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Chevrolet on verge of claiming GTLM Manufacturers Championship


CORVETTE RACING AT SEBRING: Championship Close-Out

• Chevrolet on verge of claiming GTLM Manufacturers Championship
• Corvette Racing looking for 13th Sebring victory
• Gavin, Milner, No. 4 Corvette seek second Sebring win of 2020
• Garcia, Taylor enter having clinched class Drivers title in No. 3 C8.R
• Final race for Gavin as full-time Corvette Racing pilot


DETROIT (Nov. 10, 2020) – Corvette Racing returns to Sebring International
Raceway this weekend for the Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring and the close
of the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship season. It’s the second race
at Sebring this year for the newly crowned GT Le Mans (GTLM)
championship-winning program.


The 68th running of America’s oldest sports car race will bring the curtain
down on the first year of the mid-engine Chevrolet Corvette C8.R. It has
been an unqualified success with six race wins and the GTLM Drivers and Team
titles… with one more event to go.


Saturday’s 12-hour endurance race also is set to serve as a coronation for
Chevrolet, which will win the GTLM Manufacturers Championship as long as one
of the two Corvette entries starts Saturday’s race. Already, Antonio Garcia
and Jordan Taylor have secured the category’s Drivers Championship in the
No. 3 Mobil 1/SiriusXM Chevrolet Corvette C8.R in the series’ most recent
round at WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca two weekends ago.


The runner-up finish in California for Garcia and Taylor, who drive this
weekend with Nicky Catsburg, also netted the No. 3 Corvette squad the GTLM
Team title. Since 2001, Corvette Racing has won 13 Team championships and 12
Drivers crowns.


Once the race begins and the Manufacturers title is settled, there are two
goals for Corvette Racing: win for the 13th time at Sebring and secure
second place in GTLM points for Tommy Milner and Oliver Gavin. The duo,
driving the No. 4 Mobil 1/SiriusXM Corvette C8.R with Marcel Fässler, won
earlier this year at Sebring in a two-hour, 40-minute sprint race.


The Sebring 12 Hours is steeped in Corvette Racing history. The event has
witnessed the team take 11 class victories since 2002, and five of the six
drivers have previously won there. Gavin leads with six GT-class victories,
Garcia has three and Milner two. Taylor was part of one overall winning
effort in the 12 Hours while Fässler has a GTLM win to his credit in a
factory Corvette.


Saturday is the second long-distance race in three events for Corvette
Racing and the rest of the WeatherTech Championship. Garcia, Taylor and
Catsburg finished as GTLM runners-up in the 10-hour Petit Le Mans at
Michelin Raceway Road Atlanta. In the No. 4 Corvette, the
Gavin/Milner/Fässler trio will look to capture their second Sebring 12 Hours
together; they won in class in 2016.


It also would send out Gavin on one of the highest possible notes. He will
end his 18-year run as a full-time Corvette Racing driver at Sebring – a
place where he has won six times with the program… five in the 12 Hours of
Sebring. He is the team’s all-time winner in career starts (202), IMSA
championships (five) and wins (51), among other categories.


In addition to the Corvettes on the race track, Chevrolet will have a number
of vehicles on display at its midway display from Thursday through Saturday.
Chevrolet models at the static display will include the 2020 Corvette
Stingray Z51, Camaro ZL1, Blazer Premier, Silverado 1500 Crew High Country,
Trailerblazer RS and Tahoe Premier


The Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring is set for 10:10 a.m. ET on Saturday.
NBCSN will air the race live from 10 a.m.-3 p.m., and 6-10:30 p.m. ET; live
network coverage on NBC is 3-6 p.m. TrackPass on NBC Sports Gold will offer
live streaming of the full race starting at 10:05 a.m. ET. In addition, IMSA
Radio will broadcast the race on IMSA.com, which also will host live timing
and scoring. The race also will air on XM channel 202 and SiriusXM Online
972.


