In commemorating the 50th anniversary of Corvette’s first class win at Le Mans, GM built a very special one of one tribute to the 1960 Briggs Cunningham Corvette. VIN #00001 shares the same exterior cues including the twin stipes over the hood, roof and trunk and the #3. A special graphic on the B-pillar features a 50th Anniversary logo and then dates 1960 and 2010.
Corvette Racing Program Manager Doug Fehan visited the set of Autoline After Hours on Thursday evening. This is an extensive one-hour interview featuring John McElroy, host of Autoline Daily and Autoline Detroit. Also joining in the conversation is the Autoextremist Peter De Lorenzo and David Welch from BusinessWeek and Bloomberg News.
Tom Wallace knows Corvettes. As a former Vehicle Line Executive for General Motors and Corvette Chief Engineer, he was at the wheel when the ZR1 Corvette was born, giving the world a 638 horsepower, 200+ mph, American-made super-car. Today, he’s working on a new chapter of motorsports history and teaming up with the National Corvette Museum to promote and develop a 400-acre Motorsports Park.
Corvette Racing driver Johnny O’Connell was one of five drivers named to represent the green racing initiatives of the American Le Mans Series. Each of the five drivers named to the Green Dream Team represent one of the five various alternative fuels being used in the ALMS.
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.
General Motors will be giving one lucky winner the opportunity to win a new 2011 Corvette Grand Sport and a trip to the 2011 24 Hours of Le Mans. You can register for the sweepstakes by visiting www.RaceToWinCorvette.com. You’ll have to answer three simple questions to fill out the entry form, but trust me – they are easy! The Grand Prize drawing will take place on July 7, 2010. There is also a “Refer-a-Friend” contest in which the winner will receive a PRS SE Model Guitar signed by the Corvette Racing Team. PRS Guitars is a sponsor of Corvette Racing.
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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.