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LG Motorsports GT2 Corvette

Lou Gigliotti made a valiant run in the American Le Mans Series over the last year and half, but the cost of running in the series as well as several other factors have led to the decision to put up for sale the #28 Riley GT2 Corvette. Recently repaired from the fire at Long Beach, the GT2 Corvette and a tractor-trailer full of parts is being offered for $425,000.

Despite listing the Corvette for sale, Lou still plans to return to the track in the Black and Flames #28 Corvette for a run at the 10 hour/1,000 mile Petit Le Mans at Road Atlanta although we may even see him even sooner at Mosport.

According to Lou, the cost of running in the series makes it extremely difficult to be competitive. Lou also cites interference from GM Racing in both their Le Mans application and their inability to get secure Michelin as a tire supplier as a contributing factor as well:

“The fact that we could never get Michelin tires is a factor and the interference of GM Racing in the effort to get Michelins is the final straw that is chasing us out. GM was also instrumental in making sure that our Le Mans entry was denied because of the Riley lawsuit.” Gigliotti adds “I don’t want to whine but it is clear that GM never wanted us to be competitive in GT2 once they made the decision to enter the class. So keeping Michelin tires out of reach made it easy for them.”

Lou has proven he can run as fast as the Porches and Ferraris in GT2 and says the car has been totally rebuilt following Long Beach and is better than it was when originally built by Riley. This is good news if you want to own the very first ALMS GT2 Corvette. Interested parties should call Lou at 972-429-1963. Think about this, you could be driving this Corvette at Road Atlanta in the Petit Le Mans. Live the dream! Although the LG Motorsports team has made changes to the Corvette over the last two seasons to shed pounds and make the car competitive, you can still get details of the GT2 Corvette platform from Riley Technologies



Source:
Racecars360.com

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The Corvette C7R LMP1 Race Car That Never Was

by Keith Cornett on May 26, 2009

The Corvette C7R LMP1 Race Car That Never Was

A Le Mans EVO prototype model was spotted by a Ten-Tenths.com forum member while taking a tour of the Pratt & Miller facility in New Hudson, Michigan. If you remember, in 2007 the ACO (the organization that governs Le Mans) was looking to combine the GT1 and LMP1 classes into the single “Evo” class. However, some LMP1 teams balked at the idea and so the EVO rules were eventually shelved. However, during the time the EVO was being considered, Pratt & Miller developed a model for the proposed Evo class.

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The last photo shows an ACO-provided mockup of an EVO LMP1 in Corvette Racing Livery. While similar in design, if you look closely you will see that its different than the wind tunnel model on display at Pratt & Miller.

Following the ACO’s decision to leave the LMP1 rules in place, GM suspended development of the Evo program last year and has since made the decision to move to GT2. And while we would much rather see the Corvette battling Porsche, Ferrari, BMW and Aston Martin in a class that more closely resembles production cars, we are left to wonder how a mid-engined LMP1 Corvette would have competed against the likes of Audi and Peugeot for the overall win at the 24 Hours of Le Mans.


Source:
Ten-Tenths.com

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Corvette Racing's Doug Fehan Talks about the ZR1-Based GT2 Corvette C6.R

During his presentation at the National Corvette Museum’s C5/C6 Bash last month, Corvette Racing’s Program Manager Doug Fehan spoke about the move to the GT2 class and answered questions about the new Corvette ZR1-based GT2 C6.R. Doug is joined on stage with retired VLE and Corvette Chief Engineer Tom Wallace.

The most interesting news to come from the GT2 Q&A is that the new engine will come direct from GM’s Performance Build Center in Wixom, MI – the same facility that builds the engines for the Z06 and the ZR1 Corvette. Previously, the engines were supplied by Katech. The move to supply engines in-house means that there will be a greater opportunity for technology transfer from the racing program to the production Corvette.



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Corvette Racing: GT2 Corvette C6.R to Wear ZR1 Bodyy

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Take No Prisoners: The Story of Corvette Racing's Mascot

Think you know everything about Corvette Racing’s now ubiquitous skull and corvette flags mascot Jake? The Auto Insider at Jalopnik.com put together a nice piece entitled the “The History of Jake: Corvette Racing’s Mascot”. As next month’s 24 Hours of Le Mans will be the final hurrah for the GT1 C6.R, it’s as good a time as any to brush up on Corvette Racing lore as the team transitions to the GT2 class.

Read the full article at Jalopnik.com

 

Corvette Racing's Doug Fehan Talks about Le Mans, Green Challenge and Jake

Corvette Racing’s Program Manager spoke last week at the National Corvette Museum’s C5/C6 Bash about the racing program. In this video clip, Doug talks about the final GT1 race at the 24 Hours of Le Mans, the Green Challenge and one of our favorite topics, the emergence of “Jake”. Doug is joined on stage by retired VLE and Corvette Chief Engineer Tom Wallace.

