Corvette Racing will be starting 2nd and 3rd in Saturday’s 24 Hour of Le Mans with the Risi Ferrari F430 holding the pole. During the 3rd and final qualifying session Oliver Gavin was interviewed in Corvette Racing’s garage. Video is after the jump.
In the 5th episode of Track to Street: Corvette Racing Series, we’re given a history lesson on the story of Corvette Racing at Le Mans, and how it all began 50 years ago at the 24 hour race. Take a look at the behind-the-scenes footage, which includes a chronicle of the Corvette’s evolution as well as some interviews with key team-members of the past and present and what the 24 hours of Le Mans means to them. Among those interviewed were famed drivers Dick Guldstrand and Dick Thompson, as well as current team Ambassador, Ron Fellows.
If all goes as planned, one week from now the two Corvette C6.Rs will be racing through the French countryside in the dead of the night locked in battle with the best sport car manufacturers in the world. Two years ago we pulled this video off a French website during live streaming of a practice session. After watching the Johnny O’Connell behind the wheel of the #63 Corvette C6.R, I tell you I can’t wait for next weekend’s 2010 24 Hours of Le Mans!
As one of the partners in the Race to Win Corvette Sweepstakes, AutoWeek’s Editorial Director Dutch Mandel was able to sit down with Corvette Chief Engineer Tadge Juechter and Corvette Racing’s Engineering Director Doug Louth. The two engineers discussed the individual aspects of the 2011 Corvette Z06 Carbon Edition and how cascade engineering with the racing program has created the best track Corvette yet.
In celebration of the 50th Anniversary of Corvette’s first visit to the 24 Hours of Le Mans, GM has opened up the media archives and is showing this 1960 documentary which captures Corvette’s first class win at the historic sports car race. Narrated by Dr. Dick Thompson, aka “The Flying Dentist”, the 35-minute film follows the three Briggs Cunningham Corvettes and the #4 Camoradi Corvette from arrival in France to the post-race celebration.
As part of the video taken earlier this year when General Richard Cody, Vice Chief of Staff of the U.S. Army (Retired), toured the Bowling Green Assembly Plant prior to taking delivery of a 2010 Corvette Grand Sport Convertible, General Cody meets and greets the military vets who are now building America’s favorite sports car.
The Monticello Motor Club is a new private race resort facility built on 650 acres in Monticello, New York – just 90 minutes outside of New York City. One of the configurations is a 3.5 mile road course consisting of 18 turns, 1.5 miles of straights and 450 feet total elevation changes. Today we find MMC member Jeff Gordon rocking a Corvette ZR1 at speeds up to 150 mph around the new track.
This 1979 Corvette burst into flames in the Boston suburb of Wellesley on Wednesday night. According to police, the driver stopped on Washington Street when he felt a small explosion under the hood. Lt. Jack Pilecki of Wellesley police added “He also saw a small flame by his tire. Luckily he stopped the car and got out safely, and officials were able to contain the blaze.” No one was hurt in the accident.
Chip Miller of Corvettes at Carlisle had a dream to return the #3 1960 Briggs Cunningham Corvette and its driver John Fitch back to Le Mans for the 50 anniversary of Corvette’s first class win and 8th place finish overall in the world’s most prestigest road race. Sadly, Chip passed away in 2003 and now his son Lance is working to fulfill his father’s dream. This is a neat video that will introduce you to the #3 Corvette and the people who have played a role in restoring it to it’s former racing configuration.
At last weekend’s American Le Mans Series at Monterey, Chevy and Corvette Racing took the time to honor the men and their Corvettes who were the trailblazers for today’s Corvette racing program. On hand for the celebration was Dr. Dick Thompson (aka The Flying Dentist) who drove the #2 Corvette at the 1960 24 Hours of Le Mans and Dick Guldstrand who raced with Bob Bondurant in 1967. These two legends told some incredible stories of their exploits and you can watch the videos after the jump.