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Corvette Racing at COTA: Early-Season Title Fight in Texas

Corvette Racing at COTA: Early-Season Title Fight in Texas


Team looking to build on momentum after Sebring, Long Beach victories

DETROIT (May 2, 2017) – Corvette Racing has started its 2017 season with two victories in its first three races. This weekend, it will go for a hat trick at Circuit of The Americas in Austin, Texas. The circuit, which opened in 2012, has played host to Corvette Racing and other top teams in sports car racing every year since 2013.

Corvette Racing won in its first time at COTA in 2013. Four years later, the twin Mobil 1/SiriusXM Chevrolet Corvette C7.Rs will try to give endurance racing’s premier GT race team a third straight victory in the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship.

The lineups in each Corvette are the same as in 2013; Antonio Garcia and Jan Magnussen in the No. 3 Corvette with Oliver Gavin and Tommy Milner sharing the No. 4 entry. Garcia and Magnussen won the American Le Mans Series GT class race at Austin in 2013 and arrive at COTA sitting second in GTLM Driver’s Championship points. They also finished third last year at COTA.

Gavin and Milner are coming off a victory in the most recent GTLM round at Long Beach, which followed a win for Garcia and Magnussen at Sebring (along with Mike Rockenfeller). Those results have Chevrolet one point out of the Manufacturer’s Championship lead in the class.

The Advance Auto Parts Sportscar Showdown at Circuit of The Americas is set for 1:35 p.m. CT on Saturday, May 6. FOX Sports 1 will have television coverage beginning at 7 p.m. ET with live audio coverage from IMSA Radio available on IMSA.com.

Corvette Racing Display, Chevrolet Ride and Drive

Corvette Racing’s return to Austin also brings a return of the Corvette Racing Display to Circuit of The Americas. Friday and Saturday, fans on-hand can view and learn about a variety of Chevrolet vehicles, accessories and attractions including:

  • The 2017 Chevrolet Corvette Grand Sport, Camaro Redline Edition, Cruze Hatchback and Silverado HD
  • The new 2018 Next Gen Equinox
  • A Corvette C7.R show car
  • Samples of Chevrolet engines, performance parts and accessories available to fans for purchase from their local Chevrolet dealer
  • A variety of Chevrolet and racing related activities for adults and kids
  • Commemorative t-shirts for fans who sign up with Corvette Racing.

The Corvette Racing display opens 8 a.m. on Friday and Saturday.

Corvette Racing at COTA: Early-Season Title Fight in Texas


ANTONIO GARCIA, NO. 3 MOBIL 1/SiriusXM CHEVROLET CORVETTE C7.R:

“Hopefully with COTA now earlier in the year it won’t be quite as hot! The track is very different than what experienced at Long Beach. There are wide-open spaces in the runoff areas so you can be a little more aggressive with your driving. I obviously have some good memories of winning at COTA a few years ago, but it’s time for new ones. Let’s hope it happens this weekend.”

JAN MAGNUSSEN, NO. 3 MOBIL 1/SiriusXM CHEVROLET CORVETTE C7.R:

“The one thing we all are looking for at COTA this year are cooler temperatures. If we get them, hopefully that means the track conditions will be more favorable to us than in past years. Through three races, Antonio and I are in good standing for the GTLM Championship. It’s quite a big difference compared to last year when we couldn’t seem to catch a good break. Hopefully we can continue to earn good results and points to see where we are with a couple races to go.”

OLIVER GAVIN, NO. 4 MOBIL 1/SiriusXM CHEVROLET CORVETTE C7.R:

“COTA is one of the few circuits where I haven’t won a race, and I’m eager to change that. It’s quite different than pretty much every other place we visit. The look of the facility and the smoothness of the track are pretty unique. You can take more risks here than normal with all the tarmac in the runoffs at COTA. All in all, it’s a very difficult challenge but one that everyone at Corvette Racing is ready to embrace.”

TOMMY MILNER, NO. 4 MOBIL 1/SiriusXM CHEVROLET CORVETTE C7.R:

“I enjoy driving at Circuit of The Americas every year. We race at a lot of terrific venues each year, but to compete at one like COTA is a real thrill. Oliver and I haven’t had a lot of success there over the years but this would be a great way to keep our momentum going. It’s never an easy task in this class but this can be a big weekend for everyone at Corvette Racing if the execution and strategy is right. I’m looking forward to it.”

DOUG FEHAN, CORVETTE RACING PROGRAM MANAGER:

“Two wins in the first three races of the season is a pretty darn good start. What’s more encouraging is that both Corvettes have shown they can compete for race wins and work toward another GTLM championship. Circuit of The Americas will present a difficult challenge – as it always has. Hopefully, the stars at Corvette will end up being the brightest in the skies over Texas!”

