06-14-2016, 06:25 AM #1
CORVETTE RACING AT LE MANS: Time to Take on the World Once Again
CORVETTE RACING AT LE MANS: Time to Take on the World Once Again
Pair of Chevrolet Corvette C7.Rs ready to go for ninth win at 24 Hours of Le Mans
- Eight class wins in 16 races at Le Mans for sports car racingís top GT team
- Garcia fastest on Test Day in No. 63 Corvette C7.R
- Gavin, Milner, Taylor defending GTE Pro class winners in No. 64 Corvette
- A Le Mans win would be No. 100 overall for Corvette Racing program
DETROIT (June 13, 2016) Ė A year ago, Corvette Racing stood on the top step of the podium after winning endurance racingís biggest event for the eighth time. Itís
now another season and another chance for Corvette Racing to claim victory at the 24 Hours of Le Mans. Doing so will write another chapter in the teamís and Chevroletís racing
This marks the 17th consecutive Le Mans for Corvette Racing, which enters the GTE Pro class with two Konica Minolta/Mobil 1/Sirius XM Chevrolet Corvette C7.Rs. There is momentum on
the teamís side heading into a race that will be tougher than any previous season, given the number of teams and manufacturers in the class.
Consider the following:
- Corvette Racing has won five straight Triple Crown events Ė the Rolex 24 At Daytona (2015, 2016), Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring (2015, 2016) and 24 Hours of Le Mans (2015). No
sports car team in any class can claim that feat.
- Corvette Racing has 21 all-time victories in Triple Crown races.
- Oliver Gavin, Tommy Milner and Jordan Taylor won last yearís GTE Pro class at Le Mans by five laps in a race where their No. 64 Corvette was the teamís lone entry following a
qualifying crash for the No. 63 car. All three drivers are back this year to defend.
- Antonio Garcia set the fastest time in class during this yearís Test Day in the No. 63 Corvette C7.R that he will share with Jan Magnussen and Ricky Taylor. The No. 64 Corvette
was fourth-quickest with Gavin at the wheel.
Not only are Corvette Racing and the Corvette C7.R proven commodities, so is the driving roster. The six drivers have 52 combined starts at Le Mans with 15 victories. Among them,
Gavin has five wins (all with Corvette Racing), Magnussen four (all with the team), Garcia three (two with Corvette Racing), Milner two (both with Corvette Racing) and Taylorís last
Heading into Le Mans, Corvette Racing has 99 victories in program history. The team will be the first in IMSA and North Americaís highest levels of professional road racing to
accomplish that feat. Of note, nine different drivers have won at Le Mans for Corvette Racing throughout three different classifications and four models of Corvette race cars.
The competition this year in GTE Pro is full of familiar names. Many of the same teams and manufacturers that Corvette Racing will face also competed in IMSAís WeatherTech SportsCar
Championship. Gavin, Milner and the No. 4 Corvette C7.R lead the GT Le Mans (GTLM) Driverís and Team championships, as does Chevrolet in the Manufacturer standings through four races.
In addition, Jordan and Ricky Taylor have two overall victories for Wayne Taylor Racing in their Corvette Daytona Prototype and lead the Prototype Driverís Championship.
The Test Day was the first time the 2016-spec Corvette C7.R appeared at Le Mans, which meets this yearís Automobile Club de líOuest regulations for top-level GT cars that compete in
both GTE Pro and the IMSA GTLM class. There are a number of aerodynamic changes from last yearís car including a larger splitter at the front and diffuser at the rear of the Corvette.
Side skirts and a repositioned wing also are among the most notable changes, along with updated safety features that are now mandated on all GTE Pro and GTLM cars.
All of those facets along with Michelin tires specific to FIA World Endurance Championship competition have been the focus of Corvette Racingís on-track testing and engineering
The Le Mans Test Day starts at 9 a.m. CET/3 a.m. ET on Sunday, May 31. The 83rd running of the Le Mans 24 Hours is set for 3 p.m. CET/9 a.m. ET on Saturday, June 13.
ANTONIO GARCIA, NO. 63 CHEVROLET CORVETTE C7.R: "The Test Day went very smooth and we ran through our program. We just need to go back and look at all the data;
there is a lot to go through and analyze. We have to do what we can to make the car stronger because all the other teams will do the same. Itís probably the most important week of the
year for that. Weíve had years in the past where we have had a lot of cars. But this year is as tough as I can remember. The main thing is that no matter the other manufacturers, you
need to win. So Iím good with whoever comes second. Iím confident. As a team we won the first two big races of the year: Daytona and Sebring. So Iím hoping to repeat what we did last
year and win at Le Mans."
JAN MAGNUSSEN, NO. 63 CHEVROLET CORVETTE C7.R: "Le Mans is an event that really is unique. This is my 17th Le Mans and I donít think there is one that has been
the same as another. It is the nature of the race Ė the track, the weather and your competitors are all different each year. We are pretty satisfied following the Test Day. The Corvette
showed good speed over one lap but also we did a lot of work on long runs with our race setup. So I feel we are very prepared. The thing about Le Mans is that once you get to the race
there are so many variables that are out of your control and are difficult to account for. You have to trust the engineers, crew and your own abilities to make it through."
RICKY TAYLOR, NO. 63 CHEVROLET CORVETTE C7.R: "The following at Le Mans is huge for Corvette Racing. The fans are awesome over there. Itís amazing how the
French people and fans from around the world love the roar and sight of the Corvette. For me, thatís a lot of pressure to live up to. This team has a great legacy at Le Mans. Looking
forward, itís an opportunity to be with a winning team. Not often in your career do you get to do a race like this with a proper chance of winning. For me, this is a great opportunity
to be part of that."
