No. 3 Compuware Corvette C6.R Wins at Laguna Seca with Flawless Race
A well-executed team effort helped Corvette Racing return to victory lane at the 2.238-mile, 11-turn Laguna Seca road course for the second consecutive year. Jan Magnussen
and Antonio Garcia, drivers of the No. 3 Compuware Corvette C6.R, scored their first American Le Mans Series (ALMS) GT Class win of the season and first since 2011. Oliver
Gavin and Tommy Milner, drivers of the No. 4 Compuware Corvette C6.R scored Corvette Racing's first win of 2013 in the season-opening race at Sebring.
The other top-ten finishers in Saturday's race in ALMS GT competition were, No. 17 Porsche 911 GT3 RSR (2nd), No. 56 BMW Z4 GTE (3rd), No. 91 SRT Viper GTS-R (4th), No. 23
Ferrari F458 Italia (5th), No. 55 BMW Z4 GTE (6th), No. 48 Porsche 911 GT3 RSR (7th). No. 06 Porsche 911 GT3 RSR (8th), and the No. 62 Ferrari F458 Italia (9th).
Corvette Racing Qualifies 4th and 6th at Laguna Seca
Oliver Gavin, driver of the No. 4 Compuware Corvette C6.R, qualified fourth (1:22.924 secs.) in the American Le Mans Series (ALMS) GT Class at Laguna Seca. Antonio Garcia,
qualified sixth (1:23.042) in the No. 3 Compuware Corvette C6.R on the 2.238-mile, 11-turn road course.
The other top-ten qualifiers for Saturday's race in ALMS GT competition were, No. 62 Ferrari F458 Italia (1st), No. 06 Porche 911 GT3 RSR (2nd), No. 17 Porsche 911 GT3 RSR
(3rd), No. 55 BMW Z4 GTE (5th), No. 23 Ferrari F458 Italia (7th), No. 56 BMW Z4 GTE (8th), No. 91 SRT Viper GTS-R (9th) and the No. 48 Porsche 911 GT3 RSR (10th).
[Note: After this release, the No. 06 Core Autosport Porsche which was due to start on the front row failed its post-session tech inspection, changing the Corvette Racing
starting positions to 3rd and 5th.]
Corvette Racing Returns to Laguna Seca, Site of 1-2 Finish in 2012
When teams and drivers return to a track where they have previously enjoyed success, it sparks a heightened sense of anticipation heading into the event. For the drivers and
crew members of the No.'s 3 and 4 Compuware Corvette C6.Rs, this weekend's four-hour American Le Mans Series (ALMS) Monterey at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca means a return to the
site of a 1-2 Corvette Racing finish in 2012.
"I think the longer format is going to play into our hands," said Oliver Gavin, co-driver with Tommy Milner of the No. 4 Corvette C6.R. "We have performed well
over the longer races recently, and I really feel we have got the best team."
Corvette Racing Finishes 4th and 5th at Long Beach
Corvette Racing scored two top-five finishes at Long Beach to maintain a share of the lead in the American Le Mans Series (ALMS) Manufacturer Standings through the first two
races of the season.
Tommy Milner and Oliver Gavin, drove the No. 4 Compuware Corvette C6.R to a fourth-place finish in the GT class in the two-hour Tequila Patron American Le Mans Series at Long
Beach on the 1.968-mile, 11-turn street circuit. Antonio Garcia and Jan Magnussen finished fifth in the No. 3 Compuware Corvette C6.R.
Long Beach Results
1. #55 BMW Z4 GTE (Auberlin/Martín)
2. #56 BMW Z4 GTE (D. Muller/Hand)
3. #91 SRT Viper GTS-R (Farnbacher/Goossens)
4. #4 Chevrolet Corvette C6.R (Gavin/Milner)
5. #3 Chevrolet Corvette C6.R (Magnussen/Garcia)
6. #48 Porsche 911 GT3 RSR (Miller/Holzer)
7. #23 Ferrari F458 Italia (Sweedler/Bell)
8. #93 SRT Viper GTS-R (Bomarito/Wittmer)
9. #62 Ferrari F458 Italia (Beretta/Malucelli)
10. #17 Porsche 911 GT3 RSR (Henzler/Sellers)
Corvette Racing Qualifies 4th and 6th at Long Beach
Jan Magnussen, driver of the No. 3 Compuware Corvette C6.R, qualified fourth (1:19.047 secs.) in the American Le Mans Series (ALMS) GT Class at Long Beach. Tommy Milner, who
won his first ALMS race at this event last year, qualified sixth (1:19.083) in the No. 4 Compuware Corvette C6.R on the 1.968-mile, 11-turn Long Beach Street Circuit.
