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August 2008 Corvette Sales

by Keith Cornett on September 4, 2008

To say that GM’s two rebate programs in August – the 0% Financing offer and the Employee Discount Program has given new life to sales of Corvettes is an understatement, much like saying the Corvette ZR1 is just another sports car. Sales of new Corvettes in August 2008 shot up to 4,242 units from 1,870 units the month before, and year to year Corvette deliveries are up 47%. Despite the fact that 2009 Corvettes are now in dealer showrooms, customers turned out overwhelming to purchase 2008 Corvettes – over 3,100 of them – based on a comparison of this month’s Corvette Stock Report compared to what we saw at the beginning of last month.

While we usually save the Corvette Stock Report for after the monthly sales tables, its important to highlight just what effect the Employee Discount Program for Everyone has accomplished. At the beginning of August, there were a total of 7,162 2008 Corvettes available. As of yesterday that number has dropped to 4,033 units. That’s a reduction of last year’s inventory by 56% in just one month.

The good news is that GM has extended the Employee Discount Program though the month of September so the hope is the buying surge will continue to reduce levels of 2008 inventories including the Corvette.

2008 Corvette Delivery Statistics
Month Calendar Year-to-Date
Month 2008 2007 % Change Months 2008 2007 % Change
January 2,015 2,234 -9.8% Jan-Jan 2,015 2,234 -9.8%
February 2,071 2,784 -25.6% Jan-Feb 4,086 5,018 -18.6%
March 2,692 3,158 -14.8% Jan-Mar 6,788 8,176 -17.1%
April 3,190 3,227 -1.1% Jan-Apr 9,968 11,403 -12.6%
May 2,904 3,300 -12.0% Jan-May 12,872 14,703 -12.5%
June 2,082 3,055 -31.8% Jan-Jun 14,954 17,758 -15.8%
July 1,870 2,377 -21.3% Jan-Jul 16,824 20,135 -16.4%
August 4,242 2,877 47.4 Jan-Aug 21,066 23,012 -8.5


2007 Corvette Delivery Statistics
Month Calendar Year-to-Date
Month 2007 2006 % Change Months 2007 2006 % Change
January 2,234 2,579 -16.8% Jan-Jan 2,234 2,579 -16.8%
February 2,784 3,058 -9.0% Jan-Feb 5,018 5,637 -11.0%
March 3,158 3,655 -16.7% Jan-Mar 8,176 9,292 -12.0%
April 3,227 3,516 -0.6% Jan-Apr 11,403 12,808 -11.0%
May 3,300 3,317 -4.3% Jan-May 14,703 16,125 -8.8%
June 3,055 2,938 0.1% Jan-Jun 17,758 19,063 -6.8%
July 2,377 2,794 -11.4% Jan-Jul 20,135 21,857 -7.9%
August 2,877 2,990 -3.8% Jan-Aug 23,012 24,842 -7.4%
September 2,837 3,056 -3.5% Jan-Sept 25,849 27,903 -7.4%
October 2,484 2,761 -13.5% Jan-Oct 28,333 30,664 -7.6%
November 2,438 2,773 -12.1% Jan-Nov 30,771 33,437 -8.0%
December 2,914 3,081 -5.4% Jan-Dec 33,685 36,518 -7.8%


Corvette Stock Report:

A check of Jeff Hardy’s website shows a total of 7,605 Corvettes on the ground as of yesterday and can be broken down into:

  • 2007 Corvettes – 261
  • 2008 Corvettes – 4,032
  • 2009 Corvettes – 3,312
For those of you looking to score on a 2008 Corvette, here’s the current breakdown in 2008 Corvette inventory:
  • 2,006 Corvette Coupes
  • 1,042 Corvette Convertibles
  • 984 Corvette Z06


Source:
GM.com
JeffHardy.com

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[VIDEO] NHRA Pro Modified Corvette Crashes, Driver Critical

by Keith Cornett on September 4, 2008

1963 Corvette Pro Modified Drag Car

NHRA Pro Modified driver Steve Engle was critically injured when his 1963 Corvette drag racer went out of control following a run at Saturday’s Mac Tools U.S. Nationals in Indianapolis. Witnesses said the run looked good at the beginning, but towards the end and traveling an estimated 230 mph, the car hooked hard and veered nearly head on into the left cement barrier, cracking a large portion of the wall.

Steve went into surgery on Sunday and according to his family, he sustained fractures in six cervical vertebrae and damage to his spinal cord.

