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PRESS RELEASE:

Corvette Racing returns to the endurance stage this weekend in the IMSA
WeatherTech SportsCar Championship on a four-race win streak


CORVETTE RACING AT ATLANTA: Right Places, Right Times


• Corvette C8.R riding four-race GT Le Mans win streak
• Garcia, Taylor winners of last two IMSA rounds
• Chevrolet enters with expanded lead in Manufacturer’s Championship
• Corvette Racing with 10 victories at Michelin Raceway Road Atlanta
• Six-hour endurance race is team’s first since WEC at Circuit of The
Americas


DETROIT (Sept. 2, 2020) – Corvette Racing returns to the endurance stage
this weekend in the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship on a four-race
win streak and an increased margin in the series’ GT Le Mans (GTLM)
category.



The TireRack.com Grand Prix at Michelin Raceway Road Atlanta is the Corvette
program’s sixth race of the year and fifth in the IMSA Championship. At six
hours in duration, it also marks the first long-distance endurance race for
the team since a February round of the World Endurance Championship and the
first in IMSA since the season-opening Rolex 24 At Daytona in January – also
the debut of the mid-engine Chevrolet Corvette C8.R.


Much has changed since the early days of 2020, to say the least. Racing is
back since an extended shutdown due to the COVID-19 pandemic, and since that
time no team has been on as big a roll as Corvette Racing. The team has
reeled off four consecutive victories – three by GTLM Driver’s Championship
leaders Antonio Garcia and Jordan Taylor in the No. 3 Mobil 1/SiriusXM
Chevrolet Corvette C8.R, including two weeks ago at VIR.


Teammates Oliver Gavin and Tommy Milner in the No. 4 Mobil 1/SiriusXM
Corvette C8.R have reeled off a win and runner-up finish since Corvette
Racing returned to action at Daytona in July. Those results have moved them
up to third in the GTLM Championship, and the combined efforts of the two
Corvettes have Chevrolet comfortably ahead in the class Manufacturer’s
Championship.


The four-race win run has been remarkable in the ways that the program has
claimed victory. Rather than having outright power and pace of its
competitors, Corvette Racing has relied on execution and minimizing mistakes
while capitalizing on those of others.


This weekend’s race takes the place of the Sahlen’s Six Hours at The Glen,
originally set for late June at Watkins Glen International. The move to
Michelin Raceway Road Atlanta means Corvette Racing – and the rest of the
WeatherTech Championship – will compete in two long-distance events at the
circuit in less than two months with Petit Le Mans scheduled for Oct. 15-17.


The Corvette Racing program has won 10 times at Road Atlanta, eight of those
in long-distance endurance rounds. Gavin is IMSA’s winningest active driver
at the circuit with five wins, and Taylor is a past IMSA winner at the
track, having won twice in a prototype.


Road Atlanta is one of the tracks at which Corvette Racing tested the
mid-engine C8.R during its development phase, albeit more than a year ago.
It has been a good omen so far with victories at Daytona, Sebring, Road
America and VIR – all places where the Corvette C8.R was tested in the past.


Both the Corvette C8.R and the 2020 Corvette Stingray production car were
developed simultaneously with a deeper level of technology transfer between
the race car and a production Corvette than ever before, which helps
contribute to many of its advancements. As a result, the C8.R shares the
highest percentage of parts between the production and race car than any
previous generation.


The TireRack.com Grand Prix is scheduled for 11:35 a.m. ET on Saturday with
live coverage on NBC Sports Network starting at 11:30 a.m. ET before
continuing on Trackpass at 12:30 p.m. and returning to NBCSN at 2:30 p.m.
IMSA Radio will stream Friday's qualifying as well as the race on IMSA.com,
which also will host live timing and scoring.

ANTONIO GARCIA, NO. 3 MOBIL 1/SiriusXM CHEVROLET CORVETTE C8.R: “It’s true
that we’ve won three of the last four races, but we cannot get complacent
with a lot of races to go. In all of these races, our pace has been decent
compared to the other GTLM cars. What has impressed me the most during this
run is the attention to details and how Corvette Racing always seems to have
us in position to capitalize on mistakes. That comes down some to strategy,
how we maintain track position and yes some luck as well. But the results
speak for themselves. Let’s see if that continues this weekend at Atlanta.”


JORDAN TAYLOR, NO. 3 MOBIL 1/SiriusXM CHEVROLET CORVETTE C8.R: “I’m looking
forward to going back to Michelin Raceway Road Atlanta. It’s a month earlier
than we had originally planned, but it’s always good to go there. I’ve
enjoyed success there before in both Prototype and GT cars, and it would be
great to add to it this weekend with the C8.R. The last two months have been
pretty crazy not just with winning races but how we’ve done it. That’s the
never-give-up attitude that Corvette Racing has shown for more than 20
years. We try and find a way to be in the best position to take advantage
when breaks come our way.”


OLIVER GAVIN, NO. 4 MOBIL 1/SiriusXM CHEVROLET CORVETTE C8.R: “It’s been an
up-and-down season for us on the No. 4 Corvette, but we’re going to a track
I really enjoy. There have been a lot of fantastic moments and race wins at
Michelin Raceway Road Atlanta in both sprint and long-distance races. This
six-hour race has a lot of potential for myself, Tommy and Corvette Racing.
We were right there at VIR two weeks ago, and the two tracks share a handful
of characteristics – a good mix of mid- to high-speed corners and
significant elevation changes. I enjoyed driving the C8.R around Road
Atlanta during our test program, and it should be that much better this time
around.”


