Thread: Corvette Racing Fast Facts
04-09-2014, 08:27 PM #1
Corvette Racing Fast Facts
Corvette Racing is America's premier production sports car racing team. Since 1999, Corvette Racing has won 82 races in the American Le Mans Series, 10 ALMS manufacturers' and team championships, and nine driver's championships. Corvette Racing has enjoyed international success in the 24 Hours of Le Mans, the world's biggest sports car race, with seven class victories since 2001. Add in an overall victory in the 2001 Daytona 24 Hours, and Corvette Racing has an impressive total of 90 victories around the world.
Team: Corvette Racing
Race Cars: Corvette C7.R (Corvette 7th generation, Racing)
No. 3 Chevrolet Corvette C7.R: Jan Magnussen, Antonio Garcia (plus Ryan Briscoe for Daytona and Sebring, Jordan Taylor for Le Mans)
No. 4 Compuware Corvette C6.R: Oliver Gavin, Tommy Milner (plus Robin Liddell for Daytona and Sebring, and Richard Westbrook for Le Mans)
Director of Racing - Chevrolet: Mark Kent
Program Manager: Doug Fehan
Team Manager: Gary Pratt
Technical Director: Doug Louth
Crew Chief, No. 3: Dan Binks
Crew Chief, No. 4: Brian Hoye
Associate Sponsors/Technical Partners: Mobil 1, Michelin, SiriusXM Satellite Radio, UAW-GM, BBS
Corvette Racing TUDOR Championship Record (starting 2014)
Corvette Racing ALMS Record (through 2013)
Year Races Wins Driver Champions Manufacturer/Team Champions 2014 2 0
Corvette Racing 24 Hours of Le Mans Record
Year Races Wins ALMS Driver Champions ALMS Manufacturer/Team Champions 1999 5 0 2000 6 2 2001 8 6 Chevrolet/Corvette Racing 2002 10 9 Fellows Chevrolet/Corvette Racing 2003 9 5 Fellows/O'Connell Chevrolet/Corvette Racing 2004 9 9 Fellows/O'Connell Chevrolet/Corvette Racing 2005 10 9 Gavin/Beretta Chevrolet/Corvette Racing 2006 10 5 Gavin/Beretta Chevrolet/Corvette Racing 2007 12 12 Gavin/Beretta Chevrolet/Corvette Racing 2008 11 11 O'Connell/Magnussen Chevrolet/Corvette Racing 2009 7 3 2010 9 1 2011 9 1 2012 10 4 Gavin/Milner Chevrolet/Corvette Racing 2013 10 5 Garcia/Magnussen Chevrolet/Corvette Racing Total 135 82 9 Total (7 Consecutive) 10 Total (8 Consecutive)
Year Finish Class Car Drivers 2000 3rd GTS Corvette C5-R Pilgrim/Collins/Freon 4th GTS Corvette C5-R Fellows/Kneifel/Bell 2001 1st GTS Corvette C5-R Fellows/O'Connell/Pruett 2nd GTS Corvette C5-R Pilgrim/Collins/Freon 2002 1st GTS Corvette C5-R Fellows/O'Connell/Gavin 2nd GTS Corvette C5-R Pilgrim/Collins/Freon 2003 2nd GTS Corvette C5-R Gavin/Collins/Pilgrim 3rd GTS Corvette C5-R Fellows/O'Connell/Freon 2004 1st GTS Corvette C5-R Gavin/Beretta/Magnussen 2nd GTS Corvette C5-R Fellows/O'Connell/Papis 2005 1st GT1 Corvette C6.R Beretta/Gavin/Magnussen 2nd GT1 Corvette C6.R Fellows/O'Connell/Papis 2006 1st GT1 Corvette C6.R Beretta/Gavin/Magnussen 7th GT1 Corvette C6.R Fellows/O'Connell/Papis 2007 2nd GT1 Corvette C6.R Fellows/O'Connell/Magnussen 14th GT1 Corvette C6.R Beretta/Gavin/Papis 2008 2nd GT1 Corvette C6.R Fellows/O'Connell/Magnussen 3rd GT1 Corvette C6.R Beretta/Gavin/Papis 2009 1st GT1 Corvette C6.R O'Connell/Magnussen/Garcia 4th GT1 Corvette C6.R Gavin/Beretta/Fassler 2010 10th (DNF) GT2 Corvette C6.R Gavin/Beretta/Collard 12th (DNF) GT2 Corvette C6.R O'Connell/Magnussen/Garcia 2011 1st GTE Pro Corvette C6.R Beretta/Milner/Garcia 14th (DNF) GTE Pro Corvette C6.R Gavin/Magnussen/Westbrook 2012 5th GTE Pro Corvette C6.R Garcia/Magnussen/Taylor 6th GTE Pro Corvette C6.R Gavin/Milner/Westbrook 2013 4th GTE Pro Corvette C6.R Garcia/Magnussen/Taylor 7th GTE Pro Corvette C6.R Gavin/Milner/Westbrook Totals 7 wins 14 starts
- Race wins: 90 (82 ALMS, 7 Le Mans, 1 GRAND-AM)
- 1-2 finishes: 58 (54 ALMS, 4 Le Mans)
- ALMS manufacturers championships: Ten (2001-08, GT1; 2012-13 GT)
- ALMS team championships: Ten (2001-08, GT1; 2012-13, GT)
- ALMS drivers championships: Nine (2002-08, GT1; 2012-13, GT)
- 24 Hours of Le Mans class wins : Seven (2001-02, 2004-06, 2009, 2011)
- Sebring 12 Hours class wins: Eight (2002-04, 2006-09, 2013)
- Petit Le Mans class wins: Eight (2000-02, 2004-05, 2007-08, 2010)
- Rolex 24 At Daytona class wins: One (2001 - GTS & overall)