Engel was participating in qualifying for the JEGS ProMod Challenge, an exhibition Series that holds rounds at select NHRA POWERade Series events.

Update:
We got sad news on Monday that Steve passed away. The following is a news release from the NHRA:

After showing significant signs of improvement in the past week, Pro Modified racer Steve Engel died suddenly at 5 p.m. Sunday in Methodist Hospital in Indianapolis. Engel was involved in a serious one-car racing accident during the recent 54th annual Mac Tools U.S. Nationals at O’Reilly Raceway Park at Indianapolis.

Engel’s Diamond Heavy Haul Corvette went out of control near the top end of the track, and he impacted the retaining wall head-on. He was airlifted to Methodist Hospital where doctors discovered six broken vertebrae in his back. Two were fixed immediately, but then excess fluid developed in his lung; doctors had to wait to fix the other four. That procedure was done Friday, and physicians were diagnosing a long but full recovery.

The 49-year-old Engel is survived by his wife, Tonya, and his sons, Stevie and Michael.

“The entire Pro Mod community is in a state of shock right now,” fellow racer and Jegs ProMod Challenge organizer Troy Coughlin said. “We were all so optimistic after Friday’s report, and then we get this terrible news. Our thoughts and prayers are with Tonya and the boys.

“Steve was a great racer — he won his first event with us earlier this year in Bristol — but he was an even better person. He was a big man with a big heart, always anxious to share a few laughs and toast with a cold beer. He loved to race, and he dearly loved his friends at the track. He will be missed.”

A resident of Shandon, Ohio, Engel competed in 31 Jegs ProMod Challenge events in the past few years. He had one win and two runner-up finishes on his resume. Overall, Engel had been drag racing for 21 years, and he listed John Force as the racer he admired most.

Funeral arrangements are pending.

Our prayers are with Steve and his family.


Sources:
Yellowbullet.com
NHRA.com

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Corvette Centennial Design Concept: Lutz Comments

by Keith Cornett on September 4, 2008

Corvette Centennial Design Concept

As another set of high quality photos featuring the Corvette Centennial Design Concept make their way to our friends over at Jalopnik, we finally get a comment from GM’s Bob Lutz regarding the significance of the concept in relation to the next generation C7 Corvette.

Since the first photos surfaced earlier this year of the Centennial parked behind a car hauler on the Transformers movie back staging area, the Concept has fueled rumor and speculation about this being a C7 Corvette prototype.

Leftlane News recently posed the production question to GM Vice Chairman Bob Lutz:

Leftlane: “Is there any significance to the Chevrolet Corvette Centennial concept, aside from the role in Transformers 2?”

Mr. Lutz: “No, I would say that is in the realm of ‘pure concept.’ At this point, there’s zero intention to produce.”

Leftlane goes on to point out that Lutz said the very same thing about the Camaro beginning as “pure-concept” so anything may be possible.

The Corvette Centennial Design Concept was developed as part of GM’s 100 Year celebration. This design study integrates key design elements of previous Corvettes as well as other GM vehicles.

Once of the more fascinating elements is the stingray emblem on the rear deck behind the split window. It’s a very minor element but it gives the Corvette Centennial an attitude and a sense of identity that is sometimes lacking in design concepts. Bottom line? We think its a great starting point for the C7.

Make sure you view the entire gallery of new Corvette Centennial Design Concept photos at Jalopnik.


Sources:
Jalopnik
Leftlane News

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Taxicab Corvette Z06: When You Need To Be Somewhere Fast

by Keith Cornett on September 3, 2008

Corvette Z06 Taxicab

If I was ever late to catch a flight, seeing this taxi pulling up in front of the CorvetteBlogger Compound would be a welcome site. But in reality, this Corvette Z06 isn’t a taxicab all. It’s actually one of the 120 cars participating in the 10th Annual Gumball 3000 Rally. Gumball 3000 participants are known for plastering outrageous exterior graphics on some of the world’s top supercars.

Additional photos after the jump.

The previously Black Corvette Z06 was reskinned by the UK’s Raccoon auto branding company in the motif of “The Speeding Cab Company” for the rally. Here are the photos that show the car being wrapped in the parking garage of the Fairmont Hotel in San Fran as well as the finished taxicab parked down on the street.

Corvette Z06 Taxicab Corvette Z06 Taxicab Corvette Z06 Taxicab

The Gumball 3000 takes participants on an 8 day, 3000 mile road rally across two continents. This year’s rally was billed as “East Meets West” as the Gumballers cruised through China and portions of the American West.

