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CORVETTE RACING AT LE MANS: From Hopes to Heartbreak

LE MANS, France (June 16, 2019) – Corvette Racing’s hopes for a magical victory in its 20th straight appearance at the 24 Hours of Le Mans didn’t come to pass, but the effort of the program was never stronger than what the team displayed Saturday and Sunday in the world’s biggest endurance race.

The No. 63 Mobil 1/SiriusXM Chevrolet Corvette C7.R of Antonio Garcia, Jan Magnussen and Mike Rockenfeller finished ninth in the GTE Pro category on a day where the trio was firmly in contention for the first 20 hours. Three unlucky safety car periods and an untimely late trip to the garage for repairs following a spin put a dent in the plans for a ninth class victory in 20 years.

Le Mans struck hard at both Corvette Racing entries. The No. 64 Mobil 1/SiriusXM Corvette C7.R retired following a heavy crash for Marcel Fässler near the six-hour mark. The incident happened in the lightning quick Porsche Curves toward the end of the lap. Fässler – driving with Oliver Gavin and Tommy Milner – was hit from behind after making a pass on a slower car with the impact sending the Corvette hard into the wall on driver’s right.

The damage was too extensive to repair and return the car to the race. Fässler was evaluated at the track medical center and was sent to a local hospital for a CT scan, which came back normal.

The No. 64 Corvette was up and down the order early with Gavin climbing from 11th at the start to fourth in class during his opening two stints. Debris on his tires made it challenging for him to maintain his early pace but he and Milner had relatively calm stints before handing over to Fässler, who was matching the pace of his teammates before in incident.

The No. 63 led early and often. Garcia began the race from the third position but needed less than 20 minutes to move to the point in a frantic start.

All three drivers of the No. 63 Corvette took turns in the lead early. The first safety car period of the race during the sixth hour brought the top nine GTE Pro entries to within 15 seconds of each other at the six-hour mark. Another safety car near the 10 hours running split the two lead cars from the rest of the GTE Pro field, effectively taking what had been a nine-car battle down to two with the Corvette part of the second group.

The early-morning period saw the leading GTE Pro entry run into trouble, allowing the remaining Corvette – which had chipped away on the lead pack for a number of hours – to move back into contention. By the 16-hour mark, the C7.R had moved back into the lead and a strategic game of chess developed between the No. 63 Corvette and the eventual winning Ferrari.

The momentum seemed like it was swinging permanently toward the side of the Corvette when disaster struck with three-and-a-half hours to go. Rockenfeller pitted for fuel, tires and a driver change to Magnussen during a safety car period. The pit stop was excellent – as they had been all race – but the pit exit was closed, which once again prevented the Corvette from catching the safety car queue that included the GTE Pro leader.

Once under way, Magnussen spun late in the lap at the Porsche Curves on cold tires and contacted the outside wall with the front-left of the Corvette. The crew repaired the suspension on that corner of the Corvette, losing just six minutes but two costly laps. A final late-race visit to the garage thwarted any hopes of gaining additional positions.

There is little rest for Corvette Racing with the team returning to IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship competition in two weeks at Watkins Glen International for the Sahlen’s Six Hours at The Glen.

ANTONIO GARCÍA, NO. 63 MOBIL 1/SiriusXM CHEVROLET CORVETTE C7.R: “It was super tough all race, especially for being all the way up at the front for 21 hours. The early safety car around five hours really put us down, and I got pretty upset about that. For me, I thought the race was lost but you never know at Le Mans. A few more stints in and we were back in the lead. It’s a shame that we didn’t put it together all the way to the end because I think everyone here deserved to win. The team made a fantastic effort. The preparation was really good, and we proved that to every other team out there – the preparation of the cars, the pit stops, the brake changes and the way we could go for a win instead of waiting for the race to come to us. I felt like we had everyone afraid of us. Most of the teams at Le Mans probably feel that we had the car to beat, and I think that’s right. But Ferrari did a perfect run and they won. All we can do is congratulate them. Then we will come back and win it.”

JAN MAGNUSSEN, NO. 63 MOBIL 1/SiriusXM CHEVROLET CORVETTE C7.R: “Up until it all went wrong, we did the best we could and that put us in front. The guys did a fantastic job all race – the crew, the engineers and the drivers… everybody. But the safety car came out there late, we had to pit and effectively that took the win away. P2 was in the cards; that’s not what we came here for but for sure we would have taken that with the win not being on the table any longer. Unfortunately I clipped a curb on cold tires and hit the wall. I can’t begin to describe how horrible I feel for the guys and all the hard work they have put in for the past year. We had the car in front and a mistake like that takes it all away. I don’t know how to apologize for that but hopefully I can make it up to them someway.”

MIKE ROCKENFELLER, NO. 63 MOBIL 1/SiriusXM CHEVROLET CORVETTE C7.R: “Thanks to Corvette Racing for giving me the opportunity to race here at Le Mans again. I always love it even though as we saw this weekend it can be one of the toughest races in the world in that you can be a bit unfortunate. We had a really good car… the Corvette was running super nice, especially at the end of the race. The track and everything evolved in the right direction; when it rubbered in and our car came alive… I think we had everything to fight for victory, but obviously the rules with these safety cars are a bit unfair. We’ve known this since years past and it has been proved it is not the good way of doing it. I think we need to think about it, but that is obviously not our job.

