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cor123
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Posted: 08/09/11 10:00 AM

2011 American Le Mans Series - powered by eStar

Road America, Elkhart Lake, Wisconsin, USA
August 18 - August 20, 2011


ESPN3 Qualifying Stream 3:05 - 4:20 PM CDT Aug 19th
ESPN3 Race Stream 2:45 - 7:15 PM CDT Aug 20th

ABC TV Broadcast 3:30 - 5:00 PM CDT Aug 21st

Event Schedule:

xhttp://www.imsaracing.net/2011/events/road/2011%20Road%20America%20Schedule%20and%20Supp%20Regs.pdf

Facility Map

xhttp://www.imsaracing.net/2011/events/road/facility%20map.pdf

Track Map:

xhttp://www.imsaracing.net/2011/events/road/competitor%20map.pdf

Entry List:

xhttp://www.imsaracing.net/2011/events/road/2011%20ALMS%20Road%20America%20Entry%20List.pdf

Corvette Corral:

xhttp://www.imsaracing.net/2011/car%20corrals/Elkhart%20Lake,%20WI/Road%20America%20Corvette%20Corral%202011.pdf

Tickets:  

xhttp://roadamerica.com/FanInformation/TicketOptions.asp

2011 SPOTTERS GUIDE:  

xhttp://www.spotterguides.com/

WEATHER:

xhttp://tinyurl.com/RoadAmericaweather

Radio Frequencies:

xhttp://lastturnclub.com/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=735&Itemid=111  

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cor123
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Posted: 08/18/11 08:52 AM

Corvette Racing at Road America: Celebrating Chevy's Homecoming


Sixth Round of American Le Man Series to Showcase Corvette's Racing Heritage



ELKHART LAKE, Wis., Aug. 16, 2011 – Two events occurred in 1955 that forever changed sports car racing in America: Chevrolet introduced the small-block V-8 in Corvette, and Road America held its first race. Since then, America's iconic sports car and "America's National Park of Speed" have been inextricably linked. This weekend's Time Warner Cable Road Race Showcase, the sixth round of the 2011 American Le Mans Series, and its companion event, the Corvette World Tribute, will highlight the longstanding love affair between Corvette enthusiasts and the scenic 4-mile, 14-turn track.



Chevrolet's roots run deep at Road America. It was the venue chosen by GM Vice President of Design Bill Mitchell to campaign the original Sting Ray race car and to unveil the stunning Mako Shark concept car in the early '60s. Road America witnessed victories by Wisconsin-based racers Augie Pabst and Jim Jeffords, and saw Zora Arkus-Duntov's mighty Grand Sport Corvettes thunder through its rolling hills. The roster of celebrated Chevy racers at Road America includes Roger Penske, Jim Hall, Hap Sharp, Tony DeLorenzo, Jerry Thompson, John Greenwood, John Heinricy, and many more. In recent times, Corvette Racing has scored six ALMS victories at Road America in the GT1 class with Corvette standouts Andy Pilgrim, Ron Fellows, and Johnny O'Connell at the wheel. The Corvette World Tribute will showcase many of the men and machines that made motorsports history at Road America.



Corvette Racing returns to Road America in the midst of a ferocious battle for the GT class championships. After a victory in Mosport and a runner-up finish in the rain-shortened Mid-Ohio round, Corvette drivers Oliver Gavin and Jan Magnussen are second in the GT driver standings, 17 points behind the leaders. Teammates Olivier Beretta and Tommy Milner are fifth, and Chevrolet is second in the manufacturer standings, 19 points behind BMW. With 25 points on the line for a victory in Saturday's four-hour race, the championship races are wide open.



There's no better setting for a crucial round in the championship chase. "Road America is the circuit in the U.S. that's most like Le Mans," Gavin said. "It's fast and challenging, with sweeping corners followed by heavy braking. Every driver loves the elevation changes and the nature of the track. You've got to have finesse to be quick, but also guts to get through the Carousel and the Kink – corners we take right on the limit. We've tested previously at Road America in preparation for Le Mans, and I'm confident that the team will have two strong Corvettes for the ALMS race."



Milner agreed: "You hold your breath when you get a quick lap at Road America," said the American ace. "You approach Turn 1, Turn 5, and Canada Corner at huge speeds and then brake heavily. That makes for good racing because braking zones allow passing."