ANTONIO GARCIA, NO. 3 MOBIL 1/SiriusXM CHEVROLET CORVETTE C8.R: “I don’t
think our approach will change at Sebring having already won the
championship. At Laguna Seca, I wasn’t really thinking about it. We knew
that we just needed to start these last two races. Once we started at
Laguna, I wasn’t conserving anything and was going all-out to win the race.
I think it will be the same at Sebring. Maybe it will take some of the
pressure off the team. But in a way, this brings Sebring a little bit back
to normal where it’s the second race of the season and you don’t think about
the championship. You take every risk needed. It’s a relief not to have to
treat this as the last race of the championship, where you can tend to think
too much. But now winning the championship opens things up for us. It
becomes a single race that we want to win.”


JORDAN TAYLOR, NO. 3 MOBIL 1/SiriusXM CHEVROLET CORVETTE C8.R: “When at
first the revised schedule came out, I think we were all pretty nervous
knowing Sebring could be the deciding race in the championship. It’s an
incredibly difficult race. Having that wrapped up now makes this almost like
the Rolex 24 at the beginning of the year where your only focus isn’t on
winning the championship. It’s nice to have that mentality going in. We can
go in there focusing on getting the win. We had a good race there in July,
so we have some race experience with the C8.R. We can look back to that to
rely on some data for building blocks going into this race.”


NICKY CATSBURG, NO. 3 MOBIL 1/SiriusXM CHEVROLET CORVETTE C8.R: “The Sebring
12 Hours is a bit later in the year that we had planned! But it’s a race
that is always very special. This is a unique circuit which makes this event
difficult to win. I feel we have a very good chance to fight for the win. I
can’t wait to get back in the Corvette again. Petit Le Mans was a good race
for us, and I really enjoyed it. Now I am a little more into the car than
when I arrived at Petit Le Mans; it hasn’t been that long ago. I hope we can
finish off this championship season on a high and win this race.”


OLIVER GAVIN, NO. 4 MOBIL 1/SiriusXM CHEVROLET CORVETTE C8.R: “Racing in
November at Sebring is going to be a little different. We’ll have some more
darkness and it will probably be a little stormy. I still think it will be
just as hot at it is in Sebring in March. We did race there in July and have
already done that ‘warm-up’ to get us ready for the 12 Hours. Tommy and I
came away victorious that day, so we’re looking to repeat that and for me to
finish my full-time career at Corvette Racing with one more victory. It
would also give me 50 wins in IMSA, which would be a nice little statistic
to finish on.”


TOMMY MILNER, NO. 4 MOBIL 1/SiriusXM CHEVROLET CORVETTE C8.R: : “Running the
12 Hours of Sebring in November means we definitely will have a lot more
darkness than we are used to, which is a challenge in itself. Sebring at
night is tricky. The track has helped by putting lights at some of the apex
corners but that doesn’t help you navigate some of the other parts of the
track. Luckily, headlights were a priority of the C8.R and the team has done
a good job of building in that lighting for night-time conditions. Hopefully
that will minimize that challenge. The track temperatures also likely will
be cooler so that could change some of the tire compound allocation options.
We don’t usually make huge setup changes for certain times of day, but I
think we obviously will pay more attention to what performance will be like
in those conditions as opposed to the daytime hours. We have a good base to
work from after our first and second at Sebring in July. We know the car is
fast there, plus we have continued to learn throughout the year. We’re
looking forward to putting that information on the racetrack and seeing if
we have improved the car. I would guess that we have. Ending the season with
another win and 1-2 finish would be awesome.”


MARCEL FÄSSLER, NO. 4 MOBIL 1/SiriusXM CHEVROLET CORVETTE C8.R: “I think the
biggest change for Sebring is that we will run more at night. For sure, that’s
an important thing for the tire choice. Usually Sebring is very crowded, and
hopefully we get a lot of people that can come to the race. It would be
great for the ambiance. But in the end, this is still a very tough and
difficult race physically on us as drivers and on the equipment. Fortunately
I was able to get some good time in the C8.R at Road Atlanta for Petit Le
Mans, so both Nicky and I should be up to speed. It would be great to end
the season with another Corvette Racing win.”


