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Pratt & Miller GT2 Corvette Spied at Road Atlanta

Via our friends at BadBoyVettes, the Pratt & Miller GT2 Corvette was seen testing over the weekend at Road Atlanta. Outfitted in flat black and featuring Jake on the doors, the new GT2 Corvette also has the racing team’s motto stenciled appropriately above the rear wheels: Take No Prisoners.

Pratt & Miller GT2 Corvette Spied at Road Atlanta

Pratt & Miller GT2 Corvette Spied at Road Atlanta

Pratt & Miller GT2 Corvette Spied at Road Atlanta

The photos originally come from the forum site www.AmericanLeMansFans.com so we promptly signed up to participate in the discussions as well. You do have to register before seeing any threads.

According to some of those that have seen and heard the new GT2 Corvette during the testing:

Timed them for about a 10 minute period around 1pm in nice weather 65+F and got consistent 1:22s (low) with a quick lap of around 1:21.5 and a high of 1:23 (low).

I clocked a couple of high 1:19s on the second day of testing. Car sounds just like the GT1 car.

That’s approaching the fastest GT2 lap at the 2008 Petit LeMans. Considering that these cars are in the very early stage of development, high 1:19 laps are scary fast. Maybe they were using no restrictor (or a larger-that-permitted restrictor) in an effort to test other car components.

The GT2 Corvette is expected to make its racing debut at the Acura Sports Car Challenage at Mid-Ohio in early August.



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#28 LG Motorsports GT2 Corvette Qualifying in St. Pete

We trained our camera today on the LG Motorsports #28 GT2 Corvette and drivers Lou Gigliotti and Eric Curran who were in St. Petersburg for the second stop on the American LeMans Series – the Acura Sports Car Challenge. This afternoon’s session was for practice and laying down qualifying times.

The #28 Corvette ran a fastest lap time of 1:14.633, qualifying for eighth position in GT2 and 10.857 seconds behind the pole-winning #62 Risi Ferrari 430 GT.

Eric Curran, Driver, LG Motorsports, Corvette C6: “In my first race with the team at Miller Motorsports Park last year I got the car up to third place, the team’s highest running position to date. The team has shown constant improvement and we feel we have the potential to get on the podium. This week at St. Pete, the LG Pro Long Tube Header Corvette will be partnering with Whelen Engineering. Plus, we’re really happy that Corvette fans will have our GT2 Corvette flying the Corvette banner for them.”



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Corvette Racing: GT2 Corvette C6.R to Wear ZR1 Body

by Keith Cornett on March 31, 2009

GT2 Corvette C6.R to Wear ZR1 Body

In the video presentation from GM Road Race Manager Steve Wesoloski at Sebring, we got an update on the building of the GT2 Corvette. Steve said the following that should put a smile on any Corvette Racing fan: “They (Pratt & Miller) hung the body last week… It’s a ZR1 body. At the doors, it’s got flares front and rear to fit the racing wheels and tires. I got to tell you that it looks more aggressive than the C6.R. But It looks purposeful, it doesn’t look gaudy and it fits that class.”

We turned to BadBoyVettes.com to begin our “GT2 Watch” and sure enough, Eddie and the boys have offered a preview of what the GT2 Corvette might look like with the above cad rendering of a ZR1-based GT2. Gone of course is the hood with the polycarbonate window. Wesoloski says the GT2 will be powered by the LS7 destroked to 6 liters this year and next year the rules require another step down to 5.5 liters. Wesoloski says Pratt & Miller will be using an LS3 modified to 5.5 liters with output of around 500 horsepower to reach those goals.

Stay tuned for more GT2 news as it comes available.



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BadBoyVettes.com

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Corvette Racing's Steve Wesoloski

GM Road Race Group Manager Steve Wesoloski spoke to a group of enthusiasts at the 12 Hours of Sebring’s Corvette Corral about the state of Corvette Racing entering the 2009 season. The conversation was wide ranging and Wesoloski talks at length about how production Corvettes share technology with their racing counterparts. We also get an update on the GT2 C6.R. – did he say ZR1 body?



