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Corvette Racing to Rock Toronto Financial District

by Keith Cornett on August 26, 2009

Corvette Racing to Rock Toronto Financial District
Photo Credit: Richard Price

Corvette Racing with take their show on the road as the team performs a pit stop demonstration at the Brookfield Place complex today. Brookfield Place is in the heart of Toronto’s financial district and is considered Canada’s “Wall Street”. Corvette Ambassador and Canadian Ron Fellows will host the event.

Update: Video added

The Corvette Racing team is north of the border for this weekend’s ALMS “Grand Prix of Mosport” at the Mosport International Speedway in Bowmanville, Ontario.

“The people who work at Brookfield Place understand the importance of return on investment, and a special event such as this one is an example of the tremendous return on investment that Corvette Racing delivers to GM,” said Corvette Racing program manager Doug Fehan. “Many of the men and women who work in the financial district are influential decision makers who make things happen, and they are all potential Corvette and GM customers. It will be a newsworthy promotion that increases awareness of the Mobil 1-sponsored Grand Prix of Mosport. We take the business of racing very seriously at Corvette Racing, and it always pays dividends for us to participate in these activities both on and off the race track.”

Johnny O’Connell will be making his 100th start in ALMS competition and considers Mosport one of his favorite stops. What you might not know was that several years ago, O’Connell was made an Honorary Canadian:

“A couple of years ago all the Corvette owners even made me an honorary Canadian!” O’Connell said. “They even had Ron there to see it! I had to answer 10 or 15 Canadian questions…what is on the flag, what is the Canadian dollar called, what are Canadian police called, what do you use a hockey stick for – opening a beer! – It was a really fun time and great experience. The fans there really are the best.”

O’Connell appeared this week on Pit Pass USA, an internet-based radio show. You can listen to his interview at Pit Pass USA and his segment starts roughly at the 8:30 mark.

The Grand Prix of Mosport will start at 3:05 pm Eastern on Sunday, August 30th. SPEED TV will carry the race live.



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Corvette Racing Takes Third in GT2 at Road America

by Keith Cornett on August 16, 2009

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In just their second race in GT2 this year, the Corvette Racing team shows their C6.Rs are for real in GT2. With just two minutes remaining in the race at Road America, Johnny O’Connell in the #3 car passes Patrick Long in the #45 Flying Lizard Porsche 911 to finish in third position. Oliver Gavin and Olivier Beretta had their mirror clipped in traffic and the extended pit stop for the replacement put the #4 Corvette two laps down to finish in 6th place.

The race was pretty much over within 20 minutes of the start as the class leading BMWs effectively picked up a lap during a caution period. At that point, it was pretty much a race for third between Corvette, Porsche, Ferrari, Panoz, Ford and Viper.

With 20 minutes remaining, O’Connell was running in fifth when he passed Pierre Kaffer’s Ferrari 430 GT to move to fourth position. Then with two minutes remaining the Porsche got a little wobbly in turn 5 and O’Connell was able to squeeze by him with minimal contact.

“It’s fun to have Corvettes racing again!” O’Connell exclaimed. “Kaffer was doing a great job, but I could see that he was struggling on used tires. He had a wiggle exiting Turn 1 and that allowed me to get by him. Then I had to chase down Patrick in the Porsche. There were a couple areas where we were faster, so I was thinking about setting him up there. Then going into Turn 5, he carried a little too much speed and missed the apex, so I had to throw it in there. There was some contact, but it only happened because he opened the door. We had a great race.”

Oliver Gavin was behind the wheel of the #4 Corvette C6.R when at around 1:26 into the race he had his right side mirror clipped by the #16 Dyson Lola prototype. The contact was enough to allow O’Connell to get by Gavin for fourth position. The #4 car was required to pit and received a new mirror with a door change, losing a lap in the process.

“On the second restart there were some slower cars at the front of the pack and we all bunched up behind them,” Gavin said. “I managed to work my way through and into fourth place behind the Ferrari. Then coming down through Canada Corner, a prototype clipped the mirror off my right door. At that point Johnny got by me and I was told I had to pit because the rules require a right-side mirror. That kind of ruined our race. We were going to be able to run all the way to the finish, but then there were two more full-course cautions and we were a sitting duck. It really just wasn’t our day.”

