CORVETTE RACING AT LONG BEACH: Second and Third Rows in GTLM Qualifying
Defending GTLM champions will go for seventh class victory at venue
LONG BEACH, Calif. (April 13, 2018) – Corvette Racing will go for its
seventh victory on the streets of southern California from the second
and third rows of the GT Le Mans (GTLM) category following qualifying
for Saturday’s Bubba Burger Sports Car Grand Prix at Long Beach.
Jan Magnussen qualified the No. 3 Mobil 1/SiriusXM Chevrolet Corvette
C7.R fourth Friday and Oliver Gavin fifth in the No. 4 Mobil 1/SiriusXM
Chevrolet Corvette C7.R for the third round of the IMSA WeatherTech
SportsCar Championship, which will air live on FOX starting at 4 p.m.
ET/1 p.m. PT.
Magnussen, a two-time winner at Long Beach, set a
best lap of 1:17.293 (91.661 mph) in the Corvette he shares with Antonio
Garcia. Not far back was Gavin, last year’s GTLM winner with Tommy
Milner, at 1:17.533 (91.377 mph). Gavin is a four-time class winner at
Long Beach to lead all IMSA drivers in victories at the 1.968-mile,
Corvette Racing is the defending GTLM race-winner
after Gavin Milner won last season on the final lap. It is one of six
victories for Corvette Racing since its Long Beach debut in 2007. No
team in IMSA has won more times at America’s longest-running street
Friday’s qualifying session laid the groundwork for what
could be another extremely tight race in GTLM. The top six cars were
within 0.680 seconds.
The Bubba Burger Sports Car Grand Prix at
Long Beach will air live at 4 p.m. ET on FOX. Live audio coverage from
IMSA Radio is available on IMSA.com.
JAN MAGNUSSEN, NO. 3 MOBIL 1/SiriusXM CHEVROLET CORVETTE C7.R – FOURTH
IN GTLM: "Not exactly where we wanted to be, but at least we improved
the car from the final practice to qualifying. I don't know what was
wrong in the last practice. The car just didn't have a lot of grip, but
we found some speed for qualifying. P4 is not great, but it is not bad.
We just have to see what we can get back when we get going.
Beach, qualifying is important because you can kind of dictate the race
a little bit if you can get a lead. But if you can't get pole, you
better have an awesome race so that is what we are going to do."
OLIVER GAVIN, NO. 4 MOBIL 1/SiriusXM CHEVROLET CORVETTE C7.R – FIFTH IN
GTLM: "It's been an interesting day. We've gone through a number of
setup changes. I don't think we had the ultimate pace to be on pole
here, but I felt we could be on the front row. I think I was attacking
the circuit but sometimes during that qualifying session I was just was
overdriving - flying over curbs, getting too aggressive like though the
turns Nine, 10 and 11 areas. I had a number of laps that were really
good up to through Turn Nine and into 10, then the lap would unravel
through the last two corners. It just got very, very frustrating. It was
either through 10 or 11 that I would do something wrong. So, I have to
get back and look at that. But we are P5, and we proved last year that
we can fight and battle from there. We genuinely have a good race car.
I've just got to get it figured out how to get through 10 and 11! I will
go back and look at that and have it figured it out by tomorrow. It’ll