CORVETTE RACING AT WATKINS GLEN: Ready to Roll for Six Hours

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CORVETTE RACING AT WATKINS GLEN: Ready to Roll for Six Hours

Milner to start from third row in GTLM, championship co-leader Garcia fourth row

WATKINS GLEN, New York (July 1, 2017) – Corvette Racing will go for its second victory in the Sahlen’s Six Hours at The Glen on Sunday from the third and fourth rows of the GT Le Mans (GTLM) class following qualifying at Watkins Glen International.

The GTLM championship-leading team is looking for a fourth straight victory in the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship. Tommy Milner led Corvette Racing’s efforts Saturday with a lap of 1:43.189 (118.6 mph) to rank sixth in the No. 4 Mobil 1/SiriusXM Chevrolet Corvette C7.R that he shares with Oliver Gavin.

GTLM Driver’s Championship co-leader Antonio Garcia was eighth at 1:43.243 (118.5 mph) in the No. 3 Mobil 1/SiriusXM Chevrolet Corvette C7.R. He and teammate Jan Magnussen gave Corvette Racing a victory in its first Watkins Glen debut in 2014. They also won in the class’s most recent race at Circuit of The Americas, and they also were victorious at the Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring.

Gavin and Milner were fourth in GTLM last year at Watkins Glen on their way to the GTLM Championship. They won earlier this year at Long Beach.

Corvette Racing’s performance this year has vaulted Chevrolet into the GTLM Manufacturer’s Championship lead, the No. 3 Corvette C7.R entry leads the class’s Team standings.

The Sahlen’s Six Hours of The Glen also marks the third of four races in the Tequila Patrón North American Endurance Cup – a four-race competition made up of Sebring, The Glen, the Rolex 24 At Daytona and Petit Le Mans. After two rounds, Garcia and Magnussen are third in Driver points, as is Chevrolet in the Manufacturer’s standings.

The Sahlen’s Six Hours of The Glen is set for 10:10 a.m. ET on Sunday, July 2. FOX Sports 1 will air the race from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. ET with FOX Sports 2 airing from 1 to 4:30 p.m. Live audio coverage from IMSA Radio and a Corvette Racing In-Car feed will be available on IMSA.com.

TOMMY MILNER, NO. 4 MOBIL 1/SiriusXM CHEVROLET CORVETTE C7.R – QUALIFIED SIXTH IN GTLM: "It wasn’t bad but wasn’t great. I think we’re in a good place to start for a six-hour race. Our Corvette feels really good, so that’s key with all the changing conditions that we’ve seen. Going off what we learned yesterday helped in qualifying. I’m happy about that. It’s close as it always is in GTLM. Things are good and we are looking forward to the race."

ANTONIO GARCIA, NO. 3 MOBIL 1/SiriusXM CHEVROLET CORVETTE C7.R – QUALIFIED EIGHTH IN GTLM: "The track is different than it was yesterday with the different conditions. It was difficult to nail a lap. The way we had the Corvette setup, it doesn’t relate to how the track felt yesterday. Maybe setup wise, we weren’t where we need to be. However, we think the conditions for the race tomorrow will be closer to the setup we had yesterday. Things went a little against us today, and I don’t feel like I drove very well today. It’s not like we are very far off. It’s a six-hour race, and we know how to win at Watkins Glen."

Corvette Racing at Watkins Glen

Year Class Drivers Result Car Notes
2014 GTLM Garcia/Magnussen 1st Corvette C7.R Team’s first race at WGI
  GTLM Gavin/Milner 4th Corvette C7.R  
2015 GTLM Garcia/Magnussen 4th Corvette C7.R  
  GTLM Gavin/Milner 7th Corvette C7.R Retired (accident)
2016 GTLM Garcia/Magnussen 7th Corvette C7.R  
  GTLM Gavin/Milner 4th Corvette C7.R  

 

2017 WeatherTech SportsCar Championship – GTLM Standings (After Four of 11 Events)

Driver Standings Team Standings Manufacturer Standings

1. Antonio Garcia/Jan Magnussen – 124

2. Dirk Muller/Joey Hand – 118

3. Dirk Werner/Patrick Pilet – 110

4. Alexander Sims/Bill Auberlen – 108

5. Richard Westbrook/Ryan Briscoe – 107

7. Oliver Gavin/Tommy Milner – 102

1. No. 3 Corvette Racing – 124

2. No. 66 Ford Chip Ganassi Racing – 118

3. No. 911 Porsche GT Team – 110

4. No. 25 BMW Team RLL – 108

5. No. 67 Ford Chip Ganassi Racing – 107

7. No. 4 Corvette Racing – 102

1. Chevrolet – 133

2. Ford – 127

3. Porsche – 118

4. BMW – 114

5. Ferrari – 112