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|2016 Road America: What Just Happened?|
|August 22 2016 06:38:49 PM EST||Michelin Alley|
|With just under 20 minutes to go, Road America was looking to be Corvette Racing's worst result of the season. The #4 Corvette was sitting P6 and the #67 Ford was leading, and looking like was going to take over the championship points lead.|
During the final pit stop, the #4 crew made some adjustments that brought the car to life, but it was thought to be too late. The leading GTLM cars were far into the distance. Tommy Milner made a pass for position on one of the BMW to get up to 5th then full course caution came out and bunched everyone back up.
The green flag came out with 5 minutes left to race, and all hell broke loose.
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Photo by Michelin Alley
VIDEO: 2016 Continental Tire Road Race Showcase Broadcast
"An extraordinary finish! It was an amazing, amazing job by Tommy, the crewÖthe strategy at the end there! It just seemed like the car came alive. We made a change on that last stop, and it just brought the car to life. That was what we were missing in the first part of the race. I donít think Tommy can believe it. We were looking at fifth, then that caution came and it mixed everything up. There was contact and crazy stuff happening. It is just wonderful. This is such an amazing result for us and it is big, big, big for the championship. Iím so thrilled!"
"Iím speechless! I know everybody says that, but literallyÖ We did not have a very good car at the start; it was super loose. But Chuck (Houghton, No. 4 Corvette engineer) made a great change there at the very end; new tires, a bit more wing in the Corvette and it was the best race car I have ever had. I know I said that at Sebring, but this one somehow topped it. This is the best race car Iíve ever had in my life right there. At the end there, it seemed like the other guys couldnít get their tires up to temp, and mine were ready to go and were there. With two laps to go, there is nothing more that you could ask for than everyone in front of you and a Corvette underneath you!"
"The strategy sometimes works and sometimes it doesnít. Today was one of the days that it didnít. The car never really felt right today. We kept thinking it would come to us with the setup and tires. That has been the story of our season. Congratulations to Oliver and Tommy. We will keep working and hope to get on the right side of it at VIR."
"It was a good start. I had a chance to be a tiny bit aggressive into the first turn, but I backed off because I thought it was a little too early to try something that bold. After that things were good. I was able to stay with the lead pack. I thought we might have something for the Porsches especially with our tires. I didnít think we had the pace to win and just needed to stay close."
|2016 Lime Rock: 100th Win|
|July 25 2016 11:55:08 AM EST||GM Media|
|After a disappointing result at Mosport, after leading most of the race, the team headed to Lime Rock. This was the first return to Lime Rock since 2013.|
Lime Rock is know for close competition. Sometimes too close. Corvette Racing took full advantage of several other competitors misfortunes and finally claimed their 100th win, as well as their 60th 1-2 finish.
OLIVER GAVIN - #4 C7.R - Winner:
"It is pretty amazing to get the 100th (win for Corvette Racing). We have had some great wins this year. When you look at Daytona this year, that was phenomenal; Sebring too. Our Le Mans win last year. But to get the 100th is pretty special. I have to thank the team and everybody involved. I have had a few of the wins with the team, but I have to say this is a pretty special one. To fight off the No. 67 car and having our teammates on the podiumÖ it is pretty special for everyone at Corvette Racing!"
TOMMY MILNER - #4 C7.R - Winner:
"I feel very lucky to say I was in the car that got the 100th win for this team, but you think about all the people that have worked on this team Ė all of the drivers, the crew, the marketing and PR people, everybody that has contributed to this, I just feel fortunate to be a part of that. It is good to get that monkey off of our back. It was a small monkey, but it was lingering."
"We still have five races to go in the season and the lead in the championship in the moment. So thereís a bigger picture to think about in a lot of ways. So that mindset paid off in the middle of the stint. We lost quite a bit of track position there in the end. The car isnít bad. Itís pretty slippery out there but itís the same for everyone. As usual traffic is pretty difficult. You can gain a lot and lose a lot with the traffic here. Iím pretty happy with this Corvette but we have to be smart. I knew going into this race how amped up I was after qualifying because the car was so good; I kind of had a little moment to remind myself that there is a lot more going on than this race. Everyone in the class was racing super-hard in our class."
JAN MAGNUSSEN - #3 C7.R - 2nd Place:
"It is a fantastic result for the team and well deserved. Everyone works so hard to try and win every single race that weíre in. Today was just a hard-fought race all the way through for both cars. Just a fantastic result. The 100th win and 60th 1-2Ö not a bad day!"