Corvette Racing Looks Foward to Long Beach Return
Corvette Racing returns to where its championship season in 2012 earned its first of four victories: The 1.968-mile, 11-turn Long Beach Street Circuit.
Oliver Gavin and Tommy Milner, co-drivers of the No. 4 Compuware Corvette C6.R, won at Long Beach last year en route to the Team and Driver championships. It was their first
victory as a team, and Milner's first victory in the American Le Mans Series.
86 RACE WINS (78 ALMS, 7 LeMans, 1 GRAND-AM)
AMERICAN LE MANS SERIES
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CORVETTE RACING FOR THE FANS AT LONG BEACH:
- Fans can visit the Corvette Racing and Chevy IndyCar Display in the Long Beach Convention and Entertainment Center.
- Fans can check out great Chevrolet vehicles including: 2014 Corvette Stingray, 2014 Silverado, 2014 Impala, Camaro ZL1, Volt, Malibu, Traverse, Sonic, and Spark.
- At the display fans can see a variety of show cars and specialty vehicles including: The IndyCar Series Series No. 1 Dallara-Chevrolet show car, the Turbo movie Camaro show
car, Corvette C6.R and 60th Anniverisary Corvette 427.
- Fans can see a sample of engines, parts and accessories available for purchase from Chevrolet at their local Chevrolet dealer.
- Other activities at the Corvette Racing and IndyCar Display include a variety of interactive games for adults and kids.
- Display hours of operation: Friday, 8:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.; Saturday, 8:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.; and Sunday 8:00 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.
CORVETTE RACING IN AMERICAN LE MANS SERIES (ALMS) COMPETITION:
- Corvette Racing has 78 ALMS class victories, making it the most successful team in American Le Mans Series history.
- Longest winning streak in GT1 (25, 2007 Sebring-2009 Long Beach)
- Corvette Racing has nine Manufacturer and Team Championships, and eight Drivers Championships.
- Corvette Racing was the Michelin Green X Challenge GT Manufacturer Champion (Chevrolet) and Team Champions (No. 3 Corvette C6.R, Jan Magnussen/ Antonio Garcia) in 2012.
CHEVROLET ON THE TRACK—GRAND PRIX OF LONG BEACH:
- Corvette Racing has participated in every ALMS race in Long Beach, winning three straight in the GT1 class (2007-09) and one in the GT class (2012).
- The team also scored consecutive runner-up finishes in 2010-11 after moving to the GT category.
- Corvette Racing has qualified first in class three times in Long Beach (Qualifying was cancelled in 2012 due to rain).
- Oliver Gavin and Tommy Milner's 2012 victory in Long Beach was the first for this driver combination, and Milner's first career ALMS win.
CORVETTE RACING IN THE PADDOCK AT LONG BEACH GRAND PRIX - DOUG FEHAN
"There's a formula that I like to extoll, and it's for any race. It's 25 percent great car, 25 percent great team and 50 percent good luck. And that gets modified just a
little bit when you go to street races, and the good-luck portion plays a much greater role. Because you have a great car and a great team, but in a street race anything can
happen to you - from turn one, lap one to turn 10, final lap of the race. You've got to have good fortune on your side. Anybody who wins at Long Beach, has good fortune on that
day. That's just the way street races work."
CORVETTE RACING FROM THE DRIVER'S SEAT, LOOKING BACK ON 2012 RACE IN LONG BEACH - OLIVER GAVIN, NO. 4 COMPUWARE CORVETTE:
"Long Beach was the start of the run to the Championship for Tommy and me. As you so often have to be on street races, we were a little lucky in that the two cars in front
of us on the grid had issues on the fourth corner of the race and their race was compromised from there on. We still had to battle our way from then on to the front but our car
was good straight off and that was a big plus point."
