CORVETTE RACING AT ROAD ATLANTA: Garcia Qualifies Points-Leading No. 3 Corvette Second in GTLM

Oct 07 2017 Randall Shinn 2017, Road Atlanta Comments Off on CORVETTE RACING AT ROAD ATLANTA: Garcia Qualifies Points-Leading No. 3 Corvette Second in GTLM

CORVETTE RACING AT ROAD ATLANTA: Garcia Qualifies Points-Leading No. 3 Corvette Second in GTLM

Both Corvettes within 0.163 seconds of GTLM pole position for Petit Le Mans season finale

  • No. 3 Corvette to clinch GTLM Driver’s, Team’s Championship with race start
  • Chevrolet leading in quest for 12th Manufacturer’s Championship
  • Milner happy with pace of No. 4 Corvette C7.R after qualifying

BRASELTON, Ga. (Oct. 6, 2017) – Corvette Racing’s pair of Chevrolet Corvette C7.Rs are in solid position for Saturday’s 10-hour Petit Le Mans following IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship at Road Atlanta. Antonio Garcia qualified the GT Le Mans-championship leading No. 3 Mobil 1/SiriusXM Chevrolet Corvette C7.R second in class with teammate Tommy Milner just 0.109 seconds further back.

Garcia needs only to take the green flag Saturday to assure the GTLM Driver’s Championship for he and teammate Jan Magnussen. Starting the race also assures the No. 3 Corvette squad the GTLM Team’s Championship.

If Saturday’s race results mirror the qualifying order, Chevrolet also will win the GTLM Manufacturer’s Championship for the 12th time. Either of the Corvettes can score second-place Manufacturer’s points after 10 hours to clinch.

Chevrolet and Corvette Racing also swept the GTLM championships a year ago.

Garcia qualified the No. 3 Corvette, which he will share with Magnussen and Mike Rockenfeller, with a lap of 1:71.714 (117.662 mph). Garcia was only 0.054 seconds from pole position. The Garcia/Magnussen/Rockenfeller lineup won earlier this year at Sebring – one of three victories for the No. 3 Corvette this season.

Milner’s best time in the No. 4 Mobil 1/SiriusXM Chevrolet Corvette C7.R was a 1:17.823 (117.497 mph) to qualify fifth. He will share duties with Oliver Gavin and Marcel Fässler; the trio finished third in class at last year’s Petit Le Mans.

Petit Le Mans from Road Atlanta is set for 11:05 a.m. ET on Saturday, Oct. 7. FOX Sports 1 will air the race live from 10:30-11:30 a.m. ET; and FOX Sports 2 from 11:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. ET and 5 to 9:30 p.m. ET. Live audio coverage from IMSA Radio and a Corvette Racing In-Car feed will be available on IMSA.com.

ANTONIO GARCIA, NO. 3 MOBIL 1/SiriusXM CHEVROLET CORVETTE C7.R – QUALIFIED SECOND IN GTLM: "That’s the best qualifying effort we’ve had all year… it’s so close. Qualifying was like a repeat of the last practice. The pole lap time was probably there in our Corvette. It would have been good to be on pole and been a nice headline going into the last race of the season. But our result was good. We are competitive. It’s a good starting point for us. We’ll hope for a good result in the race."

TOMMY MILNER, NO. 4 MOBIL 1/SiriusXM CHEVROLET CORVETTE C7.R – QUALIFIED FIFTH IN GTLM: "It’s a little bit disappointing; we’ve been top-three all weekend, and when it does matter a little bit we’re down in sixth. But we can’t be too unhappy. The pace of our Corvette has been good all weekend. We weren’t far off at all in qualifying. The race is what matters here. I’m really happy with the pace of the car all weekend. We want to finish off the year with a good, strong result in the No. 4 car. If we do that, it plays right into our hand with what is most important and that’s the Manufacturer’s Championship for Chevrolet. Certainly that’s the No. 1 priority. We’ll do whatever we can for that good finish and be on our game."

