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|July 15 2017 07:54:11 PM EST||Team Chevy|
|Corvette Racing has had a lot of success north of the border. Mosport (Canadian Tire Motorsport Park) is a high risk high reward track. The fast corners and small runoff zones can make for exciting entertainment, and costly accidents.|
Since returning from Le Mans, the Corvette C7.Rs have been lacking pace due to some generous BoP given to BMW. Despite the lack of pace, Corvette seems to always be within striking distance at the end due to determination, hard work, and great strategy.
Both Corvettes were at the back of the GTLM pack for the majority of the race, but had flawless pit stops and stayed out of trouble. That was until the #4, after chasing down one of the Ford GT's for many laps, finally got a good run and was making a pass when a prototype came around 3 wide in a spot made for 2. The #4 went off into the tire wall, ending the day for Tommy Milner and Oliver Gavin.
The #3 Corvette was dead last, but as others made mistakes and fell by the wayside, they made their way up to 4th and finished ahead of the #66 Ford that is 2nd in the championship points behind the #3.
BMW have been the class of the field the past 2 races. The championship points have tightened. The top 3 teams are within 10 points (Chevrolet, BMW, Ford).
VIDEO: 2017 Mosport Qualifying
VIDEO: 2017 Mosport - Race Broadcast
VIDEO: #4 Accident
Going into the next round at Lime Rock Park, there will be major BoP changes to the GTLM class.
-BWM will have a major reduction in turbo boost.
-Corvette will have a 0.2mm restrictor increase and 1 liter fuel increase.
-Ford GT (+0.5 mm) refueling restrictor increase.
-Porsche 911 RSR (-1.0 mm) refueling restrictor decrease.
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BOWMANVILLE, ONTARIO, Canada (July 9, 2017) Ė Antonio Garcia and Jan Magnussen retained their Driverís Championship lead in the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championshipís GT Le Mans (GTLM) class Sunday with a fourth-place finish in the Mobil 1 SportsCar Grand Prix at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park.
The duo and their No. 3 Mobil 1/SiriusXM Chevrolet Corvette C7.R improved three spots during the race from their seventh-place starting position thanks to another round of solid strategy and execution by the Corvette Racing crew and engineers. The result also kept Chevrolet in the Manufacturerís Championship lead and the No. 3 Corvette first in Team points.
Oliver Gavin and Tommy Milner were classified eighth in class after the No. 4 Mobil 1/SiriusXM Chevrolet Corvette C7.R was involved in a heavy crash late during the event. Milner went hard into the outside tires but walked away uninjured as the safety features in the Corvette did their job. He was evaluated and released from the infield medical center shortly thereafter.
Magnussen drove the opening hour in the No. 3 Corvette with he and Gavin line astern for their first stints. After a fairly uneventful opening hour and 50 minutes, the raceís first full course caution period gave way to a heavy shower on the back part of the 2.459-mile, 10-turn circuit. Garcia and Milner Ė by now in for double-stints to the end of the race Ė stayed out on dry tires, as did the rest of the GTLM field.
The track remained damp on the far side of the track for the better part of 20 minutes before the No. 4 Corvetteís incident with Milner running seventh and Garcia fifth. Another downpour with five minutes left caused another accident for a prototype car and a third full-course caution. The race ended under yellow.
The next event for Corvette Racing is the Northeast Grand Prix from Lime Rock Park on Saturday, July 22. The GT-only race is set for 3:05 p.m. ET with FOX Sports 2 airing the race live at 3 p.m. ET. Live audio coverage will be available from IMSA Radio via IMSA.com.
"There was the potential for third place, but on the other hand Iím glad we made it to the end without damage. It was very tricky and conditions were dreadful in the rain. With all the traffic and people going at it, it was difficult to stay on track. Itís a bit disappointing because we could have both Fords behind us, but that is racing. Itís a shame the No. 4 Corvette wasnít there at the end. Iím glad Tommy is OK, though. We again proved that even though we had the slowest car we scored good points. We need to keep going, analyze our performance and find ways to improve. Letís see if we can do that and come up with another win."
"My stint was pretty uneventful apart from trying to navigate through traffic. The car is about what it was in qualifying with the same kind of balance. We may have been a little faster than the Fords but there was no way around them. Itís difficult; any time you get close to anyone here, you start losing performance. Hopefully our guys can come up with some interesting strategy and keep us ahead of the Fords."
