvette C6.R: Olivier Beretta/Oliver Gavin/Jan Magnussen - 1st in
GT1


2007
No. 63 Corvette C6.R: Ron Fellows/Johnny O'Connell/Jan Magnussen – 2nd in
GT1
No. 64 Corvette C6.R: Olivier Beretta/Oliver Gavin/Max Papis – 14th in GT1


2008
No. 63 Corvette C6.R: Ron Fellows/Johnny O'Connell/Jan Magnussen – 2nd in
GT1
No. 64 Corvette C6.R: Olivier Beretta/Oliver Gavin/Max Papis – 3rd in GT1


2009
No. 63 Corvette C6.R: Jan Magnussen/Johnny O'Connell/Antonio Garcia – 1st in
GT1
No. 64 Corvette C6.R: Olivier Beretta/Oliver Gavin/Marcel Fässler – 4th in
GT1


2010
No. 63 Corvette C6.R: Jan Magnussen/Johnny O'Connell/Antonio Garcia – 12th
in GT2 (DNF)
No. 64 Corvette C6.R: Olivier Beretta/Oliver Gavin/Emmanuel Collard – 10th
in GT2 (DNF)


2011
No. 73 Corvette C6.R: Olivier Beretta/Tommy Milner/Antonio Garcia – 1st in
GTE Pro
No. 74 Corvette C6.R: Oliver Gavin/Jan Magnussen/Richard Westbrook – 14th in
GTE Pro (DNF)


2012
No. 73 Corvette C6.R: Jan Magnussen/Antonio Garcia/Jordan Taylor – 5th in
GTE Pro
No. 74 Corvette C6.R: Oliver Gavin/Tommy Milner/Richard Westbrook - 6th in
GTE Pro


2013
No. 73 Corvette C6.R: Jan Magnussen/Antonio Garcia/Jordan Taylor – 4th in
GTE Pro
No. 74 Corvette C6.R: Oliver Gavin/Tommy Milner/Richard Westbrook – 7th in
GTE Pro


2014
No. 73 Corvette C7.R: Jan Magnussen/Antonio Garcia/Jordan Taylor – 2nd in
GTE Pro
No. 74 Corvette C7.R: Oliver Gavin/Tommy Milner/Richard Westbrook – 4th in
GTE Pro


2015
No. 63 Corvette C7.R: Jan Magnussen/Antonio Garcia/Ryan Briscoe – DNS
(Qualifying crash)
No. 64 Corvette C7.R: Oliver Gavin/Tommy Milner/Jordan Taylor – 1st in GTE
Pro


2016
No. 63 Corvette C7.R: Jan Magnussen/Antonio Garcia/Ricky Taylor – 7th in GTE
Pro
No. 64 Corvette C7.R: Oliver Gavin/Tommy Milner/Jordan Taylor – 10th in GTE
Pro (DNF)


2017
No. 63 Corvette C7.R: Jan Magnussen/Antonio Garcia/Jordan Taylor – 3rd in
GTE Pro
No. 64 Corvette C7.R: Oliver Gavin/Tommy Milner/Marcel Fässler – 8th in GTLM


2018
No. 63 Corvette C7.R: Jan Magnussen/Antonio Garcia/Mike Rockenfeller – 4th
in GTE Pro
No. 64 Corvette C7.R: Oliver Gavin/Tommy Milner/Marcel Fässler – 15th in GTE
Pro (DNF)


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CORVETTE RACING AT LE MANS: Leaving Test Day Satisfied
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CORVETTE RACING AT LE MANS: Leaving Test Day Satisfied
Rockenfeller sets GTE Pro pace, Milner right behind in pair of Corvette C7.Rs


LE MANS, France (June 2, 2019) – Ahead of its 20th consecutive appearance at the 24 Hours of Le Mans, Corvette Racing clicked off eight hours of running on the race's annual Test Day with its pair of Chevrolet Corvette C7.Rs. Corvette Racing drivers were first and third in the 17-car GTE Pro category in the only running the Le Mans field will have before official practice and qualifying commence in 10 days.


