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Corvette Racing at Road America: Solid Starts for Compuware Corvettes

Garcia qualifies second in No. 3 Compuware Corvette; Gavin fourth in No. 4 entry

ELKHART LAKE, Wis. - Corvette Racing's two Compuware Corvette C6.Rs qualified second and fourth in class Saturday for the Orion Energy Systems 245 at Road America. That means the two velocity yellow Corvettes will roll off the grid one behind the other for Sunday's sixth round of the American Le Mans Series. Antonio Garcia was second-quickest in the GT class with a 2:04.212 in the No. 3 Corvette he shares with Jan Magnussen.

Oliver Gavin qualified fourth in the No. 4 Corvette at 2:04.277 that he drives with Tommy Milner. The defending ALMS GT champions stand second in this year's championship. Garcia and Magnussen are third. Corvette Racing and Chevrolet lead the team and manufacturer standings, respectively.

"I am very happy with the way we performed," said Garcia, who made his Road America debut in 2012. "We got 100 percent out of the car. I believe everything will be even better for the race. We can use both cars to fight at the front."

The Road America round begins at 3 p.m. ET with live coverage on ABC.

Saturday's qualifying session was another tight one in the class. Only 0.699 seconds separated Garcia from the ninth-place qualifier. The pole-winning time was a 2:03.410. The Corvettes have a strong history at Road America with six class victories since its first race here in 2002.

So far in 2013, Corvette Racing has won three times in ALMS competition. Gavin and Milner won the most recent round at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park and opened the season with a victory at Sebring alongside Richard Westbrook. Garcia and Magnussen were winners at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca.

Orion Energy Systems 245 (all times CT)

  • Warmup: 8:30 a.m., Sunday, Aug. 11
  • Race: 2 p.m., Sunday Aug. 11

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ANTONIO GARCIA, NO. 3 COMPUWARE CORVETTE C6.R

"It was a good qualifying run. Yesterday I didn't put together a full lap. But that's what practice is for - to get used to new rubber and to see where you can and can't push. It was a pretty good lap. I had a couple of very equal laps, and on the previous one I made a little mistake. Maybe we could have improved a little bit but not enough to fight for pole position. For sure it will help to not have to go through the field at the start (like at the previous round at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park). We have a good car. If strategy goes the way it should, we will have a great car for the race."

OLIVER GAVIN, NO. 4 COMPUWARE CORVETTE C6.R

"Coming off our victory in Canada, starting from the second row is very good. We have to hunt and search a lot to gain on the pole time. But the rest of the class is very close. You could throw a blanket over all of us. As it always is here, it will be a dogfight for those first couple of hours but then the last half an hour is the critical point. You have to make sure you have yourself in the right position and on the right tire otherwise you will really struggle. I'm confident that we have the right car and the right team."

DOUG FEHAN, CORVETTE RACING PROGRAM MANAGER

"Today's qualifying results were very encouraging. Hats off to Antonio and the crew of the No. 3 Corvette for picking up nearly a full second from the end of Friday's practice session. Oliver's time in the No. 4 car gives us an ideal spot to challenge and push early for the race lead. As we all know, Road America is full of challenges and one of the toughest circuits we will race. But good strategy combined with our solid teamwork will keep both our Corvettes in contention for a class victory."

ALMS GT Championship Standings

Driver Standings

Team Standings

Manufacturer Standings

1. Dirk Muller 70

2. Oliver Gavin/Tommy Milner 65

3. Antonio Garcia/Jan Magnussen 56

4. Dominik Farnbacher/Marc Goossens - 53

5. Bill Auberlen/Maxime Martin - 50

1. Corvette Racing 92

1. BMW Team RLL 80

2. SRT Motorsports 61

3. Paul Miller Racing 32

4. Risi Competizione - 29

1. Chevrolet 95

2. BMW 85

3. SRT 66

4. Ferrari 61

5. Porsche - 58

Corvette Racing at Road America

Year

Class

Drivers

Result

Car

Notes

2002

GTS

Fellows/O'Connell/Gavin

2nd

Corvette C5-R

Fellows pole; Gavin fastest race lap

   

Collins/Pilgrim

1st

Corvette C5-R

 

2003

GTS

Fellows/O'Connell

2nd

Corvette C5-R

 
   

Collins/Gavin

5th

Corvette C5-R

Gavin pole, fastest race lap

2004

GTS

Fellows/O'Connell

2nd

Corvette C5-R

 
   

Beretta/Gavin

1st

Corvette C5-R

Beretta pole, fastest race lap

2005

GT1

Fellows/O'Connell

2nd

Corvette C6.R

 
   

Beretta/Gavin

1st

Corvette C6.R

Gavin pole, Beretta fastest race lap

2006

GT1

Fellows/O'Connell

1st

Corvette C6.R

 
   

Beretta/Gavin

2nd

Corvette C6.R

Gavin fastest race lap

2007

GT1

Magnussen/O'Connell

2nd

Corvette C6.R

Magnussen pole, fastest race lap

   

Beretta/Gavin

1st

Corvette C6.R

 

2008

GT1

Magnussen/O'Connell

1st

Corvette C6.R

 
   

Beretta/Gavin

3rd

Corvette C6.R

Gavin pole, fastest race lap

2009

GT2

Magnussen/O'Connell

3rd

Corvette C6.R

 
   

Beretta/Gavin

6th

Corvette C6.R

 

2010

GT

Magnussen/O'Connell

4th

Corvette C6.R

 
   

Beretta/Gavin

3rd

Corvette C6.R

Gavin pole, fastest race lap

2011

GT

Beretta/Milner

14th

Corvette C6.R

 
   

Gavin/Magnussen

5th

Corvette C6.R

 

2012

GT

Garcia/Magnussen

6th

Corvette C6.R

Magnussen fastest race lap

   

Gavin/Milner

4th

Corvette C6.R

 

Release Date: August 10, 2013