“Again, the car was prepared well and I always enjoy it to race here with Corvette Racing. Personally I was really happy to drive the car. I felt confident at the wheel, I felt I could get the most performance out of the car and really push hard and fight for it. So personally I was super happy with my own performance, but obviously the results are not what we wanted. Both cars were super unlucky… our sister car and Jan on our car, but that’s racing you know. We always push to the limit and sometimes things go wrong. And this also is something special within the Corvette team: there is no bad word about anything. And I’ve seen it different in my career, I can tell you. Here, from top to bottom, they all work together and they consider it a sport. It’s racing, you try hard, and you win and you lose together. And this is what you feel at Corvette, and this is a good feeling for a driver. Because one day you make a mistake and it’s not nice if people drag you down when they should say, ‘Hey, it happens. we’ve won so much together and sometimes things go wrong,’ which for me again shows I’m in the right team here and I hope we’ll have some more opportunities in the future to win this together.”

CORVETTE RACING AT LE MANS: On to the Race!

García leads charge in No. 63 Corvette ahead of team’s 20th straight Le Mans start

LE MANS, France (June 13, 2019) – In its 20th consecutive appearance at the 24 Hours of Le Mans, Corvette Racing recorded its fastest lap in a decade around the fabled circuit Thursday on the final qualifying day for Saturday and Sunday’s race.

Antonio García set a lap of 3:48.830 (132.849 mph) in the No. 63 Mobil 1/SiriusXM Chevrolet Corvette C7.R that he shares with Jan Magnussen and Mike Rockenfeller. A three-time winner at Le Mans – twice with Corvette Racing – Garcia set his best time in the final of three qualifying sessions.

The lap was good enough for the No. 63 Corvette to start third among 17 GTE Pro entries for Saturday’s 3 p.m. CET/9 a.m. ET race. Rockenfeller had been quickest in class at the annual Le Mans Test Day 10 days ago, and Garcia qualified within 0.830 seconds of the pole-winning car.

Teammate Oliver Gavin was the fastest driver in the No. 64 Mobil 1/SiriusXM Corvette C7.R with a lap of 3:49.573 (131.917 mph) that also was set in Thursday’s final session. The No. 64 Corvette – with Milner, Oliver Gavin and Marcel Fässler – will start 11th in class but it could have been much better as Gavin was stymied on his final two laps that had his Corvette trending toward the top-five.

Track conditions around the 8.49-mile circuit were at their peak Thursday with rain having moved out Wednesday. Garcia took advantage late in the opening session with his best time placing provisionally second in class. However, a number of teams set their best times of the day immediately at the beginning of the final session. After giving his teammates a chance to sample the setup of the Corvette, Garcia went out for the final 20 minutes and very nearly delivered pole position.

Milner had sights on moving up the charts early but caught the worst of traffic and yellow-flag sectors around the track during his quick run. As darkness grew, focused turned to race setup for Saturday and Sunday until the team sent out Gavin in the final minutes for a final qualifying shot.

The achievements by the collection of six Corvette Racing drivers can’t be matched by any other entrant at Le Mans. The group has combined for 19 victories – an exemplary record at Le Mans:

• Antonio García: Three victories in 13 appearances– 2008, 2009 and 2011; runner-up in 2014; third place in 2017
• Jan Magnussen: Four victories in 20 appearances– 2004-06, 2009; runner-up in 2003, 2007, 2008 and 2014; third place in 2017
• Mike Rockenfeller: Two victories in nine appearances– 2005 and 2010; third place in 2012
• Oliver Gavin: Five victories in 18 appearances  – 2002, 2004-06, 2015; runner-up in 2003; third place in 2001 and 2008
• Tommy Milner: Two victories in 10 appearances– 2011 and 2015
• Marcel Fässler:Three victories in 13 appearances– 2011-12 and 2014; runner-up in 2010; third place in 2015
The 24 Hours of Le Mans begins at 3 p.m. CET/9 a.m. ET on Saturday and will air live on the MotorTrend Network with full audio coverage on Radio Le Mans.

ANTONIO GARCÍA, NO. 63 MOBIL 1/SiriusXM CHEVROLET CORVETTE C7.R – QUALIFIED THIRD IN GTE PRO: “It was interesting and difficult. We know how the session went with the amount of yellows and slow zones, so it was kind of a gamble that we could go on track and find a clear lap and just go for it. We decided to have another go (tonight) mainly because yesterday’s time got cancelled so we needed to have a run in the first session this evening. That put us in a position where, instead of doing the classic two attempts in the final session, we had to do one in the first session when the track wasn’t as good. I drove a pretty decent and pretty fast lap. It was pretty close between Porsche and us. We obviously went a bit faster in the last session, though I don’t know whether the conditions were really better. I don’t think we would have gotten pole, because those lap times were very, very strong. But if you look all around the field you see 12 cars within 1.5 seconds and I am just 0.8 off pole position, that’s pretty close. And that’s what we can expect for the race: a train of GTE cars. But luckily, we’re in the first part of the train, which will make things a little bit easier since we’ll be a little bit more in control rather than chasing all the time. I think it’s going to be a very interesting 24 Hours, with 15 laps per hour and many cars nose to tail.”

