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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!
Your host, Steve Garrett, introduces you to Kai as he traces his career with GM. Kai talks about how the Bowling Green Assembly Plant transitioned from the front engine, C7 Corvette, to the mid-engine C8 Corvette. You'll get insights on the plant expansion and how they made that all happen...giving the new C8 Corvette a true state-of-the-art build facility. Kai also tells you about the Corvettes he has owned and the funny story of how he loved Corvettes, but never thought he'd get to work for it during his tenure at GM. Get to personally know Corvette Plant Manager, Kai Spande, on this episode of CORVETTE TODAY!

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CORVETTE RACING AT DAYTONA: Spoiler Alert

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    Press Release:
    Eventful start to program’s 21st season of competition

    CORVETTE RACING AT DAYTONA: Soggy Result in Rolex 24 for Corvette C7.Rs
    Eventful start to program’s 21stseason of competition


    DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (Jan. 27, 2019) – In more than two decades of
    competition, Corvette Racing has faced its share of adversity and
    challenging conditions. The championship-winning program experienced the
    highs and lows of endurance racing Saturday and Sunday in a soggy start to
    the 2019 IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship.


    The two Mobil 1/SiriusXM Chevrolet Corvette C7.Rs finished the Rolex 24 At
    Daytona despite some of the most treacherous conditions in the team’s
    21-year history. Both Corvettes led the GT Le Mans (GTLM) class on multiple
    occasions in the opening half of the race before troubles beset Corvette
    Racing entries.


    The No. 3 Chevrolet Corvette C7.R of Antonio Garcia, Jan Magnussen and Mike
    Rockenfeller led the team’s effort with a sixth-place class finish.
    Magnussen qualified second and led during his first 90 minutes in the
    Corvette before the two C7.Rs made contact in pitlane.


    Despite losing three laps in the incident, the No. 3 Corvette crew and
    engineers took advantage of timely yellows and key strategic calls to move
    Garcia back into the lead less than 10 hours. Unfortunately, the No. 3
    Corvette suffered an electrical issue that impacted the digital dash around
    the track. As a result, the car-to-pits telemetry was compromised including
    fuel monitoring. That issue reared its head just before halfway as Garcia
    ran out of fuel on the backstretch of the 3.56-mile circuit.


    Once back in the pitlane Garcia handed over to Rockenfeller, who re-entered
    eighth in class. Attrition and the weather allowed the No. 3 Corvette to
    make up two positions before the race was stopped for the final two hours.


    The No. 4 Corvette C7.R of Gavin, Tommy Milner and Marcel Fässler found
    itself in contention from the get-go after starting ninth in class. Gavin
    moved up to fourth before handing over to Milner near the two-hour mark, and
    the No. 4 Corvette raced its way to the lead a little more than an hour
    later. All three drivers spent time in the lead of the class.


    The second half of the race held much of the same misfortune for the No. 4
    C7.R as its sister car experienced. After having to stop for bodywork
    repairs not long after the rain began in earnest, Milner hydroplaned under
    braking going into the first corner and going into the tire barriers with
    the left side of the Corvette.


    Once it returned to the garage, crews from both team entries went to work
    replacing a number of components on the No. 4 C7.R including left-side
    exhaust, rocker and bodywork plus the wing and nose, among other items. The
    stellar work took less than 30 minutes with Fässler returning to the circuit
    inside eight hours to go.


    The next event for Corvette Racing is the Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring on
    Saturday, March 16 from Sebring International Raceway in Sebring, Fla.


    ANTONIO GARCIA, NO. 3 MOBIL 1/SiriusXM CHEVROLET CORVETTE C7.R – FINISHED
    SIXTH IN GTLM: “We fought the entire race even in bad conditions. There were
    some issues with the electronics where we lost some telemetry. We couldn’t
    even get information to the engineers… things like fuel. Nothing seemed to
    be working. That made things a lot more complicated. Even with all that, we
    made it back to the lead. That was a great feeling to be back up there and
    fighting for it. But we got to a point where we were guessing where we were
    on fuel. Maybe we could have gone a lap or two shorter but we come here to
    win and go 100 percent. It’s a shame. Everyone at Corvette Racing gave the
    maximum effort, which we as drivers appreciate. Things didn’t work out today
    so we move on to Sebring to try and get the result we know we can achieve.”