Chevrolet American Le Mans Series Statistics
Manufacturers and Team Championships
Total (2001-2008, 2012): 9
24 Hours of Le Mans Class Wins
Total (2001-02, 2004-06, 2009, 2011): 7
Total (2002-2008, 2012): 8
2013 Event Victories
2012 Event Victories
(Long Beach, Laguna Seca, Mid-Ohio, Virgina International Raceway): 4
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Chevy ALMS at Sebring 12 Hour: Corvette Racing Opens 2013 with Win at Sebring
Tommy Milner made a late pass for the lead and then held on for the final 15 minutes as the No. 4 GT Compuware Corvette C6.R won the American Le Mans Series GT class 61st Annual
Mobil 1 12 Hours of Sebring at Sebring International Raceway on Saturday.
The No. 4 Corvette C6.R - driven by 2012 Drivers' champions Milner and Oliver Gavin, and Richard Westbrook - overcame an early electrical issue and two key penalties to win the
2013 ALMS opener. It is Gavin's fifth victory at Sebring; Milner and Westbrook each recorded his first.
"What an incredible effort by Corvette Racing; these guys never gave up," said Jim Campbell, Chevrolet U.S. Vice-President for Performance Vehicles & Motorsports.
"They came from behind multiple times. It was a focused team effort, with great driving and great calls in the pits, and great pits stops, and they delivered a big win. I'm
proud of them."
GT Class, 61st Annual Mobil 1 12 Hours of Sebring
1. #4 Chevrolet Corvette C6.R (Gavin/Milner/Westbrook), 333 laps
2. #62 Ferrari F458 Italia (Bruni/Beretta/Malucelli), 333 laps
3. #17 Porsche 911 GT3 RSR (Henzler/Sellers/Tandy), -1 lap
4. #55 BMW Z4 GTE (Auberlin/Martín/J. Muller), -3 laps
5. #91 SRT Viper GTS-R (Dalziel/Farnbacher/Goossens), -4 laps
6. #48 Porsche 911 GT3 RSR (Miller/Holzer/Lietz), -4 laps
7. #56 BMW Z4 GTE (D. Muller/Hand/Edwards), -12 laps
8. #97 Aston Martin Vantage V8 (Turner/Mucke/Senna), -15 laps
9. #007 Aston Martin Vantage V8 (Della Lana/Johnson/Lamy), -26 laps
10. #93 SRT Viper GTS-R (Bomarito/Kendall/Wittmer), -30 laps
Corvette Racing In Top 5 at Midway Point of Mobil 1 12 Hours of Sebring
Both the No. 3 and No. 4 GT Compuware Corvette C6.Rs have experienced early problems in American Le Mans Series 61st Annual Mobil 1 12 Hours of Sebring, but, at the midway
point, the No. 4 Corvette C6.R remains in contention after overcoming a two-lap deficit at Sebring International Raceway.
At the six-hour mark, the No. 4 Corvette C6.R is in fourth place and on the lead lap in the GT class, after starting second and leading early in the ALMS season opener. The No.
3 Corvette C6.R experienced an unfortunate electrical issue very early in the race, and is in 11th place in class, 26 laps off the pace.
Corvette Racing Qualifies Both Teams in Top 5 at Sebring
Oliver Gavin, driver of the No. 4 GT Compuware Corvette C6.R, qualified second (1:58.934, 113.206 mph) in the American Le Mans Series (ALMS) GT class for the 61st Annual Mobil
1 12 Hours of Sebring at Sebring International Raceway - just 0.119 seconds off the pole. Antonio Garcia qualified fifth (1:59:348, 112.813 mph) in the No. 3 GT Compuware Corvette
"I'm happy with what we've got," Gavin said following his qualifying effort around the 3.74-mile track. "Yes, I'd like to have the pole, but this is a 12-hour
event, it's not a sprint. I think we can almost start in the back and still win this race. But, I'm pleased with the position we've got. I'm happy with our car."
Corvette Racing Sets Sights on 2013 after Successful 2012
Corvette Racing, after a very successful 2012, is focused squarely on the present as it heads into 61st Annual Mobil 1 12 Hours of Sebring at historic
Sebring (Fla.) International Raceway this weekend.