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Corvettes on the track at Bondurant

I was surfing the different programs offered at Bondurant’s School of High Performance Driving and one that caught my eye that I wanted to share was their upcoming half-day Performance Driving Experience. The Performance Driving Experience allows you to get behind the wheel of the C6 Corvette, Cadillac CTS-V and the Bondurant ProKart for a variety of driving instruction on different road courses. Best of all, the cost for all this fun is only $500!

Here is what you can expect during the Performance Driving Experience:

The program starts with a lead and follow exercise with your instructor on the Bondurant road course. You will see first hand the proper racing line the pros drive and will learn to Know precisely where to brake, turn in and position your car for the fast way around the track.

You’ll also compete on Bondurant’s autocross for fastest time among the others in the event. Test your abilities to handle the car at its limits and learning to be smooth with the car will improve your lap times. The autocross and the lead/follow exercises prepare you for the race in the Bondurant ProKarts.

The evening wraps up with the ProKart Enduro – just like the endurance races of Daytona, Sebring and LeMans. Teams will be formed to compete in the hour long race driving Bondurant’s 50-mph ProKarts. Strategy will play into the final outcome of the event. Teams will have to decide which driver drives each leg of the race; practice driver changes; and work together to help the rest of the team learn the track and be quick.

If you’re interested in spending a half day learning from the same instructors who have worked with Johnny O’Connell, Jimmy Johnson and Dale Jr, then the Bondurant’s Performance Driving Experience is for you. There are only a few seats left for the May 2nd Experience, so visit Bondurant.com or call 1-800-842-RACE (7223).


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[PICS] First Look: The 2009 Competition Sport Corvette

by Keith Cornett on March 23, 2009

The 2009 Competition Sport Corvette

Chevrolet loaned the ALMS Vitesse program this 2009 Competition Sport Corvette to serve as a track car during the Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring, giving hot laps to fans and enthusiasts (and bloggers!) as well as shuttling around track officials. We took these photos just prior to our own hot lap around the 3.7 mile track and we can tell you that this Corvette is a winner!

The #02 Competition Sport Corvette was just completed prior to the race but since this was to be used as a track car, the drive down to Florida from Bowling Green served to break-in the car prior to undertaking track duty. The #02 Corvette features the Blade Silver with Black stripes and one of my favorite touches, blacked-out headlights:

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In addition to the #02 CSR Corvette Coupe, the #03 Competition Sport Corvette Z06 was also in Sebring at the Chevy display:

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The Competition Sport package is aimed at owners who like to attend driving schools and track events. Available in Spring 2009, the Z51-equipped 1LT Corvette Coupe will retail for $55,655 while the 1LZ Corvette Z06 will cost $77,500.


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My Hot Lap Around Sebring in a 2009 Competition Sport Corvette

Thanks to my new friends at Mobil 1, I was able to take a hot lap around Sebring International Raceway on the Friday prior to the 12 hour race. The new 2009 Competition Sport Corvette Coupe was doing duty as a Vitesse track car and the particular Corvette that I rode in was the #02 car in the series.

My ALMS Vitesse driver was Patty and she was very good out on the track. I asked her to give a shout out whenever we topped speeds of 100 mph and we hit that mark at least three times. I created two versions of the video. There is also a short version showing just the lap. The version below features a walk-around the Competition Sport Corvette, idle chatter with Pattie while waiting to get on the track, and then a trip to the Corvette Corral where we see Corvette team members Harlan Charles and Tadge Juechter.

The Competition Sport Corvette is available as either a LT1 Coupe or a 1LZ Z06. Also included in the Coupe package is the Z51 performance package, NPP performance exhaust, differential cooler, heads up display, red painted brake calipers and the Z06 spoiler. The numbers for the doors are the same as the series sequence number and like the GT1 Championship edition, the “Jake” mascot is embroidered on the seats, center console and also outside the car on the B-Pillar. The Competition Sport is available in three colors, Blade Silver or Black for the Z06, Blade Silver or Arctic White for the Coupe.

Again, I’d like very much to thank Mobil 1 who arranged the lap as well as showed me a great time at Sebring, my driver Patty of the ALMS Vitesse Program, and the folks at Corvette who built an incredible sports car.


