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Corvette Links for March 6, 2010

by Keith Cornett on March 6, 2010

 

Technology Transfer: Racing To Make You A Better Corvette

As Corvette Racing gears up for the start of the 2010 American Le Mans Series, the team is releasing additional details regarding the changes needed for competing in the now unified GT class. The most notable change for the GT Corvettes is the new LS5.5R V8 engine. Built alongside its LS9, LS7 and LS3 dry-sump brethrens at the Performance Build Center in Wixom, this new LS7 based engine is slimmed down to 5.5 liters and delivers 485 horsepower at 5800 rpms.

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I got an email today from Corvette Racing announcing they are starting a video series to document the team through the 2010 American Le Mans Series and the 24 Hours of Le Mans. The preview video as you will see is very well-done and now I am even more fired up for the first race of the season later this month at Sebring.

Members of Corvette Racing share their passion for racing and what it means to represent Corvette in the American Le Mans Series (ALMS). Featured in the video are Mark Kent, manager, GM Racing, Gary Pratt, chief engineer and co-founder of Pratt & Miller engineering, and Doug Fehan, program manager, Corvette Racing. This is a preview of what to expect from the Corvette Racing Team as they document the ALMS season in their upcoming video series.



Source:
Chevrolet’s YouTube Channel

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Gavin Narrates a Hot Lap of Sebring in the GT Corvette C6.R
[PICS] Official Photos of the Corvette Racing C6.Rs at Sebring Test

Gavin Narrates a Hot Lap of Sebring in the GT Corvette C6.R

by Keith Cornett on February 20, 2010


Here is a video of the new 5.5L GT Corvette C6.R running a hot lap around Sebring International Raceway during the teams recent practice session. Our friends at Bad Boy Vettes hooked up with driver Oliver Gavin to give us an inside look at what the driver is seeing and doing as he makes his way around the historic and very bumpy 3.7 mile 17-turn road course. OG makes it sound easy but try doing this for 12 hours with a full field of competitors. At least the drivers have something to look forward to as they round Turn 10!



Source:
Bad Boy Vettes

Related:
My Hot Lap Around Sebring in a 2009 Competition Sport Corvette

 

Corvettes on eBay: The 1968/74 Delmo Johnson Race Car

by Keith Cornett on February 19, 2010

Delmo Johnson's Last Corvette

Texas legend Delmo Johnson is one of the pioneers of Corvette road racing with a career that goes back to the early days. His lengthy list of significant Corvette racers he has piloted include Grand Sports #003 and #004 and C1 and C2 Corvettes raced under the Gulf Oil banner. In the early 1990′s, after many years in retirement, some friends encouraged him to come out and race one more time and this 1968/74 Corvette was his ride.

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Official Photos of the Corvette Racing C6.Rs at Sebring Test

The Corvette Racing team was recently in Central Florida for a private test at Sebring International Raceway. During the session, these official photos were taken. My favorite of the set is the one I posted above with Johnny O’Connell behind the wheel of a Jetstream Blue ZR1 flanked by the two Corvette C6.Rs. We also get a chance to see new driver Manu Collard wearing the Crossed Flags for the first time too!

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Sneak Peak of Corvette Racing’s 2010 Livery for the C6.R

by Keith Cornett on February 15, 2010

Collard Joins Corvette Racing as Endurance Driver in the #4 C6.R

Corvette Racing has announced the signing of Frenchman Emmanuel Collard to its stable of drivers. The veteran GT/Prototype driver will join Oliver Gavin and Olivier Beretta in the #4 Corvette C6.R ZR1 for the endurance races at Sebring, Le Mans and Petit Le Mans. Collard will be replacing Marcel Fassler who was hired by Audi to co-drive one of its R15 TDIs this year at Le Mans.

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Corvette Racing Receives Invitation to Race in the 24 Hours of Le Mans
Photo Credit: Richard Prince

It’s official. The two factory-sponsored Corvette C6.Rs have received invitations to join the ultra-competitive GT2 class this June for the 78th running of the 24 Hours of Le Mans. The C6.Rs will battle a who’s who of sports car racing teams and manufacturers including Porsche, Ferrari, BMW and Jaguar in the crowded class featuring 17 entries.

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LG Motorsport’s Lou Gigliotti is Running for Congress

by Keith Cornett on January 27, 2010

LG Motorsport's Lou Gigliotti is Running for Congress

I just got a heads up from a friend that Lou Gigliotti, Corvette race car driver and founder of LG Motorsports is running for the 4th congressional district in Texas. Without getting too political on a car blog, Lou’s 30 years experience as a small business owner and his legendary competitiveness is just the kind of experience needed in Washington. Please take a moment to visit Gigliotti for Congress and let’s all wish a fellow Corvette driver lots of luck in this new endeavor.

Hat tip: Charlie


Source:
Gigliotti for Congress

Related:
Gus Grissom’s 1967 Corvette Listed on eBay