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Corvette Racing’s Gavin and Berretta Win 3rd GT1 Race

by Keith Cornett on April 16, 2007

#4 C6.R Corvette in the Pits at Long BeachCorvette Racing’s # 4 C6.R driven by the two “Ollies”, Oliver Gavin and Olivier Beretta, won their third straight GT1 class Saturday in the ALMS Grand Prix of Long Beach. The 100 minute race was the shortest in ALMS history, and to give you an example of how short the race is, each of the Corvettes pitted only once for the driver change, tires and fuel. While racing unopposed in the GT1 class, Corvette Racing still brought its “A” game as the two C6.R teams went for the win. In the end, the #4 Corvette finished just 0.349 seconds ahead of the #3 C6.R driven by Jan Magnussen and Johnny O’Connell.

“It’s very satisfying to get three in a row and have a decent points lead,” said Oliver Gavin. “This race has been quite tough because the track changed considerably from qualifying to the race. It’s a lot cooler today, and I think we had the car slightly too stiff for the cool temperatures. The track got very slippery, and it was difficult for Olivier because he had to push hard after the pit stop even though he’d had only six or seven laps in practice.” “I knew the only chance for us to get a win here was to push really hard on the out lap and beat the No. 4 car out of the pits,” said Johnny O’Connell. “We did everything we could, and I even brushed the wall on the out lap. It would have been nice to get a win here, but congratulations to the guys on the No. 4. Nobody on that team is making any mistakes.”
Corvette Racing’s next event is the Grand Prix of Houston, the third of three consecutive street races, on Saturday, April 21. The 2-hour, 45-minute race on the 1.7-mile JAGFlo Speedway at Reliant Park temporary street circuit will begin at 5:30 p.m. local time (6:30 p.m. EDT). It will be televised tape-delayed by CBS Sports on Sunday, April 29, from 1-3 p.m. EDT.
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Jan Magnussen and Johnny O’Connell are eager to put prior experience of tricky street circuits to good use when the American Le Mans Series makes its trip to the streets of California and the Long Beach circuit. The shortest track the field will race at, the tight and twisty circuit will make its debut on the ALMS calendar this year, but while many drivers will go there to embark on a weekend of learning, both Magnussen and O’Connell will merely have to dust the cobwebs off their memories to get by. Indeed, Magnussen raced at Long Beach recently thanks to his Grand-Am commitments and he admits it is a circuit he enjoys greatly.

“All in all, Long Beach is a great setting for a race and it’s good for the ALMS to race there,” the Dane said. “I’ve raced a Daytona Prototype there previously, and the track is much like the street circuit in St. Petersburg in terms of how the track is crowned. One corner that’s unique to Long Beach is the very tight hairpin at Turn 11. It’s a place where you just don’t try to pass, and you hope that nobody else tries to pass you.”
O’Connell meanwhile will have to delve further into the recesses of his memory to remember the last time he raced at Long Beach, that being when he was an up and coming driver through the open-wheel ranks.
“I’ve driven a little bit of everything at the Grand Prix of Long Beach, but the course has changed quite a lot since I last raced there so it will take some time to get familiar with the layout,” said O’Connell. “We’ll have to get up to speed quickly because practice time is very limited, but we have such an amazing engineering staff at Corvette Racing that all I have to do is focus on my driving. “The most important part of Corvette Racing’s program is the 24 Hours of Le Mans, so while we approach these street races as good preparation for Le Mans, we don’t want to bang up our race cars. It forces us to be very precise and drive with good technique. Racing in Long Beach is a great opportunity for all of the Corvette owners in Southern California to see the Corvette C6.Rs in action.”
The Grand Prix of Long Beach will be held Saturday, April 14. The 100 minute race on a 1.968-mile temporary street circuit will begin at 7 p.m. ET (4 p.m. local time), and will be televised in a same-day broadcast on the SPEED Channel from 8 to 10:30 p.m. ET.
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Gavin/Beretta Win GT1 at St. Petersburg

by Keith Cornett on April 1, 2007

The #4 C6.R Corvette at St. PeteOliver Gavin and Olivier Beretta won their second consecutive race in the GT1 class on the waterfront street circuit in St. Petersburg, Florida. The #4 C6.R with the two Ollies had a smooth run while a driveline problem sidelined the #3 C6.R driven by Johnny O’Connell and Jan Magnussen. Gavin and Beretta completed 111 laps to finish 8th overall. Johnny O’Connell was driving the #3 Corvette when it suddenly lost power to the rear wheels after completing only 37 laps. Because the Corvette failed to complete 70% of the overall winner’s total laps, the Corvette and drivers were not eligible for championship points.