Corvette Racing Program Manager Doug Fehan was pleased with the results and the new car’s progress.

“It’s been a long time since I’ve been this excited about racing for third,” said Corvette Racing program manager Doug Fehan. “We look at this as a victory for Corvette Racing. The unfortunate part is that we were beaten by three cars – two BMWs and the pace car. Nonetheless it was a great show, a tremendous duel to the finish, and a fantastic effort by the Corvette Racing team to bring both cars home.”

The GT2 Corvettes will next see action at the Mobil 1 Grand Prix of Mosport in Bowmanville, Ontario on August 28-30th. The two-hour, 45-minute race is scheduled to start at 3:05 p.m. EDT on Sunday, August 30. SPEED will televise the race live at 3 p.m. EDT.



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Corvette Racing


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[VIDEO] Corvette Racing’s C6.R GT2 Debut at Mid-Ohio 2009
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Photo Credit: Autoblog

The two Corvette C6.Rs are fresh off their successful debut at Mid-Ohio and are now in Elkhart Lake Wisconsin where they will tackle the 4.048-mile high speed track known as Road America. This is a bit of a homecoming for the GT2 cars as Road America was one of the four tracks that the GT2 cars were tested prior to last week’s racing debut.

Road America is one of the favorite tracks for drivers as it features high speed corners and long straights. This track may play to one of the strengths of the GT2 car which appeared to be faster in the straights than some of the other GT2 competitors last weekend at Mid-Ohio.

“Road America is a much different circuit than Mid-Ohio,” said Oliver Gavin, driver of the No. 4 Compuware Corvette C6.R. “It’s a high-speed course, while Mid-Ohio is more of a medium-speed track. It’s still early days for Corvette Racing in GT2, and we’ll continue to learn where we stand in relation to the competition. It’s going to be tight and it’s going to be tough.

“Based on our experience at Mid-Ohio, the team will continue to make refinements,” Gavin said. “We’re still learning how to manage the tires and keep the car good to drive over a full stint. Based on our first run last weekend, I think everyone at Corvette Racing has done a brilliant job. Bring on Road America!”

Jan Magnussen and Johnny O’Connell won the GT1 class last year at the track in the #3 Corvette C6.R, but Mags knows this year’s challenge will be more difficult in the GT2 class:

“It’s completely different from Mid-Ohio in terms of where you need to be fast,” Magnussen explained. “If you don’t have the top speed, the long straights at Road America will be difficult. We’ll see if we have an issue there – I certainly don’t think we will. Our test at Road America went very well, and the car handled beautifully in the high-speed sections.”

Team Manager Gary Pratt also weights in on the successful debut of the GT2 Corvettes at Mid-Ohio:

“Both cars ran without any issues at Mid-Ohio, and that’s a good, good start for a brand-new car,” Pratt said. “We still have a little way to go to catch the competition, and we’ll keep working at it.”

This year’s event at Road America also features the return of the Corvette Challenge II bike race to help fight cancer. The race within a race takes place later today and will feature Corvette Racing Program Manager Doug Fehan taking on Jan Magnussen and SPEED TV Commentator Calvin Fish in a one-lap winner-take-all race around the 4 mile track.

Fans can show their support for Fehan, Magnussen and Fish by pledging a donation. Funds raised will support the Lance Armstrong Foundation, the Austin Hatcher Foundation, the late Paul Newman’s Hole in the Wall Gang Camp, and the Vince Lombardi Cancer Clinic. The 2 hour 45 minute race at Road America will take place on Sunday, August 16th at 3pm EST with SPEED TV providing live race coverage.



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Corvette Racing


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Corvette Racing's Johnny O'Connell Interview From SPEED's Wind Tunnel

Corvette Racing’s Johnny O’Connell, fresh off the team’s #2 podium finish at the Acura Sports Car Challenge at Mid-Ohio, had the folks from Dave Despain’s Wind Tunnel on SPEED over to his house for a chat about the new GT2 car, future prospects of racing at Le Mans and the Green Challenge.



