Congratulations to Garcia and Magnussen for winning the GTLM drivers championship for 2018! Corvette Racing also took home the Team Championship.
2018 IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship Schedule and Results
Jan. 25-28 – Rolex 24 At Daytona P/GTLM/GTD Daytona International Speedway – Daytona Beach, Florida – 24 HoursDETROIT (Jan. 28, 2018) – 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. ——————————————————————————————————————————————
March 14-17 – Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring Fueled by Fresh From Florida P/GTLM/GTD Sebring International Raceway – Sebring, Florida – 12 HoursThis event was not memorable ——————————————————————————————————————————————
April 13-14 – BUBBA burger SportsCar Grand Prix at Long Beach P/GTLM Long Beach, California – 100 MinutesSeventh victory for Corvette Racing, Team Chevy in IMSA at Long Beach LONG BEACH, Calif. (April 14, 2018) – Corvette Racing’s Oliver Gavin and Tommy Milner raced their way to back-to-back victories in southern California by claiming the Bubba Burger Sports Car Grand Prix of Long Beach for the second year in a row. The duo won by 2.157 seconds in their No. 4 Mobil 1/SiriusXM Chevrolet Corvette C7.R. It was the 107th class victory all-time for Corvette Racing and the first of its 20th season of competition. The team also won for the 16th time in the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship’s GT Le Mans (GTLM) class. ——————————————————————————————————————————————–
May 4-6 – Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course P/GTLM/GTD Lexington, Ohio – 2 Hours, 40 MinutesLEXINGTON, Ohio (May 6, 2018) – Jan Magnussen and Antonio Garcia earned a podium finish Sunday in Corvette Racing’s return to Mid-Ohio Sports Car in the Acura Sports Car Challenge at Mid-Ohio. The duo piloted their No. 3 Mobil 1/SiriusXM Chevrolet Corvette C7.R to a third-place finish in the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship’s GT Le Mans (GTLM) class. ———————————————————————————————————————————————
June 1-2 – Chevrolet Sports Car Classic P/GTD Belle Isle Park – Detroit, Michigan – 100 Minutes
June 16-17 – 24 Hours of LeMans, LeMans, France
LE MANS, France (June 17, 2018) – In 19 years of competing at the 24 Hours of Le Mans, Corvette Racing has experienced both disappointment and achievement. The constant in each case, though, is the drive of those on the program to give maximum effort each and every appearance.
That was on display again this year at the 86th running of the French endurance classic. Corvette Racing showed its mettle in the face of adversity as it fought for a ninth class victory at Le Mans. It wasn’t meant to be as Antonio Garcia, Jan Magnussen and Mike Rockenfeller finished fifth in the GTE Pro category with their No. 63 Mobil 1/SiriusXM Chevrolet Corvette C7.R.
June 28-July 1 – Sahlen’s Six Hours of The Glen P/GTLM/GTD Watkins Glen International – Watkins Glen, New York – 6 HoursCORVETTE RACING AT WATKINS GLEN: Steamy Runner-Up for Garcia, Magnussen No. 3 Corvette on GTLM podium for second straight season; Gavin, Milner finish top-five WATKINS GLEN, New York (July 1, 2018) – Corvette Racing endured one of its most trying races in recent memory Sunday, and the team was rewarded with a runner-up finish by Antonio Garcia and Jan Magnussen in the Sahlen’s Six Hours of The Glen. ———————————————————————————————————————————————-
July 6-8 – Mobil 1 SportsCar Grand Prix P/GTLM/GTD Canadian Tire Motorsport Park – Bowmanville, Ontario, Canada – 2 Hours, 40 MinutesDETROIT (July 8, 2018) – Corvette Racing’s pair of Chevrolet Corvettes both finished on the class podium Sunday at the Mobil 1 SportsCar Grand Prix at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park. It marked the team’s first double podium of the season and allowed both Corvette C7.Rs to gain positions in the GT Le Mans (GTLM) points standings of the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship. Antonio Garcia and Jan Magnussen placed second in the No. 3 Mobil 1/SiriusXM Chevrolet Corvette C7.R, just ahead of Oliver Gavin and Tommy Milner in the No. 4 Mobil 1/SiriusXM Corvette. The results vaulted Garcia and Magnussen to second place in the GTLM Driver’s Championship while Gavin and Milner are now tied for fourth. Chevrolet also moved up a spot in the Manufacturer standings to second after six rounds. ———————————————————————————————————————————————-
Aug. 3-5 – Continental Tire Road Race Showcase P/GTLM/GTD Road America – Elkhart Lake, Wisconsin – 2 Hours, 40 MinutesCORVETTE RACING AT ROAD AMERICA: Another Double Podium for Corvette C7.Rs Milner, Gavin place second in GTLM; Garcia, Magnussen finish third in tight championship ELKHART LAKE, Wisconsin (August 5, 2018) – Corvette Racing’s pair of Chevrolet Corvette C7.Rs raced their way to the GT Le Mans (GTLM) podium Sunday at Road America in the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship. With second- and third-place finishes in the Continental Tire Road Race Showcase, both teams solidified their championship standings heading into the final three events of the season. Oliver Gavin and Tommy Milner finished second in the No. 4 Mobil 1/SiriusXM Chevrolet Corvette C7.R on Sunday, their highest finish since winning at Long Beach earlier this season. Antonio Garcia and Jan Magnussen placed third in the No. 3 Sirius/XM Corvette for their fifth straight podium finish in IMSA competition. Garcia and Magnussen remain second in GTLM Driver’s points after Sunday and just four points out of first place. The result for the No. 4 Corvette elevated Gavin and Milner one position to fourth and 10 points behind their teammates. Chevrolet also remained second in GTLM Manufacturer’s points.
