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Corvette Racing Moves to E85 for 2008 ALMS Season

by Keith Cornett on January 16, 2008

E85 Powered Corvette C6.R

The Corvette Racing team announced this year’s 2008 American LeMans Series campaign will be fueled by E85 ethanol, a high-octane blend of 85% ethanol and 15% gasoline. Last year, the team won its 7th consecutive GT1 manufacturer and team championships on E10, which is just 10% ethanol. With the switch to E85, the C6.R’s becomes the latest in the Corvette family to go green.

According to Steve Wesoloski, GM Road Racing Group Manager, the transition to E85 from E10 will be seemless. “The race cars’ fuel systems were already 100 percent compatible with ethanol,” he said, “so our preparation for the change to E85 in 2008 basically comes down to recalibrating the engines.”

“By showcasing the capabilities of E85 ethanol before an audience of knowledgeable and technically astute race fans, we can demonstrate the benefits of a renewable fuel that helps to reduce dependence on petroleum, helps to reduce emissions of greenhouse gases, and helps to create greater diversity in energy supplies,” Chevrolet general manager Ed Peper said. “Of course, performance is what counts in racing, so E85 ethanol’s higher octane rating than gasoline wasn’t overlooked by the Corvette Racing engineers.”

The first E85 Corvette was Jay Leno’s C6RS Z06 which made a huge splash at last year’s SEMA show. That Corvette was also built by Pratt and Miller, builders of the Corvette C6.Rs. Then we had the announcement in late December of the E85-powered 2008 Indianapolis 500 Pace Car. With the trickle-down effect that Corvette Racing has on its regular production-bred siblings, its a natural evolution for there to be at some point in the near future an E85 powered Corvette coming directly from the assembly plant at Bowling Green.

The 12 race season of the ALMS kicks off March 15th at the Mobile 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring.


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Corvette Racing Will Return To ALMS GT1 in 2008

by Keith Cornett on December 13, 2007

Corvette Racing will return to the ALMS in 2008Whew! Corvette Racing announced that they will be returning both factory backed GT1 Corvette C6.R’s to the American Le Mans Series in 2008. In addition to the ALMS 12 race series, the team will be competing at the 24 hours of Le Mans. Since the team returned to the track in 1999, they’ve won seven consecutive GT1 Manufacturers and Team Championships, plus six straight Drivers championships in the ALMS. Corvette Racing currently owns the ALMS record for class victories at 57, plus 40 1-2 finishes.

“Corvette Racing was conceived as a long-term program to showcase the performance, technology, and value of Chevrolet’s world-class sports car,” said Mark Kent, director of GM Racing. “Since the team’s competition debut in 1999, Corvette Racing’s success in top-tier road racing has produced a strong return on our investment, paying dividends in marketing, engineering, technology transfer, personnel development and other areas of our business. Corvette is now a performance icon that’s recognized around the world, and Corvette Racing’s continued participation in the ALMS and the 24 Hours of Le Mans will be an important element in the global celebration of GM’s 100th anniversary in 2008.” “Our decision to compete in all 12 rounds of the ALMS schedule in 2008 reflects our commitment to our sponsors, our suppliers, and to Corvette enthusiasts worldwide,” said Steve Wesoloski, GM Racing Road Racing Group manager. “There is a reason why thousands of Corvette owners attend Corvette Corrals at ALMS events and why the autograph line at Corvette Racing is the longest in the ALMS paddock: Racing is an integral part of Corvette’s history and heritage, and we are continuing that tradition.” “Experience teaches us that motorsports is cyclical, and the GT1 category is currently in transition,” Wesoloski observed. “Would we like to see more competition in GT1 in the ALMS? Absolutely! But in the absence of season-long competition, we are absolutely committed to controlling our own destiny. We are pushing hard to develop our chassis and powertrain, to refine our race strategy, and to continuously improve every element of the program. We know that the competition at Le Mans will be intense, and we will use the ALMS series to hone the race cars, the drivers, and the team to prepare for it.”
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Corvette Z06 Chosen to Pace 50th Daytona 500 in 2008

