Oct 14 2005 admin News Comments Off on Corvettes Qualify Second and Third for ALMS Season Finale

O’Connell and Beretta Break Track Record; Corvette Racing Wins Pit Crew Challenge MONTEREY, Calif. – The stage is set for Saturday’s season finale of the American Le Mans Series at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca, and the key players in the GT1 championship drama will start second and third. Title contender Johnny O’Connell qualified the No. 3 Compuware Corvette second in the GT1 class at 1:20.719, and points leader Olivier Beretta put the No. 4 Compuware Corvette third on the GT1 …

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Oct 10 2005 admin News Comments Off on Fast Friends: Oliver Gavin and Olivier Beretta

Corvette Racing’s “Two Ollies” Aim for ALMS Championship in Season Finale MONTEREY, Calif. – Two years ago, they were strangers. Today Oliver Gavin and Olivier Beretta are the best of friends – and potential American Le Mans Series champions. They come from different worlds. Gavin, 33, is a fair-haired Englishman, living in a restored Tudor-style home in a picturesque village northwest of London. Beretta, 35, is a swarthy Monegasque who lives alongside the sun-drenched Mediterranean in an apartment in Monte …

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Oct 10 2005 admin News Comments Off on ALMS Season Finale to Determine Corvette Racing Champions

Corvette Racing Notebook for the Monterey Sports Car Championships, Oct. 13-15 MONTEREY, Calif. – While there are few certainties in motorsports, the math says that two of Corvette Racing’s four full-season drivers will be crowned as GT1 champions at the conclusion of the Monterey Sports Car Championships at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca on Oct. 15. The four-hour season finale of the American Le Mans Series will decide the title in favor of Oliver Gavin and Olivier Beretta, co-drivers of the …

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Oct 04 2005 admin News Comments Off on Crew Chief Dan Binks: Corvette Racing’s “Big Daddy”

Quarterback, Coach and Cheerleader for the Championship-Winning No. 3 Corvette NEW HUDSON, Mich. – It’s 5:15 a.m., and Dan Binks is already on the job. He’s been up since 4:30, and he can’t wait to get to the office. His “office” is the headquarters of Corvette Racing, the command center where Chevrolet’s championship-winning race cars are designed, constructed and maintained. It’s said that races are won and lost in the pits. Binks, the crew chief for the No. 3 Compuware …

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Oct 01 2005 admin News Comments Off on Corvette Racing Wins Petit Le Mans

Gavin and Beretta Extend GT1 Points Lead with Second Straight Petit Le Mans Victory BRASELTON, Ga. – Corvette Racing beat the heat, beat the clock and beat its rivals to win today’s 1,000-mile Petit Le Mans endurance race at Road Atlanta. Corvette Racing teammates Oliver Gavin, Olivier Beretta and Jan Magnussen duplicated their earlier win in the 24 Hours of Le Mans with their No. 4 Compuware Corvette C6.R. The trio completed 379 laps, finishing one lap ahead of the …

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Sep 30 2005 admin News Comments Off on Corvette Racing Qualifies 1-2 for Petit Le Mans

Beretta Wins GT1 Pole for Record 17th Time, Sets Road Atlanta Qualifying Mark BRASELTON, Ga. – Corvette Racing won the first skirmish in the battle of Atlanta as the twin Corvette C6.Rs qualified first and second in the GT1 class ahead of the British Aston Martin team for Saturday’s Petit Le Mans. Olivier Beretta won the pole for a series-leading 17th time, lapping the 2.54-mile Road Atlanta circuit with a record-setting time of 1:16.627 (119.331 mph) in the No. 4 …

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Sep 26 2005 admin News Comments Off on Papis’ Passion: A Little Red Corvette

Max Papis Drives the American Dream Behind the Wheel of His 1958 Corvette MIAMI – Growing up in Italy, young Max Papis dreamed that one day he would be a successful race car driver and own a blood-red sports car. It would have a powerful V-8 engine and a proud racing heritage. It would have style and timeless design. And it would wear a red Bowtie from Michigan, not a prancing horse from Maranello. Papis achieved his dream. He has …

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Sep 26 2005 admin News Comments Off on GM Racing Profile: Gary Claudio, Group Marketing Manager

Translating Success on the Track into Success in the Showroom DETROIT – Life on the mean streets of New York prepared Gary Claudio for life in the fast lane of auto racing. The former street cop may have traded his bulletproof vest and pistol for a polo shirt and a cell phone, but Claudio has lost none of his street smarts. “Five years as a New York policeman taught me how to deal with all aspects of society,” Claudio said. …

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Sep 26 2005 admin News Comments Off on Petit Le Mans to Renew Rivalries for Corvette Racing

Corvette Racing Notebook for Petit Le Mans, Sept. 29 – Oct. 1 BRASELTON, Ga. – As Paul Revere once said in a slightly different context, “The British are coming!” This weekend’s Petit Le Mans at Road Atlanta marks the renewal of sports car racing’s fiercest rivalry as America’s Corvette Racing takes on the British Aston Martin team in the rubber match of international endurance racing. The score stands at 1-1 going into Saturday’s 1,000-mile/10-hour event at Road Atlanta. The Prodrive …

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Sep 20 2005 admin News Comments Off on GM Racing Technology: Safety

The Science of Safety Safety in racing spans a wide spectrum, from protective apparel and restraint systems to vehicle construction, track design and emergency response team training. GM Racing instituted the Racing Safety Program to advance the science of racing safety on all fronts. The Racing Safety Program is a key element in GM Racing’s research and development program. Since its inception in June 1992, the safety program has expanded from its initial focus on Indy cars to encompass stock …

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