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  • CORVETTE RACING AT LIME ROCK: Getting Back on Track

    Press Release:

    A return to site of Corvette Racing’s 100th program victory


    CORVETTE RACING AT LIME ROCK: Getting Back on Track
    A return to site of Corvette Racing’s 100th program victory


    • Garcia, Magnussen seek to regain ground in GTLM points chase
    • Fässler to sub for Milner in No. 4 Corvette alongside Gavin
    • Corvette Racing leads all IMSA entrants with five Lime Rock victories

    DETROIT (July 16, 2019) – The longest-running program in IMSA history visits
    the shortest venue on the calendar this weekend as Corvette Racing heads to
    Lime Rock Park with the rest of the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship.


    The Northeast Grand Prix, set for 3:10 p.m. ET on Saturday, is a GT-only
    affair at the 1.474-mile, seven-turn road course in northwestern
    Connecticut. Corvette Racing is hoping that a return to Lime Rock – a place
    where it has won five times in 12 tries – will set the course right after an
    uncharacteristic showing two weeks ago at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park.


    A victory this weekend in the two-hour, 40-minute race would bring things
    full circle for Corvette Racing. A win would be No. 100 in IMSA competition
    for the program… three years after Oliver Gavin and Tommy Milner scored
    Corvette Racing’s 100th all-time victory at Lime Rock in 2016.


    Hitting the fast-forward button to this week sees Milner out for the second
    consecutive race with an injured left hand. As a result, Marcel Fässler will
    sub in the No. 4 Mobil 1/SiriusXM Chevrolet Corvette C7.R alongside Gavin.
    Fässler will make his first career start at Lime Rock while Gavin is tied
    for most victories by an IMSA driver at the circuit with four.


    In the No. 3 Mobil 1/SiriusXM Corvette, Antonio Garcia and Jan Magnussen
    hope to regain ground in the GT Le Mans (GTLM) Drivers Championship in their
    search for a third title. The pairing sit 11 points out of first place but
    are coming to an event where they have fared well. Garcia and Magnussen
    finished second in 2012, 2013, 2016 and a year ago.


    Garcia qualified on pole position in the No. 3 Corvette as the duo just
    missed on victory but still went on to win their second straight GTLM title.


    The Northeast Grand Prix from Lime Rock Park begins at 3:10 p.m. ET on
    Saturday, July 20. Live coverage will be available on the NBC Sports App and
    IMSA Radio, via IMSA.com. NBC Sports Network will air the race beginning at
    9:30 p.m. ET on Saturday.

    ANTONIO GARCIA, NO. 3 CHEVROLET CORVETTE C7.R: “Lime Rock has turned into an
    important race for Jan and me. We need to recover from the result in Canada
    and get back in the championship. I believe we know as a team what our
    issues were and everyone has worked to correct those. We know Lime Rock is a
    place where anything can happen so let’s see. We have been close to winning
    at Lime Rock in the 3 Corvette a lot of times - four times as runner-up. So
    hopefully we are due for that win.”


    JAN MAGNUSSEN, NO. 3 MOBIL 1/SiriusXM CHEVROLET CORVETTE C7.R: “Lime Rock is
    quite a difficult challenge. It’s a short-track sports car race with
    typically a lot contact… almost like touring cars. It’s a style of racing I
    enjoy. You can make something happen for yourself at this track more than
    most others, and that’s what we’ll look to do. If we ever needed a win in
    the No. 3 Corvette, it’s this week. That’s always the end goal but we want
    it a little more given the points situation. We need a good weekend.”


    OLIVER GAVIN, NO. 4 MOBIL 1/SiriusXM CHEVROLET CORVETTE C7.R: “I’ve been
    fortunate to win many times at Lime Rock with Corvette Racing. The lasting
    one will always be 2016 and the 100th win for our team. It was a day
    everything fell into place perfectly for us. We’d give a lot for that to
    happen again this weekend. This will be Marcel’s first race at Lime Rock and
    I know he will be well-prepared. Hopefully this is a weekend where our luck
    takes a turn for the better.”