OLIVER GAVIN, NO. 64 CHEVROLET CORVETTE C7.R: "You always have to look at every year somewhat fresh. Weíre going there with a new tire and aero package. That
will have a new spin on things and weíll have our eyes on that. Itís a case that you always have to look at how the track develops and the weather conditions. Weíve had for quite some
time now some pretty cool and changeable races. We havenít had a really hot race for about 10 years now, and I think everyone is waiting for one of those to come along. I donít think
that wouldnít be a bad thing for us. That would suit our car and our setup. I donít think the turbo cars would have as much of an advantage on warm nights than they would if it were
TOMMY MILNER, NO. 64 CHEVROLET CORVETTE C7.R: "Having a good test with no mechanical issues makes race week that much less stressful. You can focus on the
details of the race, getting all three drivers cycled through and not worrying about finding extra speed. Thatís what we had last year. We had a Corvette that was comfortable and fast.
Jordan came in and was on-pace right away, which is obviously good. Going back there with the same driver lineup leaves us feeling pretty confident that we can achieve that
JORDAN TAYLOR, NO. 64 CHEVROLET CORVETTE C7.R: "Itís hard not to say the lasting image of last yearís race is standing on the podium and looking at the crowd.
You get goosebumps just thinking about it, and then when youíre actually able to see it, itís so surreal. When I was up there in the moment, it was hard to believe. Iím glad I took some
pictures and video of it because it all goes blurry when youíre up there and that excited. Hopefully next time Iíll be a little more relaxed where I can savor it a bit more. Le Mans is
the pinnacle in world sports car racing, and GTE Pro when you look at the field and the talent, every single car can win. When youíre looking at something like that, itís intense and
everyone has be on their game. There can be no mistakes."
DOUG FEHAN, CORVETTE RACING PROGRAM MANAGER: "Our Test Day experience demonstrated the proficiency of our engineering staff, the dedication of our powertrain
guys and the implementation capabilities of our our crew. Now they are all facing a new challenge as we excitedly approach two days of qualifying. There is a reason we have won here
eight times: we operate as a unified team that focuses on winning regardless of the odds. This has the potential to be the hardest-fought GT race in Le Mans history and we at Corvette
Racing, along with all our fans, canít wait for that green flag to drop!"
Le Mans 24 Hours (times in Central European and Eastern Daylight)
- Practice/qualifying: 4-8 p.m. (practice), 10 p.m.-midnight CET (qualifying), Wednesday, June 15
100 a.m.-2 p.m. (practice), 4-6 p.m. ET (qualifying)
- Qualifying: 7-9 p.m., 10 p.m.-midnight CET, Thursday, June 16
1-3 p.m., 4-6 p.m. ET
- Warm-up: 9-9:45 a.m. CET, Saturday, June 18
3-3:45 a.m. ET
- Race: 3 p.m. Saturday-3 p.m. CET, Sunday, June 18
9 a.m. Saturday-9 a.m. ET, Sunday
Le Mans: Watch It! (Saturday, June 18-Sunday, June 19 Ė all times ET)
- 8:30 a.m. Saturday-2:00 p.m. Sunday (FOX Sports 1)
- 2:00-4:30 p.m., Saturday (FOX Sports 2)
- 6-6:30 p.m., Saturday (FOX Sports 2)
- 7-7:30 p.m., Saturday (FOX Sports 2)
- 10:30 p.m., Saturday-2:30 a.m., Sunday (FOX Sports 2)
- 2:30-9:30 a.m., Sunday (FOX Sports 1)
The full race will be streamed on FOX Sports GO
Corvette Racing 24 Hours of Le Mans Record
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/OíConnell/Pruett 2nd GTS Corvette C5-R Pilgrim/Collins/Freon 2002 1st GTS Corvette C5-R Fellows/OíConnell/Gavin 2nd GTS Corvette C5-R Pilgrim/Collins/Freon 2003 2nd GTS Corvette C5-R Gavin/Collins/Pilgrim 3rd GTS Corvette C5-R Fellows/OíConnell/Freon 2004 1st GTS Corvette C5-R Gavin/Beretta/Magnussen 2nd GTS Corvette C5-R Fellows/OíConnell/ Papis 2005 1st GT1 Corvette C6.R Beretta/Gavin/Magnussen 2nd GT1 Corvette C6.R Fellows/OíConnell/Papis 2006 1st GT1 Corvette C6.R Beretta/Gavin/Magnussen 7th GT1 Corvette C6.R Fellows/OíConnell/Papis 2007 2nd GT1 Corvette C6.R Fellows/OíConnell/Magnussen 14th GT1 Corvette C6.R Beretta/Gavin/Papis 2008 2nd GT1 Corvette C6.R Fellows/OíConnell/Magnussen 3rd GT1 Corvette C6.R Beretta/Gavin/Papis 2009 1st GT1 Corvette C6.R OíConnell/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 OíConnell/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 2014 2nd GTE Pro Corvette C7.R Garcia/Magnussen/Taylor 4th GTE Pro Corvette C7.R Gavin/Milner/Westbrook 2015 DNS GTE Pro Corvette C7.R Garcia/Magnussen/Briscoe 1st GTE Pro Corvette C7.R Gavin/Milner/Taylor Totals 8 wins 16 startsRob Loszewski, Site Administrator
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