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Posted: 06/21/13 05:49 AM
CORVETTE RACING AT LE MANS: Corvette Racing Fast Facts
Ahead of the world’s most demanding road race
No. 74 Compuware Corvette C6.R – Oliver Gavin, Tommy Milner, Richard Westbrook
• Starting seventh in GTE Pro. Oliver Gavin qualified with a 3:58.644 (127.754 mph) on Thursday
• History at Le Mans:
· Oliver Gavin – Twelve starts. Best finish: 1st (2002, 2004-06)
· Tommy Milner – Four starts. Best finish: 1st (2011)
· Richard Westbrook – Three starts. Best finish: 3rd (2010)
No. 73 Compuware Corvette C6.R – Antonio Garcia, Jan Magnussen, Jordan Taylor
• Starting eighth in GTE Pro. Antonio Garcia qualified with a 3:59.526 (127.257 mph) Wednesday
• History at Le Mans:
· Antonio Garcia – Four starts. Best finish: 1st (2008-09, 2011)
· Jan Magnussen – Fourteen starts. Best finish: 1st (2004-06, 2009)
· Jordan Taylor – One start. Best finish: 5th (2012)
Corvette Racing at Le Mans
• Le Mans Debut: 2000
• Victories: Seven (2001-02, 2004-06, 2009, 2011)
• Team 1-2 finishes: Four (2001-02, 2004-05)
• First race: 2000 (3rd and 4th in GTS)
• First win: 2001 (Ron Fellows/Johnny O’Connell/Scott Pruett)
100th Race with Michelin
The 2013 season is the tenth consecutive season for Corvette Racing as a Michelin technical partner team, and the 24 Hours of Le Mans will become the 100th race for the Corvette-Michelin partnership.
It’s been a fantastic first 99 between the two with 62 victories worldwide – five at Le Mans and 57 in the American Le Mans Series. Their ALMS success includes six wins at the Sebring 12 Hours; five at Petit Le Mans; and six driver, team and manufacturer championships.
Corvette Racing has won GT class honors in six of the last 13 ALMS races including Sebring (Gavin/Milner/Westbrook) and Laguna Seca (Magnussen/Garcia).
Jan Magnussen: National Hero?
The Danish contingent is out in force again at Le Mans, and a large gathering welcomed Jan Magnussen to its campsite. It’s not uncommon for more than 30,000 Danish fans to flock to Le Mans each year.
“To be at Le Mans as a Danish driver is one of the most fantastic things that a Dane can experience,” Magnussen says. “You have to understand that there are more Danish fans at Le Mans than at the biggest Danish race. We don’t have very big race tracks in Denmark. There are years where we have had upwards of 40,000 Danish people at Le Mans. It’s quite a drive! They go there, make a vacation and party out of it. There is no doubt their favorites are on track.”
Le Mans 24 Hours (all times CET)
• Warm-up: 9-9:45 a.m., Saturday
• Race: 3 p.m. Saturday-3 p.m., Sunday
Le Mans: Watch It!
Saturday, June 22-Sunday, June 23 (all times EDT)
• SPEED: 8:30 a.m-2 p.m., Saturday; 4-7 p.m., Saturday; 7:30 p.m., Saturday-9:30 a.m., Sunday
• SPEED.com: 2-4 p.m., Saturday; 7-7:30 p.m., Saturday
• Corvette 24-Hour Live Stream: 9 a.m. Saturday-9 a.m. Sunday
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No excuse not following the 24 hour Le Mans race while driving your Vette to a local car event!!!
SiriusXM subscribers will hear uninterrupted Radio Le Mans coverage of the race, produced by Radio Show Limited, from the time the green flag drops at 9:00 am ET on Saturday, June 22 through the finish on Sunday, June 23 on Sirius channel 111 and XM channel 203. The broadcast will also air on channel 964 on the SiriusXM Internet Radio App and online at SiriusXM.com.