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Corvette Racing: Fehan vs Gavin in Tour de Road America

by Keith Cornett on August 6, 2008

The Corvette Challenge at Road America

There will be plenty of action this weekend as Corvette Racing returns to battle the Bell Motorsports Aston Martin DBR9 in Saturday’s Generac 500 at Road America. But the real contest is happening the day before as the USA takes on England in the Tour de Road America, a winner take all bicycle race featuring Corvette Racing’s Program Manager Doug Fehan (GoDoug) of Birmingham, Michigan vs #4 C6.R Corvette Driver Oliver Gavin of Yardly, England.

The Corvette Challenge match race featuring Fehan against Gavin will take place on Friday, August 8 in a 4.045-mile sprint around the 14 turn Road America race track. Billed as Experience and Treachery vs Youth and Enthusiasm, USA vs England and my favorite, Management vs Labor, the winner will have bragging rights within the Corvette Racing team as well as knowing their hard work is helping the Lance Armstrong Foundation fight cancer.

DOUG: “Fitness plays an important role throughout the Corvette Racing team. As program manager, I try to lead by example – and it’s clear that some team members need a little work. Finishing the London Marathon was certainly a glamorous achievement for Oliver, but a bike race at Road America will separate the men from the boys. Remember, the British had the prettiest uniforms, but we won the war!”

OLIVER: “I’m younger, fitter, stronger – and smarter. Despite his advanced age, I’m sure that Doug will push himself hard because he wants to win as badly as I do. Knowing him as I do, I’m confident that it won’t be a clean fight, but I’ve got some tricks up my sleeve as well. I’ve done marathons and triathlons, but the bicycle race with Doug will certainly be the greatest challenge yet. I’m not sure if it’s a good career move to beat the boss, but I’m going for it!”

The two contestants in the Corvette Challenge Bicycle Race are also raising funds for the Lance Armstrong Foundation. Currently, Fehan is significantly ahead of Gavin in fundraising, and the word on the street is that GoDoug is upping the ante by offering the top bidder a hot lap around Road America in a Pratt & Miller Corvette C6RS as well as a shirt autographed by the entire Corvette Racing team. You can donate to either Fehan or Gavin by visiting http://www.pelotonride.org/corvettechallenge.html.

“Show me the money!” declared Fehan. “The ALMS has a Green Challenge for the environment, but we’ve got our own Green Challenge for Corvette Racing fans, and it’s all about American greenback dollars for the fight against cancer. If they want to back a winner, they’ll pledge for me, but even if they choose to support Gavin, at least their donation will go to a good cause.”

Corvette Racing’s next event is the Generac 500 at Road America, scheduled to start at 4 pm CENTRAL on Saturday, August 9th. SPEED will televise the race tape-delayed on Sunday, August 10th at 2 p.m. EDT.


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The Corvette Challenge
Bad Boy Vettes

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VetteGirl.TV Video Series

If you haven’t yet seen Becky Anderson AKA Vette Girl tearing up some of the best tracks in America in a borrowed Corvette Z06, head over to the internet show’s newly launched website, www.vettegirl.tv. The show is off to a fast start with five episodes already produced and posted, and they can all be viewed on the new site.

Becky’s enthusiasm for going fast is infectious. For those of us that have never taken a Corvette to a track event, its interesting to see what happens next as we’re new to this experience as well. And for you guys who do take their Corvettes to the track, watch out for the Blue DC C5 Z06 sporting the number 13, because the girl driving it only has one thing on her mind and it doesn’t involve following your ugly ass.

Vette Girl – An American Adventure is produced by Patrick Gramm of DigitalCorvettes.com and the quality and content to date have been excellent. A new episode is usually posted every 10 to 14 days and the interesting storyline has turned the series into a must watch for any serious Corvette fan. Make sure you register and you’ll be notified when a new episode is posted. We hear the next track on Vette Girl’s conquest list is Gingerman Raceway in South Haven, Michigan. Go Vette Girl Go!


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Corvette Racing's Ron Fellows wins the Nationwide NAPA 200

A quick note of congratulations goes out to Corvette Racing’s Ron Fellows who won the Nationwide Series NAPA 200 at Circuit Gilles Villeneuve in Montreal over the weekend. Fellows took an early pit stop and then gradually worked his way to the front. The race called 25 laps shy of 74 due to rain. Ron was driving the #5 GoDaddy.com Chevrolet from Dale Earnhardt Jr’s JR Motorsports. This was his fourth career Nationwide Series victory and the first time he’s won a NASCAR race at Montreal.

Talking about the rain and track conditions, Ron said “That was difficult, we’ve had a little bit of that over in France with the Corvette at Le Mans. But this was good fun. Now I’ve got to make Dale Jr. let me run next week [when the Nationwide Series goes to Watkins Glen].”

