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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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You’re Invited! GM Holding Corvette Racing Pep Rally

by Keith Cornett on August 28, 2007

Dear Corvette Racing Fan:

=You are invited to join GM North America President Troy Clarke, along with Chevrolet General Manager Ed Peper, as they lead GM employees and Corvette enthusiasts in a pep rally cheering on Corvette Racing’s own drivers Oliver Gavin, Olivier Beretta, Johnny O’Connell, Jan Magnussen, Ron Fellows and Max Papis for Corvette Racing’s inaugural appearance at the Detroit Belle Isle Grand Prix this weekend. Special guests include Detroit Belle Isle Grand Prix Chairman Bud Denker and American Le Mans Series President Scott Atherton. The public is invited to attend. Schedule of Events: 11:00 am – Driver autograph session
11:30 am – Corvette Racing pep rally The Pep Rally will be held at the GM Global Headquarters at the Renaissance Center; GM Plaza on the River Walk; Detroit, Michigan.
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Corvette Racing: #3 C6.R Wins GT1 At Mosport

by Keith Cornett on August 27, 2007

=Lady luck finally showed up for the number 3 Corvette C6.R after a string of bad luck has kept Johnny O’Connell and Jan Magnussen out of the winner’s circle for much of this season. Their win today breaks a streak of four races straight by the number 4 Corvette C6.R driven by Oliver Gavin and Olivier Beretta. Hometown favorite Ron Fellows and Andy Pilgrim in the #33 Artic White C6.R Corvette rounded out the GT1 class. All three Corvettes went 116 laps around the 2.5 mile circuit. The race turned with an hour left when the GT1 leading #4 Corvette C6.R was struck and spun out by a prototype and went off track at Turn 3. The #3 Corvette was then able to take the lead and then extend it to a win with a quick pit stop and flawless racing. The last time O’Connell and Magnussen shared the Winner’s Circle at Mosport, it was 1999 and the pair won the LMP1 class in a Panoz prototype.

“We’ve been so snake bit this year and nothing went right for us,” O’Connell said. “We’ve been working with a new engineer (Ben Brady) and on bringing the winning chemistry back. Everything went right today. To share it with Jan having won here before was huge.” “We’ve managed to come up nearly every race to come up with a way to lose so that was in the back of my mind,” Magnussen said. “The car was good and the tires were absolutely great. Everything went according to plan. We had a mega pit stop and we opened up a gap, and Johnny made a stop and we opened it up even more.”
After Gavin’s spin, the #33 C6.R Corvette moved into second place and stayed their consistently until with 2 minutes remaining Gavin passed Fellows and held on through the checkered flag.
“It was very cool to run the white car with Andy,” said Fellows. “He did a great job, and when it was time to race, he did what he needed to do. I’m happy for my pal Johnny to win here at Mosport – it makes up for the ones that got away from the two of us!” “The fans’ attention is incredibly flattering,” Fellows reflected. “You need to cherish those moments because they’re not going to happen forever. I’ll never forget it.” “I had a blast!” Pilgrim declared. “I’m really proud to race with Ron in Canada, and I’ve had a wonderful time. The Corvette C6.R is an amazing machine. I’ve gone four seconds a lap faster around Mosport than I ever went in the C5-R.”
The Grand Prix of Mosport was likely Ron Fellows last start for Corvette. Ron took the Corvette Racing program to new heights during his service and it’s a fitting tribute to have watched him drive the Artic White Corvette C6.R at Mosport. Corvette Racing’s next event is the Detroit Belle Isle Grand Prix in Detroit Saturday, Sept. 1. SPEED Channel will televise the race live at 3 p.m. EDT.
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=The #4 C6.R from Corvette Racing has been on a bit of tear lately, winning seven of eight races in the American Le Mans Series this year including the last four straight. Yet, for perhaps the first time this year, fans of Corvette Racing aren’t rooting for the #4 or the #3 Corvette for that matter. Local hero and Corvette Racing legend Ron Fellows is making what could be his final run at Mosport behind the wheel of his Artic White C6.R so who wouldn’t want to see the former ALMS GT1 Champ and his #33 Corvette cross the finish line first this weekend? Tell that to Oliver Gavin. Gavin in the #4 C6.R put up the fastest time in GT1 today, winning the pole by 0.148 seconds ahead of Ron Fellows with a time of 1:13.857. The #3 Corvette with Johnny O’Connell and Jan Magnussen will start third in class after O’Connell’s lap of 1:14.097.

