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2015 Watkins Glen - Results
2015 Watkins Glen - Results
July 06 2015 02:57:09 PM EST
Fresh off the victory at Le Mans, Corvette Racing headed to New York to the famous Watkins Glen International for the 3rd round of the North American Endurance Cup.

With the team's #3 car being rebuilt from the massive crash at Le Mans, the team borrowed the 2014 chassis from Larbre Competition to compete.

It was a soggy weekend at the Glen. Qualifying was rained out, so the starting order was set by championship points. This put the #3 Corvette on pole, and the #4 started P6.

DOUG FEHAN, CORVETTE RACING PROGRAM MANAGER: "The Race Director's decision today was the right thing to do. The safety concerns of qualifying in these conditions far outweighed the benefits. The Sahlen's Six Hours of The Glen is always tough but fun, and our previous practice sessions should be enough to meet the challenge. There is no doubt tomorrow will bring yet another epic endurance battle."

The opening hour of the race was very sketchy with the majority of the field on slicks, and monsoon like rain hit the circuit. The #4 Corvette spun off early and lost a lap in the process. The team fought back and eventually lead the race. In the final hour, the #4 had contact with another car while fighting for grip in the harsh conditions. The from suspension was damaged and unrepairable.

The #3 Corvette ran a great race, but the conditions made it impossible to take chances or make passes. The race was red flagged and eventually ended under caution. The #3 Corvette finished 4th.

"That was a nightmare, I have to say. There were a few points when it was very scary. When I got in the car, I went out on slicks and then it started to drizzle. After awhile we went on some scuffed wet tires from this morning, which were OK for five to 10 laps before it really started raining hard. I could barely stay on track and aquaplaned before and when I was behind the safety car. For sure this was a race to reanalyze a lot to see what we did good and the mistakes we can learn from. Fourth place out of here means we minimized the damage somewhat, especially for the championship."

"I think we got away with a better result than we probably should have. Fourth place isn't too bad right behind the BMW for the championship. It was probably the least amount of damage that could be done. Everyone did a fantastic job this weekend with the 'new' car but we still have a little bit to go. We have some time to think before Canada and hopefully we'll be back to where we need to be. Today was a really difficult race for anyone to make the right decisions at the right time and to adapt to the situations was really difficult. The start of the race was really scary on slicks when it wasn't the conditions for slicks. But we made it through and came home with good points for the championship. We won't be celebrating but it's good enough."

"It was ultimately a disappointing day for us. We had been good and quick, Tommy got us into the lead, and we caught a break on strategy to get ourselves in a good spot. Our Corvette was good in the dry and appeared to be decent in the rain. Unfortunately when I came to take the restart, I came into Turn One around a GT Daytona car and all of a sudden the 911 was on my outside; I knew I was in trouble because in the rain there is grip only on the outside right at the exit. I tried to slow up but when I hit the apex and at the front of the car it felt like I hit glass. It just skated away from me. I never want to have any contact with other drivers. There was just nowhere I could go. Trying to slow the car gently and roll through was my best option. I don't know if I could have done anything else. I'm just really disappointed for the Corvette Racing guys. We got ourselves back in the hunt after being in a difficult spot early on. I'm just sorry we couldn't come out with a result that I felt we deserved."

"The conditions today were really tough. From driving in fairly wet conditions on slicks and then on wets was the right call. The series did a great job in letting us race while we could, and then when it was too wet they threw the caution and red flag. From my perspective, they did everything right. The lap where I thought I was going to wreck on the straightaway was when they threw the caution. It was just an unlucky day for us. Ultimately, I'm really proud of our guys for fighting back. We lost a chance early to get us back on the lead lap, but Chuck (Houghton, engineer) and the rest of our team were on the ball to get us back up to third, and I was able to drive to the front. I was happy with that and the strategy in the end. There are a lot of positives to take away from today."

"Intense rain always creates havoc and the Sahlen's Six Hours of The Glen was no exception. We had cars capable of winning and led on a couple of occasions throughout the race. But 25 percent great car and 25 percent great team was not enough to get the job done; we simply didn't have the element of 50 percent good fortune in the equation today. So we will go back, evaluate our effort, regroup and get ready for Canadian Tire Motorsport Park - the fastest track on which we compete. That event should be an awesome battle!"

