Corvette Racing to Celebrate Homecoming in Ohio
Conceived on the Corvette assembly line in Bowling Green, Ky., and raised at Corvette Racing’s headquarters in suburban Detroit, the twin Compuware Corvette C6.R race cars are local favorites at the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course. Going into this weekend’s seventh round of the 12-race American Le Mans Series, Chevy’s factory road racing team has posted five straight victories on the scenic 2.25-mile Mid-Ohio circuit.
Ron Fellows and Johnny O’Connell teamed up to score four consecutive wins at Mid-Ohio before finishing as runners-up in 2006 to Oliver Gavin and Olivier Beretta. This year Jan Magnussen is partnered with O’Connell in the No. 3 Compuware Corvette C6.R.
Gavin and Beretta Celebrate GT1 Victory in Lime Rock ALMS
Lime Rock Podium While millions of Americans celebrated the nation’s birthday with fireworks and amusement park rides, Corvette Racing spent the weekend after the Fourth of July on the roller coaster 1.54-mile Lime Rock Park circuit. Oliver Gavin and Olivier Beretta avoided the heavy holiday traffic on the congested road course and scored a .384-second victory in their No. 4 Compuware Corvette C6.R over Johnny O’Connell and Jan Magnussen in the No. 3 Compuware Corvette C6.R.
American Le Mans Northeast Grand Prix GT1 Results
1. Gavin/Beretta, Chevrolet Corvette C6.R, 165
2. O’Connell/Magnussen, Chevrolet Corvette C6.R, 165
Beretta Takes GT1 Pole in Lime Rock ALMS by .013 Second
The roar of Chevy thunder at Lime Rock Park heralded the arrival of a summer storm that washed out qualifying for Saturday’s American Le Mans Northeast Grand Prix. Corvette Racing’s twin Compuware Corvette C6.Rs were separated by 13 thousandths of a second in this morning’s practice session, and that razor-thin margin determined the GT1 starting grid after race officials cancelled the scheduled 20-minute qualifying session.
American Le Mans Northeast Grand Prix GT1 Qualifying:
1. Gavin/Beretta, Chevrolet Corvette C6.R, 51.411/107.837 mph
2. O’Connell/Magnussen, Chevrolet Corvette C6.R, 51.424/107.810 mph
Corvette Racing Aims for GT1 Victory Record at Lime Rock
The troops have returned home, the race cars have been rebuilt and refurbished, and now the long march to the end of the season is underway. After finishing second in the 15-strong field of GT1 cars at the 24 Hours of Le Mans, Corvette Racing will have the top production sports car class to itself at the American Le Mans Northeast Grand Prix at Lime Rock Park on July 7.
GT1 Championship Standings (unofficial after 6 of 12 events)
1. Chevrolet 126
2. Aston Martin 19
1. Oliver Gavin 122
Olivier Beretta 122
3. Jan Magnussen 90
Johnny O’Connell 90
5. Max Papis 26
6. Ron Fellows 22
7. Antonio Garcia 19
Liz Halliday 19
Darren Turner 19
2007 Corvette Racing Schedule
DATE VENUE TV Satellite
Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring
Acura Sports Car Challenge of St. Petersburg
St. Petersburg, FL
Grand Prix of Long Beach
Long Beach, CA
Lone Star Grand Prix
Utah Grand Prix
Salt Lake City, UT
24 Heures du Mans
Le Mans, France
American Le Mans Northeast Grand Prix
Acura Sports Car Challenge of Mid-Ohio
Generac 500 at Road America
Elkhart Lake, WI
Grand Prix of Mosport
Bowmanville, Ontario, Canada
Detroit Belle Isle Grand Prix
Petit Le Mans
Monterey Sports Car Championships
Corvette Racing Fast Facts
Team: Corvette Racing
Owner: General Motors, Detroit, Mich.