CORVETTE RACING AT LE MANS: Leaving Test Day Satisfied. Rockenfeller sets GTE Pro pace, Milner right behind in pair of Corvette C7.Rs

LE MANS, France (June 2, 2019) – Ahead of its 20th consecutive appearance at the 24 Hours of Le Mans, Corvette Racing clicked off eight hours of running on the race’s annual Test Day with its pair of Chevrolet Corvette C7.Rs. Corvette Racing drivers were first and third in the 17-car GTE Pro category in the only running the Le Mans field will have before official practice and qualifying commence in 10 days.

Mike Rockenfeller was the quickest driver for Corvette Racing during the test session at 3:54.001 (130.240 mph) in the No. 63 Mobil 1/SiriusXM Corvette C7.R that he will drive with Antonio Garcia and Jan Magnussen. Perhaps no driver benefitted more from Sunday as Rockenfeller, who missed last year’s Test Day due to a previous commitment.

Teammate Tommy Milner was third-fastest with a lap of 3:54.036 (130.239 mph) in the No. 64 Mobil 1/SiriusXM Chevrolet Corvette that he shares with Oliver Gavin and Marcel Fässler.

Rockenfeller led a group of 12 GTE Pro cars within one second of each other, an astounding fact around an 8.4-mile circuit. Le Mans is a mix of permanent race track and public roads, and the Corvette Racing teams spent the entire eight hours tuning and setting up the two Corvette C7.Rs for handling and a solid race package – not necessarily ultimate outright pace.

The pair of Corvettes combined to complete 166 laps and covered more than 1,400 miles. The only issue was a minor mechanical one on the No. 64 Corvette C7.R that cost it a minimal amount of time in the garage. Other than that, the Test Day was fairly routine.

This is a landmark year at Le Mans for Corvette Racing. No team is on record as having made more than 20 consecutive appearances, and the program has won eight times in 19 tries. What’s more, Corvette Racing’s Le Mans record also includes eight runner-up class finishes and nearly 100,000 racing miles completed.

Le Mans is the final race in the FIA World Endurance Championship Super Season. There is a total of 17 entries from five manufacturers in the GTE Pro category.
Each of the six Corvette Racing drivers own exemplary records at Le Mans:

• Antonio García: Three victories in 13 appearances– 2008, 2009 and 2011; runner-up in 2014; third place in 2017
• Jan Magnussen: Four victories in 20 appearances– 2004-06, 2009; runner-up in 2003, 2007, 2008 and 2014; third place in 2017
• Mike Rockenfeller: Two victories in nine appearances– 2005 and 2010; third place in 2012
• Oliver Gavin: Five victories in 18 appearances  – 2002, 2004-06, 2015; runner-up in 2003; third place in 2001 and 2008
• Tommy Milner: Two victories in 10 appearances– 2011 and 2015

• Marcel Fässler:Three victories in 13 appearances– 2011-12 and 2014

The 24 Hours of Le Mans will air live on the MotorTrend Network with coverage of practice, qualifying and the race on Radio Le Mans.

MIKE ROCKENFELLER, NO. 63 MOBIL 1/SiriusXM CHEVROLET CORVETTE C7.R – FASTEST IN GTE PRO: “It’s always good to be quick but as everyone knows, today doesn’t count. It counts on the Sunday when the flag drops and the race is over. Today was really good for me to get used back to the Corvette. Today I was able to get in a lot of laps and went through a lot of tires to get confidence, which helps. For me personally, I’m very happy. In the afternoon, the track conditions were where they should be so we were able to collect a lot of data. We are very happy with that.

“The Corvette C7.R is the exact same car from last year. In the end, we tried to establish a base setup. We did a little bit of tuning but not much – normal stuff like camber and dampers. Then we really tried to learn about the compounds we have available from Michelin. We tried to learn in which temperature window to use which tire. I was in that program, so that was quite nice!

“The GTE Pro class is really the place where there will be fights among the manufacturers just like years before. We’re all looking forward to that. It’s super hard, and you have to fight for every tenth of a second. There is no margin for error.”

ANTONIO GARCÍA, NO. 63 MOBIL 1/SiriusXM CHEVROLET CORVETTE C7.R: “Things were good today. This is one of the few years where weather respected the test, and the conditions were very consistent. Our running time was good; we were close to 100 laps. That means we have a lot of data to analyze. We definitely ran through all our program we had planned and then some. That’s always a good feeling. So I’m happy. We need to gather everything, see what we have, where we can improve and then put everything together for the race. Yes we were fastest today but I don’t think that means anything. I don’t know what the other teams are doing, so we need to wait until raceweek to see where everything is exactly. This is a good starting point. We all hope the package we bring to the race will be enough.”

JAN MAGNUSSEN, NO. 63 MOBIL 1/SiriusXM CHEVROLET CORVETTE C7.R: “It isn’t at all important to be quick on the Test Day. We are here testing and going through our program, including knowing the WEC Michelin tires a little better. For us on the 63 Corvette, getting to know the tires at the WEC race at Sebring was a little bit of an advantage. But this is only our second time so we still have a lot to learn. So far so good. I think everyone is pretty happy. We didn’t have any issues on our Corvette throughout the day, which is good. We shouldn’t because this is such a well-proven car.”

