Corvettes – and Chevrolet – dominated at Laguna Seca Raceway over the weekend.
Richard Westbrook started from the pole position in the No. 9 Spirit of Daytona Corvette Daytona Prototype (DP) and then joined forces with teammate Antonio Garcia to win the Continental Tire Sports Car Festival GRAND-AM Rolex Sports Car Series race Sunday.
In the process, Westbrook and Garcia became the first team to win three Rolex DP races this season. Overall, it was the seventh Corvette DP win of its inaugural season and moved Chevrolet closer to the highly sought Engine Manufacturers’ Championship with one race left.
Finishing in the No. 2 position was the No. 99 GAINSCO/Bob Stallings Racing Corvette DP with Jon Forgarty and Alex Gurney behind the wheel.
“Both teams were strong off the trailer on Friday,” said Jim Lutz, Chevrolet Program Manager, GRAND-AM Road Racing, “and were able to carry that momentum through to the checkered flag. It will be an exciting weekend for us at the season finale coming up at Lime Rock Park in two weeks.”
Westbrook led the first 28 laps and remained near the top before turning it over to his teammate. Garcia led only 11 of the 111 laps, but he moved in front at the right time, with five laps left.
Before earning the pole position on Friday, Westbrook had been fifth fastest in the previous day’s practice, which had been dominated by defending race winner Gurney and Fogarty and current Rolex Series championship leaders Scott Pruett and Memo Rojas.
Capping a strong weekend for Chevrolet overall, Matt Bell and John Edwards piloted their No. 9 Stevenson Motorsports Camaro GS.R to their first win of the season on Saturday in the Continental Tire Sports Car Challenge (CTSCC) race.
Laguna Seca features 11 turns over a 2.238-mile course on California’s beautiful central coast.
The season finale for Rolex and CTSCC is set for Lime Rock Park in Lakeville, Conn., Sept. 28-29.
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