    MARCEL FÄSSLER, NO. 4 MOBIL 1/SiriusXM CHEVROLET CORVETTE C7.R: “Lime Rock
    is another track where I haven’t raced before. It’s a different type track
    than any other at which I’ve competed. Things will happen very quickly on
    such a short lap. So this will be another new challenge. It was beneficial
    to be with the team in Canada and have the experience in a high-downforce
    configuration. Hopefully Olly and I can bring back a good result for the
    hard work of the Corvette Racing team.”

    CORVETTE RACING AT LIME ROCK PARK: By the Numbers
    • 1: As in one team, one manufacturer and one model of car for 20 years:
    Corvette Racing, Chevrolet and the Chevrolet Corvette.
    • 3: Generations of Corvette Racing entries at Lime Rock since 2004 –
    Corvette C5-R (2004), Corvette C6.R (2005-13) and Corvette C7.R
    (2016-current).
    • 4: Wins at Lime Rock for Corvette Racing’s Oliver Gavin – tied for the
    most of any driver entered in the Northeast Grand Prix.
    • 5: Number of victories at Lime Rock for Corvette Racing, the most of any
    entrant in IMSA.
    • 5: Number of drivers who have won races at Lime Rock for Corvette Racing –
    Oliver Gavin (four), Olivier Beretta (three), Jan Magnussen (two), and
    Johnny O’Connell and Tommy Milner (one each).
    • 5: Pole positions at Lime Rock for Corvette Racing, the most of any
    entrant in IMSA. Antonio Garcia (2018) is the most recent.
    • 7: Fastest race laps for Corvette Racing drivers at Lime Rock. Oliver
    Gavin leads with three with Antonio Garcia (2016) being the most recent.
    • 8: As in Chevrolet’s small-block V8. More than 100 million units have been
    sold worldwide and is the most successful engine in American motorsports.
    • 12: Manufacturer Championships for Chevrolet and Corvette Racing since
    2001.
    • 12: Victories for Chevrolet at Lime Rock – second among all manufacturers.
    • 16: Number of GT Le Mans wins in the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar
    Championship for Corvette Racing since the start of 2014. That’s the most of
    any manufacturer and team in GTLM.
    • 21: Tracks at which Corvette Racing has won races – Baltimore, COTA,
    Canadian Tire Motorsport Park/Mosport, Daytona, Detroit, Houston, Laguna
    Seca, Le Mans, Lime Rock, Long Beach, Miami, Mid-Ohio, Portland, Road
    America, Road Atlanta, Sebring, Sonoma, St. Petersburg, Texas, Trois
    Rivieres and Utah.
    • 28: Number of drivers for Corvette Racing since 1999.
    • 100: As in Corvette Racing’s 100th program victory at Lime Rock Park in
    2016.
    • 107: Victories worldwide for Corvette Racing – 99 in North America and
    eight at Le Mans.
    • 221: Event starts by Corvette Racing since 1999.
    • 5,621.90: Number of racing miles completed by Corvette Racing in its 12
    previous trips to Lime Rock. That represents 3,749 laps and approximately 51
    trips from the Empire State Building in New York City to the track.
    • 294,695.69: Total number of racing miles completed by Corvette Racing
    since its inception. To put that in perspective Apollo 13 – the longest
    manned spaceflight in history – covered “just” 248,655 miles.


    2019 WeatherTech SportsCar Championship – GTLM Standings (After Six of 11
    Events)
    Driver Standings
    1. Earl Bamber/Laurens Vanthoor – 186
    2. Nick Tandy/Patrick Pilet – 182
    3. Antonio Garcia/Jan Magnussen – 175
    4. Connor De Phillippi – 163
    5. Dirk Mueller – 161
    8. Oliver Gavin – 145
    10. Tommy Milner – 122


    Team Standings
    1. No. 912 Porsche GT Team – 186
    2. No. 911 Porsche GT Team – 182
    3. No. 3 Corvette Racing – 175
    4. No. 25 BMW Team RLL – 163
    5. No. 66 Ford Chip Ganassi – 161
    8. No. 4 Corvette Racing – 145


    Manufacturer Standings
    1. Porsche – 205
    2. BMW – 181
    3. Chevrolet – 180
    4. Ford – 178


    Corvette Racing at Lime Rock Park
    2004
    No. 3 Corvette C5-R: Ron Fellows/Johnny O'Connell – 2nd in GTS
    No. 4 Corvette C5-R: Olivier Beretta/Oliver Gavin – 1st in GTS (Beretta
    pole, fastest race lap)