CORVETTE RACING AT MID-OHIO: Runner-Up Charge for No. 3 Corvette

García, Magnussen finish second from seventh at race’s start

• Second consecutive podium for defending GTLM champions
• Second place in unofficial points for Garcia, Magnussen
• Mechanical issue prevents victory challenge by Milner, Gavin
• Team’s final race before 24 Hours of Le Mans

LEXINGTON, Ohio (May 5, 2019) – Antonio Garcia and Jan Magnussen climbed the GT Le Mans (GTLM) podium for the second consecutive year at Mid-Ohio on Sunday in the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship’s Acura Sports Car Challenge.

The pairing went from seventh at the race’s start to a second straight runner-up finish in the No. 3 Mobil 1/SiriusXM Chevrolet Corvette C7.R. Solid driving, a clever early-race strategic call and the team’s usual excellence in the pitlane all contributed to the result.

With Sunday’s showing, Garcia and Magnussen unofficially moved to second place in the GTLM Driver’s Championship as they seek a third consecutive title in the category. Chevrolet also moved to third in the Manufacturer’s Championship and one point out of second place.

From the early going, it appeared the No. 4 Mobil 1/SiriusXM Corvette of Tommy Milner and Oliver Gavin would control the GTLM race. Milner went from fourth to second at the start and assumed the point as officials ruled the then-lead Porsche jumped the green flag. The No. 4 Corvette led the rest of Milner’s 50-minute stint and remained in the best position following the opening pit stop cycle.

Then disaster struck. Running second to Garcia, Milner reported a mechanical problem near the one-hour mark of the race. Once back in the garage, the Corvette Racing crew replaced the left-rear axle and sent Oliver Gavin out for the rest of the way.

Back in the No. 3 Corvette camp, the team opted for a three-stop strategy. Magnussen drove the first 36 minutes and handed over to Garcia on a strategic call by No. 3 Corvette race engineer Kyle Millay. Using input from Magnussen and with a rapidly improving track, Garcia moved into the class lead at the end of the GTLM pit cycle.

Garcia stopped again for fuel and fresh Michelin tires with a little more than an hour to go and this time cycled through to second place for the final race to the finish.

The next event for Corvette Racing is the 24 Hours of Le Mans on June 15-16. It will be the team’s 20th consecutive appearance at the French endurance race. The next IMSA event for the program is the Sahlen’s Six Hours at The Glen on June 30.

ANTONIO GARCÍA, NO. 3 MOBIL 1/SiriusXM CHEVROLET CORVETTE C7.R – FINISHED SECOND IN GTLM: “Most of the race was compromised from qualifying. It was a difficult weekend. The good thing about being at the rear means you can gamble on strategy. We knew right away what we had to do. That was the maximum we could achieve today. It was difficult on the restart; I think I did 50 laps during the first stint, so I think we had more knowledge on how to drive the tire. I’m very happy for the whole team and where we ended up but 11 podiums without a win is a little too much!”

JAN MAGNUSSEN, NO. 3 MOBIL 1/SiriusXM CHEVROLET CORVETTE C7.R – FINISHED SECOND IN GTLM: “From where we started to where we finished, today was a good result and good for the championship. At the beginning for me, the balance wasn’t great and I had very little grip. We made some adjustments for Antonio, and as the track built some rubber into it, things got somewhat better. So we’re happy with P2. But we really need a win. I don’t know what we need to do, but we need a win. Kyle (Millay, No. 3 Corvette race engineer) did a fantastic job calling the strategy. I think we need to do more of that and be brave on the strategy to try and get some wins. Podiums get championships but so do wins!”

CORVETTE RACING AT LONG BEACH: Second and Third in Another Thriller

García, Magnussen, Gavin, Milner all climb GT Le Mans podium

LONG BEACH, Calif. (April 13, 2019) – Corvette Racing claimed two podium finishes Saturday at the Bubba Burger Sports Car Grand Prix of Long Beach, the first time since 2014 that the program scored a pair of top-three results on the streets of southern California.

Antonio García and Jan Magnussen placed second in the GT Le Mans (GTLM) category of the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship with their No. 3 Mobil 1/SiriusXM Chevrolet Corvette C7.R. They were followed closely by Tommy Milner and Oliver Gavin in the No. 4 Corvette in third place.

As was the case for the last handful of years at Long Beach, Saturday’s race was a topsy-turvy affair up to the finish. After finding misfortune while leading the last two years, Garcia and Magnussen finally had luck turn their way. After García began fifth, the No. 3 Corvette gained a spot during its lone pit stop under caution 40 minutes into the race.

Rejoining fourth, Magnussen immediately began hounding the third-place Porsche. He made the move going into the first corner with 23 minutes left and set out to run down the second-place Ford.

Meanwhile, Gavin began third and set the fastest GTLM lap of the race before handing off to Milner. Looking for a third straight Long Beach class victory with his teammate, Milner went from sixth to fourth with seven minutes remaining. He continued his challenge as Magnussen caught the second-place car with two laps to go. The No. 3 Corvette moved into second when the Ford ran out of fuel on the final lap, and the two cars made contact. Magnussen was able to continue with Milner right behind to the finish.

Corvette Racing’s next event is the Acura Sports Car Challenge at Mid-Ohio on May 3-5.

