This past weekend, Chevrolet’s Corvette Racing team celebrated their first class win in the new C7.R as well as a third place finish – the fourth time Corvette Racing had both cars on the podium since 2007.
With both Corvettes in the top three, we can just imagine how ecstatic Chevrolet is about the performance – Jan Magnussen and Antonio Garcia, paired in the No. 3 C7.R, definitely drove their hearts out this past weekend. On Friday Magnussen qualified for the pole, and Saturday, Garcia led all of his 41-minute shift behind the wheel, allowing him to put two slower prototype cars between him and the rest of the pack for a great lead. After the driver change, Magnussen drove the No. 3 C7.R to victory.
Oliver Gavin, one of the drivers of the No. 4 C7.R, gained one position from his starting slot, but couldn’t get past the two prototype cars that Garcia had put behind him. Once Gavin’s shift was over, he pulled into the pits where Tommy Milner hopped in the driver’s seat and decreased the gap to second place from three seconds to a half-second halfway through his shift. Milner also set the fastest GTLM race lap at 1:18.954, averaging 89.733 miles an hour – well done!
“What a fantastic race for Chevrolet and Corvette Racing today at Long Beach! The team’s strategy played out perfectly, and Antonio and Jan had mistake-free stints. Having Tommy Milner and Oliver Gavin join them on the podium makes this a very rewarding day for the Chevrolet Corvette C7.R program. Rest assured, we will work to capitalize on this momentum in our continued push for the first championship in the new TUDOR series,” stated Doug Fehan, Corvette Racing’s program manager.
We hope to see a lot of wins in the Corvette Racing Team’s future – they have the technology, the cars, the drivers, and now they just need to keep to their tactics. Good luck to the Corvette Racing Team in their next event on May 3rd and 4th at Laguna Seca!