Participating in a Gumball Rally isn’t cheap. For one fee of £60,000 pounds (or the price of a Corvette ZR1) all your accommodations, vehicle transportation and of course, admission to the famous Gumballer parties are all covered.

There was also a midyear Corvette Coupe participating in the rally, but I have yet to see any pictures other than a glimpse of the front clip lurking in the background. If anyone has seen a photo of it, please send it over.
Source:
Supercars.net
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Final 2008 Corvette Production Numbers

by Keith Cornett on September 3, 2008

2008 Corvette Production

2008 was a banner year for the Corvette. The model year received a mid-cycle upgrade that featured the new 6.2 Liter LS3 engine with 436 horsepower, new interior choices and two exciting new colors, Jetstream Blue and Crystal Red Metallic. Two special edition Corvettes were built, the Z44 Corvette Z06 427 edition and the Z4Z 30th Anniversary Indianapolis Pace Car. Demand for new Corvettes translated into 35,310 Corvettes produced, and for the first time since its re-introduction in 2001, the Z06 outsold the convertible.

The Bowling Green Assembly Plant’s release of 2008′s Corvette Production Figures shows that 7,731 (22%) Corvette Z06s were built compared to 7,549 (21%) Corvette Convertibles. This is lowest output of Convertibles since 1996 when only 4,369 were produced. The Coupe made up the majority of production with 20,030 (57%) Corvette Coupes assembled.

When it comes to colors, 1 out of every 4 Corvettes is Black (9,380 – 26.6%). The two shades of red, Victory Red (5,638) and the new Crystal Red (5,420) make up 31.3% of colors produced. The other new color for 2008 was Jetstream Blue, which accounted for 3,728 Corvettes (10.26%). That figure was in line with 2007′s LeMans Blue in which 3,854 were made. What’s also interesting is how this report from the assembly plant references the two new colors: Jetstream Blue is called Bluestream and Crystal Red is called Crystal Claret. Hmmmm.

Corvette’s popularity abroad remained strong for 2008. Exports to Europe were 1,300 (3.7), Canadian Units totaled 643 (1.8%), and Corvettes exported to Mexico totaled 32 (0.1%).

Here are selected highlights from the final 2008 Corvette Production Numbers:

Corvettes Produced Amount Percent    
         
Coupes 20,030 57%    
Convertibles 7,549 21%    
Z06 Hardtops 7,731 22%    
  _______ _______    
Total 35,310 100%    
         
         
Exterior Colors Total Coupe Convertible Z06
         
10U Artic White 1,974 1,320 654 0
41U Black 9,380 4,977 1,818 2,585
45U Velocity Yellow 3,264 1,816 550 898
67U Machine Silver 3,660 2,088 753 819
74U Victory Red 5,638 3,120 1,116 1,402
83U Atomic Orange 2,246 1,272 458 516
85U Bluestream 3,728 2,067 655 1,006
89U Crystal Claret 5,420 3,370 1,545 505
         
         
Convertible Top Colors Total      
         
35T Gray Beige 1,779   1,779  
37T Titan Gray 630 0 630  
41T Black 5,140 0 5,140  
         
         
Interior Colors Total Coupe Convertible Z06
         
02I Cobalt Red 2,207 989 506 712
19I Ebony 20,730 12,837 3,242 4,651
24I Ebony/Brick 689 256 138 295
31I Light Cashmere 4,940 2,952 1,988 0
42I Ebony/Lt Linen 1,669 632 367 670
78I Ebony/Dk Titanium 505 0 0 505
84I Light Titanium 4,570 2,364 1,308 898
         
         
Transmissions Total Coupe Convertible Z06
         
MM6 6-Speed Manual 11,760 3,235 794 7731
MX0 6-Speed Auto Paddle 19,136 13,304 5,832 0
MZ6 6-Speed Manual w/Z51 4,414 3,491 923 0
         
         
Wheels Total Coupe Convertible Z06
         
QG6 Base Aluminum 7,828 6,701 1,127 0
QG7 Polished Aluminum 5,412 3,973 1,439 0
QL9 Z06 Polished Aluminum 970 0 0 970
QX1 Comp. Gray Painted Aluminum 1,781 1,588 193 0
QX3 Chrome 9,626 6,063 3,563 0
Q10 Z06 Base 760 0 0 760
Q44 Z06 Comp. Gray 395 0 0 395
Q76 Z06 Chrome 5,101 0 0 5,101
Q8A Z06 427 SE 505 0 0 505
Q9V Forged Chrome 2,932 1,705 1,227 0
         