VIDEO: Race Broadcast - Part 1
VIDEO: Race Broadcast - Part 2
VIDEO: Race Broadcast - Part 3

Current 2015 Championship Points - Post Watkins Glen:
1. #3 Corvette - 157pts (Tied)
2. #25 BMW - 157pts (Tied)
3. #24 BMW - 145pts (Tied)
4. #62 Ferrari - 145pts (Tied)
5. #17 Porsche - 141pts
6. #911 Porsche - 140pts
7. #912 Porsche - 134pts
8. #4 Corvette - 130pts

Current NAEC Points - Post Watkins Glen:
1. #3 Corvette - 33pts
2. #4 Corvette - 29pts
3. #17 Porsche - 27pts
4. #911 Porsche - 26pts
5. #25 BMW - 22pts
6. #62 Ferrari - 21pts (Tied)
7. #912 Porsche - 21pts (Tied)
8. #24 BMW - 19pts

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No problem here Chris, just wondering where you were!! I was there at the Glen slogging thru the slop from the previous week of rain, it wasn't pretty.
--- GS10tk from Syracuse, NY on 07.06.2015 at 6:04PM

2015 Le Mans 24hr: Post Race
2015 Le Mans 24hr: Post Race
June 15 2015 10:53:42 PM EST
Now that we have all had a chance to sleep and recover from the celebratory hangover, let's review what happened.

The week started off strong on Wednesday. Both cars showed competitive times. Everything was looking positive.

Thursday Jan Magnussen in the #63 Corvette C7.R had a massive accident in the Porsche Curves. The cause: a small rock was caught in the throttle linkage. The car was unable to be repaired on site, so the team had to withdraw the car from the race for the first time ever.

Lucky, Magnussen checked out ok and walked back to the garage himself. Fortunately Pratt & Miller make the safest race cars around. Unfortunately Magnussen seems to be the team's crash tester: Laguna Seca 2009, Le Mans 2011, VIR 2014, and Le Mans 2015.

VIDEO: Jan Magnussen crash at Porsche Curves
Official Team Statement

Magnussen shared, via Skype at the National Corvette Museum viewing party, that the car would take approximately one month to repair. The team plan on shipping the 2014 car, now owned by Larbre Competition, back to the USA to use in the next two rounds of the Tudor United Sportscar Championship: Watkin's Glen and Mosport.

Down to one bullet in the gun, Corvette Racing came together and put all focus on the #64 car for the race. 2nd place was not an option.

Race day: The challengers from Porsche, Ferrari, and Aston Martin all put on a great battle. We seen 3 wide action on the Mulsanne, pit strategy, mechanical failures, accidents, and more.

All of the stars were aligned. The #64 Corvette C7.R was the only car in GTE-Pro to have a flawless race, and took victory by a 5 lap margin.

This marks Corvette Racing's 8th Le Mans win. First LM24 win since 2011. This also completes the triple crown of winning Daytona 24, Sebring 12, and Le Mans 24 all in the same year. Our research shows that this in only the 3rd time in history that this has been done. Shelby-America Inc in 1966 with the GT40, Oreca in 2000 with the Viper GTS-R, and now Corvette Racing in 2015 with the C7.R.

"Winning Le Mans is always a fairy tale story. The way everything turned out over the week, with the No. 63 Corvette having its issues and not being able to start the raceŽ the way the team all came together and led us into the race and enabled us to have this fantastic result today, it's just amazing. It's just been one of those days where you're waiting for something to spring up, like another hurdle to come in your way to stop you from taking a victory. It was a spectacular race for Tommy and Jordan and myself - one of those events where you're having great races with Aston Martin, Ferrari and Porsche but in the end we were the strongest car and we ended up coming away with victory. This is my fifth victory here at Le Mans, and I'm absolutely thrilled to come back here with Corvette Racing. I'm a very happy man."