2020 WeatherTech SportsCar Championship – GTLM Standings
(After 10 of 11 Events)


Driver Standings
1. Antonio Garcia/Jordan Taylor – 325
2. Oliver Gavin/Tommy Milner – 290
3. Jesse Krohn/John Edwards – 289
4. Bruno Spengler/Connor De Phillippi – 285
5. Fred Makowiecki/Nick Tandy – 262
6. Earl Bamber/Laurens Vanthoor – 257


Team Standings
1. No. 3 Corvette Racing – 325
2. No. 4 Corvette Racing – 290
3. No. 24 BMW Team RLL – 289
4. No. 25 BMW Team RLL – 285
5. No. 911 Porsche GT Team – 262
6. No. 912 Porsche GT Team – 257

Manufacturer Standings
1. Chevrolet – 336
2. BMW – 318
3. Porsche – 286
4. Ferrari – 28


CORVETTE RACING AT SEBRING: By the Numbers
• 1: As in one team, one manufacturer and one model of car for 22 years:
Corvette Racing and Chevrolet.
• 3: Tracks where Corvette Racing has competed in each of its previous 21
years: Sebring, WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca and Michelin Raceway Road
Atlanta.
• 4: GT class pole positions at Sebring for Oliver Gavin and Ron Fellows,
tied for most in event history.
• 8: Sebring victories – a race record – for Johnny O’Connell, a Sebring
Hall of Famer who drove for Corvette Racing from 2001-10. It includes one
overall and seven class wins.
• 12: Number of Sebring victories for Corvette Racing. It’s tied with
Canadian Tire Motorsport Park for the most at any venue in team history.
• 12: Manufacturer Championships for Chevrolet and Corvette Racing since
2001.
• 21: Number of GT Le Mans wins in the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar
Championship for Corvette Racing since the start of 2014.
• 25: Tracks at which Corvette Racing has won races – Baltimore, Charlotte,
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, Utah, VIR, Washington DC and Watkins Glen.
• 29: Number of drivers for Corvette Racing since 1999.
• 113: Victories worldwide for Corvette Racing – 105 in North America and
eight at Le Mans.
• 237: Event starts by Corvette Racing since 1999.
• 46,959.60: Number of racing miles completed by Corvette Racing at Sebring.
That’s close to two full trips around the Earth at its equator (approx.
24,900 miles).
• 310,897.63: Total number of racing miles completed by Corvette Racing
since its inception. To put that in perspective, Corvette Racing is nearly
halfway to the distance traveled by Apollo 13 – the longest manned
spaceflight in history – at 622,268 miles.

Corvette Racing at Sebring International Raceway
1999
No. 3 Corvette C5-R: Ron Fellows/Chris Kneifel/John Paul Jr. - 4th in GTS
(Fellows pole)
No. 4 Corvette C5-R: Andy Pilgrim/Scott Sharp/John Heinricy - 7th in GTS
(Pilgrim fastest race lap)


2000
No. 3 Corvette C5-R: Ron Fellows/Chris Kneifel/Justin Bell - 6th in GTS
(Fellows pole)
No. 4 Corvette C5-R: Andy Pilgrim/Kelly Collins/Franck Freon - 5th in GTS


2001
No. 3 Corvette C5-R: Ron Fellows/Johnny O'Connell/Chris Kneifel - 3rd in GTS
No. 4 Corvette C5-R: Andy Pilgrim/Kelly Collins/Franck Freon - 2nd in GTS


2002
No. 3 Corvette C5-R: Ron Fellows/Johnny O'Connell/Oliver Gavin - 1st in GTS
(Fellows pole)
No. 4 Corvette C5-R: Andy Pilgrim/Kelly Collins/Franck Freon - 4th in GTS


2003
No. 3 Corvette C5-R: Ron Fellows/Johnny O'Connell/Franck Freon - 1st in GTS
No. 4 Corvette C5-R: Oliver Gavin/Kelly Collins/Andy Pilgrim - 3rd in GTS
(Gavin pole)


2004
No. 3 Corvette C5-R: Ron Fellows/Johnny O'Connell/Max Papis - 1st in GTS
(Fellows pole)
No. 4 Corvette C5-R: Olivier Beretta/Oliver Gavin/Jan Magnussen - 6th in GTS
(Gavin fastest race lap)