         
Other Options Total Coupe Convertible Z06
         
C2L Dual Roof Pkg 2,773 2,773 0 0
F55 Magnetic Select Ride 4,666 2,959 1,707 0
NPP Dual Mode Exhaust 13,454 9,254 4,200 0
R8C Museum Delivery 954 471 284 199
UV6 Heads Up Display 25,493 10,973 6,789 7,731
U2K XM Satellite Radio 33,561 19,086 7,348 7,127
Z51 Performance Handling Pkg 10,706 7,757 2,949 0
         
         
Export Units Total Coupe Convertible Z06
CV3 Mexican Export 32 24 8 0
MAE European Export 1,300 656 172 472
Z49 Canadian Export 643 212 181 250
         


Source:
Bowling Green Assembly Plant via CorvetteConti.com

Related:
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Corvette Values: 1961 Corvette Roadster

by Keith Cornett on September 2, 2008

1961 Corvette Roadster

RD in New Jersey submitted his 1961 Corvette Roadster to Corvette Values:

1961 Corvette Roadster, VIN 10867S106XXX. Original dual quad 283 ci 245 hp engine, 4-Speed transmission, Fawn Beige with Fawn Beige interior. Auxillary hard top and Fawn Beige soft top. 11,468 miles since restoration in 1999. Corvette is in average street driven condition with paint and fiberglass termed as “good”. The interior’s vinyl seating is also in good condition. All original with no body or engine modifications. No documentation.

Find out how we valued this Corvette after the jump.

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The VIN indicates this vehicle was built in March, 1961, well into the 1961 production year. Any factory modifications or engineering changes would have been included during the assembly of this Corvette.

This Corvette Roadster is Fawn Beige in color. There were 1,363 Corvettes painted this color during the 1961 production year. The Fawn Beige paint was unique as it was only available for two production years, 1961 and 1962. The paint can be termed in good condition.

This paint is complimented by a matching Fawn vinyl interior. This interior is in original presentable condition.

The chrome bumpers and bright trim are termed in average condition.

The Corvette is powered by the original 283-245 dual carburetor motor. This motor was one of the optional motors offered in the 1961 production year. It, too, was unique as 1961 was the last year Corvette would offer a desirable optional motor with dual carburetors. The motor is coupled with an optional 4-speed manual transmission with the correct shifter and linkage.

Additional options include the removable hardtop, a neat feature for the winter months and inclement weather.

This Corvette is all ‘stock’ with no body or interior modifications. The wheels have the correct wheel covers and the tires are in good condition.

The owner reports this Corvette was restored in 1999. It has excellent ‘curb appeal’.

We place a value of $53,800 on this 1961 Corvette Roadster. Adding to its value is the one and two year appreciation factor in average price for a 1961 Corvette. The one year appreciation is 6% and the appreciation over a two year period is 15%.


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Source:
VetteFinders.com Appraisal Service
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Corvette Racing: Gavin and Beretta Win in Detroit

by Keith Cornett on September 2, 2008

The #4 Corvette C6.R Wins the Detroit Sports Car Challenge

Oliver Gavin and Olivier Beretta used a pit stop to jump ahead of their teammates in the #3 Corvette C6.R and the duo never looked back as they won Saturday’s Detroit Sports Car Challenge. The #4 Corvette C6.R completed 100 laps and finished one minute and 7.3 seconds ahead of Johnny O’Connell and Jan Magnussen. The #008 Bell Motorsports Aston Martin DBR9 finished third in class, seven laps behind the Corvettes.

The win was done in classic form as Gavin started the race four spots behind Magnussen. Gavin cleared the three GT2 cars that were in front him and by lap 10 he was off to catch Magnussen. The two Corvettes pitted during a caution at the 40 minute mark for tires, fuel and driver changes. Beretta and the number 4 Corvette C6.R emerged from the pits first in class with O’Connell in hot pursuit.

“It’s been a rough season for us, but if you’re going to win anywhere, Detroit is the one you want to win,” said Gavin. “Everybody on the team was very focused on this event, and it was a hard, close race for many laps. I have to thank all of the guys on the No. 4 Corvette C6.R – they’ve worked brilliantly over the last few events. I haven’t been so kind to this car, I’ve had some incidents and accidents, but they’ve fixed it fantastically. (Crew chief) Mike West and (engineer) Steve Cole have worked magic, setting up the car and getting it good for the races. We’ve been fast in every event, and finally it’s all fallen into place for the No. 4 Corvette.”

