Lone stop north of the U.S. border is one of team’s most successful venues
DETROIT (July 5, 2017) – Winning sports car races around the world is nothing new for Corvette Racing. With 105 victories, it is the most successful team in International Motor Sports Association (IMSA) history. This weekend, the world’s premier GT racing team looks to add another to that tally at one of its most successful venues: Canadian Tire Motorsport Park for the Mobil 1 SportsCar Grand Prix.
The team’s two Chevrolet Corvette C7.Rs will return to Canada with the rest of the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship seeking its 12th victory at the historic 2.459-mile, 10-turn venue that has played host to practically every form of major international motorsports. It also ranks as one of the fastest tracks on Corvette Racing’s schedule in terms of highest average speed.
Corvette Racing has scored 11 class victories in 16 appearances at the track formerly known as Mosport International Raceway including a pair of victories in the last four seasons.
All four current Corvette Racing drivers – Antonio Garcia, Jan Magnussen, Oliver Gavin and Tommy Milner – have scored at least one class victory at CTMP and have combined for 12 wins there. Magnussen leads the quartet with six (five in Corvette Racing entries). The Dane, who teams with Garcia in the No. 3 Mobil 1/SiriusXM Chevrolet Corvette C7.R, won overall in 1999 before reeling off five wins in eight years with the team: 2007-2009, 2011 and 2014… that one with Garcia.
The pairing arrives in Canada with the GT Le Mans (GTLM) Driver’s Championship, as does Chevrolet in the class’s Manufacturer standings and the No. 3 Corvette C7.R squad in Team points. Garcia and Magnussen are coming off a third-place class finish this past weekend at Watkins Glen International in a six-hour fightback following an early spin. They finished third in class last year at CTMP.
Gavin and Milner, defending GTLM Driver’s Champions in the No. 4 Mobil 1/SiriusXM Corvette C7.R, finished just ahead of their teammates in second place a year ago in Canada. They won together in the American Le Mans Series’ GT category during the 2013 season and teamed for a victory earlier this year at Long Beach.
Corvette Racing is proud of its rich history in Canada along with its American heritage. It is the only program in the WeatherTech Championship with an American car (Corvette) from an American manufacturer (Chevrolet) fielded by an American team.
The Mobil 1 SportsCar Grand Prix at CTMP is Corvette Racing’s second event as part of a back-to-back race weekends for the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship. The race is set for 12:05 p.m. ET on Sunday, July 9. FOX Sports 1 will air the race live starting at noon with live audio coverage from IMSA Radio and a Corvette Racing In-Car feed available on IMSA.com.
ANTONIO GARCIA, NO. 3 MOBIL 1/SiriusXM CHEVROLET CORVETTE C7.R:
“Canadian Tire Motorsport Park has always been good to us. We all like it, and that obviously helps. We may not have had the best car on pace, but we also seem to perform well there on strategy and execution. I’m looking forward to getting back there and having another chance at victory. If we don’t make mistakes, then we should do very well. Even though it may be a long lap at almost 2.5 miles, we’re going so fast that things get very intense. It’s hard on us, hard on the cars and hard on the tires. can’t wait to get back there. This track presents a big challenge with a lot of risk. All of us drivers can’t wait to get back there.”
JAN MAGNUSSEN, NO. 3 MOBIL 1/SiriusXM CHEVROLET CORVETTE C7.R:
“This is a fantastic track and so much fun to drive. The challenge there is huge. Most drivers rank Canadian Tire Motorsport Park very high on their lists. For Corvette Racing, we have had a lot of success there. I like it, Antonio likes it and the team historically does a great job. When you put that all together, you usually get great results. We always go there with a good feeling because of our past success.”
OLIVER GAVIN, NO. 4 MOBIL 1/SiriusXM CHEVROLET CORVETTE C7.R:
“As a European driver, I absolutely love this stretch of tracks in the IMSA championship. For me, Canadian Tire Motorsport Park ranks high on the list. It is such a phenomenal circuit with everything a driver could want – tons of speed, fast corners with hard braking and elevation changes. I’ve been fortunate to win there four times, and each has been an incredible challenge. In a lot of ways, this is a place where you race the track as well as the competition. We will need to have a clean run and a good-handling Corvette to contend, and that will be our focus leading into Sunday.”
TOMMY MILNER, NO. 4 MOBIL 1/SiriusXM CHEVROLET CORVETTE C7.R:
“This team has had such a long history of success at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park. It’s definitely a place where you want a car that’s good! In my eyes, it’s almost a perfect race track. It’s got great rhythm, it’s fast and always one of my favorites to go to. There’s a big thrill there when you’re out there by yourself. When you add in traffic and racing within our own class, that makes it that much more enjoyable.”
DOUG FEHAN, CORVETTE RACING PROGRAM MANAGER:
“Everyone at Corvette Racing looks forward to our annual trip to Canadian Tire Motorsport Park, and it’s easy to see why. The track has tremendous history, and it presents a stern test to the drivers, engineers and crew. It offers a demanding challenge in terms of load on the car with some of the highest forces we see from the extremely fast corners and dramatic elevation changes. On the spectator side, we are honored by the tremendous support and passion from our Canadian fans, which started with our friend Ron Fellows. We have had great success in Canada over the years, and we expect to deliver more again this weekend.”
2017 WeatherTech SportsCar Championship – GTLM Standings
(After Five of 11 Events)
- Antonio Garcia/Jan Magnussen – 154
- Dirk Muller/Joey Hand – 146
- Alexander Sims/Bill Auberlen – 144
- Richard Westbrook/Ryan Briscoe – 139
- Dirk Werner/Patrick Pilet – 134
- Oliver Gavin/Tommy Milner – 128
- No. 3 Corvette Racing – 154
- No. 66 Ford Chip Ganassi Racing – 146
- No. 25 BMW Team RLL – 144
- No. 67 Ford Chip Ganassi Racing – 139
- No. 911 Porsche GT Team – 134
- No. 4 Corvette Racing – 128
- 1. Chevrolet – 163
- Ford – 159
- BMW – 149
- Porsche – 146
- Ferrari – 112