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[VIDEO] Cindy McCain – Corvette Drifter?

by Keith Cornett on September 17, 2008

Cindy McCain Drifting a Corvette

There are many things we don’t know about the personal lives of the Presidential candidates and that extends to their spouses as well. ESPN’s E:60 took some time with Cindy McCain and I was surprised to learn that she has a serious passion for all kinds of motor sports and has even pursued drifting.

According to her son Jack, after seeing a drifting race, Cindy was taken immediately with the sport and the two of them flew to Japan to learn from one of the Country’s highly regarded instructors.

Unfortunately, due to a wrist injury suffered on the campaign trail, we don’t get to ride along with the wife of the Republican Presidential candidate behind the wheel and sliding sideways around the corners of a track, but we do see video we’re assuming to be Cindy drifting one of the yellow Corvettes at Bondurant’s School of High Performance Driving in Phoenix.

Cindy apparently has a soft spot for NASCAR as well. The video shows her behind the wheel of Corvette Z06 Pace Car, which she drove at a NASCAR race at Pocono in August.

Cindy and her son Jack are finishing building a Nissan 240 SX with a “tricked out engine” as she calls it and promises to continue her passion for motor sports if her husband is elected.



Source:
ESPN

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Corvette Racing: GT2 Will Never Be The Same

by Keith Cornett on September 10, 2008

The #4 Corvette at the Detroit Sports Car Challenge

An exciting announcement came yesterday from GM Road Racing Manager Steve Wesoloski: Corvette Racing will be back in the ALMS for 2009 and 2010. The team is planning on running their GT1 Corvettes in limited races during the first half the season and will compete in the 2009 24 Hours of LeMans. Following that race, Corvette Racing will return to the ALMS and will run 2 new cars in the GT2 class for the remainder of the 2009 schedule. In 2010, the team will then run a full season in the restructured GT class.

According to GM’s press release, the team will only run twice in the GT1 class (Sebring,Long Beach) before June’s 24 Hours of LeMans. Over the last couple of years, four ALMS races preceeded LeMans. Following their return from France, the team will switch to the GT2 class in the attempt to unseat both Porsche and Ferrari from the podiums in “selected” ALMS races. This is essentially saying that 2009 will be the swan song for the GT1 C6.R as well as a “rebuilding” year for the GT2 C6.R.

But it’s in 2010 that things really get interesting. A major reshuffling of the classes will essentially merge GT1 and GT2 into one class called GT. Under ACO/FIA rules, the GT class is much closer to production cars with the race cars limited to a maximum engine displacement of 5.5 liters. The move to GT2 in 2009 will see Corvette transition from a displacement of 7.0 liters down to 6.0 liters.

First the quotes and then we’ll tell you why this is great news:

“Corvette Racing will be well positioned for the future of production-based sports car racing worldwide with the plans we are announcing today,” said Steve Wesoloski, GM Racing Road Racing Group manager. “The international regulations are converging around a single, global GT class, and we intend to continue Corvette’s motorsports heritage by racing against manufacturers and marques that Corvette competes with in the marketplace.

“The GT1 class has been a platform for GM Racing and our partners to develop the most technically sophisticated race cars in our history,” Wesoloski said. “We intend to apply the tremendous success we have had in the GT1 category to make the next-generation Corvette C6.R a strong contender in the new GT class.”

“Competing in GT2 will be a true test of our team’s determination, talent and technology,” said Doug Fehan, Corvette Racing program manager. “The level of competition in the category is already fierce, and that promises to become more intense with more manufacturers and top-tier teams. We’ve explored alternative paths, and we believe that competing in GT is the right road for Corvette Racing to take in the future.

“We will continue our commitment to cellulosic E85R ethanol racing fuel in the current GT1 Corvette C6.R and the next-generation Corvette C6.R that will compete in the new GT class ” Fehan said. “Corvette Racing’s green racing initiative is proof of our commitment to using alternative fuels at the highest levels of motorsports.”

The obvious reason why this is a great move is that Corvette will be racing against the likes of Ferrari, Porsche, Aston Martin, BMW, Ford, Dodge, and Panoz. Way better than the once a year battle at LeMans against the Aston Martin DBR9s and Saleen’s S7 and way, way better than the two Corvette C6.Rs knocking the doors off each other.

The GT2 and then GT race cars will feature much more of the production Corvette DNA that you and I love. The old adage of “Race on Sunday, Sell on Monday” will become more of a reality for Corvette than (dare I say) GM’s NASCAR program.

