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Jan Magnussen Attacks the Nurburgring in a Corvette ZR1

by Keith Cornett on September 15, 2009

Jan Magnussen Attacks the Nurburgring in a Corvette ZR1

Jan Magnussen recently got a chance to attack the 12.9 mile Nurburgring in a Corvette ZR1. Unfortunately, this was a day that the ‘ring was open to the public and traffic slowed down the 638 hp Corvette several times. Still, this in-car video is a great way to see how a professional race car driver attacks one of the most difficult road courses in the world. Video after the jump!

GM’s former Road Race Group Manager Steve Wesoloski once said if you want to make a Corvette go faster, put Jan Magnussen in the driver’s seat. Let’s hope that one day soon we’ll see Jan behind the wheel of the ZR1 on a GM-sponsored closed-course time attack.


Source:
Bilenonline.dk

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Corvette Racing: Dinner with the Doctor

by Keith Cornett on September 14, 2009

Want to be the envy of every Corvette Racing enthusiast in the world? Now you can by bidding on “Dinner with the Doctor” as offered by Johnny O’Connell’s annual auction at Petit Le Mans to benefit those with Alzheimer’s and a senior citizen day care center. Corvette Racing’s Program Manager Doug Fehan has graciously donated an evening out and will even pick up the tab if you’re lucky enough to be the high bidder.

I could go on and on about how cool this would be to spend an evening with the architect of the Corvette Racing program, but let me turn it over to Johnny O’Connell who sums up this unique auction experience the best:

Well, this isn’t “property” per se, but it is one hell of an opportunity to become the envy of every Corvette Racing enthusiast in the world. As the headline item of my auction, all of you will get the chance to bid on this heretofore NEVER offered item. What is that item? We are calling it, “Dinner with the Doctor”. That’s right, Doug Fehan has generously donated his time, (and is paying the dinner bill out of his own pocket), to spend an evening of fine dining with the lucky and generous winning bidder. This item is open to everyone. The only stipulations are as follows: 1. The dinner will take place on a mutually agreed upon evening during race week at any of the ALMS race venues through the remainder of this season or any of the venues next season, just not the night prior to the actual race. 2. The Rx will pick the restaurant…..don’t worry, he is plenty fussy and only eats at great places with a good wine list, although, he will be totally open to your suggestions, too. 3. The dinner has to conclude by 3 a.m. of the following morning.

So, let’s see just how much this little item brings in. It is for a really GREAT cause and may never be offered again. I am certain of one thing, “Dining with the Doctor” will be an evening you will never forget…..this guy is fun, interesting, has a million great race stories, has been everywhere and knows everyone. Hell, I may bid on this myself!!!

I will begin taking bids on my website or Face Book right now…then keep you updated at the end of each day with the high bids amount, and we will complete the bidding during the actual auction. Yes, you can call in during that time to up your bid if you can’t be at the race…I will have the phone number on my site the day before the auction. So, open your wallets and let’s raise some serious money!!!

Johnny O’Connell

So if you’re interested in Dinner with the Doctor, place you bids on Johnny O’Connell’s Facebook page or on his guestbook at JohnnyOConnell.com

The auction will be help at Petiti Le Mans on Friday, September 25th at 6:15 PM EST at the Winners Circle. Also, if you are ordering tickets to Petit Le Mans, mention that would like your tickets to go to the Johnny O’Connell charity auction.


Source:
JohnnyOConnell.com

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Corvette Racing: Ferrari and Porsche Complain to ACO

by Keith Cornett on September 10, 2009

Ferrari and Porsche are unhappy with the Current view in GT2
Photo Credit: AmericanLeMans.com

Three races. That’s how long it took for Porsche and Ferrari, the two manufactures who have dominated the GT2 class in recent years, to find something on the Corvette C6.Rs to complain about.

Ferrari and Porsche are crying to the ACO sanctioning body about the Corvette C6.Rs Direct Injection package on the 6L V8 power plants. AutoExtremist.com says that the ACO has requested that the DI system be removed from the Corvettes for the season’s remaining two races at Petit Le Mans and Laguna Seca.

The Direct Injection system will be legal in 2010 as part of the new specifications that will cover the global GT class. To meet those specs, Corvette Racing plans to run with the system on a detuned LS3-based 5.5L V8.

That this comes from Porsche is surprising as they’ve had their own issues with ACO rules this year, namely using steel to reinforce their production-based aluminum engine blocks. The ACO makes Porsche carry a few extra pounds for the infraction. Is Doug Fehan crying about that? No.

So pull the Direct Injection system and let’s go racing. It’s not like it made the Corvettes the fastest team in GT2 anyway. Far from it based on the qualifying times in these first three races.

As for Porsche and Ferrari, I not sure they realize it yet, but that’s a mighty large bulls eye they just painted on each of their cars and Jake never forgets…



Source:
AutoExtremist.com via Badboy Vettes
Hat tip to Chris at Corvette Info Center


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RIP: Corvette C6.R Chassis #003 Dies in Transporter Fire

by Keith Cornett on September 5, 2009

RIP: Corvette C6.R Chassis #003 Dies in Transporter Fire

A Corvette C6.R formerly raced by the Pratt & Miller Corvette Racing team perished in massive transporter fire. Chassis #003 was owned and run by Luc Alphand Aventures, a French-based GT1 motorsports team. The Corvette appeared at Le Mans this year but retired after a major crash.

The team was on its way to the Abli for the upcoming round of the FFSA GT Championship when the fire occurred, consuming the transporter, the car and much of the team’s equipment and spare parts.

Luc Alphand Aventures also owns chassis #004 and will work hard to get it ready for the remaining rounds of the LMS, FFSA GT, and FIA GT championships.

This car was built in 2006 and was run by the factory Corvette Racing team as the #3 car in the ALMS (#63 at Le Mans) that year, as well as a couple races in 2007. Luc Alphand Adventures purchased the car in 2008 and has run it successfully in many of Europe’s great sports car racing series.

The car had four wins to its credit: ALMS @ Road America in 2006, LMS @ Catalunya & Spa in 2008, and FFSA GT @ Nogaro in 2009.


About the Author:
This blog post was written by Chris Draper.
Check out his website at Corvette Info Center



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[VIDEO] Corvette Racing’s Oliver Gavin Recaps Mosport

by Keith Cornett on September 2, 2009

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GT2 Corvette C6.R Scores First Victory at Mosport
Photo Credit: AmericanLeMans.com

Johnny O’Connell and Jan Magnussen made history today with Corvette Racing’s first win in the GT2 class at the Grand Prix of Mosport. Magnussen had an epic battle in the final minutes with the #62 Risi Ferrari driven by Pierre Kaffer. Kaffer pushed Magnussen hard but the Dane was able to stay in front and crossed the finish line 0.331 seconds ahead the red Ferrari.

Want to see some serious sports car racing? Here’s the last two and a half minutes of the Grand Prix of Mosport:

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