Mike Rockenfeller was the quickest driver for Corvette Racing during the test session at 3:54.001 (130.240 mph) in the No. 63 Mobil 1/SiriusXM Corvette C7.R that he will drive with Antonio Garcia and Jan Magnussen. Perhaps no driver benefitted more from Sunday as Rockenfeller, who missed last year’s Test Day due to a previous commitment.


Teammate Tommy Milner was third-fastest with a lap of 3:54.036 (130.239 mph) in the No. 64 Mobil 1/SiriusXM Chevrolet Corvette that he shares with Oliver Gavin and Marcel Fässler.


Rockenfeller led a group of 12 GTE Pro cars within one second of each other, an astounding fact around an 8.4-mile circuit. Le Mans is a mix of permanent race track and public roads, and the Corvette Racing teams spent the entire eight hours tuning and setting up the two Corvette C7.Rs for handling and a solid race package – not necessarily ultimate outright pace.


The pair of Corvettes combined to complete 166 laps and covered more than 1,400 miles. The only issue was a minor mechanical one on the No. 64 Corvette C7.R that cost it a minimal amount of time in the garage. Other than that, the Test Day was fairly routine.


This is a landmark year at Le Mans for Corvette Racing. No team is on record as having made more than 20 consecutive appearances, and the program has won eight times in 19 tries. What’s more, Corvette Racing’s Le Mans record also includes eight runner-up class finishes and nearly 100,000 racing miles completed.


Le Mans is the final race in the FIA World Endurance Championship Super Season. There is a total of 17 entries from five manufacturers in the GTE Pro category.


Each of the six Corvette Racing drivers own exemplary records at Le Mans:


• Antonio Garcia: Three victories in 13 appearances– 2008, 2009 and 2011; runner-up in 2014; third place in 2017
• Jan Magnussen: Four victories in 20 appearances– 2004-06, 2009; runner-up in 2003, 2007, 2008 and 2014; third place in 2017
• Mike Rockenfeller: Two victories in nine appearances– 2005 and 2010; third place in 2012
• Oliver Gavin: Five victories in 18 appearances – 2002, 2004-06, 2015; runner-up in 2003; third place in 2001 and 2008
• Tommy Milner: Two victories in 10 appearances– 2011 and 2015
• Marcel Fässler:Three victories in 13 appearances– 2011-12 and 2014


The 24 Hours of Le Mans will air live on the MotorTrend Network with coverage of practice, qualifying and the race on Radio Le Mans.

MIKE ROCKENFELLER, NO. 63 MOBIL 1/SiriusXM CHEVROLET CORVETTE C7.R – FASTEST IN GTE PRO: “It’s always good to be quick but as everyone knows, today doesn’t count. It counts on the Sunday when the flag drops and the race is over. Today was really good for me to get used back to the Corvette. Today I was able to get in a lot of laps and went through a lot of tires to get confidence, which helps. For me personally, I’m very happy. In the afternoon, the track conditions were where they should be so we were able to collect a lot of data. We are very happy with that.
“The Corvette C7.R is the exact same car from last year. In the end, we tried to establish a base setup. We did a little bit of tuning but not much - normal stuff like camber and dampers. Then we really tried to learn about the compounds we have available from Michelin. We tried to learn in which temperature window to use which tire. I was in that program, so that was quite nice!
“The GTE Pro class is really the place where there will be fights among the manufacturers just like years before. We’re all looking forward to that. It’s super hard, and you have to fight for every tenth of a second. There is no margin for error.”


TOMMY MILNER, NO. 64 MOBIL 1/SiriusXM CHEVROLET CORVETTE C7.R – THIRD-FASTEST IN GTE PRO: “Overall, today was good for us. Like everyone here, you have a laundry list of items to go through… things that the engineers come up with that may work. This is our one opportunity to go through some of those options. We certainly found some good things in the Corvette. All of us drivers are generally happy with the car; there are always areas to improve. In the end, we’ve had a pretty smooth Test Day and we were able to check off a few boxes. Obviously we’re quick on the time chart now, but we’ve been in this position in years past when everything seemed to change come raceweek. We’ll focus on ourselves, figure out what’s good for us and see where we stand on raceweek.”


