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Corvettes to Compete in ALMS GT2 Class in 2008

by Keith Cornett on October 8, 2007

LG Motorsports C6 CorvetteAccording to a press release by the American LeMans Series, three new independent teams representing Detroit’s Big 3 auto manufacturers are gearing up to race in the ALMS GT2 class next season. We are very exciting to hear that Lou Gigliotti of LG Motorsports has teamed with car builder Bill Riley of Riley Technologies to bring two Corvette C6′s to the GT2 dance in 2008. The Corvettes will utilize the standard Corvette C6 engine (LS3 we are assuming) opposed to the GT1′s Z06′s LS7 as battles Porsche, BMW and Ferrari. In a story about the move to GT2, AutoBlog says the LG Motorsports team has the blessing of GM Racing. We are not sure if that means there will be any direct support by GM at this time. However that could change as one of the other new entrants will be a factory supported Viper team that may also run multiple cars. The third team will be a Ford GT car from Kevin Doran of Doran Racing. “It’s a very exciting time, and as a racing series, we couldn’t be in a stronger leadership position,” said Series President & CEO Scott Atherton. Homologation to ACO (Automobile Club de l’Ouest) specifications will occur immediately following the season in order that all cars will be available to participate in the American Le Mans Series Winter Test, January 28-30 at Sebring International Raceway. The first race of the 2008 ALMS series is the Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring on March 15th.
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Maserati to Challenge the Corvette C6.Rs at Petit Le Mans

by Keith Cornett on October 3, 2007

Doran Racing has entered their Maserati MC12 in the GT1 class for this weekend’s running of the Petit Le Mans at Road Atlanta. This is their second race this year, after coming in third at Road America in early August. Drivers for the MC12 are Fredy Lienhard, Didier Theys and Andrea Bertolini. This will be just the third race this season where the Corvette Racing team has had competition in the GT1 class. An Aston Martin DBR9 fielded by a privateer battled Corvette at Sebring back in March, but it just wasn’t strong enough to give the two C6.R’s a run for the top spot on the podium. Unfortunately it is looking more and more likely that this will be the final year for the GT1 Corvettes. The team has been a victim of their own success in the American Le Mans series and unless they get an announcement from Prodrive’s Aston Martin or another serious contender whose committed to racing a complete season, this could be the end of the line. Pratt and Miller, builders of the Corvette C6.Rs for the Corvette Racing team are busy building a P1 prototype. Talk about moving down to GT2 appears to have waned as well as my favorite idea of taking it to the European FIA-GT circuit where there is no shortage of challengers in the GT1 class. Before future plans are made through, Corvette Racing still has two ALMS races to finish. After this weekend’s 10 hour/1,000 mile Petit Le Mans, the season wraps up at Monterey on October 20th. In other Corvette Racing news, the field has been narrowed and voting is underway for the “From the Fans” award, considered to be one of the most coveted honors of the ALMS. Corvette Racing’s Program Manager Doug Fehan and Team Manager Gary Pratt are among the five finalists. Word from Bad Boy Vettes is that Acura is stuffing the ballot box, so click here to vote for either Doug or Gary for the From the Fans Award. And speaking of Ron Fellows (nice segue, huh?), the Most Popular Driver award is again up for grabs and what a send-off it would be for Ron Fellows should he win it for the fourth year straight. Click here to vote for the ALMS Most Popular Driver award. Ron will be making his final start this weekend as a co-driver in the #3 Corvette C6.R sporting a pink helmet that will be auctioned off this Thursday October 4th to support breast cancer awareness. If you are interested in bidding on the custom helmet visit the bid page for the 2007 Le Petit Elegance silent bid page. The 10th running of Petit Le Mans, will start at 11:15 a.m. ET on Saturday, October 6. The 1,000-mile/10-hour race will be televised live on SPEED Channel from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. and from 6:30 to 10 p.m. ET.
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Corvette Racing’s ALMS Future Depends on Aston Martin

