Jan Magnussen proves again why he is the best closer in the ALMS. At the halfway point of the American Le Mans Series at Long Beach, Magnussen left the pits in 6th position and battled all the way to finish in 2nd place, just four seconds behind the class winning #45 Fancy Lizards Porsche driven by Pat Long and Joerg Bergmeister.
Today’s race will be a challenge for all participants. With limited practice time, 36 cars in four classes will run all out for 100 minutes on the Streets of Long Beach. What’s not to love about the ALMS? We pulled these pictures of Friday’s practice and qualifying from the GM Racing Media site. Also is a couple of pictures from the #4 pit crew demonstration at Thursday evening’s Thunder on Pine Avenue. Enjoy!
The Corvette C6.Rs will be starting third and fifth this evening at the American Le Mans at Long Beach street race. Johnny O’Connell and the #3 C6.R put in the third fastest lap in the GT class with a time of 1:20.308 lap (88.220 mph) around the 1.986-mile, 11-turn street circuit. Olivier Beretta was fifth at 1:20.438 (88.078 mph) in the #4 Corvette C6.R.
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Corvette’s Product Marketing Manager Harlan Charles and Chief Engineer Tadge Juechter discuss the 2011 Corvette Z06 Carbon Limited Edition and show us how technology transfers from Corvette Racing’s C6.Rs to the production street cars and then back again.
Following a less than stellar outing at the 12 Hours of Sebring, Corvette Racing is ready to rebound this weekend as the ALMS comes to the streets of Long Beach. The race around the 11-turn 1.986-mile temporary track is a 100 minute sprint and teams will only have a couple of hours of practice time on the track before the race on Saturday afternoon.
The American Le Mans Series has announced their performance adjustments for the GT class ahead of next weekend’s race at Long Beach. The Corvette C6.Rs started the season with IMSA mandating a minimum weight of 1270 kg. That requirement added 25 kg to the Corvettes which equals roughly 60 pounds. IMSA has stated that the Pratt and Miller Corvettes will run with the extra weight until completion of Round 3 at Laguna Seca in May.
Lost in our coverage of news from the 12 Hours of Sebring a couple weeks ago was that ExxonMobil and Corvette Racing have extended their partnership in a new multi-year deal. The partnership marks the 14th consecutive year in which the Mobil 1 brand as been a major sponsor for Corvette Racing and the “Official Lubricant of Corvette Racing.” In this multi-year agreement, the Mobil 1 logo will be featured on the Corvette C6.Rs, team uniforms and vehicles.
In addition to the hood from the #4 Corvette C6.R that was sold for $3,000, several other parts from the race cars were auctioned by Corvette Racing’s Doug Fehan and Ambassador Ron Fellows at the Corvette Corral at the 12 Hours of Sebring. The money raised was donated to Motorsports Ministries, an organization offering non-denomination services at the track since 1985.
[VIDEO] Corvette Racing Auctions a C6.R Hood at the 12 Hours of Sebring
[VIDEO] Doug Fehan’s Corvette Racing Presentation at the 2010 12 Hours of Sebring
[VIDEO] Interview with Corvette Racing’s Doug Fehan at Sebring