On Saturday morning we made our annual pilgrimage to the Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring where we spent the day cheering on our Corvette Racing team while baking under the Florida sun. Right after noon, we started our trek of walking the circuit and finding many great opportunities to shoot the factory yellow Corvette racers on the historic track. Along with our sunburn, we brought home a bevy of Corvette racing pics share!
12 Hours of Sebring
Briscoe, Garcia, Magnussen follow Rolex 24 win with Sebring 12 Hours victory
SEBRING, Fla. (March 21, 2015) – Corvette Racing won in class for the ninth time at the 63rd Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring Fueled by Fresh from Florida as Ryan Briscoe, Antonio Garcia and Jan Magnussen added Saturday’s GT Le Mans (GTLM) victory to their Rolex 24 At Daytona win from January. The trio started the TUDOR United SportsCar Championship season with consecutive victories and lead in GTLM points after two rounds.
Endurance is definitely the name of the game when it comes to the Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring – and not just on the track.
At Saturday’s 63rd annual event, for example, the title sponsor – ExxonMobil – will be celebrating some endurance of its own, observing a remarkable 20 years as title sponsor, one of the longest sponsor relationships in motorsports.
Mobil 1, of course, plays a big role for Corvettes in general and Corvette Racing in particular. All Corvettes have come from the factory filled with Mobil 1 oil for years, and that loyalty carries over to the track, too.
Eight previous class victories at North America’s oldest sports car race
DETROIT (March 16, 2015) – Corvette Racing already has one victory in Florida to its credit in 2015. The focus now turns to the second race for the TUDOR United SportsCar Championship: the 63rd Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring Fueled by Fresh from Florida at Sebring International Raceway. Both of the team’s Chevrolet Corvette C7.Rs are entered in the GT Le Mans (GTLM) class at a race Corvette Racing has won eight times.
IMSA has released the entry list for the 63rd running of the Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring which will be run on Saturday, March 21st.
Corvette Racing will have both its C7.Rs running and will be competing against seven other entries in the GTLM class.
Ryan Briscoe (Left) with Antonia Garcia (Center) and Jan Magnussen (Right) after winning the 2015 Rolex 24 of Daytona
For the second year in a row, Chevrolet driver Ryan Briscoe will be once again join Jan Magnussen and Antonio Garcia in the No.3 C7.R Corvette at the 12 Hours of Sebring. The inclusion of Briscoe kept the team competitive in 2014′s Daytona 24 Hour race as well as the 12 Hours of Sebring, but issues with the new C7-based Corvette racer kept the team from achiving any kind of real success.
But that was last year.
For 2015, the No.3 Corvette C7.R with Briscoe, Magnussen and Garcia took the checkered flag in the opening round of the TUDOR United SportsCar Championship which gave Corvette Racing their first Daytona GT victory since 2001.
IndyCar star Simon Pagenaud will be driving the No. 4 Corvette C7.R starting Jan. 9 along with Oliver Gavin and Tommy Milner in the annual Roar Before the 24, which serves as a three-day tune-up in front of the 53rd Rolex 24 at Daytona and the start of the TUDOR Championship.
Corvette’s Chief Engineer Tadge Juechter and Product Manager Harlan Charles were in Sebring last weekend for the 12 hour race and on Friday morning they spoke to the Corvette owners and enthusiasts in the Corvette corral.
But before we heard from the Corvette Team, former Corvette Racing driver and VP at Bondurant Driving School Johnny O’Connell led the crowd in singing Happy Birthday to Tadge who celebrated his birthday on Friday.
After leading during the day, sixth and eighth for Corvette C7.Rs
SEBRING, Fla. (March 15, 2014) – Corvette Racing’s two Chevrolet Corvette C7.Rs each led in class at Sebring International Raceway on Saturday but ultimately ended the 62nd Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring Fueled by Fresh from Florida on disappointing notes.