by Keith Cornett on September 7, 2007

=With the 2007 Campaign coming to close next month, speculation about the future of Corvette Racing’s participation in the ALMS in 2008 is beginning to heat up. GM road racing manager Steve Wesoloski suggests if you want to know about Corvette Racing’s plans for 2008, just ask David Richards of Prodrive, who manages the Aston Martin GT1 DBR9 racing program. “As soon as they announce they are coming back, we’ll announce that we’ll be back,” he said. “I think you should ask that question to David Richards and George Howard-Chappell [who also runs Aston racing].” Prodrive completed a buyout of Aston Martin earlier this year and while indicating an interest in returning to the ALMS, you can bet that Aston will require some “Competition Adjustments” to lure the DBR9′s back to the States. Racing yourself isn’t all that fun, and without any meaningful competition in the GT1 Class, Corvette Racing may end its participation in the ALMS. “The only thing I can say with any confidence is that we will be at the Le Mans 24 Hour next year,” said Wesoloski. He also said that any operation built around Le Mans will not involve a full assault on the Le Mans Series in Europe, something that the team considered for this season. Before the start of this year’s ALMS campaign, the Corvette Racing team was in the same position. For now, there are multiple options on the table ranging from a move to GT2 to jumping into the FIA-GT series in Europe. Personally, I would love to see the Corvette Racing program take on the serious contenders that are assembled in Europe. Weekly battles with Ferrari, Saleen, Maserati and Aston Martin would immediately raise the competition for Corvette Racing’s C6.R Program, better preparing the team for the yearly assault at LeMans.
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AutoWeek
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Shotgun in a Corvette Z06 at the Detroit Grand Prix

by Keith Cornett on August 31, 2007

Check out the view of the Detroit Grand Prix on Belle Isle from the passenger seat of the Corvette Z06 pace car. The video, which features Corvette Chief Engineer Tom Wallace, shows us the track and its amazing just how tight this course is. With the amount of traffic from the LMP1 and P2 prototypes to GT2 cars, our boys in the GT1 Corvette C6.R’s will have their work cut out for them come Saturday.

The Detroit Sports Car Challenge presented by Bosch, the 10th round of the 12-race ALMS series, will start at 3:15 p.m. EDT on Saturday, Sept. 1. The two-hour, 45-minute race will be televised live on SPEED Channel.
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You’re Invited! GM Holding Corvette Racing Pep Rally

by Keith Cornett on August 28, 2007

Dear Corvette Racing Fan:

=You are invited to join GM North America President Troy Clarke, along with Chevrolet General Manager Ed Peper, as they lead GM employees and Corvette enthusiasts in a pep rally cheering on Corvette Racing’s own drivers Oliver Gavin, Olivier Beretta, Johnny O’Connell, Jan Magnussen, Ron Fellows and Max Papis for Corvette Racing’s inaugural appearance at the Detroit Belle Isle Grand Prix this weekend. Special guests include Detroit Belle Isle Grand Prix Chairman Bud Denker and American Le Mans Series President Scott Atherton. The public is invited to attend. Schedule of Events: 11:00 am – Driver autograph session
11:30 am – Corvette Racing pep rally The Pep Rally will be held at the GM Global Headquarters at the Renaissance Center; GM Plaza on the River Walk; Detroit, Michigan.
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Corvette Racing: #3 C6.R Wins GT1 At Mosport

by Keith Cornett on August 27, 2007

=Lady luck finally showed up for the number 3 Corvette C6.R after a string of bad luck has kept Johnny O’Connell and Jan Magnussen out of the winner’s circle for much of this season. Their win today breaks a streak of four races straight by the number 4 Corvette C6.R driven by Oliver Gavin and Olivier Beretta. Hometown favorite Ron Fellows and Andy Pilgrim in the #33 Artic White C6.R Corvette rounded out the GT1 class. All three Corvettes went 116 laps around the 2.5 mile circuit. The race turned with an hour left when the GT1 leading #4 Corvette C6.R was struck and spun out by a prototype and went off track at Turn 3. The #3 Corvette was then able to take the lead and then extend it to a win with a quick pit stop and flawless racing. The last time O’Connell and Magnussen shared the Winner’s Circle at Mosport, it was 1999 and the pair won the LMP1 class in a Panoz prototype.

