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CORVETTE RACING AT LAGUNA SECA: Twenty-First Trip to Monterey

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  • CORVETTE RACING AT LAGUNA SECA: Twenty-First Trip to Monterey

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    Program has competed in Monterey every year since 1999

    CORVETTE RACING AT LAGUNA SECA: Twenty-First Trip to Monterey
    Program has competed in Monterey every year since 1999


    • Magnussen, Gavin enter with four class victories each in Monterey
    • No. 3 Corvette still alive in GT Le Mans title chase
    • Continued quest for IMSA victory No. 100
    • Live race broadcast at 3 p.m. ET Sunday on NBC

    DETROIT (Sept. 10, 2019) – Corvette Racing heads westward again this week
    with sights set on WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca and an eighth class
    victory in 21 appearances on the Monterey Peninsula.


    The Monterey Sports Car Championship – airing live at 3 p.m. ET Sunday on
    NBC – is the 10th of 11 events for Corvette Racing in this year’s IMSA
    WeatherTech SportsCar Championship. The goals are simple: score a 100th
    victory in IMSA competition and remain in contention for a fourth straight
    GT Le Mans (GTLM) championship.


    Nestled near Monterey Bay, the 2.238-mile, 11-turn Laguna Seca circuit
    presents another daunting challenge for Corvette Racing and the rest of the
    IMSA field. Temperature fluctuations, sand and dust blowing on the circuit
    and other factors are wildcards on a Monterey race weekend. But they are
    ones Corvette Racing has successfully overcome before.


    Antonio Garcia and Jan Magnussen are the most recent winners for Corvette
    Racing, having won back-to-back in 2013 and 2014. The pairing in the No. 3
    Mobil 1/SiriusXM Chevrolet Corvette C7.R stand third in the GTLM Drivers’
    Championship with two races left and have a chance for their third
    consecutive title.


    Magnussen has four wins at Laguna Seca to rank second all-time in IMSA
    history. The driver tied with him is teammate Oliver Gavin, who drives the
    No. 4 Mobil 1/SiriusXM Corvette C7.R with Tommy Milner. The Gavin/Milner
    pairing were winners at Laguna Seca together in 2012, and Gavin was the GTLM
    pole-winner a year ago.


    WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca is one of three tracks where Corvette Racing
    has competed in each season of its existence since 1999 – Sebring and Road
    Atlanta are the others. In 20 races in Monterey, Corvette Racing has
    accumulated nearly 12,000 racing miles and more than 5,300 racing laps.


    The Monterey SportsCar Championship powered by McLaren at WeatherTech
    Raceway Laguna Seca is Sept. 13-15. Sunday’s two-hour, 40-minute race will
    air live at 3 p.m. ET on NBC and the NBC Sports App. Live audio coverage
    will be available on IMSA Radio, Sirius 113, XM 202 and SiriusXM Online 972.

    ANTONIO GARCIA, NO. 3 CHEVROLET CORVETTE C7.R: “We’ve had really good races
    in Monterey. It’s always a question mark if you can find the right tires and
    right compound that make the car work around there. Until I hit the track
    Friday and we try all the options, you don’t know where you are against the
    competition. We’re all looking forward to this weekend - a challenging
    racetrack and a big drop-off on tires so that management is key. Strategy
    and tires will decide the race.”


    JAN MAGNUSSEN, NO. 3 MOBIL 1/SiriusXM CHEVROLET CORVETTE C7.R: “Laguna Seca
    is fantastic and in a beautiful area. It has a great flow to it, and when
    you get the car just right then it’s super-enjoyable. We’ve had pretty good
    success out there; hopefully we can get a bunch of points out there. It’s
    very low-grip there. The key there is having a good setup that produces grip
    so you can produce good lap times. Having a good balance in order to get
    through traffic and not cost yourself lap time is a big thing. It’s so easy
    to overdrive and make mistakes because of that grip level. You have to
    disciplined to use what you have.”


    OLIVER GAVIN, NO. 4 MOBIL 1/SiriusXM CHEVROLET CORVETTE C7.R: “I’ve been
    coming to what’s now WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca for quite a long time
    and been fortunate to win four times there. It’s a track that has a lot of
    history not just in sports car racing but many other forms of motorsport.
    Practically everyone knows of Laguna Seca and the Corkscrew, so we are lucky
    each year to compete there. It’s down to the final two races of the season
    and all of Corvette Racing want to end the season strong. A victory here
    this weekend would give everyone here a lot of satisfaction heading to Road
    Atlanta.”


    TOMMY MILNER, NO. 4 MOBIL 1/SiriusXM CHEVROLET CORVETTE C7.R: “What stands
    out is the drive to the track - way up the mountain and into the facility.
    There is something that’s a little intimidating about it, but it’s another
    track on the ISMA calendar that has a lot of history. It’s a challenging
    one, for sure. For whatever reason - maybe it’s the sand that gets on the
    racing surface - it’s always a challenge to get a quick lap and to be fast
    and competitive over a whole stint. It’s fun to race on and one that lots of
    people like to go to, and I’m sure one that fans enjoy watching from with
    lots of great vantage points. It’s definitely a highlight for us.”


