Corvette Racing was no match for this week’s Competition Adjustments which handed a 1-2 victory to the Aston Martins at Saturday’s Petit LeMans at Road Atlanta. The ALMS Sanctions Body penalized Corvette Racing’s #3 and #4 Corvettes 110 pounds and smaller engine restrictors. Armed with this week’s competition adjustments, Aston Martin was able to deny Corvette Racing the third win in the ALMS Triple Crown as well as move to second place and 7 points behind Corvette in the overall standings for the Manufacturers Cup.
During the race, the #3 Corvette was hit twice. The first occurred when an LMP1 Prototype forced it off the road during a high speed pass, forcing the Corvette into the pits and losing a lap while clearing the grille. The second hit occurred when contact between the #3 Corvette and #007 Aston Martin resulted in spinning out the Corvette.
“It’s disappointing,” said O’Connell. “I had a really good car but then I got turned backwards by Turner and lost a lot of time that would have been better spent trying to catch the 009 car. After I was forced off the track in the Esses, we were really lucky not to have to buy a new Corvette. It was a big slide.”
“Considering I was run into twice today, it’s amazing that we were still in the race,” O’Connell continued. “Corvette Racing builds about the strongest race car out there.”
“It’s almost impossible to compete because the competition adjustments have gone too far, especially on a track like this,” Max Papis commented. “Corvette Racing never gives up, but at the end of the day the competition adjustments were a little too much.”
While Corvette Racing lost the battle at Road Atlanta, the season-long war will be decided in the series’ season finale in Monterey, Calif., on Oct. 21. Chevrolet and Corvette Racing have a seven-point lead in the manufacturer and team championships; Beretta and Gavin lead the drivers’ standings by 11 points. With 23 points on the line at Laguna Seca Raceway, the championships hang in the balance.
Again, we make our call to the ALMS to Free the Corvette C6.R
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My 1966 Corvette threw a shoe last week and I need your help. And I am willing to pay for some advice. Think you can help? Please read on…
I was on a cruise a couple of weeks ago and did my normal “south county” route that takes me on some nice two lane roads away from the City of Tampa and through southern Hillsborough County. On my last few drives I’ve noticed a bit of shimmy between 45-60 mph. Over and under that speed the car drives very nice. About halfway through my cruise, the shimmy was much more pronounced and I was feeling it slightly now even above the 60 mph. I had written it off to the thought that I needed an alignment, something the Corvette hasn’t had in years. As I was nearing home, traveling about 60 mph on the local toll road, I heard a loud pop and I felt that backend really wanting to sway side to side. I slowed to 30 mph and since the Corvette was drivable at that speed, I limped on home.
After I got home, I crawled under the back of the Corvette and immediately saw the problem. My tread on the right rear tire had separated and some the belts were showing. I could see one or two of the belts actually broken, but the tire was still holding air.
I’ve had these same tires on my ’66 for years now. When you only drive a car a couple times a month, it’s not so much the mileage, but the age of the rubber. And while I’ve been wanting to upgrade my wheels from the standard hubcaps to some reproduction knock-off wheels, finances won’t allow me to do that right now, so I’ll skip the KO’s for now and just go with a new set of tires.
Currently, I have a set of Dunlop G/T Qualifiers. They have been great tires and I like the look of the white lettering more than a white wall. I am probably going to move to a set of BF Goodrich Radial T/A’s. However, I am open to some suggestions. My current tires are 215/70R/15′s and I am wanting to stay with that size because they are a bit beefier and as such, put more rubber on the road. Also, at that size there is no clearance issues with the fiberglass.
So here is the deal. First, sign up for the email newsletter. Then comment here on what kind of tire (make and model) you would recommend. If I like your suggestion, I will send you a free Corvette Price Guide
– a $15 dollar value. I am really open to some suggestions and would love some recommendations.