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


2006
No. 3 Corvette C6.R: Ron Fellows/Johnny O'Connell/Max Papis - 4th in GT1
No. 4 Corvette C6.R: Olivier Beretta/Oliver Gavin/Jan Magnussen - 1st in GT1


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


2008
No. 3 Corvette C6.R: Ron Fellows/Johnny O'Connell/Jan Magnussen - 1st in GT1
No. 4 Corvette C6.R: Olivier Beretta/Oliver Gavin/Max Papis - 2nd in GT1
(Gavin fastest race lap)


2009
No. 3 Corvette C6.R: Jan Magnussen/Johnny O'Connell/Antonio Garcia - 1st in
GT1
No. 4 Corvette C6.R: Olivier Beretta/Oliver Gavin/Marcel Fässler - 2nd in
GT1 (Gavin pole, fastest race lap)


2010
No. 3 Corvette C6.R: Jan Magnussen/Johnny O'Connell/Antonio Garcia - 8th in
GT2
No. 4 Corvette C6.R: Olivier Beretta/Oliver Gavin/Emmanuel Collard - 9th in
GT2


2011
No. 3 Corvette C6.R: Olivier Beretta/Tommy Milner/Antonio Garcia - 3rd in GT
No. 4 Corvette C6.R: Oliver Gavin/Jan Magnussen/Richard Westbrook - 4th in
GT


2012
No. 3 Corvette C6.R: Jan Magnussen/Antonio Garcia/Jordan Taylor - 2nd in GT
(Magnussen pole)
No. 4 Corvette C6.R: Oliver Gavin/Tommy Milner/Richard Westbrook - 3rd in GT


2013
No. 3 Corvette C6.R: Jan Magnussen/Antonio Garcia/Jordan Taylor - 11th in GT
No. 4 Corvette C6.R: Oliver Gavin/Tommy Milner/Richard Westbrook - 1st in GT


2014
No. 3 Corvette C7.R: Jan Magnussen/Antonio Garcia/Ryan Briscoe - 8th in GTLM
No. 4 Corvette C7.R: Oliver Gavin/Tommy Milner/Robin Liddell - 6th in GTLM
(Gavin fastest race lap)


2015
No. 3 Corvette C7.R: Jan Magnussen/Antonio Garcia/Ryan Briscoe - 1st in GTLM
(Daytona/Sebring double)
No. 4 Corvette C7.R: Oliver Gavin/Tommy Milner/Simon Pagenaud - 9th in GTLM


2016
No. 3 Corvette C7.R: Jan Magnussen/Antonio Garcia/Mike Rockenfeller - 9th in
GTLM
No. 4 Corvette C7.R: Oliver Gavin/Tommy Milner/Marcel Fässler - 1st in GTLM
(10th Sebring team win)


2017
No. 3 Corvette C7.R: Jan Magnussen/Antonio Garcia/Mike Rockenfeller - 1st in
GTLM (3rd straight Sebring team win)
No. 4 Corvette C7.R: Oliver Gavin/Tommy Milner/Marcel Fässler - 10th in GTLM


2018
No. 3 Corvette C7.R: Jan Magnussen/Antonio Garcia/Mike Rockenfeller - 8th in
GTLM
No. 4 Corvette C7.R: Oliver Gavin/Tommy Milner/Marcel Fässler - 6th in GTLM

2019
No. 3 Corvette C7.R: Jan Magnussen/Antonio Garcia/Mike Rockenfeller - 3rd in
GTLM
No. 4 Corvette C7.R: Oliver Gavin/Tommy Milner/Marcel Fässler - 8th in GTLM
No. 63 Corvette C7.R: Jan Magnussen/Antonio Garcia/Mike Rockenfeller - 8th
in GTE Pro (FIA WEC)


2020*
No. 3 Corvette C8.R: Antonio Garcia/Jordan Taylor - 2nd in GTLM (Taylor
pole)
No. 4 Corvette C7.R: Oliver Gavin/Tommy Milner -1st in GTLM


*July 18, 2020 sprint race
 
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