"Itís disappointing to end like that. It was a nasty accident for Tommy. Iím very glad he is OK. Corvette Racing and Chevrolet focus so much on drive safety. Tommy couldnít have been in a better and safer car than our Corvette. Itís a testament to the build of the C7.R and the chassis on the production car that Tommy was able to walk away.
"My stint at the start of the race OKÖ a bit of a challenge. It soon became clear that it would be our two Corvettes and the two Fords racing together. Jan and I tried to find a way through before they dove in early for the pits. Our car for my last 10 to 15 laps was very loose. When you add on the tires I did in qualifying with the ones I did in the race, the tires were well beyond their stint in life. I was trying to get it through to the end of the stint for Tommy. We were just flat out not fast enough."
"This is never the way weíd like to end a race. I looked at the replay and it appears that the contact was due to three cars trying to occupy a space that was made for two cars. The competition in this series is very tight and, unfortunately, it is inevitable that these things will happen. The good news is that no one was injured. Corvette Racing will repair our Corvette C7.R in time for the next race, and we look forward to what we hope will be a better outcome."
|2017 Watkins Glen 6hr: Results|
|July 07 2017 11:03:58 AM EST||Team Chevy|
|This was the perfect example of Corvette Racing. They were never the fastest cars, but they ran their own race with good strategy and no mistakes and found themselves on the podium at the end.|
The only BoP change going into WGI was the Ford's refueling restrictor, due to a supplier change.
The the cars were fast, but team struggled with setup all weekend, and could never quite keep up with the front of the GTLM field. In endurance racing, the term "survival of the fittest" always applies. The fastest car is rarely victorious.
BMW seemed to have their act together and took pole and the first race win for the M6 in it's final year. Following a pair of tire punctures, they got a lucky break with a safety car allowing them to get back to the front as everyone else made their pit stops. That's how it goes sometimes.
VIDEO: 2017 WGI Qualifying
VIDEO: 2017 WGI Race Broadcast
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WATKINS GLEN, New York (July 2, 2017) Ė Corvette Racingís Antonio Garcia and Jan Magnussen placed third in the GT Le Mans class at the Sahlenís Six Hours of The Glen on Sunday Ė a nice boost in their run for the GTLM Driverís Championship. The duo in the No. 3 Mobil 1/SiriusXM Chevrolet Corvette C7.R extended their points lead, and Chevrolet maintained its lead in GTLM Manufacturerís points.
Oliver Gavin and Tommy Milner, driving the No. 4 Mobil 1/SiriusXM Chevrolet Corvette C7.R, finished fifth in the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championshipís annual trip to Watkins Glen International. The team had hopes of scoring a second victory in four tries at the historic New York road course.
Garcia, Magnussen and the rest of the No. 3 Corvette squad clawed back from an early spin to contend for Corvette Racingís fourth consecutive win in GTLM competition. Garcia and Magnussen steadily worked their way back up the class order and took the lead for the first time with less than two hours to go. The No. 3 Corvette led twice despite lacking the outright pace of the other GTLM runners.
Nevertheless, Garcia and Magnussen were in position to sneak away with another victory before the last of five full-course caution periods with 35 minutes remaining.
Gavin and Milner led in the No. 4 Corvette at the midway point and gave Corvette Racing a pair of top-five finishes. More importantly, the No. 4 team led at the three-hour mark to claim maximum points in the Tequila Patrůn North American Endurance Cup Ė a competition in the WeatherTech Championshipís four long-distance races.
There is little time to rest as the Corvette Racing squad now heads to Canadian Tire Motorsport Park to finish off a back-to-back run following last monthís 24 Hours of Le Mans in June. The Mobil 1 SportsCar Grand Prix at CTMP is set for 12:05 p.m. ET on Sunday, July 9. FOX Sports 1 will air the race live starting at noon with live audio coverage from IMSA Radio and a Corvette Racing In-Car feed available on IMSA.com.
"This was another classic Corvette race. We were kind of struggling the whole raceÖ a little bit like qualifying Ė very close on pace but very far in position. At the end, things paid off. I had a big mistake in the beginning which put us all the way in the back but that let us try a few things toward the end that paid off. We got a few things out of our mind so we could focus on the last four hours to get ready for that.
