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CORVETTE RACING IN CANADA: Familiar Ground for GTLM Contenders

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Corvette Racing going for 12th class victory at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park



CORVETTE RACING IN CANADA: Familiar Ground for GTLM Contenders
Corvette Racing going for 12th class victory at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park


• Twentieth consecutive appearance for Corvette Racing at CTMP
• Garcia, Magnussen one point out of GT Le Mans title lead
• Gavin, Fässler to pilot rebuilt No. 4 Corvette C7.R



DETROIT (July 3, 2019) – It’s a quick turnaround for Corvette Racing as it heads north of the border following an up-and-down weekend at Watkins Glen International. For the 20th consecutive year, Corvette Racing will contest an event at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park as the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship prepares for the series’ only stop in Canada.


The GT Le Mans (GTLM) points race is in full swing ahead of the category’s sixth race of the year, which marks the midpoint of this year’s championship. The 2.459-mile, 10-turn road course is one of Corvette Racing’s most successful venues with 11 class victories.


Antonio Garcia and Jan Magnussen, teammates in the No. 3 Mobil 1/SiriusXM Chevrolet Corvette C7.R, have solid momentum heading to CTMP. The 2014 GTLM race-winners are a run of four consecutive podium finishes in their search for a third consecutive GTLM Drivers’ championship.


A runner-up finish last weekend at the Sahlen’s Six Hours of The Glen vaulted them to a tie for second in points, although they are more than eager for their first victory since 2017.


On the flip side, Oliver Gavin will drive the No. 4 Mobil 1/SiriusXM Chevrolet Corvette C7.R with CTMP debutant Marcel Fässler. One of the team’s endurance drivers, Fässler fills in for Tommy Milner, who suffered an injured hand in an opening-lap crash at The Glen.


The incident also forced the team to rebuild the No. 4 Corvette for the second time in three weeks. Following Fässler’s heavy crash at the 24 Hours of Le Mans, Corvette Racing was forced to switch to a different C7.R chassis for Watkins Glen. Milner had qualified third before being hit from an overtaking car on the third turn of the race. It caused substantial damage but the Corvette Racing team completed all repairs Monday ahead of the trip to Canadian Tire Motorsport Park.


Gavin last won at CTMP in 2013 with Milner and is a four-time winner at the track.


The Mobil 1 Sports Car Grand Prix presented by Acura begins at 1:05 p.m. ET on Sunday, July 7. It will air live on NBC beginning at 1 p.m. ET. Live audio coverage of practices, qualifying and the race from IMSA Radio is available on IMSA.com.

ANTONIO GARCIA, NO. 3 CHEVROLET CORVETTE C7.R: "We all feel badly about Tommy. The amount of bad luck for the No. 4 team is unbelievable. Jan and I came close again to finally winning another race at Watkins Glen. The points and podiums are good but we more and more want to breakthrough and be on the top step. Canadian Tire Motorsport Park should give us another good chance as Corvette Racing has won a lot of races there. It's a track that I think everyone likes with big risks and a lot of speed. It's one of the best classic tracks that I've ever raced on. CTMP has been good to Corvette in the past and we hope it is again this time."


JAN MAGNUSSEN, NO. 3 MOBIL 1/SiriusXM CHEVROLET CORVETTE C7.R:“It’s terrible about Tommy. I hope he’s able to get back to driving soon. I love Canadian Tire Motorsport Park. It’s absolutely one of my favorites. It’s so much fun to go around there in a good car… which the Corvette obviously is! It’s so fast. If you have the confidence and car underneath you, a lap around there is one of the most fantastic feelings in the world. Antonio and I are looking forward to going back there and keep building on this championship run that we have going. We still need to get a win pretty soon, but whatever we’re doing seems to work for points.”


OLIVER GAVIN, NO. 4 MOBIL 1/SiriusXM CHEVROLET CORVETTE C7.R: “First off, I’m gutted for Tommy. We’ve been teammates for nine seasons now and competed together many years before that. It’s unfortunate for him and the team, but we’re at the same time glad we can call on a trusted hand in Marcel to fill in while Tommy heals.