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We must be coming to the end of the year as I am sensing another round of the obligatory “Car of the Year” awards getting ready to be announced. And while I am not sure half these awards are worth the pixels used to promote them, if a Corvette is selected, than it is my duty as an American to report it! First up! The Motorist Choice Award from IntelliChoice.com and AutoPacific. This is a new award created from the surveys of both organizations that created “a new measurement that speaks to both the hearts and minds of car buyers.”
Really, the survey boils downs to owner satisfaction with their vehicle combined with an analysis of the vehicle’s cost of ownership and value. Both items that the Corvette has excelled at in recent years. The Corvette was listed as winning the Sports Car category, but get this. There were 29 winning models by segment and class, 12 classes for cars, 7 classes for SUV’s, 8 truck classes and 1 van class.
Here’s what each organization said about the Chevrolet Corvette:
AutoPacific Take on Corvette’s Win – The Chevrolet Corvette wins the first Motoristâ€™s Choice AwardÂ® for Sports Cars. It also won top honors among Sports Cars in AutoPacificâ€™s 2006 Vehicle Satisfaction AwardÂ®. Corvetteâ€™s strong image and vehicle reputation are reinforced by great Fun to Drive attributes like power, acceleration and handling.
IntelliChoice Analysis â€“ The Corvette, with plenty of horsepower on tap, is a true American â€œTriple Crownâ€ winner. Not only a Motoristâ€™s Choice and Vehicle Satisfaction winner, but also a repeat 2006 â€œBest Overall Value of the Yearâ€ winner. 5 year ownership costs are equally amazing at just $45,510, well over $6000 below itâ€™s nearest competitor. The Chevrolet Corvette, as much fun to drive as it is to own!
Yep, the Corvette rocks! But if you’re really interested in automotive awards than make sure you stay tuned as we are surveying the automotive landscape in anticipation of the 2nd Annual CorvetteBlogger.com Car of the Year
award to be announced in December.
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On Saturday, September 30th, Corvette Racing with be attempting road racing’s version of the Triple Crown. The first two jewels of the crown was the 12 Hours of Sebring and the 24 Hours of Le Mans. Next is the Petit Le Mans, a 10 hour/1,000 mile road race at Road Atlanta. Corvette Racing has only pulled this off twice before despite their dominance in the GT1 Class, in 2002 and 2004. But with the two Ollies – Oliver Gavin and Olivier Beretta along with Jan Magnussen have a streak of 4 endurances races since their win at the 2005 Le Mans.
Gavin and his teammates have learned the discipline of endurance racing. “Once the race starts, you have to drive hard but be aware it is a long race and a lot can happen,” he noted. “It’s not going to be won in the first stint; it usually comes down to the last two or three hours. That’s when things happen – cars break, it’s difficult to see, mistakes are made. The track often gets slippery as the race goes on, and you’ve got to be on your game when it gets dark.”
It’s going to be busy in the cockpit because of the short length of the race track,” explained Johnny O’Connell, a resident of nearby Flowery Branch, Ga. “Because the lap times are so much quicker than at Sebring and Le Mans, the odds of getting caught out by a pace car and going down a lap are much greater. Every driver is aware of the risks of falling behind your rivals at Road Atlanta because of that pace car situation.”
Petit Le Mans, the ninth round of the American Le Mans Series, is scheduled to start at 11:45 a.m. EDT on Saturday, Sept. 30. The race will be broadcast live on SPEED Channel from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. EDT and 3 to 10 p.m. EDT. American Le Mans Radio will have live coverage at americanlemans.com, which also will feature IMSA live timing and scoring.
Photo: Richard Prince
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Ever since the sanctioning body of the American Le Mans Series (ALMS) decided to “level the playing field” for the GT1 class by punishing the C6.R Corvettes for their technological advantage over the rest of the GT1′s competition, most notably Aston Martin, we begin each race week wondering what this week’s punishment will be.
