How does a Le Mans driver prepare for the big race? Hear Corvette Racing drivers’ stories of what it is like to be on and off the track at the biggest and longest race of the year.
Tommy Milner Sets the Pace in Preparation for Legendary Endurance Race
LE MANS, France – Corvette Racing completed a successful test day at Le Mans on Easter Sunday. Corvette Racing’s four full-season American Le Mans Series drivers – Oliver Gavin, Jan Magnussen, Olivier Beretta and Tommy Milner – used one of the team’s European customer cars to collect valuable data for the upcoming 24 Hours of Le Mans on June 11-12.
Le Mans Test Day Sets the Stage for Sports Car Racing’s Main Event
LE MANS, France, April 20, 2011 – This is only a test – but it’s an important one. Corvette Racing will participate in the Le Mans Test Day on Easter Sunday, April 24. This one-day outing on the legendary French circuit will play a key role in the team’s preparations for the 24 Hours of Le Mans on June 11-12, 2011.
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 Corvette Racing garage at Petit Le Mans was a very happy place following the team’s first win which came at the last race of the 2010 ALMS season. C6.R driver Oliver Gavin recounts the rollercoaster season and then describes the final moments of passing the #62 Risi Ferrari on the last lap to win the checkered flag.
Gavin, Magnussen and Collard Take Dramatic GT2 Win on Fumes as Ferrari Runs Dry on Final Lap
BRASELTON, Ga., Oct 2, 2010 – Corvette Racing concluded its first full season in the ultra-competitive GT2 category with a victory tonight in the 13th running of Petit Le Mans at Road Atlanta. Going into the final lap, the No. 4 Compuware Corvette C6.R driven by Oliver Gavin was trailing Toni Vilander in the class-leading No. 62 Risi Competizione Ferrari by 10 seconds. With a low-fuel alarm flashing on his own instrument panel, Gavin watched incredulously as the Ferrari slowed on the back straight as it ran out of E85 fuel. Gavin then raced across the finish line 5.763 seconds ahead of the runner-up No. 01 Ferrari of Dominick Farnbacher, which also passed Vilander’s hapless Ferrari.
We’ve always said that Corvette Racing has the best fans in the American Le Mans Series. Now its time to prove it. Stop what you’re doing right now and go vote for one of the two C6.R drivers on the Most Popular Drivers ballot: Johnny O’Connell or Jan Magnussen. Remember, you can vote every 5 hours.
All right Corvette Racing fans. Give yourself a big pat on the back as it looks like Doug Fehan got the most votes for the “From the Fans” awards. Now we turn our attention to the favorite driver award and both Johnny O’Connell and Jan Magnussen made the final round. The last time O’Connell made it to the finals, he lost by just three votes. So let’s make amends and vote early and often (you can vote about once every 5 hours) and let’s put a C6.R driver at the top.