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Corvette Racing at the 24 Hours of Le Mans
Photo Credit: Fr̩d̩ric GAUDIN РACO/Nikon

If you’re planning to follow flag to flag coverage of the Corvette Racing’s final GT1 assault on the 24 Hours of Le Mans, here is the essential media guide for the best content online and on TV. Thanks goes out to CorvetteMotorsport.com for putting this list together.

24 Hours Le Mans Media Schedule:

Radio Le Mans, Live timings, Corvette Chat, on-board camera, video AND news can ALL be accessed at Corvettemotorsport.com

Live pit notes:

Radio:

Bad Boy Vettes

Online Forums:

SPEED TV Live Streaming 24 hours Saturday/Sunday (starts 11:00 am CST)

SPEED will provide live television coverage in the U.S. from 8:30 a.m. to noon ET and 4:30 to 10 p.m. on Saturday, and midnight to 10 a.m. ET Sunday.



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Corvette Motorsport
Photo Credit: Fr̩d̩ric GAUDIN РACO/Nikon

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Corvette Racing Qualifies One-Two in GT1 Class
Photo Credit: Arnaud CORNILLEAU – ACO / Nikon

With a dry track and near perfect conditions, Jan Magnussen and the #63 Corvette C6.R won the pole in the GT1 class at the 24 Hours of Le Mans for the second straight year with a time of 3:54.230. Olivier Beretta was right on his tail and qualified the Black #64 Corvette C6.R with a time of 3:54.702 in what will be Corvette Racing’s final GT1 race.

Although the first session ran smoothly for both Corvettes, things did get a little dicey in the second session. Beretta spun the #64 C6.R in the second chicane on the Mulsanne Straight while Antonio Garcia dealt with a punctured tire on his Velocity Yellow #63 Corvette.

“So far so good!” said Magnussen. “The Corvette C6.R goes really well and responds well to changes. I set my qualifying time on soft tires with a couple of laps on them already, which shows how good the car is. In the second part of the qualifying session Antonio (Garcia) did a long run to see how the tires would behave over a distance. With the new rules on tire changes, we’ll have to double-stint them to avoid losing too much time in the pits. Tonight we learned how hard we can push them.”

“Winning the GT1 pole at Le Mans is fitting after 10 years of intense competition and a great way to begin the ending of Corvette’s reign in the GT1 category at Le Mans,” said Corvette Racing program manager Doug Fehan. “Tonight’s performance certainly reflects the advances in technology that General Motors has developed through the Corvette Racing program.”

24 Hours of Le Mans LM GT1 Qualifying Times:

Pos./Car No./Drivers/Car/Time
1. (63) O’Connell/Magnussen/Garcia, Corvette C6.R, 3:54.230
2. (64) Gavin/Beretta/Fassler, Corvette C6.R, 3:54.702
3. (66) Lichtner-Hoyer/Gruber/Muller, Aston Martin DBR9, 3:56.126
4. (72) Alphand/Goueslard/Gregoire, Corvette C6.R, 3:57.170
5. (73) Jousse/Maassen/Clairay, Corvette C6.R, 3:57.564 6. (68) Apicella/Yogo/Yamagishi, Lamborghini Murcielago, 4:21.812

The 77th running of the 24 Hours of Le Mans is scheduled to start at 3 p.m. CET (9 a.m. EDT) on Saturday, June 13 and finish at 3 p.m. CET (9 a.m. EDT) on Sunday, June 14. SPEED will provide live television coverage in the U.S. from 8:30 a.m. to noon ET and 4:30 to 10 p.m. on Saturday, and midnight to 10 a.m. ET Sunday. Flag-to-flag coverage of the race can be heard on SIRIUS channel 126, XM channel 243, and radiolemans.com.



Source:
Corvette Racing
Photo Credit: Arnaud CORNILLEAU – ACO / Nikon

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Chevrolet Celebrates Production of the 1,500,000th Corvette

Another milestone was reached in the 56 year history of the Chevrolet Corvette. On May 28th, this Arctic White Corvette Convertible became the 1.5 millionth Corvette ever made.