ANTONIO GARCIA, NO. 63 MOBIL 1/SiriusXM CHEVROLET CORVETTE C7.R: “Things were good today. This is one of the few years where weather respected the test, and the conditions were very consistent. Our running time was good; we were close to 100 laps. That means we have a lot of data to analyze. We definitely ran through all our program we had planned and then some. That’s always a good feeling. So I’m happy. We need to gather everything, see what we have, where we can improve and then put everything together for the race. Yes we were fastest today but I don’t think that means anything. I don’t know what the other teams are doing, so we need to wait until raceweek to see where everything is exactly. This is a good starting point. We all hope the package we bring to the race will be enough.”


JAN MAGNUSSEN, NO. 63 MOBIL 1/SiriusXM CHEVROLET CORVETTE C7.R: “It isn’t at all important to be quick on the Test Day. We are here testing and going through our program, including knowing the WEC Michelin tires a little better. For us on the 63 Corvette, getting to know the tires at the WEC race at Sebring was a little bit of an advantage. But this is only our second time so we still have a lot to learn. So far so good. I think everyone is pretty happy. We didn’t have any issues on our Corvette throughout the day, which is good. We shouldn’t because this is such a well-proven car.”


OLIVER GAVIN, NO. 64 MOBIL 1/SiriusXM CHEVROLET CORVETTE C7.R: “It was a pretty good day for us. We got quite a lot covered with Michelin and our WEC tire. We worked through our program well, I think. There was a small issue in the middle of the day where we lost some time. But once we got on top of that, we fell back into our program. There were a number of slow zones and yellow flags that impede the process you are trying to go through. But we did get a lot done. You could throw a blanket over everyone in our class. No one is out of this race and everyone will be in with a chance at winning. We have to be smart and see what the race week brings.”


MARCEL FÄSSLER, NO. 64 MOBIL 1/SiriusXM CHEVROLET CORVETTE C7.R: "It was quite good to be back in the car. I immediately felt good and was good on pace. The Chevy simulator tests we had recently helped a lot in being quick straight away. But today was all about finding a good rhythm and testing different things for the race, try to find the limits, work on the Corvette to tune it in to the circumstances and collect data for next week. All in all I felt pretty good in the car. We can be happy with the work we did today."


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CORVETTE RACING AT LE MANS: Dress Rehearsal for 20th Appearance
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CORVETTE RACING AT LE MANS: Dress Rehearsal for 20th Appearance
Pair of Corvettes set for eight hours of running at famed Circuit de la Sarthe


• Corvette Racing seeks ninth class victory in competitive GTE Pro category
• Road America, Chevrolet simulator sessions part of intense preparation
• Six Corvette Racing drivers with 19 combined Le Mans victories

DETROIT (May 28, 2019) – Corvette Racing is back across the Atlantic once again for a landmark appearance at the 24 Hours of Le Mans – its 20th consecutive appearance at the historic French endurance race.


Sunday’s annual Le Mans Test Day serves as a final dress rehearsal for the twice-around-the-clock race on June 15-16. It is the only time that Corvette Racing – and the rest of the 62-car field – can turn laps around the 8.48-mile Circuit de la Sarthe, a mixture of permanent race track and public roads.


This is a landmark year at Le Mans for Corvette Racing. No team is on record as having made more than 20 consecutive appearances, and the program has won eight times in 19 tries. What’s more, Corvette Racing’s Le Mans record also includes eight runner-up class finishes and nearly 100,00 racing miles completed.


That’s in addition to tens of thousands more miles in Le Mans testing and practice over the years on both sides of the Atlantic Ocean. In fact, the preparation for a ninth victory has been a year-long process starting shortly after last year’s Le Mans with Corvette Racing’s pair of Chevrolet Corvette C7.Rs. The most recent testing took place at Road America in Elkhart Lake, Wisconsin over two days earlier this month plus sessions at the Chevrolet Simulator near Charlotte, North Carolina.


Corvette Racing’s lineup is a carbon-copy of last year’s Le Mans roster and this season’s endurance group. Antonio Garcia, Jan Magnussen and Mike Rockenfeller will drive the No. 63 Mobil 1/SiriusXM Chevrolet Corvette C7.R. The trio finished third in class at the Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring earlier this year in the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship. In addition, Garcia and Magnussen are coming off a runner-up finish in their last race at Mid-Ohio.


