CORVETTE RACING AT LE MANS: Iconic Team Going for Ninth Class Win

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CORVETTE RACING AT LE MANS: Iconic Team Going for Ninth Class Win

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DETROIT (April 18, 2018) – Corvette Racing will look to write another chapter in its history book at the 24 Hours of Le Mans this year as the team today confirmed its GTE Pro entries into the annual French endurance classic. The French countryside will echo with the sound of the familiar Chevrolet engines in both the team’s Corvette C7.Rs as Corvette Racing tackles Le Mans for the 19th consecutive season in search of a ninth victory.

The lineup for Corvette Racing will look familiar those that followed the team in the first two events of the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship. Antonio Garcia, Jan Magnussen and Mike Rockenfeller will team in the No. 63 Mobil 1/SiriusXM Chevrolet Corvette C7.R while Oliver Gavin, Tommy Milner and Marcel Fässler share the No. 64 Corvette. The rosters for each car were the same at the Rolex 24 At Daytona and the Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring to start the IMSA season.

"Corvette Racing is honored to compete for the 19th consecutive year at the 24 Hours of Le Mans," said Mark Kent, Chevrolet Director of Motorsports Competition. "A consistent lineup of drivers between our IMSA campaign and Le Mans gives us the best chance for our ninth victory. All six have multiple Le Mans victories. That along with the experience of the Corvette Racing crew and engineering team are what we believe to be the optimum combination of talent to win again at Le Mans."

With eight victories in 18 previous Le Mans starts, Corvette Racing has long been GT racing’s prominent program in endurance racing. That is backed up by eight additional runner-up finishes in the event. All totaled, Corvette Racing has 107 victories around the world and swept the last two Manufacturer, Driver and Team championships in the GT Le Mans (GTLM) category of the IMSA WeatherTech Championship. Gavin and Milner are coming off the team’s first victory of 2018 at Long Beach.

Each of the six Corvette Racing drivers own exemplary records at Le Mans:

  • Antonio Garcia: Three victories in 12 appearances – 2008, 2009 and 2011; runner-up in 2014; third place in 2017
  • Jan Magnussen: Three victories in 19 appearances – 2004-06; runner-up in 2003, 2007, 2008 and 2014; third place in 2017
  • Mike Rockenfeller: Two victories in eight appearances – 2005 and 2010; third place in 2012
  • Oliver Gavin: Five victories in 17 appearances – 2002, 2004-06, 2015; runner-up in 2003; third place in 2001 and 2008
  • Tommy Milner: Two victories in nine appearances – 2011 and 2015
  • Marcel Fässler: Three victories in 12 appearances – 2011-12 and 2014

Corvette Racing’s next event is May 4-6 at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course.

Corvette Racing 24 Hours of Le Mans Record

Year

Finish

Class

Car

Drivers

2000

3rd

GTS

Corvette C5-R

Pilgrim/Collins/Freon

 

4th

GTS

Corvette C5-R

Fellows/Kneifel/Bell

2001

1st

GTS

Corvette C5-R

Fellows/O’Connell/Pruett

 

2nd

GTS

Corvette C5-R

Pilgrim/Collins/Freon

2002

1st

GTS

Corvette C5-R

Fellows/O’Connell/Gavin

 

2nd

GTS

Corvette C5-R

Pilgrim/Collins/Freon

2003

2nd

GTS

Corvette C5-R

Gavin/Collins/Pilgrim

 

3rd

GTS

Corvette C5-R

Fellows/O’Connell/Freon

2004

1st

GTS

Corvette C5-R

Gavin/Beretta/Magnussen

 

2nd

GTS

Corvette C5-R

Fellows/O’Connell/Papis

2005

1st

GT1

Corvette C6.R

Beretta/Gavin/Magnussen

 

2nd

GT1

Corvette C6.R

Fellows/O’Connell/Papis

2006

1st

GT1

Corvette C6.R

Beretta/Gavin/Magnussen

 

7th

GT1

Corvette C6.R

Fellows/O’Connell/Papis

2007

2nd

GT1

Corvette C6.R

Fellows/O’Connell/Magnussen

 

14th

GT1

Corvette C6.R

Beretta/Gavin/Papis

2008

2nd

GT1

Corvette C6.R

Fellows/O’Connell/Magnussen

 

3rd

GT1

Corvette C6.R

Beretta/Gavin/Papis

2009

1st

GT1

Corvette C6.R

O’Connell/Magnussen/Garcia

 

4th

GT1

Corvette C6.R

Gavin/Beretta/Fässler

2010

10th (DNF)

GT2

Corvette C6.R

Gavin/Beretta/Collard

 

12th (DNF)

GT2

Corvette C6.R

O’Connell/Magnussen/Garcia

2011

1st

GTE Pro

Corvette C6.R

Beretta/Milner/Garcia

 

14th (DNF)

GTE Pro

Corvette C6.R

Gavin/Magnussen/Westbrook

2012

5th

GTE Pro

Corvette C6.R

Garcia/Magnussen/J. Taylor

 

6th

p>GTE Pro

Corvette C6.R

Gavin/Milner/Westbrook

2013

4th

GTE Pro

Corvette C6.R

Garcia/Magnussen/J. Taylor

 

7th

GTE Pro

Corvette C6.R

Gavin/Milner/Westbrook

2014

2nd

GTE Pro

Corvette C7.R

Garcia/Magnussen/J. Taylor

 

4th

GTE Pro

Corvette C7.R

Gavin/Milner/Westbrook

2015

DNS

GTE Pro

Corvette C7.R

Garcia/Magnussen/Briscoe

 

1st

GTE Pro

Corvette C7.R

Gavin/Milner/J. Taylor

2016

7th

GTE Pro

Corvette C7.R

Garcia/Magnussen/R. Taylor

 

10th (DNF)

GTE Pro

Corvette C7.R

Gavin/Milner/J. Taylor

2017

3rd

GTE Pro

Corvette C7.R

Garcia/Magnussen/J. Taylor

 

8th

GTE Pro

Corvette C7.R

Gavin/Milner/Fässler

Totals

8 wins

18 starts