CORVETTE RACING AT MID-OHIO: Ready to Charge… Rain or Shine

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CORVETTE RACING AT MID-OHIO: Ready to Charge… Rain or Shine

Two Chevrolet Corvettes to start from third and fourth rows

LEXINGTON, Ohio (May 5, 2018) – With an eye toward a questionable raceday forecast, Corvette Racing will head into the Acura Sports Car Challenge at MidOhio prepared for both a dry and wet race. The two Chevrolet Corvette C7.Rs will start from the third and fourth rows of the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship’s GT Le Mans (GTLM) field.

The team’s task of winning for the ninth time at MidOhio is not an impossible one. Corvette Racing won in its last appearance at the 2.25mile, 13turn circuit in 2012 with Oliver Gavin and Tommy Milner coming from sixth place to do it.

Saturday, Antonio Garcia qualified fifth in the No. 3 Mobil 1/SiriusXM Chevrolet Corvette C7.R at 1:18.114 (104.063 mph) while Milner wasn’t far off at 1:18.452 (103.614 mph) in the No. 4 Mobil 1/SiriusXM Corvette. Garcia will drive with Jan Magnussen, and Milner is back at MidOhio with Gavin.

While the qualifying positions aren’t ideal, there is the knowledge that Corvette Racing is confident in both its dry and wetweather setups. Friday’s two practice sessions were run in mostly rainy – and windy – conditions while Saturday stayed dry for final practice and qualifying.

Sunday’s forecast calls for dry conditions early with an increasing likelihood of rain in the afternoon… just as the twohour, 40minute race will enter its closing stages.

A victory would be the 108th for the Corvette Racing program and its 100th in North America.

Corvette Racing is in the midst of its 20th season of global competition. MidOhio is one of 21 tracks where the team has claimed at least one victory.

The Acura Sports Car Challenge at MidOhio will air live at 1 p.m. ET on FOX Sports 2 and the FOX Sports Go app. Streaming incar footage along with live audio coverage of practice, qualifying and the race from IMSA Radio is available on IMSA.com.

ANTONIO GARCIA, NO. 3 MOBIL 1/SiriusXM CHEVROLET CORVETTE C7.R – QUALIFIED FIFTH IN GTLM: "I did so many laps exactly the same that it was a bit annoying. It felt like no matter what I tried, the lap time was the same. So far the weekend has been reasonable. We have been reacting to the track a little bit, and we don’t know how it will develop like we do at other tracks where we have been often. I’m not happy with the result but I think we are close enough to be competitive tomorrow.

(Rain chances) "That always seems to be a question mark about this track: when it will rain, how hard it will rain and for how long. We cannot do anything about that except react to it and be in the right spot."

TOMMY MILNER, NO. 4 MOBIL 1/SiriusXM CHEVROLET CORVETTE C7.R – QUALIFIED EIGHTH IN GTLM: "A lot of people, like us, haven’t been here in awhile. We seem to have a bit of a struggle with car balance. We are throwing big changes at it to try and improve. We made another big jump there in qualifying but obviously not enough. We’ll keep working at it. I feel like we are sort of headed in the right direction, so that is good. We haven’t lost ourselves yet… we are making steady progress. Our position isn’t ideal but the pace isn’t that far off, knowing how the car felt in qualifying. It felt to me like there should and could be more performance in the car. We just need to find it and unlock it."

2018 WeatherTech SportsCar Championship – GTLM Standings (After Three of 11 Events)

Driver Standings Team Standings Manufacturer Standings
1. Richard Westbrook/Ryan Briscoe/Dixon – 95
2. Oliver Gavin/Tommy Milner – 88
3. Dirk Mueller/Joey Hand – 84
4. Mick Tandy/Patrick Pilet – 83
5. Antonio Garcia/Jan Magnussen – 81>
1. No. 67 Ford Chip Ganassi Racing – 95
2. No. 4 Corvette Racing – 88
3. No. 66 Ford Chip Ganassi Racing – 84
4. No. 911 Porsche GT Team – 83
5. Mo. 3 Corvette Racing – 97
1. Ford – 97
2. Chevrolet – 93
3. Porsche – 91
4. BMW – 88
5. Ferrari – 58

 

Corvette Racing at Mid-Ohio

Year Class Result Car Notes
2001 GT1 Fellows/O’Connell 1st Corvette C5-R  
    Collins/Pilgrim 2nd Corvette C5-R  
2002 GT1 Fellows/O’Connell 1st Corvette C5-R Fellows pole
  2nd Corvette C5-R
2004 GT1 Fellows/O’Connell 1st Corvette C5-R Fellows pole
  GT1 Beretta/Gavin 6th Corvette C5-R Gavin pole
2005 GT1 Pellows/O’Connell 1st Corvette C6.R
  Beretta/Gavin 2nd Corvette C6.R Gavin pole, fastest race lap
2006 GT1 Fellows/O’Connell 2nd Corvette C6.R  
  GT1 Beretta/Gavin 1st Corvette C6.R  
2007 GT1 Magnussen/O’Connell 2nd Corvette C6.R O’Connell pole, Magnussen fastest race lap
  GT1 Beretta/Gavin 1st Corvette C6.R
2008 GT1 O’Connell/Magnussen 1st Corvette C6.R O’Connell pole
    Gavin/Milner 2nd Corvette C6.R  
2009 GT2 O’Connell/Magnussen 2nd Corvette C6.R  
    Beretta/Gavin 4th Corvette C6.R  
2010 GT O’Connell/Magnussen 13th Corvette C6.R  
    Beretta/Gavin 2nd Corvette C6.R  
2011 GT Beretta/Milner 6th Corvette C6.R  
    Gavin/Magnussen 2nd Corvette C6.R  
2012 GT Garcia/Magnussen 13th Corvette C6.R  
    Gavin/Milner 1st Corvette C6.R