ďThe strategy was good. Tire changesÖ everything was perfect. I think the strategy was pretty decent Ė running super-deep into the fuel windowsÖ we had a little bit better tires at the end than our competitors but at the end I could barely match everybodyís pace. Last year we struggled here, so hopefully that was a one-off and we are in better shape for Canadian Tire Motorsport Park next weekend."
ďAfter qualifying and after the start of the race, for sure, to come away with third placeÖit is fantastic for the championship. It was a great job by the whole team and a fantastic drive by Antonio. After a day like this, we have to look at the minimum damage to the championship, and I think we gained a little bit, so not bad!Ē
"We werenít quite fast enough. Weíre not that far off but we are lacking just that little bit. The Corvette was nice and consistent. My stint was very tough and long. The goal was to stay out of trouble and see if anything happened at the end where we could take advantage."
"We struggled for pace all day. The car never really wanted to turn very well with a lot of understeer. Weíve been battling that all day. We made a change to see if we could fix it; it helped some but still had to fight with it. We seem to kill the front tire very quickly. The longer the race went, it seemed like the more the understeer built. Itís just very frustrating. We havenít had great balance today unfortunately."
"It was just a long six hours. We were lacking a little bit of pace really all weekend. We had a pretty clean race although I had trouble with an amateur in a PC car that didnít know how to enter the pits properly. That might have cost us a little bit, but it wasnít that bad ultimately. A lot of our competitors were super quick and we were lacking just a bit. I donít think we are massively far off, but when the race goes green as much as it did Ė and this class being so competitive Ė a tenth of a second a lap makes a difference. It wasnít our day today for sure.Ē
"Todayís race was not unlike our other races in the WeatherTech SportsCar Championship. We didnít have the pace but we found a way to score a good result. Weíve never been the fastest car Ė most times we have had one of the slowest cars Ė but were it not for a late-race yellow we had victory in our grasp. Thatís due to great pit stops, tremendous engineering strategy and the drivers continuing to deliver premium performances. Thatís what Corvette Racing is about, and thatís why we continue to lead the GTLM championship."
|2017 Le Mans 24hr: Race Results|
|June 21 2017 11:12:00 AM EST|
|There is a reason why the Le Mans 24hr is the holy grail of motorsports. Not only is it an accomplishment to be invited to participate, but to even finish the race is a major feat, let alone set foot on the podium, let alone win. From drivers, to crew, to spectators, to fans watching on TV, this event can make grown men cry tears of joy or sorrow. |
Le Mans can be cruel. You can be on top of the world, and in a split second your day can be done. Time and time again in endurance racing, we say it is never over until it is over. Corvette Racing have more experience with this than any team in the world. They have been on the positive side other's misfortunes many times. They have also been the ones with misfortunes. That is just the nature of the sport.
This 2017 GTE-Pro class field was over flowing with talent. 5 manufactures and 13 cars all with a legitimate shot at victory. For the first time, in a long time, Balance of Performance (BoP) was not a factor. P1-P13 lap times were within 1.5 seconds in qualifying. The closest spread we have ever seen. The bar was set higher than ever before.
The #63 Corvette had a tire puncture in the early in the race, putting them off sequence with the rest of the field. They would spend the next 18 hours fighting back.
The #64 Corvette was battling near the front of the field, when in the 8th hour the wheel came off the car and Tommy Milner had a major accident. He did eventually get the car back, the team fixed it and sent him back out, but they were 4 laps down.
With some great tire strategy and hard work, the #63 found its way back to the front group of GTE-Pro competitors with about 5 hours remaining. The #64 crew even assisted the 63 team with their brake change in the night hours, and changed all 4 brake assemblies in 1 minute 18 seconds. Incredible!
As the hours went by cars were falling by the wayside and coming into the final pit stop it was the #63 Corvette and the #97 Aston Martin gunning for the victory. After the cars left pitlane for the final time, with about 50 minutes remaining, the gap for the lead was 1.5 seconds with the Corvette leading the charge. At this point, the teams have been in France for the better part of a month. Millions of dollars, and thousands of manhours have been spent. 23 hours into the race and with a whole lot of hard work and even more luck, these 2 competitors found themselves battling for the highest honors they will see in their lifetime. It was time to leave it all on the table.