    2005
    No. 3 Corvette C6.R: Ron Fellows/Johnny O'Connell – 2nd in GT1
    No. 4 Corvette C6.R: Olivier Beretta/Oliver Gavin – 1st in GT1 (Beretta
    pole, fastest race lap)


    2006
    No. 3 Corvette C6.R: Ron Fellows/Johnny O'Connell – 2nd in GT1
    No. 4 Corvette C6.R: Olivier Beretta/Oliver Gavin – 4th in GT1 (Beretta
    fastest race lap)


    2007
    No. 3 Corvette C6.R: Jan Magnussen/Johnny O'Connell – 2nd in GT1 (O’Connell
    fastest race lap)
    No. 4 Corvette C6.R: Olivier Beretta/Oliver Gavin – 1st in GT1


    2008
    No. 3 Corvette C6.R: Johnny O'Connell/Jan Magnussen – 1st in GT1
    No. 4 Corvette C6.R: Olivier Beretta/Oliver Gavin – 2nd in GT1 (Gavin pole,
    Beretta fastest race lap)

    2010
    No. 3 Corvette C6.R: Olivier Beretta/Johnny O’Connell – 12th in GT2
    No. 4 Corvette C6.R: Oliver Gavin/Jan Magnussen – 5th in GT2


    2011
    No. 3 Corvette C6.R: Olivier Beretta/Tommy Milner – 9th in GT
    No. 4 Corvette C6.R: Oliver Gavin/Jan Magnussen – 10th in GT


    2012
    No. 3 Corvette C6.R: Jan Magnussen/Antonio Garcia – 2nd in GT
    No. 4 Corvette C6.R: Oliver Gavin/Tommy Milner – 3rd in GT


    2013
    No. 3 Corvette C6.R: Jan Magnussen/Antonio Garcia – 2nd in GT
    No. 4 Corvette C6.R: Oliver Gavin/Tommy Milner – 6th in GT

    2016
    No. 3 Corvette C7.R: Jan Magnussen/Antonio Garcia – 2nd in GTLM
    No. 4 Corvette C7.R: Oliver Gavin/Tommy Milner – 1st in GTLM (100tth
    Corvette Racing win; Gavin fastest lap)


    2017
    No. 3 Corvette C7.R: Jan Magnussen/Antonio Garcia – 4th in GTLM
    No. 4 Corvette C7.R: Oliver Gavin/Tommy Milner – 8th in GTLM


    2018
    No. 3 Corvette C7.R: Jan Magnussen/Antonio Garcia – 2nd in GTLM (Garcia
    pole)
    No. 4 Corvette C7.R: Oliver Gavin/Tommy Milner – 4th in GTLM

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  • #2
    Gotta do better than last race!!!!!
    Black over Sky Cool Gray.....2LT.....Z51.....FE4.....E60.....

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    • #3
      For sure.

      Would have been a more decent race if that 30 pounds BoP nonsensically added, had not.
      GBA Black; HTO Twilight/Tension interior; Z51 & Mag Ride; E60 lift; 5VM visible carbon fiber package; 5ZZ high wing; FA5 interior vis CF; ZZ3 engine appearance; 3LT; Q8T Spectra Gray Tridents; J6N Edge Red Calipers; SNG Edge Red Hashmarks; VQK Splash Guards; RCC Edge Red engine cover; VJR illuminated sill plates. Lifetime, annual contributors, and 23 year members of National Corvette Museum. Home is the beautiful Pacific Northwest.

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      • #4
        Thanks Cor123, It is always a nice break from the wondering of what is going to happen on 7 18 19 TOMORROW and see what is really happening at the track with these cars. I really am praying , if for nothing else, that Track Times at the Ring are made official and sub 7 min. If GM does not release them there will be bad press in that area. Porsche will certainly see to that.

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        • #5
          And we're off.....

          it must be scorching hot in those cars. It's over 100* here in NY.

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          • #6
            Mid engine Porsche’s will be hard to beat.........Go Team Corvette!
            Black over Sky Cool Gray.....2LT.....Z51.....FE4.....E60.....

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