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cor123 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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