May 31 2005 admin News Comments Off on From Michigan to Le Mans: A Motorsports Odyssey

Corvette Racing Notebook for the 24 Hours of Le Mans Test, June 5, 2005 LE MANS, France – The 24 Hours of Le Mans is road racing’s Super Bowl, Olympics and World Cup, all combined in a manic 24-hour marathon on two-lane country roads in France’s Loire Valley. Corvette Racing’s quest for its fourth Le Mans GT1 title begins with the traditional Le Mans test day on June 5 – but in fact, planning for this overseas odyssey began the …

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May 22 2005 admin News Comments Off on Corvette Racing Reigns with 1-2 Finish at Rainy Mid-Ohio

Fellows and O’Connell Win Again in Wet and Wild Race LEXINGTON, Ohio – Corvette Racing drivers Ron Fellows and Johnny O’Connell scored their second consecutive victory with the new Corvette C6.R in today’s American Le Mans at Mid-Ohio, but the win was anything but routine. Fellows’ No. 3 Compuware Corvette was second in the GT1 class at the finish, but a 20-second penalty levied on the leading No. 4 Compuware Corvette driven by Oliver Gavin and Olivier Beretta elevated Fellows …

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May 21 2005 admin News Comments Off on Corvette Racing Qualifies 1-2 in American Le Mans at Mid-Ohio

Gavin Wins GT1 Pole for Second Time at Corvette Racing’s Home Track LEXINGTON, Ohio – Corvette Racing’s bright yellow Compuware Corvettes qualified at the head of the GT1 class today at the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course for Sunday’s American Le Mans at Mid-Ohio. Driving the No. 4 Corvette C6.R, Oliver Gavin edged his teammate Johnny O’Connell in the No. 3 Corvette by .1-second to win the GT1 pole for the second straight year at Mid-Ohio. Both Corvettes eclipsed the track …

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May 17 2005 admin News Comments Off on Zen and the Art of Auto Racing

Karate Helps O’Connell Prepare Physically and Mentally for 24 Hours of Le Mans Walking down a dark alley in a dodgy part of town, Johnny O’Connell is the man you want at your back. Along with two championships and 22 career victories in the American Le Mans Series, O’Connell also has a black belt in karate. In O’Connell’s world, racing and martial arts are closely related disciplines; both demand mental focus and physical toughness. As preparations begin for Corvette Racing’s …

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May 17 2005 admin News Comments Off on Bowtie Bullet Points: Chevrolet Notes for Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course

Corvette Racing Notebook for the American Le Mans at Mid-Ohio, May 20-22 LEXINGTON, Ohio – Johnny O’Connell, Ron Fellows and Corvette Racing bring a perfect record to the American Le Mans at Mid-Ohio, the third round of the American Le Mans Series. O’Connell and Fellows have won the GT1 class in every ALMS event contested on the 2.25-mile Mid-Ohio circuit, and Corvette Racing has posted 1-2 finishes in every ALMS race held at the scenic Ohio track. O’Connell and Fellows …

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Apr 17 2005 admin News Comments Off on Corvette C6.R Races to 1-2 Finish at Road Atlanta

Fellows and O’Connell Score First Victory for New Corvette Race Car BRASELTON, Ga. – Corvette Racing made history today at Road Atlanta when Johnny O’Connell and Ron Fellows drove the new Corvette C6.R to its first victory. Following in the tire tracks of the championship-winning Corvette C5-R, the production-based Corvette C6.R notched Corvette Racing’s 36th win at the Sportsbook.com Grand Prix of Atlanta. Oliver Gavin and Olivier Beretta were second across the strip to score a 1-2 finish for Corvette …

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Apr 16 2005 admin News Comments Off on Corvette Racing Qualifies 1-2 at Road Atlanta

Local Hero O’Connell Claims First Career Pole at Home Track BRASELTON, Ga. – Corvette Racing driver Johnny O’Connell relied on his knowledge of Road Atlanta and his very quick No. 3 Compuware Corvette C6.R to win the GT1 pole for Sunday’s Sportsbook.com Grand Prix of Atlanta. It was the first time in his ALMS career that spans 55 events that O’Connell, a resident of nearby Flowery Branch, was the fastest qualifier. Olivier Beretta was the second fastest qualifier in Corvette …

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Apr 12 2005 admin News Comments Off on Oliver Gavin – Marathon Man!

Not all racing drivers can run 26.2 miles Every professional racing driver finds his own way of keeping physically fit. Some spend hours in the gym; others do a great deal of cycling, while running forms a major part of any fit person’s training campaign. Not all, however, are capable of running 26.2 mile marathons. Briton Olivier Gavin, who races for the Corvette Racing in the American Le Mans Series, took part in the Paris Marathon this past weekend. Gavin …

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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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