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[VIDEO] Corvette Racing: 12 Hours of Sebring Coverage

by Keith Cornett on March 21, 2009

Corvette Racing's #3 C6.R Takes a Daytime Pit Stop

This open thread is where you’ll find our Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring coverage, sponsored by Bondurant School of High Performance Driving. Check back for updates and new videos.

 

Corvette Racing’s #3 C6.R Victory Lane Interviews
SPEED interviews the winners of the 2009 Mobil 1 12 Hours of Sebring GT1 Class, Corvette Racing’s #3 C6R drivers Johnny O’Connell, Jan Magnussen and Antonio Garcia.

 

A Nighttime Pit Stop for Corvette Racing’s #3 C6.R
A Nighttime Pit Stop for Corvette Racing’s #3 C6.R at the 2009 Mobil 1 12 Hours of Sebring.

 

C6.R at Night, Corvette Racing’s Jan Magnussen
The Corvette Racing C6.R is seen on SPEED in nighttime action at the 2009 Mobil 1 12 Hours of Sebring. Included is an interview with Corvette Racing’s Jan Magnussen.

 

Corvette Racing’s #3 C6.R Daytime Pit Stop
A daytime pit by the #3 Corvette C6.R as well as discussion of new team driver Antonio Garcia.

 

SPEED Interviews Corvette Racing’s Doug Fehan
Ron Fellows was interviewed on SPEED during the 2009 Mobil 1 12 hours of Sebring. Ron talked about the beginnings of ALMS racing, Corvette Racing and future plans.

 

Interview with Corvette Racing’s Ron Fellows:
Ron Fellows was interviewed on SPEED during the 2009 Mobil 1 12 hours of Sebring. Ron talked about the beginnings of ALMS racing, Corvette Racing and future plans.



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SPEED
Photo Credit: AmericanLemans.com

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Gavin and the #4 Corvette C6.R Claim the Pole at Sebring

The #4 Corvette C6.R driven by three-time ALMS GT1 Champion Oliver Gavin posted the fastest lap around Sebring Raceway’s 3.7 mile 17 corner track to take the Pole for this Saturday’s Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring. Gavin earned the pole by lapping the black Corvette C6.R at 1:57.882 (112.994 mph), besting Jan Magnussen by .321 seconds. Magnussen’s fastest lap in the #3 Corvette C6.R was 1:58.203 (112.687 mph).

Gavin has won the GT1 pole three times at Sebring with the last one coming in 2005. This year’s pole gives Gavin 18 total in the ALMS and ties him for second on the series list of pole winners.

“It’s great to come away with a pole as we begin the 10th anniversary for Corvette Racing,” Gavin said. “Anytime you manage to beat Jan in qualifying, you’ve earned your money.

“Sebring is a tough event, very hard on the cars and the drivers, and great preparation for Le Mans,” Gavin continued. “Everyone is very mindful of the fact that Le Mans is the goal, but all of us would like to have the first 10th anniversary victory here in Sebring.”

The day wasn’t apparently without some drama. BadBoyVettes.com reported that during a practice session, an Acura LMP went “Road-Hog” for track position and the unintended contact resulted in a right rear tire puncture and fender damage to the Black #4 Corvette C6.R. Nothing too serious and once repaired it was back to work for the team.

The Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring is scheduled to start at 10:30 am EST on Saturday, March 21st. The race will be televised live on SPEED from 10 am to noon and from 2 to 11 pm Eastern.



Source:
CorvetteRacing.com
Photo Credit: AmericanLemans.com

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Corvette Racing: The GT1 Championship C6R Livery

One of the anticipations for each new racing season is when the Corvette Racing team rolls out the new livery. For 2009, Corvette Racing and GM close the marketing loop by running the two C6.Rs with the new GT1 Championship livery. Like the forthcoming limited edition GT1 Championship Coupes, Convertibles and Z06s, the new livery features the #3 C6.R in familiar Velocity Yellow with black striping while the #4 C6.R is reversed in Black with Yellow accents.

Over the years we’ve been treated to some great designs, from last year’s “Jack Scrape” to the Bad Boy “Jake” livery at Monterey in 2007. The 2009 GT1 Championship livery is a hit as a C6.R in Black is just about the most menacing-looking car on the track. The fact that you can buy a street version of these Corvettes makes the livery special as well. Only one other time as GM offered an ALMS C6.R replica, the 2007 Arctic White Ron Fellows Edition Z06.

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As there are no other GT1 class entries, the 12 hour endurance race will be the ultimate practice session for this June’s assault on the 24 Hours of LeMans. But that doesn’t mean the two factions are going to take it easy on each other. Remember the door-banging-on-pit-row incident at Mid Ohio in 2008 anyone?

