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CORVETTE RACING IN CANADA: Tough Day but Corvettes Back in One Piece

Press Release:
The pair of Chevrolet Corvette C7.Rs finished seventh and eighth in the GT
Le Mans (GTLM) class


CORVETTE RACING IN CANADA: Tough Day but Corvettes Back in One Piece

BOWMANVILLE, Ontario, Canada (July 7, 2019) – Corvette Racing arrived at
Canadian Tire Motorsport Park hoping one of its most successful tracks would
result in some badly needed winning momentum. Unfortunately, the team came
up short in the effort for its 12th class victory at Canadian Tire
Motorsport Park on Sunday.


The pair of Chevrolet Corvette C7.Rs finished seventh and eighth in the GT
Le Mans (GTLM) class of the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship’s Mobil
1 Sports Car Grand Prix. The No. 3 Mobil 1/SiriusXM Corvette C7.R of Antonio
Garcia and Jan Magnussen led Corvette Racing’s effort and remained in
contention for their third straight GTLM Drivers’ Championship.


Oliver Gavin and Marcel Fässler were right behind in the No. 4 Mobil
1/SiriusXM Corvette C7.R. It was the first race for Fässler at CTMP, and
finishing the race was a positive step forward. The No. 4 Corvette team
suffered a crash six hours in at the 24 Hours of Le Mans and on the opening
lap of last week’s race at Watkins Glen.


The start looked promising, especially for the No. 3 Corvette. Magnussen
picked up a spot at the start but the handling on the Corvettes went away
quickly. Nevertheless, the Corvette Racing crews and engineers kept plugging
away to try and optimize the setup on the two C7.Rs for the end of the race.


Two late caution periods tightened up the field but traffic impeded both
Corvettes to the end.


The next event for Corvette Racing is the Northeast Grand Prix from Lime
Rock Park on July 19-20.

ANTONIO GARCIA, NO. 3 CHEVROLET CORVETTE C7.R – FINISHED SEVENTH IN GTLM:
"That was not the race we wanted. We struggled with pace a lot and couldn’t
make the car work. I’m not sure why yet but it is something we need to fix
for Lime Rock. We will need a good result there to stay in the championship.
But today was very disappointing. It’s one of the most frustrating weekends
we have had in a long time. But we are confident that Corvette Racing can
bounce back.”


JAN MAGNUSSEN, NO. 3 MOBIL 1/SiriusXM CHEVROLET CORVETTE C7.R – FINISHED
SEVENTH IN GTLM: “Obviously I’m very disappointed with the result today. It’s
pretty clear we missed something on the setup. At no point in the race did
we have the pace to do anything with the rest of the field. We have to go
home, think about this and come up with a solution for Lime Rock. This was a
pretty big hit in the championship for us, unfortunately. We have some
ground to make up.”


OLIVER GAVIN, NO. 4 MOBIL 1/SiriusXM CHEVROLET CORVETTE C7.R – FINISHED
EIGHTH IN GTLM: “Today was tough for both cars at Corvette Racing. It was
good we could actually finish a race; that’s been a really tough thing for
us to do in the last two races. But it was very tough today. We were working
away with the Corvette throughout the race to make it better. But we
ultimately lacking pace. Both cars seemed to be struggling with the same
thing. We’ll go back, analyze and assess to see where we can make it right
for Lime Rock.”


MARCEL FÄSSLER, NO. 4 MOBIL 1/SiriusXM CHEVROLET CORVETTE C7.R – FINISHED
EIGHTH IN GTLM: "Our expectations were certainly higher than the results
show. We are certainly not-so-happy with where we finished. It’s
disappointing because after (Friday afternoon’s) practice both cars were
one-two. We had quite a good pace after all the practice sessions so we were
wondering why we weren't able to have that pace in the race. I caught bad
traffic and lost a little bit to the front-runners, but caught up again and
tried to stay close to them which we did until the pit stop. Unfortunately
we lost a little bit because the lap belt got caught in the seat during the
driver change so we lost a little time. But truthfully it didn't change the
results much. It was a sad weekend for us. The upside for us is we have a
car that is in one piece. But we are racers; we want more than a car in one
piece...we want results.”
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