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CORVETTE RACING AT PETIT LE MANS: Solid Start in Last Title Push

GT championship co-leader Garcia qualifies No. 3 Corvette fourth in GT; Gavin seventh in No. 4

BRASELTON, Ga. - The final race for the Chevrolet Corvette C6.R will see two of Corvette Racing's GT challengers starting fourth and seventh on the GT grid for Saturday's Petit Le Mans at Road Atlanta. Antonio Garcia qualified the No. 3 Compuware Corvette fourth with a lap of 1:19.128 (115.560 mph) in the finale of the American Le Mans Series.

Garcia and Jan Magnussen enter the 1,000-mile/10-hour race leading the GT drivers' championship. With three wins this season, the duo needs a seventh-place finish or better Saturday with Jordan Taylor to clinch the title. Their only challenger for the title - Dirk Muller - will start fifth. The top seven cars were within 0.579 seconds of each other.

Garcia set his best time on his final lap of the session to beat Muller's time. The No. 3 Corvette placed second in last year's Petit Le Mans, and a similar showing Saturday would give Corvette Racing a drivers' championship for the ninth time since 2001. Magnussen won the 2008 GT1 title, and Garcia was third in last year's GT standings with Magnussen for his best championship finish.

In the ALMS' previous round at VIR, Chevrolet clinched its 10th manufacturers' championship, and Corvette won an ALMS team title for the 10th time.

Gavin, driving with Tommy Milner and Richard Westbrook, set a best lap of 1:19.440 (115.106 mph) in the No. 4 Corvette. The trio hopes to bookend their season with a victory to match a season-opening win in March at the 12 Hours of Sebring. Gavin and Milner - last year's ALMS champions - stand third in this season's drivers' points and have a chance to move up to the runner-up position in the final standings.

Saturday's race begins at 11:30 a.m. ET with live coverage alternating between FOX Sports 1 and FOX Sports 2.

ANTONIO GARCIA, NO. 3 COMPUWARE CORVETTE C6.R

"We had a decent setup and decent pace compared to where we have been in past races. I felt like I could really attack. We seem to be a little closer to our competitors than where we expected. It's a very good starting position for a long race. No one will be taking risks right away. The more toward the front you are, the less chance there is of having an issue. This is a good starting point. Now we need to run a clean race. Who knows - for sure we want to make 70 percent. After that, we will go for the win."

OLIVER GAVIN, NO. 4 COMPUWARE CORVETTE C6.R

"We are still searching for some punch out of the slow-speed corners. We also were looking for some direction change in the middle of the corners and made some adjustments before qualifying. I think we overshot with that. Now we have a car that is very much the other way and oversteering everywhere. I couldn't attack any of the corners or carry my brakes all the way in. I was very nervous with the rear of the car, and my steering inputs were very, very small. It was the sort of stuff you expect when you have a little too much on the nose of the car and the rear is too light. But it's a long race. We will take seventh place; we have worked our way up well from those positions all year. I'm pretty confident we can do it again. We will get the car right and will be there in the race."

DOUG FEHAN, CORVETTE RACING PROGRAM MANAGER

"One of the main goals of the session was to start in front of the BMW, which we accomplished. Antonio put in a great final lap, and Oliver positioned the No. 4 to help the team car fight for the championship. Now the goal is to have a clean, mistake-free race under very competitive conditions to wrap up our ninth ALMS drivers' title - a remarkable feat over the last 15 years. The drivers, engineers and crew have performed brilliantly under pressure all season. Now it comes down to the final race. We are prepared and ready."