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Corvette Racing's C6.R GT2 Debut at Mid-Ohio 2009

Corvette Racing’s solid performance in their GT2 class debut at the 2009 Acura Sports Car Challenge raised a lot of eyebrows and puts the ALMS on notice: Jake is here and we take no prisoners! Magnussen and O’Connell get the #2 podium spot while Gavin and Beretta finished 4th. Check out Corvette Racing’s highlights from Mid-Ohio.

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#3 Corvette C6.R earns 2nd Place GT2 Finish at Mid Ohio
Photo Credit: Autoblog

The new GT2 Corvettes have exceeded all expectations in their GT2 debut at the Acura Sports Car Challenge at Mid-Ohio with Magnussen and O’Connell earning the first podium finish for Corvette Racing in the new class. For most of the race, the #3 Corvette ran second behind the #45 Flying Lizard Porsche while Gavin/Beretta was a solid third before dropping to 4th place with less than 5 minutes remaining.

There is some speculation that towards the end of the race the two Corvettes let up just a bit to avoid any performance restrictions that might come from the new cars finishing too strong in their first outing. As the goal for the team is preparation for the 2010 season, I wouldn’t put it past Fehan for employing that strategy.

The final podium in GT2 was Porsche, Corvette and BMW. Clearly this will be an exciting class to watch in the coming months.

We’ll have some quotes and reflections from the team and drivers as they become available.

NBC will televise the race tape-delayed at 2:30 p.m. EDT on Sunday, August 9.



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Corvette Racing: Inside the GT2 Corvette C6.R
A New Era: Introducing Corvette Racing’s GT2 ZR1 C6.R

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GT2 Corvette C6.R shakedown

Jan Magnussen and the #3 Corvette C6.R rocketed to third position during Friday’s qualifying session for the Acura Sports Car Challenge at Mid-Ohio. Magnussen turned a fastest lap of 1:21.454. The GT2 Pole goes to the 1:21.022 (100.328 mph) run by #45 Flying Lizard Porsche and three-time champion Joerg Bergmeister. Oliver Gavin qualified the #4 Corvette C6.R at six position and was half a second off the class leader.

Bergmeister took time to comment on the Corvette’s debut in the GT2 class:

“They might be sandbagging. We’ll see what they do in the race,” Bergmeister said. “It’s been impressive so far seeing them close to the top. We have to stay out of the fight with those guys and stay ahead.

We don’t have video of the qualifying session, but thanks to Chris at Corvette Info Center we have a video from Oliver Gavin of a recent GT2 Corvette C6.R shakedown session at Gingerman Raceway.

As said by one of the broadcasters during today’s radio lemans coverage of the qualifying session: “I hear the sound of thunder”.

Update
Check out the Mid-Ohio photo gallery at BadBoyVettes



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American LeMans and Corvette Info Center


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A New Era: Introducing Corvette Racing’s GT2 ZR1 C6.R

by Keith Cornett on August 4, 2009

A New Era: Introducing Corvette Racing's GT2 ZR1 C6.R

Chevrolet introduced the new ZR1 homologated GT2 Corvette C6.R this afternoon. The new GT2 car is based on the ZR1 Corvette which Corvette Racing’s Program Manager Doug Fehan says looks identical to the production ZR1 except for the required fender flares. Johnny O’Connell, driver of the #3 car was in on the teleconference and says the new Corvette C6.R is amazing and is very comfortable to drive. He did say the car has less aero and the steel brakes vs carbon brakes will be one of the biggest adjustments. O’Connell reiterated that drivers want to go where the competition is and in the ALMS, that’s GT2. GM Racing Manager Mark Kent summed up the move to GT2 the best:

Moving to GT2 is a big step for the Corvette Racing team and allows us to compete on the track with the same competition that Corvette competes with in the marketplace.

Check out the new GT2 Corvette C6.R photos and the official press release after the jump.

