Corvette DPs second and third at head of Watkins Glen Six Hours grid
WATKINS GLEN, N.Y. (June 28, 2014) – Corvette Racing’s Jan Magnussen qualified second Saturday in the GT Le Mans (GTLM) class of the TUDOR United SportsCar Championship for the Sahlen’s Six Hours of The Glen. The Dane turned a lap of 1:44.376 (117.268 mph) in the No. 3 Chevrolet Corvette C7.R that he shares with Antonio Garcia. Sunday’s race will be Corvette Racing’s first event at Watkins Glen International.
Magnussen’s best lap was his final one and moved him from fourth to the outside front row by a scant 0.001 seconds over the third-place BMW.
Tommy Milner in the No. 4 Corvette C7.R was seventh in class with a lap of 1:44.783 (116.813 mph) and will drive with Oliver Gavin. Corvette Racing is on a two-race winning streak in the TUDOR Championship with Garcia and Magnussen standing second in the class championship.
The Watkins Glen event is the second endurance race in three weeks for Corvette Racing, which finished second and fourth in class at the 24 Hours of Le Mans. Chevrolet stands third in the GTLM manufacturer standings but is only four points out of first.
In the team championship, the No. 3 Corvette C7.R is second and five points out of the lead. The No. 4 Corvette stands fourth.
Live television coverage of the Sahlen’s Six Hours of The Glen starts at 11 a.m. ET, Sunday on FOX Sports 1.
JAN MAGNUSSEN, NO. 3 CHEVROLET CORVETTE C7.R
“I’m quite happy with the result. It’s not pole position but this is a long race and it seems like we have a pretty good race car. We have done some consistent long runs so far. It would have been nice to find a little more time but both BMWs were very strong. We will see what we can do with them in the race. It’d be cool to win one of the races of the Patron North American Endurance Cup but the GT championship is what matters and we have to make sure we get the most out of tomorrow.
“We didn’t come here and test. We had Le Mans. The session we did yesterday was purely to gather data and prepare for today. I’m happy with the progress we’ve made. Now we can go back to find a little bit more that can give us the upper hand in the race.”
TOMMY MILNER, NO. 4 CHEVROLET CORVETTE C7.R
“We’ve struggled the whole weekend the car. It was bad again on the first day here and we decided to change a lot of fundamentals on the car. The No. 4 car crew worked really hard to get it out for the second practice. Unfortunately we didn’t have a lot of running; traffic is unbelievable. But we had clean runs in qualifying that’s the best the car has felt in quite awhile – since Sebring really. We’ve been a little lost as to why we’ve struggled so much but I’m really proud of our guys for working as hard as they have to get the car better. But now we’re in the ballpark.”
DOUG FEHAN, CORVETTE RACING PROGRAM MANAGER
“Considering our lack of any testing data at Watkins Glen, starting second in GTLM is a great achievement. Jan Magnussen’s last qualifying lap was important in that it does split our BMW competitors. Although the track is new to Corvette Racing, we are well experienced in what it takes to win endurance races of this length. We are confident in both our Chevrolet Corvette C7.Rs.”
Watkins Glen: Watch It! (all times ET)
- Race: 11 a.m. ET (FOX Sports 1), Sunday, June 29
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