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Corvette Racing: Fellows Named Most Popular ALMS Driver

by Keith Cornett on October 24, 2007

Ron Fellows receives the coveted Most Popular Driver AwardFor the fourth time in his legendary ALMS career, Corvette Racing’s Ron Fellows was selected by the fans as the American LeMans series Most Popular Driver. Fans were able to cast votes through the ALMS website. The award capped a season that started behind the wheel of the first signature model in the 55 year history of the Corvette, the Ron Fellows ALMS GT1 Champion Corvette Z06. Ron drove a replica of that Corvette first at Sebring and then again at his home track of Mosport during the 2007 season. The award was presented during the annual season ending banquet following the Monterey Sports Car Championsips at Laguna Seca. In addition to the Most Popular Driver Award, ALMS founder Dr. Don Panoz presented Ron and his wife Lynda a specially commissioned Corvette painting in recognition of the couple’s efforts at the Le Petit Elegance charity fundraiser at Petit Le Mans. Ron auctioned off the signed pink helmet he wore during the race with the proceeds donated to breast cancer research. Congratulations Ron for all your hard work and the significant contributions to the Corvette brand.
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The Corvette C6.R at Laguna SecaIt came down to a battle in pits, but at the end it was Gavin and Beretta standing tall on the podium as the #4 Corvette C6.R finished 30 seconds ahead of their team rivals in the #3 C6.R Corvette driven by Jan Magnussen and Johnny O’Connell. At the end of the 4 hour battle, the #4 Corvette completed 150 laps of the 2.238 mile road course and finished 11th overall. The lead in the GT1 class changed three times and Gavin credits the pit crew for coming through for the team:

“I have to take my hat off to Olivier because he drove brilliantly,” said Gavin. “We were knocked off the track twice today, and there was big pressure all the time from our sister car. The one thing that kept us in front was the pit stops. The guys did a fantastic job with every stop, and our engineer Steve Cole and Corvette Racing gave us a mighty car. This was the best car we’ve had at Laguna Seca, and a victory was a fitting way to finish the season.”
The Monterey Sports Car Championships marked the conclusion of Laguna Seca’s 50th anniversary celebration and a milestone for Corvette Racing:
“Fifty years ago, Zora Arkus-Duntov, the godfather of Corvette Racing, conceived the Corvette SS race car to put Corvette squarely in the arena of international endurance racing,” said Chevrolet general manager Ed Peper. “This year marks the 50th anniversary of both the Corvette SS and of the Laguna Seca circuit. As we look back on the results today at this great track and reflect on Corvette Racing’s record of success over the years, it’s clear that the Corvette C6.R has realized Zora’s dream.” “Corvette Racing has again set the standard for engineering excellence, preparation, and commitment in the American Le Mans Series,” Peper noted. “The team came to race at every event, and ran with all of the passion and skill that have made Corvette Racing America’s premier production sports car racing team. The drivers, mechanics, engineers, support personnel and team managers of Corvette Racing have made everyone at Chevrolet proud, and I congratulate every one of them on a job well done.”

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BadBoyVettes Unveil the Rebranded Corvette Racing C6.Rs

by Keith Cornett on October 18, 2007

At the Mucky Duck bar in Monterey, California, the rebranded Corvette C6.R racecars were unveiled to the attendees of the BadBoy Vettes Laguna Seca kickoff party. Not being able to attend personally, Dan from BBV sent us the following pictures and gave us permission to rebrand CorvetteBlogger.com with one of the photos. Thanks, Dan! Earlier in the week we inquired whether both C6.R Corvettes were being rebranded or just the #4 Corvette. Due to the damage of the #3 C6.R at Petit Le Mans, we heard that the #33 C6.R that Ron Fellows and Andy Pilgrim drove in August at Mosport was being pressed into service. Today, with the release of the BadBoy Vettes C6.R photos, we were pleasantly surprised to find the #3 C6.R Corvette was rebranded as well, with the graphics and colors inverted from the #4 Corvette.