ANTONIO GARCÍA, NO. 3 CHEVROLET CORVETTE C7.R – SECOND IN GTLM: “Things happened for us but not against us like in previous years. So that’s a plus! We aren’t used to having trouble-free last laps here. I told Jan with my luck, I don’t know if I would have made it to the end! It was a tough position to switch our strategy here. Jan is a great qualifier here, so it was tough for me to discover qualifying after all these years of him doing it. So I did my best. I think I had a car to qualify on the first row, but we know GTLM is super-competitive. In the race, I got stuck behind the 66 so all I could do was save fuel. It helped us jumped the 4 Corvette in the pits and we almost got the Porsches. After that, Jan did a magnificent job with managing the tires and fuel. I’m happy keeping it this way! I know I’ll qualify better next year, so maybe we can do that and win the race.”

JAN MAGNUSSEN, NO. 3 MOBIL 1/SiriusXM CHEVROLET CORVETTE C7.R – SECOND IN GTLM: “The end was pretty crazy with the 66 running out of fuel ahead of me. I thought I was going to get stuck behind him, so I had to get on the throttle full to push him out of the way to get that last half-lap back to the checkered flag. Corvette Racing did a fantastic job setting the car up and thinking about what we needed at the end of the race. I don’t know if we had the best car, but it was close. I’m super happy today. For sure we’d like to get a win soon. We’ve caught up in the championship so it’s a good day.”

CORVETTE RACING AT SEBRING: Valiant Effort Lands No. 3 Corvette on Podium

SEBRING, Fla. (March 16, 2019) – Corvette Racing closed its marathon weekend of racing Saturday on the class podium at the Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring, bringing one of the team’s most demanding events to an end.

Antonio García, Jan Magnussen and Mike Rockenfeller placed third in the GT Le Mans (GTLM) category of the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship. It was a remarkable effort for the trio of the No. 3 Mobil 1/SiriusXM Chevrolet Corvette C7.R as they competed in the FIA World Endurance Championship’s eight-hour race at Sebring International Raceway on Friday.

Meanwhile, the No. 4 Mobil 1/SiriusXM Chevrolet Corvette C7.R of Oliver Gavin, Tommy Milner and Marcel Fässler finished eighth in class after an early-race electrical issue. The Corvette lost 11 laps as it went back to the garage for repairs to the alternator system. Apart from that, the No. 4 C7.R. ran reliably with all three drivers turning largely trouble-free stints.

The race ran without much trouble for the No. 3 Corvette, aside from rain at the start and again just past the race’s halfway point. Despite lacking the ultimate pace of the class front-runners, the Corvette Racing team still found itself in contention and leading inside the final hour ahead of its final pit stop.

The No. 3 Corvette team stopped twice inside the final 80 minutes to gain track position for the stretch run. García closed the race by gaining two spots in the final 20 minutes to climb the GTLM podium.

Corvette Racing’s next event will be the Bubba Burger Sports Car Grand Prix on April 12-13 from the famed Long Beach (Calif.) street circuit. The race begins at 5:05 p.m. ET on Saturday, April 13 with live television coverage on NBC Sports Network.

ANTONIO GARCÍA, NO. 3 MOBIL 1/SiriusXM CHEVROLET CORVETTE C7.R – FINISHED THIRD IN GTLM: “It was difficult to do both races in the weekend, for sure. I wasn’t 100 percent today but was 99 percent. We gave it all, and you have to wonder what had happened if we had just that little extra. But I’m happy to have been able to compete in this event at Sebring – both the WEC and IMSA races. It was a great result for Team Chevy. Friday we didn’t achieve a good result, but the good thing about Corvette Racing is that we always want to win. We tried to gamble tonight and that’s what we do – go for the win. Maybe if we had three more laps it would have been enough knowing we had better tires than our competitors and being closer to the leaders on the last restart. I’m satisfied with good points. Let’s go now for the championship.”

JAN MAGNUSSEN, NO. 3 MOBIL 1/SiriusXM CHEVROLET CORVETTE C7.R – FINISHED THIRD IN GTLM: “Getting a podium today will count a lot toward the championship. But you always want to win at Sebring. There was an opportunity there at the end but traffic and some of the action on track kind of stopped us from doing that. But I’m very happy how everyone on Corvette Racing has worked and performed in both series. Today definitely is good for the championship.”

MIKE ROCKENFELLER, NO. 3 MOBIL 1/SiriusXM CHEVROLET CORVETTE C7.R – FINISHED THIRD IN GTLM: “We had ups and downs in the race. At certain stages we were really fast. Antonio and Jan did an awesome job. Thanks to them and thanks to the Corvette Racing team. The Corvette is just unbelievable here at Sebring. It’s always tough and you have to be spot on. When I got out of the car, there were 80 minutes to go and we were third. We couldn’t make it on fuel without a last stop, so we rolled the dice and tried to attack. It almost worked out. We took our opportunities and tried to go for victory. In the end, it’s a podium and we can be proud of that in GTLM. Thanks to Corvette Racing for a great car and to all my teammates. Even though it is a little disappointing not to win, we can be happy with this result in the end.”

CORVETTE RACING AT SEBRING: Solid Effort in FIA WEC Round

García, Magnussen, Rockenfeller finish eighth in class with No. 63 Corvette C7.R

SEBRING, Fla. (March 15, 2019) – Corvette Racing gave a solid effort during the 1,000 Miles of Sebring on Friday as Antonio Garcia, Jan Magnussen and Mike Rockenfeller finished eighth in the FIA World Endurance Championship’s GTE Pro category.

