Apr 12 2005 admin News Comments Off on Bowtie Bullet Points: Chevrolet Notes for Road Atlanta ALMS

Corvette Racing Notebook for the Sportsbook.com Grand Prix of Atlanta BRASELTON, Ga. – The hills surrounding Road Atlanta will be alive with the sound of small-block V-8s when Corvette Racing comes to the 2.54-mile circuit for the second round of the 10-race American Le Mans Series. After finishing second and third in the season-opening race in Sebring, Fla., Corvette Racing is aiming for the top step of the podium in the 2-hour, 45-minute sprint race at Road Atlanta. The odds …

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Apr 11 2005 admin News Comments Off on O’Connell Counts on Courage, Experience and Corvette Racing at Road Atlanta

Local Hero Enjoys Home Field Advantage in Second Round of American Le Mans Series BRASELTON, Ga. – With hair as red as the clay soil of his adopted home and a smile as white as an antebellum mansion, Johnny O’Connell is the favorite son of race fans at Road Atlanta. Born in New York, this transplanted Yankee has found a permanent place in the sunny South – just as he’s found a home at Corvette Racing. If there is a …

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Apr 05 2005 admin News Comments Off on GM Racing Partners With PRS Guitars

DETROIT – General Motors and Corvette Racing are pleased to announce a partnership with PRS Guitars, a leading manufacturer of high-end electric and electro-acoustic guitars. The PRS name will appear on the recently introduced Corvette C6.R racecar during the 2005 race season, and PRS will craft custom designed Corvette Z06 guitars. The Corvette guitars will be available through authorized PRS guitar dealers worldwide. PRS Guitars are used by some of the world’s top musicians, including Carlos Santana, Dave Navarro of …

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Mar 20 2005 admin News Comments Off on Corvette C6.Rs Finish Second and Third in Competition Debut

Corvette Racing Battles Back in Long Day’s Journey at Sebring SEBRING, Fla. – Battered but unbroken, Corvette Racing overcame adversity to finish second and third today in the GT1 class at Sebring International Raceway with the new Corvette C6.R race cars. After dominating the first eight hours of the Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring, the final third of the 12-hour race became a test of endurance for the Corvette Racing team as both cars were damaged in accidents. The …

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Mar 19 2005 admin News Comments Off on Sebring Eight-Hour Report: Class-Leading C6.Rs Survive Crashes

Nightfall Brings Reversal of Fortune for Corvette Racing SEBRING, Fla. – With eight of the 12 hours of Sebring completed, Corvette Racing was running 1-2 in the production-based GT1 class and ranked third and fourth overall. Then just as the ninth hour began, both Corvette C6.Rs were damaged in separate incidents. The No. 3 Compuware Corvette driven by Johnny O’Connell was first to suffer misfortune when a front brake rotor failed on the long straight leading into Turn 17. O’Connell …

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Mar 19 2005 admin News Comments Off on Sebring Four-Hour Report: Corvette Racing 1-2 in GT1

New C6.Rs Fourth and Fifth Overall SEBRING, Fla. – “So far, so good.” Those four words from GM Racing program manager Doug Fehan sum up the first third of the Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring for Corvette Racing. At the four-hour mark, Corvette Racing’s new C6.Rs were running first and second in the GT1 class. The No. 4 Compuware Corvette driven by Oliver Gavin, Olivier Beretta and Jan Magnussen had completed 112 laps, placing it fourth overall in the …

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Mar 17 2005 admin News Comments Off on Corvette C6.Rs to Start First and Second in Competition Debut at Sebring

Field Set by Practice Times After Rain Cancels Qualifying SEBRING, Fla. – Corvette Racing’s new Corvette C6.R race cars will start their first race in the top two spots in the fiercely contested GT1 class at the season-opening Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring. When heavy rain compelled American Le Mans Series officials to cancel qualifying for Saturday’s 12-hour race at Sebring International Raceway, the twin Corvette C6.Rs were seeded at the top of the GT1 class based on their …

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Mar 15 2005 admin News Comments Off on New Corvette C6.R to Make Racing Debut in Sebring

American Le Mans Series 12-Hour Season-Opener Marks Corvette’s 50th Year in Racing SEBRING, Fla. – Corvette Racing’s championship-winning Corvette C5-R is a tough act to follow, but the new Corvette C6.R race car is up to the task. Introduced in 1999, the C5-R scored 35 victories in 55 American Le Mans Series events, won its class at the 12 Hours of Sebring three consecutive years, posted three 1-2 finishes in the GTS class at the 24 Hours of Le Mans, …

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Mar 10 2005 admin News Comments Off on ew GM Racing Director Addresses Media

Mark Kent answers media questions as new director of GM Racing MICHAEL GARDNER, MANAGER, MOTORSPORTS, HERITAGE AND PERFORMANCE COMMUNICATIONS: “Mark is not a stranger to the motorsports scene. In the late eighties and early nineties he held engineering and program management positions for our IMSA GTU and SCCA Trans-Am programs. He spent the bulk of his 25-year career in powertrain engineering and recently led the engineering design team that was responsible for GM’s Northstar V8 engines. As you’ll see, he …

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Feb 17 2005 admin News Comments Off on New GM Racing Head Appointed

Mark Kent named director of GM Racing DETROIT – General Motors has named Mark Kent its new director of racing. Kent will oversee engineering and marketing activities for all of GM’s motorsports programs, including NASCAR, NHRA, SCCA, Grand American, American Le Mans and IRL. Kent, 44, replaces Doug Duchardt, who held the position for the last two years. Kent has experience in powertrain development both for production and race vehicles. From 1987 to 1992, he held motorsports engine engineering and …

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