Corvette Racing 2012 ALMS Season Summary GT Manufacturer Champion: Chevrolet GT Team Champion: Corvette GT Driver Champions: Oliver Gavin, Tommy Milner Michelin Green X Challenge GT Manufacturer Champion: Chevrolet Michelin Green X Challenge GT Team Champion: No. 3 Corvette C6.R, Jan Magnussen/ Antonio Garcia
No 4 Corvette C6.R, Gavin/Milner/Westbrook 4 wins: Long Beach, Laguna Seca, Mid-Ohio, VIR 1 second: Baltimore 2 thirds: Sebring, Lime Rock 1 pole: Baltimore (Gavin) 3 fastest laps: Long Beach, Laguna Seca, Baltimore (Gavin)
No 3 Corvette C6.R, Magnussen/Garcia/Taylor 5 seconds: Sebring, Laguna Seca, Lime Rock, Mosport, Road Atlanta 1 pole: Mosport (Magnussen) 2 fastest laps: Road America (Magnussen), VIR (Garcia)
2013 Results / Schedule:
Mar 16: Sebring:
Corvette Racing got off to a great start at Sebring on Saturday.
In GT, Oliver Gavin, Tommy Milner and Westbrook won in the No. 4 Corvette C6 ZR1 by 2.7 seconds. Matteo Malucelli, Olivier Beretta and Gianmaria Bruni led much of the race in the No. 62 Risi Competizione Ferrari 458 Italia. Milner took the lead with 14 minutes remaining when Malucelli had an off-course venture in turn 10, highlighting a charge back into contention after the team lost a lap due to electrical problems four hours into the race.
Apr 20: Long Beach:
The boys never got untracked on Saturday at Long Beach – pretty much finished in the middle of the pack – same as where they started. We stayed for the World Challenge race at the end of the day Sunday, to see how the two Cadillac CTS Vs would finish. A total of 45+ cars started the one hour race at 4:30. Johnny O was running steadily in second behind a Volvo, when the Volvo lost it and skidded into the wall with about 10 minutes left in the race. Johnny O was then in first and the race ended under yellow caution. Unfortunately, Johnny O’s car had a mechanical malfunction on the last lap under yellow caution, and he could not even limp to the finish line. BAD BREAK!
May 11: Laguna Seca:
SALINAS, Calif. – (May 11, 2013) – A well-executed team effort helped Corvette Racing return to victory lane at the 2.238-mile, 11-turn Laguna Seca road course for the second consecutive year. Jan Magnussen and Antonio Garcia, drivers of the No. 3 Compuware Corvette C6.R, scored their first American Le Mans Series (ALMS) GT Class win of the season and first since 2011. Oliver Gavin and Tommy Milner, drivers of the No. 4 Compuware Corvette C6.R scored Corvette Racing’s first win of 2013 in the season-opening race at Sebring.
Jun 22: Le Mans:
Magnussen fifth, Milner seventh in testing for highly competitive GTE Pro field
LE MANS, France (June 9, 2013) – Corvette Racing successfully worked through its testing program Sunday for the 24 Hours of Le Mans. The pair of velocity yellow Compuware Corvette C6.Rs completed eight hours of running with no major issues ahead of the world’s most famous endurance race on June 22-23.
Jan Magnussen set the team’s best time of 3:59.491 (127.3 mph) in the No. 73 Corvette C6.R to finish fifth in the GTE Pro order. Magnussen, driving with Antonio Garcia and Jordan Taylor, opened and closed the test in differing conditions. The session began cool and damp, but the track eventually dried in the afternoon when the fastest times were set. The No. 73 Corvette turned a class-high 42 laps in the second session.
Jul 06: Northeast Grand Prix:
Jul 21: Mosport:
Corvette Racing in Canada: Pressure-Packed Win for Gavin, Milner
Second win of 2013 for No. 4 Compuware Corvette; Garcia/Magnussen place fourth
Bowmanville, Ont.: – Oliver Gavin and Tommy Milner scored their second victory in the American Le Mans Series on Sunday with a hard-earned effort in the Mobil 1 SportsCar Grand Prix at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park. Milner took the checkered flag in the No. 4 Compuware Corvette C6.R for the fifth round of the ALMS as the duo became the first in the GT class to win multiple races in 2013.