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The BBV-branded Corvette C6.Rs The BBV-branded Corvette C6.Rs The BBV-branded Corvette C6.Rs
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The final race of the 2007 ALMS season is the Monterey Sports Car Championships at Laguna Seca on Saturday, October 20th. SPEED channel will televise the race live beginning at 5:30 pm EST.
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Corvette Racing: Bad Boy Vette’s C6.R Repaint is a Wrap

by Keith Cornett on October 12, 2007

Dan from Bad Boy Vettes gives us an update on the new graphics package for the C6.R Corvettes race next week at Laguna Seca. While their initial photo showed a couple cans of Krylon spray paint, apparently this method of rebranding one of the most successful cars in racing history is frowned up by the higher-ups at GM. So the experts from Competition Graphics were called in and now we get the first look at just how good “Jake” looks on the #4 Corvette.

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Bad Boy Vette's C6.R Graphic Bad Boy Vette's C6.R Graphic
The #4 badboyvettes C6.R will be making its official debut at the Mucky Duck in Monterey on Wednesday evening, October 17th during the Bad Boy Vettes bash. In celebration of Corvette Racing’s last race of the season, another GT1 Class championship, and one hell of a new paint job, CorvetteBlogger.com will be pulling a bit of a “Bad Boy” rebranding ourselves. Stay tuned!
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C6.R Corvettes To Get A Bad Boy Makeover for Monterey

by Keith Cornett on October 9, 2007

Our friends over at Bad Boy Vettes must have been born with silver tongues. Over the course of the 2007 season, they’ve talked the Corvette Racing team into doing all sorts of cool things: Duct-taping a camera to the hood at Le Mans led to Foot Cam, Pit Cam and Fan Cam. Then at some point along the way, BBV stickers appeared both inside and out the C6.Rs, usually placed in proximity to an onboard camera or two. We’re still scratching our heads as to why, but the access that BBV enjoys brings the fans closer to the Corvette Racing team, and for that we are thankful. We got word last night that for the final race of the 2007 season in Monterey, and possibly the final race of the Corvette C6.R program in the American LeMans series, Corvette Racing will be rebranding the Corvette C6.Rs with the team’s official unofficial mascot, Jake.

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According to legend, Jake was sketched out one night on a bar napkin at LeMans a few years ago by the guys behind Bad Boy Vettes and was adopted wholeheartedly by the Corvette Racing team. Since that fateful moment in France, we’ve seen Jake appear on the C6.Rs B-pillars, front and rear bumpers, on the concrete slab in front of the team’s garage at LeMans, and inked as tattoos on more than one member of Corvette Racing’s crew. Details are slim at the moment, but we understand that a design has been sketched and the paint has been ordered for a Bad Boy Vettes C6.R makeover for Monterey. Check out the designs then stay tuned as details emerge.
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=Oliver Gavin, Olivier Beretta and Max Papis drove their #4 Corvette C6.R to the GT1 Class victory in Saturday’s Petit Le Mans at Road Atlanta. The Class victory by the #4 Corvette C6.R effectively sealed the GT1 championship for the two Ollies, their third in a row, and was the 6th consecutive win for Corvette Racing at Petit Le Mans. The 1,000 mile/ten hour race was slowed by nine cautions as accidents ruled the day. Just 15 laps into the race Jan Magnussen was clipped by the #26 LMP2 which sent the #3 Corvette C6.R hard into a tire barrier, damaging the front end and ending the campaign for Magnussen, O’Connell and Fellows. Runner up in the GT1 class was the #27 Maserati MC12 finishing 50 laps behind the Corvette C6.R after also being involved in an accident.