But most importantly is what this move will do for the next generation C7 Corvette. Corvette Racing is the on-track testing platform for the newest technologies. The LS7 505 hp V8, carbon fiber body panels and ceramic brakes were all tested on the C6.Rs before being incorporated on production C6 Corvettes. Racing a production based C6 Corvette with a smaller engine displacement will ensure that the two major C7 development goals of weight reduction and fuel efficiency will be tried and tested in time for 2012 when the new Corvette is expected.

In the last 10 years, the partnership of GM and Pratt & Miller has established the Corvette Racing brand as one of most dominant teams in road racing history. Corvette Racing is the most successful team in ALMS history, winning seven consecutive ALMS GT1 manufacturers and team championships and six straight drivers championships. Corvette Racing has also dominated globally with five GT1 victories since 2001 at the 24 Hours of Le Mans.

While 2009 will be a time of transition for the team, the real payoff will come in 2010 and beyond. For Corvette Racing enthusiasts, the news couldn’t be any sweeter! The GT2 class (and then GT) won’t be the same.

For more on the subject, we recommend reading the following: Our friends at BadBoyVettes provide an excellent bullet-by-bullet analysis
Marshall Pruett writes about Corvette’s New Direction at SPEED TV
American LeMans Press Release: Corvette Racing Back For 2009
And finally, the release from GM: Corvette Racing Announces Future Plans



Source:
GM.com
AmericanLeMans.com

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Bondurant Driving School Adding 2009 Corvette ZR1 to Fleet

by Keith Cornett on September 5, 2008

The Bondurant School of High Performance Driving

Want to drive the 638-hp 2009 Corvette ZR1 but are have trouble coming up with the $105,000 entry fee? The Bondurant School of High Performance Driving is adding at least one of the new supercharged Corvettes to its fleet of Corvettes as part of its 2-day ZR1 Driving Course. The new top of the line Corvette is expected to be at the school’s Phoenix facility in late September.

The ZR1 Control Course is one of the benefits buyers receive when they purchase the new Corvette. The 2-Day Corvette ZR1 Driving Course is offered for free to new Corvette ZR1 owners. Non-ZR1 owners can also take the course, which is expected to run $3395.

Drivers will first start out in seat of the regular Corvette C6 Coupe before moving up to the high performance Z06 and then the ZR1. Bondurant’s students spend 80% of their time at the school on the track and the student to instructor ratio of 3:1 will ensure that participants will come away from the track with a positive experience.

Visit the Bondurant School of High Performance Driving for more information and don’t forget to make your plans for the Bondurant Corvette Performance Experience on December 6th.


Source:
Bondurant via Motor Trend

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[VIDEO] NHRA Pro Modified Corvette Crashes, Driver Critical

by Keith Cornett on September 4, 2008

1963 Corvette Pro Modified Drag Car

NHRA Pro Modified driver Steve Engle was critically injured when his 1963 Corvette drag racer went out of control following a run at Saturday’s Mac Tools U.S. Nationals in Indianapolis. Witnesses said the run looked good at the beginning, but towards the end and traveling an estimated 230 mph, the car hooked hard and veered nearly head on into the left cement barrier, cracking a large portion of the wall.

Steve went into surgery on Sunday and according to his family, he sustained fractures in six cervical vertebrae and damage to his spinal cord.

Engel was participating in qualifying for the JEGS ProMod Challenge, an exhibition Series that holds rounds at select NHRA POWERade Series events.

Update:
We got sad news on Monday that Steve passed away. The following is a news release from the NHRA:

After showing significant signs of improvement in the past week, Pro Modified racer Steve Engel died suddenly at 5 p.m. Sunday in Methodist Hospital in Indianapolis. Engel was involved in a serious one-car racing accident during the recent 54th annual Mac Tools U.S. Nationals at O’Reilly Raceway Park at Indianapolis.

Engel’s Diamond Heavy Haul Corvette went out of control near the top end of the track, and he impacted the retaining wall head-on. He was airlifted to Methodist Hospital where doctors discovered six broken vertebrae in his back. Two were fixed immediately, but then excess fluid developed in his lung; doctors had to wait to fix the other four. That procedure was done Friday, and physicians were diagnosing a long but full recovery.

The 49-year-old Engel is survived by his wife, Tonya, and his sons, Stevie and Michael.

