CORVETTE RACING AT SEBRING: All Focus Ahead for Four in a Row

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CORVETTE RACING AT SEBRING: All Focus Ahead for Four in a Row

Defending GTLM championship team has won three years in a row at 12 Hours

SEBRING, Fla. (March 16, 2018) – Corvette Racing will go for its fourth consecutive class victory in the Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring on Saturday with its two Chevrolet Corvette C7.Rs line astern for the start of Saturday’s second round of the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship.

Friday’s GT Le Mans (GTLM) qualifying session at Sebring International Raceway saw defending race winner Antonio Garcia set the pace for Corvette Racing with a 156.588 (115.484 mph) in the No. 3 Mobil 1/SiriusXM Chevrolet Corvette C7.R that he shares with Jan Magnussen and Mike Rockenfeller – his partners in last year’s triumph.

Tommy Milner will start directly behind Magnussen on the grid in the No. 4 Corvette C7.R after his best lap of 1:56.900 (115.176 mph) in qualifying. He and teammates Oliver Gavin and Marcel Fässler won two years ago at Sebring in the No. 4 Corvette.

With Friday’s qualifying in the books, the stage is set for Corvette Racing to write another chapter in its extensive history at Sebring. The team has won 11 times in class at the 12 Hours – more than any other entrant in race history – including the last three seasons. Each victory was the result of execution and mistake-free races for each of the winning Corvettes to overcome ultimate qualifying pace.

Sebring also is one of three circuits at which Corvette Racing has appeared in its 19-plus seasons, and the program has logged more than 40,000 racing miles over the 3.7-mile, 17-turn road course.

Saturday’s race also will mark Corvette Racing’s 200th event start as it continues to celebrate its 20th season of competition.

The 66th Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring presented by Advance Auto Parts is the second race of the 2018 IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship season and begins at 10:40 a.m. ET on Saturday, March 17. It will air on live on FOX Sports 1 starting at 10:30 a.m. ET with additional coverage across FOX Sports 2, FOX Sports Go and IMSA.com. 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 SEVENTH IN GTLM: "We may have stayed where we have been position-wise, but I think we closed the gap to the front quite a bit. The Corvette seems to be going in the right direction with still some things to come. I think, I hope, we still have tools and ideas to take what we have and continue to improve. In every session we made pretty big changes to try and find the path. I think we did find the right direction. We definitely still need to work and improve the car because it’s not how it should be. But a day like today makes you feel like we might have a chance. Maybe not a chance to win like last year but if we are close enough we can make things happen to get a good result. We need to improve a tiny bit more, close the gap a tiny bit more and see what tomorrow brings."

TOMMY MILNER, NO. 4 MOBIL 1/SiriusXM CHEVROLET CORVETTE C7.R – QUALIFIED NINTH IN GTLM: "We have struggled this weekend. Certainly we are using each session to learn something new from our Corvette – trying some new stuff. We are headed in the right direction for sure and making the cars drive nicer and getting closer to a car that we can drive for 12 hours. We are a little bit on the back foot, it seems, with the rest of the field. The best we can do is keep working hard on our car… things like analyzing everything we are doing and getting the best car that we can. In qualifying, that is best car we’ve had all weekend. In practice this morning, the car felt pretty good. We’ve made good gains this weekend. I’m sure we can make a couple more small adjustments for the race, but I think we are in a good place."

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

Driver Standings Team Standings Manufacturer Standings
1. Westbrook/Briscoe/Dixon – 35
2. Mueller/Hand/Bourdais – 32
3. Garcia/Magnussen/Rockenfeller – 30
4. Gavin/Milner/Fässler – 28
5. Rigon/Calado/Vilander – 26
1. No. 67 Ford Chip Ganassi Racing – 35
2. No. 66 Ford Chip Ganassi Racing – 32
3. No. 3 Corvette Racing – 30
4. No. 4 Corvette Racing – 28
5. No. 62 Risi Competizione – 26
1. Ford – 35
2. Chevrolet – 32
3. Ferrari – 30
4. Porsche – 28
5. BMW – 26

Corvette Racing at Sebring

Year Class Drivers Result Car Notes
1999 GTS Fellows/Kneifel/Paul Jr. 4th Corvette C5-R Fellows pole
Pilgrim/Sharp/Heinricy 7th Corvette C5-R Pilgrim fastest race lap
2000 GTS Fellows/Kneifel/Bell 6th Corvette C5-R Fellows pole
Pilgrim/Collins/Freon 5th Corvette C5-R
2001 GTS Fellows/O’Connell/Kneifel 3rd Corvette C5-R
Pilgrim/Collins/Freon 2nd Corvette C5-R
2002 GTS Fellows/O’Connell/Gavin 1st Corvette C5-R Fellows pole
Pilgrim/Collins/Freon 4th Corvette C5-R
2003 GTS Fellows/O’Connell/Freon 1st Corvette C5-R
Gavin/Collins/Pilgrim 3rd Corvette C5-R Gavin pole
2004 GTS Fellows/O’Connell/Papis 1st Corvette C5-R Fellows pole
Beretta/Gavin/Magnussen 6th Corvette C5-R Gavin fastest race lap
2005 GT1 Fellows/O’Connell/Papis 2nd Corvette C6.R
Beretta/Gavin/Magnussen 3rd Corvette C6.R
2006 GT1 Fellows/O’Connell/Papis 4th Corvette C6.R
Beretta/Gavin/Magnussen 1st Corvette C6.R
2007 GT1 Fellows/O’Connell/Magnussen 2nd Corvette C6.R Magnussen pole, fast race lap
Beretta/Gavin/Papis 1st Corvette C6.R
2008 GT1 Fellows/O’Connell/Magnussen 1st Corvette C6.R
Beretta/Gavin/Papis 2nd Corvette C6.R Gavin fastest race lap
2009 GT1 Magnussen/O’Connell/Garcia 1st Corvette C6.R
Beretta/Gavin/Fässler 2nd Corvette C6.R Gavin pole, fastest race lap
2010 GT2 Magnussen/O’Connell/Garcia 8th Corvette C6.R
Beretta/Gavin/Collard 9th Corvette C6.R
2011 GT Beretta/Milner/Garcia 3rd Corvette C6.R
Gavin/Magnussen/Westbrook 4th Corvette C6.R
2012 GT Magnussen/Garcia/Taylor 2nd Corvette C6.R Magnussen pole
Gavin/Milner/Westbrook 3rd Corvette C6.R
2013 GT Magnussen/Garcia/Taylor 11th Corvette C6.R
Gavin/Milner/Westbrook 1st Corvette C6.R
2014 GTLM Magnussen/Garcia/Briscoe 8th Corvette C7.R
Gavin/Milner/Liddell 6th Corvette C7.R Gavin fastest race lap
2015 GTLM Magnussen/Garcia/Briscoe 1st Corvette C7.R Sebring/Daytona winners
Gavin/Milner/Pagenaud 9th Corvette C7.R  
2016 GTLM Magnussen/Garcia/Rockenfeller 9th Corvette C7.R
Gavin/Milner/Fässler 1st Corvette C7.R Team’s 10th Sebring win
2017 GTLM Magnussen/Garcia/Rockenfeller 1st Corvette C7.R 3rd straight Sebring team win
Gavin/Milner/Fässler 10th Corvette C7.R