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    Garcia, Milner just miss out on pole in dynamic GTLM qualifying session

    Garcia, Milner just miss out on pole in dynamic GTLM qualifying session

    BRASELTON, Ga. (Sept. 4, 2020) – Corvette Racing will start second and third
    in class for the IMSA WeatherTech Sports Car Championship’s
    Grand Prix following a stunning GT Le Mans (GTLM) qualifying session Friday
    at Michelin Raceway Road Atlanta.

    Antonio Garcia and Tommy Milner just missed pole position in their Chevrolet
    Corvette C8.Rs by a whisker ahead of Saturday’s six-hour race. Garcia’s best
    lap in the No. 3 Mobil 1/SiriusXM Chevrolet Corvette C8.R was a 1:16.181
    (120.029 mph) effort that ended 0.014 seconds off Nick Tandy’s pole-winning
    time. Milner was basically Garcia’s equal with a 1:16.212 (119.980 mph) lap
    in his No. 4 Mobil 1/SiriusXM Corvette – just 0.045 seconds off the fastest
    GTLM lap.

    The entire GTLM field was within 0.192 seconds at the end of the 15-minute
    session. It sets up what should be a tantalizing race – the first
    long-distance event for Corvette Racing since a February round of the World
    Endurance Championship and the first in IMSA since the season-opening Rolex
    24 At Daytona in January, which also was the debut of the mid-engine
    Chevrolet Corvette C8.R.

    Garcia and teammate Jordan Taylor enter as the GTLM Drivers’ Championship
    co-leaders, as does Chevrolet in the Manufacturers’ standings. The
    Garcia/Taylor pairing has won three times in the last four races including
    two in a row.

    Milner and Oliver Gavin sit third in points with a victory at Sebring in
    July to their credit. Corvette Racing’s four-race winning streak is its
    longest since the 2014 season.

    The Corvette Racing program has won 10 times at Road Atlanta, eight of those
    in long-distance endurance rounds. Gavin is IMSA’s winningest active driver
    at the circuit with five wins, and Taylor is a past IMSA winner at the
    track, having won twice in a prototype. Road Atlanta is one of the tracks at
    which Corvette Racing tested the mid-engine C8.R during its development
    phase, albeit more than a year ago. It has been a good omen so far with
    victories at Daytona, Sebring, Road America and VIR – all places where the
    Corvette C8.R was tested in the past.

    The Grand Prix is scheduled for 11:35 a.m. ET on Saturday with
    live coverage on NBC Sports Network starting at 11:30 a.m. ET before
    continuing on Trackpass at 12:30 p.m. and returning to NBCSN at 2:30 p.m.
    IMSA Radio will have the race on, which also will host live timing
    and scoring.

    SECOND IN GTLM: “I know where those hundredths of a second are! That’s what
    hurts a little bit. When it’s that close and you don’t know how close they
    are, you have to guess where pole position is. I knew pole was a 1:16.1 but
    I didn’t know where in that range of 1:16.1. I knew I had the slowest 1:16.1
    you could get, and I still improved by a hundredth on that last lap. I’m
    sure I could find a tenth on those laps but everyone else can do the same. I
    really enjoyed this qualifying where it’s all out and you’re really pushing
    to go for it. It’s a shame it wasn’t enough and being that close. But we
    probably chose the best race to do this. We have six hours tomorrow to move
    up. It’s a good start. The Corvette is there. We had reasonably good
    practice sessions and good data. The cars should be good in the heat so let’s
    see where we are in the heat. If we win tomorrow by a hundredth then I’ll be
    good with that!”

    THIRD IN GTLM: “When it’s that close, you replay every single lap and you
    think, ‘If I had done the entry to that one corner the same way on my quick
    lap, that would have been pole.’ I’m sure every guy in the class had bits
    and pieces where if you put it all together, it would have been good enough.
    Congrats to Nick and the 911. They did better job of all of us. This was
    classic GTLM qualifying with everyone super close. It’s a longer race
    tomorrow, so qualifying doesn’t matter too much. I think we feel really good
    about long-run pace based on practice today. It’s certainly good to be
    toward the front today but I think I’m more excited about the race tomorrow
    and the pace we have. It was fun to qualify. This track really lends itself
    to close racing and close lap times between all of us. It should be a good
    race tomorrow.”

    2020 WeatherTech SportsCar Championship – GTLM Standings
    Driver Standings
    1. Antonio Garcia/Jordan Taylor – 165
    2. Earl Bamber/Laurens Vanthoor – 146
    3. Oliver Gavin/Tommy Milner – 145
    4. Fred Makowiecki/Nick Tandy – 143
    5. Jesse Krohn/John Edwards – 141

    Team Standings
    1. No. 3 Corvette Racing – 165
    2. No. 912 Porsche GT Team – 146
    3. No. 4 Corvette Racing – 145
    4. No. 911 Porsche GT Team – 143
    5. No. 24 BMW Team RLL – 141

    Manufacturer Standings
    1. Chevrolet – 170
    2. BMW – 159
    3. Porsche – 156
    4. Ferrari – 28

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