The victory played out in thrilling style before a live audience on ESPN2. Milner drove a pressure-packed final stint to win by 0.267 seconds. It moved Gavin and Milner into second place in the GT championship lead as they seek to win back-to-back titles. Corvette Racing retained its lead in the team standings, as did Chevrolet in the manufacturers’ race.
Antonio Garcia and Jan Magnussen placed fourth in class after a stellar effort. The No. 3 Corvette started from the rear of the grid after a massive crash by Magnussen in Saturday’s qualifying. They stand third in the unofficial driver standings.
“What a fantastic weekend for everyone at Corvette Racing,” said Mark Kent, Director of Racing – Chevrolet. “Congratulations to Oliver, Tommy and everyone on the No. 4 crew for a flawless performance. Likewise, I cannot minimize the effort by the No. 3 team to rebound from Saturday’s massive crash in qualifying. Once again, Corvette Racing never gave up.”
Aug 11: ELKHART LAKE, Wis.:
ELKHART LAKE, Wis. (Aug. 11, 2013) – Corvette Racing scored two podium finishes Sunday at Road America in the Orion Energy Systems 245. The No. 3 Compuware Corvette C6.R of Antonio Garcia and Jan Magnussen placed second in the sixth round of the American Le Mans Series. Oliver Gavin and Tommy Milner, driving the No. 4 Compuware Corvette, finished third.
The race, shown to a nationwide audience live on ABC, marked the first time this season that the two Corvettes finished on the podium in the same race. Even more importantly, the results provided a major boost for the drivers, Corvette Racing and Chevrolet in the ALMS GT championships.
Aug 31: Baltimore:
Corvette Racing at Baltimore: Garcia, Magnussen Lead 1-2 GT Finish
Corvette Racing scored a 1-2 class finish today in one of the wildest and unpredictable sports car races in memory at the Grand Prix of Baltimore and the seventh round of the American Le Mans Series. Antonio Garcia and Jan Magnussen won for the second time this season in the ALMS’ GT class driving their No. 3 Compuware Chevrolet Corvette C6.R. Defending ALMS GT champions Oliver Gavin and Tommy Milner were runners-up for the second consecutive season on the Streets of Baltimore in the No. 4 Corvette.
Magnussen moved from third in class to first – and around Milner – on a restart with a little less than 20 minutes to go. The 1-2 finish was the team’s first since last year’s Laguna Seca round. It also increased Chevrolet’s lead in the GT manufacturer championship, as well as Corvette Racing’s margin in the team standings.
Sep 21: Circuit of Americas – Austin, Texas @ 3:45 ET:
Third win of season and GT championship lead for No. 3 Compuware Corvette
AUSTIN, Texas (Sept. 21, 2013) – Jan Magnussen and Antonio Garcia scored their second straight victory in the American Le Mans Series’ GT class on Saturday, winning the eighth round of the championship at Circuit of The Americas. Garcia led the final 58 minutes in his No. 3 Compuware Chevrolet Corvette C6.R under intense pressure to win by less than a second.
Their third victory of the season moved Garcia and Magnussen into the lead of the ALMS GT drivers’ championship with two rounds remaining. The result bolstered Chevrolet’s lead in the manufacturer standings and Corvette Racing’s advantage in the team championship.
Oct 5: Virginia (VIR):
Magnusson and Garcia’s #3 car climbed from 8th qualifying position to finish 3rd. With that, Corvette captured the manufacturer’s championship and GT team championship with one race remaining. The #4 car driven by Gavin and Milner, finished 6th, after qualifying 9th. The driver’s championship will be decided at Petit Le Mans later this month.
Oct 19: Petit Le Mans:
Antonio Garcia and Jan Magnussen closed the Le Mans Series era by winning the GT drivers’ championship this past Saturday at Petit Le Mans. The pair drove with Jordan Taylor to a sixth-place finish in the No. 3 C6R at Road Atlanta. The race was demanding with periods of rain / mist / sun during the ten hours of the race. Tire changes seemed constant for all the cars – not just the GTs.
Gavin, Milner, and Westbrook’s No 4 Corvette ran in 10th place due to lengthy stops to repair alternator belts and battery charging issues.
2014 will bring about many changes in the racing format / the elimination of the ALMS designation / new Corvette C7s being driven competitively.