CORVETTE RACING AT VIR:
Second, Fourth Rows in Shot at
Team going for fourth
class victory in seven years at Virginia
Virginia (August 18,
2018) – Corvette Racing will start from the second and fourth rows of the IMSA
WeatherTech SportsCar Championship at Virginia International Raceway following a
somewhat damp qualifying session for Sunday's Michelin GT Challenge at VIR.
qualified fourth and Tommy Milner seventh in GT Le Mans (GTLM), which has
headliner honors this weekend. Corvette Racing will go for its fourth victory at
VIR in seven tries and third in a row.
A steady rain
enveloped two-thirds of the 3.27-mile, 17-turn circuit just ahead of GTLM
qualifying. As a result, the difference in conditions on opposite sides of the
track made the driving and strategy tricky. Had it remained dry, Corvette Racing
likely would have been in strong condition for pole position; Garcia was
quickest in Friday’s second practice and Milner was fastest in Saturday
morning’s final session.
Garcia set a
best lap in qualifying of 1:56.760 (100.821 mph) in the No. 3 Mobil 1/SiriusXM
Chevrolet Corvette C7.R that he shares with Jan Magnussen. The duo has made VIR
its playground the last two years with consecutive victories and a pole position
for Magnussen in 2016.
Magnussen are second in the GTLM Driver’s Championship with three races
remaining – four points behind the leaders – and have finished on the class
podium in the last five IMSA races.
time was a 1:57.492 (100.193 mph) in the No. 4 Mobil 1/SiriusXM Chevrolet
Corvette C7.R, which he will drive with Oliver Gavin. They were class winners at
VIR in the 2012 American Le Mans Series race, and Milner set the fastest race
lap a year ago.
Milner stand fourth in GTLM points with a victory earlier this year at Long
The Michelin GT
Challenge is set for 1:05 p.m. ET with FOX Sports 1 airing the race live from
1-2 p.m., followed by coverage on FOX Sports 2 from 2-4 p.m. Streaming in-car
footage along with live audio coverage of practice, qualifying and the race from
IMSA Radio is available on IMSA.com.
GARCIA, NO. 3 MOBIL 1/SiriusXM CHEVROLET CORVETTE C7.R – QUALIFIED THIRD:
“It was difficult to
judge the amount of grip we would have. The differences between one side of
track and the other was extreme. I felt I had to save my tires on the dry side
and probably didn’t push a bit. We waited a bit to go out and only had three
laps, so it was tough. We’re still on the second row, which isn’t bad
considering how good or bad we would have been in the dry. We’ll see what
MILNER, NO. 4 MOBIL 1/SiriusXM CHEVROLET CORVETTE C7.R – QUALIFIED
shoulda, woulda… Unfortunately the skies opened up right before we out and made
the track really tricky. It’s easy to say that ‘if this’ and ‘if that’ it had
stayed dry. But the guys ahead of me did a better job, but we have a great
Corvette. Our car in the dry has been super fast all weekend. Olly and I feel
good about it, and that’s the part that matters. We’ll look forward to a dry
race and a good result.”