    JAN MAGNUSSEN, NO. 3 MOBIL 1/SiriusXM CHEVROLET CORVETTE C7.R – FINISHED
    SIXTH IN GTLM: “Obviously the result is a disappointment because we had a
    fast Corvette when we were on track. Unfortunately we had a trip back to the
    garage to fix some of the electronics; we lost telemetry and because of that
    we ran out of fuel. That put us 10 laps back and ended our chance for a good
    result. Before that we got to the lead at the beginning and then got back up
    front after our problem in the pits. I’m sorry for the guys. I think we
    deserved a lot more but that’s how these 24-hour races can go sometimes. It’s
    also about not being unlucky and staying out of trouble. On to Sebring where
    we’ll go for another good result.”

    MIKE ROCKENFELLER, NO. 3 MOBIL 1/SiriusXM CHEVROLET CORVETTE C7.R – FINISHED
    SIXTH IN GTLM: "Our Corvette was really good, actually. We had good pace in
    the race. We had some incidents obviously. The first one was with our
    sister car, but we knew it was early in the race. It was no big issue.
    Things can go wrong’ it’s normal under racing conditions. Then we were back
    in the lead and another problem occurred. That took us eight laps down to
    the leader and basically that was our race. So for myself I tried to not
    damage the car, and the end of the day there was nothing I could do.
    Unfortunately another year over for Daytona, but we are looking forward to
    Sebring. We will focus on that. Thanks to the team. The Corvette was really
    spot on-pace."

    OLIVER GAVIN, NO. 4 MOBIL 1/SiriusXM CHEVROLET CORVETTE C7.R – FINISHED
    EIGHTH IN GTLM: “Right from the start, it was clear that we had a good
    Corvette in dry conditions, and it looked like we were very good on the
    medium tire compound. Normally the way things usually play out, you’re
    looking forward to dry conditions on Sunday where you’ll be on the tire that
    we thought would be quickest for our car. I think we certainly would have
    been able to fight whoever to the end. But then the rain came, and it was a
    lot. From then on, it was always going to be a lottery. Tommy’s incident was
    unfortunate and there was nothing he could do. It shows the strength of our
    Corvette that he walked away. The whole team did a great job getting us back
    out where we didn’t lose so much time. After that, we were just looking at
    what we could get from the race and score as many points as possible. There
    were so many cars going off and crashing into each other. The officials and
    the series made the right call to red flag the race and finish it when they
    did. Congratulations to all the winners and thanks to everyone on the team
    for their work the last few weeks. No one ever gave up and really dug in on
    any problems we had. As drivers, we were given the best equipment all of the
    time which is all you can ask for.”


    TOMMY MILNER, NO. 4 MOBIL 1/SiriusXM CHEVROLET CORVETTE C7.R – FINISHED
    EIGHTH IN GTLM: “This one will go down in history as one of the most
    difficult Rolex 24s that teams have been part of with the weather
    conditions. We had our own adversity with an unexpected extra engine change
    Friday. But we have a strong Chevrolet engine and power for the first half
    of the race. Things obviously unraveled for us later on but both Corvette
    Racing teams fought back from all those things to get us back up front but
    it wasn’t meant to be. That’s how it goes sometimes. It seems like today it
    was against us. Congratulations to all the winners for surviving the
    conditions out there. I tip my hat to them, as well as Olly and Marcel for
    finishing up in some pretty difficult conditions.”

    MARCEL FÄSSLER, NO. 4 MOBIL 1/SiriusXM CHEVROLET CORVETTE C7.R – FINISHED
    EIGHTH IN GTLM: “This was a super-crazy race if you look back. We had really
    good speed overall in our Corvette and led many times. In the end, we were
    for sure a little unlucky but that is racing. With the circumstances in the
    rain, it was very tricky to drive. I’m really happy Tommy is OK because it
    was a hard crash; the Corvette held up really well. When I went out in
    similar conditions, it was very tricky to drive. It didn’t work out today
    for us unfortunately. But Corvette Racing showed that we have potential to
    always do great things. We should take positive things to Sebring and turn
    everything around there.”


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    Thanks cor123! The team did its best, and we will have great days starting at Sebring!
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