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Chevrolet won the ALMS GTS manufacturer championship for the 3rd consecutive year and Corvette Racing won its 3rd consecutive ALMS GTS team championship when Oliver Gavin, Andy Pilgrim, and Kelly Collins brought the #4 Corvette C5-R home in 3rd place at the 10-hour Petit Le Mans race at Road Atlanta. Corvette drivers Ron Fellows and Johnny O'Connel had already wrapped up the ALMS GTS driver championship prior to the start of this, the last race on the 2003 ALMS calendar.

The #3 C5-R lost 5 laps when the Hewland transmission had to be replaced due to a failed starter motor (which is mounted integral to the manual transmission). The #4 car was able to finish despite having the sequential gear-shift return spring fail, requiring the drivers to shift the Hewland 5-speed transmission gingerly in order to prevent accidentally over-reving the engine on downshifts.

Corvette Racing program manager Doug Fehan announced that the team will begin racing the C6-R at the 2005 running of the 12-Hours of Sebring. In the interim Corvette Racing will make incremental improvements in the current C5-R platform in order to remain competitive with an ALMS field for 2004 that is expected to feature cars from Saleen, Aston Martin, and Dodge.

Once again, Corvettes rule.

Only 154 days until Sebring 2004.
 
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