CORVETTE RACING AT MID-OHIO: Taylor on GTLM Pole in No. 3 Corvette

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CORVETTE RACING AT MID-OHIO: Taylor on GTLM Pole in No. 3 Corvette

LEXINGTON, Ohio (Sept. 27, 2020) – Corvette Racing’s Jordan Taylor took his second GT Le Mans (GTLM) pole position of the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship season Sunday in an early-morning session for the Acura Sports Car Challenge at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course.

Taylor, in the No. 3 Mobil 1/SiriusXM Chevrolet Corvette C8.R, set a lap of 1:17.985 in the championship-leading entry he shares with Antonio Garcia. Taylor also was the class pole-winner at Sebring in July. Garcia and Taylor lead the GTLM Drivers’ Championship by 14 points over their No. 4 Corvette C8.R teammates Oliver Gavin and Tommy Milner.

Gavin qualified third in class and was 0.530 seconds off Taylor’s pace. He’ll line up behind the No. 3 Corvette for the start of the race.

The Acura Sports Car Challenge at Mid-Ohio is scheduled for 2:05 p.m. ET today with same-day coverage on NBCSN at 11 p.m. ET. Live streaming coverage begins at 2 p.m. via TrackPass on NBC Sports Gold. In addition, IMSA Radio will broadcast the race on IMSA.com, which also will host live timing and scoring.

JORDAN TAYLOR, NO. 3 MOBIL 1/SiriusXM CHEVROLET CORVETTE C8.R – GTLM POLE-WINNER: “It was good. No matter how many cars, the GTLM class is always going to be competitive. It’s unfortunate Porsche isn’t here but hopefully they will be back for the next round. For us, it’s the first time here with the Corvette C8.R, so a lot of this came down to preparation by the team. We spent two days at the simulator last week to prepare for it and rolled off the truck really strong. We’ve only had to make a couple of minor adjustments, and that speaks volumes for the team and the preparation to come here with a brand new car and be out front. The Corvette was really good in qualifying and has been good all weekend. Hopefully we can lead the next session as well.”

MANAGING TRAFFIC IN THE RACE: “This is my first time racing here in GTLM. Passing the GTD cars in practice is difficult. The speed differential isn’t that big. You can get stuck behind them for most of the infield if you don’t get them down the main straights. They have ABS and can brake very deep into those big brake zones as well. There’s not a big separation between the classes, so hopefully that doesn’t impact too much of the race. Then with the prototypes coming through, that will make it even more interesting.”

MANAGING TRAFFIC IN THE RACE: “This is my first time racing here in GTLM. Passing the GTD cars in practice is difficult. The speed differential isn’t that big. You can get stuck behind them for most of the infield if you don’t get them down the main straights. They have ABS and can brake very deep into those big brake zones as well. There’s not a big separation between the classes, so hopefully that doesn’t impact too much of the race. Then with the prototypes coming through, that will make it even more interesting.”

2020 WeatherTech SportsCar Championship – GTLM Standings
Driver Standings
1. Antonio Garcia/Jordan Taylor – 191
2. Oliver Gavin/Tommy Milner – 177

3. Bruno Spengler/Connor De Phillippi – 174
4. Jesse Krohn/John Edwards – 171
5. Earl Bamber/Laurens Vanthoor – 171

Team Standings
1. No. 3 Corvette Racing – 191
2. No. 4 Corvette Racing – 177

3. No. 25 BMW Team RLL – 174
4. No. 24 BMW Team RLL – 171
5. No. 912 Porsche GT Team – 171

Manufacturer Standings
1. Chevrolet – 202

2. BMW – 194
3. Porsche – 186
4. Ferrari – 28

Corvette Racing at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course
2001
No. 3 Corvette C5-R: Ron Fellows/Johnny O’Connell – 1st in GT1

No. 4 Corvette C5-R: Kelly Collins/Andy Pilgrim – 2nd in GT1

2002
No. 3 Corvette C5-R: Ron Fellows/Johnny O’Connell – 1st in GT1 (Fellows pole)

No. 4 Corvette C5-R: Kelly Collins/Andy Pilgrim – 2nd in GT1

2004
No. 3 Corvette C5-R: Ron Fellows/Johnny O’Connell – 1st in GT1 (Fellows pole)

No. 4 Corvette C5-R: Olivier Beretta/Oliver Gavin – 5th in GT1 (Gavin fastest race lap)

2005
No. 3 Corvette C6.R: Ron Fellows/Johnny O’Connell – 1st in GT1

No. 4 Corvette C6.R: Olivier Beretta/Oliver Gavin – 2nd in GT1 (Gavin pole, fastest race lap)