by Keith Cornett on November 19, 2007

The 2008 Corvette Z06 Daytona 500 Pace CarThe Daytona 500 is arguably the most prestigious race on NASCAR’s seemingly endless yearly racing schedule and for the last four years, Corvette has led the pack of race cars as the Official Pace Car. 2007 Daytona 500 winner Kevin Harvick, flanked by representatives of the Daytona International Speedway and General Motors, made a surprise appearance at last week’s Central Florida International New Car Show in Orlando, Florida to announce that Corvette would be back for the fifth consecutive year as Pace Car for the 2008 Daytona 500. Next year’s race will be even more special as 2008 marks the 50th anniversary of the Daytona 500. The 2008 Corvette Z06 Pace Car pays tribute to Daytona’s golden anniversary by being decked out in a stunning “Anniversary Gold” exterior paint with Red, White and Blue racing stripes. Like previous years, the Daytona 500 logo adorns the doors while the Chevrolet bowtie graces the hood in red. The current top-of-the-line Corvette is ideally suited for the pace car duties at Daytona. The Corvette Z06, with 505 horsepower, has more horsepower than the NASCAR sprint cup race cars it will pace. Other than the integrated light bar and strobe system, the Corvette Z06 Pace Car is nearly identical to the street version.

“Chevrolet has been inextricably linked to NASCAR from its inception and we are honored to support the golden anniversary of the sport’s premier race – the Daytona 500 – with a very special Corvette Z06 Pace Car,” said Ed Peper, Chevrolet general manager. “The Corvette Z06 has established a tradition in leading the pack at Daytona, which reflects Chevrolet’s commitment to racing and the fans.” “Talk about a ‘wow-factor,’” said Speedway President Robin Braig. “It’s the perfect piece of machinery to help pace a star-studded field at ‘The World Center of Racing’ for the historic 50th running of the Daytona 500.”
The 50th Anniversary running of the Daytona 500 will be held Sunday February 17, 2008.
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#3 Corvette C6.R For Sale. One Owner, Low Miles…

by Keith Cornett on November 15, 2007

The #3 Corvette C6.RAs our primary focus is bringing you unique information about Corvettes that are for sale, here’s an ad that appeared on the American LeMans website: Pratt and Miller Corvette C6.R #3 Race Car
Driven by Johnny O’Connell, Jan Magnussen and Ron Fellows
Price: $650,000.00 SKU: #***CORV5504

Corvette Details: No bling but much zing. Special everything, including things we can’t tell you about. 1 owner, 1 seat. Low miles, but driven very fast. Always garaged. Never driven on public roads. Cared for by loving owners, cursed by the competition. One of only a few. Available only in Velocity Yellow. Championships and Drivers not included. Only for sale because Ms. Pratt said it is time to clean out the garage. Yes this is really for sale. For more information please call or email. Specifications: Chassis 005 that raced in LeMans (finished 2nd in class) and in the 2007 American LeMans series.
575 Horsepower, 6000-rpm redline
7-liter small block V8
2425 lbs hydoformed steel chassis with composite body
Longitudinal front engine, rear wheel drive
Tunable to the low drag demands of LeMans or the high downforce requirements of Mosport.
I don’t know what’s funnier, the verbage of the ad which includes “Ms.Pratt said it is time to clean out the garage.” or the fact that the ad is in a shopping cart format, which allows you to add the car to the shopping cart basket (only after selecting yellow in the drop-down box) and then checkout. The only follow up questions I would have as a buyer is if I can get a CarFax report and a Bad Boy Vettes repaint
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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 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.

The BBV-branded Corvette C6.Rs The BBV-branded Corvette C6.Rs The BBV-branded Corvette C6.Rs
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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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, 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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