Milner fifth, Magnussen sixth in qualifying ahead of GT-only race
LAKEVILLE, Connecticut (July 21, 2017) – Corvette Racing will go for another victory at Lime Rock Park on Saturday from the third row after qualifying for the Northeast Grand Prix – the team’s seventh race in the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship.
Tommy Milner and Jan Magnussen will start side by side in the pair of Mobil 1/SiriusXM Chevrolet Corvette C7.Rs. In Friday’s qualifying, Milner set the team’s best time at 50.720 (104.638 mph) in the No. 4 Corvette C7.R he shares with Oliver Gavin. Magnussen, teaming with Antonio Garcia in the No. 3 Corvette, was 0.01 seconds back at 50.730 (104.576 mph).
Corvette Racing scored its 100th all-time victory – a team 1-2 finish led by Gavin and Milner – a year ago at the small yet demanding 1.5-mile, seven-turn circuit. The GT-only event this year, the race gives Corvette Racing a chance at victory No. 106. That also would be a boon for Chevrolet in the GT Le Mans Manufacturer’s Championship, which it leads by two points.
Garcia and Magnussen lead the GTLM Driver’s Championship on the strength of two victories – Sebring and Circuit of the Americas. Gavin and Milner were class winners at Long Beach.
Lime Rock is one of 24 venues at which Corvette Racing has won an event. The team has won five times in 10 appearances at Lime Rock, and the championship-winning driver lineup has a combined six victories there.
The Northeast Grand Prix is set for 3:05 p.m. ET on Saturday, July 22. FOX Sports 2 will air the race live starting at 3 p.m. ET with live audio coverage from IMSA Radio and a Corvette Racing In-Car feed available on IMSA.com.
TOMMY MILNER, NO. 4 MOBIL 1/SiriusXM CHEVROLET CORVETTE C7.R – QUALIFIED FIFTH IN GTLM:
“I’m pretty happy with that. Fifth and sixth for the team is good. It’s always close here at Lime Rock. You’re looking for thousandths of a second here. I think this is the most I’ve ever used the car up to get a good lap time – hitting curbs and things like that. I’m happy to be starting fifth. Traffic here is a nightmare around here, and trying to get around your competitors is even tougher. Even the slower class cars aren’t that much slower than us, and they are racing hard, too. It’ll be hot in the sun tomorrow and hot in some race cars tomorrow. It should be a good race.”
JAN MAGNUSSEN, NO. 3 MOBIL 1/SiriusXM CHEVROLET CORVETTE C7.R – QUALIFIED SIXTH IN GTLM:
“Obviously I would like to be farther forward, but that’s pretty much what we had. The car felt pretty nice to be honest. We did some good work this morning and afternoon the free practices. It is so close when you look at the lap times. We will be fighting everyone, everywhere for every bit of tarmac. It will be fun tomorrow, and I’m looking forward to that. Let’s see what it brings us.”
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