Corvette Racing’s Program Manager Doug Fehan gives us a tour of Corvette’s command center in pitlane where strategy, data acquisition, analysis, engineering and race observation take place.
The #63 Corvette was shown parked on the side of the track at 07:00. Fehan says crank case pressure alarm went off indicating a major problem with the engine. Calls it a terminal issue with the engine. Corvette Racing confirms in tweets: Terminal mechanical issue on 63 Corvette, Garcia stopped on track going into Indianapolis, End of the race for No. 63 at Le Mans.
Fehan on #63 Corvette’s retirement: “Our first engine problem in 11 years at Le Mans. No indication leading up to it.”
In the 5th episode of Track to Street: Corvette Racing Series, we’re given a history lesson on the story of Corvette Racing at Le Mans, and how it all began 50 years ago at the 24 hour race. Take a look at the behind-the-scenes footage, which includes a chronicle of the Corvette’s evolution as well as some interviews with key team-members of the past and present and what the 24 hours of Le Mans means to them. Among those interviewed were famed drivers Dick Guldstrand and Dick Thompson, as well as current team Ambassador, Ron Fellows.
As one of the partners in the Race to Win Corvette Sweepstakes, AutoWeek’s Editorial Director Dutch Mandel was able to sit down with Corvette Chief Engineer Tadge Juechter and Corvette Racing’s Engineering Director Doug Louth. The two engineers discussed the individual aspects of the 2011 Corvette Z06 Carbon Edition and how cascade engineering with the racing program has created the best track Corvette yet.
Corvette Racing and Green Racing: As part of the Michelin Green X Challenge, the team explains the greener aspects of the Corvette Z06 racing models. These include tires and ceramic wheel bearings that offer lower rolling resistance, carbon fiber doors that weight under 15 lbs and air conditioning units that pull just 1.5 hp to cool the cabin. Check out the video after the jump.
At the C5/C6 Bash last week at the Corvette Museum, Corvette Racing’s Program Manager Doug Fehan talked about racing this season and about Sebring in particular. The Perfect Storm is how he has described the events that led to the two Corvette C6.Rs crashing in a pit lane mishap at the 12 Hours of Sebring.
Corvette Racing Program Manager Doug Fehan visited the set of Autoline After Hours on Thursday evening. This is an extensive one-hour interview featuring John McElroy, host of Autoline Daily and Autoline Detroit. Also joining in the conversation is the Autoextremist Peter De Lorenzo and David Welch from BusinessWeek and Bloomberg News.
Jan Magnussen proves again why he is the best closer in the ALMS. At the halfway point of the American Le Mans Series at Long Beach, Magnussen left the pits in 6th position and battled all the way to finish in 2nd place, just four seconds behind the class winning #45 Fancy Lizards Porsche driven by Pat Long and Joerg Bergmeister.
Following a less than stellar outing at the 12 Hours of Sebring, Corvette Racing is ready to rebound this weekend as the ALMS comes to the streets of Long Beach. The race around the 11-turn 1.986-mile temporary track is a 100 minute sprint and teams will only have a couple of hours of practice time on the track before the race on Saturday afternoon.