Photo by Jamey Price
Jordan Taylor (Corvette) and Johnathan Adam (Aston Martin), proceeded to drive the next 50 minutes like ever lap was the last lap. Taylor managed to stay in the lead, even after a divebomb from the Aston Martin in the closing laps of the race. coming to the 2nd chicane on the Mulsanne, Taylor had a major lockup and shortcut the chicane through the gravel. Coming to the start/finish line on the penultimate lap of the race, Jordan Taylor gets a tire puncture, and as they cross the line going into the final lap the Aston Martin makes the pass. There was nothing Taylor could do but try to save the car and make it around the 8.5 mile track one last time in order to be classified as a finisher.
In a Motorsport.com interview, Jordan explains what happened:
ďThey (tires) were pretty well used up. When the lock-up happened it was so abrupt and unexpected - usually you lock in the second part of the brake phase, but these just locked as soon as I touched the brake, so it caught me off-guard."
ďWhen I knew I wasnít going to make the chicane I decided just to go straight, try to make the most of it, so I went flat-out through the gravel trap to try to maintain the gap. But at that point I had such a big flat-spot on the tire, and I think I had another tire going down at the same time. It was just a train of unfortunate events."
With the tire shredding bits of the car as Taylor made his was around, it managed to hold together just long enough to make it back to parc ferme. As the car crossed the finish line, spectators and competitors were giving the Corvette a standing ovation for it's relentless competitive spirit. Emotions were at an all time high. Unfortunately, it wasn't their day to stand on the top step.
The history books may not show Corvette as the 2017 GTE-Pro class winner, but in our book, that was a win.
Photo by Chevrolet
VIDEO: Final Laps - Corvette vs Aston Martin
VIDEO: GTE-Pro Podium Ceremony
VIDEO: Full Race Highlights
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LE MANS, France (June 18, 2017) Corvette Racing has experienced highs and lows in its 18 appearances at the 24 Hours of Le Mans. Americaís premier GT racing team added to that Sunday with a dramatic third-place finish in the GTE Pro category with Antonio Garcia, Jan Magnussen and Jordan Taylor climbing onto the podium together for the second time in four years.
The No. 63 Mobil 1/SiriusXM Chevrolet Corvette C7.R came back from an early-race puncture and clawed its way back into contention before barely missing out on its ninth class victory at Le Mans since 2001.
Oliver Gavin, Tommy Milner and Marcel Fšssler placed eighth in the No. 64 Mobil 1/SiriusXM Corvette C7.R. The trio had a fight-back of their own after Milner lost a wheel in the opening half of the race. It proved to be the only mistake by that trio but the four laps lost proved costly as the GTE Pro race was as much as a seven-car fight into the last six hours.
"The GTE Pro battle was intense and certainly garnered the most attention of any race that I can recall," said Jim Campbell, Chevrolet U.S. Vice President, Performance Vehicles and Motorsports. "While our goal is always to win, it occurred to me that the Corvette Racing team has a never-give-up attitude. That element has been critical in many of the eight class wins in our Le Mans history. Jan, Antonio, Jordan and the entire 63 crew held together strong as a team and demonstrated incredible heart and determination all race long. I also want to thank the Corvette owners and fans around the world for the support they have been giving Corvette Racing at Le Mans from 2000 until today."
The early puncture for the No. 63 Corvette set the stage for a phenomenal drive back toward the front by the driving trio, the crew and engineers. The crew performed a perfect brake change near the 10.5 mark it took approximately 75 seconds to do all four wheels and the engineering team got the car back on the same pit strategy as the race leaders just after dawn Sunday.
From then on, the Corvette asserted itself and cycled through the lead up until the final hour. Magnussen and Taylor alternated single stints over the last three-and-a-half hours. The Corvette Racing team elected to take fuel only and change to Taylor in order to gain track position over the final 46 minutes. The two cars ran within 1.5 seconds of each other until the final lap.
The next event for Corvette Racing is the Sahlenís Six Hours at The Glen on Sunday, July 2 from Watkins Glen International in Watkins Glen, New York.
ANTONIO GARCIA - #63:
"That is this race. If you have a small mistake, your plan changes and this turns into a catch-up race. Thatís what happened to us. It took us 18 or 19 hours to catch back up to the leaders after the small puncture in my first stint. Another small puncture took out the opportunity for us to win this race. We had two of them at exactly the wrong moments. Itís a shame. After all the good work and strategy calls we made today, itís disappointing. We were in the right spot to win. It was a fair fight with the Aston Martin. We had a chance but it didnít happen. We come here to win this race. There is no other place we want to be. Itís a shame for the entire team. We all worked very hard in preparation. Both Jan and Jordan did fantastic jobs driving. There were just a number of things that went against us."
