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Privateer Corvette ZR1 Race Car Wrecks at Watkins Glen

by Keith Cornett on October 7, 2009

Corvette ZR1 Race Car Wrecks at Watkins Glen

With an MSRP north of $105,000, the Chevy Corvette ZR1 is certainly not the cheapest car to take to the track. So when we see the after-effects of a privateer racer that put his Corvette ZR1 race car into a wall, we naturally cringe. Not only do we morn the death of a great sports car, but we feel for the driver who put a lot of time and money into creating a competitive race car. But then again, that racing!

This privateer Corvette ZR1 race car met its fate at a recent outing at Watkins Glen. The 638-hp Corvette was painted in a B-pillar Jake livery that very much resembles the GT1 Corvettes in their special Jake Monterey livery in 2007. The Corvette was reportedly driven by Gary Soebelski and this was his first competitive race since receiving his competition license. The Corvette took significant front-end damage during the race at turns 8 and 9 (heel of the boot). Apparently he is all right as the word on the street is Soebelski is already looking for another ZR1 to replace this one.

Update:
Corvette ZR1 Crash Video (happens at the 8:45 mark)

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Source:
Jalopnik


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CorvetteBlogger talks with Corvette Racing driver Oliver Gavin about what he does to stay in shape between races, the difference between racing with the factory team vs a privateer and his use of social media to stay in contact with his fans.



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CorvetteBlogger spoke with Corvette Racing driver Johnny O’Connell prior to qualifying for the 2009 Petit Le Mans at Road Atlanta. Johnny talks about the new GT2 Corvette, staying in shape as a driver and his annual celebrity auction.



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Corvette Racing: 2009 Petit Le Mans Photo Gallery

by Keith Cornett on September 29, 2009

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We spent a few minutes with Corvette Racing’s Program Manager Doug Fehan last Friday prior to the GT2 qualifying session. Doug talks about the 10-hour/1,000-mile Petit Le Mans, the direct injection controversy and the partnership with Michelin tires.


 

Corvette Racing: Petit Le Mans Underway

by Keith Cornett on September 26, 2009

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We’re sitting high and dry in the media center at Road Atlanta as the 12th annual Petit Le Mans gets underway. Follow this post today as we watch Corvette Racing’s GT2 C6.Rs battle in the highly competitive GT2 Class.

The heavy rains that everyone was concerned about came at 4 hours and 50 minutes into the race. The course was red flagged and the cars were ordered per their position. With no let-up, the race was called at 8:44 on the race clock. The #4 Corvette was in 4th place behind the class winning #62 Ferrari while the #3 Corvette finished 7th.

At the start of the race, the #4 Corvette moved up into the second starting position as LG Motorsport’s #28 Corvette was forced to start from the pits. Following the green flag, it took Johnny O’Connell just three laps to leapfrog the top 5 positions to settle into first. Oliver Gavin passed the #40 Ford GT 40 and quickly settled into second place.

The morning prior to the start of the race was very wet with standing water on the track and Georgia’s famous red clay mud just about everywhere you step. Although the rain has abated, a light mist continues to fall.



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A Hot Lap Around Road Atlanta in a 2010 Corvette Grand Sport

by Keith Cornett on September 25, 2009

Thanks to the folks at Chevy Racing, we had the unique opportunity to take a hot lap around Road Atlanta where Petit Le Mans will run on Saturday. The course is 2.54 miles and features 12 turns. My ride was silver 2010 Corvette Grand Sport Coupe and my driver Jason put the car through its paces. On the monsterous backstretch our speed exceed 130 mph and those big Z06 brakes safely brought us to a near stand still for the bend at Turn 10.

Chevrolet designed the Grand Sport with track events in mind and I can tell you first hand they hit a home run with this car!


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Corvette Racing: Qualifying at Petit Le Mans

by Keith Cornett on September 25, 2009

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The factory Corvettes did fairly well in their qualifying runs this afternoon and placed third and seventh for tomorrow’s starting grid, despite having to remove the direct injection system following complaints from Porsche and Ferrari. However, the day clearly belongs to Lou Gigliotti and his LG Motorsports/Riley GT2 Corvette as they qualified second in class – in front of the two factory Corvette – with a time of 1:20.877.