Corvette Racing won the 2012 ALMS GT Manufacturer, Team and Driver (Oliver Gavin and Tommy Milner) championships in 2012, and has seven class victories at Sebring since
2013 Corvette Racing Schedule
61th Anniversary Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring
Tequila Patrón American Le Mans Series at Long Beach
Long Beach, CA
American Le Mans Series Monterey
24 Heures du Mans
Le Mans, France
American Le Mans Northeast Grand Prix
Mobil 1 presents the Grand Prix of Mosport
Bowmanville, Ontario, Canada
Road Race Showcase
Elkhart Lake, WI
Grand Prix of Baltimore
Circuit of the Americas
ALMS at VIR
Petit Le Mans
The Year in Review: Corvette Racing's Championship Season
As Chevrolet celebrated the 60th year of Corvette production, Chevrolet's Corvette Racing team reigned in the production-based GT class in the 2012 American Le Mans Series. In
10 ALMS races, the twin Compuware Corvette C6.Rs posted four victories, six runner-up finishes, 12 podium appearances, two poles, and five fastest race laps.
That performance propelled Corvette Racing to a sweep of the GT class championships. Corvette Racing won the team title and Chevrolet captured the manufacturer championship.
Oliver Gavin and Tommy Milner won the GT drivers championship in the No. 4 Corvette C6.R, while Jan Magnussen and Antonio Garcia finished third in the driver standings in the No.
3 Corvette C6.R. Magnussen and Garcia won the Michelin Green X Challenge four times, securing the Green X GT manufacturer championship for Chevrolet. Corvette Racing also won the
ALMS From the Fans award in popular voting.
2012 GT Team Champion: Corvette Racing
Corvette Racing 2012 ALMS Season Summary
GT Manufacturer Champion: Chevrolet
GT Team Champion: Corvette
GT Driver Champions: Oliver Gavin, Tommy Milner
Michelin Green X Challenge GT Manufacturer Champion: Chevrolet
Michelin Green X Challenge GT Team Champion: No. 3 Corvette C6.R, Jan Magnussen/ Antonio Garcia
No 4 Compuware Corvette C6.R, Gavin/Milner/Westbrook
4 wins: Long Beach, Laguna Seca, Mid-Ohio, VIR
1 second: Baltimore
2 thirds: Sebring, Lime Rock
1 pole: Baltimore (Gavin)
3 fastest laps: Long Beach, Laguna Seca, Baltimore (Gavin)
No. 3 Corvette C6.R, Magnussen/Garcia/Taylor
5 seconds: Sebring, Laguna Seca, Lime Rock, Mosport, Road Atlanta
1 pole: Mosport (Magnussen)
2 fastest laps: Road America (Magnussen), VIR (Garcia)
Corvette Racing Runner-Up in Petit Le Mans
The race for the GT class victory in the season-ending Petit Le Mans came down to speed versus fuel economy. With the No. 3 Compuware Corvette C6.R driven by Jan Magnussen,
Antonio Garcia, and Jordan Taylor cutting seconds from the No. 01 Ferrari's lead with every lap, Ferrari driver Toni Vilander made it to the finish without a final fuel stop. Thus
the No. 3 Corvette finished second for the fifth time in 10 American Le Mans Series races this season.
The winning Ferrari and the runner-up Corvette both completed 375 laps on the 2.54-mile Road Atlanta circuit, with the Ferrari 30.676 seconds ahead at the checkered flag after
nine hours and 37 minutes of intense racing. The championship-winning No. 4 Compuware Corvette of Oliver Gavin, Tommy Milner, and Richard Westbrook pitted from the lead just
before the six-hour mark with a steering problem, and lost 26 laps to the leaders while the Corvette crew replaced the rack, ultimately finishing 12th.