Jan Magnussen scored Corvette Racing's last GT1 win at Road America in 2008 with co-driver Johnny O'Connell, and he is keen to return to the winner's circle there. "Road America is a huge challenge because it is so fast and there is a lot of time to be gained in the Kink and the Carousel," said the Dane. "If you're willing to take a risk, you can gain a lot – or lose a lot. That makes it really exciting."



While the team's focus during Saturday's ALMS race will be on results, the Corvette World Tribute, organized by the Registry of Corvette Race Cars, will provide time to reflect on Corvette's rich racing heritage. Chevrolet will celebrate its homecoming to Road America on Sunday morning with a ceremony at the Corvette Bridge, the track's signature landmark that first appeared in 1963 – the year when the split-window Sting Ray Corvette made its debut. The Corvette World Tribute will feature a display of historic corvette race cars, panel discussions, a racers reunion, a concours, autocross competition, touring sessions, and races for vintage and contemporary Corvettes. Information on the Corvette World Tribute is available at http://registryofcorvetteracecars.com/ee/index.php/site/ra-cwt.



"It' going to be wonderful to see Corvettes that were racing before I was born," said Beretta, who started his milestone 100th ALMS race at Mid-Ohio. "I want to see how people built cars with the materials and technology they had at the time. It's very cool that those cars are still running today and can be seen on the track. Sunday will be a great time to enjoy the cars.



"We are celebrating Chevrolet's 100th anniversary in 2011, and the Corvette World Tribute is testimony to Chevy's history," Beretta noted. "No other manufacturer has been so successful, and has won so many races and championships, in so many different series around the world."



The four-hour Time Warner Cable Road Race Showcase is scheduled to start at 3 p.m. CT on Saturday, August 20. Live video coverage will be available on ESPN3.com in the US and americanlemans.com for international users. ABC will televise the Time Warner Cable Road Race Showcase on Sunday, August 21, at 4:30 p.m. ET (2 p.m. PT).  

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cor123
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Posted: 08/18/11 01:45 PM

2011 American Le Mans Series - powered by eStar

Road America, Elkhart Lake, Wisconsin, USA
August 18 - August 20, 2011

ESPN3 Qualifying Stream 3:05 - 4:20 PM CDT Aug 19th

ESPN3 Race Stream 2:45 - 7:15 PM CDT Aug 20th

ABC TV Broadcast 3:30 - 5:00 PM CDT Aug 21st


Canadian or non-US?  Then watch it on ALMS.com:  
americanlemans.com/index.php

US citizen that can't get ESPN3
www.justin.tv/rampageturke2


LIVE TIMING:
www.imsaracing.net/2003/lt/ltc.html

americanlemans.com/primary1.php?cat=racehub#scoring


Live Timing for mobile device:
mobile.imsaracing.net/wap2.cfm

scoring.americanlemans.com/m


PIT NOTES:
twitter.com/almsnotes


RADIO ALMS
www.radiolemans.com/


Entry List
www.imsaracing.net/2011/events/road/2011%20ALMS%20Road%20America%20Entry%20List.pdf


Spotters Guide:
www.andyblackmoredesign.com/  

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cor123
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Posted: 08/19/11 07:26 PM

Corvettes Qualify Second and Sixth in Road America



Magnussen Qualifies No. 4 Corvette C6.R Under GT Track Record, Misses Pole by .005 Second



ELKHART LAKE, Wis., Aug. 19, 2011 – Jan Magnussen was more than a second quicker than Oliver Gavin's pole-winning lap at Road America in 2010, and six tenths of a second under the GT qualifying record set in 2008. Despite the Dane's strong performance today, he missed putting the No. 4 Compuware Corvette C6.R on the GT pole for the second consecutive year by .005-second. That was the razor-thin margin that favored Dirk Mueller's No. 56 BMW M3 GT in qualifying for Saturday's Time Warner Cable Road Race Showcase, the sixth round of the American Le Mans Series.



Magnussen held back as the 15-minute qualifying session began, seeking a gap in traffic. With a clear track ahead, he rocketed around the 4-mile circuit in 2:05.452 (116.162 mph) on his fourth lap, eclipsing his teammate's pole-winning 2:06.509 time from last year. Olivier Beretta was close behind with a lap at 2:06.585 (115.123 mph) that put the No. 3 Compuware Corvette C6.R sixth on the GT grid. Mueller took the pole with a 2:05.447 (116.167 mph) lap.



"Five thousandths!" Magnussen exclaimed after qualifying. "When the session started, I made a quick decision to fall back to give myself a big gap. I was clear of traffic, set my fast time, and then did a cool-down lap to get ready for my final qualifying run. That lap was looking really good until we caught traffic. Even with a similar lap, five thousandths could have gone either way.



