In the final episode of this year’s Track to Street series by Corvette Racing, the team reflects on their experiences from the ALMS season. We’re also given an inside look at Petit Le Mans, where each team strives to end the season on a high note.
Corvette Racing driver Tommy Milner once again takes up behind the wheel to give us the driver’s perspective of lapping the 2.54 mile circuit at Road Atlanta in the dark during the Thursday night practice session. Milner and his #3 Compuware Corvette C6.R reach speeds up to 160 mph on the backstretch and its all captured in glorious HD!
Corvette Racing’s program director Doug Fehan takes a few minutes at the 2011 Petit Le Mans to talk with Corvette owners and enthusiasts at the Corvette Corral. In the Q & A session, Doug talks about future race venues, direct injection on the C7, the return of the Jake livery and the Corvette Museum’s motorsports park.
In the final episode of Corvette Racing’s 2011 Tech Transfer segments which air during the ALMS race telecasts, Corvette Racing’s Doug Fehan talks about enhancements to the 2012 Corvette ZR1. From the performance package featuring the new Michelin Pilot Sport Cup tires and lightweight cup wheels to Performance Traction Management Control, the Corvette ZR1 is the tip of the technological spear that represents the partnership between racing and production.
For anyone who has never attended an American Le Mans race, you seriously don’t know what a great time you’re missing. We got up to Petit Le Mans on Thursday and we were able to witness and participate in seminars, driver meet and greets, wander the vendor village and experience Corvette Racing up close and personal. Check out our huge Petit Le Mans photo gallery and you’ll see what I mean.
Prior to last weekend’s running of the 14th Annual Petit Le Mans, CorvetteBlogger spoke with Corvette Racing’s Tommy Milner. Our conversation touched on his first full year of racing Corvettes, the amazing win at the 24 Hours of Le Mans, comparison of the BMW M3 to the Corvette C6.R, and how he prepare for races like his stint earlier this year at the Nurburgring 24 hour race.
Jan Magnussen Voted Most Popular Driver, Dan Binks Named GT Mechanic of the Year
BRASELTON, Ga., Oct. 2, 2011 – Twenty-four hours after the checkered flag fell at the season-ending Petit Le Mans, the roar of racing engines was replaced by applause, toasts, and words of gratitude as the American Le Mans Series celebrated its champions. Corvette Racing drivers and team members were among the honorees at the awards ceremony.
CorvetteBlogger was on the ground last week at Road Atlanta for the 14th annual Petit Le Mans. We had the opportunity to talk with Corvette Racing’s Program Manager Doug Fehan about the 2nd full season of GT racing, the win at the 24 Hours of Le Mans and changes for the 2012 program which including building two new Corvette C6.Rs that are 2 inches wider.
Gavin and Magnussen Take Second in Driver Standings; Team Rallies Around No. 4 Corvette After No. 3 Corvette Sidelined
BRASELTON, Ga., Oct. 1, 2011 – After nine hours and 35 minutes of intense competition, Corvette Racing finished fourth in the GT class in Petit Le Mans, the season finale of the American Le Mans Series. The No. 4 Compuware Corvette C6.R driven by Oliver Gavin, Jan Magnussen, and Richard Westbrook completed 366 laps around the 2.54-mile Road Atlanta circuit en route to its fourth-place finish. The No. 3 Compuware Corvette C6.R of Olivier Beretta, Tommy Milner, and Antonio Garcia retired after 76 laps with a broken gearbox and finished 17th in the GT category. The No. 51 AF Corse Ferrari won the GT division by a 6.685-second margin of victory.