We just got word through Lance Miller that his 1960 #3 Briggs Cunningham Corvette has made it safely to the port of Le Havre in France. The Corvette was placed in a large cargo container last month and made its trans-Atlantic voyage by ship. By now the Corvette should be resting comfortably at the famous 24 Hours of Le Mans Museum.
- Jan Magnussen Recovering from Kidney Stone Surgery
Mags: “I feel good now, but this is something that I would not even wish for my worst enemies.”
- SPEED & SPEEDTV.com Offer 25 Hours Of Live Coverage From Le Mans
TV coverage cuts aways from 12:30 pm to 6 pm EST but you can continue watching on SPEEDTV.com
- Ron Fellows Joins JR Motorsports for NASCAR Road Races
Fellows will be driving Jr’s #88 Chevy at Watkins Glen and Road America.
- Corvette Legends of Le Mans
A nice recap of Chevy and Corvette Racing’s salute to Dr. Dick Thompson and Dick Guldstrand and their Le Mans Corvette racers at the ALMS at Monterey.
- 1963 Corvette Racer Featured on BringATrailer.com
Check out this great post and then wander over to the closed eBay auction featuring a ton of classic racing photos.
As one of the partners in the Race to Win Corvette Sweepstakes, AutoWeek’s Editorial Director Dutch Mandel was able to sit down with Corvette Chief Engineer Tadge Juechter and Corvette Racing’s Engineering Director Doug Louth. The two engineers discussed the individual aspects of the 2011 Corvette Z06 Carbon Edition and how cascade engineering with the racing program has created the best track Corvette yet.
In celebration of the 50th Anniversary of Corvette’s first visit to the 24 Hours of Le Mans, GM has opened up the media archives and is showing this 1960 documentary which captures Corvette’s first class win at the historic sports car race. Narrated by Dr. Dick Thompson, aka “The Flying Dentist”, the 35-minute film follows the three Briggs Cunningham Corvettes and the #4 Camoradi Corvette from arrival in France to the post-race celebration.
Chevrolet had some big plans in 2009 for honoring the Corvette Racing team with the GT1 Championship Special Edition Corvettes. Built to commemorate the 10 years of GT1 racing which included 70 victories, 8 GT1 Manufacturer Championships and five GT1 class victories at the 24 Hours of Le Mans, the initial plan was to offer 600 Corvettes, however, the global automotive recession limited production to only 125 cars. The 2009 Coupe you see here is #18 of only 24 Black GT1 Championship Edition Coupes produced.
Chip Miller of Corvettes at Carlisle had a dream to return the #3 1960 Briggs Cunningham Corvette and its driver John Fitch back to Le Mans for the 50 anniversary of Corvette’s first class win and 8th place finish overall in the world’s most prestigest road race. Sadly, Chip passed away in 2003 and now his son Lance is working to fulfill his father’s dream. This is a neat video that will introduce you to the #3 Corvette and the people who have played a role in restoring it to it’s former racing configuration.
At last weekend’s American Le Mans Series at Monterey, Chevy and Corvette Racing took the time to honor the men and their Corvettes who were the trailblazers for today’s Corvette racing program. On hand for the celebration was Dr. Dick Thompson (aka The Flying Dentist) who drove the #2 Corvette at the 1960 24 Hours of Le Mans and Dick Guldstrand who raced with Bob Bondurant in 1967. These two legends told some incredible stories of their exploits and you can watch the videos after the jump.
MONTEREY, Calif., May 22, 2010 – Billed as the warm-up for the upcoming 24 Hours of Le Mans, the six-hour American Le Mans Series Monterey was contested on an unseasonably cold day in central California. With track temperatures in the low 50s, getting a grip on the roller coaster 2.238-mile Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca circuit was the chief challenge.
Check out this great recap of the battle between Corvette Racing and the Flying Lizard Porsche at last year’s season ending race at Laguna Seca. Both Magnussen and Bergmeister received a two-race probation for the incident which left the #3 Corvette C6.R badly damaged and Jan with a broken tailbone.
Oliver Gavin led the way for Corvette Racing with the third fastest qualifying time for Saturday’s 6-hour American Le Mans Series Monterey. Gavin’s fastest time of 1:23.101 (96.952 mph) came during his fourth lap around Laguna Seca’s 11-turn 2.238 mile raceway. Jan Magnussen had the qualifying duties for the number 3 C6.R and his fasted time of 122.752 (97.361 mph) came on his fifth and final lap. Jaime Melo and Risi Competizione’s Ferrari 430 GT is on the pole at 122.752 (97.361 mph).