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Corvette Racing Qualifies Second and Ninth for Sebring 12-Hour Race

Gavin Posts Second-Quickest Time in Hotly Contested GT Class at ALMS Season-Opener

SEBRING, Fla., March 18, 2011 – On a glorious day in central Florida, Corvette Racing celebrated the rites of spring by qualifying second and ninth for Saturday’s Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring at Sebring International Raceway. Oliver Gavin posted the second quickest time in the GT class at 2:01.743 (109.411 mph) in the No. 04 Compuware Corvette C6.R. Olivier Beretta was ninth in the No. 03 Compuware Corvette C6.R at 2:02.633 (108.617 mph).

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[VIDEO] Behind the Scenes at Corvette Racing with #03 C6.R Crew Chief Dan Binks

Most Corvette Racing fans see him on TV or at the track, but very rarely do we hear from him. Dan Binks is the Crew Chief of the #03 Corvette C6.R and on the Wednesday leading up to the Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring, we stopped by the Corvette garage to speak with him. We discussed the new paddle shift system, E10 vs E85, testing of a proximity alarm system as well as his impressions of new driver Tommy Milner.

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[VIDEO] Say Hello to Corvette Racing’s Tommy Milner

by Keith Cornett on March 17, 2011

[VIDEO] Say Hello to Corvette Racing's Tommy Milner

Say hello to Tommy Milner, the newest driver in the Corvette Racing lineup. Tommy will be taking over the full-time driving duties with Olivier Beretta following Johnny O’Connell’s departure to the Cadillac Motorsports program which was announced in December. Milner brings youth AND experience to the #03 Corvette C6.R. At just 25 years old, Milner has five years of seat time racing in the American Le Mans series including the last two years in the white BMW’s with Rahal-Letterman. With 51 starts and 17 podium finishes, the only that is missing from his impressive resume is a checkered flag.

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[VIDEO] Corvette Racing Series Episode 2: Engine Build

by Keith Cornett on March 17, 2011

[VIDEO] Corvette Racing Series Episode 2: Engine Build

In the second episode of the 2011 Track to Street season, we go in-house to learn about the Corvette race engine development and build process within GM. The production engine serves as the foundation for the GT engine that will power the Corvette Racing cars in this weekend’s season-opener at Sebring, and throughout the season. Take a look and see what separates one engine from another.

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[VIDEO] Oliver Gavin talks with CorvetteBlogger.com at Sebring

With the departure of Johnny O’Connell, Oliver Gavin assumes the unofficial role of senior driver at Corvette Racing. In the nine years since he’s been with factory race team, Gavin has posted 76 starts with 32 wins and 18 poles in ALMS competition and 9 starts with 6 podium finishes including 4 class wins at the 24 Hours of Le Mans. With the 12 Hours of Sebring getting underway later this week, we spoke with Oliver about the strategy in dealing with 56 cars on the grid, off-season changes to the C6.Rs, and his new co-driver Richard Westbrook.

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[VIDEO] A Conversation with Corvette Racing's Doug Fehan

As a new year of racing in the American Le Mans series gets underway with the 12 Hours of Sebring, we had the opportunity to talk with Corvette Racing’s Doug Fehan. In this wide-ranging interview, we asked Doug about paddle shifters, E10 vs E85 for Sebring and the driver changes made during the off-season. We also managed to sneak in a question about the C7! Check out the video after the jump.

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New Season Brings New Challenges for Corvette Racing

by Corvette Racing on March 14, 2011

New Season Brings New Challenges for Corvette Racing

Season-Opening 12-Hour Sebring Endurance Race Is Toughest Test for New Cars, New Technology, and New Drivers

SEBRING, Fla., March 14, 2011 – Corvette Racing will begin the 2011 American Le Mans Series at the Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring on Saturday, March 19, with two new cars, two new drivers, and a wealth of new technology.

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[VIDEO] Corvette Racing's Oliver Gavin Profiled on Mobil 1 The Grid

Here is the video of Oliver Gavin’s appearance on Mobil 1 The Grid which first aired Friday evening. Gavin talks about the importance of endurance training and how his training for the London Marathon translates to racing Corvettes. Gavin also talks about the upcoming ALMS season and the high level of competition in the GT class.

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[PIC] #4 Corvette C6.R Being Prepped at Pratt & Miller

by Keith Cornett on March 11, 2011

#4 Corvette C6.R Being Prepped at Pratt & Miller

According to Oliver Gavin on Twitter, the C6.R Corvettes will be wrapping up their prep work at Pratt & Miller and will be heading down the road to Sebring shortly:

Oliver Gavin: Last day of prep 4 the #04 car before being loaded. Brian & all the guys have been flat-out getting her ready.

DVR Alert
Oliver Gavin is one of the features on Friday’s episode of Mobil 1 Mobil 1 The Grid. The show airs on SPEED at 10:00 pm Eastern.

 

Lot #176 1957 Corvette Roadster at RM Auction

Article contributed by Steve Burns

Both RM Auctions and Gooding and Co. will be hosting collector car auctions this weekend in northeastern Florida in conjunction with the prestigious Amelia Island Concours D’Elegance. Gooding’s sale will take place on Friday, March 11 while RM’s event is Saturday, March 12. Between the 2 auction houses, 6 early Corvettes will cross the block in search of new homes. We’ll preview each of the cars for sale after the jump.

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