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Old 08-13-2010, 02:48 PM   #1
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Road America
August 20-22, 2010
2:05 p.m. CT
2h 45m

TV: SPEED, Aug 22 @ 3:00pm ET

Entry List

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Live Timing & Scoring

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Live Qualifying Saturday, August 21, 2010
3:10 PM CST
http://americanlemans.com/primary1.php?cat=live (note, you must sign up or log in to view qualifying)

http://stream.speedtv.com/

http://auto-racing.speedtv.com/lemans-alms/

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Corvette Racing at Road America: Le Mans in the Midwest

Corvette Racing at Road America: Le Mans in the Midwest


Corvette Racing Returns to High-Speed Wisconsin Road Course


ELKHART LAKE, Wis., Aug. 17, 2010 – Two events occurred in 1955 that would forever change the face of American road racing: Chevrolet introduced its new small-block V-8 engine, and the good citizens of Elkhart Lake, Wis., opened a new road racing circuit near their quiet rural town. The Chevy small-block went on to become America's most successful production-based racing engine, and Road America became one of the world's most revered race tracks.


On Sunday, August 22, Road America will host the seventh round of the 2010 American Le Mans Series, and the roar of Corvette Racing's 5.5-liter V8s will echo through the rolling hills of the Wisconsin countryside.


In the early days, sports cars raced through the streets and county roads surrounding the village of Elkhart Lake on temporary circuits until enthusiasts found an enduring home with the opening of the permanent Road America track in 1955. Like the famous 24 Hours of Le Mans circuit in France, Road America's extended straights are a test of horsepower and its high-speed curves are a test of bravery.


"We do a lot of our testing for the 24 Hours of Le Mans at Road America, particularly the aero package, tires and dampers," said Ken Flory, chief engineer for the No. 3 Compuware Corvette C6.R driven by Johnny O'Connell and Jan Magnussen. "Road America's long straights and sweeping turns share many characteristics with Le Mans. The corners don't replicate specific turns, but in general, Road America is very similar to Le Mans.


"The most important aspect of the car setup is the aerodynamic balance," Flory explained. "Getting the aero balance right is crucial at Le Mans. If we get it set up right for Elkhart Lake, it's generally pretty good for Le Mans as well."


The 4.048-mile, 14-turn Road America circuit has earned the respect of the Corvette Racing drivers.


"The data that we get from Road America carries over to Le Mans, and it seems to work because Corvette Racing is always strong at Le Mans," Magnussen said. "You run as little downforce as you can get away with at Road America because it is such a high-speed track. The more downforce you take away to find top speed, the more exciting the Carousel and the Kink become because the car moves around a lot."


Magnussen and O'Connell finished third last year at Road America after the GT2 field was split by a safety car that gave the class leaders a one-lap advantage in the opening minutes of the race. New safety car procedures were subsequently initiated to prevent a reoccurrence.


"We tested at Road America this year in preparation for Le Mans, and I'm looking forward to going back to a track where we raced the GT2-spec Corvettes last year," Magnussen noted. "We are probably starting at a higher level because of the amount of testing we have done there, but it will still be a very tough, difficult race. We know what we can do, and we also know what our competition can do. We'll try to be smart and take advantage of the knowledge that we have gathered there."


Road America figures prominently in Corvette’s rich racing history. It’s been the backdrop for events that strengthened Corvette’s standing as America's favorite sports car. Bill Mitchell, GM’s vice president of design, was an avid racer who fielded the original Sting Ray racer driven by John Fitch and Dick Thompson at Road America. When Mitchell chose Elkhart Lake as the venue to preview his stunning Mako Shark concept car in 1961, the Shark’s sharp-edged body and hidden headlights foreshadowed key features of the production 1963 Sting Ray. The lightweight Grand Sport Corvette created by legendary Corvette chief engineer Zora Arkus-Duntov rumbled through Road America’s rolling hills in 1964 with racing luminaries Roger Penske, Jim Hall and Hap Sharp sharing the driving chores. Wisconsin-based racer Augie Pabst contributed to the Corvette’s racing reputation with his Corvette-powered Meister Brauser Scarabs and Lola GTs, while Jim Jeffords frequently campaigned his championship-winning “Purple People Eater” Corvette at Road America.


More recently, Corvette Racing notched six class wins at Road America in the GT1 class, but the team now faces its most formidable challenge yet in the GT (formerly GT2) class. Corvette Racing’s next event is the American Le Mans Series powered by eStar at Road America in Elkhart Lake, Wis. The two-hour, 45-minute race will start at 2:05 p.m. CT on Sunday, August 22, and will be televised live on SPEED at 3 p.m. ET. Live radio coverage will be available on American Le Mans Radio, Sirius Channel 127, and XM Channel 242.


