Corvette Racing Fast Facts

Corvette Racing is America's premier production sports car racing team. At the conclusion of the 2011 season, Corvette Racing had won 81 races, eight American Le Mans Series manufacturers and team championships, and seven drivers championships. Corvette Racing has enjoyed international success in the 24 Hours of Le Mans, the world's biggest sports car race, with seven class victories since 2001.

Team: Corvette Racing

Owner: General Motors, Detroit, Mich.

Race Cars: Corvette C6.R (Corvette 6th generation, Racing)

Drivers:

  • No. 3 Compuware Corvette C6.R: Jan Magnussen, Antonio Garcia (plus Jordan Taylor for Sebring, Le Mans and Petit Le Mans)
  • No. 4 Compuware Corvette C6.R: Oliver Gavin, Tommy Milner (plus Richard Westbrook for Sebring, Le Mans and Petit Le Mans)

Team Personnel:

  • Manager, GM Racing: Mark Kent
  • Corvette Racing Program Manager: Doug Fehan
  • Team Manager: Gary Pratt
  • Engineering Director: Doug Louth
  • Engine Manager: Dave Henninger
  • Crew Chief, No. 3: Dan Binks
  • Crew Chief, No. 4: Brian Hoye

Primary Sponsor: Compuware

Associate Sponsors/Technical Partners: Mobil 1, Michelin, SiriusXM Satellite Radio, UAW-GM, BBS

 

Corvette Racing Record (through 2011)

Year

Races

Wins

ALMS Driver Champions

ALMS Manufacturer/Team Champions

1999

6

0

   

2000

8

2

   

2001

10

8

 

Chevrolet/Corvette Racing

2002

11

10

Fellows

Chevrolet/Corvette Racing

2003

10

5

Fellows/O'Connell

Chevrolet/Corvette Racing

2004

10

10

Fellows/O'Connell

Chevrolet/Corvette Racing

2005

11

10

Gavin/Beretta

Chevrolet/Corvette Racing

2006

11

6

Gavin/Beretta

Chevrolet/Corvette Racing

2007

13

12

Gavin/Beretta

Chevrolet/Corvette Racing

2008

12

11

O'Connell/Magnussen

Chevrolet/Corvette Racing

2009

8

4

   

2010

10

1

   

2011

10

2

   

Total

130

81

7 Consecutive

8 Consecutive

 

Corvette Racing 24 Hours of Le Mans Record

Year

Finish

Class

Car

Drivers

2000

3rd

GTS

Corvette C5-R

Pilgrim/Collins/Freon

 

4th

GTS

Corvette C5-R

Fellows/Kneifel/Bell

2001

1st

GTS

Corvette C5-R

Fellows/O'Connell/Pruett

 

2nd

GTS

Corvette C5-R

Pilgrim/Collins/Freon

2002

1st

GTS

Corvette C5-R

Fellows/O'Connell/Gavin

 

2nd

GTS

Corvette C5-R

Pilgrim/Collins/Freon

2003

2nd

GTS

Corvette C5-R

Gavin/Collins/Pilgrim

 

3rd

GTS

Corvette C5-R

Fellows/O'Connell/Freon

2004

1st

GTS

Corvette C5-R

Gavin/Beretta/Magnussen

 

2nd

GTS

Corvette C5-R

Fellows/O'Connell/ Papis

2005

1st

GT1

Corvette C6.R

Beretta/Gavin/Magnussen

 

2nd

GT1

Corvette C6.R

Fellows/O'Connell/Papis

2006

1st

GT1

Corvette C6.R

Beretta/Gavin/Magnussen

 

7th

GT1

Corvette C6.R

Fellows/O'Connell/Papis

2007

2nd

GT1

Corvette C6.R

Fellows/O'Connell/Magnussen

 

14th

GT1

Corvette C6.R

Beretta/Gavin/Papis

2008

2nd

GT1

Corvette C6.R

Fellows/O'Connell/Magnussen

 

3rd

GT1

Corvette C6.R

Beretta/Gavin/Papis

2009

1st

GT1

Corvette C6.R

O'Connell/Magnussen/Garcia

 

4th

GT1

Corvette C6.R

Gavin/Beretta/Fassler

2010

10th
(DNF)

GT2

Corvette C6.R

Gavin/Beretta/Collard

 

12th
(DNF)

GT2

Corvette C6.R

O'Connell/Magnussen/Garcia

2011

1st

GTE Pro

Corvette C6.R

Beretta/Milner/Garcia

 