"There was so much going on the whole time in traffic. I was quite happy with the Corvette. Itís too bad we got a penalty in the pitlane so that put us back. I could keep up with the field and catch them in certain situations. But I didnít really have the speed to pass any of them. It was so close."
ANTONIO GARCIA - #3 C7.R - 2nd Place:
"For Corvette Racing to get 100 victories is really, really good. That number is just huge when you think we are a single program with two cars. So to achieve that is just amazing. Iím glad I won a few of those. I am very proud of that. Today, I was probably the only car that overtook today and probably the only car that really made positions up. I was fifth at one point and then there two mistakes by the Ferrari. I passed both of the Fords, actually twice. Iím very proud of Corvette Racing today and very happy to get a 1-2 finish."
"If youíre going to win your 100th race, you may as well do it with a 1-2 finish. We never diminish the input the engineers have in giving the team great Corvettes, and the crew today just had absolutely terrific pit stops. But today, this one goes to the drivers. On this race track and in these conditions, those guys brought it home. Iím tipping my hat to the drivers today."
|2016 Watkins Glen: Results|
|July 06 2016 03:34:10 AM EST||Richard Prince|
|The sand has been released. No BoP changes for the 6hrs at Watkins Glen. Results were as expected. The only reason the #4 Corvette finished P4 was due to the phenomenal pit work by the hard working crew at Corvette Racing.|
VIDEO: Final Pit Stop
TOMMY MILNER - #4 Corvette C7.R: Finished 4th
"Iím smiling. I feel like we just won the race. We had the perfect raceÖ absolutely perfect race. Great pit stops, no mistakes anywhere at all. At the end I drove as hard as I possibly could. I could tell that the Ferrari in front of me was slow to start the stints. I just got lucky in traffic and got a big run on him in the Bus Stop. I also got a nice draft from a PC car that was passing him and was able to sneak by him in the Bus Stop. Iím just so proud of the effort that this team gives. It doesnít matter if we are the fastest car or the slowest car. We try. We try hard all the time. It was a great job by Olly. It was a great job by the crew guys. Itís a great result for Corvette Racing."
ON THE LAST PIT STOP: "We gambled a little bit with staying out a little bit longer. That is always a risk. The later you make that last stop, or even you back-track a little bit, you risk getting caught out with a full-course yellow. However, if it goes green you have a shorter fill at the very end. That is really where we gained all that time and track position; our fill at the end was shorter than anybody else because we were the last car to stop. It takes some luck in racing for sure, but Iím really, really happy with the result today."
OLIVER GAVIN - #4 Corvette C7.R:Finished 4th
"Todayís finish boiled down to that last pit stop. We had to take less fuel than the No. 3 car but the pressure was on the guys to execute on that final stop and they did an amazing job. The tires were done just as the fuel coming out as well. The car was down and Tommy just blasted it out of the pitlane. He then executed in that final stint and got past the Ferrari and just did a fantastic job. Fourth place for us today is like a win. If someone had offered us that at the start of the day with our starting position and the pace compared to our competitorsÖ yes, it is like a win. We are still leading in the Driverís Championship. Weíve extended in the Manufacturerís Championship for Chevrolet, which is great. I really donít think we could have asked for any more. A great job by everyone here at Corvette Racing Ė a real team effort."
JAN MAGNUSSEN - #3 Corvette C7.R: Finished 7th
"It was a pretty uneventful couple of stints for me and was about keeping our position. We were trying to stay ahead of the Porsches. It seemed like at certain points during the stint we could fight a little bit with the Ferrari but most of the time they can drive away like some of the other cars."
ANTONIO GARCIA - #3 Corvette C7.R: Finished 7th
"It was a disappointing day for our team in a lot of ways. Seventh place is not a result we are happy with. We will move ahead to Canada next weekend and try to improve on today."
DOUG FEHAN, CORVETTE RACING PROGRAM MANAGER:
"Today was a perfect example of why Corvette Racing never gives up. It was a combination of great strategy, great execution in the pits and great driving to come home with a fourth-place finish. We were able to maximize our results on a very challenging day, which every member of Corvette Racing and the Corvette community should be proud of."
The team now has less than a week to turn around and head to Canada for the second of back to back race weekends. IMSA has issued special BoP adjustments, knocking Ford back a notch and giving Corvette and Porsche some more performance. We have our doubts that it will be enough, but it's better than nothing.