“As far as wrecks go, this one ranks pretty high,” Magnussen observed. “The fact that I can stand here now shows how strong the Corvette C6.R is. All of the safety devices built into the car absolutely did their job.” Course workers brought the car back to the paddock on a flatbed, and the Dan Binks-led crew surveyed the damage, which was too extensive to repair. “There is no question that all of the safety systems, including the HANS device, performed admirably,” said Corvette Racing program manager Doug Fehan. “The crush zone in the nose box and the way the frame rail is designed to absorb an impact did exactly what they were supposed to do. When you build a car to that specification, the driver can avoid injury in a big hit like the one we had today.” “It was a huge disappointment for the No. 3 Corvette team because they had a great car for the race,” Fehan said. “The upside is that the No. 4 Corvette ran flawlessly, the crew did eight perfect pit stops, and despite a great challenge from Maserati, Corvette once again prevailed.”
With the Win at Petit Le Mans, Beretta became the first ALMS driver to win five championships – three with Corvette Racing and two with Oreca. Beretta has 36 career ALMS victories while Gavin has his 27th career ALMS victory. And despite the lack of meaningful competition from outside the Corvette Racing team, kudos go to Gavin and Beretta for beating the best in GT1 – Jan Magnussen, Johnny O’Connell and Ron Fellows – to win the Drivers Championship, and that was no easy feat.
“It’s a very special moment to win the championship,” Beretta continued. “The crew and engineers have done a perfect job since the beginning of the year. Everybody is working in the same direction. I have a fantastic teammate – Oliver is super quick, very straightforward, very clever, and a good guy. We work very well together; we don’t even need to speak, we just understand each other from an expression or a gesture. We trust each other completely, and that is a very good thing.” “It’s great to win the championship by winning here today,” said Gavin, who tallied his 27th career ALMS victory. “This makes up somewhat for the huge disappointment of Le Mans. I’m delighted for everyone in the team, and especially for my engineer, Steve Cole, who’s done a marvelous job all season. Ray Gongla, my crew chief, has been a rock, a real leader, with his cool head and his ability to keep talking us through the races. All of the team managers – Gary Pratt, Doug Fehan and Steve Wesoloski – have been at the helm, steering the ship along. Olivier has done a fantastic job, and it’s marvelous to have Max back in the car.”
The final race of the 2007 ALMS season is the Monterey Sports Car Championships at Laguna Seca on Saturday, October 20th. SPEED channel will televise the race live beginning at 5:30 pm EST.
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Corvettes to Compete in ALMS GT2 Class in 2008

by Keith Cornett on October 8, 2007

LG Motorsports C6 CorvetteAccording to a press release by the American LeMans Series, three new independent teams representing Detroit’s Big 3 auto manufacturers are gearing up to race in the ALMS GT2 class next season. We are very exciting to hear that Lou Gigliotti of LG Motorsports has teamed with car builder Bill Riley of Riley Technologies to bring two Corvette C6′s to the GT2 dance in 2008. The Corvettes will utilize the standard Corvette C6 engine (LS3 we are assuming) opposed to the GT1′s Z06′s LS7 as battles Porsche, BMW and Ferrari. In a story about the move to GT2, AutoBlog says the LG Motorsports team has the blessing of GM Racing. We are not sure if that means there will be any direct support by GM at this time. However that could change as one of the other new entrants will be a factory supported Viper team that may also run multiple cars. The third team will be a Ford GT car from Kevin Doran of Doran Racing. “It’s a very exciting time, and as a racing series, we couldn’t be in a stronger leadership position,” said Series President & CEO Scott Atherton. Homologation to ACO (Automobile Club de l’Ouest) specifications will occur immediately following the season in order that all cars will be available to participate in the American Le Mans Series Winter Test, January 28-30 at Sebring International Raceway. The first race of the 2008 ALMS series is the Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring on March 15th.
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Maserati to Challenge the Corvette C6.Rs at Petit Le Mans