“The entire Pro Mod community is in a state of shock right now,” fellow racer and Jegs ProMod Challenge organizer Troy Coughlin said. “We were all so optimistic after Friday’s report, and then we get this terrible news. Our thoughts and prayers are with Tonya and the boys.

“Steve was a great racer — he won his first event with us earlier this year in Bristol — but he was an even better person. He was a big man with a big heart, always anxious to share a few laughs and toast with a cold beer. He loved to race, and he dearly loved his friends at the track. He will be missed.”

A resident of Shandon, Ohio, Engel competed in 31 Jegs ProMod Challenge events in the past few years. He had one win and two runner-up finishes on his resume. Overall, Engel had been drag racing for 21 years, and he listed John Force as the racer he admired most.

Funeral arrangements are pending.

Our prayers are with Steve and his family.


Sources:
Yellowbullet.com
NHRA.com

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Corvette Racing: Gavin and Beretta Win in Detroit

by Keith Cornett on September 2, 2008

The #4 Corvette C6.R Wins the Detroit Sports Car Challenge

Oliver Gavin and Olivier Beretta used a pit stop to jump ahead of their teammates in the #3 Corvette C6.R and the duo never looked back as they won Saturday’s Detroit Sports Car Challenge. The #4 Corvette C6.R completed 100 laps and finished one minute and 7.3 seconds ahead of Johnny O’Connell and Jan Magnussen. The #008 Bell Motorsports Aston Martin DBR9 finished third in class, seven laps behind the Corvettes.

The win was done in classic form as Gavin started the race four spots behind Magnussen. Gavin cleared the three GT2 cars that were in front him and by lap 10 he was off to catch Magnussen. The two Corvettes pitted during a caution at the 40 minute mark for tires, fuel and driver changes. Beretta and the number 4 Corvette C6.R emerged from the pits first in class with O’Connell in hot pursuit.

“It’s been a rough season for us, but if you’re going to win anywhere, Detroit is the one you want to win,” said Gavin. “Everybody on the team was very focused on this event, and it was a hard, close race for many laps. I have to thank all of the guys on the No. 4 Corvette C6.R – they’ve worked brilliantly over the last few events. I haven’t been so kind to this car, I’ve had some incidents and accidents, but they’ve fixed it fantastically. (Crew chief) Mike West and (engineer) Steve Cole have worked magic, setting up the car and getting it good for the races. We’ve been fast in every event, and finally it’s all fallen into place for the No. 4 Corvette.”

“I need to thank my crew because they work hard on the pit stops, and they work hard at the shop even when we are having bad luck,” said Beretta. “We have been quick all year, but even when we didn’t achieve what we wanted to do, they never gave up. That is the spirit of Corvette Racing.”

The two Corvettes again pitted together at 1:43 with Gavin and Magnussen taking over for Beretta and O’Connell. Magnussen mounted a late-race charge on Gavin but this time luck turned on the #3 C6.R as the safety car came between the two Corvettes during a full course race caution. The #4 Corvette gained nearly a lap on their teammates and were able to seal the victory.

“We were looking good up until the first stop when the other car beat us out of the pits,” said Magnussen. “I think in traffic and over a long run we had a really good car. At the end when I was trying to attack, we got caught out with the safety car between us and lost a lap. That’s just how it is. The No. 4 Corvette has been so unlucky all year, it’s about time some luck went their way.”

Gavin agreed: “The race did hinge on the first pit stop,” the Briton explained. “It was a short fuel fill and the other car did have a small problem. Olivier withstood the pressure from Johnny, and Jan was pushing me hard but I managed to resist that. Our car was much improved from qualifying. We were aiming to run this differential and this setup just to see if we could improve our performance on street circuits. Today it all went according to plan.”

The Corvette Racing team will be heading to Road Atlanta for the 1,000 mile/10-hour Petit Le Mans on Saturday, October 4th. SPEED will televise the race live starting at 11am.


Source:
CorvetteRacing.com
Photo Credit: Richard Prince

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Corvette Racing: Magnussen Motors to GT1 Pole in Motown

by Keith Cornett on August 29, 2008

The #3 Corvette C6.R at the Detroit Belle Isle Grand Prix

Jan Magnussen took the pole in the GT1 class for Saturday’s Detroit Sports Car Challenge. Summer showers soaked both practice sessions, limiting practice time and slowing the field considerably on the 2.096 mile temporary street track. Magnussen turned his quickest time on his fifth and final lap in the #3 Corvette C6.R at 1:24.477 (88.213 mph) while Oliver Gavin was 1.024 seconds back at 1:24.501 (87.1587 mph) in the #4 Corvette C6.R.