- American Le Mans Series records: Most race wins by entrant (82); most 1-2 finishes by entrant (54); longest winning streak in GT1 (25, 2007 Sebring/2009 Long Beach); most poles in GT1
- ALMS From the Fans awards: Gary Claudio, Corvette marketing manager (2002); Doug Fehan, Corvette Racing program manager (2004, 2008-10)
- ALMS Most Popular Driver awards: Ron Fellows (2004-07), Jan Magnussen (2011, 2013)
- Special awards: Overall winner in inaugural ALMS Green Challenge at 2008 Petit Le Mans; won 2012 and 2013 champions in the Green Challenge (for GT manufacturers) and MICHELIN GREEN X Challenge (for GT teams); Pratt & Miller/Bosch Collision Avoidance System named "Motorsport Technology of the Year" at Professional Motorsport World Expo (November 2013); Corvette C6.R named "North American Car of the Year" by dailysportscar.com (February 2006); Corvette LS7.R engine named Global Motorsport Engine of the Year at the Professional Motorsport World Expo (November 2006); Corvette Racing awarded Michelin Energy Endurance Challenge trophy for most efficient use of fuel in GT1 class at 24 Hours of Le Mans (June 2007).
Corvette Racing Firsts
- First race: Daytona 24 Hours, Feb. 5, 1999
- First GTS win: Texas Motor Speedway, Sept. 2, 2000, drivers Ron Fellows and Andy Pilgrim
- First overall win: Daytona 24 Hours, Feb. 3, 2001; drivers Ron Fellows, Chris Kneifel, Franck Freon, Johnny O'Connell
- First GT2 win: Mosport International Raceway, Aug. 30, 2009; drivers Johnny O'Connell and Jan Magnussen
- First 1-2 finish: Daytona 24 Hours, Feb. 3, 2001
- 1st: Fellows/Kneifel/Freon/O'Connell
- 2nd: Andy Pilgrim/Dale Earnhardt/Dale Earnhardt Jr./Kelly Collins)
- First Le Mans class win: 2001 (Fellows/O'Connell/Scott Pruett)
- First ALMS drivers championship: Ron Fellows, 2002
- First ALMS manufacturers championship: 2001
- First undefeated season: 2004 (nine ALMS races and 24 Hours of Le Mans)
Corvette Racing Notes
Rob Loszewski, Site Administrator
- The Corvette C7.R race car was co-developed with the all-new 2015 Corvette Z06. They represent the closest link in modern times between Corvettes built for racing and the road, sharing unprecedented levels of engineering and components including chassis architecture, engine technologies and aerodynamic strategies.
- The C7.R's aluminum frame is the same as found on the 2015 Corvette Z06. In addition, both feature a direct-injected engine and the most aggressive aero packages found on a racing and production Corvette.
- Corvette Racing is powered by E85 ethanol racing fuel, a high-octane, renewable alternative fuel, in the TUDOR United SportsCar Championship. As part of the series' "green racing" initiative, the most successful team in American Le Mans Series history is using a blend of ethanol and racing gasoline to demonstrate the benefits of a fuel that helps to reduce dependence on petroleum, helps to reduce emissions of greenhouse gases, and helps to create greater diversity in energy supplies.
- 2014 marks Corvette's 58th year in international road racing. John Fitch and Walt Hansgen drove a Corvette to a Class B victory at the 12 Hours of Sebring in 1956, the first step onto the world stage that established Chevy's sports car as a contender in top-level competition.
- The rulebook requires close adherence to production specifications, and the Corvette C7.R's roots reach to the Corvette assembly plant in Bowling Green, Ky. The hydroformed aluminum frame is the same as found on the 2015 Corvette Z06, and road car and race car share a majority of elements of bodywork and aerodynamics.
- Corvette Racing's C7.R race cars are powered by race-prepared 5.5-liter Chevrolet small-block V-8 engines. Technology developed in racing inspired the production 6.2-liter/620-hp LT4 small-block V-8 that powers the production Corvette Z06.
- The Chevrolet small-block V-8 is America's most popular and most successful production-based racing engine. Total production of Chevrolet small-block-based engines is over 100 million units. This engine has powered more winning race cars and won more championships than any other engine in American motorsports.
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