14th
(DNF)

GTE Pro

Corvette C6.R

Gavin/Magnussen/Westbrook

 

Team Highlights

  • Race wins: 81 (through 2011 - 73 ALMS, 7 Le Mans, 1 Grand Am)
  • 1-2 finishes: 54 (through 2011)
  • ALMS GT1 manufacturers championships: Eight (2001-08)
  • ALMS GT1 team championships: Eight (2001-08)
  • ALMS GT1 drivers championships: Seven (2002-08)
  • 24 Hours of Le Mans class wins: Seven (2001-02, 2004-06, 2009, 2011)
  • Sebring 12-hour class wins: Seven (2002-04, 2006-09)
  • Petit Le Mans class wins: Eight (2000-02, 2004-05, 2007-08, 2010)
  • American Le Mans Series records: Most race wins by entrant (73); most 1-2 finishes by entrant (52); longest winning streak in GT1 (25, 2007 Sebring/2009 Long Beach); most poles in GT1
  • ALMS From the Fans awards: Gary Claudio, Corvette marketing manager, 2002; Doug Fehan, Corvette Racing program manager, 2004, 2008-10
  • ALMS Most Popular Driver awards: Ron Fellows, 2004-07; Jan Magnussen (2011)
  • Special awards: Overall winner in inaugural ALMS Green Challenge at 2008 Petit Le Mans; Corvette C6.R named "North American Car of the Year" by dailysportscar.com (February 2006); Corvette LS7.R engine named "Global Motorsport Engine of the Year" at the Professional Motorsport World Expo (November 2006); Corvette Racing awarded Michelin Energy Endurance Challenge trophy for most efficient use of fuel in GT1 class at 24 Hours of Le Mans (June 2007).

Corvette Racing Firsts

  • First race: Daytona 24-hour, Feb. 5, 1999
  • First GTS win: Texas Motor Speedway, Sept. 2, 2000, drivers Ron Fellows and Andy Pilgrim
  • First overall win: Daytona 24-hour, Feb. 3, 2001; drivers Ron Fellows, Chris Kneifel, Franck Freon, Johnny O'Connell
  • First GT2 win: Mosport International Raceway, Aug. 30, 2009; drivers Johnny O'Connell and Jan Magnussen
  • First 1-2 finish: Daytona 24-hour, Feb. 3, 2001 (1st: Fellows/Kneifel/Freon/O'Connell; 2nd: Andy Pilgrim/Dale Earnhardt/Dale Earnhardt Jr./Kelly Collins)
  • First Le Mans class win: 2001 (Fellows/O'Connell/Scott Pruett)
  • First ALMS drivers championship: Ron Fellows, 2002
  • First ALMS manufacturers championship: 2001
  • First undefeated season: 2004 (nine ALMS races and 24 Hours of Le Mans)

Corvette Racing Notes

  • " The Corvette C6.R is the most technically advanced sports car ever developed by GM, combining sophisticated chassis, powertrain and aerodynamic technology developed by GM Racing with the advanced engineering of the sixth-generation Corvette and Corvette Z06 and ZR1 production models.

  • Corvette Racing is powered by E85 ethanol racing fuel, a high-octane, renewable alternative fuel, in the American Le Mans Series. As part of the series' "green racing" initiative, the most successful team in ALMS history is using a blend of ethanol and racing gasoline to demonstrate the benefits of a fuel that helps to reduce dependence on petroleum, helps to reduce emissions of greenhouse gases, and helps to create greater diversity in energy supplies.

  • 2012 marks Corvette's 56th year in international road racing. John Fitch and Walt Hansgen drove a Corvette to a Class B victory at the 12 Hours of Sebring in 1956, the first step onto the world stage that established Chevy's sports car as a contender in top-level competition.

  • The rulebook requires close adherence to production specifications, and the Corvette C6.R's roots reach to the Corvette assembly plant in Bowling Green, Ky. The hydroformed aluminum frame, bodywork, and aero package are derived from the Corvette ZR1 supercar.

  • Corvette Racing's C6.R race cars are powered by race-prepared 5.5-liter GM small-block V-8 engines. Technology developed in racing inspired the production 7.0-liter/505-hp LS7 small-block V-8 that powers the production Corvette Z06.

  • The GM small-block V-8 is America's most popular and most successful production-based racing engine. Total production of GM small-block-based engines is over 100 million units. This engine has powered more winning race cars and won more championships than any other engine in American motorsports.