The return of the #28 GT2 Corvette is significant as Lou’s team had to totally rebuild the race car following the devastating fire at Long Beach earlier this year. It’s no secret about how Lou feels about the factory racing team and after the team’s 2nd place qualifying, Lou was heard to say “We can stretch a nickel into a quarter and we don’t need any bailout money”.

As for the factory Corvette racers, Olivier Beretta and the #4 Corvette earned a third place start on the grid with a time of 1:20.912 and Johnny O’Connell and the #3 Corvette finished in seventh with a time of 1:21.491.

Speaking with Doug Fehan earlier this morning, I can tell you that while Corvette Racing complied with the request to remove the Direct Injection system, it doesn’t mean they were happy doing it. So perhaps revenge is a dish served best cold as Corvette Racing’s third place time was better than Porsche and Ferrari. Fehan said the engine team worked hard to complete the ACO’s request to remove DI and revert to tune port injection and that the didn’t even have time for a dyno test.

The real test will come on Saturday for both the factory Corvettes and LG Motosports. Not only will both teams face the competition on the track, but with an 80% chance of rain in the forecast, the Corvettes may be battling Mother Nature as well.

Petit Le Mans at Road Atlanta is scheduled to start at 11:15 a.m. EDT on Saturday. The race will conclude when the overall leader completes 1,000 miles or 10 hours, whichever comes first. SPEED will broadcast live flag-to-flag coverage starting at 11 a.m. EDT.



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Corvette Racing: Night Practice at Petit Le Mans

by Keith Cornett on September 24, 2009

Corvette Racing: Night Practice at Petit Le Mans

Corvette Racing faces one of its biggest challenges yet with their new ZR1-based GT2 Corvette C6.Rs at Road Atlanta this weekend. Round 7 of the American Le Mans Series is Petit Le Mans, the 10-hour/1,000 mile race in the rolling hills of Northest Georgia. Reliabilty was one of the hallmarks of the GT1 Corvette C6.Rs and now the GT2 cars will have their chance to prove they can go the distance as well.

One of the unique aspects of Petit Le Mans is that the race will end in the dark. Therefore, drivers took to the track on a muggy Thursday evening to get acclimated to the track at night. Seeing Corvette Racing’s Command Center all lit up was very cool and I can tell you that watching the Corvettes thunder down the backstretch in the dark was an amazing site to see first hand.

We are here at Road Atlanta to witness several firsts for the Corvette Racing team:

  • The first endurance race for the GT2 Corvettes
  • The first race in the GT2 Corvettes for Marcel Fassler and Antonio Garcia
  • The first race for the GT2 Corvettes without Direct Injection
  • The first race with Bibendum the Michelin Man riding Shotgun on Corvette’s livery

Tomorrow, we’ll be talking with several members of the Corvette racing tomorrow and we’ll get to experience the 12 turn, 2.54 mile track with a hot lap in a Vitesse Corvette track car.

Follow our Twitter feed for real-time updates and make sure you come back next week as we roll out the videos from our experience here.

As for Corvette Racing, Friday’s qualifying session runs from 2:25-2:50 pm EST and the 10,hour/1,000 mile race gets underway on Saturday at 11:15 am EST.



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Corvette Racing Q & A at Petit Le Mans

by Keith Cornett on September 20, 2009

Corvette Racing Q&A at Petit Le Mans

On Thursday we’ll be heading to Atlanta, Georgia to cover Petit Le Mans, the 10-hour/1,000 mile endurance race held at Road Atlanta. On Friday, we’ll be sitting down with Corvette Racing’s Johnny O’Connell, Oliver Gavin and Doug Fehan for a quick chat and this is where you come in. What would you like to know about life as a Corvette race car driver or head of the program? We’re looking for questions from our readers. If you’ve go a question or comment for the Corvette Racing team, please email it to keith@corvetteblogger.com.

 

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