In the No. 64 Mobil 1/SiriusXM Corvette, the trio of Oliver Gavin, Tommy Milner and Marcel Fässler will team together at Le Mans for the third year in a row. Gavin and Milner have a third-place class finish to their credit at Long Beach in April.
                                                          
Le Mans is the final race in the FIA World Endurance Championship Super Season. There is a total of 17 entries from five manufacturers in the GTE Pro category.


Each of the six Corvette Racing drivers own exemplary records at Le Mans:


• Antonio Garcia: Three victories in 13 appearances– 2008, 2009 and 2011; runner-up in 2014; third place in 2017
• Jan Magnussen: Four victories in 20 appearances– 2004-06, 2009; runner-up in 2003, 2007, 2008 and 2014; third place in 2017
• Mike Rockenfeller: Two victories in nine appearances– 2005 and 2010; third place in 2012
• Oliver Gavin: Five victories in 18 appearances  – 2002, 2004-06, 2015; runner-up in 2003; third place in 2001 and 2008
• Tommy Milner: Two victories in 10 appearances– 2011 and 2015
• Marcel Fässler:Three victories in 13 appearances– 2011-12 and 2014


The 24 Hours of Le Mans will air live on the MotorTrend Network with coverage of the Test Day, practice/qualifying and the race on Radio Le Mans.

ANTONIO GARCIA, NO. 63 MOBIL 1/SiriusXM CHEVROLET CORVETTE C7.R: “Year after year we have gone to Road America to test, so you can see how the C7.R has developed from the last year. You’ll know if you’ve made any improvements. Knowledge of the Michelin WEC tire is a big thing, and we learned a lot at Sebring in the FIA WEC race. Knowing that, we were able to focus a lot on that. Le Mans is always difficult to predict. Sometimes it can be hot with no rain at all and other years it’s cold and wet all race. We need to be prepared for everything. The good thing for Corvette Racing is we have the same car from past years and we have learned a lot each Le Mans. It’ll be another tight fight in GTE Pro.”
 

JAN MAGNUSSEN, NO. 63 MOBIL 1/SiriusXM CHEVROLET CORVETTE C7.R: “The way we are performing in the IMSA championship builds confidence for when we get to Le Mans. Everyone will arrive with high expectations. Everything needs to work that particular weekend. We’ve shown in IMSA that even when we are in a little bit of trouble, we can come together and get the best out of any situation. That’s what we need to do for Le Mans. From the beginning, everyone needs to be at 100 percent otherwise it’s too hard to win unless you are at your best.”
 

MIKE ROCKENFELLER, NO. 63 MOBIL 1/SiriusXM CHEVROLET CORVETTE C7.R: “The Chevrolet simulator is a great tool from Corvette Racing to help prepare for Le Mans. It was nice. I drove a few laps in Elkhart Lake but it wasn’t easy because of the weather conditions. But I was able to go to the simulator to drive Road America for a little while, which was good to feel how realistic and close it is. Then we switched to Le Mans, which was the main target. Nowadays, simulators are so well-developed that you can really use it properly as a driver to prepare for racetracks or an event. The Chevrolet one, honestly, is a very good one. It is very close to reality, so we are able to truly prepare the Corvette for Le Mans.”
 

OLIVER GAVIN, NO. 64 MOBIL 1/SiriusXM CHEVROLET CORVETTE C7.R: “This season has been a season of what-ifs for Tommy and I on the No. 4 Corvette. There have been a number of races this year we’ve had the right strategy, the right car setup, we’ve been working well as a team… it seems like we’ve been able to unlock more speed from the car. That’s all encouraging and good. We seem to have a better understanding of this Michelin tire, and we can take that knowledge into Le Mans and try to use it wisely in our test weekend and preparations for the race.”
 

