Corvette Racing’s #3 C6.R piloted by Johnny O’Connell and Jan Magnussen ended the three-race win streak of teammates Oliver Gavin and Olivier Beretta at the Lone Star Grand Prix in Houston, Texas. Racing on the rough and rugged 1.7-mile JAGFlo Speedway at Reliant Park temporary street circuit was like riding a mechanical bull, but Magnussen and O’Connell held on throughout the two-hour and 45-minute race to stake their claim to the GT1 winner’s circle.
“You have to tip your hat to our engineer,” O’Connell said. “We went the wrong way before qualifying and then changed it significantly and I was able to turn laps faster than in qualifying. I had amazingly good in laps and a great out lap. It was enough to get us out front. We’ve had so much rotten luck with the 3 car and I’m glad to get this win.”Magnussen took the checkered flag 50 seconds ahead of the other Corvette. It marked a breakthrough for a No. 3 crew that has been right on the heels of the sister car for much of the early season. Magnussen never felt secure as darkness fell in the closing moments.
“When we had the safety car, we had almost a lap lead on the other car and it was a matter of just staying out of trouble,” Magnussen said. “When it’s dark, all you see is headlights and you don’t know how far behind the other cars are.”Corvette Racing’s next event is the Utah Grand Prix on Saturday, May 19. The 2-hour, 45-minute race on the 4.5-mile road course will begin at 5 p.m. local time (7 p.m. EDT). It will be televised tape-delayed by CBS Sports on Sunday, May 20, from 1-3 p.m. EDT.
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