IMSA: Special BoP Changes for CTMP
PODCAST: Doug Fehan on Le Mans Frustrations
|2017 Le Mans: Historic For All The Wrong Reasons|
|June 27 2016 04:12:46 AM EST||Team Chevy|
|It's been a week since the checkered flag. We all know what happened. It's hard to forget, and even harder to forgive.|
It's been a week and we still don't know what to say...here it goes....
ISSUE #1: Ford GT - Waivers
Ford built a racecar to go to Le Mans and win on the 50th anniversary of the historic Ford GT40 victory in 1966. There is a roadcar in the works, but here in-lies the problem. Per the GTE regulations, a specific number of road cars must be produced and before a racecar can be homologated and able to race. Ford played the chicken and the egg scenario to their advantage and received permission to race before a single production car was ever built. This has caused a major stink with fans, but the reality of the situation was that a special waiver was given to Ford, with the agreed upon permission with all of the competing manufactures, to allow the GT to race in 2016. Nothing more can be said.
ISSUE #2 - Is the GT within the spirit of the race?
As said before, GTE cars are homologated after their road going counterparts. The GT is a racecar of which a roadcar is being built to legalize the racecar. Is this debatable, yes. Is it true, yes. Will Ford ever admit it, no. Is it within the spirit of the race, not in our opinion.
ISSUE #3: Sandbagging
It has been know by everyone except the ACO that the Ford GT has been sandbagging all season in the WEC, and all the way up to Wednesday practice at Le Mans. It became clear to everyone when they managed to find an extra 5 seconds of lap time in qualifying. It's normal for teams to not show all of their performance before qualifying, but usually it's 0.5 - 1 second. NOT FIVE SECONDS!!!!
ISSUE #4: BoP - Part A
Balance of Performance....the great equalizer and hot button topic for teams and fans alike. If it is done properly, it can and has been shown to provide iconic and historical racing memories that will be featured on highlight reels for decades to come. The first issue with BoP in this case is Turbo vs Naturally Aspirated engines. There was a clear performance gap between turbo and N/A cars. In the history of motorsport, no one has ever successfully balanced tubro cans with N/A cars. With today's data logger technology and if BoP is implemented correctly, it is as close as it can get. We have seen it nearly perfectly executed at Daytona 24 earlier this year.
ISSUE 5: BoP - Part B
The other BoP issue for Le Mans this year is the ACO's complete lack of proper execution of BoP. Corvette was the quickest overall at test day with most of the field within 1 second. After test day, the ACO issued a BoP adjustment with massive adjustments without any real reasons why. Corvette was hit the hardest and went from the front of the field to the back of the field.
After the obvious sandbagging was exposed, the ACO issued another BoP adjustment in an attempt to bring everyone closer together. It didn't work.
Just to drive home how bad the BoP was, the winning #68 Ford GT had several issues throughout the race, was issued a post race time penalty, and still won. The #63 Corvette had ZERO issues, just came in for fuel and tires for all 24 hours, and finished 5 laps down to the leader.
ISSUE 6: BoP - Part C
2016 is the 50th anniversary of the iconic Ford vs Ferrari battle. Could this BoP catastrophe have been a complete setup from the start? It's pretty curious how both Ford and Ferrari were by far the quickest cars in the class. So much so that 7 out of the 14 cars (50%) in class were completely uncharacteristically uncompetitive. The fairy-tail script was written before the green flag flew. All Ford had to to was execute.
ISSUE 7: Unsportsmanlike Conduct from Ford
Already having the bad guy reputation, Ford added fuel to the fire when nearing the end of the race a senior member of Ford entered the Risi Competizione garage with a piece of paper, revealed as an official protest over a non-operational leader light on the side of the #82 Ferrari, then running second, behind the leading #68 Ford, and ahead of the #69 and #66 Fords. This was a clear power move by Ford with a greedy desire to sweep the podium. Guiseppe Risi clearly wasn't having it and the protest was filed. The #82 Ferrari never came in for the repairs and was issued a black and orange flag. The Ferrari never complied. Risi then issued a counter protest against the winning Ford for a slow zone infringement earlier in the race. The race stewards imposed time penalties on both cars, post race, but the overall finishing order did not change.
There has never been a more controversial race on so many levels that we have seen since Corvette Racing entered the scene. Corvette Racing was going for back to back Triple Crown victories, and it's 100th team victory. They were never given a chance. This team works too hard for this...