“I need to thank my crew because they work hard on the pit stops, and they work hard at the shop even when we are having bad luck,” said Beretta. “We have been quick all year, but even when we didn’t achieve what we wanted to do, they never gave up. That is the spirit of Corvette Racing.”

The two Corvettes again pitted together at 1:43 with Gavin and Magnussen taking over for Beretta and O’Connell. Magnussen mounted a late-race charge on Gavin but this time luck turned on the #3 C6.R as the safety car came between the two Corvettes during a full course race caution. The #4 Corvette gained nearly a lap on their teammates and were able to seal the victory.

“We were looking good up until the first stop when the other car beat us out of the pits,” said Magnussen. “I think in traffic and over a long run we had a really good car. At the end when I was trying to attack, we got caught out with the safety car between us and lost a lap. That’s just how it is. The No. 4 Corvette has been so unlucky all year, it’s about time some luck went their way.”

Gavin agreed: “The race did hinge on the first pit stop,” the Briton explained. “It was a short fuel fill and the other car did have a small problem. Olivier withstood the pressure from Johnny, and Jan was pushing me hard but I managed to resist that. Our car was much improved from qualifying. We were aiming to run this differential and this setup just to see if we could improve our performance on street circuits. Today it all went according to plan.”

The Corvette Racing team will be heading to Road Atlanta for the 1,000 mile/10-hour Petit Le Mans on Saturday, October 4th. SPEED will televise the race live starting at 11am.


Source:
CorvetteRacing.com
Photo Credit: Richard Prince

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Corvette Racing: Magnussen Motors to GT1 Pole in Motown

by Keith Cornett on August 29, 2008

The #3 Corvette C6.R at the Detroit Belle Isle Grand Prix

Jan Magnussen took the pole in the GT1 class for Saturday’s Detroit Sports Car Challenge. Summer showers soaked both practice sessions, limiting practice time and slowing the field considerably on the 2.096 mile temporary street track. Magnussen turned his quickest time on his fifth and final lap in the #3 Corvette C6.R at 1:24.477 (88.213 mph) while Oliver Gavin was 1.024 seconds back at 1:24.501 (87.1587 mph) in the #4 Corvette C6.R.

With the wet conditions, the team changed their practice plans by running a single timed lap and then returned to the pits so the track could dry. With 10 minutes remaining, both Corvettes returned to the track and ran five timed laps.

“The first dry lap I had all day was the first lap in qualifying,” Magnussen said after claiming his second pole of the season on a street circuit. “The track was getting better and better, and we needed a few laps to get the Michelins up to operating temperature. The Corvette C6.R worked very well under the circumstances.

“It was very, very tough,” the Dane added. “It was a matter of thinking about how I drove the track last year, remembering my braking points and so on. Everybody was trying to find the right line. I didn’t get a clear lap, but I don’t think anyone did. I’m happy with the result; this makes the race a little easier.”

“The track was drying and it wasn’t as good at the beginning of the session as it was at the end,” said Corvette Racing team manager Gary Pratt. “We sent the drivers out to get a time and then brought them back in. If the drivers don’t get a qualifying time and the session ends early because of a red flag, the cars would start at the back of the grid. Our strategy was to put a time down, let the track dry out, and then run when the conditions were better.”

Corvette Racing will hit the streets of Detroit on Saturday at 2:35 pm. The two-hour, 45-minute race will be televised live on SPEED starting at 2:30 PM.


Source:
CorvetteRacing.com
Photo Credit: American LeMans

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GM Delaying Corvette ZR1 Deliveries For Quality Assurance

by Keith Cornett on August 28, 2008

The 2009 Corvette ZR1

After each new Corvette ZR1 rolls off the assembly line in Bowling Green, it undergoes what is being billed as “extreme quality control” in an attempt to deliver the car to customers as problem free as possible. While some are looking at the delay as a negative, Corvette Product Marketing Manager Harlan Charles tells us that this is just to make sure the ZR1s are as perfect as possible for everyone.

Harlan says this intensive scrutiny of early production Corvettes is part of the normal quality process that GM does with each new Corvette model introduction. They did it with first C6 Corvettes and they did when the new Corvette Z06 was introduced.