Speaking of racing, the Corvette C6.Rs were out on the track today in two practice sessions. #3′s Jan Magnussen holds the fastest time with a lap of 1:56.907 while #4′s Marcel Fassler ran just 0.162 seconds behind with a lap of 1:57.069.

The 2009 GT1 Championship Edition Corvettes will make their public debut on Friday at 1pm at the Corvette Paddock in Sebring. We’ll be there for the unveiling and hope to have plenty of video and pictures to share.

As part of our Sebring coverage, we’ll be taking a hot lap around Sebring Raceway in a Corvette and will be dropping in to hear what Chief Engineer Tadge Juechter has to say during his presentation. Make sure you visit Corvette Blogger throughout the weekend. You can also follow our updates on Twitter.com.

The Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring is scheduled to start at 10:30 am EST on Saturday, March 21st. The race will be televised live on SPEED from 10 am to noon and from 2 to 11 pm Eastern.



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BadBoyVettes.com
Photo Credit: Richard Prince

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Corvette Racing: The 24 Hours of Le Mans Entry List

by Keith Cornett on February 26, 2009

The Corvette C6.Rs at Le Mans

The ACO has released the entry list for the 2009 24 Hours of Le Mans. In what will be Corvette Racing’s final battle for GT1 glory at La Sarthe, the factory-backed Corvette C6.Rs will face off against two rival Aston Martin DBR9′s, two Lamborghini Murcielago’s and two other Corvette C6.R’s from privateer Luc Alphand Aventures.

Perhaps the biggest disappointment came a few weeks ago when the factory Aston Martin Racing team announced a move to a Lola Aston Martin LMP1, depriving the Corvette C6.Rs a final chance at retribution against the former GT1 class winners from the last two years. The two DBR9′s that will compete in GT1 this year come from Gigawave Motorsport and Jetalliance Racing.

The Eight GT1 Entries:

  • #55 IPB Spartak Racing: Lamborghini Murcielago
  • #60 Gigawave Motorsport: Aston Martin DBR9
  • #63 Corvette Racing: Corvette C6.R
  • #64 Corvette Racing: Corvette C6.R
  • #66 Jetalliance Racing: Aston Martin DBR9
  • #68 JLOC ISAO Noritake: Lamborghini Murcielago
  • #72 Luc Alphand Aventures: Corvette C6.R
  • #73 Luc Alphand Aventures: Corvette C6.R

* A Saleen S7R entered by Larbre Competition is on the reserve list

The ACO failed to deliver an invite to Lou Gigliotti’s #28 GT2 Corvette which according to Lou was the linchpin for funding their 2009 ALMS campaign. We’ll have to wait and see what the LG Motorsports/Riley Technologies plans will be for the American Le Mans series now that they know that Le Mans is no longer in the mix.

There are 14 entries in the GT2 category with a field that comprises nine Ferrari 430s. So a quick note to Pratt and Miller’s GT2 engineers – The Ferrari 430 is your obvious performance target so go get ‘em! The Drayson Racing Aston Martin V8 Vantage will also be making its debut at Le Mans in GT2.

You can see the entire 55 car entry list at Crash.net

The 77th running of the 24 Hours of Le Mans takes place June 13-14th.



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Crash.net
Photo Credit: Richard Prince

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eBay Find of the Day: Vintage 1957 Corvette Race Car

by Keith Cornett on February 26, 2009

Ebay Find of the Day: 1957 Corvette Race Car

Here is yet another Corvette race car that’s now for sale. This 1957 Corvette roadster was raced back in the sixties and seventies but its most successful campaign came in 1998 when the owner competed in and won the SVRA Paine-Weber Endurance Championship.

Powered by a 283 cubic inch V8 built by Compton Race Engines, this yellow roadster is ready to race. The Corvette underwent a restoration following the 2006 season and is currently set up for competition as a vintage racer. In addition to the new 283 ci V8, the roadster features an upgraded T-10 transmission, new ram clutch, drive shaft and flywheel. A holly 750 delivers the fuel from an ATL 40 gallon fuel cell and cold air box insures plenty of oxygen to the powerplant.

On the outside, the Corvette was repainted in Chrome Yellow and has white racing stripes, racing numbers, grill bar and new ovals. The Corvette can be raced with or without its included hardtop.

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We asked our friends at the Registry of Corvette Racecars for an honest opinion about the C1 roadster and they didn’t disappoint:

Keith – This is one of the better prepared straight axle vintage racers. The only thing holding back its value is lack of documented racing history. That would put it in a class with Bob Mouat’s 1957 COPO Air box Fuelie and other straight axles that were actually raced, most of which we know well and are now sitting in museums.

