Ready for Le Mans
Corvette Racing Looking to Be Competitive
Larry Jewett - May 16, 2014 09:33 AM
Jan Magnussen and Antonio Garcia, drivers of the #3 Corvette Racing C7.R, race to victory Sunday, May 4, 2014 in the GT Le Mans class at the TUDOR United SportsCar Championship Grand Prix of Laguna Seca in Salinas, California.Photo by Richard Prince for Chevy Racing
Antonio Garcia and Jan Magnussen scored their second straight GT Le Mans victory in the TUDOR United SportsCar Championship at Laguna Seca, setting the stage for the upcoming 24 Hours of Le Mans.
The win at Laguna Seca marked the third straight at the track for Corvette Racing, but the first in the new Corvette C7.R.
"Today was another fantastic day for Jan Magnussen, Antonio Garcia and Corvette Racing,” said Mark Kent, Chevrolet’s Director of Racing. “It was a tremendous performance by everyone involved. The strategy and execution was perfect from the start. We saw again why this class of racing is among the best in the world."
Oliver Gavin and Tommy Milner in the No. 4 Corvette C7.R ran among the leaders early and often before finishing fifth in class after Gavin was hit from behind and spun off track late in the race.
The teams have already begun the preparation for the prestigious 24 Hours of Le Mans, which will be contested June 14-15. Magnussen and Garcia will be joined by Jordan Taylor while Gavin and Milner will gain the services of Corvette DP driver Richard Middlebrook. The teams will practice on June 1.
The Corvette C7.R debut in this competition will be watched around the world. The teams will be competing in the GTE Pro classification. Corvette Racing has scored seven class wins in Le Mans competition since 1999.
The next GTLM round of the TUDOR United SportsCar Championship takes place at Watkins Glen on June 29.