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Corvette Racing Links for the 24 Hours of Le Mans

by Keith Cornett on June 11, 2011

Corvette Racing Links for the 24 Hours of Le Mans

Here is our comprehensive list of links that will continue to evolve throughout Saturday and into Sunday as we follow Corvette Racing’s quest for the GTE Pro class win at the 24 Hours of Le Mans. Check back throughout race day as we add additional points of interest. Also note that we will be live blogging the 24 hour race beginning Saturday morning.

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2011 Le Mans: Inside Track with Corvette Racing Drivers

How does a Le Mans driver prepare for the big race? Hear Corvette Racing drivers’ stories of what it is like to be on and off the track at the biggest and longest race of the year.

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Corvette Racing Qualifies Fourth and Sixth for 24 Hours of Le Mans
Photo Credit: Richard Price/GM Racing

Team Focuses on Race Day Preparations in Final Qualifying Sessions

LE MANS, France, June 9, 2011 – At midnight in Le Mans, the field was set for the 59th running of the world’s greatest sports car race. Corvette Racing will start fourth and sixth in the 18-strong GTE Pro field in the 24 Hours of Le Mans. Back-to-back two-hour qualifying sessions tonight determined the final qualifying order, but the Corvette Racing crew concentrated on preparing for the upcoming 24-hour endurance test.

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[VIDEO] GM Returns to the Nurburgring with the 2012 Corvette ZR1

Chief Engineer Tadge Juechter said at the Corvette Museum’s C5/C6 Bash in April that they would be looking to make a trip to the famous 12.9 mile Nordschleife for final validation of the supercharged C6 ZR1. We just didn’t realize it would be so soon! Judging from the new official video from Chevrolet showing test driver Jim Mero piloting the 638-hp Corvette to a time of 7:19.63, an 6 second improvement over the famous high speed run in July 2008, I would have to say that final validation was most definitely a success.

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NHL Goalie Craig Anderson Visits Ron Fellows Corvette Driving School

While visiting the NCM during the Bash, I was going through the different galleries when I came across a group of people watching a video of hockey highlights. One lady turned to me and said “What does hockey have to do with Corvettes?” I replied that the highlights are of Craig Anderson who wears Corvette Racing’s Jake on his goalie helmet. Of course the next question was “Who is Jake?” and that took some explaining as well, but I digress.

Goalie Craig Anderson, who plays for the Ottawa Senators, has been a lifelong Corvette enthusiast and has owned Corvettes since he was 18. His current ride is a 2007 Corvette Z06. His love of Corvettes comes from his father, NCM Board Member Richard Anderson, who has owned and raced the sports car in SCCA events.

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Corvette Racing Fourth and Fifth in Provisional Le Mans Qualifying
Photo Credit: Richard Price/GM Racing

Magnussen and Beretta Post Top-Five Qualifying Times in First Qualifying Session

LE MANS, France, June 8, 2011 – Preparations for this weekend’s 79th running of the 24 Hours of Le Mans began today with four hours of free practice followed by the first of three two-hour qualifying sessions. Corvette Racing’s twin Compuware Corvette C6.Rs were third and fifth in the opening practice session. Then after a two-hour break, the initial qualifying session ran from 10 p.m. to midnight on the imposing 8.5-mile circuit.

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2011 Le Mans: Onboard Video from the #73 Corvette C6.R

Here is some onboard footage from the #73 Corvette C6.R at today’s free practice session. The Corvettes ran well and Magnussen even moved the C6.R into P1 for a few minutes. A somewhat scary moment occurred when the #74 Corvette was reported to be on fire. It turned out to be a minor power steering issue and the team was able to get right back out on track.

During the two hour qualifying session, the GTE PRO standings had the #56 BMW on the provisional pole at 3:58.426. Ferrari and BMW were 2nd and 3rd while the #74 Corvette finished 4th at 3:59.519 and the #73 Corvette was 5th at 3:59.633.

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Corvette 3D Experience to be First 3D Documentary about the Corvette

Patrick Gramm of Gramm Productions/Digital Corvettes has teamed up with Onset3D Studios to begin work on a new project called the “Corvette 3D Experience”. It’s going to be the first 3D documentary about Corvettes and it will bring the coolest Corvettes from six generations right into the living room of viewers through the power of high-definition 3D. But before filming can start, Patrick needs YOUR help.

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2011 Le Mans: ILMC Larbre Competition Preview

by Guest Contributor on June 8, 2011

2011 Le Mans: ILMC Larbre Competition Preview

Article Contributed by Corvette Motorsport

To worldwide road racing aficionados, Le Mans is a mystical place. The annual event dates back to 1923 when the Automobile Club of the Sarthe held their first race. Each summer the city transforms as the Les Vingt Quatre Heures du Mans or the 24 Hours of Le Mans swell the cities population to over 500,000. Spectators pack themselves into the famous 8.48-mile circuit. To win or even finish, competitors must run flat out, be trouble free and minimize pit visits. The Automobile Club de l’Quest (Automobile Club of the West) is very strict about who races at Le Mans.

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Cadillac CTS-V Wagon Goes on Top Speed Run and Races a C6 Corvette

Matt Farah and The Smoking Tire put out a great new video featuring the new Cadillac CTS-V Wagon. Ferah took the sports wagon to the El Mirage Dry Lake Bed where he put the 556-hp Caddy through its paces which included a 3-mile top speed run while shouting out the speed to an OnStar advisor. Matt was also joined by his friend Chris who has a 480-hp tuned C6 Corvette. The two GM performance cars lined up for a half-mile sprint on the dry lake bed. See who wins after the jump!

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