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2009 Chevy Corvette

by Keith Cornett on March 30, 2009

2009 Chevy Corvette ZR1

Now in its sixth generation, the Chevrolet Corvette is being offered in its most powerful version ever, with the label ZR1 attached. The 638-horsepower ZR1 is the long-awaited addition to the Corvette line and it joins the the other three 2009 Chevrolet Corvette models, the Coupe, Convertible and Z06.

For the 2009 Corvette, all models gain two new color options, “blade silver metallic” and “cyber gray metallic,” while an older color, “machine silver metallic” has been discontinued. The options list now includes Bluetooth capability, and steering wheel-mounted audio controls are standard. The convertible has a base 1LT package available, which reduces the introductory price to $51,700, and the 2LT version now includes power-operation for the top.

The base Corvette coupe starts even lower, at $47,045, making it less than half the price of (and half the trouble in finding car loans for) the ZR1, though it still comes equipped with a 430 horsepower 6.2-liter V8 engine with a 2.5-inch dual-chamber exhaust system available as an option. The Z06 comes with the same 505 horsepower 7-liter V8 as last year’s model, while the much-anticipated ZR1 ships with a supercharged 638 horsepower 6.2 liter engine.

All through the 2009 Corvette lineup the suspension options are carry-overs from the 2008 models, with a Z51 performance package that adds Goodyear Eagle F1 tires, stiff springs, aggressive damping, and large (13.4 inches in front, 13 inches in back) cross-drilled brake rotors with shortened ratios for first, second and third gears, but there’s also the Magnetic Selective Ride Control option that allows the driver to adjust damping on the fly, should road conditions warrant.

More specifically, the Z06, which has a starting MSRP of $72,405, receives the larger dry-sump oiling system already in use on the Z01, a 10-spoke wheel design that comes in four fashion colors, and an upgraded audio system.

The base-model six-speed Corvette is the most fuel efficient of the line, rated at 16mpg city/26 highway, though with the automatic transmission that number is reduced by one on each side. The Z06, with its all-aluminum mill has even lower fuel economy (15 city/24 highway) while the supercharged ZR1 really demonstrates that power does NOT equal efficiency with numbers coming in at 14 city/20 highway, though it’s still better than Ferrari’s F430, if that helps.

What does this lack of major changes mean for Chevrolet in general and the 2009 Corvette in particular? Well, it means that the focus is on the new guy, the ZR1. Even though it might not have the splashy look one might expect from a super car, loyal Corvette fans won’t have to adjust to major changes.


Source: Elaine Newland


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Corvette Racing's Steve Wesoloski

GM Road Race Group Manager Steve Wesoloski spoke to a group of enthusiasts at the 12 Hours of Sebring’s Corvette Corral about the state of Corvette Racing entering the 2009 season. The conversation was wide ranging and Wesoloski talks at length about how production Corvettes share technology with their racing counterparts. We also get an update on the GT2 C6.R. – did he say ZR1 body?



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n2a Motors Shows Off The Retro C6 Corvette Stinger

by Keith Cornett on March 28, 2009

The Retro C6 Stinger Corvette

Coachbuilder n2a Motors has been dabbling in rebodied Corvettes like the 789 and the Anteros, but we think their latest project dubbed the Stinger is right on! Still in development, n2a just released the latest renderings and model photos of the Stinger, which finds inspiration from the 1963-67 midyear Corvettes.

The n2a Stinger is based and built on the C6 Corvette platform, using the chassis and LS3 drive train. n2a Motors gives the C6 donor all new carbon composite body panels, custom interior, wheels and cat-back exhaust. The standard C6 Corvette Coupe with its 430-hp V8 is the base model and customers can have the treatment done to Z06 and ZR1s as well.

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The Stinger pulls in different design elements from the midyear Corvette and puts them together in this attractive package. According to n2a (which stands for no 2 alike), the front end and hood scoop comes from the 1967 Corvette, the mid-section finds inspiration from the 1965 Corvette and the famous split-window 1963 gives the Stinger one of the most iconic rear window treatments in automotive history.

Although pricing details are still vague, n2a Motors says production of the Stinger is expected to begin October 1st. We’ll keep our eyes out for more of the Stinger…We think its a winner!