JAN MAGNUSSEN - #63:
"The race was one where everyone was so close and so evenly matched. When Antonio had a cut tire and had to come in early (in his second stint), that put us behind everybody and on a different strategy. That also meant that we would not be catching the slow zones in the same everyone else and that really started to bite us. So we fell further and further back. Until we got back on the same strategy as everyone else, it was an uphill fight. But the car was good and the team worked fantastic the whole time. Antonio and Jordan drove perfect throughout the whole race. When we perform like this as a team, itís difficult not to be disappointed with the outcome. A podium at Le Mans is pretty decent; itís just not what we came for."
JORDAN TAYLOR - #63:
"Obviously it was a disappointing finish. But if you look at the whole 24-hour race, we werenít always up front. So leaving with a podium finish is something we can be proud of. When you come so close, extremely close, that is the frustrating part. I think we showed a never-give-up attitude. We went two minutes down early in the race and fought back from there. A lot of people doubted that we could bring it back. I think everyone executed well and unfortunately it just wasnít our day."
OLIVER GAVIN - #64:
"It was one monumental battle in GTE today, whether we were dealing with the conditions, the competition or the traffic. We were right up there when we had our incident which cost us four-and-a-half laps and basically ended our race. The competition in GTE is so tight itís impossible to catch up that kind of delay. At Le Mans you canít but recognize the efforts of everybody involved with Corvette Racing, especially the guys of the 63 car. I feel terribly sorry for them to have lost the race in this way."
TOMMY MILNER - #64:
"This was a race all of us at Corvette Racing had high hopes for. But those hopes fell just a bit short. For us, Iím disappointed to have had the problem we did, which put an end to our race. Iím super bummed for the No. 63 guys to have come that close to a win. But they did a great job all race long. Everyone at Corvette Racing can hold their head up high as this has been one of the greatest GT races Le Mans has ever seen. Itís always a pleasure to come to Le Mans with Corvette, and this result makes you want to start to prepare for next year starting tomorrow."
MARCEL FńSSLER - #64:
"I enjoyed the race and the Corvette really a lot. We had great overall speed, all three of us, and I think we would have had the chance to fight for the win or a podium finish like the sister car had we not had our issue. But Le Mans decides for you and it cost us four laps the same four laps we were down on the winners at the end. I also feel sad for the sister car which had the puncture on the last lap. Even though it was a tough race, I enjoyed the event and the team enormously."
DOUG FEHAN, CORVETTE RACING PROGRAM MANAGER:
"Just as predicted this may have been one of the most epic GT races in Le Mans history. To have all the manufacturers so closely matched is a testament to all the hard work of the ACO and the FIA. We saw an event over the past 24 hours in which all of the 13 cars entered in GTE Pro were capable of leading and winning. Thatís good racing and we couldnít be more proud to have been part of it."
GARY PRATT, CORVETTE RACING TEAM PRINCIPAL:
"Whenever you have a great race like that itís always nice to win, but you canít feel bad about having a great race like that and it coming down to the last lap of a 24-hour race. Itís just fantastic racing and hats off to those guys. They did a good job and we were one lap shy."
|2017 Le Mans 24hr: Race Info|
|June 14 2017 01:15:00 PM EST||Jan Magnussen|
|May 15 2017 04:54:56 PM EST||Team Chevy|
|VIDEO: 2017 COTA Qualifying|
VIDEO: 2017 COTA Race Broadcast
Over a 2 minute lap, most of the GTLM field was covered within 0.5 second in Qualifying, but that would all change on lap 1 turn 1.
Going into the first corner, the 66 Ford got into the back of the 62 Ferrari which proceeded to crash into the 67 Ford and 4 Corvette. The 4 Corvette also made contact with the 912 Porsche. CLICK HERE to see the indecent.. Tommy Milner managed to drive the 4 Corvette back to the garage with major front end and suspension damage. The team went to work, never gave up, and got the car back out, but many laps down.
After all the dust settled, the 3 Corvette was 4th in class and falling behind the leaders at about 0.5 seconds a lap. Later in the race a GTD Lamborghini stopped on track. The 3 Corvette team made a heads up decision to pit before a full course caution came out. When the caution did eventually come out, the remainder of the GTLM class made their pit stops which allowed the 3 Corvette to move to the front of the field.