Race Cars: Corvette C6.R (Corvette 6th generation, Racing)
* No. 3 Corvette C6.R: Johnny O’Connell, Jan Magnussen (plus Ron Fellows for Sebring, Le Mans and Petit Le Mans)
* No. 4 Corvette C6.R: Oliver Gavin, Olivier Beretta (plus Max Papis for Sebring, Le Mans and Petit Le Mans)
* Director, GM Racing: Mark Kent
* GM Racing Road Racing Group Manager: Steve Wesoloski
* Corvette Racing Program Manager: Doug Fehan
* Team Manager: Gary Pratt
* Engine Manager: Roger Allen
* Crew Chief, No. 3: Dan Binks
* Crew Chief, No. 4: Ray Gongla
Primary Sponsor: Compuware
Associate Sponsors: Mobil1, XM Satellite Radio, UAW-GM, Motorola, Genuine Corvette Accessories, Bose, Motorola, PRS Guitars, BBS
Corvette Racing Record
* Race wins: 51 (through 2006)
* 1-2 finishes: 34 (through 2006)
* ALMS manufacturers championships: six (2001-2006)
* ALMS team championships: six (2001-2006)
* ALMS drivers championships: five (2002-2006)
* 24 Hours of Le Mans class wins: five (2001-02, 2004-06)
* Sebring 12-hour class wins: four (2002-04, 2006)
* Petit Le Mans class wins: five (2000-02, 2004-05)
* American Le Mans Series records: Most race wins by entrant (45); most 1-2 finishes (29); longest winning streak in GT1 (12, 2005-06); most poles in GT1 Most race wins by entrant (45); most 1-2 finishes (29); longest winning streak in GT1 (12, 2005-06); most poles in GT1
* ALMS From the Fans awards: Gary Claudio, Corvette marketing manager, 2002; Doug Fehan, Corvette Racing program manager, 2004
* ALMS Most Popular Driver awards: Ron Fellows, 2004-06
* Special awards: 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)
* First race: Daytona 24-hour, Feb. 5, 1999
* First GTS win: Texas Motor Speedway, Sept. 2, 2000, drivers Ron Fellows and Andy Pilgrim
* First overall win: Daytona 24-hour, Feb. 3, 2001; Fellows/Kneifel/Freon/O’Connell
* First 1-2 finish: Daytona 24-hour, Feb. 3, 2001 (1st: Fellows/Kneifel/Freon/O’Connell; 2nd: Pilgrim/Earnhardt/Earnhardt Jr./ Collins)
* First Le Mans GTS win: 2001 (Fellows/O’Connell/Pruett)
* First ALMS drivers championship: Fellows, 2002
* First ALMS manufacturers championship: 2001
* First undefeated season: 2004 (9 ALMS races and 24 Hours of Le Mans)
* Consecutive class wins at 12 Hours of Sebring: 3 (2001-03)
Corvette Racing Notes
* The C6.R is the most technically advanced sports car ever developed by GM, combining lessons learned in the dominant Corvette C5-R with the advanced technology of the sixth-generation Corvette and Corvette Z06 production models. In February 2006, the Corvette C6.R race car was named the “North American Car of the Year” over marques such as Audi, Aston Martin and Maserati by dailysportscar.com, a noted online magazine that provides in-depth coverage of sports car and GT series worldwide.
* 2007 marks Corvette’s 51st year in international road racing. John Fitch and Walt Hansgen drove a Corvette to a ninth-place finish overall and 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 C6.R’s roots reach to the Corvette assembly plant in Bowling Green, Ky. The same hydroformed frame rails used in production Corvette coupes and convertibles provide the foundation for the racing version.
* Corvette Racing’s C6.R race cars are powered by race-prepared LS7.R small-block V-8 engines. In November 2006, Corvette Racing’s LS7.R small-block V-8 was honored as the “Global Motorsport Engine of the Year” at the inaugural Professional Motorsport World Expo in Cologne, Germany. The award was voted by an expert panel made up of 50 key race engine engineers representing the spectrum of motorsports.
* The GM small-block V-8 is America’s most popular and most successful production-based racing engine. Total production of GM small-block-based engines is approaching 90 million units. This motor has powered more winning race cars and won more championships than any other engine in American motorsports.