(LONG BEACH, Calif., April 19, 2013) – Jan Magnussen, driver of the No. 3 Compuware Corvette C6.R, qualified fourth (1:19.047 secs.) in the American Le Mans Series (ALMS) GT Class at Long Beach. Tommy Milner, who won his first ALMS race at this event last year, qualified sixth (1:19.083) in the No. 4 Compuware Corvette C6.R on the 1.968-mile, 11-turn Long Beach Street Circuit.
“We definitely made some good improvements between practice and qualifying,” Magnussen said. “It’s always hard here because there’s such a long time between the two sessions, so you really have to think about how the track is going to develop, so I think we made some good choices. We’ll go back and look at some old data and fine-tune a little bit, but overall, I’d be happy to race this car.”
Magnussen added that the No. Corvette C6.R experienced a minor problem during practice, but it was fixed before qualifying.
“We had a small issue shifting this morning. Fixed. All gone,” Magnussen said. “I’m really looking forward to tomorrow.”
Magnussen will team with Antonio Garcia for tomorrow’s race.
Milner will again team with Oliver Gavin. The two won the 2012 ALMS drivers’ championship, and opened the 2013 season with a victory at Sebring last month.
“Obviously, it’s super, super close, as it always is in GT,” Milner said. “So, the position doesn’t sound great; sixth is not what I was hoping for, but it was only two-tenths off the pole. That’s pretty close.
“Obviously, I’d love to get a win here again, like I did last year, my first win in ALMS, but at the end of the day is the championship and finishing the race and keeping the nose of the car clean, give it to Oliver and let him work his magic like he did last year.”
Corvette Racing has 78 ALMS class victories, including four in 2012, making it the most successful team in American Le Mans Series history.
The Tequila Patron American Le Mans Series at Long Beach starts at 4:30 p.m. Pacific time on Saturday, April 20.
ALMS at Long Beach GT Qualifying (Top 10)
- 91 Goossens/Farnbacher, SRT Viper GTS-R, 1:18.845
- 17 Henzler/Sellers, Porsche 911 GT3 RSR, 1:18.967
- 93 Bomarito/Wittmer, SRT Viper GTS-R, 1:18.984
- 3 Magnussen/Garcia, Chevrolet Corvette C6 ZR1, 1:19.047
- 55 Auberlen/Martin, BMW Z4 GTE, 1:19.063
- 4 Gavin/Milner, Chevrolet Corvette C6 ZR1, 1:19.083
- 62 Beretta/Malucelli, Ferrari F458 Italia, 1:19.184
- 56 Müller/Hand, BMW Z4 GTE, 1:19.258
- 23 Sweedler/Bell, Ferrari F458 Italia, 1:19.533
- 48 Miller/Holzer, Porsche 911 GT3 RSR, 1:27.491
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