Ron will be back in drivers seat come next weekend. Earnhardt is scheduled to race in the No. 5 Chevy in the Nationwide Series while Fellows will drive the No. 01 Chevrolet for Dale Earnhardt Inc. in the Sprint Cup race.


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Photo Credit: Gregory Shamus/Getty Images

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Corvette Racing: The 24 Hours of Spa

by Keith Cornett on July 31, 2008

The GMAC Phoenix Carport #6 Corvette C6.R

With the factory-backed Corvette Racing team having the weekend off, we’ll be watching the two Corvette privateer racing teams compete in the FIA-GT Championship at the 24 Hours of Spa in Belgium. The 4.3 mile track is one of the most historic and challenging in the world and with three Corvettes battling the likes of Maserati, Saleen, Lamborghini, and Aston Martin, its definitely a race worth watching. Unlike LeMans or the ALMS, there are no prototype classes so the GT1 cars will also be competing for the overall win.

Germany’s Phoenix Carsport will be defending the GT1 Championship in the GMAC #5 and #6 Corvette C6.R’s. The Belgium-based Selleslagh Racing Team (SRT) will also be racing a Corvette C6.R.

Last year’s race was a battle of the Corvette C6.R vs the Maserati MC12 with Carsport Holland’s #5 Corvette C6.R taking the win after the class leader Vitaphone Maserati MC12 missed a turn and landed in the gravel. The 2007 race was also quite exciting as Corvette Racing’s Olivier Beretta and Oliver Gavin joined up with the Luc Alphand Adventures Corvette racing team. Unfortunately, I don’t see an entry this year for the distinctive White C6.R.

European-based Corvette Motorsport will be offering live coverage of the 24 Hours of Spa through their website. Live on-board cameras and pit feeds will be streamed. Combined with timing and scoring information and live chat for fans, it should be relatively easy for us US-based Corvette Racing fans to keep up with all the action that happens in a 24 hour endurance race. Click here for a video teaser.

In the first Pre-Qualifying reports, we see that Corvettes are running 1-2 (Phoenix Racing/SRT) with Vitaphone’s Maserati MC12 third.

Live coverage of the practices and qualifying kicks off today and the race is scheduled to start at 4:00 PM local time. I believe that translates to 10 AM Eastern Time.


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Corvette Motorsport
Photo Credit: Planet LeMans

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The #3 and #4 Corvette C6.Rs Battle for the win at Mid Ohio

Just because there are no other teams competing in the ALMS GT1 class doesn’t mean there’s no competition for Corvette Racing. Taking a line from an old joke, I was watching a fight over the weekend when a race broke out. The GT1 class is all about the win, and according to Jan Magnussen “If you aren’t first, your last”. Magnussen and co-driver Johnny O’Connell extended their win steak to four in a row and fifth for the season by taking the checkered flag at Saturday’s Mid-Ohio Acura Sports Car Challenge. But the win wasn’t easy as our video recap shows.

It was at the two hour mark that the race for the flag really began. During a yellow caution period, both the #3 and #4 C6.R Corvettes entered pit row together for fuel, tires and a drivers change. With O’Connell in the #3 Corvette and Beretta in the #4 car, both Corvettes dropped and left their stalls simultaneously and a bit of fender rubbing occurred as the Corvettes went door to door, blowing through a red flag at the pit exit lane with Beretta finally getting out in front. The shenanigans on pit road were not appreciated by the officiating crew and both cars were sent to the penalty box for 2 minutes and thirty seconds.

“We are a very competitive group,” said O’Connell after tallying his 33rd career ALMS victory. “Both cars left at the same time and it was like the Hatfields and McCoys for a moment with two guys arguing for the same area of road. It was just two great race cars today running in very difficult conditions.”

After leaving the Penalty area, O’Connell was able to pass Beretta but both Corvettes were again summoned to the penalty box where they sat for five minutes for what officials called “taking unjustifiable risks”.

“A prototype drew down inside of him and he went wide,” O’Connell recalled. “I was on the proper line and my momentum carried me by. He was just gathering it up, but there was a gaggle of prototypes doing battle and it was chaotic.”

O’Connell maintained the lead and finished first in class. The win gives Magnussen and O’Connell 126 points for the Championship cup while Gavin and Beretta are 16 points back with 110.

“Who says you need more than two cars in a class to have exciting racing?” asked Corvette Racing program manager Doug Fehan. “I think what we saw today are two cars that are separated by thousandths of a second on the race track and separated by thousandths of a second in pit lane. Each of them is trying to win. I think it was exciting for the fans, and it was certainly exciting for us in the pits. It’s hard to deny the intramural rivalry that exists, and we saw two guys racing hard and getting caught up in the heat of the moment. We’ll all learn a lesson from today’s race.”