“We’ve been so snake bit this year and nothing went right for us,” O’Connell said. “We’ve been working with a new engineer (Ben Brady) and on bringing the winning chemistry back. Everything went right today. To share it with Jan having won here before was huge.” “We’ve managed to come up nearly every race to come up with a way to lose so that was in the back of my mind,” Magnussen said. “The car was good and the tires were absolutely great. Everything went according to plan. We had a mega pit stop and we opened up a gap, and Johnny made a stop and we opened it up even more.”
After Gavin’s spin, the #33 C6.R Corvette moved into second place and stayed their consistently until with 2 minutes remaining Gavin passed Fellows and held on through the checkered flag.
“It was very cool to run the white car with Andy,” said Fellows. “He did a great job, and when it was time to race, he did what he needed to do. I’m happy for my pal Johnny to win here at Mosport – it makes up for the ones that got away from the two of us!” “The fans’ attention is incredibly flattering,” Fellows reflected. “You need to cherish those moments because they’re not going to happen forever. I’ll never forget it.” “I had a blast!” Pilgrim declared. “I’m really proud to race with Ron in Canada, and I’ve had a wonderful time. The Corvette C6.R is an amazing machine. I’ve gone four seconds a lap faster around Mosport than I ever went in the C5-R.”
The Grand Prix of Mosport was likely Ron Fellows last start for Corvette. Ron took the Corvette Racing program to new heights during his service and it’s a fitting tribute to have watched him drive the Artic White Corvette C6.R at Mosport. Corvette Racing’s next event is the Detroit Belle Isle Grand Prix in Detroit Saturday, Sept. 1. SPEED Channel will televise the race live at 3 p.m. EDT.
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=The #4 C6.R from Corvette Racing has been on a bit of tear lately, winning seven of eight races in the American Le Mans Series this year including the last four straight. Yet, for perhaps the first time this year, fans of Corvette Racing aren’t rooting for the #4 or the #3 Corvette for that matter. Local hero and Corvette Racing legend Ron Fellows is making what could be his final run at Mosport behind the wheel of his Artic White C6.R so who wouldn’t want to see the former ALMS GT1 Champ and his #33 Corvette cross the finish line first this weekend? Tell that to Oliver Gavin. Gavin in the #4 C6.R put up the fastest time in GT1 today, winning the pole by 0.148 seconds ahead of Ron Fellows with a time of 1:13.857. The #3 Corvette with Johnny O’Connell and Jan Magnussen will start third in class after O’Connell’s lap of 1:14.097.

“I don’t think I’m very popular here,” Gavin cracked. “I’m going to wear a mask or bag over my head. No one gets preferential treatment here. Everyone is given the same car. All the data is going back and forth between all three cars. It’s great to see the white car around here and it should bring more fans in. Ron has been around here for so long and I think he may have a couple of tricks up his sleeve.”
Traffic played a bit of a role in the outcome of qualifying, Gavin said. He had relatively clean laps while Fellows got caught a couple of times behind slower cars.
“The traffic didn’t affect me as much as it did Ron,” Gavin said. “It’s still a great track and an amazing place to qualify. Having new tires and low fuel is always a lot of fun here. The corners are fun because they are so quick. I’m pleased I had this one.”
Yes, Fellows is the main attraction here. He is so well regarded here on his home track that the Mosport International Karting Academy has named a corner after him. Corner 7, arguably the toughest corner on the track and referred to as the “bowl” has been renamed the “Ron Fellows Bowl”. Fellows will be racing twice at Mosport this weekend, with his #33 C6.R and the factory Cadillac CTS-V in the Speed GT Championship. The Grand Prix of Mosport presented by Mobil 1, the ninth round of the 12-race ALMS series, will start at 3 p.m. EDT on Sunday, August 26, and will be broadcast live on SPEED Channel.
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BadBoyVettes calls it their FanCam due to its mounting location. We simply call it awesome! The BBV on-board camera was mounted on the rear of the #4 Corvette C6.R at Road America in Elkhart Lake, Wisconsin a couple of weekends ago and as Dan from BBV describes, the footage is “just like that taken from their onboard camera at LeMans, only going the other way”!