We’ll be hearing more from Doug in the next few days including progress of the GT2 Corvette C6.R and his take on the current state of the auto industry and GM.



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Corvette Racing's Doug Fehan Talks about Le Mans, Green Challenge and Jake

Europe’s FIA GT Championship gets underway this weekend with the season’s first race at Silverstone. Four Corvettes will be going up against the likes of Maserati, Saleen, Ford and the new kid in the series: Nissan’s GT-R. You can follow the coverage through Corvette Motorsport’s live video feeds all weekend long.

At the time of this post, round 2 of qualifying is on and the Corvettes are currently running 4th, 5th, 7th and 8th.

The two-hour race at Silverstone gets underway Sunday at 2:15pm local time which I think works out to be 9am Eastern Standard.

From the image gallery, check out the cool Jake suit:

Corvette Racing's Doug Fehan Talks about Le Mans, Green Challenge and Jake



Source:
CorvetteMotorsport.com

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Indy 500 Corvettes Help Kickoff Festival on the Circle

The annual kickoff to the 500 Festival was held today at Monument Circle in downtown Indianapolis. Despite the soggy weather, a contingent of 2009 Festival Corvette convertibles made their appearance on the Circle. For the first time in five years Corvette will not be handling pace car duties.

This year the all new 2010 Chevy Camaro is sporting the cool paint job while the Festival Corvette’s graphics are bit more subtle, if you can call a Corvette with a huge Indy 500 logo on the side subtle. The Festival Corvettes are used to shuttle dignitaries and track officials around to various 500-related events and then are usually sold.

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Corvette Racing's Steve Wesoloski

General Motors made another round of cutbacks with 1,600 white-collar workers losing their jobs as the company accelerates cost cuts to qualify for additional government aid. Among the positions cut was that of GM’s Road Race Group Manager Steve Wesoloski. Over the last few months, GM has significantly scaled back its road racing efforts until the Corvette program is all that remains and that must have been enough to make Wesoloski’s position vulnerable.

My first encounter with Steve was just last month at the 12 Hours of Sebring when he addressed the Corvette Corral. I found him to be very passionate and enthusiastic about the Corvette Racing program. It’s sort of prophetic that during one part of his stump speech he asked everyone to please keep buying cars because he doesn’t want to have to go back to the real world.

Steve was with GM since 1989 where he started as a release engineer on the C4 Corvette and joined Corvette Racing in 2001. He served as a liaison between the factory and racing programs and when Road Racing Group Manager position opened up, he took that and ran with it. The only downside to being the boss he said at Sebring was that he wasn’t allowed to go over the wall anymore during pit stops.

All those who are fans of Corvette Racing should raise a glass to Steve tonight and wish him well. We thank you Steve for your dedication and infectious enthusiasm during your tenure and hope your future is as bright as that of the racing team you helped build.

Here again is the video of Steve’s presentation from the Corvette Corral at Sebring, which we titled as “Racing Sells Cars”.



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Gavin and Beretta Win Final ALMS GT1 Race at Long Beach

The dynamic duo of Oliver Gavin and Olivier Beretta took to the streets of Long Beach on Saturday and won the final ALMS GT1 race for Corvette Racing’s C6.R. The win at the 100 minute Tequila Patron American Le Mans Series at Long Beach was the 43rd ALMS victory for Beretta and 32nd for Gavin. For the sister car, the streets of Long Beach were not quite as forgiving as a broken half-shaft retired Johnny O’Connell and Jan Magnussen after 58 minutes of racing.

Beretta started on the GT1 pole but O’Connell was able to jump the #4 Corvette C6.R on the first lap to take an early lead. A punctured tire forced the #3 Corvette to make an unscheduled pit stop at 18 minutes into the race. O’Connell came out of the pits with fresh medium-compound Michelin tires that help cut down Beretta’s lead. The #4 Corvette pitted at the 41-minute mark with Gavin replacing Beretta. But at the 58 minute mark the #3 Corvette broke a half-shaft effectively sealing the win for Gavin and Beretta.

“When I woke up this morning, I said I want to win the race, I want to stay out of trouble, and I want to have no mechanical problems,” Beretta said. “All three came true today.”

“Racing Johnny was a lot of fun,” Beretta recalled. “I was pushing hard, and seemed to have an advantage in the braking zones, but as everyone knows, Long Beach has hard concrete walls and I could not overtake him. I tried to stay out of trouble because the main targets today were to win the race and to keep both cars in good condition to take to Le Mans. We could not afford to make any mistakes.”