Team Chevy Ride and Drive at Road America: Race fans at Road America can get behind the wheel of Chevy's hottest new vehicles and receive a complimentary Corvette Grand Sport T-shirt at the free Team Chevy Test Drive located at the Briggs and Stratton Motorplex. Fans who test drive an Equinox, Traverse, Silverado or Malibu can try out a 2010 Corvette Grand Sport or a 2010 Camaro. The Chevrolet ride and drive event is open to the public on Saturday, August 21 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday, August 22 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Participants must be at least 18 years of age and have a valid driver's license.
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Road America
August 20-22, 2010
2:05 p.m. CT
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TV: SPEED, Aug 22 @ 3:00pm ET

Entry List

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Chris, Can we watch Qualifying live anywhere?

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August 22, 2010
2:00 p.m. CST
2h 45m

Live Qualifying Saturday, August 21, 2010
3:10 PM CST
http://americanlemans.com/primary1.php?cat=live (note, you must sign up or log in to view qualifying)

http://stream.speedtv.com/

http://auto-racing.speedtv.com/lemans-alms/


TV: Sunday, August 22
Speed TV 2:00-5:00 PM CST

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I really can't wait to see how the Corvettes handle Road America this year. It would be hard to imagine this race matching the excitement of the last one, but there are bound to be some good battles. Too bad I don't get SPEED channel
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First pratice session is over and Ollie was the quickest of all at a 208.856 followed by Milner in the BMW at 208.959 and Jan third at 209.515.
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Rolling on a high to Road America and Mosport

This coming weekend sees the first of two back-to-back races for Olly in North America as the super-competitive American Le Mans Series moves into the final third of the season for rounds 7 and 8.

On a high from a superb second place in the GT class at Mid Ohio two weeks ago – finishing just 0.5 seconds behind the winner after two hours and 45 minutes of racing – the 37-year-old can’t wait to show what he and his Corvette Racing C.6R can do on the scenic 4.05 mile Road America track in Wisconsin and the 2.45 mile fast track at Mosport in Ontario, Canada.

“I’m really looking forward to this weekend as I love coming back to Road America,” said Olly, who has been enjoying a holiday with his family in the North Eastern region of the States. “It’s a great track with a corner for every sort of racing driver. There are so many different sorts of corners here including some great high speed ones, good elevation changes, and some good, long, heavy braking zones where you can overtake people plus long straights for towing up behind people. It’s a great race track and it makes for good racing.

“Road America is the longest track we race on throughout the year in the ALMS, and it’s the most similar to Le Mans. In France this year our car was extremely competitive and fast so we hope to be able to have the same sort of performance here this weekend. Coming off the back of Mid Ohio’s result two weeks ago, where we had such a great race with Jaime Melo in the Ferrari, we hope we can continue that – preferably with the positions the other way round. I’m looking forward to another action packed weekend with lots of good racing and lots for people to see and enjoy.

“I think the BMWs will be more of a challenge here than at Mid Ohio and the Dunlop tyres are going to be good. That car is very, very fast on the straights and the team is slowly but surely getting a handle on their car and knowing where they need to be quick and where they don’t. They have been making some very good pit calls recently and seem to be keeping everyone on their toes with some unusual strategies like they used at Mid Ohio to keep their cars at the front of the field, even though they weren’t as fast as some other entries.

“I think there are so many strong cars now in this GT class that you can’t take your eye off the ball at all. Everyone’s got a strength; the Flying Lizard Porsche is always going to be strong and competitive, they’ve got good strategy and drivers, and the Risi Ferraris will of course be excellent with Jaime and Gimmi, Mika and Pierre. It’s getting stronger each race and is really a great field. The American Le Mans Series has got to be very happy with what they’ve got right now.”

The ALMS moves directly after this weekend north to Canada for the penultimate round of the Championship. Many of the teams, including Corvette, will be carrying out a pre-race test session on Wednesday (August 25) so it will be a busy week at a track which holds great memories for Olly.

“Mosport is another fast track and we’ve all got great memories of the place after our first win there last year with the GT car. Everyone enjoys going there because it’s fast, flowing and has some really challenging corners where you’re testing yourself as well as the car; your own sense of where the limit is will be constantly stretched and tested. I really enjoy it and we had a good car there last year and hope to repeat that. Olivier and I want to get that little monkey off our backs and get a victory at some point this year.”
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First pratice session is over and Ollie was the quickest of all at a 208.856 followed by Milner in the BMW at 208.959 and Jan third at 209.515.
Sounds like we have the speed to pull a victory off. Hopefully the small issues won't creep up and ruin those chances.
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I really can't wait to see how the Corvettes handle Road America this year. It would be hard to imagine this race matching the excitement of the last one, but there are bound to be some good battles. Too bad I don't get SPEED channel
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Storm damage at Road America. Some winds at 70 mph. Check out the Jaguar pit.

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Corvettes are looking VERY strong in practice. The #3 had an off at turn 8, but everything looks to be ok with that car, no contact with the tires. There seems to be something about turn 8 that has given other cars trouble there as well, a prototype had a spin there a few laps after the #3 (I think Mags was driving).

As it stands now, it looks like Corvette has a shot at the pole
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Corvettes Qualify 1, 2
#4 2:06.509 Oliver Gavin
#3 2:06.674 Jan Magnussen
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