CORVETTE RACING AT MONTEREY: Focus Forward to Raceday

Sep 24 2017 Randall Shinn 2017, Laguna Seca Comments Off on CORVETTE RACING AT MONTEREY: Focus Forward to Raceday

CORVETTE RACING AT MONTEREY: Focus Forward to Raceday

GTLM championship-leading team confident in strategy ahead of Monterey round

MONTEREY, California (Sept. 23, 2017) – Corvette Racing is confidently looking ahead to raceday following GT Le Mans (GTLM) qualifying for the America’s Tire 250 at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca. Following seventh- and ninth-place efforts Saturday in time trials, the championship-winning team will bank on strategy and its experience at the circuit to move up through the field Sunday.

Jan Magnussen led Corvette Racing’s qualifying effort with a 1:22.789 (97.317 mph) lap in the No. 3 Mobil 1/SiriusXM Chevrolet Corvette C7.R. He and Antonio Garcia led the GTLM Driver’s Championship – as does Chevrolet in the Manufacturer’s standings – on the strength of three victories this year.

Oliver Gavin was ninth in the No. 4 Mobil 1/SiriusXM Chevrolet Corvette C7.R that he shares with Tommy Milner at 1:23.009 (97.059 mph). All four Corvette Racing drivers have won multiple times at Laguna Seca, and the team has won seven times since 1999.

Corvette Racing also has proven it can win from anywhere on the grid in Monterey. Only once has it won from pole position; on the flip side Garcia and Magnussen won in 2013 after starting sixth.

The America’s Tire 250 from Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca is set for 2:05 p.m. PT on Sunday, Sept. 24. FOX Sports 1 will air the race live starting at 2 p.m. ET. Live audio coverage from IMSA Radio and a Corvette Racing In-Car feed will be 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 similar to what we had in practice the last two days. Obviously the new tire and the low fuel was masking a little bit of that. We’re disappointed to be this far back, but the group right ahead of us is very close in lap time. We aren’t completely out of it but we will have a race on our hands, that’s for sure."

OLIVER GAVIN, NO. 4 MOBIL 1/SiriusXM CHEVROLET CORVETTE C7.R – QUALIFIED NINTH IN GTLM: "So far this weekend we’ve been working away with Michelin and on the setup of our car. We are getting closer with it, but for this qualifying session we definitely went with the strategy of thinking about the race and nothing about where we could be in qualifying. Hopefully, that is going to pay dividends tomorrow. Starting seventh and ninth is not ideal, but it is a long race here. We are going to see some pretty big tire degradation and some big lap time drop-off. This place is aggressive for that. So we just have to wait and see whether our strategy plays out or that of our competitors. We are confident in the research we’ve done and what we’ve done so far. So eyes forward and we will see what tomorrow brings."

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

Driver Standings Team Standings Manufacturer Standings

1. Antonio Garcia/Jan Magnussen – 274

2. Alexander Sims/Bill Auberlen – 258

3. Dirk Muller/Joey Hand – 257

4. Richard Westbrook/Ryan Briscoe – 257

5. Dirk Werner/Patrick Pilet – 240

6. Oliver Gavin/Tommy Milner – 225

1. No. 3 Corvette Racing – 274

2. No. 25 BMW Team RLL – 258

2. No. 66 Ford Chip Ganassi Racing – 257

4. No. 67 Ford Chip Ganassi Racing – 257

5. No. 911 Porsche GT Team – 240

6. No. 4 Corvette Racing – 225

1. Chevrolet – 288

2. Ford – 286

3. BMW – 272

4. Porsche – 257

5. Ferrari – 142

 

Corvette Racing at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca

Year Class Drivers Result Car Notes
1999 GTS Fellows/Kneifel 2nd Corvette C5-R
2000 GTS Fellows/Pilgrim 2nd Corvette C5-R Fellows pole
GTS Bell/Collins 4th Corvette C5-R
2001 GTS Fellows/O’Connell 2nd Corvette C5-R
GTS Collins/Pilgrim 3rd Corvette C5-R
2002 GTS Fellows/O’Connell 5th Corvette C5-R
GTS Pilgrim/Collins 3rd Corvette C5-R
2003 GTS Fellows/O’Connell 2nd Corvette C5-R
GTS Gavin/Collins 3rd Corvette C5-R
2004 GTS Fellows/O’Connell 1st Corvette C5-R O’Connell fastest race lap
GTS Beretta/Gavin 2nd Corvette C5-R Beretta pole
2005 GT1 Fellows/O’Connell 2nd Corvette C6.R
GT1 Beretta/Gavin 1st Corvette C6.R Gavin fastest race lap
2006 GT1 Fellows/O’Connell 3rd Corvette C6.R
GT1 Beretta/Gavin 2nd Corvette C6.R Beretta 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 2nd Corvette C6.R Magnussen pole, fastest race lap
GT1 Beretta/Gavin 1st Corvette C6.R
2009 GT2 Magnussen/O’Connell 2nd Corvette C6.R Magnussen pole, fastest race lap
GT2 Beretta/Gavin 10th Corvette C6.R
2010 GT Magnussen/O’Connell 6th Corvette C6.R
GT Beretta/Gavin 3rd Corvette C6.R
2011 GT Beretta/Milner 7th Corvette C6.R
GT Gavin/Magnussen 5th Corvette C6.R
2012 GT Garcia/Magnussen 2nd Corvette C6.R
GT Gavin/Milner 1st Corvette C6.R Gavin fastest race lap
2013 GT Garcia/Magnussen 1st Corvette C6.R
GT Gavin/Milner 9th Corvette C6.R
2014 GTLM Garcia/Magnussen 1st Corvette C7.R Garcia pole
GTLM Gavin/Milner 5th Corvette C7.R
2015 GTLM Garcia/Magnussen 7th Corvette C7.R
GTLM Gavin/Milner 6th Corvette C7.R
2016 GTLM Garcia/Magnussen 4th Corvette C7.R
GTLM Gavin/Milner 7th Corvette C7.R