PRESS RELEASE:

n2a Motors announced today that it is accepting deposits on the Stinger, the latest model in their line of critically-acclaimed coachbuilt automobiles. Slated for January 2010 delivery, the Stinger is inspired by the 2nd generation 1963, ’65, and ’67 Corvette Sting Rays and is built atop the 2009/2010 C6 Corvette chassis.

The ’63-67 Corvettes are among the most revered, iconic, and beautiful cars in automotive history. The Stinger pays homage to the historic 2nd generation Corvette with a sleek, carbon-composite body featuring the front end and hood scoop from the 1967 Corvette, a mid-section reminiscent of a ’65 Corvette, and the famous split-window rear end of the ’63 Corvette, and has a level of performance and safety that engineers of the era could never have dreamed possible. Utilizing a new Corvette donor car, the Stinger achieves 0-60 in 4.3 seconds with a 430 hp/424 lb.-ft. torque LS3 V8 engine rated at 16 MPG city and 26 MPG highway. Since the chassis and safety equipment remain unmodified, GM’s 100,000 mile powertrain warranty remains completely intact and the Stinger can be serviced at any GM dealership.

n2a Motors starts by removing the donor Corvette’s body panels and installing the new carbon-composite Stinger body, a process that takes over 800 hours for n2a’s coachbuilding craftsmen to complete. The interior is entirely new with re-contoured leather seats, leather dash, wool carpeting, and leather-wrapped interior panels. Wheels and cat-back exhaust are removed and replaced with n2a’s custom-made components. The n2a moniker stands for “no two alike,” referring to n2a Motors’ policy of building unique vehicles for each customer. No two vehicles will be built with identical color combinations, ensuring that each customer receives a unique car customized to his or her tastes.

n2a Motors has reserved serial numbers 001,002, and 003 for ZR1-based Stingers. Featuring the 638-hp LS9 engine, the ZR1 is the fastest and most powerful Corvette ever produced. Stingers built on the ZR1 platform rocket from 0-60 in 3.4 seconds with a top speed of 205+ mph. Serial numbers 004-010 are reserved for Z06-based Stingers, which are 505 hp with a 0-60 time of just 3.7 seconds. n2a Motors is accepting deposits to reserve a serial number and a place in the production order. Production is expected to commence October 1st.

The Stinger is n2a’s third model, following the successful 789 and Anteros models that debuted in 2007 and 2008, respectively. Both are built on the C6 Corvette platform and utilize carbon-composite bodies, a carry-over from n2a’s background in stealth technology prototyping for military contractors. About n2a Motors

n2a Motors was founded in 2004 to revive the art of American coachbuilding. The n2a moniker stands for “no two alike,” referring to n2a Motors’ policy of building unique vehicles for each customer. No two vehicles will be built with identical color combinations. Kanter Concepts, n2a’s parent company, produces concept cars for Detroit and foreign automakers and stealth technology prototypes for military contractors.


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1964 Corvette Miss Mako Convertible

While many dealers are offering special deals and financing to help sell Corvettes during this sluggish economy, leave it to Proteam Corvette’s Terry Michaelis to offer a real incentive to save on 36 Corvettes. Dubbed the Stimulus Sale, Proteam has dropped the prices significantly on a number of Corvettes in their inventory and we’re not just talking about junk. On the list are fuelies, big blocks, matching numbers/Bloomington Gold examples and the savings are as much as $50,000.

Here are a few examples from Proteam Corvette’s Stimulus Sale:

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146X..1967 Corvette Coupe, 327-300 hp, 4 speed, numbers match with the original factory body/trim tag, three owner car. Marlboro Maroon paint with Black interior. Very nice older paint (showing minor patina) with a mostly original interior in very nice condition reflecting 40 years of exceptional care. Newer chrome, brakes, exhaust, and tires. Optioned with factory side exhaust, 3.36 posi, SS brakes, tinted glass, B.O. aluminum wheels, and red stripe radials. Most all factory correct type components including the jack, jack tools, seat belts, washer system, shifter, shielding, air cleaner, and T-3 headlights. Documented with the tank sticker (still on tank). Just in from Arizona. Looks, runs, and drives excellent. CC:2/+3 Regularly priced at $69,995 – Now $49,998. Click here to view more


