CORVETTE RACING AT MID-OHIO: Ready to Charge… Rain or Shine
Two Chevrolet Corvettes to start from third and fourth rows
LEXINGTON, Ohio (May 5, 2018) – With an eye toward a questionable
raceday forecast, Corvette Racing will head into the Acura Sports Car
Challenge at Mid-Ohio prepared for both a dry and wet race. The two
Chevrolet Corvette C7.Rs will start from the third and fourth rows of
the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship’s GT Le Mans (GTLM) field.
The team’s task of winning for the ninth time at Mid-Ohio is not an
impossible one. Corvette Racing won in its last appearance at the
2.25-mile, 13-turn circuit in 2012 with Oliver Gavin and Tommy Milner
coming from sixth place to do it.
Saturday, Antonio Garcia
qualified fifth in the No. 3 Mobil 1/SiriusXM Chevrolet Corvette C7.R at
1:18.114 (104.063 mph) while Milner wasn’t far off at 1:18.452 (103.614
mph) in the No. 4 Mobil 1/SiriusXM Corvette. Garcia will drive with Jan
Magnussen, and Milner is back at Mid-Ohio with Gavin.
qualifying positions aren’t ideal, there is the knowledge that Corvette
Racing is confident in both its dry- and wet-weather setups. Friday’s
two practice sessions were run in mostly rainy – and windy – conditions
while Saturday stayed dry for final practice and qualifying.
Sunday’s forecast calls for dry conditions early with an increasing
likelihood of rain in the afternoon… just as the two-hour, 40-minute
race will enter its closing stages.
A victory would be the 108th for the Corvette Racing program and its 100th in North America.
Corvette Racing is in the midst of its 20th season of global
competition. Mid-Ohio is one of 21 tracks where the team has claimed at
least one victory.
The Acura Sports Car Challenge at Mid-Ohio
will air live at 1 p.m. ET on FOX Sports 2 and the FOX Sports Go app.
Streaming in-car footage along with live audio coverage of practice,
qualifying and the race from IMSA Radio is available on IMSA.com.
ANTONIO GARCIA, NO. 3 MOBIL 1/SiriusXM CHEVROLET CORVETTE C7.R –
QUALIFIED FIFTH IN GTLM: “I did so many laps exactly the same that it
was a bit annoying. It felt like no matter what I tried, the lap time
was the same. So far the weekend has been reasonable. We have been
reacting to the track a little bit, and we don’t know how it will
develop like we do at other tracks where we have been often. I’m not
happy with the result but I think we are close enough to be competitive
(Rain chances) “That always seems to be a question mark
about this track: when it will rain, how hard it will rain and for how
long. We cannot do anything about that except react to it and be in the
TOMMY MILNER, NO. 4 MOBIL 1/SiriusXM CHEVROLET
CORVETTE C7.R – QUALIFIED EIGHTH IN GTLM: “A lot of people, like us,
haven't been here in awhile. We seem to have a bit of a struggle with
car balance. We are throwing big changes at it to try and improve. We
made another big jump there in qualifying but obviously not enough.
We’ll keep working at it. I feel like we are sort of headed in the
right direction, so that is good. We haven't lost ourselves yet… we are
making steady progress. Our position isn’t ideal but the pace isn't that
far off, knowing how the car felt in qualifying. It felt to me like
there should and could be more performance in the car. We just need to
find it and unlock it."