The trio, driving the No. 63 Mobil 1/SiriusXM Chevrolet Corvette C7.R, ran a solid race despite a couple minor setbacks that prevented Corvette Racing winning at Sebring International Raceway for the 12th time. It gets another shot Saturday in the Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring for the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship.

García, Magnussen and Rockenfeller each drove mistake-free stints throughout the eight hours. Starting fifth in class, the No. 63 Corvette ran as high as fourth in class and never fell off the lead lap despite going against regulars from the FIA WEC. A late shower created a bit of drama among the GTE Pro runners but Rockenfeller held steady in the final damp 20 minutes.

There isn’t much time to rest for Corvette Racing. Saturday’s 67th Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring presented by Advance Auto Parts is the second race of the 2019 IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship season and begins at 10:40 a.m. It will air on live on CNBC starting at 10:30 a.m. ET with additional coverage across NBC Sports Network and the NBC Sports app. Live audio coverage from IMSA Radio is available on IMSA.com, Sirius 138 and XM 202.

ANTONIO GARCÍA, NO. 63 MOBIL 1/SiriusXM CHEVROLET CORVETTE C7.R: “It’s a classic situation in the WEC. Once you get out of sequence on your pit stops, you’re on your back foot the rest of the way. Little things that keep putting you back a few seconds keep putting you back and back and back. It’s hard to get that on pure pace. We lack a little bit of experience that the regular WEC teams have. But I think we’ve shown that our pace is there with them.”

JAN MAGNUSSEN, NO. 63 MOBIL 1/SiriusXM CHEVROLET CORVETTE C7.R: “That was a long stint for me but I think we made up a lot of what we lost at the start with the tire problems Antonio had early. As far as I know we are pretty much back where we thought we would be. It was a good double stint to made up some of what we lost. The car was good and we could fight with people when we would catch up to them. I’m pretty pleased with how things were overall; it’s unfortunate we got off-sequence with the tire issue Antonio had. The racing here has been good like it will be IMSA tomorrow. So I’m happy. It was a lot of fun.”

MIKE ROCKENFELLER, NO. 63 MOBIL 1/SiriusXM CHEVROLET CORVETTE C7.R: “We unfortunately lost quite some time because we had to change the driver’s side door a couple times. Other than that, on track we tried something in my first stint with our tires; I was struggling quite a lot. The second stint was better. I tried to save some fuel to make an extra lap, and it worked out. Overall, our Corvette was good. This was not an easy race. It was very good to be in for two stints and be on two different tire compounds. Tomorrow is another day, and hopefully we can use a little bit of the experience for tomorrow in order to react to certain track conditions. If it rains tomorrow, it is a whole new story. But in dry conditions I think we have learned something.”

CORVETTE RACING AT SEBRING: García, Milner to Start on Second, Third GTLM Rows

Program going for 12th class victory at Sebring 12 Hours

SEBRING, Fla. (March 15, 2018) – Corvette Racing will go for its 12th victory Saturday in the Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring from the second and third rows of the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship’s GT Le Mans (GTLM) category.

Antonio García qualified the No. 3 Mobil 1/SiriusXM Chevrolet Corvette C7.R third in class during Friday morning’s time trials at Sebring International Raceway. His time of 1:56.158 (114.686 mph) wasn’t far ahead of Tommy Milner in the No. 4 Mobil 1/SiriusXM Chevrolet Corvette C7.R, who set a best lap of 1:56.248 (114.597 mph).

The top eight cars in class were separated by just 0.832 seconds.

The qualifying session marked the start of a busy day for Corvette Racing, which also will contest this afternoon’s FIA World Endurance Championship 1,000 Miles of Sebring. García, Jan Magnussen and Mike Rockenfeller will start fifth in the GTE Pro category with the No. 63 Mobil 1/SiriusXM Chevrolet Corvette C7.R.

The 67thMobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring presented by Advance Auto Parts is the second race of the 2019 IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship season and begins at 10:40 a.m. ET on Saturday, March 16. It will air on live on CNBC starting at 10:30 a.m. ET with additional coverage across NBC Sports Network and the NBC Sports app. Live audio coverage of practice, qualifying and the race from IMSA Radio is available on IMSA.com.

ANTONIO GARCÍA, NO. 3 MOBIL 1/SiriusXM CHEVROLET CORVETTE C7.R – QUALIFIED THIRD IN GTLM: “It was a good lap. I haven’t had a weekend where I’ve had two chances to do qualifying (in IMSA and WEC). Everything ran pretty smooth with our Corvette. I didn’t expect the lap times to be that low, to be fair. In the last practice this morning, the track wasn’t really where it needed to be. That probably gave us a little bit of a misread, but in the end it didn’t hurt us. Our Corvette ran really smooth. Between qualifying in WEC and IMSA, things went well. Starting from third and knowing we could have good pace is good. We need to wait and see what the weather does and how this race develops.”