Petit Le Mans GT Results (Top 10)
1. 01 Sharp/van Overbeek/Vilander, Ferrari 458 Italia, 375
2. 3 Magnussen/Garcia/Taylor, Corvette C6.R, 375
3. 55 J. Mueller/Auberlen/Summerton, BMW E92 M3, 374
4. 56 D. Mueller/Alzen/Summerton, BMW E92 M3, 373
5. 45 Bergmeister/Long/Pilet, Porsche 911 GT3 RSR, 373
6. 17 Henzler/Sellers/Ragginger, Porsche 911 GT3 RSR, 372
7. 44 Neiman/Holzer/Tandy, Porsche 911 GT3 RSR, 369
8. 91 Wittmer/Farnbacher/Hunter-Reay, SRT Viper GTSR, 369
9. 02 Brown/Cosmo/Lazzaro, Ferrari F458 Italia, 368
10. 48 Miller/Maassen/Leitz, Porsche 911 GT3 RSR, 367
Corvettes Qualify Fourth and Fifth for ALMS Season Finale
Corvette Racing drivers Oliver Gavin and Antonio Garcia qualified the twin Compuware Corvette C6.Rs for Saturday's season-ending Petit Le Mans at Road Atlanta with nearly
identical lap times. Gavin put the No. 4 Corvette C6.R fourth on the GT grid with a 1:19.065 lap time (115.652 mph) on the 12-turn, 2.54-mile road course. Garcia was just .021
seconds behind his teammate with a time of 1:19.086 (115.621 mph) that secured the fifth spot in the production-based GT category for the No. 3 Corvette C6.R.
Guy Cosmo captured the GT pole in the No. 02 Ferrari with a track record qualifying time of 1:18.677 (116.222 mph). The top six GT qualifiers were separated by less than half a
Petit Le Mans GT Qualifying (Top 10)
1. 02 Brown/Cosmo/Lazzaro, Ferrari F458 Italia, 1:18.677
2. 01 Sharp/van Overbeek/Vilander, Ferrari 458 Italia, 1:18.729
3. 55 J. Mueller/Auberlen/Summerton, BMW E92 M3, 1:18.972
4. 4 Gavin/Milner/Westbrook, Corvette C6.R, 1:19.065
5. 3 Magnussen/Garcia/Taylor, Corvette C6.R, 1:19.086
6. 92 Goossens/Kendall/Bomarito, SRT Viper GTSR, 1:19.145
7. 45 Bergmeister/Long/Pilet, Porsche 911 GT3 RSR, 1:19.225
8. 56 D. Mueller/Alzen/Summerton, BMW E92 M3, 1:19.261
9. 44 Neiman/Holzer/Tandy, Porsche 911 GT3 RSR, 1:19.524
10. 91 Wittmer/Farnbacher/Hunter-Reay, SRT Viper GTSR, 1:19.839
Corvette Racing at Road Atlanta: Finish with a Flourish
Petit Le Mans, the finale of the 2012 American Le Mans Series, will crown a season that has seen Corvette Racing score four victories in nine ALMS races and sweep the GT driver,
team, and manufacturer championships. The pressure to win the class titles may be off, but the Corvette team has unfinished business in the
10-hour/1,000-mile endurance contest in the red clay hills of northern Georgia on Saturday, Oct. 20.
Oliver Gavin and Tommy Milner wrapped up the GT championships with a victory in the preceding round at Virginia International Raceway in the No. 4 Compuware Corvette C6.R, but
teammates Antonio Garcia and Jan Magnussen are fighting for second in the final standings in the No. 3 Compuware Corvette C6.R. Despite a run of misfortune in the last two races,
Garcia and Magnussen hold a two-point margin over their four closest rivals on the strength of four runner-up finishes. It's indicative of the heated competition in the GT
category that 10 drivers are still in contention for the second spot. Magnussen's record streak of at least one victory in every ALMS season since the series' inception in 1999 is
also on the line at Petit Le Mans.
Corvette Racing Sweeps ALMS GT Championships with VIR 240 Victory
Oliver Gavin and Tommy Milner won the American Le Mans Series GT Drivers Championship with a victory today in the VIR 240 at Virginia International Raceway. Their fourth victory
in nine races clinched the GT Manufacturer Championship for Chevrolet and wrapped up the GT Team Championship for Corvette Racing.
"This is the kind of day you hope for - a perfect race, a great race car, the right pit calls, and no drama," said Milner. "I got my start in professional sports
car racing at VIR, so to get my first championship here in my home state of Virginia is very special. I can't say enough for Oliver and the Corvette Racing crew; they've been best
friends from the day that I arrived. Just a great day!"
Gavin avoided trouble in a chaotic start and took the lead at 42 minutes into the four-hour race. A well-timed pit stop at the one-hour mark put the No. 4 Compuware Corvette
C6.R in control with Milner taking the two middle stints. Gavin then drove the final hour and crossed the finish line with a 19.5-second margin of victory over the second-place
No. 45 Porsche.