“I don’t think I’m very popular here,” Gavin cracked. “I’m going to wear a mask or bag over my head. No one gets preferential treatment here. Everyone is given the same car. All the data is going back and forth between all three cars. It’s great to see the white car around here and it should bring more fans in. Ron has been around here for so long and I think he may have a couple of tricks up his sleeve.”
Traffic played a bit of a role in the outcome of qualifying, Gavin said. He had relatively clean laps while Fellows got caught a couple of times behind slower cars.
“The traffic didn’t affect me as much as it did Ron,” Gavin said. “It’s still a great track and an amazing place to qualify. Having new tires and low fuel is always a lot of fun here. The corners are fun because they are so quick. I’m pleased I had this one.”
Yes, Fellows is the main attraction here. He is so well regarded here on his home track that the Mosport International Karting Academy has named a corner after him. Corner 7, arguably the toughest corner on the track and referred to as the “bowl” has been renamed the “Ron Fellows Bowl”. Fellows will be racing twice at Mosport this weekend, with his #33 C6.R and the factory Cadillac CTS-V in the Speed GT Championship. The Grand Prix of Mosport presented by Mobil 1, the ninth round of the 12-race ALMS series, will start at 3 p.m. EDT on Sunday, August 26, and will be broadcast live on SPEED Channel.
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BadBoyVettes calls it their FanCam due to its mounting location. We simply call it awesome! The BBV on-board camera was mounted on the rear of the #4 Corvette C6.R at Road America in Elkhart Lake, Wisconsin a couple of weekends ago and as Dan from BBV describes, the footage is “just like that taken from their onboard camera at LeMans, only going the other way”!


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Corvette Racing to Field 3 C6.R’s Corvettes at Mosport

by Keith Cornett on August 21, 2007

Corvette Racing's Artic White C6.RFor the first time in Corvette Racing history, three factory Corvette C6.R’s will be on the track this weekend for the ALMS Grand Prix of Mosport in Ontario. The third Corvette will be an Artic White C6.R driven by Corvette Racing veterans Ron Fellows and Andy Pilgrim. The addition of the #33 Corvette C6.R allows Ron Fellows to drive the racing version of his limited production signature edition Z06 at his hometown track in Ontario and is part of Corvette Racing’s season long celebration of Ron Fellow’s contributions to the racing program.

“It’s going to be good fun, and that’s exactly how we’re going to approach this race,” said Fellows. “Our car will be decked out in brilliant white like the production car. It will be absolutely awesome, and I can’t wait.” Pilgrim agreed: “It’s going to be great racing with Ron as my teammate again,” he said. “I want to do well for Ron in front of his home crowd, so I’m going to be trying 110 percent.”
Fellows and Pilgrim first raced a Corvette together back in 2000 at Mosport where they finished second. The next month the duo scored their first win at Texas Motor Speedway, which became the first of Corvette Racing’s 59 victories. Andy Pilgrim has 33 starts for Corvette Racing in 1999-2003 with 6 victories, 18 podium finished and two poles. So how will the logistics be handled behind the scenes when it comes to adding a third Corvette? Program Manager Doug Fehan plans on using the existing crew teams to service the additional Corvette during the race:
“Essentially we’ll have all of the equipment to service three race cars in the pits, with separate fuel rigs, separate air guns, and separate nitrogen bottles,” explained Corvette Racing program manager Doug Fehan. “We’ll use the same crews to service the third car, so we’re not going to have all three cars stop simultaneously. We can pit two cars together as we often do, and then pit the third car out of sequence.”
The Grand Prix of Mosport presented by Mobil 1, the ninth round of the 12-race ALMS series, will start at 3 p.m. EDT on Sunday, August 26, and will be broadcast live on SPEED Channel.
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Corvette Racing TV: BBV’s PitCam Debuts at Road America

by Keith Cornett on August 10, 2007

Corvette Racing Crew Member Dave wears the PitCamBadBoyVettes keeps raising the bar when it comes to their video coverage of the Corvette Racing team. Back in June, they duct-taped a digital video camera to the hood of a C6.R Corvette for a lap around LeMans. Great for fans, but not so great for the camera. Then they followed up with the innovative ToeCam at Lime Rock. And for this weekend at Road America, it looks like PitCam will be debuting with a new twist: live streaming video during the race. They tested the camera earlier in the week by mounting it to the hat being worn by crew member Dave. Dave then spent the next 30 minutes doing his prep work on the #3 Corvette. You can view that video here. Check the BadBoyVettes.com PitCam often during the race. They have an icon at the top to let you know when the broadcast will be streaming. The four hour race beings at 4 p.m. CDT on Saturday, August 11th. In other Road America news, Oliver Gavin was first in the GT1 class for Corvette Racing with a lap of 2:02.24 to edge out Jan Magnussen in the #3 Corvette C6.R by more than a second. Third in class was the Doran Racing Maserati MC12 of Didier Theys and Fredy Lienhard at 2:04.499.
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Corvette Racing: Ready for Road America

by Keith Cornett on August 6, 2007

Road America has a quiet reputation as one of the great road courses in America. The 4 mile course near Elkhart Lake Wisconsin ranks high on the list of drivers for its fast straightaway’s through the rolling hills as well as its 14 corners with challenging names like the Carousel and the Kink. For the two Ollies, they just recently ran a road course very similar to that of Road America. The #4 C6.R drivers were in Belgium for the 24 Hours of Spa, finishing 6th in the Luc Alphand Adventures Corvette C6.R.

