DETROIT (Sept. 30, 2014) – Corvette Racing closes the inaugural year of the TUDOR United SportsCar Championship this weekend with the 17th running of Petit Le Mans – the annual 10-hour endurance race at Road Atlanta. Saturday’s event has high stakes for the factory Corvette program in the GT Le Mans (GTLM) classes with the Drivers Championship on the line.
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Aussie star entered to drive both Chevrolet Corvette C7.Rs in 1,000-mile/10-hour race
DETROIT (Sept. 26, 2014) – Ryan Briscoe will return to Corvette Racing next week for Petit Le Mans at Road Atlanta as the third driver in both of the team’s Chevrolet Corvette C7.Rs. The Aussie star will try to help Corvette Racing and Chevrolet win for the fifth time this year in the TUDOR United SportsCar Championship’s GT Le Mans (GTLM) class. The annual 1,000-mile/10-hour endurance race is set for Saturday, Oct. 4.
Last month at Road Atlanta, Corvette Racing capped off a wildly successful 2013 campaign by adding the Drivers Championship for Magnussen and Garcia and the Michelin Green X Challenge award to the already clinched Manufacturers Championship and the Team Championship. Jan Magnussen was also named the ALMS Most Popular Driver.
Corvette Racing released this video documenting not only the final race of the 2013 season, but the final curtain for the team’s Corvette C6.R race cars.
Sixth-place finish with Taylor enough to take title at Road Atlanta; No. 4 Corvette places 10th
BRASELTON, Ga. (Oct. 19, 2013) – Antonio Garcia and Jan Magnussen closed the American Le Mans Series era by winning the GT drivers’ championship Saturday at Petit Le Mans. The pairing drove with Jordan Taylor to a sixth-place finish in the No. 3 Compuware Chevrolet Corvette C6.R at Road Atlanta. Garcia won his first ALMS title, and Magnussen claimed another to go along with his 2008 GT1 championship.
Road Atlanta marks final race for Corvette C6.R and ALMS championship
DETROIT (Oct. 16, 2013) – This weekend’s Petit Le Mans at Road Atlanta will see two of modern-day sports car racing’s most prominent names take the checkered flag. The Corvette C6.R competes for the final time in the hands of Corvette Racing for the final event of the American Le Mans Series. One of the most successful models ever fielded by Corvette Racing, the C6.R will make way for the all-new C7.R to debut in January’s Rolex 24 at Daytona in the new TUDOR United SportsCar Championship.
Garcia, Magnussen look for ALMS GT drivers’ title at end of 1,000-mile enduro
DETROIT (Oct. 14, 2014) – Only one more race separates Antonio Garcia and Jan Magnussen from the American Le Mans Series’ GT drivers’ championship. Petit Le Mans at Road Atlanta is the site of the final round of the 2013 ALMS but also the series’ finale as well. The 1,000-mile/10-hour endurance classic has been a staple at Road Atlanta – an hour northeast of Atlanta – since its first running in 1998.
Corvette’s Chief Engineer Tadge Juechter came to the 2012 Petit Le Mans ALMS race at Road Atlanta last week to unveil the 2014 C7 Corvette emblem and pegged 1.13.13 as the date of the public reveal. CorvetteBlogger talked to Tadge later in the day about his 19+ years as part of the Corvette Program, the legacy of the C6 and the coming of the C7.
On Saturday morning, October 20th, Corvette’s Chief Engineer Tadge Juechter and Corvette’s Exterior Designer Kirk Bennion spoke at the Corvette Corral at Petit Le Mans. Tadge emphasized that the C7 is a totally new Corvette while Kirk Bennion spoke about the design and characteristics of the C7 Corvette logo that was unveiled earlier in the week.
No. 3 Corvette Finishes Second for Fifth Time in 10 American Le Mans Series Races
BRASELTON, Ga., Oct. 20, 2012 – The race for the GT class victory in the season-ending Petit Le Mans came down to speed versus fuel economy. With the No. 3 Compuware Corvette C6.R driven by Jan Magnussen, Antonio Garcia, and Jordan Taylor cutting seconds from the No. 01 Ferrari’s lead with every lap, Ferrari driver Toni Vilander made it to the finish without a final fuel stop. Thus the No. 3 Corvette finished second for the fifth time in 10 American Le Mans Series races this season.