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186Z..1960 Corvette Convertible, 283-230 hp, (2×4′s), 3 speed, numbers match. Ermine White paint with Silver coves, Red interior, and White soft top. Body-on restored with newer paint, interior, top, chrome, stainless, and exhaust. Multiple award winning car. Optioned with Wonderbar radio, dual fours, aluminized exhaust, sunvisors, windshield washers, courtesy light, heater, hubcaps, and 6.70×15″ wide white tires. Most all factory correct type components including the spare, jack tools, trunk mat, trunk liner, rebound straps, seat belts, washer system, shifter, shielding, air cleaner, generator, carbs, fuel filter, owners manual, sales brochure, and T-3 headlights. Documented with show awards, GM manuals, owners manual, assembly manual, NCRS judging manuals, and a box of related receipts and registrations. Also editorialized by Vette Vues magazine. Three owner car that looks, runs, and drives excellent. CC:2/+3 $69,995 – Now $55,000. Click here to view more


1955 Corvette Convertible 1955 Corvette Convertible 1955 Corvette Convertible

273Z..1955 Corvette Convertible, 265-195 hp, powerglide, numbers match. Gypsy Red paint with Ivory/Red stitched interior and Beige soft top. One of 180 produced of the total (700) in Gypsy Red in 1955. Body-off restored in show condition. NCRS Top Flight certified, Bloomington certified, many best in show and concours awards. Showcased at Bloomington Gold and Corvettes at Carlisle in 2005. Editorialized by Corvette Fever and Corvette Enthusiast magazines. Optioned with powerglide, Wonderbar radio, e-brake warning light, windshield washers, courtesy lights, heater, dual mirrors, hubcaps, and 6.70×15″ wide white tires. Most all factory correct type components including the spare, jack, jack tools, floor mats, trunk mat, trunk liner, side windows, side window bags, rebound straps, spiral shocks, washer system, tar top battery, shifter, shielding, braided wires, air cleaner, generator, hood pop-ups, coil cover, guide Y-50 mirrors, owners manual, and sales brochure. This is an opportunity to own one of the best 1955 Corvettes in the world. Looks, runs, and drives excellent. CC:1 $169,000 – Now $138,000. Click here to view more


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1009A..1964 Corvette Miss Mako Convertible, two tops, fuel injected 350 with parade friendly automatic, factory original body/trim tag. Custom Dark Blue replica painted to emulate one of nature’s most feared creatures, the “Mako Shark”, of which, the original multi-million dollar Mako Shark is owned by the GM Heritage Collection. Miss Mako is a one-of-a-kind feminine replica of Bill Mitchells’ original Mako Shark I concept car. Mr. Mitchell caught a Mako shark while he was shark fishing and it sparked the idea in him to style the next Corvette after the sleek and speedy fish. Internationally famous Miss Mako toured the USA over a two year period covering over 80,000 miles raising money for local charities at national Corvette and car shows cementing its place in Corvette folklore. Optioned with unique Mako Shark side exhaust, power steering, power brakes, auxiliary hardtop, AM/FM stereo cassette radio, back-up lights, seat belts, polished American torque thrust II wheels and blackwall radials. Most all factory correct type components. This car has been featured in Corvette Fever, Vette Magazine, Vette Views, Cars and Parts magazine and the National Corvette Museum American Sports Car Magazine. Its past owner was Joan Spoerndle known as MakoMama. For more information on Miss Mako and its Corvette folklore, just google Miss Mako. Looks, runs, and drives excellent. CC:+2 $69,998.00 – Now $55,000. Click here to view more

Visit Proteam Corvette to view the list of Corvettes being offered in the Stimulus Sale. Terry tells us that prices are firm and no trade ins will be accepted. The Stimulus Sale ends on March 30th so you better get moving if you want to save on some of the finest classic Corvettes offered for sale.


Source:
Proteam Corvette

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Corvette Assembly Plant Facing Further Downtime

by Keith Cornett on March 26, 2009

The Bowling Green Assembly Plant

GM employees were notified on Monday about plans for additional shutdowns at the Corvette Assembly Plant in Bowling Green, Ky. Starting Monday, March 30th, the Corvette plant will close for two weeks, then reopen for a few weeks before closing again. Hourly workers will be temporarily laid off during those down times.

The plant is scheduled to be closed during the first two weeks of April, first two weeks in May and then two weeks in June which will probably coincide with the changeover to the 2010 model. The closings affect not only the lives of the great people that work at the plant, but customer tours and museum deliveries are also impacted.