    Corvette Racing at WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca: 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 Laguna Seca since 1999 –
    Corvette C5-R (1999-04) Corvette C6.R (2005-2013) and Corvette C7.R
    (2014-current).
    • 3: Pole positions and fastest race laps at Laguna Seca by Jan Magnussen in
    Corvette Racing entries.
    • 4: Career victories at Laguna Seca for Oliver Gavin and Jan Magnussen. All
    four of Gavin’s have come with Corvette Racing.
    • 7: Number of Laguna Seca victories for Corvette Racing dating back to
    2004.
    • 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.
    • 9: Laguna Seca victories for Corvette Racing from the current driving
    lineup – Oliver Gavin (four), Jan Magnussen and Antonio Garcia (two) and
    Tommy Milner (one).
    • 11: Drivers who have competed for Corvette Racing at Laguna Seca. Of
    those, seven went on to win at Monterey.
    • 11: Victories at Laguna Seca for Chevrolet in IMSA competition.
    • 12: Manufacturer Championships for Chevrolet and Corvette Racing since
    2001.
    • 16: Number of GT Le Mans wins in the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar
    Championship for Corvette Racing since the start of 2014.
    • 24: 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, Utah, VIR, Washington DC and Watkins Glen.
    • 28: Number of drivers for Corvette Racing since 1999.
    • 107: Victories worldwide for Corvette Racing – 99 in North America and
    eight at Le Mans.
    • 224: Event starts by Corvette Racing since 1999 following the most recent
    race at VIR.
    • 11,781.84: Number of racing miles completed by Corvette Racing in its 19
    previous trips to Laguna Seca. That represents 5,347 laps or nearly 695
    trips along historic 17-Mile Drive on the Monterey Peninsula.
    • 296,425.62: 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 Nine of 11
    Events)


    Driver Standings
    1. Earl Bamber/Laurens Vanthoor – 280
    2. Nick Tandy/Patrick Pilet – 269
    3. Antonio Garcia/Jan Magnussen – 259
    4. Richard Westbrook/Ryan Briscoe – 256
    5. Dirk Mueller – 248
    8. Oliver Gavin – 223
    11. Tommy Milner – 175


    Team Standings
    1. No. 912 Porsche GT Team – 280
    2. No. 911 Porsche GT Team – 269
    3. No. 3 Corvette Racing – 259
    4. No. 67 Ford Chip Ganassi Racing – 256
    5. No. 66 Ford Chip Ganassi Racing – 248
    8. No. 4 Corvette Racing – 223


    Manufacturer Standings
    1. Porsche – 304
    2. Ford – 278
    3. Chevrolet – 272
    4. BMW – 265


    Corvette Racing at WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca
    1999
    No. 3 Corvette C5-R: Ron Fellows/Chris Kneifel – 2nd in GTS


    2000
    No. 3 Corvette C5-R: Ron Fellows/Andy Pilgrim – 2nd in GTS (Fellows pole)
    No. 4 Corvette C5-R: Justin Bell/Kelly Collins – 4th in GTS


    2001
    No. 3 Corvette C5-R: Ron Fellows/Johnny O'Connell – 2nd in GTS
    No. 4 Corvette C5-R: Andy Pilgrim/Kelly Collins – 3rd in GTS


    2002
    No. 3 Corvette C5-R: Ron Fellows/Johnny O'Connell – 5th in GTS
    No. 4 Corvette C5-R: Andy Pilgrim/Kelly Collins – 3rd in GTS


    2003
    No. 3 Corvette C5-R: Ron Fellows/Johnny O'Connell – 2nd in GTS
    No. 4 Corvette C5-R: Oliver Gavin/Kelly Collins – 3rd in GTS


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


    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 (Gavin
    fastest race lap)


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


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


    2009
    No. 3 Corvette C6.R: Jan Magnussen/Johnny O'Connell – 2nd in GT2 (Magnussen
    pole, fastest race lap)
    No. 4 Corvette C6.R: Olivier Beretta/Oliver Gavin – 10th in GT2


    2010
    No. 3 Corvette C6.R: Jan Magnussen/Johnny O’Connell – 6th in GT2
    No. 4 Corvette C6.R: Oliver Gavin/Jan Magnussen – 3rd in GT2


    2011
    No. 3 Corvette C6.R: Olivier Beretta/Tommy Milner – 7th in GT
    No. 4 Corvette C6.R: Oliver Gavin/Jan Magnussen – 5th in GT


    2012
    No. 3 Corvette C6.R: Jan Magnussen/Antonio Garcia – 2nd in GT
    No. 4 Corvette C6.R: Oliver Gavin/Tommy Milner – 1st in GT (Gavin fastest
    race lap)


    2013
    No. 3 Corvette C6.R: Jan Magnussen/Antonio Garcia – 1st in GT
    No. 4 Corvette C6.R: Oliver Gavin/Tommy Milner – 9th in GT


    2014
    No. 3 Corvette C7.R: Jan Magnussen/Antonio Garcia – 1st in GTLM
    No. 4 Corvette C7.R: Oliver Gavin/Tommy Milner – 5th in GTLM


    2015
    No. 3 Corvette C7.R: Jan Magnussen/Antonio Garcia – 7th in GTLM
    No. 4 Corvette C7.R: Oliver Gavin/Tommy Milner – 6th in GTLM


    2016
    No. 3 Corvette C7.R: Jan Magnussen/Antonio Garcia – 4th in GTLM
    No. 4 Corvette C7.R: Oliver Gavin/Tommy Milner – 7th in GTLM


    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 – 3rd in GTLM
    No. 4 Corvette C7.R: Oliver Gavin/Tommy Milner – 5th in GTLM (Gavin pole)


  • #2
    The way things are going, the C8R may have to get win 100 !
    Black over Sky Cool Gray.....2LT.....Z51.....FE4.....E60.....XGMF5X

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    • #3
      Thanks cor123 for keeping us updated.
      Rocket City Florida

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        cor123, you rock! Thanks.
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