The 12 Hours of Sebring reared its head and bit the Corvette Racing team hard on Saturday as the team faced multiple challenges in the first American Le Mans race of the season. Both cars had issues, and their fate was sealed when the #4 Corvette crashed into the #3 Corvette in pit lane. Although both Corvettes were able to get back out on the track, the lost time in the pits and garage cost the team 11 laps off the lead and consigned the #3 and 4 to 8th and 9th place finish respectively.
We spoke with Corvette Racing’s Program Manager Doug Fehan on the Friday before the 12 Hours of Sebring. We asked Doug about technology transfers between racing and production, last season’s climatic ending at Laguna Seca as well as what’s new for the team for 2010.
Mobil 1′s The Grid has a nice feature on Corvette Racing preparing for the 2010 American Le Mans season.
Here is first full episode of the season-long Corvette Racing video series offering viewers an inside look at the team’s competitive nature and how they prepare to take to the track. With a little over a week until the ALMS season-opener at the 12 hours of Sebring, key members from Corvette Racing recap last year’s finish and share what awaits them in 2010.
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I got an email today from Corvette Racing announcing they are starting a video series to document the team through the 2010 American Le Mans Series and the 24 Hours of Le Mans. The preview video as you will see is very well-done and now I am even more fired up for the first race of the season later this month at Sebring.
Members of Corvette Racing share their passion for racing and what it means to represent Corvette in the American Le Mans Series (ALMS). Featured in the video are Mark Kent, manager, GM Racing, Gary Pratt, chief engineer and co-founder of Pratt & Miller engineering, and Doug Fehan, program manager, Corvette Racing. This is a preview of what to expect from the Corvette Racing Team as they document the ALMS season in their upcoming video series.
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The Corvette Racing team was recently in Central Florida for a private test at Sebring International Raceway. During the session, these official photos were taken. My favorite of the set is the one I posted above with Johnny O’Connell behind the wheel of a Jetstream Blue ZR1 flanked by the two Corvette C6.Rs. We also get a chance to see new driver Manu Collard wearing the Crossed Flags for the first time too!
Corvette Racing has announced the signing of Frenchman Emmanuel Collard to its stable of drivers. The veteran GT/Prototype driver will join Oliver Gavin and Olivier Beretta in the #4 Corvette C6.R ZR1 for the endurance races at Sebring, Le Mans and Petit Le Mans. Collard will be replacing Marcel Fassler who was hired by Audi to co-drive one of its R15 TDIs this year at Le Mans.
Photo Credit: Richard Prince
Mobil 1 synthetic motor oil has been factory filled in Corvettes since 1992 and when the Corvettes began racing in the American Le Mans Series, Mobil 1 has been there from the beginning as well. Check out these three videos featuring the drivers and crew of Team Corvette talking about sports car racing and Mobil 1.