"Corvette Racing has done such a fantastic job with the cars," Magnussen said. "We're developing all the time, Michelin is making gains with the tires, and the guys back in the shop are prepping the cars perfectly. There are so many tiny improvements, so much attention to the details, and when they are all added up, you get a big improvement like this in one year."



Beretta also posted his best time on his fourth lap, jumping from 11th to sixth in the order.



"Everything was OK, the tires were working well, but I had some power understeer," Beretta said. "I felt that I was losing time in the Carousel, the Kink, and Turn 7. Four hours is a long race, so I think we can make it to the front with some more work on the front of the car."



The four-hour Time Warner Cable Road Race Showcase is scheduled to start at 3 p.m. CT on Saturday, August 20. Live video coverage will be available on ESPN3.com in the US and americanlemans.com for international users. ABC will televise the Time Warner Cable Road Race Showcase on Sunday, August 21, at 4:30 p.m. ET (2 p.m. PT).



Time Warner Cable Road Race Showcase Qualifying (Top 10):

Pos./Car No./Drivers/Car/Time

1. 56 Mueller/Hand, BMW M3 GT, 2:05.447

2. 4 Gavin/Magnussen, Corvette C6.R, 2:05.447

3. 62 Melo/Vilander, Ferrari F458 Italia, 2:05.687

4. 55 Auberlen/Werner, BMW M3 GT, 2:06.245

5. 45 Bergmeister/Long, Porsche 911 GT3 RSR, 2:06.379

6. 3 Beretta/Milner, Corvette C6.R, 2:06.585

7. 01 Sharp/van Overbeek, Ferrari F458 Italia, 2:06.730

8. 99 Junqueira/Wilden, Jaguas XKR, 2:06.812

9. 44 Neiman/Holzer, Porsche 911 GT3 RSR, 2:06.838

10. 17 Henzler/Sellers, Porsche 911 GT3 RSR, 2:06.921  

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cor123
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Posted: 08/22/11 10:17 AM

Corvette Racing Takes Fifth at Road America



Gavin and Magnussen Run at the Front in GT, Beretta and Milner Retire after Accident



ELKHART LAKE, Wis., Aug. 20, 2011 – The fans wanted a four-hour race at Road America, and the American Le Mans Series teams delivered four hours of nonstop action in the Time Warner Cable Road Race Showcase. The No. 4 Compuware Corvette C6.R driven by Oliver Gavin and Jan Magnussen finished fifth in the GT class after running in the lead pack throughout the race. The No. 3 Compuware Corvette C6.R of Tommy Milner and Olivier Beretta retired with suspension damage after an accident at the three-hour mark. The No. 62 Risi Competizione Ferrari 458 Italia driven by Jaime Melo and Toni Vilander won the hard-fought GT category, and the No. 4 Corvette won the Michelin Green X Challenge competition.



After qualifying second and sixth, the yellow Corvettes were third and fourth when the first lap was completed. An early full-course caution opened the opportunity to split the race strategies, and Milner pitted the No.3 for fuel only at 20 minutes. After a spirited fight with the No. 56 BMW and the No. 62 Ferrari, Gavin took the lead at 54 minutes into the race. He held the point through the No. 4 Corvette's first pit stop, then had contact with the Ferrari as the two cars exited the pit lane simultaneously. After dropping to fifth, Gavin worked his way back to the front, passing the BMW again for the lead at 1:52. The Briton then handed off to Magnussen when the No. 4 pitted at 2:16.



"It was an action-packed stint," Gavin said. "I was tapped at the start, got sideways, and several cars screamed by on the inside. Then there was a big scrap as we went into Turn 5, with cars everywhere. Finally things settled down a little.



"On the first pass for the lead, the BMW was pushed wide by the Ferrari and they got bottled up in Carousel," he recalled. "I got around the BMW, and then passed the Ferrari as we came into Turn 14. After the pit stop, the Ferrari's door was open as we went down the pit lane, Vilander was trying to get himself secured, and he spun me around. On the next restart, I passed the Ferrari and was having a good battle with the leading BMW. When we came up behind a slower GTC car, he went left, I went right, and I managed to outdrag him on the front straight. It was great fun and great racing!"



