The Yellow and Black Corvette factory racers were only 20 minutes into the 2 hour 45 minute shootout at the Northeast Grand Prix at Lime Rock when contact between an LMPC prototype and one of the Extreme Speed Ferraris caused a chain reaction which collected the #4 and #3 Corvettes and the #55 BMW. Both Corvettes were damaged and by the time repairs were completed, both cars were out of contention and 15-20 laps off the leader.
Corvette Racing was back on the track yesterday at Lime Rock in the American Le Mans Series first race following the Le Mans break. Limerock is the ultimate bullfight with 4 separate classes running the 1.5 mile historic track in connecticut and yesterday’s race lived up to the hype. The ALMS Northeast Grand Prix will be rebroadcast today at 1pm ET on ESPN 2. However, if you want to find out how the Corvette team did, click through the jump for yesterday’s results.
Le Mans-Winning Team Sets Its Sights on American Le Mans Series Titles in Seven-Race Summer Stretch
LAKEVILLE, Conn., July 6, 2011 – What happens in Le Mans stays in Le Mans. That’s because Saturday’s American Le Mans Northeast Grand Prix at Lime Rock Park is something completely different from the 24 Hours of Le Mans.
Corvette Racing returns to the American Le Mans Series after capturing its seventh class victory in France on June 12. The differences between Le Mans and Lime Rock are stark. The former is an 8.5-mile circuit in the French countryside; the latter is a 1.5-mile bullring around a former gravel quarry. Lap times in Le Mans are nearly four minutes long; the laps click off at Lime Rock in under 60 seconds. Instead of 24 hours and two dozen pit stops, the third round of the ALMS will be a quick two-hour, 45-minute sprint with a pair of scheduled stops.
In 1971 Corvette racer and race car builder John Greenwood was approached by BF Goodrich tires to campaign two Corvettes competing on the company’s new Lifesaver Radial street tires. Three BFG Corvettes, wearing numbers 48, 49 and 50, were built for the campaign in FIA-sanctioned races including Le Mans, Daytona and Sebring. Featuring ZL-1 racing engines and the patriotic stars & stripes livery, the BFG Corvettes were an instant hit with the fans as Greenwood’s Corvettes were the loudest and proudest at the track. One of the BFG Corvettes, the #49 car, will be one of the featured cars for sale at RM Auction’s Monterey event in mid-August.
From Pratt & Miller’s facebook page:
We brought the 24 Hours of Le Mans trophy home! A special thanks to all of our fans, sponsors, partners, team members, and family. We could not have done it without all of you. Come and see us at the track for the rest of the ALMS season and share this victory with us.
In case you were unable to make it to Carlisle, PA back in May for the Premiere of The Quest, the acclaimed documentary about the Briggs Cunningham Corvettes that raced for the first time at 24 Hours of Le Mans back in 1960, we’ve got good news. The movie has been booked for an encore showing during Corvettes at Carlisle. The movie will be shown Thursday, August 25th at 8:00 pm. Get your tickets now because this event is sure to sell out!