“This is a very unusual situation for us, but that’s the reason we’re out here racing,” commented Corvette Racing program manager Doug Fehan. “We’ll look at the parts, see what the issues are, address any problems, and make the cars more bulletproof. There’s something to be learned from this, and that’s what we’ll do.”
Corvette Racing’s next event is the second of three consecutive street races, the Grand Prix of Long Beach on Saturday, April 14. The 1-hour, 40-minute race on a 1.968-mile temporary street circuit will begin at 7 p.m. ET (4 p.m. local time), and will be televised in a same-day broadcast on the SPEED Channel from 8 to 10:30 p.m. ET.
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For the first time since 2003′s 24 Hours of LeMans, a color other than Yellow was featured on a GT1 Corvette Racecar. In an obvious salute to Ron Fellows, the C6.R was reskinned in Artic White to mimic the limited edition Ron Fellows ALMS GT1 Championship Z06, even down to the red hash marks on the fender. The Artic White Corvette C6.R was raced hard by Ron Fellows and co-drivers Johnny O’Connell and Jan Magnussen in the Mobil 1 12 Hours of Sebring and finished in 2nd place, just 17 seconds behind the #4 (and Yellow) Corvette C6.R driven by Oliver Gavin, Olivier Beretta and Max Papis.

The 2007 Artic White C6.R Corvette The 2007 Artic White C6.R Corvette The 2007 Artic White C6.R Corvette
The Ron Fellows ALMS GT1 Championship Corvette Z06 is the first signed special edition in Corvette’s 54-year history, and is the first Arctic White Z06 ever offered. Only 399 are planned for production: approximately 300 for the United States, 33 for Canada and 66 for other export markets. The Ron Fellows ALMS GT1 Champion Corvette Z06 will be available this spring. Although the MSRP is $77,500 most people agree they will be sold for substantially more.
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Sebring: Corvette Racing Finishes 1-2

by Keith Cornett on March 18, 2007

Corvette Racing take 1-2 on the Sebring PodiumOn a perfect day for racing at Sebring International Raceway, Corvette Racing ran a perfect race. America’s premier production sports car team scored its fifth GT1 class win in six years in America’s classic endurance race, the Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring. Oliver Gavin, Olivier Beretta and Max Papis drove their No. 4 Compuware Corvette C6.R to a 17.863-second victory over their Corvette Racing teammates Johnny O’Connell, Ron Fellows and Jan Magnussen in the No. 3 Compuware Corvette C6.R. The Corvettes ran like clockwork throughout the grueling 12-hour race, completing 341 laps around the 3.7-mile, 17-turn circuit. Both cars made 12 routine pit stops for fuel and four Michelin tires after 55-minute stints, and then made their final stops with five minutes remaining for a splash of gas. “The Corvette C6.R was a joy to drive all day, and there wasn’t a single thing that went wrong,” said Gavin, who drove the victorious Corvette to the checkered flag. “The team performed fantastically, and there wasn’t one misstep on any of the pit stops.” “To finish with less than 20 seconds between the two cars after 12 hours of racing is quite remarkable,” Gavin noted. “You can’t get a stronger test than 12 hours at Sebring, and we’ve come through with flying colors.” After two days of downpours, race day began with a sunrise surprise as Corvette Racing unveiled the No. 3 Compuware Corvette in brilliant Arctic White paint, a salute to the limited edition Ron Fellows ALMS GT1 Champion Corvette Z06. The race began under clear skies with cool 60-degree temperatures. Fellows and Gavin started the 12-hour enduro in the No. 3 and No. 4 Corvettes respectively, with Fellows taking the point in the GT1 class when the green flag fell. The two cars held first and second in the class standings through the first two pit stops and driver changes. After 2 hours and 40 minutes of racing, Gavin took the lead following the third round of pit stops. “We had a great battle with the No. 3 Corvette, and I think the turning point was when I was able to get through traffic and gain some distance when I came in for my pit stop,” Papis reported. “Then with Gavin’s out-lap, it made just enough difference for us to get around the No. 3 car.” “After that it was continuous perfect pit work by the mechanics and great strategy by our engineer, Steve Cole,” Papis continued. “There is a lot of pressure when you have one of the best crews and three of the best drivers in the world on the other side, but my guys never missed a beat. This is the first win since my Dad passed away in December, and I know that he guided us today.” “Our Corvette was fast, strong, and fantastically reliable,” added Beretta, who scored his record-setting 29th career ALMS victory. “Everything went very smoothly in the race. I stayed out of traffic and stayed off the curbs.” The drivers and crew of the No. 3 Corvette were quick to congratulate their winning teammates. “You can’t say enough about how Corvette Racing prepares their cars – both cars were very strong, and this was a good test for the 24 Hours of Le Mans,” said O’Connell, who was aiming for a record seventh class win in Sebring. “I’ll try for No. 7 next year. I want to get that record, and I know in a Corvette I’ll be able to do it.” Corvette Racing’s next event is the Acura Sports Car Challenge of St. Petersburg in St. Petersburg, Fla., on Saturday, March 31. The 2-hour, 45-minute race on a 1.8-mile temporary street circuit will begin at 5 p.m. ET. The will be televised tape-delayed on the SPEED Channel from 8 to 11 p.m. ET. Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring GT1 Results
Pos./Drivers/Car/Laps
1. Gavin/Beretta/Papis, Chevrolet Corvette C6.R, 341
2. Fellows/O’Connell/Magnussen, Chevrolet Corvette C6.R, 341
3. Garcia/Turner/Halliday, Aston Martin DBR9, 331 NEXT EVENT
March 31, 2007, Acura Sports Car Challenge of St. Petersburg
TV: SPEED, March 31, 8 p.m. ET
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Sebring Preview: Corvettes Capture GT1 Pole