Motorsport Magazine: The problems with Balance of Performance
Automobile: Political Decisions at Le Mans Could Lead to Sports-Car Explosion
DSC: Rob Bell on the GTE Pro BoP
DSC: Five Things To Worry About From The 2016 24hrs of Le Mans
PRESS RELEASE: Garcia, Magnussen, Taylor Complete 24 Hours
PHOTO GALLERY: Team Chevy - 2016 Le Mans 24hr
VIDEO: Corvette Racing Returns To Le Mans 2016
On a happier note, Corvette Racing's #1 fan Charley Robertson made the trip to Le Mans.
"I had the chance of joining the NCM's Museum in Motion Tour to France. This is one trip I strongly recommend to everyone. The NCM will be doing the trip again next year so be on the watch for it."
It looks like she had a blast....maybe we might just have to make the trip ourselves soon.
PHOTOS: Le Mans
VIDEO: Race Start
VIDEO: #64 Pit Stop - Day
VIDEO: #64 Pit Stop - Night
|2016 Le Mans 24hrs: Race Info|
|May 25 2016 12:17:53 PM EST|
|The 2016 Le Mans 24 Hours may be one of the most important races for the GT ranks in a long time. Why? Ford is why. The entire reason for the new Ford GT's existence is to try to win Le Mans on the 50th anniversary of the historic GT40's win. They are so determined, that they are bringing four cars to increase their chances. The challengers from Corvette, Ferrari, Aston Martin, and Porsche are upping their game to try to prevent that from happening.|
Ferrari, Ford's historic rival, lobbied to have US based Risi Compesizione invited to the race to increase their car count from the two full season WEC entries from AF Corse to three.
Porsche are in an in-between year before their new GTE car is debuted next year. Their 2015 car was upgraded to comply with the 2016 regulations, but the works WEC team has been put on hiatus until the new car is ready. Dempsey-Proton Racing are the sole GTE-Pro WEC entry, but the two Porsche North America entries from IMSA will also represent the brand.
Aston Martin Racing have downsized from three to two entries this year. They are also the only team to use Dunlop tires over Michelin.
Corvette will also be represented by the usual two entries. Due to last year's accident in practice that made the #63 unable to race, the team is bringing along a 3rd chassis as a backup just in case. Also, if either Corvette were to win, it would mark the 100th victory in the team's competitive history. What better place to make history then at Le Mans.
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Schedule of Events
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Free Live Timing & Scoring
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WEC App Info
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US TV & STREAMING SCHEDULE (EDT):
FS1 8:30 AM to 2:00 PM
FS2 2:00 PM to 4:30 PM
FS2 6:00 PM to 6:30 PM
FS2 7:00 PM to 7:30 PM
FS2 10:30 PM to 2:30 AM (June 19)
FS1 2:30 AM to 9:30 AM (June 19)
*The entire race is streamed live on FOX Sports GO
FOX Sports GO & FOXSports.com will provide live streaming video from multiple in-car cameras.
LE MANS TEST DAY INFO:
BBV: Test Day Results
Corvette Blogger: Official Post-Test Press Release
DSC: Vette double in GTE classes
Kinja: Some LMP1 & GTE-Pro Geekery
NCM Le Mans Viewing Party
R&T: Dan Binks prepares to defend Chevy's dynasty against the Ford GT.
Racer: The bizarre story behind the Ford GT's first win
SC365: Taiwanís Team AAI To Field Corvette C7.R
DSC: Johnny O'Connell Returns to Le Mans with Team AAI
SC365: Inside Corvette, Audiís Driver Sharing Relationship
Autosport: SAFER barriers added to Porsche Curves at Le Mans
DSC: Ricky Taylor Set To Join Larbre GTE Am WEC Effort
|2016 Laguna Seca: Race Results|
|May 08 2016 11:33:01 AM EST||Jan Magnussen PR|
|After the Porsche/Corvette result changing contact at Long Beach, drivers and fans alike were hot for blood, but this isn't NASCAR. Corvette Racing are one of the premier professional organizations in the sport, and took the high ground. Doug Fehan stated "I can tell you that as a full-fledged Chevrolet factory program, regardless of the justification for it, or how much they might deserve it, or how fair it would be to do something, we don't operate that way."|
Corvette Racing has a strong history at Laguna Seca, with recent wins in 2012, 2013, and 2014.
Michelin debuted their Le Mans spec time tires for the first time in North America in 2016 here at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca, throwing a bit of a wrench into everyone's program. Note: WEC teams have already ran on these tires at Silvertone 6hrs. With Laguna Seca being historically one of the slickest tracks in North America due to the dust, this isn't the ideal track to test new tire compounds on.
