The voting ended Sunday night for the American Le Mans Series “From the Fans” award and as you may know, we were pushing Corvette Racing pretty hard. Now it’s time for us to make a similar push for Oliver Gavin and Jan Magnussen, drivers of the #4 Corvette C6.R who were nominated for the prestigious Most Popular Driver award.
Charlie’s Angels is the latest show from the Seventies that’s getting a reboot for the upcoming fall television schedule on ABC. The premise is similar to the original series which features three young beautiful women with various skills who solve crimes for their mysterious benefactor Charlie Townsend. We are bringing this up as we caught a commercial for this Thursday’s series premiere and the show features one of the cast members driving a Corvette ZR1 like she stole it!
Mid America Motorworks held their annual Corvette Funfest over the weekend and while the weather may have been a bit on the cool side, there was plenty of hot Corvette action going on at the Effingham show. Although we were unable to attend, our friends at Corvette Online were on the scene and provided nice recap of the weekend’s events.
Racing at Monterey is always a challenge and with the ALMS Drivers and Manufacturers Championship titles on the line, Corvette Racing needed a strong result to keep them in contention. For six hours, Corvettes battled BMW, Ferrari and Porsche on the roller coaster that is Laguna Seca raceway. Did the team succeed and force a “game seven” for the championships at Petit Le Mans? Hit the jump to see the results of the American Le Mans Series at Laguna Seca.
While the C7 Corvette may still be a couple years out, rumors and speculation are already running rampant as to what it will look like and how it will be powered. Popular Mechanics magazine sent one of their writers out to the streets of Detroit during July’s Dream Cruise to search for clues regarding the next generation Corvette and he came back with some interesting tidbits of info.
Gavin Puts No. 4 Corvette C6.R on GT Front Row for Third Straight Race
MONTEREY, Calif., Sept. 16, 2011 – As the laps counted down in qualifying for Saturday’s ModSpace American Le Mans Series Monterey, Corvette Racing engineer Chuck Houghton radioed to driver Oliver Gavin, “A tenth of a second will put you in P2.” Gavin responded with his quickest lap of the 15-minute qualifying session, taking the No. 4 Compuware Corvette C6.R from sixth to second on the GT grid.
The championship chases in four classes of the American Le Mans Series are beginning to come more into focus. There are 55 points available to winners in the final two rounds – 25 points at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca and 30 at Road Atlanta’s Petit Le Mans. Corvette Racing’s Oliver Gavin and Jan Magnussen are chasing the #56 BWM’s Joey Hand and Dirk Muller who lead the Driver’s Championship by 25 points. Corvette is third in the running for the Manufacturer’s Championship, down 5 points to second place Porsche and 30 points behind BMW.
At the Baltimore Grand Prix, Program Manager Doug Fehan provided the next installment of the Corvette Racing’s Tech Transfer segment which aired during the race. While most of the tech transfer segments follow the transfer of technology from Track to Street, this is one segment where we look at the transfer from Street to Track. ACO rules that govern the ALMS require the GT cars to use many of the production-based components. For Corvette Racing, this means starting with the aluminum frame and chassis.
We wish we could say no Corvettes were harmed in the making of this rat rod but this does appear to be another case of when customizing goes too far. For sale on eBay is a 1977 Corvette with the front end from 1939 Plymouth pickup. I remember seeing this Corvette a year or two ago on Jalopnik and the reaction I had then of being horrified while at the same time impressed with the time and workmanship that went into creating such a beast returned. This custom rat rod is back on eBay and now you have the opportunity to own this unique mashup of American performance and down-on-the-farm ingenuity.