BG Assembly Plant Communications Director Andrea Hales said news of the shutdown did not surprise workers. “I think our employees expected more downtime because they follow the sale of our products very closely,” she said. “So I think our employees were expecting some sort of scheduling announcement.”

“We are still hopeful that the market is still there for Corvette,” Hales said. “We’re just waiting to see, when the economy does take a turn, we’re hoping we see Corvette come back as strong as it was before the downturn last year.”

The plant has laid off around 130 employees and another 110 more could be laid off before the end of the year.


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Corvettes on the track at Bondurant

I was surfing the different programs offered at Bondurant’s School of High Performance Driving and one that caught my eye that I wanted to share was their upcoming half-day Performance Driving Experience. The Performance Driving Experience allows you to get behind the wheel of the C6 Corvette, Cadillac CTS-V and the Bondurant ProKart for a variety of driving instruction on different road courses. Best of all, the cost for all this fun is only $500!

Here is what you can expect during the Performance Driving Experience:

The program starts with a lead and follow exercise with your instructor on the Bondurant road course. You will see first hand the proper racing line the pros drive and will learn to Know precisely where to brake, turn in and position your car for the fast way around the track.

You’ll also compete on Bondurant’s autocross for fastest time among the others in the event. Test your abilities to handle the car at its limits and learning to be smooth with the car will improve your lap times. The autocross and the lead/follow exercises prepare you for the race in the Bondurant ProKarts.

The evening wraps up with the ProKart Enduro – just like the endurance races of Daytona, Sebring and LeMans. Teams will be formed to compete in the hour long race driving Bondurant’s 50-mph ProKarts. Strategy will play into the final outcome of the event. Teams will have to decide which driver drives each leg of the race; practice driver changes; and work together to help the rest of the team learn the track and be quick.

If you’re interested in spending a half day learning from the same instructors who have worked with Johnny O’Connell, Jimmy Johnson and Dale Jr, then the Bondurant’s Performance Driving Experience is for you. There are only a few seats left for the May 2nd Experience, so visit Bondurant.com or call 1-800-842-RACE (7223).


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Bondurant.com

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CorvetteBlogger Talks with Corvette’s Harlan Charles

by Keith Cornett on March 24, 2009

CorvetteBlogger Talks with Corvette's Harlan Charles

The Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring brought down several key members of Team Corvette to Florida who were on hand for the unveiling of the 2009 GT1 Championship Edition Corvettes. CorvetteBlogger spoke with Corvette Product Marketing Manager Harlan Charles about the people who build America’s sports car, the new GT1 Championship and Competition Sport Corvettes and the Transformers’ Corvette Stingray Concept and its potential influence on the C7 Corvette.

We appreciate Harlan taking the time to talk with us and we’re looking forward to attending the 2010 Corvette model rollout at the National Corvette Museum in Bowling Green at the end of April.


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[PICS] First Look: The 2009 Competition Sport Corvette

by Keith Cornett on March 23, 2009

The 2009 Competition Sport Corvette

Chevrolet loaned the ALMS Vitesse program this 2009 Competition Sport Corvette to serve as a track car during the Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring, giving hot laps to fans and enthusiasts (and bloggers!) as well as shuttling around track officials. We took these photos just prior to our own hot lap around the 3.7 mile track and we can tell you that this Corvette is a winner!

The #02 Competition Sport Corvette was just completed prior to the race but since this was to be used as a track car, the drive down to Florida from Bowling Green served to break-in the car prior to undertaking track duty. The #02 Corvette features the Blade Silver with Black stripes and one of my favorite touches, blacked-out headlights:

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In addition to the #02 CSR Corvette Coupe, the #03 Competition Sport Corvette Z06 was also in Sebring at the Chevy display:

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The Competition Sport package is aimed at owners who like to attend driving schools and track events. Available in Spring 2009, the Z51-equipped 1LT Corvette Coupe will retail for $55,655 while the 1LZ Corvette Z06 will cost $77,500.