American Le Mans Series VIR 240 GT Results (Top 10)
1. 4 Gavin/Milner, Corvette C6.R, 126
2. 45 Bergmeister/Long, Porsche 911 GT3 RSR, 126
3. 01 Sharp/van Overbeek, Ferrari 458 Italia, 126
4. 55 J. Mueller/Auberlen, BMW E92 M3, 126
5. 44 Neiman/Holzer, Porsche 911 GT3 RSR, 125
6. 23 Sweedler/Bell, Lotus Evora, 124
7. 17 Henzler/Sellers, Porsche 911 GT3 RSR, 123
8. 3 Magnussen/Garcia, Corvette C6.R, 122
9. 56 D. Mueller/Summerton, BMW E92 M3, 120
10. 48 Miller/Maassen, Porsche 911 GT3 RSR, 98
Corvettes Qualify Third and Fourth for ALMS VIR 240
Corvette Racing drivers Oliver Gavin and Jan Magnussen locked up the second row in GT qualifying for Saturday's VIR 240 at Virginia International Raceway. Gavin qualified the No.
4 Compuware Corvette C6.R third in the 11-car GT field at 1:46.409 (110.630 mph). Magnussen qualified the No. 3 Compuware Corvette C6.R fourth at 1:46.497 (110.538 mph) in the
American Le Mans Series' first visit to the Virginia track. Johannes van Overbeek claimed the GT pole in the No. 01 Ferrari with a fast lap at 1:45.988 (111.069 mph).
American Le Mans Series VIR 240 GT Qualifying (Top 10)
1. 01 Sharp/van Overbeek, Ferrari 458 Italia, 1:45.988
2. 56 D. Mueller/Summerton, BMW E92 M3, 1:46.359
3. 4 Gavin/Milner, Corvette C6.R, 1:46.409
4. 3 Magnussen/Garcia, Corvette C6.R, 1:46.497
5. 45 Bergmeister/Long, Porsche 911 GT3 RSR, 1:46.583
6. 44 Neiman/Holzer, Porsche 911 GT3 RSR, 1:46.601
7. 55 J. Mueller/Auberlen, BMW E92 M3, 1:46.680
8. 17 Henzler/Sellers, Porsche 911 GT3 RSR, 1:48.014
9. 48 Miller/Maassen, Porsche 911 GT3 RSR, 1:48.319
10. 23 Sweedler/Bell, Lotus Evora, 1:48.940
Corvette Racing at VIR: Very Important Race
According to the state slogan, Virginia is for lovers, but Virginia International Raceway is for racers. The manicured circuit in the rolling Virginia countryside will host
Saturday's American Le Mans VIR 240, the ninth round of the 10-race 2012 American Le Mans Series.
The penultimate event on this year's ALMS calendar is indeed a VIR - "Very Important Race" - for Corvette Racing. The Chevy team leads the driver, team, and
manufacturer championships in the GT class, and can clinch the titles at VIR. The series' first appearance at VIR is a venture into unexplored territory, however. Corvette Racing
was in France preparing for the 24 Hours of Le Mans during the ALMS open test held at VIR in June. While all four Corvette Racing drivers have experience at VIR, none has raced a
Corvette C6.R on the 3.27-mile Virginia road course.
Corvettes Finish Second and Sixth in Baltimore ALMS
Corvette Racing encountered heavy holiday traffic on the streets of Baltimore today, finishing second and sixth in the Baltimore Sports Car Challenge. Oliver Gavin and Tommy
Milner labored long and hard on the Labor Day weekend to bring the No. 4 Compuware Corvette C6.R across the finish line second, 2.2 seconds behind the winning No. 17 Porsche of
Bryan Sellers and Wolf Henzler. That result increased their lead in the GT driver championship as their closest rivals finished down the order. Antonio Garcia andJan Magnussen
battled back after a tire puncture on the first lap dropped the No. 3 Compuware Corvette C6.R to last place. With their sixth-place finish, Garcia and Magnussenretained second
place in the GT driver standings.
