CORVETTE RACING AT VIR: Second, Fourth Rows in Shot at Three-peat

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CORVETTE RACING AT VIR: Second, Fourth Rows in Shot at Three-peat

Team going for fourth class victory in seven years at Virginia

 

DANVILLE, Virginia (August 18, 2018) – Corvette Racing will start from the second and fourth rows of the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship at Virginia International Raceway following a somewhat damp qualifying session for Sunday’s Michelin GT Challenge at VIR.

 

Antonio Garcia qualified fourth and Tommy Milner seventh in GT Le Mans (GTLM), which has headliner honors this weekend. Corvette Racing will go for its fourth victory at VIR in seven tries and third in a row.

 

A steady rain enveloped two-thirds of the 3.27-mile, 17-turn circuit just ahead of GTLM qualifying. As a result, the difference in conditions on opposite sides of the track made the driving and strategy tricky. Had it remained dry, Corvette Racing likely would have been in strong condition for pole position; Garcia was quickest in Friday’s second practice and Milner was fastest in Saturday morning’s final session.

 

Garcia set a best lap in qualifying of 1:56.760 (100.821 mph) in the No. 3 Mobil 1/SiriusXM Chevrolet Corvette C7.R that he shares with Jan Magnussen. The duo has made VIR its playground the last two years with consecutive victories and a pole position for Magnussen in 2016.

 

Garcia and Magnussen are second in the GTLM Driver’s Championship with three races remaining – four points behind the leaders – and have finished on the class podium in the last five IMSA races.

 

Milner’s best time was a 1:57.492 (100.193 mph) in the No. 4 Mobil 1/SiriusXM Chevrolet Corvette C7.R, which he will drive with Oliver Gavin. They were class winners at VIR in the 2012 American Le Mans Series race, and Milner set the fastest race lap a year ago.

 

Gavin and Milner stand fourth in GTLM points with a victory earlier this year at Long Beach.

 

The Michelin GT Challenge is set for 1:05 p.m. ET with FOX Sports 1 airing the race live from 1-2 p.m., followed by coverage on FOX Sports 2 from 2-4 p.m. Streaming in-car footage along with live audio coverage of practice, qualifying and the race from IMSA Radio is available on IMSA.com.

 

ANTONIO GARCIA, NO. 3 MOBIL 1/SiriusXM CHEVROLET CORVETTE C7.R – QUALIFIED THIRD: “It was difficult to judge the amount of grip we would have. The differences between one side of track and the other was extreme. I felt I had to save my tires on the dry side and probably didn’t push a bit. We waited a bit to go out and only had three laps, so it was tough. We’re still on the second row, which isn’t bad considering how good or bad we would have been in the dry. We’ll see what tomorrow brings.”

 

TOMMY MILNER, NO. 4 MOBIL 1/SiriusXM CHEVROLET CORVETTE C7.R – QUALIFIED SEVENTH: “Coulda, shoulda, woulda… Unfortunately the skies opened up right before we out and made the track really tricky. It’s easy to say that ‘if this’ and ‘if that’ it had stayed dry. But the guys ahead of me did a better job, but we have a great Corvette. Our car in the dry has been super fast all weekend. Olly and I feel good about it, and that’s the part that matters. We’ll look forward to a dry race and a good result.”

 

2018 WeatherTech SportsCar Championship – GTLM Standings (After eight of 11 Events)

 

Driver Standings Team Standings Manufacturer Standings
1. Richard Westbrook/Ryan Briscoe – 241

2. Antonio Garcia/Jan Magnussen – 237

3. Dirk Mueller/Joey Hand – 232

4. Oliver Gavin/Tommy Milner – 227

5. Earl Bamber/Laurens Vanthoor – 225

1. No. 67 Ford Chip Ganassi Racing – 241

2. No. 3 Corvette Racing – 237

3. No. 66 Ford Chip Ganassi Racing – 232

4. No. 4 Corvette Racing – 227

5. No. 912 Porsche GT Team – 225

1. Ford – 265

2. Chevrolet – 251

3. Porsche – 246

4. BMW – 232

5. Ferrari – 58

 

Corvette Racing at Virginia International Raceway

Year Class Drivers Result Car Notes
2012 GT Garcia/Magnussen 8th Corvette C6.R Garcia fastest race lap
GT Gavin/Milner 1st Corvette C6.R Gavin/Milner clinch ALMS GT title
2013 GT Garcia/Magnussen 3rd Corvette C6.R Clinch GT team, manufacturer titles
GT Gavin/Milner 6th Corvette C6.R
2014 GTLM Garcia/Taylor 7th Corvette C7.R J. Taylor replace Magnussen (concussion)
GTLM Gavin/Milner 9th Corvette C7.R
2015 GTLM Garcia/Magnussen 6th Corvette C7.R
GTLM Gavin/Milner 8th Corvette C7.R
2016 GTLM Garcia/Magnussen 1st Corvette C7.R Magnussen pole
GTLM Gavin/Milner 9th Corvette C7.R Gavin fastest race lap
2017 GTLM Garcia/Magnussen 1st Corvette C7.R
GTLM Gavin/Milner 6th Corvette C7.R