2017 WeatherTech SportsCar Championship – GTLM Standings (After 10 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 Road Atlanta

Year

Class

Drivers

Result

Car

Notes

1999

GTS

Fellows/Kneifel/Paul Jr.

5th

Corvette C5-R

 
 

GTS

Pilgrim/Collins/Sharp

4th

Corvette C5-R

 

2000

GTS

Fellows/Kneifel/Bell

3rd

Corvette C5-R

Fellows pole

 

GTS

Pilgrim/Collins/Freon

1st

Corvette C5-R

 

2001

GTS

Fellows/O’Connell

9th

Corvette C5-R

 
 

GTS

Collins/Pilgrim/Freon

1st

Corvette C5-R

Pilgrim pole

2002

GTS

Fellows/O’Connell/Gavin

1st

Corvette C5-R

 
 

GTS

Collins/Pilgrim/Freon

3rd

Corvette C5-R

Pilgrim fastest race lap

2003*

GTS

Fellows/O’Connell

3rd

Corvette C5-R

 
 

GTS

Collins/Gavin

1st

Corvette C5-R

 

2003

GTS

Fellows/O’Connell/Freon

5th

Corvette C5-R

 
 

GTS

Collins/Gavin/Pilgrim

3rd

Corvette C5-R

 

2004

GTS

Fellows/O’Connell/Papis

2nd

Corvette C5-R

 

GTS

Beretta/Gavin/Magnussen

1st

Corvette C5-R

Gavin pole, fastest race lap

2005*

GT1

Fellows/O’Connell

1st

Corvette C6.R

O’Connell pole, fast race lap

 

GT1

Beretta/Gavin

2nd

Corvette C6.R

 

2005

GT1

Fellows/O’Connell/Papis

6th

Corvette C6.R

 
 

GT1

Beretta/Gavin/Magnussen

1st

Corvette C6.R

Beretta pole, Gavin fastest race lap

2006

GT1

Fellows/O’Connell/Papis

4th

Corvette C6.R

O’Connell pole

 

GT1

Beretta/Gavin/Magnussen

3rd

Corvette C6.R

Gavin fastest race lap

2007

GT1

Magnussen/O’Connell/Fellows

3rd

Corvette C6.R

 
 

GT1

Beretta/Gavin/Papis

1st

Corvette C6.R

Gavin fastest race lap

2008

GT1

Magnussen/O’Connell/Fellows

1st

Corvette C6.R

O’Connell pole, Magnussen fastest lap

 

GT1

Beretta/Gavin/Papis

2nd

Corvette C6.R

 

2009

GT2

Magnussen/O’Connell/Garcia

6th

Corvette C6.R

 
 

GT2

Beretta/Gavin/Fässler

4th

Corvette C6.R

 

2010

GT

Beretta/O’Connell/Garcia

6th

Corvette C6.R

 
 

GT

Gavin/Magnussen/Collard

1st

Corvette C6.R

Magnussen fastest race lap

2011

GT

Beretta/Milner/Garcia

17th

Corvette C6.R

 
 

GT

Gavin/Magnussen/Westbrook

4th

Corvette C6.R

 

2012

GT

Garcia/Magnussen/Taylor

2nd

Corvette C6.R

 
 

GT

Gavin/Milner/Westbrook

12th

Corvette C6.R

 

2013

GT

Garcia/Magnussen/Taylor

6th

Corvette C6.R

Garcia/Magnussen clinch GT title

 

GT

Gavin/Milner/Westbrook

10th

Corvette C6.R

 

2014

GTLM

Garcia/Magnussen/Briscoe

8th

Corvette C7.R

 
 

GTLM

Gavin/Milner/Briscoe

4th

Corvette C7.R

 

2015

GTLM

Garcia/Magnussen/Briscoe

6th

Corvette C7.R

 
 

GTLM

Gavin/Milner/Briscoe

3rd

Corvette C7.R

 

2016

GTLM

Garcia/Magnussen/Rockenfeller

4th

Corvette C7.R

 
 

GTLM

Gavin/Milner/Fässler

3rd

Corvette C7.R

Gavin/Milner clinch GTLM title