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CORVETTE RACING AT PETIT LE MANS: No. 3 Corvette Runs Second After Four Hours

Garcia, Magnussen need seventh or better for GT title; No. 4 Corvette in 10th

BRASELTON, Ga. Corvette Racing's No. 3 Compuware Corvette C6.R ran second in the GT class after four hours of Petit Le Mans at Road Atlanta. Jan Magnussen and Antonio Garcia traded stints in challenging conditions, which has seen the weather go back and forth between dry and wet. At the four-hour mark, a light but steady rain continued to fall and put strategy at a premium in the 1,000-mile/10-hour race.

Garcia and Magnussen, who are teaming with Jordan Taylor this weekend at Road Atlanta, need a seventh-place finish or better to claim the GT drivers' championship. Magnussen led his nearest title challenger, Dirk Muller, shortly after a restart before the race's fourth hour.

The No. 4 Compuware Corvette of Oliver Gavin, Tommy Milner and Richard Westbrook ran in 10th place and six laps down after two lengthy stops to replace a pair of alternator belts. Gavin had moved from seventh to second in the first two laps before the telemetry showed the alternator was not charging the battery at the 30-minute mark. Gavin brought the car in for fuel, tires and driver change to Milner along with a belt replacement. That belt proved faulty, and Milner pitted again on the next lap for another replacement. This time, the belt functioned properly and the car continued with the battery fully charging.

The race continues with live TV coverage alternating between FOX Sports 1 and FOX Sports 2. ALMS.com also is streaming the full race broadcast.

ANTONIO GARCIA, NO. 3 COMPUWARE CORVETTE C6.R

"It is very difficult. It probably is not the situation you want to be in while fighting for a championship. You have to be patient but fast at the same time. In the end, the track was good when it was fully dry. The car was behaving very good before drops began coming down. It is very different from lap to lap. The gaps between the cars are more than 10 seconds, so it is difficult to see how the track is reacting. I was learning a little bit early with a Porsche and then with Tommy (Milner in the No. 4 car). We know we need to keep running and stay on the lead lap. For sure, we aren't the ones that need to be taking risks. That is the 56. We need to keep following what they do."

TOMMY MILNER, NO. 4 COMPUWARE CORVETTE C6.R

"We're quite aways down now. Getting eight laps back is going to be a tall order. It's kind of fitting for our year. We had a good car and we have a small issue that puts us behind. We're pretty bummed. (Helping the 3 car) has been the mindset all along. Anything we can do to help the 3 car is what we will do. We'll be conscious of what they are doing and make sure our stops don't mess them up. At this point, we will just run laps and see what we can do."

Petit Le Mans (all times ET)
Warmup: 9:15 a.m., Saturday, Oct. 19
Race: 11:30 a.m., Saturday, Oct. 19

Petit Le Mans: Watch It!
Race (TV): 11 a.m.-noon, 2:30-6:30 p.m. (FOX Sports 2); 6:30-8 p.m. (FOX Sports 1); 8-9:30 p.m. (FOX Sports 2)
Race (Web): 11 a.m., Saturday, Oct. 19 (ALMS.com)

Corvette Racing History at Road Atlanta

Year

Class

Drivers

Result

Car

Notes

1999

GTS

Fellows/Kneifel/Paul Jr.

5th

Corvette C5-R

Fellows pole; Gavin fastest race lap

   

Pilgrim/Collins/Sharp

4th

Corvette C5-R

 

2000

GTS

Fellows/Kneifel/Bell

3rd

Corvette C5-R

Fellows pole

   

Pilgrim/Collins/Freon

1st

Corvette C5-R

 

2001

GTS

Fellows/O'Connell

9th

Corvette C5-R

Fellows pole

   

Collins/Pilgrim/Freon/p>

1st

Corvette C5-R

 

2002

GTS

Fellows/O'Connell/Gavin

1st

Corvette C5-R

 
   

Collins/Pilgrim/Freon/p>

3rd

Corvette C5-R

Pilgrim fastest race lap

2003*

GTS

Fellows/O'Connell

5th

Corvette C5-R

 
   

Collins/Gavin

3rd

Corvette C5-R

 

2004

GTS

Fellows/O'Connell/Papis

2nd

Corvette C5-R

 
   

Beretta/Gavin/Magnussen

1st

Corvette C5-R

Gavin pole, fastest race lap

2005*

GT1

Fellows/O'Connell

2st

Corvette C6.R

O'Connell pole, fastest race lap

   

Beretta/Gavin

2nd

Corvette C6.R

 

2005

GT1

Fellows/O'Connell/Papis

6th

Corvette C6.R

O'Connell pole, fastest race lap

   

Beretta/Gavin/Magnussen

1st

Corvette C6.R

Beretta pole, Gavin fastest race lap

2006

GT1

Fellows/O'Connell/Papis

4th

Corvette C6.R

O'Connell pole

   

Beretta/Gavin/Magnussen

3rd

Corvette C6.R

Gavin fastest race lap

2007

GT1

Magnussen/O'Connell/Fellows

3rd

Corvette C6.R

Magnussen pole, fastest race lap

   

Beretta/Gavin/Papis

1st

Corvette C6.R

Gavin fastest race lap

2008

GT1

Magnussen/O'Connell/Fellows

1st

Corvette C6.R

O'Connell pole, Magnussen fastest race lap

   

Beretta/Gavin/Papis

2nd

Corvette C6.R

Gavin pole, fastest race lap

2009

GT2

Magnussen/O'Connell/Garcia

6th

Corvette C6.R

 
   

Beretta/Gavin/Fassler

4th

Corvette C6.R

 

2010

GT

Beretta/O'Connell/Garcia

6th

Corvette C6.R

 
   

Gavin/Magnussen/Collard

1st

Corvette C6.R

Magnussen fastest race lap

2011

GT

Beretta/Milner/Garcia

17th

Corvette C6.R

 
   

Gavin/Magnussen/Westbrook

4th

Corvette C6.R

 

2012

GT

Garcia/Magnussen/Taylor

2nd

Corvette C6.R

Magnussen fastest race lap

   

Gavin/Milner/Westbrook

12th

Corvette C6.R

 

* Denotes two-hour, 45-minute race

ALMS GT Championship Standings

Driver Standings Team Standings Manufacturer Standings
1. Antonio Garcia/Jan Magnussen - 125
2. Dirk Muller - 109
3. Oliver Gavin/Tommy Milner - 100
4. Dominik Farnbacher/Marc Goossens - 93
5. Bill Auberlen - 82
1. Corvette Racing - 161
2. BMW Team RLL - 120
3. SRT Motorsports - 109
4. Risi Competizione - 56
5. CORE autosport - 48
1. Chevrolet - 164
2. BMW - 134
3. SRT - 123
4. Ferrari - 109
5. Porsche - 95

Release Date: October 19, 2013