Earlier this month, the 1960 #3 Briggs Cunningham Corvette and driver John Fitch returned to Le Mans to celebrate the 50th Anniversary of the car’s win in the GT class and 8th place finish overall. Our friend Jan Hyde from The Registry of Corvette Racecars was there along with car owner Lance Miller, restorer Kevin Mackay and John Fitch and he provided this recap from the week of events.
Corvette Racing’s Program Director Doug Fehan sat down with the American Le Mans Series for their Six Questions video series. Find out what Doug does away from the track as well as what he would be doing if he wasn’t involved in racing.
Check out this scary moment for a convertible C5 Corvette driver who was participating at the NASA TT event at Hallet Raceway in Jennings, Oklahoma last weekend. One of the curves at Hallet is know as “The Bitch” and the Corvette driver found out the hard way just what a bitch that corner can be.
During this year’s 24 Hours of Le Mans, the #63 Corvette’s Crew Chief Dan Binks took over the broadcast on SPEED for a few minutes to show us the inner workings of the Corvette Garage.
By this time, most Corvette Racing fans have had heard the name Anthony Davidson. He is the Peugeot Driver in the #1 car who believes that the 24 Hours of Le Mans is only exists for the prototypes and every one else just get the hell out of the way.
An inspiring run by Oliver Gavin in the #64 Corvettes looks all for naught as white smoke out of the Corvettes left-side exhaust signaled an end for this year’s 24 hours of Le Mans. Oliver had just run a 3:59.356 lap following 30 minutes in the garage to repair the Corvette after it when hard into the wall at the Porsche Curves. That crash dropped to class leading GT2 Corvette down to the 5th place.
Gavin was instructed to park the Corvette and he did so at the Musanne corner.
The #63 Corvette was shown parked on the side of the track at 07:00. Fehan says crank case pressure alarm went off indicating a major problem with the engine. Calls it a terminal issue with the engine. Corvette Racing confirms in tweets: Terminal mechanical issue on 63 Corvette, Garcia stopped on track going into Indianapolis, End of the race for No. 63 at Le Mans.
Fehan on #63 Corvette’s retirement: “Our first engine problem in 11 years at Le Mans. No indication leading up to it.”
Steady Running for Corvettes, Duel in Sixth Hour Ended by Safety Car
Corvette Racing’s Compuware Corvette C6.R race cars ran consistently at the front of the GT2 class throughout the first quarter of the 24 Hours of Le Mans. The sixth hour featured an intense battle for P1 between Emmanuel Collard in the No. 64 Corvette C6.R and Pierre Kaffer in the No. 82 Ferrari 430 GTC. After running within a car length for lap after lap, the duel was ended by a pit stop during a safety car period that temporarily split the two racers. The No. 63 Corvette C6.R was holding third after six hours of racing.
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This is our comprehensive list of links that will continue to evolve throughout Saturday as we follow Corvette Racing’s quest for the GT2 podium at the 24 Hours of Le Mans. Check back throughout race day as we add additional points of interest.