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Corvette Racing: The #3 Corvette C6.R Makes History at Sebring

History was made for Corvette Racing and the three drivers of the #3 C6.R at Saturday’s running of the Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring. Johnny O’Connell earned his record-setting eighth Sebring class victory. Jan Magnussen won his 100th career victory in the 100th American LeMans race. Antonio Garcia got his first win with Corvette Racing. Corvette Racing also broke the ALMS record for laps completed in the GT class and won the Michelin Green X Challenge. All in all, Saturday’s endurance race couldn’t have gone any better for a team preparing for LeMans.

Johnny O’Connell, Jan Magnussen and Antonio Garcia completed 349 laps in the #3 Corvette C6.R, finishing a lap ahead of the #4 Corvette C6.R piloted by Oliver Gavin, Olivier Beretta and Marcel Fassler. The two Corvettes finished 6th and 7th overall. The #3 Corvette C6.R also won the inaugural Michelin Green X Challenge.

Corvette Racing Sets Records in Final GT1 Appearance in Sebring 12-Hour Race

SEBRING, Fla. – The 57th running of the Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring was a history-making event for Corvette Racing. For Johnny O’Connell, it was a record-setting eighth Sebring class victory. For Jan Magnussen, it was his milestone 100th career victory in the American Le Mans Series’ landmark 100th race. For Antonio Garcia, it was his first win with Corvette Racing. And for Corvette Racing, it was a perfect performance that included an ALMS record for laps completed in the GT class at Sebring to jump start the 10th anniversary of America’s premier production sports car racing team.

O’Connell, Magnussen and Garcia completed 349 laps in the No. 3 Compuware Corvette C6.R to take a one-lap victory in the GT1 class over Oliver Gavin, Olivier Beretta, and Marcel Fassler in the No. 4 Compuware Corvette C6.R. The Corvettes finished sixth and seventh overall, and the winning car set a record for the most laps completed by a GT car in ALMS competition in America’s most demanding endurance race. The No. 3 Corvette C6.R also won the inaugural Michelin Green X Challenge race-within-a-race with the best score in the GT classes based on performance, efficiency, and environmental impact.

“In our final race in the GT1 class at Sebring, I think we raised the bar high by setting an all-time laps completed record and running a flawless race,” said Corvette Racing program manager Doug Fehan. “Today was an example of what we’ve done since the inception of this program – continuous improvement. This gives us a solid foundation for going to the 24 Hours of Le Mans and completing our mission over there.”

Gavin started on the GT1 pole with Magnussen in close pursuit. The first round of pit stops at 49 minutes into the race proved decisive. Magnussen pitted first, handing off to O’Connell. One lap later, Gavin pitted and was replaced by Beretta. The two cars emerged from their stops side-by-side, with O’Connell taking the lead for good in Turn 10. The No. 3 Corvette C6.R then held its advantage through 11 long hours of racing and 11 more pit stops.

“I had the advantage of a killer lap going out of the pits,” said O’Connell, who extended his record as the all-time leader in Sebring victories with his eighth career win on the historic circuit. “Maybe our car was a little better in that stint. I came by as Olivier was coming out of the pits on cold tires, so he had knife for a gunfight on that first lap. Anytime you get close dicing like that it’s a lot of fun, and Olivier was pushing me every bit of the way.

“I don’t know why this place has always been special for me, but a lot of it is that I’ve been here with good people,” O’Connell continued. “When you have a race car prepared by Corvette Racing and the support of Chevrolet, this is how you want to start a year. To have won this so many times with Ron Fellows, and now to do it with Jan and Antonio, makes me very excited about the future. Not only did we win the race, we also won the Michelin Green X Challenge, so there is a lot for Chevrolet to be proud of today.”

Magnussen reached a milestone with his 100th career victory. The 35-year-old racer from Denmark has scored wins in single seaters, touring cars, prototypes, and GTs. His resume now includes 23 ALMS victories.

“Winning my 100th race in the 100th ALMS event is perfect,” said Magnussen. “I’m so happy for Johnny, and to welcome Antonio to the team with a win couldn’t be better. We had a nearly perfect race – we didn’t make any mistakes and everything went according to plan. A victory here is the best possible preparation we could have for Le Mans.”

Garcia completed a trio of endurance racing victories after wins in the 2008 24 Hours of Le Mans and the 2009 Rolex 24 at Daytona. The Spaniard notched his first ALMS victory in his debut with Corvette Racing.