TOMMY MILNER, NO. 64 MOBIL 1/SiriusXM CHEVROLET CORVETTE C7.R: “Having raced the C7.R at Le Mans for six years now, we’ve had the chance to improve it year on year. The last couple of years have given us a chance to more fine-tune things. With some of the work we’ve done this year, we’ll have the best Corvette we’ve ever had at Le Mans. In some ways, Le Mans is a bit routine but we are all eager to get there and see how we stack up against our competition. There is work to do; we haven’t been the fastest car there the last few years but that’s not for lack of trying. Everyone at Corvette Racing has done made an extra effort to improve our car in every way possible. So I’m eager to get to the Test Day and see how these changes perform. From my perspective we’re in a good place.”
 

MARCEL FÄSSLER, NO. 64 MOBIL 1/SiriusXM CHEVROLET CORVETTE C7.R: “It was good to be back in the Corvette at Road America. The only downside is that the weather was mostly against us. It wasn’t really fully raining nor was it dry; we had some mixed conditions which made it difficult to do a proper test. But I did get some running on the rain tires and on the second day with slick tires. This was still a good test though. At Le Mans, you can have these situations where there is rain coming down and then it starts to dry out. So the better you know the car in those conditions, the easier it is to adapt yourself in the race. So in that sense it was a successful test.”
 

Corvette Racing at Le Mans (Wins in bold)
2000
No. 63 Corvette C5-R: Ron Fellows/Chris Kneifel/Justin Bell – 4th in GTS
No. 64 Corvette C5-R: Andy Pilgrim/Kelly Collins/Franck Freon – 3rd in GTS


2001
No. 63 Corvette C5-R: Ron Fellows/Johnny O'Connell/Scott Pruett – 1st in GTS
No. 64 Corvette C5-R: Andy Pilgrim/Kelly Collins/Franck Freon – 2nd in GTS


2002
No. 63 Corvette C5-R: Ron Fellows/Johnny O'Connell/Oliver Gavin – 1st in GTS
No. 64 Corvette C5-R: Andy Pilgrim/Kelly Collins/Franck Freon – 2nd in GTS


2003
No. 53 Corvette C5-R: Ron Fellows/Johnny O'Connell/Franck Freon – 3rd in GTS
No. 50 Corvette C5-R: Oliver Gavin/Kelly Collins/Andy Pilgrim – 2nd in GTS


2004
No. 63 Corvette C5-R: Ron Fellows/Johnny O'Connell/Max Papis – 2nd in GTS
No. 64 Corvette C5-R: Olivier Beretta/Oliver Gavin/Jan Magnussen – 1st in GTS


2005
No. 63 Corvette C6.R: Ron Fellows/Johnny O'Connell/Max Papis – 2nd in GT1
No. 64 Corvette C6.R: Olivier Beretta/Oliver Gavin/Jan Magnussen – 1st in GT1


2006
No. 63 Corvette C6.R: Ron Fellows/Johnny O'Connell/Max Papis – 7th in GT1
No. 64 Corvette C6.R: Olivier Beretta/Oliver Gavin/Jan Magnussen - 1st in GT1


2007
No. 63 Corvette C6.R: Ron Fellows/Johnny O'Connell/Jan Magnussen – 2nd in GT1
No. 64 Corvette C6.R: Olivier Beretta/Oliver Gavin/Max Papis – 14th in GT1


2008
No. 63 Corvette C6.R: Ron Fellows/Johnny O'Connell/Jan Magnussen – 2nd in GT1
No. 64 Corvette C6.R: Olivier Beretta/Oliver Gavin/Max Papis – 3rd in GT1


2009
No. 63 Corvette C6.R: Jan Magnussen/Johnny O'Connell/Antonio Garcia – 1st in GT1
No. 64 Corvette C6.R: Olivier Beretta/Oliver Gavin/Marcel Fässler – 4th in GT1


2010
No. 63 Corvette C6.R: Jan Magnussen/Johnny O'Connell/Antonio Garcia – 12th in GT2 (DNF)
No. 64 Corvette C6.R: Olivier Beretta/Oliver Gavin/Emmanuel Collard – 10th in GT2 (DNF)


2011
No. 73 Corvette C6.R: Olivier Beretta/Tommy Milner/Antonio Garcia – 1st in GTE Pro
No. 74 Corvette C6.R: Oliver Gavin/Jan Magnussen/Richard Westbrook – 14th in GTE Pro (DNF)