TOMMY MILNER, NO. 4 MOBIL 1/SiriusXM CHEVROLET CORVETTE C7.R – QUALIFIED FIFTH IN GTLM: “It was a good qualifying session… really close. Being a longer lap for things to be this close shows that this race is going to be pretty darn competitive for all of us. I’m excited that we have a good and a fast Corvette. We made some changes in the last practice that seemed to improve things over one lap and over a long run, too. Those are all important things for this long of a race. I think we have a good race car; the Corvettes have been close to the front all weekend. We’re excited for the race.”

CORVETTE RACING AT SEBRING: Fifth-Place Class Start for Sebring 1,000 Miles

García quickest in GTE Pro during two-driver qualifying session

SEBRING, Fla. (March 14, 2019) – Corvette Racing will roll off from the fifth position in the GTE Pro category for Friday’s FIA World Endurance Championship’s 1,000 Miles of Sebring – the team’s first of two races during the Super Sebring weekend.

Antonio García and Jan Magnussen averaged a lap of 1:57.844 around the 3.74-mile, 17-turn Sebring International Raceway in the No. 63 Mobil 1/SiriusXM Chevrolet Corvette C7.R. Unlike single-driver qualifying in the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship, each FIA WEC entry averages the best lap time from two of its drivers.

García set the best time of all GTE Pro drivers at 1:57.257 while a slight mechanical problem stymied Magnussen’s run. Despite that, there was reason for optimism in the Corvette Racing garage. Garcia also set the fastest time in the IMSA night practice session immediately before WEC qualifying.

It was the first time for García and Magnussen, who are driving with Mike Rockenfeller in both the FIA WEC’s Sebring round and Saturday’s Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring, to qualify in the two-driver system.

This is Corvette Racing’s third event in the FIA WEC’s “Super Season”, which began at June’s 24 Hours of Le Mans. Corvette Racing also competed in the Six Hours of Shanghai in November. The pace of the No. 63 Corvette progressed through each of Wednesday’s two practices and Thursday afternoon’s final session.

The 1,000 Miles of Sebring will begin at 4 p.m. ET on Friday. MotorTrend Network will have live television coverage starting at 3:30 p.m.

ANTONIO GARCÍA, NO. 63 MOBIL 1/SiriusXM CHEVROLET CORVETTE C7.R: “It’s a little bit of a shame because the potential is right there. We had a small issue on Jan’s run and then with the red flag, we couldn’t put him back in for a better lap. But the potential is there in our Corvette, which is the main thing. We had a little bit of a chance to try a qualifying run in the IMSA night practice, and it felt really good then. It was the same here, so hopefully we’ll have a good Corvette for tomorrow.”

JAN MAGNUSSEN, NO. 63 MOBIL 1/SiriusXM CHEVROLET CORVETTE C7.R: “It is an interesting way of doing it (WEC qualifying). I liked it. I think it’s fun that both guys get to go out there and have a go at it. Unfortunately my run wasn’t great due to a brake issue, which compromised my run a lot. But we got it fixed and Antonio got in and put down a couple of really, really good laps that brought our average up to be good enough for fifth. That’s really decent considering what we are up against. We are building on things. This Corvette doesn’t run that much. We have had some issues that we have been working through during the week and fixing them as they come. The next time we are in the car will be the race, so hopefully we will be problem-free.”

CORVETTE RACING AT SEBRING: ‘Super’ Weekend on Tap for Corvette C7.Rs

Team set for races in WeatherTech Championship, FIA WEC on same weekend

• Corvette Racing seeks 12th victory in Sebring 12 Hours with pair of Corvette C7.Rs
• Garcia, Magnussen, Rockenfeller to pilot Corvette in 1,000-mile WEC race
• Chevrolet among leaders in Sebring victories for manufacturers

DETROIT (March 11, 2018) – Corvette Racing is used to facing sports car racing’s toughest tests. But this year’s trip to Sebring International Raceway may be its challenging yet.

The IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship and the FIA World Endurance Championship each will race around the 3.74-mile, 17-turn Sebring circuit March 15-16 with Corvette Racing participating in both events. It’s another opportunity for the program to show why it’s one of the best in the sport’s history.

Two Mobil 1/SiriusXM Chevrolet Corvette C7.Rs will contest Saturday’s Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring in the WeatherTech series’ GT Le Mans (GTLM) class. The day before, one Corvette C7.R will compete in the 1,000 Miles of Sebring in the WEC’s GTE Pro category. All in all, it makes for one of Corvette Racing’s most demanding events.

Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring presented by Advance Auto Parts
In its 20-plus years of competition, Corvette Racing has racked up more victories than any team in IMSA history. Those 99 have come on some of North America’s classic road courses with 11 at the famed Sebring International Raceway. That’s where Corvette Racing returns for the 21st time in search of a fourth victory in five years at the Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring.

The event may as well be a home race. In 20 years, the Corvette Racing program has racked up 11,613 laps for 43,107.40 racing miles. There also are thousands of testing laps and miles that have filled the engineering and crew notebooks since 1999. What’s more, the six Corvette Racing drivers have combined to win 19 times at the circuit.

This year’s race offers a chance for a redemption of sorts following the first race of 2019 at Daytona. Both Corvettes led the GTLM class in the opening half of the Rolex 24. After coming back from a pitlane collision by its sister car, the No. 3 Corvette of defending GTLM Driver Champions Antonio Garcia and Jan Magnussen along Mike Rockenfeller made up three laps and led near the halfway point before running out of fuel on track. It was the result of a loss of telemetry between the Corvette and the pit stand.