“Starting off with a win with my new team, I can’t ask for anything more,” Garcia said. “Everything went perfectly, the team did a magnificent job, and the pit stops were awesome. For me today was a learning race, and I think I achieved everything that I wanted.”

The gap between the two Corvettes was never more than 30 seconds through the long day of racing. Gavin and Magnussen started and finished the race, running five stints, while their teammates each completed four stints.

“It came down to a couple of little things that just didn’t quite work out for us,” Gavin said. “We had some bad luck with the cautions and safety car, and we were a little off on tire pressure or the setup on a few stints. There was really almost no difference in performance between the two Corvette C6.Rs, so it was going to take just one small thing to throw it one way or the other. Unfortunately it didn’t work out our way today, but there’s a lot of positives for us to take away from this. We had a car that was strong and that we all could drive well.”

Beretta agreed: “It was a good race, but we just had some little issues and some bad luck on the pace car,” he said. “Congratulations to the No. 3 Corvette, they did a perfect race. We are leaving Sebring with two cars in perfect condition, and that is the most important thing.”

Marcel Fassler has raced Corvette C6.Rs extensively in Europe, and the Swiss driver was delighted by his first race with the Corvette Racing team. “This gives me confidence going to Le Mans because the car was reliable on a very tough track,” Fassler said. “To finish second is never nice, but the No. 3 Corvette today was a little faster and they did a good job. I congratulate them, and I really look forward to Le Mans.”

Corvette Racing backed up its overall victory in last year’s inaugural ALMS Green Challenge with a win in the first Michelin Green X Challenge at Sebring. Created jointly by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, the U.S. Department of Energy, SAE International and ALMS, the Green X Challenge ranks the competitors on the amount of energy used, greenhouse gases emitted, and petroleum displaced.

“Today’s race was the final appearance by Corvette Racing in the GT1 category at Sebring, and we ran an absolutely perfect race with cellulosic E85 ethanol fuel,” said Steve Wesoloski, GM Racing Road Racing Group manager. “We accomplished our mission and demonstrated Chevrolet’s technical capabilities. This same technology is applied to other vehicles in Chevy’s product line, and that’s what we’re demonstrating every time the Corvettes are on the race track.”

Corvette Racing’s next event is the Tequila Patron American Le Mans Series at Long Beach in Long Beach, Calif., on April 18.

Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring GT1 Results
Pos./Drivers/Car/Laps
1. O’Connell/Magnussen/Garcia, Chevrolet Corvette C6.R, 349
2. Gavin/Beretta/Fassler, Chevrolet Corvette C6.R, 348

NEXT EVENT
April 18, Tequila Patron American Le Mans Series at Long Beach, Long Beach, Calif.
TV: ABC tape delay, April 19, 12:30-2:30 p.m. ET



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Corvette Racing
Photo Credit: Richard Prince

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2009 Corvette GT1 Championship Edition

In commemorating the 10th anniversary of GT1 racing in the American LeMans Series, GM is producing 600 2009 Corvette GT1 Championship Editions and selected the Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring as the appropriate place to debut the new cars to the public. On the Friday before the 12 hour race, GM’s Corvette team including Product Manager Harlan Charles and Chief Engineer Tadge Juechter were on hand along with the six drivers of Corvette Racing to introduce the limited edition “Jake” Corvettes.

The Corvette GT1 Championship cars shown in the video were the first six cars of the series built. Chief Engineer Tadge Juechter remarked that the Corvettes were just completed within the last week and were shipped down from Bowling Green. The six Corvette drivers picked up the keys of the Corvettes following an ALMS drivers meeting and drove them down to Corvette Racing’s paddock. A little later, the six Corvette Racing drivers drove them over to the Corvette Corral to be viewed by the enthusiasts gathered at the hospitality tent.

The GT1 Championship Editions are limited to just 600 units: 200 Coupe, 200 Convertible and 200 Z06. Each of these body styles will have 100 in Yellow/Black and 100 in Black/Yellow. The series also has its own specific VIN sequences: 300001 for the Velocity Yellows and 40001 for those in Black.

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.

Check out our exclusive photo gallery of the 2009 Corvette GT1 Championship Edition.


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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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