CORVETTE RACING AT CANADIAN TIRE MOTORSPORT PARK: Eyes on The Prize

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CORVETTE RACING AT CANADIAN TIRE MOTORSPORT PARK: Eyes on The Prize

Team will go for 12th class victory at historic Canadian venue

BOWMANVILLE, ONTARIO, Canada (July 8, 2017) – Corvette Racing has turned its focus toward raceday as it seeks to earn a 12th class victory at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park. The pair of Mobil 1/SiriusXM Chevrolet Corvette C7.Rs will start from the fourth row of the GT Le Mans (GTLM) field for Sunday’s Mobil 1 SportsCar Grand Prix.

Both Jan Magnussen and Oliver Gavin were under last year’s pole-winning time in Saturday’s qualifying session. Magnussen, in the No. 3 Chevrolet Corvette C7.R, set a best time of 1:14.844 (118.227 mph) with Gavin not far behind at 1:14.904 (118.183 mph) in the No. 4 Corvette. They were both within 0.819 seconds of the pole-winning time in class.

Magnussen and Antonio Garcia – the current GTLM Driver’s points leaders in the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship – claimed Corvette Racing’s most recent victory at CTMP in 2014. They placed third in the GTLM class last year at the track with Gavin and Tommy Milner second. The pairing in the No. 4 Corvette teamed for a victory in 2012.

The Mobil 1 SportsCar Grand Prix at CTMP is Corvette Racing’s second event as part of back-to-back race weekends for the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship. The race is set for 12:05 p.m. ET on Sunday, July 9. FOX Sports 1 will air the race live starting at noon with live audio coverage from IMSA Radio and a Corvette Racing In-Car feed available on IMSA.com.

JAN MAGNUSSEN, NO. 3 MOBIL 1/SiriusXM CHEVROLET CORVETTE C7.R – QUALIFIED SEVENTH IN GTLM: "The balance of the car was quite nice. We got out a little late, but the way the tire behaved during the run and the way the balance came to the car was quite nice. We just aren’t fast enough. I don’t know where we are missing to the other cars. I’m not happy with the result but I’m happy with how the car behaved. We’ll go back and see if we can find out where are giving up to everyone. It’s still super-close and in the hunt."

OLIVER GAVIN, NO. 4 MOBIL 1/SiriusXM CHEVROLET CORVETTE C7.R – QUALIFIED EIGHTH IN GTLM: "It was a fun qualifying session, as it always is here. You’re pushing to the max and trying everything we can. Reed (Sullivan), our engineer, did a good job. There’s a half-tenth between Jan (Magnussen) and myself, but we’re seventh and eighth. It’s frustrating and disappointing. But we started in a similar spot last year and ended up finishing second. So we have to look forward to the strategy we have for the race, how our Michelin tires are lasting, if everyone else will be able to have the same longevity on their tires… I’m sure there are various different strategies out there. You have to keep working away. At Watkins Glen, we weren’t the fastest by any means and we’re the same here. We’re fighting a lot of the same problems."

 

2017 WeatherTech SportsCar Championship – GTLM Standings (After Five of 11 Events)

Driver Standings Team Standings Manufacturer Standings

1. Antonio Garcia/Jan Magnussen – 154

2. Dirk Muller/Joey Hand – 146

3. Alexander Sims/Bill Auberlen – 144

4. Richard Westbrook/Ryan Briscoe – 139

5. Dirk Werner/Patrick Pilet – 134

6. Oliver Gavin/Tommy Milner – 128

1. No. 3 Corvette Racing – 154

2. No. 66 Ford Chip Ganassi Racing – 146

3. No. 25 BMW Team RLL – 144

4. No. 67 Ford Chip Ganassi Racing – 139

5. No. 911 Porsche GT Team – 134

6. No. 4 Corvette Racing – 128

1. Chevrolet – 163

2. Ford – 159

3. BMW – 149

4. Porsche – 146

5. Ferrari – 112

 

Corvette Racing at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park

Year

Class

Drivers

Result

Car

Notes

2000

GTS

Fellows/Pilgrim

2nd

Corvette C5-R

Fellows pole, fastest race lap

2001

GTS

Fellows/O’Connell

1st

Corvette C5-R

 
 

GTS

Collins/Pilgrim

3rd

Corvette C5-R

 

2002

GTS

Fellows/O’Connell

1st

Corvette C5-R

 
 

GTS

Collins/Pilgrim

2nd

Corvette C5-R

Pilgrim fastest race lap

2003

GTS

Fellows/O’Connell

1st

Corvette C5-R

 
 

GTS

Collins/Gavin

7th

Corvette C5-R

Gavin pole

2004

GTS

Fellows/O’Connell

2nd

Corvette C5-R

 
 

GTS

Beretta/Gavin

1st

Corvette C5-R

Gavin pole, fastest race lap

2005

GT1

Fellows/O’Connell

2nd

Corvette C6.R

 
 

GT1

Beretta/Gavin

1st

Corvette C6.R

 

2006

GT1

Fellows/O’Connell

4th

Corvette C6.R

 
 

GT1

Beretta/Gavin

2nd

Corvette C6.R

 

2007

GT1

Magnussen/O’Connell

1st

Corvette C6.R

 
 

GT1

Beretta/Gavin

2nd

Corvette C6.R

Gavin pole, fastest race lap

 

GT1

Fellows/Pilgrim

3rd

Corvette C6.R

 

2008

GT1

Magnussen/O’Connell

1st

Corvette C6.R

O’Connell pole

 

GT1

Beretta/Gavin

2nd

Corvette C6.R

Beretta fastest race lap

2009

GT2

Magnussen/O’Connell

1st

Corvette C6.R

 
 

GT2

Beretta/Gavin

3rd

Corvette C6.R

 

2010

GT

Beretta/O’Connell

5th

Corvette C6.R

 
 

GT

Gavin/Magnussen

4th

Corvette C6.R

Magnussen fastest race lap

2011

GT

Beretta/Milner

6th

Corvette C6.R

 
 

GT

Gavin/Magnussen

1st

Corvette C6.R

 

2012

GT

Garcia/Magnussen

2nd

Corvette C6.R

Magnussen pole

 

GT

Gavin/Milner

10th

Corvette C6.R

 

2013

GT

Garcia/Magnussen

4th

Corvette C6.R

 
 

GT

Gavin/Milner

1st

Corvette C6.R

 

2014

GTLM

Garcia/Magnussen

1st

Corvette C7.R

 
 

GTLM

Gavin/Milner

7th

Corvette C7.R

 

2015

GTLM

Garcia/Magnussen

3rd

Corvette C7.R

Garcia fastest race lap

 

GTLM

Gavin/Milner

5th

Corvette C7.R

 

2016

GTLM

Garcia/Magnussen

3rd

Corvette C7.R

Garcia pole

 

GTLM

Gavin/Milner

2nd

Corvette C7.R