"Where do you start? It's unbelievable to be here with Corvette Racing and to represent the U.S., Chevrolet and Corvette at the biggest race in the world. It's one thing to race but it's another thing to actually achieve that. It is something that has happened twice now, but you don't expect that for one thing. It is just an amazing feeling... a sense of accomplishment. All the hard work that goes into coming here, and I only see part of it. The guys at the shop... when you look at all the people here to make this happen, to achieve victory is incredible. I'm just super happy to be here and be a part of it.

"Then you look at the storyline for us for the week. You have the one car that goes out in qualifying. Typically after many accidents you can fix it, but that one was big enough that there was nothing we could do here. To have the whole team band together and work together throughout the weekend and throughout the race to do exactly this and get a win... I know all the No. 3 guys are disappointed a little bit with what happened after qualifying. But this was definitely a team victory. It's very cool to be a part of it. I can't thank those guys enough to be here in what is a difficult scenario. I've been there. It is difficult to be at a track and not racing. But for them to do whatever they can to help us, help the team, help Chevy and help Corvette achieve victory, this was a team win for sure."

"I'm obviously a little speechless about the whole thing. The goal in sports car racing and almost any kind of in motorsports in general is to win Le Mans. To win with Chevrolet and Corvette Racing as an American driver doesn't get any better than that. Being with the team for four years now, and the last two years only being able to do Le Mans with the team is tough. I have to thank them and Chevrolet for still believing in me and just to come and do this one-off race with them. So in one way I am happy for the team, but in another way it is a good way to say thank you to them."

JIM CAMPBELL, Chevrolet U.S. Vice President, Performance Vehicles and Motorsports:
"I am proud of how the No. 63 and No. 64 drivers, engineers and crew came together to rally around a single Corvette C7.R entry for the race after Thursday's unfortunate incident. They prepared thoroughly and had each others' back all race long. Perseverance, teamwork and execution were keys to the winning effort." "It was very emotional to be in the garage with the entire team when the checkered flag dropped," he added. "The Corvette Racing team simply never gave up. The enthusiasm of the Corvette and Chevrolet owners was overwhelming, and we received messages of support from around the world. The team even did multiple Skype sessions with National Corvette Museum members that were watching the race at the NCM theater. It was also great to see a full Corvette Corral here at Le Mans.

"Racing enables us to transfer leanings from the track to design, engineer and build the best and safest Corvettes for the showroom."

MARK KENT, Director of Chevrolet Racing:
"This victory adds to what already has been a terrific year for Corvette Racing and the Chevrolet Corvette C7.R. Today's win at Le Mans goes alongside our successes in the Rolex 24 At Daytona and Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring. It shows the depth of our strengths and determination of everyone at Corvette Racing, GM Powertrain Performance and Racing team, and Pratt & Miller. I'd like to commend all of our partners who contributed to our eighth Le Mans victory."

PHOTO GALLERY: 24hrs of Le Mans
VIDEO: Celebratory Corvette Burnout
VIDEO: Race Highlights (20 min)

We would also like to thank all of the fans who participated in the dialog and enjoyed our 24hr Twitter coverage. We wouldn't do it if it were not for you.

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@Richard2, I think maybe you read my thoughts wrong, I love the Series, especially the GTLM class, what I don't like is the fact that they sometimes cater to certain manufacturer teams (read BMW) who always want waivers to race a car that does not fit the rules. And, by the way, they're at it again, trying to get the M6 GT3 car approved for the 2016 season. As far as Chris, legit excuse there, so my bad for complaining, in fact I know what happened at the Glen, I was there. I think we were all just wondering why no report, nothing more than that. Looking forward to the boys getting back on that top step at CTMP this weekend, the cars ran well at the Glen, and CTMP is their kind of track. In actuality, my problem with this Series is the laughable TV coverage by Fox Sports, it is pathetic, and I think we can all agree on that. RIP Speed TV, please come back!!
--- GS10tk from Syracuse, NY on 07.06.2015 at 5:53PM

2015 Le Mans Class Victory for 64
2015 Le Mans Class Victory for 64
June 14 2015 11:22:36 AM EST

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Awesome race results. No broken trans, rear ends, drive shafts, etc. got the reliability thing down now. If the other car had started may have had P1 and P2. The whole team should be very proud and what a year so far right on. TV coverage was terrible, have to watch whole race live streaming.
--- encore from sunny,fl on 06.15.2015 at 6:55AM