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Press Release

Corvette Racing to Introduce Corvette C6.R in GT2 Class at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course

Next-Generation Race Cars Strengthen Links Between Competition and Production Corvettes

DETROIT – Corvette Racing will open a new chapter with the competition debut of the next-generation Corvette C6.R at the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course on August 6-8. In anticipation of a single GT class in 2010, Corvette Racing will test and develop the latest Corvette C6.R in the GT2 category in the final five rounds of the 2009 American Le Mans Series. With the upcoming move to a unified GT category, the twin Compuware Corvette C6.R race cars will compete against rivals representing Ferrari, Porsche, BMW, Aston Martin, Jaguar, Viper, Panoz, and Ford.

Based on the Corvette ZR1 supercar, the next-generation Corvette C6.R has even stronger links to the production version of America’s performance icon than its predecessors. The GT2 rules require the use of many production-based components, expanding the opportunities for the two-way transfer of technology between the race track and the showroom. The updated Corvette C6.R utilizes the ZR1′s body design, aerodynamic package, aluminum frame and chassis structure, steering system, windshield, and other components. The race team has prepared the cars for the rigors of endurance racing with safety and performance modifications as permitted by the GT2 rules.

“One of the many benefits of the Corvette Racing program has been the opportunity to demonstrate the technology transfer between the race car and the production car,” said Mark Kent, GM Racing manager. “The global movement toward a single GT class will allow us to compete head-to-head with more marketplace competitors while increasing both the production content of the Corvette C6.R race cars and the relevance of racing to our customers. This is a step that positions Corvette for the future of production-based sports car racing worldwide, and a move that is perfectly aligned with GM’s marketing and business objectives in racing.”

Previous versions of the Corvette C5-R and C6.R race cars have dominated the GTS and GT1 categories in the last decade, winning 77 races and eight consecutive ALMS championships. The GT1 Corvettes were retired following Corvette Racing’s sixth victory in the 24 Hours of Le Mans on June 14, 2009.

“In our decade in GT1, our primary focus has been on racing victories and the validation of the Corvette as a world-class sports car,” said Tadge Juechter, Corvette chief engineer. “As an authentic way to communicate to knowledgeable customers, nothing beats racing. As a cost-effective means to improve vehicle performance, nothing beats racing. These are the reasons racing is in Corvette’s DNA.

“Behind the scenes, the race team and the production car team have grown closer together, finding numerous ways to support each other and to make both cars better,” Juechter said. “Most automotive companies give lip service to claims like ‘racing improves the breed’ or ‘race on Sunday, sell on Monday’. For team Corvette, it is a daily reality. It is now impossible to imagine one team without the other.”

The upcoming GT regulations required a comprehensive redesign of the Corvette C6.R package. In place of the GT1 Corvette’s steel frame, the GT2 version utilizes the production ZR1′s hydroformed aluminum frame as the foundation for a fully integrated tubular steel safety cage. The GT1 version’s wide, louvered fenders are replaced by production-based ZR1 fenders with wheel flares. In accordance with the aerodynamic regulations, the rear wing is reduced 25 percent in width, the diffuser is a flat panel without fences or strakes, and the splitter extends only as far as its production ZR1 counterpart. Steel brake rotors have replaced the carbon discs used previously, and the wheels are aluminum instead of magnesium. The adjustable steering column and steering rack are sourced from the street Corvette.

“Integrating a steel safety cage that meets GM Racing’s stringent standards as well as the strength and durability targets required in racing is a challenge with an aluminum frame,” explained Corvette Racing engineering director Doug Louth. “Working in conjunction with the structure and chassis engineers in the Corvette production group, we designed, built and tested numerous examples before we finalized the configuration. We went through a similar process with the production Corvette group on the body design and aero components. It was truly a collaborative effort between the production engineers and the race team.”

In the remaining races in 2009, the Corvette race cars will be powered by 6.0-liter GM small-block V8s that are based on the 7.0-liter LS7.R that powered the GT1 version. This reduction in displacement was achieved by shortening the crankshaft stroke from 3.875-inch to 3.32-inch. The diameter of the series-mandated intake air restrictors was decreased from 30.6 mm to 28.6 mm, with a corresponding reduction in engine output from 590 to 470 horsepower. A 5.5-liter production-based GM small-block V8 is currently under development and will be introduced at the start of the 2010 season. The Corvette Racing team is continuing its commitment to green racing with the use of E85R ethanol racing fuel.