Milner agreed. "The start was unbelievable," he said. "They've been trying to pack everybody up at the green flag, and they got that here at Road America. There was definitely some good action where I was sitting. After everything settled down, the No 3 Corvette was quick. The guys made the right call to switch strategy and pit us out of sequence."



That gamble nearly paid off as Beretta was running third in the No. 3 Corvette C6.R after taking over from Milner at 1:28 into the race. Milner was back in at 2:36, and stopped for fuel and two tires at 3:02. On the out-lap, he spun off in Turn 13 and damaged the right-side suspension.



"If I hadn't wrecked, that would have been the right call," Milner said. "It's frustrating because we had such a really good car today. We ran quick laps when I was by myself, but in traffic it's hard to run to the capabilities of the car. We put on two tires to go to the end, and the car was tough to drive with two sticker tires. I turned in for Turn 13, the rear was loose and I had to catch it. I was off the line, and there's a big bump at the exit. I tried to avoid it, but got the car sideways and into the wall."



"We got off sequence early and hoped that it would pay off," explained crew chief Dan Binks. "After that last pit stop, I think we had 'em smoked. The engineers made a great call, but with cold tires, Tommy just spun off. The rear suspension was too badly damaged to fix safely in 30 minutes, so we called it."



Magnussen was consistently in the top five in the No. 4 Corvette in the second half, and was attacking the No. 45 Porsche for third with 30 minutes remaining. In the closing minutes, however, he was passed by the No. 56 BMW, and then had to defend his position against the No. 17 Porsche.



"My first stint in the car was quite good," Magnussen said. "Then as the temperature cooled down, the balance of the car changed and I backed off to bring the car home. Fifth place is absolutely not satisfying in any way; it's not where I thought we were going to finish."



The No. 4 Corvette C6.R won the Michelin Green X Challenge competition as the fastest, cleanest, and most efficient entry in the GT class for the third consecutive race.



"Corvette Racing won the inaugural Michelin Green X Challenge in 2009, and to win for the ninth time in the milestone 25th competition shows Chevrolet's enduring commitment to efficiency, performance, and alternative fuels," said Corvette Racing program manager Doug Fehan. "The team did a masterful job of executing a two-car strategy, but unfortunately circumstances prevented us from reaching our goal."



ABC will televise the Time Warner Cable Road Race Showcase on Sunday, August 21, at 4:30 p.m. ET (2 p.m. PT). Corvette Racing’s next event is the two-hour Baltimore Grand Prix on Saturday, September 3, starting at 4:30 p.m. ET. Live video coverage will be available on ESPN3.com in the US and americanlemans.com for international users. ABC will televise the Baltimore Grand Prix on Sunday, September 4, at 4 p.m. ET.



Time Warner Cable Road Race Showcase GT Results (Top 10):

Pos./Car No./Drivers/Car/Laps

1. Melo/Vilander, Ferrari F458 Italia, 101

2. 55 Auberlen/Werner, BMW M3 GT, 101

3. 56 Mueller/Hand, BMW M3 GT, 101

4. 45 Bergmeister/Long, Porsche 911 GT3 RSR, 101

5. 4 Gavin/Magnussen, Corvette C6.R, 101

6. 17 Henzler/Sellers, Porsche 911 GT3 RSR, 101

7. 48 Miller/Maasen, Porsche 911 GT3 RSR, 101

8. 01 Sharp/van Overbeek, Ferrari F458 Italia, 101

9. 44 Neiman/Holzer, Porsche 911 GT3 RSR, 100

10. 04 Murry/Lazzaro, Doran Ford GT, 100

14. 3 Beretta/Milner, Corvette C6.R, 92  

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Posted: 08/23/11 07:51 AM

thanks... i did get to see the broadcast...

i was cheering the corvettes on.. but did not get to see much as the GTP cars were dueling it out and grabbing all the air time...

somebody should mention to the ESPN directors.. about doing something about that..   i wonder if the GPS equipment that fox sports uses for the nascar races to keep track could automate the recording of the various classes as they pass in front of the various cameras around the course...

that would make it easy to record and or broadcast the different classes on different channels... could change the way racing is broadcast..  and make the directors and assistants jobs much easier keeping track of which car is in the lead of which class..

i don't know what's involved with that system...  so i don't know if its possible...

i personally would like during the rose parade.. a FLYING cam set up along the side of the parade  so the entire floats animations could be recorded...  the 5 second of one movement then back to the cameos of the announcers .. wait.. i have gotten off track.. so far off i am on a parade lap... of a different parade.. sorry..     but you get the idea..  

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