Chevrolet Product Marketing Manager Karen Rafferty made the announcement of the milestone at a recent meeting of the Greater Atlanta Automotive Media Association. “The 1.5 millionth Corvette is a great example of how Chevy is America’s Brand,” Rafferty said. “For nearly 60 years we have built America’s Sports Car and this milestone is a solid proof point.”

Like its predecessors, the 1.5 millionth Corvette features a white exterior with red interior and a black top. The Corvette has a 3LT options package.

This C6 Corvette joins the other milestone Corvettes built previously. The first Corvette rolled off the assembly line on June 30, 1953 in Flint, Michigan. Twenty four years later, the 500,000 Corvette was built in 1977. The one millionth Corvette was built in 1992.

Chevrolet Celebrates Production of the 1,500,000th Corvette Chevrolet Celebrates Production of the 1,500,000th Corvette Chevrolet Celebrates Production of the 1,500,000th Corvette


Source:
GM.com

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2009 Competition Sport Corvette

Thirty years from now Corvette collectors are going to talking about the two special edition Corvettes that rolled out of Bowling Green in 2009. That’s because the two qualities collectors covet – high performance and limited production – have all but guaranteed the GT1 Championship Edition and the Competition Sport Edition a special place in Corvette history.

According to Chevrolet literature, the Competition Sport package was built for the owner who attends driving schools and track events. The edition was available in both Z06 and Z51 coupe configurations and featured performance options like the differential cooler, NPP exhaust and heads-up display.

The Z51-equipped 1LT coupe version was priced at $55,655 while the Z06 1LZ model was listed for $77,500 including charges. Only 72 CSC Corvettes were built and here is the production breakdown:

Competition Sport Quantity
   
Coupe – Arctic White 13
Coupe – Blade Silver 39
Z06 – Black 10
Z06 – Blade Silver 10
   
Total: 72


2009 GT1 Championship Edition Corvette

The GT1 Championship Edition was built to commemorate the 10 years of Corvette Racing’s successful run in the American Le Mans series. That run included over 70 victories, eight GT1 Manufacturer Championships and five GT1 class victories at the 24 hours of Le Mans.

Essentially there were six versions of the GT1 Championship Corvettes built. The GT1 Championship Edition was available in Coupe, Convertible or Z06 models with your choice of Velocity Yellow or Black. And because it was a commemorative model, the GT1′s race inspired graphics feature Corvette Racing’s Jake mascot ghost-painted on the hood bulge as well as years of the championships and driver’s National flags.

Pricing for the GT1 Championship Edition started at $65,310 for the 4LT Coupe, $71,815 for the 4LT Convertible and $86,385 for the 3LZ Corvette Z06. Although 600 were planned for production, only 125 were built. Here is the production breakdown:

GT1 Championship Edt Quantity
   
Coupe – Black 24
Coupe – Yellow 29
Convertible – Black 7
Convertible – Yellow 10
Z06 – Black 17
Z06 – Yellow 38
   
Total: 125


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Please excuse the mess…we’ve been hacked!

by Keith Cornett on June 8, 2009

This Corvette was hacked too!
Some guy in China decided he needed more traffic to his website. So he hacked our z06-equivent Dell PowerEdge Server and set up a series of scripts to divert our visitors to his site. Unfortunately, everytime we clean up his mess, one of his scripts runs and we’re back to square zero. We are working feverishly to get back up and running and should be okay sometime on Tuesday.

Update: Server is back, although now my Twitter account is suspended do to the cross site script hack. Still working on getting everything right!

Corvette Racing and the 24 Hours of Le Mans

by Keith Cornett on June 8, 2009

Corvette Racing and the 24 Hours of Le Mans


Source:
Endurance-Info.com

 

Chevrolet's Ed Peper and the C6.R Corvette

One of our biggest fears in a GM Bankruptcy was that the automaker would be forced to cancel the company’s racing programs including Corvette Racing’s final assault on the GT1 class at the 24 Hours of Le Mans as it focuses on reorganization. But recent comments by GM Vice President of Chevrolet Ed Peper appears to put those fears to rest.

