Corvette Racing Fast Facts

Corvette Racing
Posted February 27 2008 09:27 AM by Chris Phillip 
Filed under: Corvette News, C6 Corvette, Ls Engine Corvettes

Corvette Racing

Corvette Racing is America's premier production sports car racing team.



Through 2007, Chevrolet's factory team has won 63 races, seven consecutive American Le Mans Series GT1 manufacturers and team championships, and six straight drivers championships. Corvette Racing has enjoyed international success in the 24 Hours of Le Mans, the world's biggest sports car race, with five class victories since 2001.

Team: Corvette Racing
Owner: General Motors, Detroit, Mich.
Race Cars: Corvette C6.R (Corvette 6th generation, Racing)
Drivers:
• No. 3 Compuware Corvette C6.R: Johnny O’Connell, Jan Magnussen (plus Ron Fellows for Sebring, Le Mans and Petit Le Mans)
• No. 4 Compuware Corvette C6.R: Oliver Gavin, Olivier Beretta (plus Max Papis for Sebring, Le Mans and Petit Le Mans)
Team Personnel:
• Director, GM Racing: Mark Kent
• GM Racing Road Racing Group Manager: Steve Wesoloski
• Corvette Racing Program Manager: Doug Fehan
• Team Manager: Gary Pratt
• Engine Manager: Roger Allen
• Crew Chief, No. 3: Dan Binks
• Crew Chief, No. 4: Ray Gongla
Primary Sponsor: Compuware
Associate Sponsors: Mobil 1, Ethanol Promotion and Information Council (EPIC), XM Satellite Radio, UAW-GM, Genuine Corvette Accessories, Bose, Motorola, PRS, BBS, Michelin


 

Corvette Racing Record
Year Races Wins ALMS Driver Champions ALMS Manufacturer/Team Champions
1999 6 0  
2000 8 2  
2001 10 8  Chevrolet/Corvette Racing
2002 11 10 Fellows Chevrolet/Corvette Racing
2003 10 5 Fellows/O’Connell Chevrolet/Corvette Racing
2004 10 10 Fellows/O’Connell Chevrolet/Corvette Racing
2005 11 10 Gavin/Beretta Chevrolet/Corvette Racing
2006 11 6 Gavin/Beretta Chevrolet/Corvette Racing
2007 13 12 Gavin/Beretta Chevrolet/Corvette Racing
Total 90
63
6 Consecutive 7 Consecutive

Corvette Racing 24 Hours of Le Mans Record
Year Finish Class Car Drivers
2000 3rd GTS Corvette C5-R Pilgrim/Collins/Freon
 4th GTS Corvette C5-R Fellows/Kneifel/Bell
2001 1st GTS Corvette C5-R  Fellows/O’Connell/Pruett
 2nd GTS Corvette C5-R Pilgrim/Collins/Freon
2002 1st GTS Corvette C5-R  Fellows/O’Connell/Gavin
 2nd GTS Corvette C5-R Pilgrim/Collins/Freon
2003 2nd GTS Corvette C5-R  Gavin/Collins/Pilgrim
 3rd GTS Corvette C5-R Fellows/O’Connell/Freon
2004 1st GTS Corvette C5-R Gavin/Beretta/Magnussen
 2nd GTS Corvette C5-R  Fellows/O’Connell/ Papis
2005 1st GT1 Corvette C6.R Beretta/Gavin/Magnussen
 2nd GT1 Corvette C6.R Fellows/O’Connell/Papis
2006 1st GT1 Corvette C6.R Beretta/Gavin/Magnussen
 7th GT1 Corvette C6.R Fellows/O’Connell/Papis
2007 2nd GT1 Corvette C6.R Fellows/O’Connell/Magnussen
 14th GT1 Corvette C6.R Beretta/Gavin/Papis

 

Team Highlights
• Race wins: 63 (through 2007)
• 1-2 finishes: 45 (through 2007)
• ALMS GT1 manufacturers championships: seven (2001-07)
• ALMS GT1 team championships: seven (2001-07)
• ALMS GT1 drivers championships: six (2002-07)
• 24 Hours of Le Mans class wins: five (2001-02, 2004-06)
• Sebring 12-hour class wins: five (2002-04, 2006-07)
• Petit Le Mans class wins: six (2000-02, 2004-05, 2007)
• American Le Mans Series records: Most race wins by entrant (57); most 1-2 finishes by entrant (40); longest winning streak in GT1 (12, 2005 Road Atlanta/2006 Mid-Ohio; 2007 Sebring/Laguna Seca – tied with Team Oreca); most poles in GT1
• ALMS From the Fans awards: Gary Claudio, Corvette marketing manager, 2002; Doug Fehan, Corvette Racing program manager, 2004
• ALMS Most Popular Driver awards: Ron Fellows, 2004-07
• Special awards: Corvette C6.R named "North American Car of the Year" by dailysportscar.com (February 2006); Corvette LS7.R engine named "Global Motorsport Engine of the Year" at the Professional Motorsport World Expo (November 2006); Corvette Racing awarded Michelin Energy Endurance Challenge trophy for most efficient use of fuel in GT1 class at 24 Hours of Le Mans (June 2007)

Corvette Racing Firsts
• First race: Daytona 24-hour, Feb. 5, 1999
• First GTS win: Texas Motor Speedway, Sept. 2, 2000, drivers Ron Fellows and Andy Pilgrim
• First overall win: Daytona 24-hour, Feb. 3, 2001; Fellows/Kneifel/Freon/O’Connell
• First 1-2 finish: Daytona 24-hour, Feb. 3, 2001
(1st: Fellows/Kneifel/Freon/O’Connell; 2nd: Pilgrim/Earnhardt/Earnhardt Jr./ Collins)
• First Le Mans class win: 2001 (Fellows/O’Connell/Pruett)
• First ALMS drivers championship: Ron Fellows, 2002
• First ALMS manufacturers championship: 2001
• First undefeated season: 2004 (nine ALMS races and 24 Hours of Le Mans)

Corvette Racing Notes
• The C6.R is the most technically advanced sports car ever developed by GM, combining sophisticated chassis, powertrain and aerodynamic technology developed by GM Racing with the advanced engineering of the sixth-generation Corvette and Corvette Z06 production models.

• Corvette Racing is powered by E85 ethanol, a high-octane, renewable alternative fuel, in the 2008 American Le Mans Series. As part of the series' "green racing" initiative, the most successful team in ALMS history is using a blend of 85 percent ethanol and 15 percent gasoline to demonstrate the benefits of a fuel that helps to reduce dependence on petroleum, helps to reduce emissions of greenhouse gases, and helps to create greater diversity in energy supplies.

• 2008 marks Corvette’s 52nd year in international road racing. John Fitch and Walt Hansgen drove a Corvette to a ninth-place finish overall and a Class B victory at the 12 Hours of Sebring in 1956, the first step onto the world stage that established Chevy’s sports car as a contender in top-level competition.

• The rulebook requires close adherence to production specifications, and the Corvette C6.R’s roots reach to the Corvette assembly plant in Bowling Green, Ky. The same hydroformed frame rails used in production Corvette coupes and convertibles provide the foundation for the racing version.

• Corvette Racing's C6.R race cars are powered by race-prepared 7.0-liter LS7.R small-block V-8 engines. Technology developed in racing inspired the production 7.0-liter/505-hp LS7 small-block V-8 that powers the production Corvette Z06.

 



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