2006
No. 3 Corvette C6.R: Ron Fellows/Johnny O’Connell – 2nd in GT1
No. 4 Corvette C6.R: Olivier Beretta/Oliver Gavin – 1st in GT1

2007
No. 3 Corvette C6.R: Jan Magnussen/Johnny O’Connell – 2nd in GT1 (O’Connell pole, Magnussen fastest race lap)
No. 4 Corvette C6.R: Olivier Beretta/Oliver Gavin – 1st in GT1

2008
No. 3 Corvette C6.R: Jan Magnussen/Johnny O’Connell – 1st in GT1 (O’Connell pole)

No. 4 Corvette C6.R: Olivier Beretta/Oliver Gavin – 2nd in GT1 (Beretta fastest race lap)

2009
No. 3 Corvette C6.R: Jan Magnussen/Johnny O’Connell – 2nd in GT
No. 4 Corvette C6.R: Olivier Beretta/Oliver Gavin – 4th in GT

2010
No. 3 Corvette C6.R: Jan Magnussen/Johnny O’Connell – 13th in GT
No. 4 Corvette C6.R: Olivier Beretta/Oliver Gavin – 2nd in GT

2011
No. 3 Corvette C6.R: Olivier Beretta/Tommy Milner – 6th in GT
No. 4 Corvette C6.R: Oliver Gavin/Jan Magnussen – 2nd in GT

2012
No. 3 Corvette C6.R: Jan Magnussen/Antonio Garcia – 4th in GT
No. 4 Corvette C6.R: Oliver Gavin/Tommy Milner – 1st in GT (Gavin fastest race lap)

2018
No. 3 Corvette C7.R: Jan Magnussen/Antonio Garcia – 3rd in GTLM
No. 4 Corvette C7.R: Oliver Gavin/Tommy Milner – 8th in GTLM

2019
No. 3 Corvette C7.R: Jan Magnussen/Antonio Garcia – 2nd in GTLM
No. 4 Corvette C7.R: Oliver Gavin/Tommy Milner – 8th in GTLM

CORVETTE RACING AT MID-OHIO: By the Numbers
• 1: As in one team, one manufacturer and one model of car for more than 20 years: Corvette Racing, Chevrolet and the Chevrolet Corvette.
• 3: Class victories at Mid-Ohio for Oliver Gavin, the most among active Corvette Racing drivers. He and Tommy Milner won there in 2012, and they led early in 2019.
• 5: Class victories at Mid-Ohio for former Corvette Racing pilot Johnny O’Connell, the most among team drivers.
• 7: Consecutive victories at Mid-Ohio for Corvette Racing between 2001 and 2008; the team didn’t race there in 2003 as it was not part of the American Le Mans Series schedule.
• 8: Class victories at Corvette Racing at Mid-Ohio – more than any entrant in IMSA at the circuit.
• 8: As in Chevrolet’s small-block V8. More than 100 million units have been sold worldwide and is the most successful engine in American motorsports.
• 9: Number of drivers who have competed at Mid-Ohio for Corvette Racing – Olivier Beretta, Kelly Collins, Antonio Garcia, Oliver Gavin, Jan Magnussen, Johnny O’Connell, Andy Pilgrim and Tommy Milner.
• 12: Manufacturer Championships for Chevrolet and Corvette Racing since 2001.
• 20: Number of GT Le Mans wins in the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship for Corvette Racing since the start of 2014.
• 24: Tracks at which Corvette Racing has won races – Baltimore, COTA, Canadian Tire Motorsport Park/Mosport, Daytona, Detroit, Houston, Laguna Seca, Le Mans, Lime Rock, Long Beach, Miami, Mid-Ohio, Portland, Road America, Road Atlanta, Sebring, Sonoma, St. Petersburg, Texas, Trois Rivieres, Utah, VIR, Washington DC and Watkins Glen.
• 29: Number of drivers for Corvette Racing since 1999.
• 111: Victories worldwide for Corvette Racing – 102 in North America and eight at Le Mans.
• 233: Event starts by Corvette Racing since 1999.
• 6,343.56: Number of racing miles completed by Corvette Racing in its 13 previous trips to Mid-Ohio. That represents 2,817 miles.
• 307,689.38: Total number of racing miles completed by Corvette Racing since its inception. To put that in perspective, Corvette Racing is nearly halfway to the distance traveled by Apollo 13 – the longest manned spaceflight in history – at 622,268 miles.