There is no denying that the delay is causing angst among some new owners who know that their new Corvette ZR1 has been built, but has yet to leave Bowling Green. We checked around and have been told that other than Dave Ressler who picked up the very first Corvette ZR1 last month, no cars have been delivered to retail customers.

That doesn’t mean the factory isn’t shipping the new supercharged Corvette. Truckloads of Corvette ZR1s have been sent to Detroit but these are captured test fleet cars and not assigned to customers. Those fleet Corvette ZR1s are being driven and evaluated to ensure that the quality Corvette owners have come to expect is represented on the newest Corvette.

Our opinion is that the attention to quality is a good thing as long as the delay doesn’t go on too much longer. We are feeling for those owners with the low VINs whose cars have been on the ground for a while. People aren’t used to paying $105,000 to $150,000 for a Corvette so making sure that it’s as perfect as possible and lives up to the hype makes good business sense.

The new 2009 Corvette ZR1s are coming. Harlan tells us it’s an awesome car and it’s worth waiting just a little bit more.


Photo Credit:
Jalopnik’s Corvette ZR1 Mega Gallery

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Corvette Racing's #3 Corvette C6.R at the Detroit Belle Island Grand Prix

When the Corvette Racing team takes to the streets this Saturday for the ninth round of the the 2008 ALMS season at Detroit’s Belle Isle Grand Prix, they’ll be celebrating the milestone of their 100th race in international road racing. Since the team’s debut in February 1999 at the Rolex 24 at the Daytona Motor Speedway, Corvette Racing has scored 71 wins and captured seven consecutive ALMS GT1 championships.

Chevrolet and Corvette Racing is the “home team” for Saturday’s Detroit Belle Island Grand Prix. Chevrolet is the official vehicle and 2 time Indy 500 winner Emerson Fittipaldi will be driving the E85 Corvette Z06 Pace Car to open the race. Hundreds of Corvette racing fans will also converge on Detroit and will be found in the Corvette Corral – the designated parking area for Corvette drivers attending the race. Chevrolet will have a special display set up at the site and chances are high that you’ll be able to see the new 2009 Corvette ZR1. As part of the celebration this week, Johnny O’Connell will throw out the ceremonial first pitch at the Detroit Tigers baseball game on Wednesday night.

“Competing in our 100th race will be an amazing achievement, and another first for a factory-backed General Motors program,” said Doug Fehan, Corvette Racing program manager. “Everyone at Corvette Racing is very proud of this accomplishment.”

“Reaching this milestone is a testament to GM management’s commitment to the Corvette as a brand and to the Corvette Racing program,” he continued. “Since the program’s inception, we have learned that the longer this program runs, the greater the benefits derived by the company.”

“We’ve established Corvette as a global icon,” Fehan noted. “We’ve established Corvette as the world’s best sports car – not just America’s best sports car. We’ve demonstrated to GM how lessons learned in racing can be applied to production vehicles, ultimately producing better vehicles for our customers. Corvette is the tip of the technological spear for GM, and everyone who buys a Corvette now knows that it is truly race bred.”

The drivers also seem to enjoy the 2.096 mile, 14-turn temporary racing circuit that makes Detroit Belle Island Grand Prix.

“Run almost in the shadows of the GM Renaissance Center, the Detroit Belle Isle Grand Prix weekend is an appropriate stop for the American Le Mans Series. The circuit is both demanding and physical, and with the edges of the track being concrete barriers, there is no room whatsoever for any mistake. Driving a Corvette in the event last year and getting to show the executives of GM what Corvette Racing is all about was an awesome opportunity. Winning made it even better.” – Johnny O’Connell, Corvette Racing

“We have many great races on the ALMS calendar, but the Detroit Grand Prix is special. It’s a fantastic race with a very cool atmosphere. Roger Penske and the race organizers do a fantastic job with the facility, and you feel the atmosphere as soon as you cross the bridge to Belle Isle. The circuit is a fun track to drive, but it’s one of those places that doesn’t leave a lot of room for mistakes. It’s a street circuit, which makes it difficult to pass and to be passed by the prototypes, so it’s really important that you have a good understanding with the drivers around you.” – Jan Magnussen, Corvette Racing

Corvette Racing will hit the streets of Detroit on Saturday at 2:35 pm. The two-hour, 45-minute race will be televised live on SPEED starting at 2:30 PM.


Source:
CorvetteRacing.com

Related:
[VIDEO] Corvette Racing: #3 Corvette C6.R Wins at Mosport
[VIDEO] Corvette Racing: A Day at the Races

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