CORVETTE RACING AT ROAD AMERICA: Second, Third Rows in GTLM Qualifying

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CORVETTE RACING AT ROAD AMERICA: Second, Third Rows in GTLM Qualifying

Attention turns to race setup and strategy in quest for eighth Road America win

ELKHART LAKE, Wisconsin (Aug. 4, 2018) – Corvette Racing’s two Chevrolet Corvette C7.Rs will line up astern Sunday for the Continental Tire Road Race Showcase at Road America after Saturday’s qualifying session for GT Le Mans (GTLM) cars in the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship.

The yellow Corvettes found themselves on the second and third rows in class following the 15-minute session. Antonio Garcia qualified third in the No. 3 Mobil 1/SiriusXM Chevrolet Corvette C7.R with a lap of 2:02.746 (118.722 mph), followed closely by Oliver Gavin in fifth place with a lap of 2:03.170 (118.314 mph) in the No. 4 Mobil 1/SiriusXM Corvette.

The qualifying results are the best for Corvette Racing at Road America since 2015, and spirits are quietly confident heading into Sunday’s race. The top five cars qualified within 0.691 seconds, which bodes well for the team’s chances for an eighth class victory at the 4.048-mile, 14-turn road course – and 100th in IMSA competition.

The GTLM Driver’s Championship is a tight battle entering Road America. Garcia and Jan Magnussen stand second and are one point out of the championship lead with four races to go. Gavin and Tommy Milner are fifth but just 13 points back; they won in class two years at Road America.

Chevrolet remains second in Manufacturer points – 11 back with four races remaining.

The Continental Tire Road Race Showcase is set for 1:35 p.m. CT with FOX Sports 1 airing the race live. Streaming in-car 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 THIRD IN GTLM: “It wasn’t a bad session. I think we can be happy with the results. Second and fourth was very optimistic. I almost did three identical laps. Considering how good the car was in the last practice, I think we have a good Corvette for the race. The 66 and 67 typically show very good race pace as well, so we need to be a little more clever than them perhaps and see where that puts us. That is our target. We are in a good spot again. We’re fighting the two cars ahead of us for the championship so the battle is on.”

OLIVER GAVIN, NO. 4 MOBIL 1/SiriusXM CHEVROLET CORVETTE C7.R – QUALIFIED FIFTH IN GTLM: “I’m a little frustrated that the session didn’t go a little better. We’ve been working on the car and finding the quick way around here. I was on a good enough lap to be right up there with what Antonio had done but I lost the car into the last corner on that lap, and I never could get it back to that point. That seems to be a common theme for us this year; we can get the car to perform for a lap but can’t hold it at that point. You have to hit it exactly right, and if you don’t then you’re not at the sharp end. The good news is that we usually race better than we qualify. So we’re eyes forward and hopefully moving up the order tomorrow.”

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

Driver Standings Team Standings Manufacturer Standings
1. Dirk Mueller/Joey Hand – 208

2. Antonio Garcia/Jan Magnussen – 207

3. Richard Westbrook/Ryan Briscoe – 206

4. Earl Bamber/Laurens Vanthoor – 197

5. Oliver Gavin/Tommy Milner – 195

1. No. 66 Ford Chip Ganassi Racing – 208

2. No. 3 Corvette Racing – 207

3. No. 67 Ford Chip Ganassi Racing – 206

4. No. 912 Porsche GT Team – 197

5. No. 4 Corvette Racing – 195

1. Ford – 230

2. Chevrolet – 219

3. Porsche – 216

4. BMW – 204

5. Ferrari – 58

 

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
2017 GTLM Garcia/Magnussen 4th Corvette C7.R
GTLM Gavin/Milner 5th Corvette C7.R