“Road America is a little Spa,” said Beretta. “It has very high-speed corners, it goes up and down the hills, and of course there is the Kink. It is a wonderful place, one of the best tracks in America, and I’m very happy to go there.” Gavin agreed: ” Road America is one of the last old-style, really challenging tracks that we race on,” said the Briton. “It’s quite open, it’s quite flowing, and it’s very fast. You’ve got good elevation changes, and some really demanding corners like the Carousel and the Kink. It’s picturesque, a great track to drive around, and one that I look forward to every year.”
For Jan Magnussen, this will be his first race at Road America in the Corvette C6.R. His last race came as a driver for a Ferrari 550 where he and co-driver David Brabham defeated the C5-R Corvettes in 2003.
“Road America has some really super-fast corners, and not many race tracks have fast corners anymore,” observed the Dane. “I’ve heard many racers say that it’s one of their favorite tracks, and I think that’s because it’s one of the last real race tracks that are left. “The last time I raced at Road America was with a Ferrari 550 in 2003,” Magnussen recalled. “The Corvette C5-Rs were faster than us at that race, but somehow we managed to win. The C6.R is faster than the C5-R was, so I’m looking forward to driving it. Road America is always a good experience.”
This weekend’s Road America will be a little more interesting since the announcement that Doran Racing will be fielding a Maserati MC12 for the race. It was at the 24 Hours of Spa that Maserati came in second to a Corvette C6.R after giving up the lead following a spinout with one hour remaining. The final tally in the GT class at the 24 Hours of Spa had four Maserati MC12′s finishing in the top 7 positions in class whereas the four Corvettes (C6.R and C5-R) finished in the top 10. The four-hour Generac 500 at Road America, the eighth round of the 12-race ALMS series, will start at 4 p.m. CDT on Saturday, August 11. NBC Sports will televise the race tape-delayed at 2:30 p.m. EDT on Sunday, August 12.
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Doran Racing's Maserati MC12Rumors had been circulating for weeks about the possibility of a Maserati competing in an ALMS race in the GT1 class. Finally we got the word that it would be happening this weekend at Road America. Doran Racing has entered a Maserati MC12, powered by a six-liter V12 engine. We saw last week how a Maserati MC12 had mastered the competition at the 24 Hours of Spa in Belgium, only to lose in the final hour to a Corvette C6.R due to a spinout. Drivers for the Doran Maserati team are Fredy Lienhard and Didier Theys. While both have competed at various times in the ALMS, this will be a new type of race for the duo who are used to racing prototypes. Other than the opening week at Sebring has Corvette Racing faced a challenger for an ALMS race here in the States. At the 12 Hours of Sebring, the #4 C6.R and #3 C6.R were 1st and 2nd against an Aston Martin DBR9 privateer. The Corvettes also battled several marques at the 24 Hours of LeMans and came away with spot on the podium in the GT category, finishing in second place behind the Prodrive Aston team. So far the only race in the ALMS schedule for the Maserati is Road America, although we’re hearing that a run at the Petit LeMans may also be planned. The four-hour Generac 500 at Road America, the eighth round of the 12-race ALMS series, will start at 4 p.m. CDT on Saturday, August 11. NBC Sports will televise the race tape-delayed at 2:30 p.m. EDT on Sunday, August 12.
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Spa 24: Corvettes Finish 1st and 3rd

by Keith Cornett on July 29, 2007

Carsport Holland's #5 Corvette C6.R wins the 24 Hours of SpaAfter completing 532 laps around the 4.3 mile Circuit of Spa Francorchamps in Belgium, the #5 Carsport Holland Corvette C6.R took the checkered flag to win the 24 Hours of Spa. The win wasn’t without drama. Weather became a major factor with the safety cars making their presence off and on during the times when thunderstorms raked the area. With an hour left in the race, the GT class leader Vitaphone Maserati MC12 missed a turn and landed in the gravel, which gave the lead lap to the #5 Corvette C6.R. The Maserati MC12 was able to get back onto the leap lap but was unable to catch up to the Carsport Holland Team and had to settle for second place. Third place was taken by the Corvette C5-R driven by the hometown team of PK Carsport. The Luc Alphand Adventure Corvette C6.R started off extremely strongly in the Total 24 Hours of Spa, but dropped back due to a sequence of problems, and finished sixth. Oliver Beretta, clarifying what happened during his 2 hour 45 minute stint behind the wheel in the early hours of the morning, said:

“The first incident was when I touched a Maserati which caused a bit of bodywork damage but was not a problem, I could continue. Then, a few laps later, I was overtaking a Porsche into Eau Rouge when I saw a piece of debris on the track. I could not avoid it because of having just overtaken the Porsche; I heard a noise so knew something had happened and then I had a big understeer and knew the tire had gone. That was when I came back into the pits.” Later on, Oliver Gavin had problems with the throttle. “It was about 3.30 in the morning and I came out of La Source and the throttle pedal went straight to the floor like it was broken. I tried lifting it with my toe but it was floppy. I guessed the linkage was broken. We lost about five laps while it was being repaired which is a huge shame as things were going pretty well until then.”
The Maserati MC12′s were very competitive at the 24 Hours of Spa with four finishing in the top seven. All four Corvette teams finished within the top ten. Unlike last month at LeMans where Aston Martin had been very competitive, this endurance race saw all three Aston Martin DBR9′s fall from the race and did not finish.
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