2012
No. 73 Corvette C6.R: Jan Magnussen/Antonio Garcia/Jordan Taylor – 5th in GTE Pro
No. 74 Corvette C6.R: Oliver Gavin/Tommy Milner/Richard Westbrook - 6th in GTE Pro


2013
No. 73 Corvette C6.R: Jan Magnussen/Antonio Garcia/Jordan Taylor – 4th in GTE Pro
No. 74 Corvette C6.R: Oliver Gavin/Tommy Milner/Richard Westbrook – 7th in GTE Pro


2014
No. 73 Corvette C7.R: Jan Magnussen/Antonio Garcia/Jordan Taylor – 2nd in GTE Pro
No. 74 Corvette C7.R: Oliver Gavin/Tommy Milner/Richard Westbrook – 4th in GTE Pro


2015
No. 63 Corvette C7.R: Jan Magnussen/Antonio Garcia/Ryan Briscoe – DNS (Qualifying crash)
No. 64 Corvette C7.R: Oliver Gavin/Tommy Milner/Jordan Taylor – 1st in GTE Pro


2016
No. 63 Corvette C7.R: Jan Magnussen/Antonio Garcia/Ricky Taylor – 7th in GTE Pro
No. 64 Corvette C7.R: Oliver Gavin/Tommy Milner/Jordan Taylor – 10th in GTE Pro (DNF)


2017
No. 63 Corvette C7.R: Jan Magnussen/Antonio Garcia/Jordan Taylor – 3rd in GTE Pro
No. 64 Corvette C7.R: Oliver Gavin/Tommy Milner/Marcel Fässler – 8th in GTLM


2018
No. 63 Corvette C7.R: Jan Magnussen/Antonio Garcia/Mike Rockenfeller – 4th in GTE Pro
No. 64 Corvette C7.R: Oliver Gavin/Tommy Milner/Marcel Fässler – 15th in GTE Pro (DNF)


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Chevrolet Detroit Grand Prix Race Info
(note Corvette Racing will not be at this race as they prepare for Le Mans)

May 31-June 1, 2019
Detroit, MI
Track: Raceway at Belle Isle Park
Race Duration: 1 hour 40 minutes
Circuit Length: 2.35 miles

Entry by Class:
Prototype (11)
GT Daytona (12)
 
Qualifying Friday, May 31, 2019 
WeatherTech Championship
IMSA TV

Watch Live on IMSA TV:
http://imsatv.imsa.com/


Television Broadcast Saturday June 1, 2019
US: NBCSN
12:30 to 2:30 pm EDT
Online NBC SPORTS app

International:  IMSA TV
12:30 to 2:20 pm EDT
http://imsatv.imsa.com/

Online in-car cameras-Coverage
IMSA.com (includes live images, in-car cameras and announcers)
http://www.imsa.com/camera/imsatv


RADIO:
1) Streaming on IMSA TV on IMSA.com & RadioLeMans.com
2)  Scanner frequency 454.000
3) XM 202
4) SiriusXM Online 967


LIVE TIMING:
http://scoring.imsa.com/

Live Timing for mobile device:
http://scoring.imsa.com/mobile.html

PIT NOTES:
https://twitter.com/search?q=IMSA

http://twitter.com/   @IMSA, @IMSAlive, @detroitgp

TICKET INFO:
https://detroitgp.com/tickets/Corvette-Corral/66583


Event Schedule:
https://competitors.imsa.com/sites/def ... and_sr_detroit_052219.pdf

https://detroitgp.com/eventinfo/Full-Schedule/55234


Spotters Guide:
http://www.spotterguides.com/

Entry List: 
https://sportscarchampionship.imsa.com ... _preevententrylist_v1.pdf


Track Map:
http://detroitgp.com/track/Track-Map/66564

WEATHER:
https://weather.com/weather/tenday/l/868:19:US

http://www.racecastweather.com/


Hotels:
http://detroitgp.com/track/Visitor-Information/66565

Fan Guide:
https://detroitgp.com/assets/event-guide-20190403.pdf


Corvette Corral: 
see jpeg


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