Corvette Racing has announced a new driver lineup for the 2009 American Le Mans Series and the 24 Hours of Le Mans and two new faces have been added for the endurance events. Marcel Fassler (L) will team up with Oliver Gavin and Olivier Beretta in the #4 Corvette C6.R and Antonio Garcia (R) will join ALMS GT1 Defending Champions Johnny O’Connell and Jan Magnussen in the #3 Corvette C6.R.
Marcel Fassler hails from Switzerland and been a winner in the FIA GT Championship with the Phoenix Carsport Corvette C6.R and won the prestigious Spa 24-hour race in 2007. He also briefly raced for Audi’s LMP1 team last year. Fassler has already been announced as part of the Speedy Sebah Lola-Aston Martin team for the 2009 Le Mans Series. Fassler has competed in the DTM, the European Le Mans Series, A1 Grand Prix, and the FIA GT championship.
Spanish driver Antonio Garcia won the GT1 class at Le Mans last year driving for Corvette’s arch rival Aston Martin. Most recently, Garcia was part of the winning Brumos team at this year’s Rolex 24 at Daytona. Garcia has raced in the European Touring Car Championship, the World Touring Car Championship and the Grand-Am Rolex Sports Car Series.
“Antonio and Marcel have the ability, the experience, and the mindset that we look for in a Corvette Racing driver,” said GM Road Racing Group manager Steve Wesoloski. “We’ve seen their speed on the track, and we know they have the discipline and team-oriented attitude that’s essential for success in endurance racing.”
Fassler and Garcia replace Max Papis and Ron Fellows in Corvette Racing’s three endurance events: the 12 Hours of Sebring, the 24 Hours of Le Mans and the 10 hour Petit Le Mans. Papis is making the move to break into NASCAR full time this season while Ron Fellows has moved into an ambassadorial role with the Corvette Racing team.
Corvette Racing also confirmed that they will run in the GT1 class at the 12 Hours of Sebring and the Grand Prix of Long Beach before heading to France in June to compete for the 10th time at the 24 Hours of Le Mans. Following their return from France, Corvette Racing will transition to the GT2 class at Mid-Ohio as the team prepares for a full season of GT2 racing in 2010.
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