Petit Le Mans (all times ET)
Warmup: 9:15 a.m., Saturday, Oct. 19
Race: 11:30 a.m., Saturday, Oct. 19

Petit Le Mans: Watch It!
Race (TV): 11 a.m.-noon, 2:30-6:30 p.m. (FOX Sports 2); 6:30-8 p.m. (FOX Sports 1); 8-9:30 p.m. (FOX Sports 2)
Race (Web): 11 a.m., Saturday, Oct. 19 (ALMS.com)

ALMS GT Championship Standings

Driver Standings Team Standings Manufacturer Standings
1. Antonio Garcia/Jan Magnussen - 125
2. Dirk Muller - 109
3. Oliver Gavin/Tommy Milner - 100
4. Dominik Farnbacher/Marc Goossens - 93
5. Bill Auberlen - 82
1. Corvette Racing - 161
2. BMW Team RLL - 120
3. SRT Motorsports - 109
4. Risi Competizione - 56
5. CORE autosport - 48
1. Chevrolet - 164
2. BMW - 134
3. SRT - 123
4. Ferrari - 109
5. Porsche - 95

Corvette Racing History at Road Atlanta

Year

Class

Drivers

Result

Car

Notes

1999

GTS

Fellows/Kneifel/Paul Jr.

5th

Corvette C5-R

Fellows pole; Gavin fastest race lap

   

Pilgrim/Collins/Sharp

4th

Corvette C5-R

 

2000

GTS

Fellows/Kneifel/Bell

3rd

Corvette C5-R

Fellows pole

   

Pilgrim/Collins/Freon

1st

Corvette C5-R

 

2001

GTS

Fellows/O'Connell

9th

Corvette C5-R

Fellows pole

   

Collins/Pilgrim/Freon/p>

1st

Corvette C5-R

 

2002

GTS

Fellows/O'Connell/Gavin

1st

Corvette C5-R

 
   

Collins/Pilgrim/Freon/p>

3rd

Corvette C5-R

Pilgrim fastest race lap

2003*

GTS

Fellows/O'Connell

5th

Corvette C5-R

 
   

Collins/Gavin

3rd

Corvette C5-R

 

2004

GTS

Fellows/O'Connell/Papis

2nd

Corvette C5-R

 
   

Beretta/Gavin/Magnussen

1st

Corvette C5-R

Gavin pole, fastest race lap

2005*

GT1

Fellows/O'Connell

2st

Corvette C6.R

O'Connell pole, fastest race lap

   

Beretta/Gavin

2nd

Corvette C6.R

 

2005

GT1

Fellows/O'Connell/Papis

6th

Corvette C6.R

O'Connell pole, fastest race lap

   

Beretta/Gavin/Magnussen

1st

Corvette C6.R

Beretta pole, Gavin fastest race lap

2006

GT1

Fellows/O'Connell/Papis

4th

Corvette C6.R

O'Connell pole

   

Beretta/Gavin/Magnussen

3rd

Corvette C6.R

Gavin fastest race lap

2007

GT1

Magnussen/O'Connell/Fellows

3rd

Corvette C6.R

Magnussen pole, fastest race lap

   

Beretta/Gavin/Papis

1st

Corvette C6.R

Gavin fastest race lap

2008

GT1

Magnussen/O'Connell/Fellows

1st

Corvette C6.R

O'Connell pole, Magnussen fastest race lap

   

Beretta/Gavin/Papis

2nd

Corvette C6.R

Gavin pole, fastest race lap

2009

GT2

Magnussen/O'Connell/Garcia

6th

Corvette C6.R

 
   

Beretta/Gavin/Fassler

4th

Corvette C6.R

 

2010

GT

Beretta/O'Connell/Garcia

6th

Corvette C6.R

 
   

Gavin/Magnussen/Collard

1st

Corvette C6.R

Magnussen fastest race lap

2011

GT

Beretta/Milner/Garcia

17th

Corvette C6.R

 
   

Gavin/Magnussen/Westbrook

4th

Corvette C6.R

 

2012

GT

Garcia/Magnussen/Taylor

2nd

Corvette C6.R

Magnussen fastest race lap

   

Gavin/Milner/Westbrook

12th

Corvette C6.R

 

* Denotes two-hour, 45-minute race

Release Date: October 18, 2013