2015 Le Mans 24hrs: Race Info
2015 Le Mans 24hrs: Race Info
June 07 2015 04:30:51 PM EST
Spotter Guides
Radio Le Mans
Entry List
Schedule of Events
World Clock

How to Watch:
US TV Broadcast
- Saturday, June 13 (8:30 a.m. to 12 p.m., FOX Sports 2)
- Saturday, June 13 (7 p.m. to 8 p.m., FOX Sports 1)
- Saturday, June 13 (11 p.m. to 12:30 a.m., FOX Sports 2)
- Sunday, June 14 (3:30 a.m. to 7:30 a.m., FOX Sports 1)
- Sunday, June 14 (7:30 a.m. to 9 a.m., FOX Sports 2)
- Sunday, June 14 (9 a.m. to 9:30 a.m., FOX Sports 1)

Online Broadcast Options
-FOX Sports GO (Saturday, June 13 at 8:30 a.m. to Sunday, June 14 at 9:30 a.m.)
-Corvette On-Board Streams

-lemans-tv (Dailymotion)

-24hrs of Le Mans
-Corvette Motorsport
-Corvette Racing (GTE-Pro)
-Larbre Competition (GTE-Am)
#63 Drivers
-Jan Magnussen
-Antonio Garcia
-Ryan Brisco
#64 Drivers
Tommy Milner
Oliver Gavin
Jordan Taylor
#50 Drivers
-Gianluca Roda
-Paolo Ruberti
-Kristian Poulsen

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comments:@ TR6speed, I guess I know about the sponsorship issues and the commitments that Fox has, but I still find it pretty poor that they can't provide a better product for what is possibly the biggest race on the planet, for 1 day out of the year. I know I'm in the minority here, but I really don't like either NASCAR or F1, and I can barely tolerate IndyCar, but for once over the course of a year, you'd think they could do better in the coverage of LeMans. I look in the stands and around the course at LeMans and see over 250,000 people there watching, that should tell these idiots something, but apparently not. I still did manage to see most of the race, either live or recorded, and I kept the live timing and scoring going the whole race, so I pretty much knew what was going on at any given time. Just too bad that we have to switch from channel to channel to the internet, etc.
--- GS10tk from Syracuse, NY on 06.15.2015 at 5:48PM

2015 Pre-Le Mans News
2015 Pre-Le Mans News
May 28 2015 08:14:35 PM ESTDavid James
Here is are a few news articles to keep you occupied during the break before Le Mans.

1. New IMSA app Launches in Partnership with Microsoft

2. Pratt & Miller Building New C7.R for 2016 Regs

3. National Corvette Museum to Host a 24 Hours of Le Mans Viewing Party

4. 2015 NCM Bash
- VIDEO: 2016 Corvette Seminar

5. Falken Tire Set to Withdraw from IMSA at End of 2015

6. Aston Martin Unlikely to Continue in 2015 NAEC

7. Possible Growth in the GTLM Class for 2016

8. Ford GT Racers Starts Testing

9. LM24 test day is Sunday 5/31.

10. Check our Twitter periodically for daily postings.

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Faro seems to always be on the cars at LeMans.
--- Nemesis from GA on 06.12.2015 at 6:18AM

2015 Laguna Seca: Info
2015 Laguna Seca: Info
May 03 2015 12:25:21 AM EST
US TV coverage of the Continental Tire Monterey Grand Prix Powered By Mazda:
Sunday May 3rd, 4:00pm-7:00pm ET (LIVE) on Fox Sports 1

Spotter Guides
Radio Le Mans/IMSA Radio
Entry List
Schedule of Events
Evolution of the Type AoP (BMW & Ferrari)
BoP of Laguna Seca is the same as Long Beach

Tudor United Sports Car Championship
Corvette Racing
Jan Magnussen
Antonio Garcia
Tommy Milner
Oliver Gavin

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Not sure much is going on right now. I believe they are doing site setup and going over the cars completely prior to Sunday testing.

--- TR6speed from Florida on 05.29.2015 at 2:07PM


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