by Keith Cornett on October 3, 2007

Doran Racing has entered their Maserati MC12 in the GT1 class for this weekend’s running of the Petit Le Mans at Road Atlanta. This is their second race this year, after coming in third at Road America in early August. Drivers for the MC12 are Fredy Lienhard, Didier Theys and Andrea Bertolini. This will be just the third race this season where the Corvette Racing team has had competition in the GT1 class. An Aston Martin DBR9 fielded by a privateer battled Corvette at Sebring back in March, but it just wasn’t strong enough to give the two C6.R’s a run for the top spot on the podium. Unfortunately it is looking more and more likely that this will be the final year for the GT1 Corvettes. The team has been a victim of their own success in the American Le Mans series and unless they get an announcement from Prodrive’s Aston Martin or another serious contender whose committed to racing a complete season, this could be the end of the line. Pratt and Miller, builders of the Corvette C6.Rs for the Corvette Racing team are busy building a P1 prototype. Talk about moving down to GT2 appears to have waned as well as my favorite idea of taking it to the European FIA-GT circuit where there is no shortage of challengers in the GT1 class. Before future plans are made through, Corvette Racing still has two ALMS races to finish. After this weekend’s 10 hour/1,000 mile Petit Le Mans, the season wraps up at Monterey on October 20th. In other Corvette Racing news, the field has been narrowed and voting is underway for the “From the Fans” award, considered to be one of the most coveted honors of the ALMS. Corvette Racing’s Program Manager Doug Fehan and Team Manager Gary Pratt are among the five finalists. Word from Bad Boy Vettes is that Acura is stuffing the ballot box, so click here to vote for either Doug or Gary for the From the Fans Award. And speaking of Ron Fellows (nice segue, huh?), the Most Popular Driver award is again up for grabs and what a send-off it would be for Ron Fellows should he win it for the fourth year straight. Click here to vote for the ALMS Most Popular Driver award. Ron will be making his final start this weekend as a co-driver in the #3 Corvette C6.R sporting a pink helmet that will be auctioned off this Thursday October 4th to support breast cancer awareness. If you are interested in bidding on the custom helmet visit the bid page for the 2007 Le Petit Elegance silent bid page. The 10th running of Petit Le Mans, will start at 11:15 a.m. ET on Saturday, October 6. The 1,000-mile/10-hour race will be televised live on SPEED Channel from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. and from 6:30 to 10 p.m. ET.
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Corvette Racing’s ALMS Future Depends on Aston Martin

by Keith Cornett on September 7, 2007

=With the 2007 Campaign coming to close next month, speculation about the future of Corvette Racing’s participation in the ALMS in 2008 is beginning to heat up. GM road racing manager Steve Wesoloski suggests if you want to know about Corvette Racing’s plans for 2008, just ask David Richards of Prodrive, who manages the Aston Martin GT1 DBR9 racing program. “As soon as they announce they are coming back, we’ll announce that we’ll be back,” he said. “I think you should ask that question to David Richards and George Howard-Chappell [who also runs Aston racing].” Prodrive completed a buyout of Aston Martin earlier this year and while indicating an interest in returning to the ALMS, you can bet that Aston will require some “Competition Adjustments” to lure the DBR9′s back to the States. Racing yourself isn’t all that fun, and without any meaningful competition in the GT1 Class, Corvette Racing may end its participation in the ALMS. “The only thing I can say with any confidence is that we will be at the Le Mans 24 Hour next year,” said Wesoloski. He also said that any operation built around Le Mans will not involve a full assault on the Le Mans Series in Europe, something that the team considered for this season. Before the start of this year’s ALMS campaign, the Corvette Racing team was in the same position. For now, there are multiple options on the table ranging from a move to GT2 to jumping into the FIA-GT series in Europe. Personally, I would love to see the Corvette Racing program take on the serious contenders that are assembled in Europe. Weekly battles with Ferrari, Saleen, Maserati and Aston Martin would immediately raise the competition for Corvette Racing’s C6.R Program, better preparing the team for the yearly assault at LeMans.
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Shotgun in a Corvette Z06 at the Detroit Grand Prix

by Keith Cornett on August 31, 2007

Check out the view of the Detroit Grand Prix on Belle Isle from the passenger seat of the Corvette Z06 pace car. The video, which features Corvette Chief Engineer Tom Wallace, shows us the track and its amazing just how tight this course is. With the amount of traffic from the LMP1 and P2 prototypes to GT2 cars, our boys in the GT1 Corvette C6.R’s will have their work cut out for them come Saturday.

The Detroit Sports Car Challenge presented by Bosch, the 10th round of the 12-race ALMS series, will start at 3:15 p.m. EDT on Saturday, Sept. 1. The two-hour, 45-minute race will be televised live on SPEED Channel.
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