2017 WeatherTech SportsCar Championship – GTLM Standings
(After Three of 11 Events)

Driver Standings

  1. Dirk Muller/Joey Hand – 91
  2. Antonio Garcia/Jan Magnussen – 89
  3. Richard Westbrook/Ryan Briscoe – 82
  4. Dirk Werner/Patrick Pilet – 82
  5. Giancarlo Fisichella/Toni Vilander – 82
  6. Oliver Gavin/Tommy Milner – 78

Team Standings

  1. No. 66 Ford Chip Ganassi Racing – 91
  2. No. 3 Corvette Racing – 89
  3. No. 67 Ford Chip Ganassi Racing – 82
  4. No. 911 Porsche GT Team – 82
  5. No. 62 Risi Competizione – 82
  6. No. 4 Corvette Racing – 78

Manufacturer Standings

  1. Ford – 99
  2. Chevrolet – 98
  3. Porsche – 88
  4. Ferrari – 86
  5. BMW – 82


Source:
CorvetteRacing.com

Related:
[VIDEO] Corvette Racing Seminar from the 2017 NCM Bash
Corvette Racing at Long Beach: Victory for Gavin, Milner in No. 4 Corvette
[VIDEO] Corvette Racing: An Enduring Team

 

Chevrolet Announces Bonus Tag Rebates for 10% Off MSRP on Select 2017 Corvette Models

Chevrolet Announces Bonus Tag Rebates for 10% Off MSRP on Select 2017 Corvette Models
Photo Credit: Chevrolet


Just heard from our friends at Kerbeck Corvette that Chevrolet has updated the rebates and offers for May.

The big news regarding these incentives is a 10% off MSRP on select 2017 Corvette models.

Download the 2018 Corvette Playbook

Download the 2018 Corvette Playbook


Chevrolet put out this cool visual guide to their dealers showing many all the models and options available for the 2018 Corvette. It has many of same examples and slides from the What’s New with the 2018 Corvette seminar from the NCM Bash.

The 2018 Corvette Playbook (PDF) can be downloaded here:

Download the 2018 Corvette Playbook


Source:
CorvetteFurman.com

Related:
[VIDEO] What’s New with the 2018 Corvette Seminar from the NCM Bash
Chevrolet Raises Pricing of all 2018 Corvette Models a Mere $50
The Order Guide is Out and the ‘Carbon 65’ Package is the New Special Edition for 2018 Corvette

 

[PICS] Yager Family Donates Four Historic Corvettes Valued at $6.3 Million to Pierce-Arrow Museum

[PICS] Yager Family Donates Four Historic Corvettes Valued at $6.3 Million to Pierce-Arrow Museum
Photo Credit: Bob Franasiak


Thanks to the generosity of Mike Yager and his family, four very historically significant Corvettes will be on display to the public at the Buffalo Transportation Pierce-Arrow Museum in Buffalo, New York.

Ironically, they will be the first Corvettes in the museum’s collection and together are worth an estimated $6.3 million.

[VIDEO] Corvette Racing Seminar from the 2017 NCM Bash

[VIDEO] Corvette Racing Seminar from the 2017 NCM Bash


Corvette Racing’s Doug Fehan and Gary Pratt joined Corvette enthusiasts at the annual Corvette Museum’s Bash event hosted by Michelin.

[SPIED] 2018 Corvette ZR1 Prototype with Active Aero in Detroit?

[SPIED] 2018 Corvette ZR1 Prototype with Active Aero in Detroit?


We learned in March that GM was working on a system of adaptive aerodynamics for the Corvette, going so far as to submit a patent application for the technology. While our belief has been that this is a feature expected on the C8 mid-engine, the patent drawings did detail the system on a C7 model.

Corvette Assembly Plant to be Closed to Tours for 18 Months

Corvette Assembly Plant to be Closed to Tours for 18 Months


One of bigger pieces of news to come out of the 2017 NCM Bash event has to do with the end of public tours for the foreseeable future at the Bowling Green Assembly Plant. Along with the tours, Chevrolet is suspending the Corvette Buyers tour and the Engine Build Experience for the 2018 model year.

Join Mid America Motorworks for a Day at the Drag Strip on May 13th

Join Mid America Motorworks for a Day at the Drag Strip on May 13th


Our friends at Mid America Motorworks have announced an exciting new drag racing event for this year’s Corvette Funfest. To prepare, they are hosting a practice round on Saturday, May 13th and they want you to come out and join the fun! You can race your own Corvette or just watch as other Corvette owners thunder down the 1/8 mile drag strip at Coles County Dragway in Charleston, IL.

[VIDEO] C4 Corvette Crashes into a Utility Pole in Illinois

[VIDEO] C4 Corvette Crashes into a Utility Pole in Illinois


Let’s get a geometry lesson out of this Corvette accident.

A silver C4 Corvette convertible caused this utility pole to bend into a vertical obtuse angle after a one-car accident in Winnebago County, Illinois. (An obtuse angle, for those of you who haven’t studied geometry in a long time is more than 90 degrees but less than 180 degrees.)

[VIDEO] Multiple 2018 Corvette ZR1s Attack the Nurburgring

[VIDEO] Multiple 2018 Corvette ZR1s Attack the Nurburgring


While we took a few days off our normal schedule to travel to Bowling Green Kentucky for the annual National Corvette Museum Bash weekend, the engineers working on the new 2018 Corvette ZR1 were hard at work over in Germany as testing on the Nurburgring continued.

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