“Win on Sunday, Sell on Monday” is still very much a part of the company’s DNA, Peper told the Detroit’s Free Press. Auto racing will remain “a stout marketing and advertising tool in its reorganization”.

That’s good news as the Corvette Racing team and enthusiasts converge on France next week for the 24 Hours of Le Mans. Corvette Racing will run its pair of Compuware-sponsored Chevy Corvette C6.Rs in the GT1 class and hopes are high that this final GT1 race for the team will end with a 1-2 podium finish.

“The 24 Hours of Le Mans is one of the key marketing activities of the brand,” Peper said. “Corvette is the marquee brand for the company, but we’ve got to get maximum return for minimum spending.”

“We have a great presence in motorsports, but we need the returns to be even better,” Peper said. “I love racing, but the most appealing part of it to me is delivering on sales.”

Peper says the government’s auto task force has not gotten involved in GM’s racing programs during the company’s Chapter 11 bankruptcy filing. “They concentrated on the core business — they didn’t get into marketing and advertising,” Peper said. “They just wanted us to use good judgment with our promotions.”

Peper says “we race to win, and we get a great return on it.” But, he added, all GM’s racing programs, including NASCAR, will be under pressure to deliver greater efficiencies and return on investment despite tough times.

“We have a great presence in motorsports, but we need the returns to be even better,” Peper said. “I love racing, but the most appealing part of it to me is delivering on sales.”

Practice for Le Mans will take place on June 10th and qualifying will be held on June 11th. The 77th running of the worlds most prestigious sports car race will start on Saturday, June 13th at 3 pm local time (10 am EST) and the checkered flag will drop 24 hours later on Sunday, June 14th. Much of race will be carried by SPEED.



Source:
Detroit Free Press

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Official pricing for the 2010 Corvette coupe and convertible models was released today. For those of you trying to decide between ordering one of the regular Coupe or Convertible body styles or going with the new Grand Sport, this price comparison should be helpful. The good news is that pricing for the 2010 is only being increased by $365!

Here is the pricing for the 2010 Corvette Coupe and Convertible models:

  • 2010 Corvette Coupe Base MSRP $49,880 including destination.
  • 2010 Corvette Convertible Base MSRP $54,530 including destination.

As we posted last week, the Grand Sports will open at:

  • 2010 Corvette Grand Sport Coupe Base MSRP $55,720 including destination.
  • 2010 Corvette Grand Sport Convertible Base MSRP $59,530 including destination.

So the difference between the two models for each body style:

  • 2010 Corvette Coupe vs Grand Sport Coupe Price Difference – $5,840
  • 2010 Corvette Convertible vs Grand Sport Convertible Price Difference – $5,000

Pricing for the 2010 Corvette Z06 and ZR1 has not yet been released but we are expecting it shortly.

Thanks goes to Dave Salvatore @ Kerbeck for supplying us with the pricing. If you are interested in ordering a new 2010 Corvette or are looking to deal on remaining 2009′s, give him a call at 877-537-2325 or visit Kerbeck Corvette.


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GM CEO Fritz Henderson Discusses Corvette's Future

GM CEO Fritz Henderson spoke out again on Corvette through another live chat on GM’s Fastlane blog. The comments on Corvette were the first from GM’s leader since the company entered bankruptcy proceedings earlier this week.

A participant named John asked if the “Corvette will survive as the V8 engined rear wheel drive icon we all love”.

Fritz Henderson’s response:

Yes. My wonderful baby is my 2005 Corvette coupe. We have more in store for the future and this iconic brand will retain its powerful place within the new GM.


Source:
GM FastLane Blog
Photo Credit: Adnan Abidi/Reuters

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May 2009 Corvette Sales

by Keith Cornett on June 3, 2009

The news about Corvette sales just keeps getting better. For the fifth straight month, Corvette sales were stronger than the month prior. Chevrolet dealers sold 1,643 Corvettes in May, a 14% increase over April’s 1,407 deliveries. The May 2009 sales figure was also the highest since 2,318 Corvettes were sold in September of 2008.

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