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|April 17 2014 06:38:52 AM EST|
|With reliability issues for the new C7.R in the first two rounds of the Tudor United Sports Car Championship, Long Beach was an important points race for Corvette Racing. Unlike the old ALMS points system, the 1.5hr race at Long Beach is worth the same amount of points as the 24hr and 12hr races.|
Qualifying is always very important at Long Beach. Due to the nature of the track, it is very difficult to pass. Jan Magnussen threw down a mega lap to put the #3 Corvette on pole in GTLM, while the sister car #4 driven by Tommy Milner managed P4.
At the drop of the green flag, Antonio Garcia in the #3 managed to out drag a slower Prototype to turn one, allowing him to gap the rest of the GTLM class. By the time the other GT cars could get by the prototype, Garcia managed to get an 11 second lead ahead of P2.
There is only 1 scheduled pit stop in this race, so it can make or break your race. Corvette Racing executed everything to perfection. The #4 Corvette managed to jump to P3 as one the the BMWs had to change a door for a broken mirror.
The race went Green for the full duration and Corvette Racing got both cars on the podium in P1 and P3.
Driver Points Post-Long Beach
1. BILL AUBERLEN / ANDY PRIAULX (90pts)
2. RICHARD LIETZ / NICK TANDY (88pts)
3. MICHAEL CHRISTENSEN / PATRICK LONG (86pts)
4. DIRK MÜLLER / JOHN EDWARDS (84pts)
4. OLIVER GAVIN / TOMMY MILNER (84pts)
5. ANTONIO GARCIA / JAN MAGNUSSEN (82pts)
6. JONATHAN BOMARITO / DOMINIK FARNBACHER (81pts)
6. MARC GOOSSENS / KUNO WITTMER (81pts)
Manufacture Points Post-Long Beach
1. Porsche (100pts)
2. BMW (94pts)
3. SRT (90pts)
4. Chevrolet (89pts)
5. Ferrari (80pts)
VIDEO - Long Beach Pre-Race Show
VIDEO - Long Beach Race Broadcast Commercial Free
VIDEO - Long Beach Post-Race Show
|2014 Sebring 12hr: Race Recap|
|March 17 2014 01:20:02 AM EST|
|As usual, competition in GTLM was incredible, and as usual, Sebring didn't make it easy on anyone.|
Top 6 GTLM cars were within 0.3 seconds in Qualifying, with Corvette Racing P4 & P5.
Race day was a mix of highs and lows. The #3 Corvette suffered body damage and went down a lap for repairs. The team fought back and lead the race only to have a fuel pump failure cause them to go 4 laps down. Ultimately finishing P8.
The #4 Corvette ran a nearly flawless race for 10.5hr. The car was in the class lead until Oliver Gavin spun coming out of turn 17 allowing the leading Porsche to make the pass. Shortly after the spin, the car developed similar fuel pump issues and the car did not have the pace for the final 30min to fight back. The #4 finished P6.
The ultimate results shadow what was actually a great performance for the new C7.Rs. Corvette Racing lead the class 1-2 for a portion of the race, and was in contention for victory. In the end, that's racing. The team showed that it's the best, most prepared, and most organized in the business.
-5hrs 4min under caution
-Porsche goes 2 for 2 to start the season
-Porsche involved in controversial wrong penalty call by IMSA
-Risi Competitione's bad luck continues
The next round is Long Beach, April 12th.
-Chevrolet Becomes Newest IMSA Automotive Partner
-2014 TUDOR Championship TV Schedule Announced
-IMSA App Available For Android, IOS Devices
Outside of the US, the Formula 1 season started in Melbourne, Australia. Jan Magnussen's son, Kevin Magnussen made his F1 debut is remarkable fashion, qualifying P4 and finishing on the podium! Needless to say, Kevin's dad was overjoyed as he watched at his Sebring condo with his team and friends. We look forward to watching the young Mags as he proceeds through his career at the top stage.
|March 15 2014 05:15:15 PM EST|
|Tom & Susie who run the Corvette Racing tent have posted pics on Instagram of the Vette racing pit, the "local color" and some of their BBV stuff.|
Shown here are the awesome new team helmets.
|2014 Sebring 12hr: Preview|
|March 13 2014 02:59:51 AM EST|
|2014 Le Mans 24hr Entry List|
|February 14 2014 03:07:16 AM EST|
|The 2014 entry list has been revealed.|
Representing the USA, Corvette Racing and SRT Motorstort in GTE-Pro, and Dempsey Racing in GTE-Am. Let's hope the ACO/FIA get the BoP right this year.
Notable missing Corvette entry is Larbre Competition in GTE-Am. Larbre lobbied to use a new C7.R in the WEC GTE-Am class but was rejected due to GTE-Am rules requiring 1 year old or older cars. Larbre has decided to run a Porsche in the Carrera Cup for 2014. They are also on the reserve list in LMP2 for Le Mans 24hr.
Full LM 24 Entry List
Also new for this year is a new logo, as seen above. The classic French red white and blue logo was used for 22 years.
|February 12 2014 09:42:16 PM EST|
|A heart wrenching event occurred at the National Corvette Museum on the early morning of February 12, 2014. A 30ft deep, 40ft wide sink hole opened up in the middle of the NCM Skydome, consuming 8 cars.|
A museum employee received a call at 5:44am from the security company alerting of a motion detectors going off in the Skydome area of the Museum. Upon arrival it was discovered that a sinkhole had collapsed within the Museum. No one was in or around the Museum at the time. The Bowling Green Fire Department arrived on the scene and secured the area. Eight cars were consumed, including:
1993 ZR-1 Spyder on loan from General Motors
2009 ZR1 “Blue Devil” on loan from General Motors
The other six vehicles were owned by the National Corvette Museum including:
1962 Black Corvette
1984 PPG Pace Car
1992 White 1 Millionth Corvette
1993 Ruby Red 40th Anniversary Corvette
2001 Mallett Hammer Z06 Corvette
2009 White 1.5 Millionth Corvette
None of the cars affected were on loan from individuals. A structural engineer was contacted and arriving today to assess the existing damage and stability of the surrounding areas. While the Skydome area is closed, the remainder of the Museum is still open.
Museum employees, when given the all clear, evacuated all of the remaining cars in the Skydome.
VIDEO: Helicopter Drone Flies Into the Sink Hole
VIDEO: Security Camera Footage 1
VIDEO: Security Camera Footage 2
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