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2017 COTA: Results
2017 COTA: Results
May 15 2017 04:54:56 PM ESTTeam 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.

Jan Magnussen PR

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."

Jan Magnussen PR

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Surprise, surprise, surprise.... NOT!
--- Nemesis from GA on 06.11.2017 at 12:46PM


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