CORVETTE RACING AT AUSTIN: A New Stop for ALMS GT Leaders
Chevrolet, Corvette bring driver, team and manufacturer championship lead to COTA debut
DETROIT – Corvette Racing’s chase for another American Le Mans Series championship next moves to Texas for the eighth round of the ALMS season. As was the case three weeks ago in Baltimore, Corvette Racing hopes the two biggest stars of the weekend are its two Compuware Chevrolet Corvette C6.Rs.
The stars at night aren’t the only things big and bright deep in the heart of Texas. The new Circuit of The Americas is the newest and most glamorous permanent road-racing venue in the United States. In its first year of operation, the 20-turn, 3.4-mile Circuit of The Americas has played host to the Formula One United States Grand Prix along with MotoGP and V8 Supercars.
Next up is the International Sports Car Weekend – a combined event with the ALMS and FIA World Endurance Championship. Corvette Racing’s two velocity-yellow Corvette C6.Rs head an ALMS GT class that will garner much of the weekend’s attention during Saturday’s 3:45 p.m. CT race. Viewers around the country can the action live on ESPN3 and then on ESPN2 at 1 p.m. ET on Sunday.
Corvette Racing’s stable of four drivers comes to Austin with two victories each on the season. Oliver Gavin and Tommy Milner, defending ALMS GT champions, lead the drivers’ standings with wins at Sebring – with Richard Westbrook – in their No. 4 Compuware Corvette to open the year and another victory at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park. Jan Magnussen and Antonio Garcia took their first victory together in the No. 3 Compuware Corvette at Laguna Seca. They won the most recent ALMS round at Baltimore to move within two points of Gavin and Milner in the championship.
With four victories, Corvette Racing heads the team standings, and Chevrolet is in control of the manufacturers’ race. There are 64 points available over the remaining three rounds.
This weekend’s race marks the first for the ALMS at Circuit of The Americas. Corvette Racing is one of the few teams that have logged test days at the venue, having spent time there in late 2012. The trip not doubt will prove beneficial as Corvette Racing can spend more time on engineering and strategy rather than establishing a baseline setup once testing starts Tuesday.
International Sports Car Weekend (all times CT)
Test Session 1: 1 p.m., Tuesday, Sept. 17
Test Session 2: 12:30 p.m., Thursday, Sept. 19
Practice 1: 8 a.m., Friday, Sept. 20
Practice 2: 12:40 p.m., Friday, Sept. 20
GT Qualifying: 2:10 p.m., Friday, Sept. 20
Warmup: 8 a.m., Saturday, Sept. 21
Race: 3:45 p.m., Saturday Sept. 21
Circuit of The Americas: Watch It!
Friday, Sept. 20-Sunday, Sept. 22 (all times ET)
Qualifying: Live – 2:40 p.m., Friday, Sept. 20 (ESPN3)
Race (Web): Live – 4:30 p.m., Saturday, Sept. 21 (ESPN3)
Race (TV): 1 p.m., Sunday, Sept. 22 (ESPN2)
Release Date: September 16, 2013