Before the green flags dropped on Friday night’s WEC 1,000 Miles of Sebring and Saturday’s 2019 Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring, Corvette Racing’s program manager Doug Fehan talked to Corvette owners and enthusiasts that Friday morning in the Corvette Corral tent.
Doug opened the conversation by talking about the Corvette Racing weekend event on October 24-25 in Hersey, PA. Organized by Wes Wong and the National Corvette Museum, registration will open in early April so we’ll have additional details then.
The first question from the crowd asked him what went wrong at Daytona (other than the rain?) and Doug answered that it wasn’t one of their best outings by the team which saw the C7.Rs run into each other in Pit Lane and one ran out gas “because we can’t count to 13” said Fehan in reference to the number of laps the C7.Rs run on a full tank. Doug says it was a test on so many different levels and that much was learned from it and that they are a better team for it.
Discussion soon turned to the Super Sebring weekend with a question about driver fatigue during the two events. Fehan shared some of the team’s strategy and said they would be leaning on Rockenfeller quiet a bit during the WEC event. He also addresses how the No.63 Corvette was so competitive in the practice sessions leading up to the race.
One question dealt with F1’s Kevin Magnussen racing with his father Jan Magnussen in a Corvette. Doug says that Kevin has cleared that with his bosses at Haas Racing and its something that could be possible in a future race like Le Mans or Daytona.
Other topics in the wide-ranging conversation include Balance of Performance, the future status of competitors in GTLM (Ford/Ferrari) and what the future of Le Mans might look like. He astutely dodged several questions that were about the C8 mid-engine Corvette that had the crowd laughing.
As always, we thank Doug and team of workers that put on the Corvette Corrals during the race weekends. You can catch Doug Fehan’s full Sebring presentation below:
Photos by Keith Cornett
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