Ford Motor Company has just announced an extensive racing program for their new Ford GT super car. Ford will attack both the Tudor United SportsCar Championship and the World Endurance Championship, each with a two-car effort under the auspices of Chip Ganassi Racing. Their real target, however, is Le Mans in 2016, the fiftieth anniversary of the earlier Ford GT’s first win and podium sweep. To take a car that has yet to turn a wheel in anger and make it into a fast and reliable racer to compete at the top level of the sport is a prodigious undertaking, even for an organization as experienced as Chip Ganassi Racing. But, as more information comes out, it is apparent that Ford has been hard at work under the radar and may be further along in the car development than we know.
Gavin, Milner, Taylor Give Chevrolet, Corvette Racing an eighth class win at Le Mans
LE MANS, France (June 13, 2015) – Corvette Racing stood atop the podium at the 24 Hours of Le Mans on Sunday as Oliver Gavin, Tommy Milner and Jordan Taylor wrote the final chapter of a storybook comeback that ended with the team winning the GTE Pro category in their No. 64 Chevrolet Corvette C7.R.
No. 64 Chevrolet Corvette C7.R leads inside final six hours
LE MANS, France (June 13, 2015) – Entering the final quarter of the 83rd running of the 24 Hours of Le Mans, Corvette Racing found itself well within reach of another class victory. A quick pit stop by the Corvette Racing crew put Tommy Milner into the lead just past the 18-hour mark ahead of Toni Vilander in what is shaping up to be a fantastic finish to this year’s race.
Milner surges back into lead after strong stints by Gavin, Taylor in No. 64 Corvette C7.R
LE MANS, France (June 13, 2015) – With 12 hours down and 12 to go, Corvette Racing is in the midst of a fight for top honors at the 24 Hours of Le Mans. Tommy Milner retook the lead in GTE Pro in his first stint just past the halfway point Sunday morning at Le Mans. Oliver Gavin drove three stints on two sets of tires and led GTE Pro twice during his time in the No. 64 Chevrolet Corvette C7.R before handing off to Milner for his second round of driving duties.
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Gavin, Milner strong in the open to push No. 64 Corvette C7.R to GTE Pro lead
LE MANS, France (June 13, 2015) – Corvette Racing powered its way through the GTE Pro field and into the lead of the 24 Hours of Le Mans in the first six hours. All three drivers of the No. 64 Chevrolet Corvette C7.R put in impressive lap times to go along with quick pit work by the Corvette Racing crew as Jordan Taylor ran second six hours into the event.
We found out this morning from National Corvette seller Mike Furman that some preliminary pricing has been announced for the 2016 Corvette Stingray and Z06. Full 2016 Corvette pricing is still expected later this month, but according to Mike, all Corvettes models will be receiving a $400 increase for the new year. We were actually expecting to see at least a $1,000 bump in price so only $400 is something we can live with.
On Thursday evening during qualifying for the 24 Hours of Le Mans, a mechanical failure to Corvette Racing’s No.63 Corvette C7.R driven by Jan Magnussen resulted in a hard crash at the Porsche curves. The Corvette C7.R had significant damage to both the front and the rear and the team announced the withdraw from the race after it became apparent that the car could not be fixed on-site.
Following the crash, Magnussen was taken to the medical center where he was checked and released by the ACO’s medical staff.
A 72-year-old man’s dream car turned out to be a nightmare this week.
James Rogers of Port Arthur, Texas and his dog Leia apparently died of heat exhaustion Monday afternoon when they became trapped inside his 2007 Corvette.
Justice of the Peace Marc Derouen pronounced Rogers dead and ordered an autopsy. Police do not suspect suicide or foul play.
The countdown to Bloomington Gold 2015 currently stands at just over 2 weeks. One of the additions to the show in recent years is the Gold Autocross. Now, as the granddaddy of all Corvette shows is set to make its debut at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, Bloomington Gold has announced that Lingenfelter Performance Engineering and RideTech will be sponsoring one of their newest driving events.