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.
Corvette Racing driver Tommy Milner once again takes up behind the wheel to give us the driver’s perspective of lapping the 2.54 mile circuit at Road Atlanta in the dark during the Thursday night practice session. Milner and his #3 Compuware Corvette C6.R reach speeds up to 160 mph on the backstretch and its all captured in glorious HD!
Prior to last weekend’s running of the 14th Annual Petit Le Mans, CorvetteBlogger spoke with Corvette Racing’s Tommy Milner. Our conversation touched on his first full year of racing Corvettes, the amazing win at the 24 Hours of Le Mans, comparison of the BMW M3 to the Corvette C6.R, and how he prepare for races like his stint earlier this year at the Nurburgring 24 hour race.
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.
Software, Simulations, and Experience Prepare Corvette Racing for Inaugural Baltimore Race
BALTIMORE, Aug. 31, 2011 – Before the first practice session at the inaugural Baltimore Grand Prix begins, Corvette Racing’s twin Compuware Corvette C6.R race cars will already have made dozens of laps on the downtown street circuit – thanks to sophisticated computer simulations.
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.
The ALMS has the week off, but that doesn’t mean we don’t have some great racing footage to share with you. Corvette Racing’s Tommy Milner uploaded this helmet cam video to youtube and unlike the traditional dash cams that only show what’s in front the of Corvette, the helmet cam gives us a perspective of what’s happening inside the cockpit as well.
The 2 hour 45 minute dogfight at Mid-Ohio started under somewhat sunny skies but during the last half of the race, the clouds turned dark and rain started falling. But the weather was only one part of the Saturday’s ALMS race. We’ll tell you the Corvettes were strong throughout the day and if you want to see the results, go ahead and click through to the next page.
Corvette Wins GTE Class, Scores Seventh Win for Chevrolet
LE MANS, France, June 12, 2011 – “The car’s a lap down, but we can make that up,” said Corvette Racing team manager Gary Pratt with six hours remaining in the 24 Hours of Le Mans. Pratt’s words proved prophetic as the No. 73 Compuware Corvette C6.R driven by Olivier Beretta, Tommy Milner and Antonio Garcia relentlessly pursued the class-leading No. 51 Ferrari 458 Italia, cutting the margin by seconds every lap. American driver Tommy Milner overtook Ferrari driver Toni Vilander with two hours and 10 minutes to go, and steadily increased his lead as he completed his double stint. Garcia then took over the yellow and black car for the final hour and the run to the finish.