Corvette Racing at VIR: Back on the Podium for No. 3 Corvette

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Corvette Racing at VIR: Back on the Podium for No. 3 Corvette


Garcia, Magnussen third just ahead of Gavin, Milner in No. 4 Corvette

ALTON, Va. (August 25, 2019) – Corvette Racing’s Antonio Garcia and Jan Magnussen returned to the GT Le Mans (GTLM) podium in the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship on Sunday with a third-place finish in the Michelin GT Challenge at VIR.

The duo in the No. 3 Mobil 1/SiriusXM Chevrolet Corvette C7.R recorded their fourth straight top-three finish at Virginia International Raceway on the heels of victories in 2016 and 2017 and last year’s runner-up result. Corvette teammates Oliver Gavin and Tommy Milner were right behind in the No. 4 Corvette C7.R, their best result since a third-place finish at Long Beach in April.

The result moved Garcia and Magnussen back into third place in the GTLM Drivers Championship with two rounds left in the season. The two Corvettes, lacking overall pace to the race-winners, were part of a thrilling battle inside the final 30 minutes for the final podium spot.

Corvette Racing at VIR: Back on the Podium for No. 3 Corvette


Both Corvettes opted for three-stop strategies following an early-race caution that saw all GTLM cars pit just 22 minutes in. Magnussen – who started second and Gavin – who started fifth – each drove double-stints to start. Gavin, who gained two spots on the first round of stops thanks to a speedy tire change and fuel fill, was the first GTLM driver to make his second stop an hour into the race.

Magnussen handed over to Garcia 20 minutes later and was part of a tight fight with Dirk Mueller in the No. 66 Ford in the midpoint of the race. It was a close battle with the two cars making contact at the end of the backstraight but both got away relatively damage-free.


The two Corvettes and the two Fords were nose-to-tail following the final round of pit stops with 35 minutes remaining. Garcia made a daring move at Turn Four to move back into the podium, and Milner followed him through by overtaking both Fords a couple of corners later.

Corvette Racing’s next event is the IMSA Monterey Grand Prix at WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca on Sept. 13-15.

Corvette Racing at VIR: Back on the Podium for No. 3 Corvette


ANTONIO GARCIA, NO. 3 CHEVROLET CORVETTE C7.R – FINISHED THIRD IN GTLM:

“It was a strange race. I don’t know if we had anything for the Porsches. There was a lot going on in both stints. Initially the power was good and I could gap the Fords. But at some point after that, I had a strange feeling that felt like understeer. Then I realized I was having to give more right-turn input than left. There was probably something going on there but not due to the contact with the 66. Once I realized it wasn’t the tire going down, I could get in a rhythm and it seemed to work. It’s unfortunate to have contact with Dirk (Mueller). I didn’t want to have that, but once you’re that close. I locked up completely and was over the curb trying to avoid him. That took away a little of the gap I had over the other cars but still had time to dump grass out of the radiator after that off. It was super tight the rest of the way and was fun. It’s not a win but we will take a podium.”

JAN MAGNUSSEN, NO. 3 MOBIL 1/SiriusXM CHEVROLET CORVETTE C7.R – FINISHED THIRD IN GTLM:

“A podium is great for the championship, but we are so hungry for a win. The team did great this weekend. The car was solid all the way through. We had an exciting qualifying yesterday. Good racing today. There was a small miscommunication between Antonio and Mueller but they both came back from that. On the podium is great but we want to win. A fantastic weekend.”

(Being aggressive on strategy in attempt for IMSA Win No. 100) “It is not due to lack of trying. We are there. We are right where we need to be. Unfortunately, we miss out just a little bit. Today we didn’t leave anything on the table. We will just have to find a little bit more if we are to win one of these pretty soon. I’m super happy with everything the team has done. The preparation of the car, the strategy, execution of the pit stops. Everything is fantastic. It’s just not enough for winning.”

OLIVER GAVIN, NO. 4 MOBIL 1/SiriusXM CHEVROLET CORVETTE C7.R – FINISHED FOURTH IN GTLM:

“We battled hard today. I don’t think we had as fast of a car there at the start as the sister car. We seemed to be working the rear tire pretty hard and that bit me a little bit. But we made some changes and the track rubbered in so that started to help Tommy a little. There was plenty was action like there always is here. Lots of cars defending hard and racing hard. This track has so much grip sometimes and there is only one line. Trying to pass people can get frantic. In the end it kind of worked out our way a little bit. We’ve been on the on the receiving end of it a few times, but today we benefited a little bit from some other people’s aggressive racing. It was good to get fourth place and to get the 3 Corvette on the podium. But we are so desperate for a win. It’s crazy how long it’s gone. It would be fantastic to get a win at some point before the end of the year. The guys at Corvette Racing certainly deserve it. They worked super hard through that last-minute engine change Saturday before qualifying. That got us a starting spot further up the grid than we would have been if that hadn’t been done just before qualifying. The pitstops today were excellent; the guys did a great job and the strategy worked out for us. It’s positive as we move toward Monterey. We can actually start chipping away to get in the top-three. To get that win would be amazing.”

TOMMY MILNER, NO. 4 MOBIL 1/SiriusXM CHEVROLET CORVETTE C7.R – FINISHED FOURTH IN GTLM:

“All-in-all it was a good day today. Really at the end, we made the right strategy calls. We needed to work on the car a little bit throughout the race, and made good changes. Fourth place isn’t what we come here for, but I think based on how the race played out we can be pretty happy. I know Olly struggled there in his first stint with his tires; with that in mind, I was careful with them in my first stint and that may have hurt me in the end. So we made a change and tried to improve all of it essentially. At that point, knew what to expect from the tires as well. My second stint was quite a bit better than my first I felt. Of course, that was a fun pass there with the two Fords that were fighting pretty hard. All-in-all a good day for the team. We still have some work to do for sure but I’m proud of the team and the effort all weekend. We’ve definitely had a rough year. Having races like we had today where maybe it wasn’t perfect, but everybody did a great job today. Sp two to go. We will try and get a win before the end of the year.”

Corvette Racing at VIR: Back on the Podium for No. 3 Corvette


Source:
CorvetteRacing.com

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3 COMMENTS

  1. Well, the boys were consistent and competitive once again; and better than last. But, IMHO, IMSA needs to figure out BoP again. Porsche has consistently been 1-2 at almost every race this year, and its almost safe to say they have it in the bag. I’m pretty sure you can hook a travel trailer to those schnitzel rockets and they’ll still pace the field at present. It is what it is. I just want to see the C7.R bag win #100 before the ME era begins. And, for what its worth, it would be cool to see Ferrari come back, and maybe even see Lamborghini and or McLaren jump up into GTLM in the years ahead!

  2. Put an end as soon as possible to this nonsensical balance of performance idiocy. Can you imagine someone telling Carroll Shelby in 1962 that he had to add 674 lbs of weight to his AC Cobras to make things fair for the others?

  3. Corvette Racing has not been able to win a race all year, not through lack of talent or effort. They simply have not had the pace of the Porsche’s. So, IMSA, in it’s infinite wisdom, did a BoP adjustment and added 10 kgs to the Corvettes minimum weight two races ago. Thus assuring the Porsche team the championship. The fix has been in since the 24 hours of Daytona. Just look at the finishing order at VIR. Porsche first and second, Corvette third and fourth, Ford fifth and sixth and BMW seventh and eighth. Porsche has set the pace at virtually every race this year. Yet Porsche receives no additional weight or BoP adjustment. This is a total joke. There is no need to even watch the race as the finishing order is predetermined by the BoP “adjustments.”

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