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Corvette Racing to Field 3 C6.R’s Corvettes at Mosport

by Keith Cornett on August 21, 2007

Corvette Racing's Artic White C6.RFor the first time in Corvette Racing history, three factory Corvette C6.R’s will be on the track this weekend for the ALMS Grand Prix of Mosport in Ontario. The third Corvette will be an Artic White C6.R driven by Corvette Racing veterans Ron Fellows and Andy Pilgrim. The addition of the #33 Corvette C6.R allows Ron Fellows to drive the racing version of his limited production signature edition Z06 at his hometown track in Ontario and is part of Corvette Racing’s season long celebration of Ron Fellow’s contributions to the racing program.

“It’s going to be good fun, and that’s exactly how we’re going to approach this race,” said Fellows. “Our car will be decked out in brilliant white like the production car. It will be absolutely awesome, and I can’t wait.” Pilgrim agreed: “It’s going to be great racing with Ron as my teammate again,” he said. “I want to do well for Ron in front of his home crowd, so I’m going to be trying 110 percent.”
Fellows and Pilgrim first raced a Corvette together back in 2000 at Mosport where they finished second. The next month the duo scored their first win at Texas Motor Speedway, which became the first of Corvette Racing’s 59 victories. Andy Pilgrim has 33 starts for Corvette Racing in 1999-2003 with 6 victories, 18 podium finished and two poles. So how will the logistics be handled behind the scenes when it comes to adding a third Corvette? Program Manager Doug Fehan plans on using the existing crew teams to service the additional Corvette during the race:
“Essentially we’ll have all of the equipment to service three race cars in the pits, with separate fuel rigs, separate air guns, and separate nitrogen bottles,” explained Corvette Racing program manager Doug Fehan. “We’ll use the same crews to service the third car, so we’re not going to have all three cars stop simultaneously. We can pit two cars together as we often do, and then pit the third car out of sequence.”
The Grand Prix of Mosport presented by Mobil 1, the ninth round of the 12-race ALMS series, will start at 3 p.m. EDT on Sunday, August 26, and will be broadcast live on SPEED Channel.
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Corvette Racing TV: BBV’s PitCam Debuts at Road America

by Keith Cornett on August 10, 2007

Corvette Racing Crew Member Dave wears the PitCamBadBoyVettes keeps raising the bar when it comes to their video coverage of the Corvette Racing team. Back in June, they duct-taped a digital video camera to the hood of a C6.R Corvette for a lap around LeMans. Great for fans, but not so great for the camera. Then they followed up with the innovative ToeCam at Lime Rock. And for this weekend at Road America, it looks like PitCam will be debuting with a new twist: live streaming video during the race. They tested the camera earlier in the week by mounting it to the hat being worn by crew member Dave. Dave then spent the next 30 minutes doing his prep work on the #3 Corvette. You can view that video here. Check the BadBoyVettes.com PitCam often during the race. They have an icon at the top to let you know when the broadcast will be streaming. The four hour race beings at 4 p.m. CDT on Saturday, August 11th. In other Road America news, Oliver Gavin was first in the GT1 class for Corvette Racing with a lap of 2:02.24 to edge out Jan Magnussen in the #3 Corvette C6.R by more than a second. Third in class was the Doran Racing Maserati MC12 of Didier Theys and Fredy Lienhard at 2:04.499.
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