Last weekend’s 12 Hours of Sebring proved once again that anything can happen as the deciding moments came down to the final laps. Now that everyone has had a chance to post their race recaps as well as upload their photos and videos, we bring to you our final Sebring news roundup.
After a long day of testing and working through the various setups and changes on the Corvette C6.Rs at the Sebring Winter Test session, the six drivers returned to the track after dark for the annual team picture photo shoot. Check out the gallery after the jump which also features some of the on-track action from earlier in the day.
New Driver Alignment to Optimize Performance in Sprint and Endurance Events
DETROIT, Jan. 20, 2012 – A new alignment of drivers will pilot Corvette Racing’s new Compuware Corvette C6.R race cars when they make their competition debut at the season-opening 60th Anniversary Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring. With additional testing following the announcement of the 2012 driver roster, the team has now finalized the lineups for the twin Corvettes.
Corvette Racing today announced their full roster of drivers for the 2012 season. Returning to the familiar confines of the Corvette C6.R’s are Oliver Gavin, Jan Magnussen, Tommy Milner, Richard Westbrook and Antonio Garcia. As has been widely speculated, Olivier Beretta’s full time seat in the No 3 Corvette C6.R will now be occupied by Antonio Garcia, who has been serving as one of two endurance drivers since 2009. New to the roster is 20 year old American driver Jordan Taylor who will take over the endurance driver duties at Sebring, Le Mans and Petit Le Mans.
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.
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.
The voting ended Sunday night for the American Le Mans Series “From the Fans” award and as you may know, we were pushing Corvette Racing pretty hard. Now it’s time for us to make a similar push for Oliver Gavin and Jan Magnussen, drivers of the #4 Corvette C6.R who were nominated for the prestigious Most Popular Driver award.
One of the benefits of the American Le Mans Series new television deal with ESPN is the ability to watch previous races and qualifying sessions from the ALMS video archive. Having missed Friday’s live ESPN3 feed, I pulled up a replay of the practice/qualifying session for the inaugural Baltimore Grand Prix and came across a couple of segments worth sharing.
Gavin and Magnussen Run at the Front in GT, Beretta and Milner Retire after Accident
ELKHART LAKE, Wis., Aug. 20, 2011 – The fans wanted a four-hour race at Road America, and the American Le Mans Series teams delivered four hours of nonstop action in the Time Warner Cable Road Race Showcase. The No. 4 Compuware Corvette C6.R driven by Oliver Gavin and Jan Magnussen finished fifth in the GT class after running in the lead pack throughout the race. The No. 3 Compuware Corvette C6.R of Tommy Milner and Olivier Beretta retired with suspension damage after an accident at the three-hour mark. The No. 62 Risi Competizione Ferrari 458 Italia driven by Jaime Melo and Toni Vilander won the hard-fought GT category, and the No. 4 Corvette won the Michelin Green X Challenge competition.