“Those opening laps show just how hard we race at Corvette Racing,” O’Connell said. “Olivier had a bit of a bobble and I got by him. I was just trying to control the pace; I knew where he was stronger and was just managing things to keep him behind me. Then he had a big moment in a corner and that opened a nice gap. Suddenly I got a low tire pressure alarm, and had to pit for tires. I felt our pace was good and everything was going great for the No. 3 Corvette, but then coming out of the hairpin something in the driveline broke.”

“You don’t want to end the last ALMS GT1 race being towed in, but the Corvette Racing team gave me a very sweet race car,” O’Connell continued. “The number of problems we’ve had is so incredibly small, I’d much rather have an issue today and then go to Le Mans and win that one. That’s what we’re really thinking about.”

With the No. 3 Corvette C6.R on the sidelines, Gavin had an uncontested run to the checkered flag.

“It was shaping up to be a great race at the end,” said the Briton. “They’d had some misfortune at the start with a puncture, and then switched tires. Olivier was having real problems on the softer tire, and Johnny was catching him on the medium compound. We then switched to that tire and it was obviously the right move for these warm conditions. The car was fantastic from then onwards. After they had a mechanical issue, it was just a matter of being smart, hitting my marks, being mindful of the prototypes, and trying to pick my way through the GT2 cars sensibly.”

“Although this is our last ALMS GT1 race, it isn’t the last hurrah for the GT1 Corvettes,” Gavin noted. “We still have unfinished business in Le Mans.”

Jan Magnussen was ready to take over the No. 3 Corvette C6.R when it slowed on the course, denying the Dane the opportunity to compete in the ALMS GT1 class for one last time.

“This isn’t the way we wanted to end the GT1 program, and these things don’t happen very often for us,” said Magnussen. “To be completely honest, I don’t mind it so much here as long as we don’t have any problems at Le Mans. Johnny did a fantastic job, he raced really hard and was absolutely mega.”

“We’ll come back at Le Mans strong and reliable. Finishing off a decade with this car with everyone involved in the program at Corvette Racing, Chevrolet, Compuware, Michelin, and Katech, we owe them a big thanks.”

For Corvette Racing program manager Doug Fehan, the end of the GT1 era in ALMS was a bittersweet experience.

“This was not exactly the conclusion we had hoped for, but it shows how much luck plays a role in racing,” Fehan said. “Regardless of what the problem might be, the positive side is that we’re going to go back and learn from it, and that’s what has made Corvette Racing a great team. We try to turn every adversity into opportunity.”

“When you compress almost 11 years of racing memories, with so many highs and lows, so many victories and so much success, it’s really difficult to choose between them. It’s been a great run for the Corvettes in GT1, and we have one more to go – it’s going to be a great 24 Hours of Le Mans, and we are tuned up and ready to go.”

Corvette Racing will make its final challenge for the 24 Hours of Le Mans GT1 crown in France on June 13-14.



Source:
Corvette Racing
Video Credit: ABC

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LG Motorsports GT2 Corvette Catches Fire at Long Beach

The LG Motorsports #28 Corvette is known for its Black and Flames livery on its GT2 Corvette, but at Long Beach this weekend the heat was turned up a notch following a collision with one of the BMW M3s. The BMW tried an inside pass as LG Motorsports co-driver Boris Said had the angle. The two cars both spun out with little damage appearing to the GT2 Corvette. However a couple of laps later, flames were seen surrounding the car as Said stopped in the safety runoff lane at Turn 1 and bailed out of the Corvette.

The team was running in seventh place when fire broke out. Replay clearly shows flames inside the cockpit. We’re very much glad that Boris is alright, but this has got to be a devastating loss for car owner Lou Gigliotti and the LG Motorsports team. We’ll check with Lou to find out more later this week.

Update:

Lou gives us an update via AmericanLeMansFans.com

I just want to thank the corner workers for putting out the fire fast and helping boris out.

their quick action turned what would have been a 100% totaled car into only 20% damage, and they probably helped to squelch the fire as boris was exiting.

Either way it was a bad day.

The contact with the BMW crushed the right side exhaust pipe which then caught the carbon fiber on fire. Then on the high speed straight it blew the flames onto a fuel line with pressure in it. When that burst, the car essentially blew up into flames.

Boris is ok but he will have a few weeks of sleepless nights with the burns on his arms and eyes.

His face is swollen today and he is not happy.

Thanks to all the forum members that came by.

We will see you at the races but not sure when. Thanks
LG



Source:
Video Credit: ABC

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