With the wet conditions, the team changed their practice plans by running a single timed lap and then returned to the pits so the track could dry. With 10 minutes remaining, both Corvettes returned to the track and ran five timed laps.

“The first dry lap I had all day was the first lap in qualifying,” Magnussen said after claiming his second pole of the season on a street circuit. “The track was getting better and better, and we needed a few laps to get the Michelins up to operating temperature. The Corvette C6.R worked very well under the circumstances.

“It was very, very tough,” the Dane added. “It was a matter of thinking about how I drove the track last year, remembering my braking points and so on. Everybody was trying to find the right line. I didn’t get a clear lap, but I don’t think anyone did. I’m happy with the result; this makes the race a little easier.”

“The track was drying and it wasn’t as good at the beginning of the session as it was at the end,” said Corvette Racing team manager Gary Pratt. “We sent the drivers out to get a time and then brought them back in. If the drivers don’t get a qualifying time and the session ends early because of a red flag, the cars would start at the back of the grid. Our strategy was to put a time down, let the track dry out, and then run when the conditions were better.”

Corvette Racing will hit the streets of Detroit on Saturday at 2:35 pm. The two-hour, 45-minute race will be televised live on SPEED starting at 2:30 PM.


Source:
CorvetteRacing.com
Photo Credit: American LeMans

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Corvette Racing's #3 Corvette C6.R at the Detroit Belle Island Grand Prix

When the Corvette Racing team takes to the streets this Saturday for the ninth round of the the 2008 ALMS season at Detroit’s Belle Isle Grand Prix, they’ll be celebrating the milestone of their 100th race in international road racing. Since the team’s debut in February 1999 at the Rolex 24 at the Daytona Motor Speedway, Corvette Racing has scored 71 wins and captured seven consecutive ALMS GT1 championships.

Chevrolet and Corvette Racing is the “home team” for Saturday’s Detroit Belle Island Grand Prix. Chevrolet is the official vehicle and 2 time Indy 500 winner Emerson Fittipaldi will be driving the E85 Corvette Z06 Pace Car to open the race. Hundreds of Corvette racing fans will also converge on Detroit and will be found in the Corvette Corral – the designated parking area for Corvette drivers attending the race. Chevrolet will have a special display set up at the site and chances are high that you’ll be able to see the new 2009 Corvette ZR1. As part of the celebration this week, Johnny O’Connell will throw out the ceremonial first pitch at the Detroit Tigers baseball game on Wednesday night.

“Competing in our 100th race will be an amazing achievement, and another first for a factory-backed General Motors program,” said Doug Fehan, Corvette Racing program manager. “Everyone at Corvette Racing is very proud of this accomplishment.”

“Reaching this milestone is a testament to GM management’s commitment to the Corvette as a brand and to the Corvette Racing program,” he continued. “Since the program’s inception, we have learned that the longer this program runs, the greater the benefits derived by the company.”

“We’ve established Corvette as a global icon,” Fehan noted. “We’ve established Corvette as the world’s best sports car – not just America’s best sports car. We’ve demonstrated to GM how lessons learned in racing can be applied to production vehicles, ultimately producing better vehicles for our customers. Corvette is the tip of the technological spear for GM, and everyone who buys a Corvette now knows that it is truly race bred.”

The drivers also seem to enjoy the 2.096 mile, 14-turn temporary racing circuit that makes Detroit Belle Island Grand Prix.

“Run almost in the shadows of the GM Renaissance Center, the Detroit Belle Isle Grand Prix weekend is an appropriate stop for the American Le Mans Series. The circuit is both demanding and physical, and with the edges of the track being concrete barriers, there is no room whatsoever for any mistake. Driving a Corvette in the event last year and getting to show the executives of GM what Corvette Racing is all about was an awesome opportunity. Winning made it even better.” – Johnny O’Connell, Corvette Racing

“We have many great races on the ALMS calendar, but the Detroit Grand Prix is special. It’s a fantastic race with a very cool atmosphere. Roger Penske and the race organizers do a fantastic job with the facility, and you feel the atmosphere as soon as you cross the bridge to Belle Isle. The circuit is a fun track to drive, but it’s one of those places that doesn’t leave a lot of room for mistakes. It’s a street circuit, which makes it difficult to pass and to be passed by the prototypes, so it’s really important that you have a good understanding with the drivers around you.” – Jan Magnussen, Corvette Racing

Corvette Racing will hit the streets of Detroit on Saturday at 2:35 pm. The two-hour, 45-minute race will be televised live on SPEED starting at 2:30 PM.


