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No. 3 Corvette wins over No. 4 C8.R in weather-shortened GT-only race

CORVETTE RACING AT LIME ROCK: Taylor, Garcia Take Overall Victory
No. 3 Corvette wins over No. 4 C8.R in weather-shortened, GT-only race


LAKEVILLE, Conn. (July 17, 2021) – Corvette Racing’s Jordan Taylor and
Antonio Garcia won a weather-shortened Northeast Grand Prix at Lime Rock
Park on Saturday, their third straight victory in the IMSA WeatherTech
SportsCar Championship.



Taylor and Garcia had the No. 3 Mobil 1/SiriusXM Chevrolet Corvette C8.R
ahead when the race was stopped with 70 minutes left due to lightning in the
immediate area of the track. Race officials called the race with 25 minutes
left in the two-hour, 40-minute GT-only contest.


The mid-engine Corvette C8.R won its Lime Rock debut, and Corvette Racing
won at the circuit for the sixth time. It also marked the first overall Lime
Rock victory for Corvette Racing.


Tommy Milner and Nick Tandy placed second in the No. 4 Mobil 1/SiriusXM
Corvette C8.R, their second straight runner-up finish. Saturday’s results
increased the lead for Garcia and Taylor in the GT Le Mans (GTLM) Drivers
Championship and Chevrolet’s advantage in the Manufacturers standings.


Taylor began from pole position and Milner third following a precautionary
engine change overnight. Milner moved the No. 4 up to second behind Taylor
at the start, and the two Corvettes ran 1-2 throughout the race. Both cars
made their first stops a lap apart just past the 30-minute mark for fuel and
tires. By that point, both Taylor and Milner were mired in slower GTD
traffic and on a three-stop strategy.


Milner, who suffered damage in his second stint after contact from a slower
car, was the first Corvette driver to make his second stop and handed off to
Tandy with 80 minutes remaining. Taylor did the same a lap later with a swap
to Garcia as both Corvettes took fuel and fresh Michelin tires.


Five minutes later, race officials called for a full-course caution to
monitor the approaching weather and stopped the race a lap later.


Corvette Racing’s next event is the IMSA SportsCar Weekend on Aug. 6-8 from
Road America in Elkhart Lake, Wis. Same-day coverage on NBCSN starts at 8
p.m. ET with live streaming coverage on TrackPass and NBC Sports Gold at
2:35 p.m. ET. Live audio coverage from IMSA Radio will be available on
IMSA.com.


ANTONIO GARCIA, NO. 3 MOBIL 1/SiriusXM CHEVROLET CORVETTE C8.R –
RACE-WINNER: "For sure, Jordan did an amazing job. He drove the first two
stints and it was the plan for me to be in for the other two. We knew this
could happen. In a way, I'm happy that he drove so well and managed to keep
the 4 car at a distance the whole time and control it so I could have a
really quick driver change. That helped us extend our lead. But you never
know. It would have tight; I don't know if it would have been raining or not
at the end so it would have been hard to keep the lead. I'm really pleased
for another Corvette 1-2. Looking at how Jordan and Tommy (Milner) drove, it
seemed like very hard work with tire degradation, especially. I will
definitely take it. It's my first win at Lime Rock so I'm happy with this."

HAVE YOU HAD A RACE TO END LIKE THIS? "No, I don't think so. But it is what
it is. We had a ton of fans out here today and safety comes first. This time
we were lucky in that we were leading when the red flag came. For sure, you
need to be up there in that position to benefit from the conditions."


JORDAN TAYLOR, NO. 3 MOBIL 1/SiriusXM CHEVROLET CORVETTE C8.R – RACE-WINNER:
"It was odd. We kind of knew what was going to happen going into it. We knew
it was going to be a race of tire degradation and strategy, whether it be a
two-stop or three-stop race just looking at the history of the race. Twenty
laps in, we knew it was going to be a three-stop race doing 45-lap stints.
It was about fuel mileage, saving tires and getting through traffic cleanly.
Thankfully we executed well and the driver change went well. We knew the
weather was imminent at some point and that it could be red-flagged, so we
knew track position was going to be important. Thankfully we were out front
when that came."

HAVE YOU HAD A RACE TO END LIKE THIS? "The 2019 Rolex 24, we won when it was
red-flagged for too much rain. It was a similar feeling sitting in the
pitlane with an hour to go and maybe no more pit stops. You're waiting to
see if it's going to go green again, so it's kind of very stressful with the
unknown. Today looking at the radar, a couple of miles north of the track
there were a crazy amount of lightning strikes so I think it was going to
come this way no matter what. It wasn't as rainy as Daytona that year, but
today was a similar feeling."

TOMMY SAID HE HAD A LACK OF REAR GRIP EARLY. WHAT WAS THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN
THE TWO CARS IN THE OPENING? "I don't know if it was a big advantage. If it
was anything, I think it was getting fortunate in traffic. You could gain or
lose a second-and-a-half depending on where you got traffic. Some laps I
could see myself gaining in traffic and on another lap I'd lose two seconds
and he'd be right there again. I think the ebb and flow of that would show
the gaps. I don't know if the lap-time delta was going to be that big on a
clear track. We were saving tires right from the get-go. The tire
degradation was a lot bigger than I expected. To do a two-stop race was
going to be almost impossible. Even doing a three-stopper with 45-lap
stints... once you got to 35 laps there was a steep drop-off. Maybe they
suffered a little bit more than we did with that. We started with a setup
knowing the car was going in that direction and using tools like the
traction control and everything we had in the car to save tires early on and
hopefully benefit later in the stint."


TOMMY MILNER, NO. 4 MOBIL 1/SiriusXM CHEVROLET CORVETTE C8.R – FINISHED
SECOND
YOUR TEAM TOLD YOU AT ONE POINT THAT YOU WERE MAYBE GOING TO LEAPFROG THE
NO. 3 UNDER THE PIT STOP WHEN YOU CHANGED DRIVERS.
“It was looking pretty good there because they short-filled on their first
stop to make it out in front of some of the traffic, so they are always
watching that kind of stuff. I was probably about 2.5 seconds back of the
No. 3 car until I got to the No. 96 car and he ran me off the road and
damaged the car. The car was a handful after that. Had I been able to stay
with the No. 3 car then we would have had a fuel advantage and we would have
probably been able to beat them out. It’s just unfortunate, the contact
there. The team is not lying to me and that’s good. It is probably better in
most cases to not tell a driver everything, but something like that is
definitely encouraging. It’s just a bummer. We were looking pretty good
there with their strategy call. It was going to help us in the end, but in
the end it didn’t play out that way.”


NICK TANDY, NO. 4 MOBIL 1/Sirius XM CHEVROLET CORVETTE C8.R – FINISHED
SECOND
IT WAS A CHALLENGING WEEKEND WITH HOW THIS RACE FINISHED.
“Yeah, it was a challenging weekend. We obviously had a few technical issues
and we set ourselves a way to go about the race and try and make the best
two hours and 40 minutes, and unfortunately, we didn’t get to stretch it
out. But yeah, another Corvette 1-2 so it’s good points for the
Manufacturers Championship and this is obviously the main goal.”

 
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