Mac Lyle of Rock Hill, SC built the car. I have not seen it on the circuit since 1998 when they blitzed the SVRA to win the Paine-Weber Endurance Championship.

The downside is that the car is way too race improved and would probably not be allowed in the Monterey Historic. And although it would be a fun car to drive in SVRA or HSR races, the asking price of $65K seems a bit steep compared with what else that will buy to go vintage racing.

Jan Hyde – Registry of Corvette Racecars

So that being said, here’s your chance to own a vintage Corvette race car that’s track ready. The current bid is $25,427 and the Corvette has a “Buy It Now” price set at $65,000. The auction runs ends Saturday.


Source:
eBay

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Badboy Vettes Inspired Corvette Stingray Concept Racer
The guys at Badboy Vettes just made my day. Sideswipe spends his alt-car mode time spanking the GT2 class from la Sarthe to Monterey in his Jake-inspired Corvette Stingray concept.

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Come on, if you follow badboyvettes.com you would have expected this. What I really want to know is what’s the first they would duct tape to it?



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badboyvettes.com


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2009 Corvette GT1 Championship Edition

We got word last month of GM planning a second special edition Corvette for 2009 that would commemorate Corvette Racing’s successful 10 year run in the American Le Mans series. Now official, the 2009 Corvette GT1 Championship Edition celebrates over 70 victories in the ALMS, eight GT1 Manufacturer Championships and five GT1 class victories at the 24 Hours of Le Mans.

The GT1 Championship Edition is available in the Coupe, Convertible or Z06 models in either 45U Velocity Yellow or 41U Black. The series will have its own specific VIN sequences: 300001 for the Velocity Yellows which represent the #3 Corvette C6.R and 40001 for Black which represents the #4 C6.R. Only 600 will be produced this spring and those are limited to 200 for each body style and 100 in each color.

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The GT1 Championship Edition features C6.R livery inspired graphics which feature the mascot “Jake” ghost-painted on the hood bulge, years of the championships and drivers flags. Also making the Corvettes unique are the ZR1 full width body color spoiler and chrome wheels. The coupes and convertibles include the Z51 Performance Package, NPP Performance exhaust and MX0 6-Speed Paddle Shift Automatics. The GT1 Corvette coupe also comes with the optional C2L Dual Roof package. All three GT1 models get the optional U3U Navigation Systems as well.

Inside the GT1 Corvettes you’ll find a custom leather wrapped ebony interior with exclusive yellow accent stitching, GT1 embroidery on the leather seats, instrument panel and center console armrest. Under the hood is a special engine cover with a carbon pattern and yellow Corvette lettering. A windshield banner is also included and is installed by the owner.

Pricing for the GT1 Championship Edition starts at $65,310 for the 4LT Coupe, $71,815 for the 4LT Convertible and $86,385 for the 3LZ Corvette Z06.

If you’re interested in this highly anticipated commemorative Corvette, you better give Dave and the gang at Kerbeck Corvette a call immediately at 1-877-537-2325 and make sure you tell them CorvetteBlogger sent you!


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Auction Preview: 1957 COPO Air-Box Fuelie Corvette Racer

by Keith Cornett on February 17, 2009

Auction Preview: 1957 COPO Corvette Racer

Another week, another vintage Corvette race car hitting the auction block. We received word today that the ex-Bob Mouat 1957 Corvette COPO Air-Box Fuelie will be joining the 1965 Corvette 8-Ball Cobra Killer at Worldwide Auctioneer’s Houston Classic on Saturday May 2nd.

This 1957 Corvette was delivered new to Bob Mouat in 1957 and raced until 1965 achieving 21 victories and over 50 top ten finishes. Extensively documented, its one of 23 Air-Box examples known and this is only one of six factory COPO Airbox Corvettes aquired by known racing drivers.

Vette Magazine called the race car “an open-track threat right off the assembly line”. Worldwide Auctioneer’s Managing Partner John Kruse says “this splendid, factory big brake, ‘Air-Box Fuelie’ example is the most extensively raced and well documented ’57 Corvette race car of all time.”

Other notable Corvettes available at the Houston Classic include the 1965 Caplan/Gulstrand Corvette Racer aka the 8-Ball Cobra Killer, the ex-Alan Sevadjian, John Mecum 1967/74 Corvette “Delmo Johnson Racecar”, a numbers matching 1968 Corvette L89 roadster offered at no reserve and a 1954 Corvette roadster.