Source:
CorvetteRacing.com

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[VIDEO] Corvette Racing: #3 Corvette C6.R Wins at Mosport

by Keith Cornett on August 24, 2008

Jan Magnussen and Johnny O'Connell Win Their Seventh Race of the Year at Mosport

Continuing their domination of the GT1 class in the ALMS, Johnny O’Connell and Jan Magnussen won their seventh win of the season and their sixth straight at the Grand Prix of Mosport. The dynamic duo led from flag to flag finishing ahead of teammates Oliver Gavin and Olivier Beretta in the #4 Corvette C6.R. The Bell Motorsports #008 Aston Martin finished third in class, two laps behind the two Corvettes.

The win for O’Connell was his 35th career ALMS victory and his sixth win at Mosport, becoming the most successful ALMS driver at the Mosport International Raceway. For Jan, the win was his 21st victory in his ALMS career. The two first won together at Mosport in an LMP1 prototype in 1999, and this was the second consecutive win at Ron Fellow’s home track.

“Getting through traffic was the key to this race,” said Magnussen, who drove two stints in the two-hour, 45-minute race. “The ultimate lap time wasn’t that important, but getting through traffic without losing time was crucial. I was so happy with the job that (crew chief) Dan Binks did on the radio, helping me all the time. Once or twice I looked in the mirror to check, but otherwise I just trusted him. Whenever he said it was clear, it was clear; when he told me to stay out, I stayed out. There’s not a scratch on the car and another win in the record book – perfect!”

O’Connell and Magnussen increased their lead in the GT1 Drivers Championship to 27 points (171-144) over Gavin and Beretta. O’Connell and Magnussen also have a chance to break the ALMS record for wins in a season which currently stands at 9. With three racings remaining, the two would need to run the board but with the way they’ve been driving this season, it’s certainly a goal worth pursuing.

During the coverage of the race on SPEED, Oliver Gavin’s off-track excursion in Turn 2 during Saturday morning’s practice session was replayed. Seeing the damage to the front of the #4 Corvette C6.R after it went head-on into the tire barrier and then knowing that the crew was able to fix the Corvette for the qualifying session later in the afternoon is a testament to the resourcefulness of the team. You can see the video from that crash below.

Corvette Racing’s next event is the Detroit Sports Car Challenge presented by Bosch, the ninth round of the 2008 American Le Mans Series. The two-hour, 45-minute race on the Detroit Belle Isle Grand Prix temporary circuit is scheduled to start at 2:35 p.m. EDT on Saturday, Aug. 30. SPEED will televise the race live starting at 2:30 p.m. EDT.


Source:
CorvetteRacing.com

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Corvette Racing: O’Connell Snatches The Pole at Mosport

by Keith Cornett on August 23, 2008

The #3 Corvette C6.R Captures The Pole at Mosport

On his fifth and final lap of qualifying for Sunday’s Grand Prix of Mosport, Johnny O’Connell sped around the 2.459 mile Mosport International Raceway in 1:13.878 (119.825 mph) to capture his second pole of the 2008 ALMS season. O’Connell’s lap time was .069 seconds faster than Olivier Beretta, who set the pace on his fourth lap at 1:13.947 (119.713 mph), but ran into traffic on his final lap and could not improve his time.

The real news of day occurred earlier in the day when Oliver Gavin went off-course on Mosport’s high-speed Turn 2 in the Number 4 Corvette C6.R, crashing head-on with a tire barrier. Gavin emerged unscathed and the crew had the car repaired and back on the track for the afternoon practice and qualifying.

“I’m fine, but feeling very disappointed,” said Gavin, who was examined and cleared to drive by medical personnel at the track. “I had the accident at Elkhart Lake, and then to get back in the car at Mosport and have another incident is a big disappointment for the guys. It seems that this year is just going from one thing to another.”

