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[VIDEO] Johnny O'Connell's Petit Le Man: Bergmeister's Payback

We all remember how last year’s ALMS season ended: Jan Magnussen and Flying Lizard’s Porsche Driver Jorg Bergmeister going toe-to-toe in the last lap at Monterey. Magnussen crashed into a wall while Jorg went on to collect the checkered flag. At Johnny O’Connell’s auction at Petit Le Mans, Jorg stepped up to the plate and delivered a home run for charity. Check out the video to see Jorg’s contribution to the auction and enjoy the good natured ribbing Johnny gives him on behalf of Corvette Racing fans.

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Intoxicated Corvette Driver Parks C6 in Burbank Home

by Keith Cornett on October 6, 2010

Intoxicated Corvette Driver Parks C6 in Burbank Home

On September 24th, 63-year old Pat Leeper crashed his Arctic White C6 Corvette into the Burbank home of Rene Zendejas. Already devastated by the loss of his pet canary a few days earlier, the 89-year-old Emmy winning puppeteer missed his birthday party due to the crash and now has to look forward to dealing with insurance companies to cover the estimated $60,000 in damages. The crash is believed to be caused by drunk driving with tests pending to determine the blood alchohol content of Leeper’s blood.

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[VIDEO] TAM GT3 Corvette Callaway Z06.R Promo

by Keith Cornett on October 6, 2010

[VIDEO] TAM GT3 Corvette Callaway Z06.R Promo

I really like some of these promo films coming out of Corvette Motorsport featuring the variety of international teams racing Corvettes. Here is a promo film from TAM House of Portier that runs a GT3 Callaway Corvette Z06.R in the UAE GT Championship. Production values are high and the gratuitous shots of their Corvette on the track is appealing on any continent.

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Corvette ZR1 Body Kits for C6 Coupes

by Keith Cornett on October 6, 2010

Corvette ZR1 Body Kits for C6 Coupes

There’s no doubt that the Corvette ZR1 is the baddest Corvette that GM has ever made. With 638 horsepower generated from an Eaton twin-screw supercharger, the ZR1 is capable of traveling 0-60 in 3.4 seconds and has a top speed of 205 mph. Equal to the performance is the aerodynamic body designed to generate down force and keep you planted on the road. Now Corvette C6 owners can get the great look of the Corvette ZR1 for just a fraction of the cost.

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2010 Petit Le Mans Photo Gallery

by Keith Cornett on October 5, 2010

2010 Petit Le Mans Photo Gallery

I took nearly 600 photos during my three days at Road Atlanta for the 13th Annual Petit Le Mans and it was somewhat hard deciding which images to share. So we pulled 45 images to present in our 2010 Petit Le Mans photo gallery. You’ll find an eclectic mix ranging from the Corvette Corral and the Tech Talk with Gary Pratt and Dan Binks to the final moments of the race when the pit crew realized they just won the GT class.

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[VIDEO] Last Lap at Petit Le Mans

by Keith Cornett on October 4, 2010

[VIDEO] Last Lap at Petit Le Mans

In the final minutes of Petit Le Mans, both the #4 Corvette C6.R (in position 2 running -10 seconds down) and the class leading #62 Risi Ferrari came in to the pits for a splash of fuel. As the announcer recounts in the video from SPEED, the Corvette team got it right and Ferrari got it wrong when it came to how much fuel would be needed to make it to the end.

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September 2010 Corvette Sales

by Keith Cornett on October 4, 2010

September 2010 Corvette Sales

Friday saw the release of GM’s monthly sales reports and for the straight sixth straight month the number of Corvettes sold has been north of 1,000 units. In September 2010, 1,109 Corvettes were sold. This was 30% lower than last year’s 1,585 Corvettes, but discount that due to extenuating circumstances surrounding the September 2009 sales total. Year to date, Corvette sales total 9,798, a 9% decrease from 2009′s 10,795 units.

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[VIDEO] Inside the Corvette Racing Garage After Win at 2010 Petit Le Mans

The Corvette Racing garage at Petit Le Mans was a very happy place following the team’s first win which came at the last race of the 2010 ALMS season. C6.R driver Oliver Gavin recounts the rollercoaster season and then describes the final moments of passing the #62 Risi Ferrari on the last lap to win the checkered flag.

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Corvette Racing Wins Petit Le Mans on Last Lap

by Corvette Racing on October 2, 2010

Corvette Racing Wins Petit Le Mans on Last Lap

Gavin, Magnussen and Collard Take Dramatic GT2 Win on Fumes as Ferrari Runs Dry on Final Lap

BRASELTON, Ga., Oct 2, 2010 – Corvette Racing concluded its first full season in the ultra-competitive GT2 category with a victory tonight in the 13th running of Petit Le Mans at Road Atlanta. Going into the final lap, the No. 4 Compuware Corvette C6.R driven by Oliver Gavin was trailing Toni Vilander in the class-leading No. 62 Risi Competizione Ferrari by 10 seconds. With a low-fuel alarm flashing on his own instrument panel, Gavin watched incredulously as the Ferrari slowed on the back straight as it ran out of E85 fuel. Gavin then raced across the finish line 5.763 seconds ahead of the runner-up No. 01 Ferrari of Dominick Farnbacher, which also passed Vilander’s hapless Ferrari.

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[VIDEO] Corvette Racing's Johnny O'Connell Sings to Raise Money for Alzheimer's Research

Corvette Racing C6.R driver Johnny O’Connell hosts an annual celebrity auction at Petit Le Mans to raise money for Alzheimer’s research and The Guest House, an adult day health care facility in Gainesville, GA. We’ll have another post detailing some of the cool race items that were sold. However, the highlight of the evening was when he sang “I want to Rock N Roll All Night” with help from Corvette Racing Crew Chief Mike West and rocker Dan Fastuca.

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