The 5th Annual Houston Classic will be held at the Lakewood Yacht Club in Seabrook, TX on Saturday, May 2nd. Visit Worldwide Auctions for more details.


Sources:
Worldwide Auctions

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GT2 Corvette C6.R To Hit Test Track in March

In a recent article highlighting Corvette Racing’s Green initiative, GM Road Racing Group Manager Steve Wesoloski said the development of the GT2 Corvette is on track and should be ready to test for the first time in mid to late March.

As the C6.R racing program readies for the 2009 season, the American Le Mans Series and Michelin announced their partnership for the Michelin Green X Challenge. It was last year that Corvette Racing adopted cellulosic E85 and in doing so helped transform the image of Corvette from a gas guzzler to an energy efficient race car. Wesoloski says GM will continue the Green initiative as the GT2 race car will offer additional efficiencies:

“Certainly there have been lessons learned,” Wesoloski said. “There is a cross over with the production powertrain group as they are taking a lot from the V8 engines we race to make them compatible with E85. Those are things we learned from racing. Another thing we are doing with the GT2 car is weight. We have embraced the aluminum frame from the Z06 and ZR1. You can put these materials in the race car and (embrace) new technologies.”

“It’s going to be a long time before the auto industry finds the one magic solution,” he admitted. “In the meantime we’re all looking for answers. This (cellulosic E85) is one. We’re saying you don’t have to be afraid of ethanol. It’s good enough to race and good enough to drive to soccer practice. And we’re not touching the food chain. We’re trying to send that message, and using a cellulosic process is a big deal.”

Based on Wesoloski’s time frame for testing the GT2 Corvette, I’m wondering if its possible we’ll see the new car at Sebring. And why not? The 12 Hours of Sebring happens March 21st and with the entire Pratt & Miller team in Florida for the event, why not get the car on the track a day or two after the race (and after the GT2 competition has left) for a couple of test sessions. I’m also sure the C6.R fans would go ga-ga if they could get up close and personal with the new GT2 Corvette that is expected to carry on the winning tradition of the GT1 program.

American Le Mans racing kicks off its 11th season at the 12 Hours of Sebring on Saturday, March 21. SPEED will televise the race live from 10 am – 12 noon and then from 2-11 pm EST.



Source:
Motorsport.com
Photo Credit: Richard Prince

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Marcel Fassler and Antonio Garcia Joins Corvette Racing Team

Corvette Racing has announced a new driver lineup for the 2009 American Le Mans Series and the 24 Hours of Le Mans and two new faces have been added for the endurance events. Marcel Fassler (L) will team up with Oliver Gavin and Olivier Beretta in the #4 Corvette C6.R and Antonio Garcia (R) will join ALMS GT1 Defending Champions Johnny O’Connell and Jan Magnussen in the #3 Corvette C6.R.

Marcel Fassler hails from Switzerland and been a winner in the FIA GT Championship with the Phoenix Carsport Corvette C6.R and won the prestigious Spa 24-hour race in 2007. He also briefly raced for Audi’s LMP1 team last year. Fassler has already been announced as part of the Speedy Sebah Lola-Aston Martin team for the 2009 Le Mans Series. Fassler has competed in the DTM, the European Le Mans Series, A1 Grand Prix, and the FIA GT championship.

Spanish driver Antonio Garcia won the GT1 class at Le Mans last year driving for Corvette’s arch rival Aston Martin. Most recently, Garcia was part of the winning Brumos team at this year’s Rolex 24 at Daytona. Garcia has raced in the European Touring Car Championship, the World Touring Car Championship and the Grand-Am Rolex Sports Car Series.

“Antonio and Marcel have the ability, the experience, and the mindset that we look for in a Corvette Racing driver,” said GM Road Racing Group manager Steve Wesoloski. “We’ve seen their speed on the track, and we know they have the discipline and team-oriented attitude that’s essential for success in endurance racing.”

Fassler and Garcia replace Max Papis and Ron Fellows in Corvette Racing’s three endurance events: the 12 Hours of Sebring, the 24 Hours of Le Mans and the 10 hour Petit Le Mans. Papis is making the move to break into NASCAR full time this season while Ron Fellows has moved into an ambassadorial role with the Corvette Racing team.

Corvette Racing also confirmed that they will run in the GT1 class at the 12 Hours of Sebring and the Grand Prix of Long Beach before heading to France in June to compete for the 10th time at the 24 Hours of Le Mans. Following their return from France, Corvette Racing will transition to the GT2 class at Mid-Ohio as the team prepares for a full season of GT2 racing in 2010.



Source:
Corvette Racing

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