by Keith Cornett on March 16, 2007

C6.R driver Jan Magnussen in the #3 Corvette captured his third career Series pole position and his first with Corvette Racing in GT1. Magnussen turned in a lap of 1:57.061 to best teammate Oliver Gavin by 0.419 seconds. It is Magnussen’s first pole since Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca in 2003 in the GTS class (now GT1) in a Ferrari 550. He also sat on the overall pole for Panoz Motor Sports at Mosport in 1999. Both times he wound up winning the race. “Everything went well,” said Magnussen, who will share the No. 3 entry with Ron Fellows and Johnny O’Connell. “We had two timed laps and the first was my fastest. The tires went away a little on the second lap and we came in. We weren’t going to improve. Our plan was to do three laps.” Corvette has won at Sebring four times in the last five seasons, the only loss coming in 2005 to Aston Martin. Team Modena’s DBR9 qualified third at 1:58.241 with Antonio Garcia behind the wheel.
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Jan Magnussen topped the chart in GT1 with a 1:57.466 in Corvette Racing’s #3 C6.Rs The Dane, teaming with Ron Fellows and Johnny O’Connell, was 0.103 seconds ahead of the #4 Corvette C6.R driven by Olivier Beretta, Oliver Gavin and Max Papis. They were followed by Team Modena’s Aston Martin DBR9 at 1:59.820.
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The GT1 battle between Corvette and Aston Martin appears as if it will as close this week as it was last season with just 0.372 seconds separating the top three cars. Corvette Racing’s #4 Corvette C6.R of Oliver Gavin, Olivier Beretta and Max Papis led the way with a 1:58.557 in the afternoon session, followed by the sister entry of the #3 Corvette C6.R driven by Ron Fellows, Johnny O’Connell and Jan Magnussen. Team Modena’s Aston Martin DBR9 was the quickest car in the morning session and improved its time by a tenth of a second to 1:58.929 in the afternoon.
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Five Corvettes Make The Forza 2 Video Game Lineup

by Keith Cornett on March 12, 2007

2006 Corvette Z06 from Forza 2One of the most anticipated XBox 360 games from Microsoft’s Game Studios this year is Forza Motorsport 2. Forza 2 is loaded with more than 300 of the world’s hottest cars that gamers will be able to collect, personalize and tune. Recently unveiled is the list of US production cars which include five Corvette models: 1967 427 Corvette Sting Ray (we corrected their one-word use of stingray)
1970 ZR1 Corvette
1996 Corvette Grand Sport
2002 Chevrolet Corvette Z06
2006 Chevrolet Corvette Z06 Forza Motorsport 2 is expected to be released in May. Click here for the game trailer.
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Corvette Racing Announces 2007 Driver Lineup

by Keith Cornett on February 26, 2007

Familiar faces in different places is how Corvette Racing refers to their driver lineup for the 2007 ALMS season. Johnny O’Connell will be teaming up with Jan Magnussen as the two full-time drivers for the Number 3 Corvette C6.R. They will be joined by Corvette Racing veteran Ron Fellows for the three endurance races (Sebring, LeMans and Petit LeMans). Fellows will be taking on additional responsibilities with GM Racing and will attend all ALMS events as an Ambassador as well as providing technical input to the team’s drivers and engineers. Defending GT1 Champions Oliver Gavin and Olivier Beretta will be driving the Number 4 Corvette C6.R and will be joined by Max Papis for the three endurance races. The six Corvette Racing drivers have a combined 109 ALMS victories and 11 championships.

“The changes in our driver lineup will give us two strong and balanced entries that will both be racing for victories,” said Steve Wesoloski, GM Road Racing Group manager. “We are very excited that Ron Fellows will be taking on new roles and responsibilities with GM Racing. We’ll continue to benefit from Ron’s vast racing experience as he drives the No. 3 Corvette C6.R in endurance races while he begins a new phase in his career as an ambassador for Corvette and a valued advisor to GM Racing.”
With Ron Fellows promotion, Jan Mangussen moves from the endurance-racing driver of the No. 4 C6.R to a full time driver of the Number 3 C6.R. Jan is well-known for not only as his stint as a Corvette Racing driver, but for also piloting the new Z06 Corvette in 2005 on the Nürburgring in Germany and posting an almost unheard of time of 7:42.99. Few cars have been timed faster on the famous German track. Corvette Racing’s defense of their Drivers, Team and Manufacturers Championships will begin on March 17th at the Mobil 1 12 Hours of Sebring.
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