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During yesterday’s qualifying sessions at the Continental Tire Monterey Grand Prix at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca, Tommy Milner and the No. 4 Corvette C7.R led the factory-backed team with a time of 1:22.711 and will start fourth in class when the Green Flag drops this afternoon.
Antonio Garcia piloted the No.3 Corvette C7.R to P7 but after an engine was diagnosed with an issue after qualifying and was replaced, the points leaders in GTLM will be starting P8 at the back of the grid.
Corvette Racing is going for its fourth consecutive win at Laguna Seca. Milner and Gavin started the win streak in 2012 while Garcia and Magnussen have one the last two years.
Friday’s qualifying session saw another consecutive streak continue. Over the last 15 races, 15 different drivers have won the pole in the GTLM class.
The Continental Tire Monterey Grand Prix will start Sunday at 4:05 pm ET on Sunday. Live TV coverage begins at 1 pm PT on FOX Sports 1.
TOMMY MILNER, NO. 4 CHEVROLET CORVETTE C7.R – QUALIFIED FIFTH:
“We obviously know that every little tiny bit that you can do makes a difference in qualifying. We saw earlier in practice we weren’t quite as quick as the cars ahead of us. But we had on the wrong tire, and we knew that going on the right tire would make a difference. We went from being six or seven tenths off this morning to only being a tenth off really most of the group. That is a big step considering the help that the other cars have gotten. We are working really hard to make that difference up. The guys from Corvette Racing gave me a really good car. I’m just proud of how we worked through the issues we’ve had this weekend with little bits and pieces. I’m really proud that without a lot of practice time with the right compound that we were able to get the balance as close as it was so I could push as hard as I could for qualifying.
“There is still work to do on the race setup for the long runs. The car was good for qualifying. We just need to make it a bit better for the race. I think we have the right direction to do that. It is tough to pass here. It is going to be super important to make sure all of our driver changes and all of our pit stops are quick because that will be where you can really make up some spots tomorrow is passing people in the pits.”
ANTONIO GARCIA, NO. 3 CHEVROLET CORVETTE C7.R – QUALIFIED SEVENTH:
“GTLM qualifying was very close… closer than I was expecting. I felt like we left something on the table but it’s encouraging in that despite being seventh I was less than two-tenths from second place. I think we have a good car for the race. We have spent a lot of time this week on race setup, so hopefully that pays off tomorrow.”
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