At the beginning of the ALMS season at Sebring it started with a 122 pound weight increase. By the 24 Hours of Le Mans, it was 200 pounds. At Lime Rock, ALMS finally gave the race away with a sanction that included a 200 pound weight increase, smaller fuel capacity and intake restrictors. Team Corvette fought hard, but finished 0.33 seconds behind Aston Martin for second place.
With two races left and the race for the cup still too close to call, we wonder what the ALMS will impose for this weekend’s Petit Le Mans at Road Atlanta. We found the following graphic on the CorvetteForum.com and decided to send our own message to the ALMS sanction’s body: Free the C6.R!
Petit Le Mans
is a 10 hour/1,000 mile race to be run this Saturday at Road Atlanta. Speed TV will be providing television coverage beginning at 11:30am EST.
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While her husband Douglas was serving in Iraq for the past year, training Iraqi police in a province 50 miles south of Baghdad, school teacher Stacey Paley saved as much of her paycheck as possible to surprise him with the car that he’s always wanted. It had been Douglas’ lifelong dream to own a Corvette.
Douglas returned from his tour of duty on September 10th and was rewarded with the Bronze Star and the Combat Infantryman Badge for his service and valor during combat. However, the biggest reward was waiting from his wife. The day after he returned, she took him to a dealership and showed him the Corvette she had already picked out…a 1996 Collectors Edition Convertible.
He drove to his civilian job and claimed “I think they were more interested in the car than me.” As for his wife’s surprise and choice in Corvettes, Douglas said, “I’m just happy to have it”.
Click here to read more of this inspirational story from the JournalInquirer.com
The National Corvette Museum has teamed up with CorvetteCentral.com to offer a free gift for those who subscribe to the NCM’s weekly eNews newsletter. The free gift? ”An attractive Fireworks and NCM Spire Magnet”.
I’ve been a subscriber to the eNewsletter for over a year and I can tell you that it has some nice content and interesting Corvette tidbits each week. And if you are a raffle ticket buyer, the NCM will surely keep you up to date on which raffles they have going as well as ticket availability.
So go ahead and become a subscriber. You’ll learn more about the activities of the National Corvette Museum and your refrigerator will thank you for the new Corvette magnet bling…
Click here to Register for the NCM eNews Newsletter and get the free gift!
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The 427 cubic inch engine is part of the automotive lore that is celebrated and revered for those that own the classic big block. Like its 327 little brother, when putting those three numbers together when talking engines, something magical happens. Sure, Chevrolet made about a billion 350′s as well as the 454, but in Corvette history, it’s all about the 427. Those three numbers can bring a grown man to tears. They can make the kid that pulled up next to you at the stoplight break out in a cold sweat. It’s the engine that was so powerful, Chevy fudged its output ratings by nearly 100 horsepower so as not to incur the wrath of the insurance industry as the story goes.
That’s why many who now own the new legend, the 2006 and 2007 Z06 Corvette, are so eager to show other enthusiasts that their Corvette is the heir apparent to the 427 kingdom, and what better way to announce their rule than through the growing use of displaying 427 badges on hoods and quarterpanels.
But what badges are the best badges, and where do you get them go the posts on the forums. Some still prefer the stealth. “Badges? We don’t need no stinking badges” is the most repeated quote. Be we here at CorvetteBlogger.com like the new badge craze and wish to pay homage to the King by offering a few glimpses of how owners are displaying their 427s.
If you are interested in adding your own 427 emblem, you have several options. Some have went the classic route, buying the 1960′s individual 427 numbers and repainting the inserts. These mount with posts and speednuts, so be prepared to drill. Others have taken the similar route but ground off the posts and used two sided adhesive tape. Genuine Corvette Accessories is coming out with a one-piece 427 emblem but the release date has been pushed back. Look for it to be available in early 2007.
Why didnâ€™t the Z06 just come with a 427 emblem? Dave Hill preferred the 7.0 liter moniker than 427 ci as it is more comparable to the sports car world internationally. The new 427 badges coming from Chevrolet were designed by Kirk Bennion, one of the C6 designers, and with their updated styling, they really look like they belong on the car.
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