CORVETTE RACING AT ROAD AMERICA: Focusing Forward to Sunday

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CORVETTE RACING AT ROAD AMERICA: Focusing Forward to Sunday

Fourth-row GTLM start for pair of Chevrolet Corvette C7.Rs

ELKHART LAKE, Wisconsin (Aug. 5, 2017) – Corvette Racing will go for a repeat at Road America on Sunday from the fourth row of its class following qualifying for the Continental Tire Road Race Showcase. The pair of Chevrolet Corvette C7.Rs will furiously battle to work their way toward the front with the goal of maintaining Corvette Racing’s and Chevrolet’s lead in the GT Le Mans (GTLM) Manufacturer’s, Driver’s and Team points standings in the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship.

Corvette Racing is a three-time winner this year in GTLM and has won seven times at the historic 4.048-mile, 14-turn Road America including last season.

Oliver Gavin qualified the No. 4 Mobil 1/SiriusXM Chevrolet Corvette C7.R seventh at 2:03.358 (118.134 mph), just ahead of Jan Magnussen and the No. 3 Mobil 1/SiriusXM Chevrolet Corvette C7.R at 2:03.581 (117.920 mph).

Saturday’s results weren’t unlike last year’s qualifying efforts – sixth and seventh – but Gavin and Tommy Milner parlayed a seventh-place starting position to a dramatic victory on their way to the GTLM Championship.

There may be more drama in store for Sunday. The weather forecast calls for an increased chance of rain – similar to Friday’s conditions that saw the two Corvettes much closer to the GTLM front-runners.

The Continental Tire Road Race Showcase is set for 1:35 p.m. CT on Sunday, August 6. FOX Sports 1 will air the race live starting at 2:30 p.m. ET with live audio coverage from IMSA Radio and a Corvette Racing In-Car feed available on IMSA.com.

OLIVER GAVIN, NO. 4 MOBIL 1/SiriusXM CHEVROLET CORVETTE C7.R – QUALIFIED SEVENTH IN GTLM: "After today’s result in qualifying, maybe changeable conditions would suit us. We’ve been surprised by qualifying. I genuinely thought we were closer than that. The Corvette isn’t terrible… certainly not. We made some progress over the weekend. But everyone made such massive gains today. If that’s our competition’s pace in the race, we will certainly be looking for some changeable weather to spice things up. In mixed conditions, I think we have a good, solid car. It has been a theme this year where there has been some wild qualifying pace from some people, then come the race comes everyone comes back to the same point. So that is what we are focusing on – what we can achieve for the race tomorrow. P7 isn’t the end of the world. We started there last year for this race, and we won it. We have to stick to our strengths and execute. I know our team can do that; I’ve seen them do it all year. Even with our luck this year, we have kept soldiering on and staying focused on what our strong points are: executing in the pit lane, strategy, good driver changes and smart driving. That’s what Tommy and I will be completely focused on tomorrow."

JAN MAGNUSSEN, NO. 3 MOBIL 1/SiriusXM CHEVROLET CORVETTE C7.R – QUALIFIED EIGHTH IN GTLM: "This was not part of the plan. It wasn’t very enjoyable. The handling of the Corvette was pretty nice; it was just slow. We have some serious work cut out for us from now through the race. We will see what that can get us. I am a little bit surprised that we are that far off the pace; that’s the first time this year. I’m obviously not satisfied with this result. It was a close qualifying between the two Corvettes, but that was about it from our side."

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

Driver Standings Team Standings Manufacturer Standings

1. Antonio Garcia/Jan Magnussen – 211

2. Alexander Sims/Bill Auberlen – 204

3. Dirk Muller/Joey Hand – 196

4. Richard Westbrook/Ryan Briscoe – 195

5. Dirk Werner/Patrick Pilet – 194

6. Oliver Gavin/Tommy Milner – 174

1. No. 3 Corvette Racing – 211

2. No. 25 BMW Team RLL – 204

3. No. 66 Ford Chip Ganassi Racing – 196

4. No. 67 Ford Chip Ganassi Racing – 195

5. No. 911 Porsche GT Team – 194

6. No. 4 Corvette Racing – 174

1. Chevrolet – 224

2. Ford – 219

3. BMW – 216

4. Porsche – 209

5. Ferrari – 112

 

Corvette Racing at Road America

Year

Class

Drivers

Result

Car

Notes

2002

GTS

Fellows/O’Connell/Gavin

2nd

Corvette C5-R

Fellows pole; Gavin fastest race lap

GTS

Collins/Pilgrim

1st

Corvette C5-R

2003

GTS

Fellows/O’Connell

2nd

Corvette C5-R

GTS

Collins/Gavin

5th

Corvette C5-R

Gavin pole, fastest race lap

2004

GTS

Fellows/O’Connell

2nd

Corvette C5-R

GTS

Beretta/Gavin

1st

Corvette C5-R

Beretta pole, fastest race lap

2005

GT1

Fellows/O’Connell

2nd

Corvette C6.R

GT1

Beretta/Gavin

1st

Corvette C6.R

Gavin pole, Beretta fastest race lap

2006

GT1

Fellows/O’Connell

1st

Corvette C6.R

GT1

Beretta/Gavin

2nd

Corvette C6.R

Gavin fastest race lap

2007

GT1

Magnussen/O’Connell

2nd

Corvette C6.R

Magnussen pole, fastest race lap

GT1

Beretta/Gavin

1st

Corvette C6.R

2008

GT1

Magnussen/O’Connell

1st

Corvette C6.R

GT1

Beretta/Gavin

3rd

Corvette C6.R

Gavin pole, fastest race lap

2009

GT2

Magnussen/O’Connell

3rd

Corvette C6.R

GT2

Beretta/Gavin

6th

Corvette C6.R

2010

GT

Magnussen/O’Connell

4th

Corvette C6.R

GT

Beretta/Gavin

3rd

Corvette C6.R

Gavin pole, fastest race lap

2011

GT

Beretta/Milner

14th

Corvette C6.R

GT

Gavin/Magnussen

5th

Corvette C6.R

2012

GT

Garcia/Magnussen

6th

Corvette C6.R

GT

Gavin/Milner

4th

Corvette C6.R

2013

GT

Garcia/Magnussen

2nd

Corvette C6.R

GT

Gavin/Milner

3rd

Corvette C6.R

2014

GTLM

Garcia/Magnussen

6th

Corvette C7.R

GTLM

Gavin/Milner

7th

Corvette C7.R

2015

GTLM

Garcia/Magnussen

4th

Corvette C7.R

GTLM

Gavin/Milner

7th

Corvette C7.R

2016

GTLM

Garcia/Magnussen

6th

Corvette C7.R

GTLM

Gavin/Milner

1st

Corvette C7.R

5th to 1st in final 15 minutes