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.
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.
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.
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.
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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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.
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!
American Team Aims for Seventh Le Mans Win, First GTE Title
LE MANS, France, June 7, 2011 – Racing has been a part of Chevy’s heritage since the company was founded in 1911 by Swiss-born race car driver Louis Chevrolet and financier Billy Durant. Now as Chevrolet celebrates its 100th birthday and Corvette Racing commemorates the 10th anniversary of its first class win in the 24 Hours of Le Mans in 2001, Corvette Racing is seeking to write another chapter in Chevrolet’s rich racing history with its first victory in the GTE Pro (formerly GT2) category at the 24 Hours of Le Mans.