The Corvette definitely did not have the pace, but the remaining competition in the GTLM class continued to make mistakes and allowed the 3 Corvette to drive home to victory.
Call it what you will, but maybe the racing gods returned the luck from the final lap incident at Long Beach.
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AUSTIN, Texas (May 6, 2017) Ė Corvette Racingís Antonio Garcia and Jan Magnussen won their second race of the season in the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship on Saturday with a GT Le Mans (GTLM) victory in the Advance Auto Parts SportsCar Showdown.
The victory at Circuit of The Americas for the No. 3 Chevrolet Corvette gave the pairing the lead in the GTLM Driverís Championship, as well as moved Chevrolet into first place in the classí Manufacturerís standings. It was the 105th all-time victory for Corvette Racing.
"This was a great result for Antonio, Jan and the No. 3 Chevrolet Corvette C7.R team," said Mark Kent, Chevrolet Director of Motorsports Competition. "Not only has Corvette Racing won three straight races in the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship, we now lead the GTLM Manufacturerís, Drivers and Team championships. This is a great way to head into our break for the 24 Hours of Le Mans."
Garcia and Magnussen won by 2.498 seconds after the No. 3 Corvette had led by upward of a half-minute before a late-race, full-course caution bunched the field back together for the final five minutes. The duo won at COTA for the second time together, the first coming in 2013. Unofficially, they lead the GTLM Driverís Championship by six points after four of 11 rounds.
Chevrolet and the No. 3 Corvette squad lead the class Manufacturerís and Team standings by six points, as well.
Oliver Gavin and Tommy Milner, winners last month at Long Beach in the No. 4 Mobil 1/SiriusXM Chevrolet Corvette C7.R, saw their race Saturday effectively end at the first corner of the opening lap. Milner couldnít avoid another spinning GTLM car and also was hit from behind after the initial impact.
The No. 4 Corvette Racing crew worked quickly to replace several suspension and brake components at the front and rear. Despite the setback and multiple trips to the garage, the No. 4 Corvette finished seventh in class.
Magnussen avoided the first-turn melee from his sixth-place starting position and settled into fourth for the balance of his stint. The key point in the race came when No. 3 Corvette lead engineer Kyle Millay called in Magnussen to the pits at the 51-minute mark as another car stopped on track. Magnussen reached the pitlane before the caution flag flew and handed off to Garcia, who got a full tank of fuel and fresh Michelin tires.
None of the three leading GTLM cars made the pits before they closed, giving Garcia a huge advantage in track position when the other contenders stopped. Garcia never trailed again.
Corvette Racingís next event is the 24 Hours of Le Mans on June 17-18 from Le Mans, France. It returns to IMSA competition for the Sahlenís Six Hours of The Glen on July 2.
"I think it is the perfect way to come back after what happened at Long Beach. We have had four races this year with zero mistakes by Corvette Racing in any of them. That is what it takes to be there if you have the pace to win. If you donít have the pace, you finish fourth Ė like what happened at Daytona. Then we took the win at Sebring; that one was a bit unexpected but we really worked for that.
"On pure pace we didnít have the best car. But it is not the first time we have won here not being the fastest. It was a perfect call to pit just before the second yellow. That gave us track position. It feels like we put a lot of pressure on our competitors and they started to make mistakes. Iím very happy with that if that is what it takes. From then I just tried to maintain the gap to second place. We were all just counting down minutes and laps, and seeing how much slower I could go. I didnít care so much about the other car catching me because I donít mind winning by three seconds or 20 seconds. I knew that if there was a late yellow, which we had, I needed to have better tires.
"I donít know if I saved enough tires to be faster than (Alexander Sims), but in a way that was enough. I am very glad and very happy for Corvette Racing. It is a shame the No. 4 car had that contact at Turn One. That was very unfortunate. But again, it is three wins in a row for Corvette Racing. I think no one expected that, but that is what it takes for those results: Zero mistakes."
"This is a nice way to move on from what happened at Long Beach. But it was a crazy race. So much stuff happened all the way through from Turn One when a few cars got taken out and got in trouble. I got a good start and got clear of all of that. My first stint I was trying to pay good attention to the tires and give good feedback to the team to the changes that needed to be made for Antonio. When he got in, the team made a fantastic call on that pit stop to beat everybody outÖ again! Then a few cars got in trouble and got some penalties that gave Antonio a massive lead which he was kind of nurturing. I donít think he was pushing too hard, just making sure not to make any mistakes. It is a fantastic result for the team. This is a really, really nice way to head to Le Mans."
