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2018 Daytona: Results
2018 Daytona: Results
January 31 2018 09:21:36 AM ESTJan Magnussen PR
VIDEO: Chris's Post Race Review (and a long rant...)

DETROIT (Jan. 28, 2018) Ė Corvette Racing turned in a mistake-free run with both its Chevrolet Corvette C7.Rs to post third- and fourth-place class finishes in the Rolex 24 At Daytona to open the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship. The result was a positive effort as Corvette Racing begins its 20th season of competition.

Antonio Garcia, class pole-winner Jan Magnussen and Mike Rockenfeller placed third in the GT Le Mans (GTLM) category with their No. 3 Mobil 1/SiriusXM Chevrolet Corvette C7.R. It is the second Rolex 24 podium for the trio after they finished second two years ago, and it gives Garcia and Magnussen positive momentum as they seek to defend their GTLM Driver Championship from last year.

Chevrolet and the Corvette Racing team swept the GTLM Manufacturer, Driver and Team titles for the second straight year in 2017. Sundayís results laid the groundwork for another strong challenge for the IMSA season.

In the No. 4 Chevrolet Corvette C7.R, the trio of Oliver Gavin, Tommy Milner and Marcel Fšssler placed fourth and had a similarly clean run throughout Saturday and Sunday. Either Corvette Racing entry likely would have claimed victory in any other season, given that neither Corvette went off-track or made a mistake. Itís a hallmark of the program, which has won 106 races around the world, 12 Manufacturer and Team championships, and 11 Driver titles during its years in IMSA.

"I think we can be happy. We again didnít make any mistakes by the drivers, the pit stops were fineÖ we may have had an unscheduled stop for brakes. Other than that, everything worked perfect. We just didnít have the pace. It was a little bit like what happened a lot last year. If this was Lime Rock, Iíd be super happy with third. But here at Daytona or Le Mans, you only want to win. Thatís part of our driver mentalityÖ we want to win these races. But we can be proud. Our guys did a fantastic job. We showed all we had and gave it all. If the Fords were faster than us, we canít do anything else but congratulate them. We just didnít have enough to fight them, especially with the limited number of yellow flags."

"This yearís race was a lot difference than previous years because of the lack of safety car periods. Usually, you had to get the car right for the last three or four hours, and then in the last hour you had to nail it. This year, you had to push the whole way. By the end of it, we didnít have enough, which is a shame because we ran a good race. We didnít go throughout any issues but we didnít hit anything and the car is in one piece. We ran out of brakes at the end because we were pushing the whole way through. So thatís something weíll have to look into. Itís the most physical Rolex 24 Iíve ever done. I didnít do one stint behind the safety car. I think I did 10 stints and every one of them was full-on. Weíll go back, look at everything and get ready for Sebring."

"At the end, we had quite a good race. We just didnít have enough in our Corvettes to win today, but that is racing. In the end, we showed very strong performanceÖ the car, the crew and the engineers. The car stayed in one piece and we had no technical problems. Weíll attack again next time and try to win at Sebring. This is a great start for Corvette Racing in the points, but there is a small disappointment because we wanted to win again."

"Today was toughÖ hard, demanding. But the team never, ever gave up. They always had a plan and a strategy to try and get us back to the front. We worked through any problem we had. We didnít have a completely faultless race; there were some issues and problems we had to work through. But that is what this team is fantastic at Ė working through the problems. Yes, we got fourth place today but thatís great points for us. Last year we finished ninth here, and it wasnít a particularly good start for us. But this year we have good fourth place points. It gets us a good start in the championship. Thatís positive. We are now moving ahead to Sebring. That race is another classic and another gem in the endurance racing crown. We are looking forward to that. But 24-hour races are tough; they are brutal. And todayís was just another one of those. I was surprised that there were only four cautions throughout the entire race. That was really, really surprising. So this was a good, solid fourth place to the team. Good points and we will move on to Sebring."

"What an incredible race. I guess this race set every record for distance traveled and laps completed with really no big issues for us whatsoever. We can be really proud as a team. The cars were faultless. Just missing that little bit of pace and when you donít have that many cautions, you can see the gap to the winners. Congratulations to those guys, You could see they had a great race. For us at Corvette Racing starting our 20th year in competitionÖ no better way to start the season by getting both cars to the finish with no problems and no issues. Thatís really impressive."

"This was really pretty awesome. The race kept me very busy during the night with the rain because it was actually quite difficult to judge how much standing water there is. I had a big moment once in the oval when I was close to spinning as a result of hydroplaning, but somehow I was able to manage it. At the end of the day we had no mistakes; we did everything right. But I have to say we just didnít have the pace of our opposition unfortunately. This race is normally known for a lot of cautions. There were hardly any this weekend so that didnít allow us to have the opportunity to put pressure on the top two cars. I think we can still be happy and proud of the work we have done. There were no mistakes, the strategy had everything right, but it didnít pay off. Now we are looking forward to Sebring with good points."

VIDEO: 2018 Daytona Qualifying
VIDEO: 2018 Daytona Part 1
VIDEO: 2018 Daytona Part 2
VIDEO: 2018 Daytona Part 3
VIDEO: 2018 Daytona Part 4

The next race is at Sebring - March 14th-17th.

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Per IMSA new BOP adjustments before the Sebring test: BMW gets a reduction of turbo boost between 2500 and 400RPM and an increase of boost between 5000 and 7500 RPM. Both BMW and Porsche get a 2 liter increase in fuel capacity, while the Ford gets a 2 liter decrease in capacity, at this point those are the only BOP changes in GTLM. Interesting aside to this, looking down thru the Sebring test list, all GTLM competitors are sending both cars, Ford, Porsche and BMW, as well as Risi's single Ferrari, while Corvette is only sending the #4 Corvette, interesting stuff. I guess we can all draw some conclusions as to why that is?
--- GS10tk from Syracuse, NY on 02.16.2018 at 1:34PM


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