Bowtie Bullet Points: Chevy Notes for Road America
Chevrolet Can Clinch Manufacturers' Title in Elkhart Lake
ELKHART LAKE, Wisc. - The General Motors
Chevrolet Corvette Racing team can clinch a fourth consecutive ALMS
GTS Manufacturers' title this weekend at Road America in Elkhart
Lake, Wisc. The team is undefeated thus far in 2004.
Road America Engineering Notes
Doug Louth, engineering manager for Corvette Racing, has had the
high-speed Road America circuit in his sights for some time.
"Elkhart Lake has a lot of just about everything: long
straights, low-speed corners, very high-speed corners, heavy braking
and elevation changes," said Louth. "With this diversity,
the vehicle configuration and tuning can't be biased to any one
handling regime at the expense of another. The typical challenge of
making the car work 'everywhere' is even more critical here. This
scenario isn't surprising though, as it lines up with the only
long-distance track on our schedule: Le Mans. In addition to our
normal setup optimization process, our practice plans include aero
and brake configuration tests specifically for this circuit."
O'Connell Throws First Pitch at Brewers-Cubs Game
Corvette Racing driver Johnny O'Connell threw the ceremonial first
pitch at the Brewers-Cubs game at Milwaukee's Miller Park on
Thursday. The ALMS champion drove a 2004 Commemorative Edition
Corvette Z-06 onto the field before walking onto the mound to throw
his pitch. The ALMS co-champion threw high heat, with an unverified
speed approaching, in O'Connell's words, "something like the
speed of the Corvette C5-R." He then returned to the Corvette
and drove off the field to the applause of the fans. The Cubs beat
the Brewers, nine to six.
Chevrolet, Fellows/O'Connell Lead GTS Points Standings
Chevrolet can claim a fourth-straight manufacturers' crown this
weekend. The American marque holds a 55-point lead over Saleen
heading into the final three races of the season. Ron Fellows and
Johnny O'Connell have a 33-point lead in the ALMS drivers'
championship over fellow Corvette drivers Oliver Gavin and Olivier
|Fellows / O'Connell
|Gavin / Beretta
|Borcheller / Mowlem
Fellows Second in NASCAR at Watkins Glen; To Race Cadillac Again
Corvette driver Ron Fellows finished a remarkable second in last
weekend's NASCAR Nextel Cup race at Watkins Glen International in
upstate New York. The Canadian road racing expert started dead
last-43rd position-after rain spoiled qualifying, but moved through
the pack to nearly capture the victory. This weekend at Road
America, he will once again reprise his role in the #12 Cadillac
CTS-V, helping Team Cadillac improve their position for the SCCA
SPEED World Challenge GT Manufacturers' championship.
Corvettes Fastest In Friday Practice
The two factory Corvettes set the fastest times in the GTS class
during practice on Friday afternoon.
The Corvette Racing team will qualify on Saturday at 1:55 p.m.
Sunday's television coverage begins at 2:00 p.m. EDT on SPEED
|Friday Practice Results - GTS Class
||Dodge Viper GTS-R