While much of the hardware has changed, Corvette Racing’s roster of championship-winning drivers remains the same. Johnny O’Connell and Jan Magnussen will share the No. 3 Compuware Corvette C6.R, and Oliver Gavin and Olivier Beretta will drive the No. 4 Compuware Corvette C6. R. They will be joined by Antonio Garcia and Marcel Fassler at Petit Le Mans.

Corvette Racing also has the continued support of its long-time sponsors and technical partners. Compuware is the team’s primary sponsor, with Mobil 1 supplying low-friction lubricants and Michelin providing its world-class racing tires. Corvette Racing’s sponsors also include XM Satellite Radio, UAW-GM, Genuine Corvette Accessories, Bose, Motorola, PRS Guitars, and BBS.

“Compuware leads the world in application performance solutions, and partnering with Corvette Racing gives us another high-tech, high-performance and high-impact platform for communicating to our customers and prospects,” said Compuware Chairman and CEO Peter Karmanos, Jr. “The launch of the Corvette C6.R in GT2 is a great extension to our relationship with General Motors, Chevy and Corvette. We look forward to even more victories in the months ahead.”

The GT2-spec Corvettes were designed, built and tested on a compressed schedule. The program was approved and announced in September 2008, and construction of the first chassis began in early December. The first track test was conducted at Road Atlanta on April 8-9, followed by single-car tests in Elkhart Lake, Wis., and Sebring, Fla.

“The Corvette Racing team had to take on several challenges simultaneously to execute this program,” said Doug Fehan, Corvette Racing program manager. “We were preparing for our regular race season with the GT1 cars while designing the GT2 version. The cars were being built and tested in the midst of our preparations for Le Mans. The team was multi-tasking to the extreme, operating on a leaner budget and a faster timeline. It was a monumental effort to have these cars ready for the Mid-Ohio race.”

Advanced technology tools enabled Corvette Racing to meet the challenge. “With the short development schedule, we relied on ‘virtual’ design and computer simulation more than ever before,” said team manager Gary Pratt. “We made design, engineering and manufacturing simultaneous processes as much as possible. For example, while the first chassis was being built, we continued to run computer simulations on suspension geometry and refined the aerodynamics using CFD (computational fluid dynamics) because these areas didn’t have to be finalized until later in the production timeline. We have developed the capabilities to do finite element analysis and composite fabrication in-house, which has accelerated our design and production cycle.

“We’re not running for a championship this year, so we’re looking at the upcoming races as preparation for 2010,” Pratt said. “Our only testing from this point on will be at the races, and we’ll be doing it in the public eye. Certainly we hope to achieve the same level of success that we did in GT1, but the caliber of the competition we will face in GT2 is very high. When we started in GT1 in 1999, it took a while to win; now we have 10 years of experience that should help us to become competitive in a new category. Everyone at Corvette Racing is looking forward to the challenge.”

Fehan is confident but cautious about Corvette Racing’s prospects in the GT2 category: “In the limited testing we’ve done so far, we’ve been very impressed with the car’s durability, reliability and performance,” he said. “We’ll continue to focus on those three factors in the upcoming races. We view the rest of this year as a development cycle, and we believe that our experience as a team in preparation, race strategy, and pit stop execution should allow us to be competitive even if there is a slight performance disparity.”

The GT2 version of the Corvette C6.R will make its debut in the Acura Sports Car Challenge at the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course in Lexington, Ohio. The two-hour, 45-minute race is scheduled to start at 3 p.m. EDT on Saturday, August 8. ABC will televise the race tape-delayed at 2:30 p.m. EDT on Sunday, August 9.



Source:
[VIDEO] Corvette Racing’s Doug Fehan Talks about the ZR1-Based GT2 Corvette C6.R
[VIDEO] Corvette Racing’s Doug Fehan Talks about Le Mans, Green Challenge and Jake
[VIDEO] Corvette Racing: Gavin and Beretta Win Final ALMS GT1 Race at Long Beach
Corvette Racing: Pratt & Miller GT2 Corvette Spied at Road Atlanta
Corvette Racing: GT2 Corvette C6.R to Wear ZR1 Bodyy

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