Corvette Racing will head to Road America for the Generac 500 in Elkhart Lake, Wisconsin on August 9th at 4pm CDT. SPEED will televise the race tape-delayed on Sunday, Aug. 10, at 2 p.m. EDT.


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CorvetteRacing.com
SPEED

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The #3 Corvette C6.R at Lime Rock

The #3 Corvette C6.R is on a roll this season with Johnny O’Connell and Jan Magnussen picking up their fourth ALMS win Saturday at the Northeast Grand Prix at Lime Rock. The 1.51 road course at Lime Rock proved again to be a beast with heavy traffic and several caution periods. The duo was a lap down with 25 minutes to go when a gearbox issue forced Olivier Beretta to pit the #4 C6.R, sealing the victory for the #3 Corvette.

The race between sister cars and crew was highlighted when O’Connell emerged from the pits late in the race after a splash and go fuel stop. The two velocity yellow Corvettes were door to door with O’Connell holding the inside line to the next corner. Beretta couldn’t keep the speed up on the outside and was forced to tap the brakes and fall behind the #3 C6.R.

“It was looking dark for a while, but No. 3 Corvette C6.R was a great race car today,” Magnussen said. “I was unlucky with traffic in my stint, and then just after Johnny got into the car, the race leader was between the two Corvettes when the yellow flag came out. We lost nearly a full lap on the wave-by. It looked grim, but then we got back on the lead lap when the other car had to stop. Then they had a small problem and stopped again. We needed just a few gallons of ethanol to make it to the finish, and Johnny just pipped Olivier coming out of the pit lane. That was very exciting!”

“There are so many races we could have won but for bad luck,” said O’Connell. “I don’t know if we should have won this one, but I’m going to take it!”

“When I came out of the pits after the last stop, I saw Olivier coming,” O’Connell continued. “I held the inside line, and the only way he was going to take me was on the outside – and that would have been impossible.”

O’Connell earned his 32nd career ALMS victory and it was his first win at Lime Rock. O’Connell and Magnussen now hold a 12 point lead (106-94) over teammates Gavin and Beretta with six races remaining.

Corvette Racing’s next event is the Acura Sports Car Challenge at the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course in Lexington, Ohio, on Saturday, July 19. NBC will televise the race tape-delayed on Sunday, July 20, at 12 p.m. EDT.


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CorvetteRacing.com
SPEED

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Corvette Racing: Gavin Scores Pole at Lime Rock

by Keith Cornett on July 11, 2008

The #4 Corvette C6.R

Fresh off their dual podium finish at Le Mans, Corvette Racing heads to Connecticut for the 1.51 mile slugfest known as Lime Rock. Oliver Gavin in the #4 Corvette took the pole with a lap of 54.792 (102.288 mph) finishing 0.247 seconds faster than Jan Magnussen in the #3 Corvette. The Bell Motorsports Aston Martin was also to return to competition but did not qualify after a crash in today’s second practice session.

The year’s visit to Lime Rock brings a bit of the unknown as the track was reconfigured and freshly paved. The distance is relatively the same but the corners have increased from 8 to 10.

“The biggest challenge is that we have very limited data on the new Lime Rock track layout,” said Ken Flory, chief engineer for the No. 3 Compuware Corvette C6.R driven by Johnny O’Connell and Jan Magnussen. “While we have maps of the new sections, they don’t show the elevations, banking, and specific details of the track. With new paving on the entire track, the grip level is a mystery as well.”

“We plan to use maximum instrumentation on the cars to gather as much information as we can in the first practice session,” Flory revealed. “We’ll pay close attention to tire temperatures and suspension ride heights initially. The team typically begins the race weekend with similar setups on both Corvette C6.Rs, and then we take different directions to evaluate various options. Then for the race, the setups tend to converge and we end up with similar combinations on the No. 3 and No. 4 Corvettes.”

Johnny O’Connell and Jan Magnussem lead the GT1 Championship by eights points but Lime Rock has been good to Gavin Beretta, who have won here 3 times in four starts since 2004.

“Usually we have come off a good result at Le Mans,” said Gavin, who was third in class with Beretta and Max Papis this year. “But we are all ready to put that behind us. We just had some rough luck and a rough run for the first half of the season. Putting that behind us, this is the best way to start.”

The ALMS Northeast Grand Prix at Lime Rock is Saturday, September 12th at 2:05 pm EST. SPEED will air the race tape-delayed on Sunday, June 13 from Noon to 3 pm EST.


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WhoWon.com
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#63 Corvette Makes Contact with LMP2 Lola Judd

Once the rain started falling, cars began making a beeline for the pits to change to their rain tires. Unfortunately for Johnny O’Connell, his #63 Corvette C6.R still had racing slicks on when he came up on the #33 LMP2 Lola Judd practically stopped on the entrance of pit row.


