Nov 01 2005 admin News Comments Off on Corvette Racing Season Review

New Cars, New Champions and New Competition Highlight Corvette Racing’s Fifth Championship Season DETROIT – Corvette Racing dominated the American Le Mans Series for the fifth straight year in 2005, but it wasn’t easy. The introduction of the new Corvette C6.R race cars, the emergence of powerful new rivals, and the impact of new rules shaped the season for Chevrolet’s two-car factory team. The yellow Corvettes raced to 10 victories in 11 starts, including the team’s fourth win in the …

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Oct 27 2005 admin News Comments Off on GM Announces Corvette Chief Engineer David Hill to Retire

Tom Wallace to lead performance car team DETROIT – General Motors Corp. announced today that David Hill, currently GM vehicle chief engineer (VCE) for Corvette and vehicle line executive (VLE) for performance cars, will retire effective Jan. 1, 2006 after more than 41 years of dedicated service. Tom Wallace will replace Hill as vehicle line executive – performance cars and vehicle chief engineer for the Corvette. Additionally, he will assume responsibilities for compact rear-wheel-drive performance cars including Pontiac Solstice and …

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Oct 15 2005 admin News Comments Off on Corvette Racing Finishes Season with 1-2 Finish

Laguna Seca Victory Seals GT1 Championship for Gavin and Beretta MONTEREY, Calif. – Oliver Gavin and Olivier Beretta won the battle and won the war today as Corvette Racing won it all in the American Le Mans Series. Gavin and Beretta scored their seventh win in eight races in their No. 4 Compuware Corvette C6.R and claimed the GT1 championship in today’s four-hour season finale at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca. Corvette Racing notched its 45th victory and 31st 1-2 finish …

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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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