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Corvette Today Podcast With Kai Spande BGA Manager

On this episode of CORVETTE TODAY, you get to meet the Corvette Plant Manager for the Bowling Green Assembly Plant, Kai Spande!
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C7.R = No BoP @ ROLEX

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  • C7.R = No BoP @ ROLEX

    No balance of performance for the C7.R’s for the next weekend’s ROLEX 24. For the complete BoP adjustments for the major race cars:

    Originally posted by gmauthority
    Corvette Racing Gets No BoP Changes For 2019 Rolex 24 At DaytonaIn a surprise twist, IMSA has elected to leave the balance of performance for almost all GTLM class cars untouched for the 2019 Rolex 24 at Daytona.

    The motorsports sanctioning body usually makes a series of BoP adjustments following the annual Roar Before the 24 pre-season test to closer align the speeds of the various cars in the field. It has decided to leave many cars alone following the Roar this year, however, including the Corvette C7.R of Corvette Racing.

    The only GTLM car that received an adjustment this year was the BMW M8, which will now have an increased fuel capacity of two liters to 90L.

    The lack of BoP adjustments could be a good omen for the Chevy squad, which took pole in the qualifying session following the Roar Before the 24. The mock qualifying session decided the pit stall selection for the race, with the grid-deciding qualifying session scheduled for Thursday, January 24th ahead of the race start that Saturday.


    Corvette Racing is sticking to its familiar formula for 2019, running the Corvette C7.R for one last season and remaining with drivers Antonio Garcia, Jan Magnussen, Tommy Milner and Oliver Gavin. It is widely believed the team will switch to the mid-engine Corvette C8.R for the 2020 IMSA season.

    The Prototype class will also go largely unchanged with regards to BoP. The Mazda DPi entries, which were extremely fast at the Roar, only received a reduction in fuel capacity of two liters to 79L. The Cadillac DPi-V.R, four of which will race in IMSA full-time this year, received a reduction in fuel capacity of one liter. Similarly, the Acura ARX-05 received a reduction in fuel capacity of two liters. The Nissan DPi will go unchanged.

    The 2019 Rolex 24 at Daytona is set to kick off on Saturday, January 26th. For international viewers, coverage can be found at IMSA.tv. NBCSN will also air coverage of the race for US fans, but viewers will have to switch to the NBC web player for certain portions. A full broadcast schedule can be found at this link via IMSA.com.

    Be sure to check out our Corvette Racing news page for more coverage of GM’s factory race team.

    Photos by Jake Galstad via IMSA
    Read more: http://gmauthority.com/blog/2019/01/...#ixzz5czFbUSHB
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    I have been in the main headquarters of IMSA, and have talked with the owners. Remember, IMSA is a business, that is in it to make money for the owners. Just food for thought . The BoP can make any car more “competitive at any time. Welcome to Pro Racing.
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    • #3
      You sure got that right. And when others losing to our Corvettes start whining about that, threatening to leave the series....

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      • #4
        Originally posted by John View Post
        You sure got that right. And when others losing to our Corvettes start whining about that, threatening to leave the series....
        Let the Corvette Racing team bring the car they want to, and hands down, no one would beat Corvette! But, Pro Racing does not work that way. Never has.
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        • #5
          Too bad we can’t have the old CanAm series.

          The group 7 category was essentially a Formula Libre for sports cars; the regulations were minimal and permitted unlimited engine sizes (and allowed turbocharging and supercharging), virtually unrestricted aerodynamics, and were as close as any major international racing series ever got to have an "anything goes" policy. As long as the car had two seats, bodywork enclosing the wheels, and met basic safety standards, it was allowed.
          There is a madness to my method!

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          • #6
            Originally posted by Plasboy View Post
            Too bad we can’t have the old CanAm series.

            The group 7 category was essentially a Formula Libre for sports cars; the regulations were minimal and permitted unlimited engine sizes (and allowed turbocharging and supercharging), virtually unrestricted aerodynamics, and were as close as any major international racing series ever got to have an "anything goes" policy. As long as the car had two seats, bodywork enclosing the wheels, and met basic safety standards, it was allowed.
            Early on , the aero was unrestricted, but as accidents happened the rules changed. Wings could no longer be mounted on the wheels upright, the trim angle could not be changed by the driver or hydraulic means. And of course, no engine driven fans pumping air from under the car. sideskirts that sealed the cars bottom for brutal ground effects were outlawed. So the rules were created in one by one. Porsche killed the series with its titanium framed 1800 horsepower monster than no one could beat. The series turned into a one car wins deal. Fans lost interest in it for that reason.
            As much as I would love unlimited no rules race cars, that concept has been tried, and it does not work. It’s a really hard balance to achieve, and allows for political decisions instead of full out run what ya brung Racing.
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