One of the benefits of parking in the Corvette Corral at Sebring is the access you get to members of the Corvette Racing team. Every Friday afternoon prior to the Saturday start, Corvette Racing’s Program Manager Doug Fehan addresses the crowd. This year, he talked about the upcoming season, Johnny O’Connell and Tommy Milner and of course, the 12 hour race at Sebring.
In the third episode of Corvette Racing’s Track to Street series, we go behind the scenes as the team kicks off the first race in 2011 at the 12 Hours of Sebring.
Corvette Racing Ambassador Ron Fellows spoke to Corvette owners in the Corvette corral at the 2011 Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring. He discussed some of the new changes for the season including paddle shifts and he even brought along the new steering wheel to show off all the advanced controls.
Corvette Racing kicked off the 2011 American Le Mans Series with two new cars and two new drivers at the Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring. After 12 hours of going pedal to the metal, the twin C6.Rs finished third and fourth in GT. The No 03 Corvette C6.R with Olivier Beretta, Tommy Milner and Antonio Garcia earned the podium and was the only non-BMW to finish on the lead lap. The No 4 Corvette C6.R with Oliver Gavin, Jan Magnussen and Richard Westbrook fought off several potential setbacks and spent much of the race climbing out of a three-lap deficit to end in fourth place.
The Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring kicks off another exciting year of sports car racing and the Corvettes look more than ready to challenge the competition in this year’s crowded GT field. However, due to changes in the broadcast schedule, not everyone is able to watch the races live. So when we do publish the results, we’ll use a generic title with the [SPOILER] tag so as not to let the cat out of the bag until you hit the jump.
Most Corvette Racing fans see him on TV or at the track, but very rarely do we hear from him. Dan Binks is the Crew Chief of the #03 Corvette C6.R and on the Wednesday leading up to the Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring, we stopped by the Corvette garage to speak with him. We discussed the new paddle shift system, E10 vs E85, testing of a proximity alarm system as well as his impressions of new driver Tommy Milner.
Say hello to Tommy Milner, the newest driver in the Corvette Racing lineup. Tommy will be taking over the full-time driving duties with Olivier Beretta following Johnny O’Connell’s departure to the Cadillac Motorsports program which was announced in December. Milner brings youth AND experience to the #03 Corvette C6.R. At just 25 years old, Milner has five years of seat time racing in the American Le Mans series including the last two years in the white BMW’s with Rahal-Letterman. With 51 starts and 17 podium finishes, the only that is missing from his impressive resume is a checkered flag.
In the second episode of the 2011 Track to Street season, we go in-house to learn about the Corvette race engine development and build process within GM. The production engine serves as the foundation for the GT engine that will power the Corvette Racing cars in this weekend’s season-opener at Sebring, and throughout the season. Take a look and see what separates one engine from another.
With the departure of Johnny O’Connell, Oliver Gavin assumes the unofficial role of senior driver at Corvette Racing. In the nine years since he’s been with factory race team, Gavin has posted 76 starts with 32 wins and 18 poles in ALMS competition and 9 starts with 6 podium finishes including 4 class wins at the 24 Hours of Le Mans. With the 12 Hours of Sebring getting underway later this week, we spoke with Oliver about the strategy in dealing with 56 cars on the grid, off-season changes to the C6.Rs, and his new co-driver Richard Westbrook.