“Canadian Tire Motorsport Park has brought great success to Corvette Racing over the years. We’ve had many victories, and I’ve personally enjoyed success there. It’s a huge, challenging track with the fact that it’s run by Corvette Racing legend Ron Fellows and his family makes it feel like home, really. The track is just fantastic to drive. It’s one of those that has not changed; it’s really old-school, which is really refreshing when you go to lots of other tracks around the world that have been somewhat sanitized. You really have to be on it there. Our Corvettes have suited that track in the past, and we hope we will have a strong chassis there for the weekend. We’ll find out once we get there but it’s usually very close and very tight racing.”


MARCEL FÄSSLER, NO. 4 MOBIL 1/SiriusXM CHEVROLET CORVETTE C7.R: “I wish my first race at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park was under different circumstances. We all feel bad for Tommy but I think everyone at Corvette Racing knows we still have a job to do. This track is one I have always wanted to race on. It has a great reputation around the world going back to the Formula One days. I have heard from the other drivers how fast and exciting a lap around CTMP is in the Corvette. I’m looking forward to experiencing that and helping all of Corvette Racing toward what we hope is another GTLM championship.”


CORVETTE RACING AT CANADIAN TIRE MOTORSPORTS PARK: By the Numbers
• 1: As in one team, one manufacturer and one model of car for 20 years: Corvette Racing, Chevrolet and the Chevrolet Corvette.
• 3: Generations of Corvette Racing entries at CTMP since 2000 – Corvette C5-R (2004), Corvette C6.R (2005-13) and Corvette C7.R (2016-current).
• 7: Number of drivers who have won races at CTMP for Corvette Racing. Johnny O’Connell (six), Jan Magnussen (five), Oliver Gavin (four), Ron Fellows (three) and Olivier Beretta (two) each have multiple wins there with the team.
• 7: Pole positions for Corvette Racing drivers at CTMP. Oliver Gavin leads with three with Antonio Garcia (2016) being the most recent.
• 8: As in Chevrolet’s small-block V8. More than 100 million units have been sold worldwide and is the most successful engine in American motorsports.
• 11: Class victories at Corvette Racing at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park – all since 2001.
• 12: Manufacturer Championships for Chevrolet and Corvette Racing since 2001.
• 16: Number of GT Le Mans wins in the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship for Corvette Racing since the start of 2014. That’s the most of any manufacturer and team in GTLM.
• 18: Number of victories for current Corvette Racing drivers at CTMP:
Jan Magnussen: 5 Oliver Gavin: 4 Antonio Garcia: 1
• 21: Tracks at which Corvette Racing has won races – Baltimore, COTA, Canadian Tire Motorsport Park/Mosport, Daytona, Detroit, Houston, Laguna Seca, Le Mans, Lime Rock, Long Beach, Miami, Mid-Ohio, Portland, Road America, Road Atlanta, Sebring, Sonoma, St. Petersburg, Texas, Trois Rivieres and Utah.
• 28: Number of drivers for Corvette Racing since 1999.
• 107: Victories worldwide for Corvette Racing – 99 in North America and eight at Le Mans.
• 220: Event starts by Corvette Racing since 1999.
• 10,509.77: Number of racing miles completed by Corvette Racing in its 19 previous trips to Canadian Tire Motorsport Park. That represents 4,274 laps and approximately 46 trips from Detroit to Toronto.
• 294,12521: Total number of racing miles completed by Corvette Racing since its inception. To put that in perspective Apollo 13 – the longest manned spaceflight in history – covered “just” 248,655 miles.


2019 WeatherTech SportsCar Championship – GTLM Standings (After Five of 11 Events)


Driver Standings
1. Nick Tandy/Patrick Pilet – 152
2. Earl Bamber/Laurens Vanthoor – 151
3. Antonio Garcia/Jan Magnussen – 151
4. Dirk Mueller – 136
5. Connor De Phillippi – 135
8. Oliver Gavin/Tommy Milner – 122


Team Standings
1. No. 911 Porsche GT Team – 152
2. No. 912 Porsche GT Team – 151
3. No. 3 Corvette Racing – 151
4. No. 66 Ford Chip Ganassi – 136
5. No. 25 BMW Team RLL – 135
8. No. 4 Corvette Racing – 122


Manufacturer Standings
1. Porsche – 170
2. Chevrolet – 152
3. BMW – 149
4. Ford – 148