The top eight GT cars finished on the same lap, completing 67 tours around the 2.0-mile temporary street course in Baltimore's Inner Harbor in the two-hour race. The GT-winning
Porsche finished fourth overall, and the Gavin/Milner Corvette was fifth overall. The first four finishers in the closely contested GT category represented four different
manufacturers: Porsche, Chevrolet, Ferrari, and BMW.
Baltimore Sports Car Challenge GT Results (Top 10)
1. 17 Henzler/Sellers, Porsche 911 GT3 RSR, 67
2. 4 Gavin/Milner, Corvette C6.R, 67
3. 01 Sharp/van Overbeek, Ferrari 458 Italia, 67
4. 56 D. Mueller/Hand, BMW E92 M3, 67
5. 45 Bergmeister/Long, Porsche 911 GT3 RSR, 67
6. 3 Magnussen/Garcia, Corvette C6.R, 67
7. 44 Long/Holzer, Porsche 911 GT3 RSR, 67
8. 55 J. Mueller/Auberlen, BMW E92 M3, 67
9. 48 Miller/Maassen, Porsche 911 GT3 RSR, 66
10. 23 Sweedler/Bell, Lotus Evora, 66
Corvette Racing Wins GT Pole for Baltimore Street Race
As Oliver Gavin prepared to make his qualifying run for Saturday's Baltimore Sports Car Challenge in the No. 4 Compuware Corvette C6.R, he asked engineer Chuck Houghton how many
laps he had. Houghton replied, "However many it takes for you to put the car on the pole."
Gavin needed only four laps to post the quickest qualifying time in the GT class for the eighth round of the American Le Mans Series. He turned a time of 1:29.945 (81.650 mph)
on his fourth time around the 2-mile, 12-turn temporary street circuit to claim his 20th career pole in the American Le Mans Series. Teammate Jan Magnussen was third quickest at
1:30.413 (81.227 mph) in his ninth and final lap in the No. 3 Compuware Corvette C6.R. Gavin won the pole on the streets of downtown Baltimore by a .382-second margin over the No.
55 BMW of Bill Auberlen that qualified second in the 13-strong GT field.
Baltimore Sports Car Challenge GT Qualifying (Top 10)
1. 4 Gavin/Milner, Corvette C6.R, 1:29.945
2. 55 J. Mueller/Auberlen, BMW E92 M3, 1:30.327
3. 3 Magnussen/Garcia, Corvette C6.R, 1:30.413
4. 45 Bergmeister/Long, Porsche 911 GT3 RSR, 1:30.665
5. 56 D. Mueller/Hand, BMW E92 M3, 1:30.838
6. 01 Sharp/van Overbeek, Ferrari 458 Italia, 1:31.262
7. 17 Henzler/Sellers, Porsche 911 GT3 RSR, 1:31.412
8. 48 Miller/Maassen, Porsche 911 GT3 RSR, 1:32.108
9. 92 Goossens/Kendall, SRT Viper GTSR, 1:33.526
10. 23 Sweedler/Bell, Lotus Evora, 1:33.701
Corvette Racing at Baltimore: Racin' in the Streets
In the midst of the War of 1812, the Battle of Baltimore inspired Francis Scott Key to write the lyrics for "The Star-Spangled Banner." Now nearly
two centuries later, the Battle of Baltimore will be rejoined - not by American and British armies, but by a fleet of world-class American, British, German, and Italian sports
cars racing through the streets of Baltimore's Inner Harbor.
Saturday's Baltimore Sports Car Challenge, the eighth round of the 2012 American Le Mans Series, promises another all-out fight between drivers, teams, and manufacturers. The
two-hour skirmish on the downtown street course dispenses with such niceties as strategy, tactics, and patience. It's simply about speed, track position, and staying out of
"There is no strategy in a two-hour race," said Corvette Racing driver Tommy Milner, a long-time resident of nearby Middleburg, Va. "It's basically one pit stop,
and whoever is the fastest and can make the best of their qualifying position is going to come out on top. Any mistake and you're done because there's not much time to come
Corvettes Fourth and Sixth in Wild Finish at Road America
The Road America Road Race Showcase was going Corvette Racing's way for the first three hours, but the final 60 minutes saw a reversal of fortune for the Chevrolet team. After
running at the front from the start of the four-hour race, the Corvettes were shuffled down the finishing order in the closing minutes.