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Corvette Racing: The #3 Corvette C6.R Makes History at Sebring

History was made for Corvette Racing and the three drivers of the #3 C6.R at Saturday’s running of the Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring. Johnny O’Connell earned his record-setting eighth Sebring class victory. Jan Magnussen won his 100th career victory in the 100th American LeMans race. Antonio Garcia got his first win with Corvette Racing. Corvette Racing also broke the ALMS record for laps completed in the GT class and won the Michelin Green X Challenge. All in all, Saturday’s endurance race couldn’t have gone any better for a team preparing for LeMans.

Johnny O’Connell, Jan Magnussen and Antonio Garcia completed 349 laps in the #3 Corvette C6.R, finishing a lap ahead of the #4 Corvette C6.R piloted by Oliver Gavin, Olivier Beretta and Marcel Fassler. The two Corvettes finished 6th and 7th overall. The #3 Corvette C6.R also won the inaugural Michelin Green X Challenge.

Corvette Racing Sets Records in Final GT1 Appearance in Sebring 12-Hour Race

SEBRING, Fla. – The 57th running of the Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring was a history-making event for Corvette Racing. For Johnny O’Connell, it was a record-setting eighth Sebring class victory. For Jan Magnussen, it was his milestone 100th career victory in the American Le Mans Series’ landmark 100th race. For Antonio Garcia, it was his first win with Corvette Racing. And for Corvette Racing, it was a perfect performance that included an ALMS record for laps completed in the GT class at Sebring to jump start the 10th anniversary of America’s premier production sports car racing team.

O’Connell, Magnussen and Garcia completed 349 laps in the No. 3 Compuware Corvette C6.R to take a one-lap victory in the GT1 class over Oliver Gavin, Olivier Beretta, and Marcel Fassler in the No. 4 Compuware Corvette C6.R. The Corvettes finished sixth and seventh overall, and the winning car set a record for the most laps completed by a GT car in ALMS competition in America’s most demanding endurance race. The No. 3 Corvette C6.R also won the inaugural Michelin Green X Challenge race-within-a-race with the best score in the GT classes based on performance, efficiency, and environmental impact.

“In our final race in the GT1 class at Sebring, I think we raised the bar high by setting an all-time laps completed record and running a flawless race,” said Corvette Racing program manager Doug Fehan. “Today was an example of what we’ve done since the inception of this program – continuous improvement. This gives us a solid foundation for going to the 24 Hours of Le Mans and completing our mission over there.”

Gavin started on the GT1 pole with Magnussen in close pursuit. The first round of pit stops at 49 minutes into the race proved decisive. Magnussen pitted first, handing off to O’Connell. One lap later, Gavin pitted and was replaced by Beretta. The two cars emerged from their stops side-by-side, with O’Connell taking the lead for good in Turn 10. The No. 3 Corvette C6.R then held its advantage through 11 long hours of racing and 11 more pit stops.

“I had the advantage of a killer lap going out of the pits,” said O’Connell, who extended his record as the all-time leader in Sebring victories with his eighth career win on the historic circuit. “Maybe our car was a little better in that stint. I came by as Olivier was coming out of the pits on cold tires, so he had knife for a gunfight on that first lap. Anytime you get close dicing like that it’s a lot of fun, and Olivier was pushing me every bit of the way.

“I don’t know why this place has always been special for me, but a lot of it is that I’ve been here with good people,” O’Connell continued. “When you have a race car prepared by Corvette Racing and the support of Chevrolet, this is how you want to start a year. To have won this so many times with Ron Fellows, and now to do it with Jan and Antonio, makes me very excited about the future. Not only did we win the race, we also won the Michelin Green X Challenge, so there is a lot for Chevrolet to be proud of today.”

Magnussen reached a milestone with his 100th career victory. The 35-year-old racer from Denmark has scored wins in single seaters, touring cars, prototypes, and GTs. His resume now includes 23 ALMS victories.

“Winning my 100th race in the 100th ALMS event is perfect,” said Magnussen. “I’m so happy for Johnny, and to welcome Antonio to the team with a win couldn’t be better. We had a nearly perfect race – we didn’t make any mistakes and everything went according to plan. A victory here is the best possible preparation we could have for Le Mans.”

Garcia completed a trio of endurance racing victories after wins in the 2008 24 Hours of Le Mans and the 2009 Rolex 24 at Daytona. The Spaniard notched his first ALMS victory in his debut with Corvette Racing.

