We made our annual trek across the state of Florida on Friday to capture the Corvette Racing seminar hosted by Program Manager Doug Fehan in the Corvette Corral at the Rolex 24 at Daytona.
And as always, it was totally worth it.
Doug was obviously in a good mood the morning after the No. 3 Corvette C7.R captured Pole Position in the GTLM class for Saturday’s start of the Rolex 24 at Daytona. Although unplanned prior to the start of qualifying, Fehan says Magnussen was really already laying down some fast lap times when he was able to get a tow from teammate Oliver Gavin in the No. 4 C7.R to vault him to the top of GTLM qualifying.
During the question and answer session, Doug says he doesn’t know why more teams aren’t utilizing drafting, adding “We’re at Daytona, guys. Have you ever watched a race here? They run bumper to bumper because that’s where the speed is. You fall out of the draft and your a half a lap behind in 22 seconds.”
One of the surprise conversations centered around Doug talking about his new Corvette. After 30 years of working with GM, Fehan says his previous Corvette driving experience was at best 3 days and that was only because he was asked to deliver a Corvette to a track.
Saying that he just couldn’t wait any longer, Doug bought a 2018 Torch Red Stingray, decked it out with EFY RPO for the body colored vents. Because he lives in Detroit and his car was delivered in the middle of winter, he turned to his partners at Michelin who set him up with a set a Alpin PA4 all-season tires for testing purposes. Doug says with those tires on the car, there is no reason that he can’t drive his Corvette year round.
Following the brisk Question and Answer period, the drivers arrived for the autograph session and that concluded the Corvette Racing Seminar from the Rolex 24 at Daytona.
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