Here is the 3rd episode of Corvette Racing’s “Flat Out” series where attention is turned to the six drivers. We hear directly from Oliver, Tommy, Jan, Antonio, Richard and Jordon how they got their start racing as well as the impact that the 24 Hours of Le Mans has on a driver.
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Gavin Sets the Pace in GTE Pro in No. 74 Corvette C6.R; Taylor Walks Away from Encounter with Tire Wall in No. 73 Corvette C6.R
LE MANS, France, June 3, 2012 – Corvette Racing ended the Le Mans Test Day first and fourth in the GTE Pro category. Oliver Gavin ran the quickest lap in the two four-hour sessions at 3:58.971 in the No. 74 Compuware Corvette C6.R, more than half a second quicker than the car’s qualifying pace last year. The No. 73 Compuware Corvette C6.R covered the 8.5-mile circuit in 4:00.062, the fourth fastest time in the production-based class, before being sidelined by an encounter with a tire wall.
Eight-Hour Test Will Provide Essential Information for Upcoming 24 Hours of Le Mans
LE MANS, France, May 29, 2012 – When 10-year-old Jordan Taylor first visited the 24 Hours of Le Mans in 2001, the youngster immediately understood that this event was special. Now 11 years later, Taylor is returning to Le Mans – not as a spectator, but as a driver in the world’s most prestigious sports car race.
A little virtual reality has helped Jordan Taylor prepare for test drives with Corvette Racing.
Taylor turned to iRacing to get a feel for the Corvette C6.R at Sebring, and the preparation paid off when Corvette asked him to drive with Jan Magnussen and Antonio Garcia in three classic endurance races this season.
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.
Corvette Racing’s Oliver Gavin and Tommy Milner tweeted photos today of the new paint scheme that will be on the Corvette C6.Rs for the 2012 American Le Mans Series and the 24 Hours of Le Mans campaigns. The livery is an evolution from the previous two years but new is the large Jake graphic that appears just under the race car’s B-pillar.
The Corvette Daytona Prototypes made their inaugural debut at the 50th Rolex 24 Hours at Daytona. After a brutal 24 hours of round-the-clock racing, the No. 5 Action Express Corvette DP led the way for Team Chevy and the Corvette DPs with a 5th place overall finish. Corvette Racing’s factory drivers in the No. 90 Spirit of Daytona Racing Corvette DP finished 8th while in GT, Tommy Milner and Jordan Taylor in the No. 88 Autohaus Camaro GT.R finished 10th in class.
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.