Oliver Gavin and Tommy Milner finished fourth in the No. 4 Compuware Corvette C6.R after their pit stop strategy was undone by an ill-timed yellow flag. Jan Magnussen and
Antonio Garcia were sixth in the No. 3 Compuware Corvette C6.R after Magnussen was hit from behind in the final corner while running third. The victory went to the No. 55 BMW
driven by Bill Auberlen and Joerg Mueller by 2.631 seconds over the No. 45 Porsche of Joerg Bergmeister and Patrick Long.
Road America Road Race Showcase GT Provisional Results (Top 10)
1. 55 J. Mueller/Auberlen, BMW E92 M3, 97
2. 45 Bergmeister/Long, Porsche 911 GT3 RSR, 97
3. 01 Sharp/van Overbeek, Ferrari 458 Italia, 97
4. 4 Gavin/Milner, Corvette C6.R, 97
5. 48 Miller/Maassen, Porsche 911 GT3 RSR, 9
6. 3 Magnussen/Garcia, Corvette C6.R, 97
7. 23 Sweedler/Bell, Lotus Evora, 97
8. 44 Neiman/Holzer, Porsche 911 GT3 RSR, 96
9. 91 Wittmer/Farnbacher, SRT Viper GTSR, 96
10. 56 D. Mueller/Summerton, BMW E92 M3, 95
Corvettes Qualify Third and Fifth in Record-Smashing Qualifying Session
Corvette Racing drivers Oliver Gavin and Antonio Garcia qualified third and fifth respectively for Saturday's Road America Road Race Showcase as the record book took a beating.
The seven quickest cars in the GT category eclipsed the previous qualifying record on the 4.0-mile circuit.
The Corvettes were frontrunners in today's practice sessions, and continued their pace in the 15-minute GT qualifying session. Gavin turned his best time at 2:04.871 (116.703
mph) in the No. 4 Compuware Corvette C6.R on the second of his four flying laps, and Garcia was close behind at 2:04.921 (116.588 mph) in the No. 3 Compuware Corvette C6.R. Marco
Holzer won the pole in the No. 44 Porsche at 2:04.415 (117.131 mph), bettering the GT record set in 2011 at 2:05.447 by 1.032 seconds, followed by Joerg Bergmeister in the No. 45
Road America Road Race Showcase GT Qualifying (Top 10)
1. 44 Neiman/Holzer, Porsche 911 GT3 RSR, 2:04.415
2. 45 Bergmeister/Long, Porsche 911 GT3 RSR, 2:04.428
3. 4 Gavin/Milner, Corvette C6.R, 2:04.871
4. 55 J. Mueller/Auberlen, BMW E92 M3, 2:04.913
5. 3 Magnussen/Garcia, Corvette C6.R, 2:04.921
6. 01 Sharp/van Overbeek, Ferrari 458 Italia, 2:04.994
7. 56 D. Mueller/Summerton, BMW E92 M3, 2:05.098
8. 17 Henzler/Sellers, Porsche 911 GT3 RSR, 2:06.640
9. 23 Sweedler/Bell, Lotus Evora, 2:07.177
10. 48 Miller/Maassen, Porsche 911 GT3 RSR, 2:07.182
Road America 2011: Corvette Bridge returnsCorvette Racing at Road America: A Celebration of Speed
The long and winding road to the American Le Mans Series championship runs through Road America, a track that is revered and respected by generations of sports car racers. The
classic 4-mile circuit in the rolling Wisconsin countryside will host the Road America Road Race Showcase, the seventh round of the 2012 ALMS on Saturday, followed by the Corvette
World Tribute on Sunday.
Like the famed French circuit that is the series' namesake, Road America's soaring straights and high-speed curves are a test of both horsepower and fortitude. The track has
long been a proving ground for America's iconic sports car, from the early days of solid-axle Corvettes, Sting Rays, and Grand Sports to today's advanced Corvette C6.Rs.
"Road America is a fantastic circuit, a great track for teams, drivers, and race cars," said Oliver Gavin, who shares the GT championship points lead with teammate
Tommy Milner. "It's got all the ingredients to make a great race. It's the highest speed track we run on apart from Le Mans, and it's the one track where we can test for the