Aug. 17-19 – Michelin GT Challenge GTLM/GTD VIRginia International Raceway – Danville, Virginia – 2 Hours, 40 MinutesDANVILLE, Virginia (Aug. 19, 2018) – Corvette Racing’s Jan Magnussen and Antonio Garcia moved into the lead of the GT Le Mans (GTLM) Driver’s Championship for the first time this season following Sunday’s Michelin GT Challenge at Virginia International Raceway for the WeatherTech SportsCar Championship. Magnussen and Garcia placed second in the No. 3 Mobil 1/SiriusXM Chevrolet Corvette C7.R – their fourth runner-up finish in five races and seventh podium result of the season. The defending GTLM champions provisionally lead the championship by four points with two races remaining. Oliver Gavin and Tommy Milner placed sixth in the No. 4 Mobil 1/SiriusXM Chevrolet Corvette C7.R as their race came undone just as it started. Milner started the race seventh but was sent off track from contact with another GTLM car on the first lap. He was able to continue but the Corvette suffered damage at the front-right, which impacted the car’s performance. ———————————————————————————————————————————————-
Sept. 7-9 – Continental Tire Monterey Grand Prix powered by Mazda P/GTLM/GTD Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca – Monterey, California – 2 Hours, 40 MinutesMONTEREY, Calif. (Sept. 9, 2018) – For the second year in a row, Corvette Racing will head to the finale of the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship with the Driver and Team points lead in the GT Le Mans (GTLM) category. Antonio Garcia and Jan Magnussen placed third in class Sunday in the America’s Tire 250 at WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca. It is the seventh consecutive podium finish for the No. 3 Mobil 1/SiriusXM Chevrolet Corvette C7.R and increased the points advantage for Garcia and Magnussen to nine points with only the 10-hour Petit Le Mans left in the season. A fourth-place class finish at Road Atlanta would give the duo their second consecutive GTLM title ———————————————————————————————————————————————-
Oct. 10-13 – Motul Petit Le Mans P/GTLM/GTD Road Atlanta – Braselton, Georgia – 10 Hours
BRASELTON, Ga. (Oct. 13, 2018) – Corvette Racing’s Antonio Garcia and Jan Magnussen won their second straight IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship GT Le Mans (GTLM) Driver title Saturday, and in true Corvette Racing fashion it was a team effort.
Oliver Gavin, Tommy Milner and Marcel Fässler placed second in class at Road Atlanta’s 10-hour Petit Le Mans in the No. 4 Mobil 1/SiriusXM Chevrolet Corvette C7.R to close Corvette Racing’s 20th season of competition in IMSA. Garcia, Magnussen and Fässler co-drove the No. 3 Corvette to an eighth-place finish – a result good enough to secure the GTLM Driver and Team championships.
It is the 12th Driver Championship for Corvette Racing and 13th Team title in the Corvette Racing’s team manager Ben Johnson recently dished some ‘inside baseball’ to Motorsport.com in which he said the team is focusing on maximizing the current Corvette C7.R package while working to reduce errors on the track and in the pits.
The GT Le Mans class in the WeatherTech SportsCar Championship is as competitive as its ever been with Ford, Ferrari, Porsche, BMW and Corvette all vying for the Manufacturers Championship. The Rolex 24 at Daytona showed the just how strong the competition is as all five manufacturers were in the hunt for the win in the final laps of the 24 hour race.
“GTLM in IMSA is just taking another step forward. Porsche comes with a brand new car and they mounted their engine in the middle of the car, you have Ford with four cars, exactly as they were at Le Mans last year, Ferrari did two cars, you got BMW back with their M6, so we know its gonna be unbelieveably tough. All those manufacturers are gunning for us, so we know we’ve got to be completely 100% every lap, every pit stop, every decision on strategy. There’s no room for mistakes, there’s no room for a little bit of weakness ’cause someone will pounce on it straightaway.”