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SpeedTV

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#63 Corvette Makes a Pit Stop

The telemetry in the #63 Corvette C6.R was showing the right front brakes running hotter than normal so the decision was made to pit the Corvette, do a visual check and if needed, change out the pads and rotor. Watch the crew go to work and in particular keep your eye on Crew Chief Dan Binks as he whips off his helmet and dives right into the wheel-well to get the job done. Total time for the brake change is just one minute 24 seconds.


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LeMans 2008: Corvette Racing Finishes Second and Third

by Keith Cornett on June 15, 2008

#63 Corvette C6.R at the 24 Hours of Le Mans

For the second consecutive year, Corvette Racing has finished second in the LMGT1 class. Johnny O’Connell, Jan Magnussen and Ron Fellows ran 344 laps in their Velocity Yellow Corvette C6.R and was on the lead lap but finished 4:23.843 behind last year’s winning #009 Aston Martin DBR9. The #64 Corvette C6.R piloted by Gavin, Beretta and Papis overcame a multitude of issues and fought their way back to a third place finish completing 341 laps.

Corvette Racing was running 30-40 seconds behind the #009 Aston Martin for much of the second half of the race. The tuning point came in Hour 17 when the #63 Corvette pitted and the decision was made to replace the right front rotor assembly and brake pads. The procedure took only a minute 24 seconds but the team went a lap down in the process.

“Once again, we saw one of the epic battles in all of sports car racing,” said Corvette Racing program manager Doug Fehan. “When you can take two cars, run them for 24 hours, and have them finish just minutes apart, it’s an incredible achievement for both teams. We had a brake issue with the No. 63 Corvette and overcame a problem with the alternator in the No. 64 Corvette, and both cars finished on the podium. When we look at Corvette Racing’s overall record and performance here at Le Mans, Chevrolet can be proud.”

The #64 Corvette C6.R also overcame much adversity and was able to fight its way back to the third position on the podium. Early in the race the Corvette had an issue with its alternator which required it to be replaced. That repair was done in just six minutes. The team also had an incident in the pits where the Corvette’s hydraulic jack came down in the middle of a tire change, dumping the Corvette on the ground without a rear left tire.

Corvette Racing strategy involved 14-lap fuel stints, one more lap than the Astons were capable of, but the rain and safety cars negated much of those opportunities. In the end, the #009 Aston Martin was able to run a nearly trouble-free race to earn their win. We congratulate them, knowing that Corvette Racing will return next year refocused and hungry for the win that has now alluded the team two years running.

Quotes from Corvette Racing’s Drivers:

Olivier Beretta, No. 64 Corvette C6.R: “I’m already thinking about 2009 Le Mans. Everyone at Corvette Racing did a fantastic job preparing the cars. We just had bad luck on the No. 64 Corvette with the alternator and the safety car, and that was two laps gone. When it was raining, I pushed hard, I felt comfortable, and did four or five stints. At Le Mans, the last thing to do is to give up, so I just pushed and hoped that we would have better luck. It’s a disappointment to finish second or third, so there is only one place to be — in first. We did that three years in a row with Corvette, I did it five times in my career, and I hope that the sixth one will come next year with Corvette Racing.”

Ron Fellows, No. 63 Corvette C6.R: “I felt that we had the opportunity to win this one. We were well prepared and both teams put up a hell of a fight — and we were second best today.”

Oliver Gavin, No. 64 Corvette C6.R: “This is a race that just sort of got away. I think we were fast enough and any one of the four cars from the Corvette and Aston Martin factory teams could have won today. It just came down to the one that had the cleaner race. We had bad luck with the alternator and then the floor issue. Maybe we were lacking some pace in the night, and got some unlucky breaks with the safety cars. It all adds up to the three laps that we were behind. That’s Le Mans for you. We’ll be back to fight them next year.”

Jan Magnussen, No. 63 Corvette C6.R: “Standing on the podium at Le Mans is special, but second is not exactly the spot we wanted. We hoped to improve on last year, and we had a nearly flawless race — but unfortunately, so did Aston Martin. In the night they had a little more speed than us, and it was tough to get back that gap. All of the guys worked so hard for this, they deserve a win. We’ll just have to work even harder and get a victory next year.”

Max Papis, No. 64 Corvette C6.R: “You need a perfect race to win Le Mans against Aston Martin, and my hat’s off to them. Sometimes you win or lose over a small detail, and that’s what happened to us. We tried every Michelin tire, from rain to dry to intermediates. I felt that everyone did everything they could. It’s great to be able to count on your teammates, to know that everyone who gets in the car will contribute. We came up a little short, but a podium finish at Le Mans is always something special.


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Photo Credit: Arnaud Cornilleau – ACO/Nikon

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