"Our race was ultimately shaped by what happened at Turn One on Lap One. Some over-optimistic driving by some of our competitors resulted in Tommy having nowhere to go at the first corner. We basically spent the rest of the race getting our Corvette right so we could go out and complete the race. Thatís the never-give-up attitude within Corvette Racing. The car felt OK at points but we were burning through the tires really quickly. When the car is as damaged as it was at the right-front and left-rear, you have to change out so many parts to get it back out. The crew at Corvette Racing did a great job and worked as fast as they could to get us back out. It was a rough day for us but congratulations to the sister car, Antonio and Jan. They ran a clean, smart race, and thatís what you need to do."
"It looked like one of the Fords and the Ferrari were a little off line at the exit of (Turn) One. There must have been some contact or something like that got the Ferrari coming back across the track. It looked like racing a little bit too hard at the start. We were just unlucky and got the right front into the Ferrari and then we got it from behind from someone unsuspecting as well. Itís not the way we wanted to start our race, but the guys did a great job working to get Oliver and I back out so we could get as many points as possible."
"When youíre good, youíre good. When youíre good and youíre lucky, you can be unbeatable. We had a great Corvette today, a great team effort and good fortune Ė all that allowed us to bring home a victory in the No. 3 C7.R. I donít think there were many people on the grid that gave us much of a chance. Inside Corvette Racing, however, everybody believes. And today everybody executed. Itís unfortunate we lost one of the Corvettes on the first lap, weíve been there before. Our experience came in today. Flawless execution is going to get you to the finish line. Once again Corvette Racing got there first."
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|April 12 2017 09:23:14 AM EST|
|Long Beach is always a high risk high reward race. Passing is nearly impossible, and making the wrong move could prove disastrous. Qualifying position is very important. Jan Magnussen managed to whip out a quick lap to take the GTLM pole in the #3 Corvette, and the #4 grabbed 6th in an ultra tight qualifying session. |
Lap 1 Magnussen was passed in turn 1 and at turn 5 got caught up in a spun prototype pushing him down the order. It seemed the pole was all for nothing until a series of cautions and pit stratagy played to their favor. Somehow with just a few laps to go the #3 saw itself in the lead with the #4 sister car right behind. It was going to be a great day for Corvette Racing until the field made it's way to the hairpin for the final time and came to a roadblock with several cars stopped on track. Antonio Garcia was stuck so Tommy Milner had no choice but to go around for the race win.
VIDEO: 2017 Long Beach TV Broadcast
VIDEO: Sights & Sounds of the 2017 Long Beach Grand Prix
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LONG BEACH, Calif. (April 8, 2017) Ė Corvette Racingís Oliver Gavin and Tommy Milner won the GT Le Mans (GTLM) class at Saturdayís Bubba Burger Sports Car Grand Prix of Long Beach in the No. 4 Mobil 1/SiriusXM Chevrolet Corvette C7.R. It is the sixth class win for the team and Chevrolet at the historic Long Beach street circuit.
Gavin won for the fourth time at Long Beach, and the victory was Milnerís second at the event. They won together in 2012, and on Saturday came from sixth at the start to record a surprising but rewarding victory in the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship.
"After a hard-fought battle, it was rewarding to see Tommy Milner roll the No. 4 Corvette C7.R into Victory Lane today at Long Beach,Ē said Jim Campbell, Chevrolet U.S. Vice President, Performance Vehicles and Motorsports. "Tommy and Oliver Gavin overcame adversity early in the race to be there at the end to capture the win.Ē
Antonio Garcia and Jan Magnussen, coming off a GTLM victory at Sebring three weeks ago, placed fifth in class Saturday with their No. 3 Mobil 1/SiriusXM Chevrolet Corvette C7.R. Garcia seemed headed for certain victory until a multi-car incident at the final turn blocked the track and brought a handful of cars to a stop Ė including both Corvettes. Garcia became trapped on the left-hand side of the track while Milner, on the right-hand side, was able to slip through the traffic jam and won by 1.830 seconds.
The two Corvettes found themselves running 1-2 in class with 10 minutes left despite different race strategies. Magnussen was caught up in an opening-lap incident and suffered damage to the front of the No. 3 Corvette C7.R. Garcia drove the final 78 minutes on the same set of Michelin tires and tank of fuel, aided by five full-course caution periods.