Oliver Gavin, Tommy Milner and Marcel Fässler were in contention at Daytona before a crash near the 16-hour mark after a high-speed hydroplane sent the No. 4 Corvette hard into the Turn 1 tires. It had been a remarkable run to the front for the trio, which started the race ninth in class.

FIA World Endurance Championship 1,000 Miles of Sebring
As if 12 hours around Sebring isn’t enough, Corvette Racing will be the only team to contest in both feature races of the Sebring weekend. Garcia, Magnussen and Rockenfeller will pilot the No. 63 Mobil 1/SiriusXM Chevrolet Corvette C7.R in Friday’s race for the FIA WEC, which goes either 1,000 miles or eight hours.

It will be the third event for Corvette Racing in the FIA WEC’s “Super Season”, which began with the 2018 24 Hours of Le Mans. Gavin and Milner also raced a Corvette C7.R in the Six Hours of Shanghai in November. That chassis will be the same one that Garcia, Magnussen and Rockenfeller will drive in the Sebring WEC round.

This will mark the second time Corvette Racing has competed in IMSA and FIA WEC rounds on the same weekend. The team entered a Corvette C7.R for Milner, Jordan Taylor and Ricky Taylor at Circuit of The Americas in 2014.

Chevrolet, Corvette on Display at Sebring
This year’s Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring will again feature a heavy dose of Chevrolet – the official vehicle of Sebring International Raceway. In addition to Corvette Racing’s three Corvette C7.Rs competing on the track, the field also will include a Chevrolet Corvette Z06 that will serve as the event pace car. The Corvette C7.R and production Corvette Z06 represent the closet link between race car and street car with the two sharing a common aluminum chassis, engine technology and aerodynamic strategies.

In the Sebring Midway, the Chevrolet Motorsports Display is a must-see for any fan. A number of vehicles will be on-site for visitors to view and learn about, including the Chevrolet Corvette ZR1 – a supercar that establishes a new standard at Chevrolet for power output, track performance and technology.

Also among the lineup of Chevrolets at the Display include:
• Production vehicles like the new Blazer RS, Traverse High Country, Silverado 1500 Trailboss, Colorado Crewcab Z71, Malibu RS, Equinox Premier and Traverse Premier Redline
• A Corvette C7.R show car
• Samples of Chevrolet engines, performance parts and accessories available to fans for purchase from their local Chevrolet dealer
• A variety of Chevrolet and racing related activities for adults and kids
• Corvette Racing t-shirts for fans who sign up with Chevrolet Motorsports

The Corvette Racing Display will be open at 9 a.m. on Thursday, and 8 a.m. on Friday and Saturday.

Fans at Sebring also can get behind the wheel of select Chevrolet vehicles at the Chevrolet Ride & Drive located at the Sebring skidpad near the drive-over bridge on the outside of the track. Vehicles available include Corvette, Camaro, Blazer, Silverado and Traverse.

The Ride & Drive opens at 9 a.m. on Friday and Saturday.

The 67thMobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring presented by Advance Auto Parts is the second race of the 2019 IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship season and begins at 10:40 a.m. ET on Saturday, March 16. It will air on live on CNBC starting at 10:30 a.m. ET with additional coverage across NBC Sports Network and the NBC Sports app. Live audio coverage of practice, qualifying and the race from IMSA Radio is available on IMSA.com.

The FIA WEC’s 1,000 Miles of Sebring is set for 4 p.m. ET on Friday, March 15. It will air live on Velocity with live audio coverage of practice, qualifying and the race on RadioLeMans.com.

ANTONIO GARCIA, NO. 3 and NO. 64 MOBIL 1/SiriusXM CHEVROLET CORVETTE C7.R: “This Sebring for sure will be much different than any we have done in the past. It’s the first time I have driven two GT races on the same weekend. Doing two races of these lengths on this track will be very tough to say the least! We have done enough laps and years at Sebring to know how much this will test us and our Corvettes. The cars should be very close to the same in performance for the IMSA and WEC races. So one of the benefits is that we will be able to gather extra data during the week.”

JAN MAGNUSSEN, NO. 3 and NO. 64 MOBIL 1/SiriusXM CHEVROLET CORVETTE C7.R: “We come to Sebring every year to test ourselves and our Corvettes. This takes it to a new extreme! But we will be in racecars the whole time so it will good. Both of these races are important in their own way. Friday’s WEC race is good in that we get a chance to size up the competition we usually at Le Mans. It will be good race them on our turf this time. Of course everyone wants to win the 12 Hours. In a lot of ways it’s still the most physically demanding race we do. It’s important to everyone at Corvette Racing and you can see that with the number of victories over the years. We need a good showing in the 12 Hours to get ourselves in the championship again.”

MIKE ROCKENFELLER, NO. 3 and NO. 64 MOBIL 1/SiriusXM CHEVROLET CORVETTE C7.R: “I always wondered what it would be like to race for 24 hours at Sebring. This will be close! I have done a few long-distance endurance tests at Sebring where we would run for 25-30 hours. But this event will be much different with the separate practices, qualifying sessions and the race. The good thing is that our WEC program should help us with data for the 12 Hours. Overall, having success at Sebring will be the best way to rebound after Daytona.”