“We had the pole for two or three laps, and then Olivier nailed one and put a quicker time up there,” O’Connell recalled. “I heard the excitement in (crew chief) Dan Binks’ voice, ‘You’re minus three, minus three!’ Then on my last lap I got a good run through Turns 1 and 2, but at the exit of Turn 2 a Viper had spun. Binks said, ‘He’s out of the way!’ so I stayed with it and ran really hard into Turn 3. I could tell I was pulling some time on Olivier, and knew I had to carry some serious speed into Turn 8. I took some chances there, and it paid off.”

The Grand Prix of Mosport at Mosport International Raceway in Bowmanville, Ontario is scheduled to start at 3:05 p.m. EST on Sunday, August 24. SPEED will televise the race live at 3 p.m. EDT.


Source:
CorvetteRacing.com
American LeMans – Photo Credit

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1962 Gulf Oil Corvette

One of the most dominating Corvettes in auto racing history was sold over the weekend at Gooding & Company’s Pebble Beach Auction for an astounding $1.485 million. Grady Davis’ Gulf Oil Racing Team purchased the Corvette in 1962 from Yenko Chevrolet and the car was campaigned by none other than “The Flying Dentist”, Dr. Dick Thompson in the 1962 SCCA-A Production Class. In 14 races, the Gulf Oil ’62 Corvette finished first in class 12 times including wins at Daytona and Sebring and captured the 1962 A-Production Championship.

The Corvette was sold at the end of the 1962 season to Tony Denman who successfully raced the car throughout 1963, finishing second in class at Daytona while battling against newer Corvettes, Ferrari GTOs and Porsches. At the end of the 1963 season, Denman removed most of the high performance racing parts in order to sell the car as a typical street Corvette.

Almost 20 years later, the Corvette was discovered by the Rev. Mike Ernst who found the Corvette, now painted red, being driven by a college student who was using the Corvette as a daily driver. In researching the Corvette, Ernst found the car came with the rare and highly sought after RPO 687 package which includes the heavy duty brakes, suspension and steering. The Corvette also had a 37-gallon fuel tank which was common for RPO 687 Corvettes that were raced at the time.

Ernst began restoration of the 1962 Corvette in the early 1980′s. The disassembly and paint-stripping process revealed the car to be none other than Dick Thompson’s 1962 Gulf Oil Corvette. Ernst was able to track down Tony Denman who had stored most of the high performance racing parts from the Corvette in his parent’s garage before selling them in 1979. With Denman’s assistance, Ernst tracked down the buyer of the parts and bought them back, reuniting them with the Corvette in May of 1985.

Among the list of parts were Stewart Warner gauges, roll bar, some of the Yenko extra-heavy-duty suspension pieces, aluminum bell housing, separate scatter shield, engine block, cylinder heads, exhaust manifolds, Posi-Traction units, ring and pinions and various hardware. After these racing parts were reassembled, the Corvette was painted its original Ermine White and Blue livery and became the first recipient of the NCRS American Heritage Award.

The 1962 Gulf Oil Corvette returned to the track and raced at Laguna Seca and Palm Springs. It was shown at the Carlisle of Corvettes Racer and Race Car reunion and in 2002 underwent a complete restoration by Doug Prince and Jerry Roman.

In 2005, the Corvette was inducted into the Bloomington Gold Hall of Fame and was displayed at the Petersen Automotive Museum and was shown at Corvette’s 50th Anniversary Celebration.

Last year the Corvette underwent another restoration by Kevin Mackay of Corvette Repair in New York.

The 1962 Gulf Oil Corvette features a number of astonishing details including an original Motorola two-way radio, allowing car on-course-to-pit communication. It’s believed to be the first use of such equipment in a race car. Other details include correct Koni shock absorbers, finned heavy-duty brakes, painted steel wheels wearing period-correct Goodyear tires, enormous fiberglass scoops for brake cooling. The driveline reveals its content to consist of original date-stamped parts, including the original matching-numbers engine.

The Corvette is highly documented with a collection of publications that featured articles about the race car and an extensive collection of photos from its racing days. In addition to its NCRS and Bloomington Gold certificates, a bill of sale from Yenko Chevrolet to Grady Davis is also included.

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Gooding & Company estimated the sale of the Gulf Oil Corvette would bring between $950,000 – $1,250,000. When the gavel dropped on Saturday, August 17th, the final price was $1,485,000, well above the presale estimates. With its winning pedigree in FIA sanction events which included the 1962 Daytona and Sebring races, the 1962 Gulf Oil Corvette is eligible for any international FIA historical events including the LeMans Classic 24 and Goodwood Revival races.


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