Corvette Racing at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park
2000
No. 3 Corvette C5-R: Ron Fellows/Andy Pilgrim – 2nd in GTS (Fellows pole, fastest race lap)


2001
No. 3 Corvette C5-R: Ron Fellows/Johnny O'Connell – 1st in GTS
No. 4 Corvette C5-R: Andy Pilgrim/Kelly Collins – 3rd in GTS


2002
No. 3 Corvette C5-R: Ron Fellows/Johnny O'Connell – 1st in GTS
No. 4 Corvette C5-R: Andy Pilgrim/Kelly Collins – 2nd in GTS (Pilgrim fastest race lap)


2003
No. 3 Corvette C5-R: Ron Fellows/Johnny O'Connell – 1st in GTS
No. 4 Corvette C5-R: Oliver Gavin/Kelly Collins – 7th in GTS (Gavin pole)


2004
No. 3 Corvette C5-R: Ron Fellows/Johnny O'Connell – 2nd in GTS
No. 4 Corvette C5-R: Olivier Beretta/Oliver Gavin – 1st in GTS (Gavin pole, fastest race lap)


2005
No. 3 Corvette C6.R: Ron Fellows/Johnny O'Connell – 2nd in GT1
No. 4 Corvette C6.R: Olivier Beretta/Oliver Gavin – 3rd in GT1


2006
No. 3 Corvette C6.R: Ron Fellows/Johnny O'Connell – 4th in GT1
No. 4 Corvette C6.R: Olivier Beretta/Oliver Gavin – 2nd in GT1


2007
No. 3 Corvette C6.R: Jan Magnussen/Johnny O'Connell – 1st in GT1
No. 4 Corvette C6.R: Olivier Beretta/Oliver Gavin – 2nd in GT1 (Gavin pole, fastest race lap)
No. 33 Corvette C6.R: Ron Fellows/Andy Pilgrim – 3rd in GT1


2008
No. 3 Corvette C6.R: Johnny O'Connell/Jan Magnussen – 1st in GT1 (O’Connell pole)
No. 4 Corvette C6.R: Olivier Beretta/Oliver Gavin – 2nd in GT1 (Beretta fastest race lap)


2009
No. 3 Corvette C6.R: Jan Magnussen/Johnny O'Connell – 1st in GT2
No. 4 Corvette C6.R: Olivier Beretta/Oliver Gavin – 3rd in GT2


2010
No. 3 Corvette C6.R: Olivier Beretta/Johnny O’Connell – 5th in GT2
No. 4 Corvette C6.R: Oliver Gavin/Jan Magnussen – 4th in GT2


2011
No. 3 Corvette C6.R: Olivier Beretta/Tommy Milner – 6th in GT
No. 4 Corvette C6.R: Oliver Gavin/Jan Magnussen – 1st in GT


2012
No. 3 Corvette C6.R: Jan Magnussen/Antonio Garcia – 2nd in GT (Magnussen pole)
No. 4 Corvette C6.R: Oliver Gavin/Tommy Milner – 10th in GT


2013
No. 3 Corvette C6.R: Jan Magnussen/Antonio Garcia – 4th in GT
No. 4 Corvette C6.R: Oliver Gavin/Tommy Milner – 1st in GT


2014
No. 3 Corvette C7.R: Jan Magnussen/Antonio Garcia – 1st in GTLM
No. 4 Corvette C7.R: Oliver Gavin/Tommy Milner – 7th in GTLM


2015
No. 3 Corvette C7.R: Jan Magnussen/Antonio Garcia – 3rd in GTLM (Garcia fastest race lap)
No. 4 Corvette C7.R: Oliver Gavin/Tommy Milner – 5th in GTLM


2016
No. 3 Corvette C7.R: Jan Magnussen/Antonio Garcia – 3rd in GTLM (Garcia pole)
No. 4 Corvette C7.R: Oliver Gavin/Tommy Milner – 2nd in GTLM


2017
No. 3 Corvette C7.R: Jan Magnussen/Antonio Garcia – 4th in GTLM
No. 4 Corvette C7.R: Oliver Gavin/Tommy Milner – 8th in GTLM


2018
No. 3 Corvette C7.R: Jan Magnussen/Antonio Garcia – 2nd in GTLM
No. 4 Corvette C7.R: Oliver Gavin/Tommy Milner – 3rd in GTLM

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