“Starting off with a win with my new team, I can’t ask for anything more,” Garcia said. “Everything went perfectly, the team did a magnificent job, and the pit stops were awesome. For me today was a learning race, and I think I achieved everything that I wanted.”

The gap between the two Corvettes was never more than 30 seconds through the long day of racing. Gavin and Magnussen started and finished the race, running five stints, while their teammates each completed four stints.

“It came down to a couple of little things that just didn’t quite work out for us,” Gavin said. “We had some bad luck with the cautions and safety car, and we were a little off on tire pressure or the setup on a few stints. There was really almost no difference in performance between the two Corvette C6.Rs, so it was going to take just one small thing to throw it one way or the other. Unfortunately it didn’t work out our way today, but there’s a lot of positives for us to take away from this. We had a car that was strong and that we all could drive well.”

Beretta agreed: “It was a good race, but we just had some little issues and some bad luck on the pace car,” he said. “Congratulations to the No. 3 Corvette, they did a perfect race. We are leaving Sebring with two cars in perfect condition, and that is the most important thing.”

Marcel Fassler has raced Corvette C6.Rs extensively in Europe, and the Swiss driver was delighted by his first race with the Corvette Racing team. “This gives me confidence going to Le Mans because the car was reliable on a very tough track,” Fassler said. “To finish second is never nice, but the No. 3 Corvette today was a little faster and they did a good job. I congratulate them, and I really look forward to Le Mans.”

Corvette Racing backed up its overall victory in last year’s inaugural ALMS Green Challenge with a win in the first Michelin Green X Challenge at Sebring. Created jointly by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, the U.S. Department of Energy, SAE International and ALMS, the Green X Challenge ranks the competitors on the amount of energy used, greenhouse gases emitted, and petroleum displaced.

“Today’s race was the final appearance by Corvette Racing in the GT1 category at Sebring, and we ran an absolutely perfect race with cellulosic E85 ethanol fuel,” said Steve Wesoloski, GM Racing Road Racing Group manager. “We accomplished our mission and demonstrated Chevrolet’s technical capabilities. This same technology is applied to other vehicles in Chevy’s product line, and that’s what we’re demonstrating every time the Corvettes are on the race track.”

Corvette Racing’s next event is the Tequila Patron American Le Mans Series at Long Beach in Long Beach, Calif., on April 18.

Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring GT1 Results
Pos./Drivers/Car/Laps
1. O’Connell/Magnussen/Garcia, Chevrolet Corvette C6.R, 349
2. Gavin/Beretta/Fassler, Chevrolet Corvette C6.R, 348

NEXT EVENT
April 18, Tequila Patron American Le Mans Series at Long Beach, Long Beach, Calif.
TV: ABC tape delay, April 19, 12:30-2:30 p.m. ET



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Corvette Racing
Photo Credit: Richard Prince

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My Hot Lap Around Sebring in a 2009 Competition Sport Corvette

Thanks to my new friends at Mobil 1, I was able to take a hot lap around Sebring International Raceway on the Friday prior to the 12 hour race. The new 2009 Competition Sport Corvette Coupe was doing duty as a Vitesse track car and the particular Corvette that I rode in was the #02 car in the series.

My ALMS Vitesse driver was Patty and she was very good out on the track. I asked her to give a shout out whenever we topped speeds of 100 mph and we hit that mark at least three times. I created two versions of the video. There is also a short version showing just the lap. The version below features a walk-around the Competition Sport Corvette, idle chatter with Pattie while waiting to get on the track, and then a trip to the Corvette Corral where we see Corvette team members Harlan Charles and Tadge Juechter.

The Competition Sport Corvette is available as either a LT1 Coupe or a 1LZ Z06. Also included in the Coupe package is the Z51 performance package, NPP performance exhaust, differential cooler, heads up display, red painted brake calipers and the Z06 spoiler. The numbers for the doors are the same as the series sequence number and like the GT1 Championship edition, the “Jake” mascot is embroidered on the seats, center console and also outside the car on the B-Pillar. The Competition Sport is available in three colors, Blade Silver or Black for the Z06, Blade Silver or Arctic White for the Coupe.

Again, I’d like very much to thank Mobil 1 who arranged the lap as well as showed me a great time at Sebring, my driver Patty of the ALMS Vitesse Program, and the folks at Corvette who built an incredible sports car.


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