Gavin drove the first 42 minutes in the No. 4 Corvette before handing off to Milner. Not long after Milner left the pitlane, an incident Ė similar to the once that impacted the raceís finish Ė blocked the final turn with Milner stuck in the outside lane. Nearly an hour later, he found himself approaching the same situation but chose to take the inside line. As it turned out, it again was the lane that was able to clear the pileup.
"While the outcome of the late local caution was frustrating, it is the never-give-up attitude of everyone at Corvette Racing that continues to result in these exciting races and finishes," Campbell said. "We had two strong race cars today and look forward to the next race at COTA."
The next race for Corvette Racing is the Advance Auto Parts SportsCar Showdown on May 4-6 from Circuit of The Americas in Austin, Texas. FOX Sports 1 will air the race at 7 p.m. ET on Saturday, May 6. Live coverage will be available on FOX Sports Go with live audio coverage from IMSA Radio is available on IMSA.com.
"This was a very bizarre day and finish. We will take this victory, and weíre glad that Corvette Racing and Chevrolet have won again at Long Beach. It was just a very unfortunate way that it worked out for Antonio and Jan. Weíve all raced together for so many years now. Itís definitely not the way Tommy and I would have liked to have won. But at the end of the day, a victory is a victory. The good thing for Tommy and I is that it has gotten us back in a good direction heading to COTA for the next round."
"The start was pretty interesting. Coming down into Turn One, it looked like Jan had been jumped by a couple of cars. On first laps here, youíre always looking to see who has their tires up to temperatures, who is using a little bit of extra road and who is taking chances. When I came to Turn Five, the Patron car was already backward going over the apex curb. Knowing that the camber falls away, I knew everyone would be going outside and into the wall. Three of us managed to avoid any contact and got through. From there, it was a lot of insane racing. "Yes itís a 100-minute race but some people were trying to win it with 75 or 80 minutes left. My goal was to keep the Corvette clean and hand it off to Tommy at the appropriate point whenever the team called us in. We managed to do that and our crew managed to get us out and in front of the cars we felt we were racing. Even past that point, the race kept getting turned on its head. You never knew which way it was going to go."
"It was a weird race today for sure. There was a lot of giving and taking throughout the day. As for the finish, Iíve never seen things work out that way for me or anyone else for that matter. You feel bad for the No. 3 guys, for Antonio and Jan. They had a great race and did everything right. It was just unlucky to lose it that way in a big pack. You need luck in racing sometimes, and today we had that on our side. It feels good for us to get a win and to get points for our No. 4 Corvette and Chevrolet.
"We were a bit behind at one point and it didnít look like our strategy would play out for us. All those cautions allowed the cars who pitted early could make it on one stop for fuel. Our hope was to get past them if they had to make a late splash for fuel. That didnít happen. I was hoping for another yellow to get us bunched back up again, which is what happened. I had 13- or 14-lap newer tires and I was able to get around the 24 and I went door-to-door with the 67. That allowed Antonio to get out in the clear, and then so was I. He was quick but then his tires started to go away. In that situation, getting by him was going to be really tough."
"In the last corner at the end, my first reaction was that the race was over. Antonio had a gap over me and also over the 67. I figured it would end up like that but I heard on the radio that there was another crash at the hairpin. At first the track was clear and then it wasnít. I was in that exact situation earlier in the race and went to the outside; it didnít work and I lost a spot there. I went to the inside this time, and it opened up. When I got out of the hairpin, I saw green but thought the race was over until they told me on the radio that we had won. It was definitely an unusual way to take a victory. Now we have to regroup as a team and get ready for the next race at COTA."
"Iíve never been part of a finish like that. Itís for sure very difficult to go through; Iím very confused with how the officials judged both incidents in the last corner. Our No. 3 Corvette team did everything we needed to do in order to have the best chance at another victory. I donít understand the ending and unfortunately for us the results are what they are. All we can do is put ourselves in position to go for a win the next race in Austin."
"The start was unfortunate. I didnít get a good getaway. I kind of got swamped going into Turn One. Then I was just in the wrong place going in to Turn Five when the Ferrari got it wrong with one of the prototype. I got caught in all of that and set put us back. We were on a different strategy from there. Our team did a fantastic job. It just an unsatisfying result."