Photo by Oppositelock-Kinja
The pair of Corvettes qualified 4th and 6th in another tight GTLM qualifying session.
Race day was full of physical and tactical moves. Not backing down, both Corvettes and both Porsches were hip checking each other throughout the race. Luckily it didn't end in tears for anyone.
Photo by Marshall Pruett
The pair of Corvettes were not the fastest cars in class but with strategy and perfect execution they could have had at least one, or possibly both cars on the podium. However, The #4 received a penalty for spinning it's wheels while still on the air jacks, and the #3 had to stop for fuel with one lap to go.
It's not often Corvette Racing isn't on their game, but this particular race was one of those times. Corvette finished 4th and 7th.
Ford managed to capture their first victory by using lessons learned at Daytona.
Photo by IMSA
ďIt wasnít a great stint for me at the start. I didnít really have the speed to do much other than try and keep up with Tommy (Milner in the No. 4 Corvette). I lost a lot of rear grip at the end with the new tire. It was a bit of a gamble on the fuel at the end. We lost out by a half-lap but thatís how these things go. It wasnít the worst weekend but it should have been better for us. Now we go away and test for Le Mans. Hopefully the second half of this season will be better for us on the No. 3 car than the first half.Ē
ďI kind of knew when I got in the car that it was going to be a fuel race. I was already saving fuel before the team asked me to. It was tough to be surrounded by so many cars and Olly to keep the fuel usage low and still stay competitive. We almost made it. It was a shame that we lost telemetry for a number of laps. Our engineers couldnít give me a fuel number to hit, so we were kind of guessing to see what we needed to do to go to the end. Itís a shame we had to pit with a lap to go. Itís not really nice being in pits waiting for fuel when you see the white flag waving. Sometimes the strategy works and sometimes it doesnít. We were about a half-lap shy today. Iím happy with how the Corvette developed over the weekend. We need to keep working on these tires ahead of Le Mans. The first four races, weíve been very competitive but just havenít gotten the results. Getting fourth today with the extra stop is something we can be happy with.Ē
ďIt is always close in our class. Thatís racing. You are going to have some contact every now and then. The Ferrari and I had a little run-in there at the start which was good racing. I had to run wide there in the last corner and he could have given me a bit more room but I canít fault him for that. Like I said, hopefully no more paint. But if we have to, we will.Ē
HOW DID THE NEW MICHELIN TIRE WORK OUT? ďLooking at practice, it seemed like the long-run stuff was going to be super important and we focused on that. The car was pretty good; I still had some issues with drive off the corners so we are still learning. It is still all brand new to us, but Michelin always brings great stuff. It is just a matter of us getting our heads around what makes these tires work and we know Corvette Racing will work hard to make that happen.Ē
ďThe No. 25 BMW didnít fight me hard near the end. Then I was catching the other BMW and the No. 911 Porsche very quickly. We were fighting so hard. Then in Turn Three, the Porsche stuck it on the inside of the BMW and the pair of them swung super wide, and I just slung-shot my way past the and that was no problem. And then I was on the tail of the Porsche, the 911. He wasnít bad but you could see that he would be good for a lap, and then he would start to go away again. I knew that if I could get myself out of Turn 10 and into 11 well I could up the inside of him. He didnít fight me hard and I got by him. Then it was a case of me pushing it. Chuck (Houghton, No. 4 Corvette race engineer) was on the radio saying that the No. 62 Ferrari and the Ford were slower. I was chasing them, but I just ran out of laps. But I certainly would have had one of them if not both. It was a frustrating day, but ultimately the guys we were fighting in the championship it wasnít bad. We lost some ground to the 912 Porsche, but we scored more points than the 911 and the 25. We didnít make a gain but there was also no real loss in the championship today. But I felt happy and pretty comfortable with the car. That last stint it was solid to drive; the balance wasnít bad and we just had to manage the tires. But Iím frustrated about the pit stop Ė that just undid us. We have been so strong all year in the pits, it was just that small bobble when the car just didnít come down when we needed it to come down. These things sometimes happen. It is part of racing. Everybody will have one of those during the year.Ē
Focus now turns to the 24hrs of Le Mans. The team are testing at Road America this year due to ongoing noise disputed at the National Corvette Museum Motorsports Park.
The 24hrs of Le Mans is June 18-19. We will have all of your coverage here on Badboyvettes.com and on Twitter.