TOMMY MILNER, NO. 4 MOBIL 1/SiriusXM CHEVROLET CORVETTE C8.R: “It will be
interesting to race at Michelin Raceway Road Atlanta twice in a short span.
We have a lot of laps and data there, and fortunately some in the C8.R
during our early testing program. The conditions for this weekend will be
considerably warmer which should make the track greasier during the heat of
the day Saturday. How we manage our tires and track position will go a long
way to determining where we end up. We’ve learned a lot about tire life and
how this new mid-engine Corvette changes and evolves during a race. We’ll
put that to good practice this weekend.”





2020 WeatherTech SportsCar Championship – GTLM Standings
Driver Standings
1. Antonio Garcia/Jordan Taylor – 165
2. Earl Bamber/Laurens Vanthoor – 146
3. Oliver Gavin/Tommy Milner – 145
4. Fred Makowiecki/Nick Tandy – 143
5. Jesse Krohn/John Edwards – 141


Team Standings
1. No. 3 Corvette Racing – 165
2. No. 912 Porsche GT Team – 146
3. No. 4 Corvette Racing – 145
4. No. 911 Porsche GT Team – 143
5. No. 24 BMW Team RLL – 141


Manufacturer Standings
1. Chevrolet – 170
2. BMW – 159
3. Porsche – 156
4. Ferrari – 28

Corvette Racing at Michelin Raceway Road Atlanta
1999
No. 3 Corvette C5-R: Ron Fellows/Chris Kneifel/John Paul Jr. – 5th in GTS
No. 4 Corvette C5-R: Andy Pilgrim/Kelly Collins/Scott Sharp – 4th in GTS


2000
No. 3 Corvette C5-R: Ron Fellows/Chris Kneifel/Justin Bell – 3rd in GTS
(Fellows pole)
No. 4 Corvette C5-R: Andy Pilgrim/Kelly Collins/Franck Freon – 1st in GTS


2001
No. 3 Corvette C5-R: Ron Fellows/Johnny O'Connell/Scott Pruett – 9th in GTS
No. 4 Corvette C5-R: Andy Pilgrim/Kelly Collins/Franck Freon – 1st in GTS
(Pilgrim pole)


2002
No. 3 Corvette C5-R: Ron Fellows/Johnny O'Connell/Oliver Gavin – 1st in GTS
No. 4 Corvette C5-R: Andy Pilgrim/Kelly Collins/Franck Freon – 3rd in GTS
(Pilgrim fastest race lap)


2003*
No. 3 Corvette C5-R: Ron Fellows/Johnny O'Connell – 3rd in GTS
No. 4 Corvette C5-R: Oliver Gavin/Kelly Collins – 1st in GTS


2003
No. 3 Corvette C5-R: Ron Fellows/Johnny O'Connell/Franck Freon – 5th in GTS
No. 4 Corvette C5-R: Oliver Gavin/Kelly Collins/Andy Pilgrim – 3rd in GTS


2004
No. 3 Corvette C5-R: Ron Fellows/Johnny O'Connell/Max Papis – 2nd in GTS
No. 4 Corvette C5-R: Olivier Beretta/Oliver Gavin/Jan Magnussen – 1st in GTS
(Gavin pole, fastest race lap)


2005*
No. 3 Corvette C6.R: Ron Fellows/Johnny O'Connell – 1st in GT1 (O’Connell
pole, fastest race lap)
No. 4 Corvette C6.R: Olivier Beretta/Oliver Gavin – 2nd in GT1
2005
No. 3 Corvette C6.R: Ron Fellows/Johnny O'Connell/Max Papis – 6th in GT1
No. 4 Corvette C6.R: Olivier Beretta/Oliver Gavin/Jan Magnussen – 1st in GT1
(Beretta pole, Gavin fastest race lap)


2006
No. 3 Corvette C6.R: Ron Fellows/Johnny O'Connell/Max Papis – 4th in GT1 (O’Connell
pole)
No. 4 Corvette C6.R: Olivier Beretta/Oliver Gavin/Jan Magnussen – 3rd in GT1
(Gavin fastest race lap)


2007
No. 3 Corvette C6.R: Ron Fellows/Johnny O'Connell/Jan Magnussen – 3rd in GT1
No. 4 Corvette C6.R: Olivier Beretta/Oliver Gavin/Max Papis – 1st in GT1
(Gavin fastest race lap)


2008
No. 3 Corvette C6.R: Ron Fellows/Johnny O'Connell/Jan Magnussen – 1st in GT1
(O’Connell pole, Magnussen fastest race lap)
No. 4 Corvette C6.R: Olivier Beretta/Oliver Gavin/Max Papis – 2nd in GT1


2009
No. 3 Corvette C6.R: Jan Magnussen/Johnny O'Connell/Antonio Garcia – 6th in
GT2
No. 4 Corvette C6.R: Olivier Beretta/Oliver Gavin/Marcel Fässler – 4th in
GT2


2010
No. 3 Corvette C6.R: Olivier Beretta/Johnny O’Connell/Antonio Garcia – 6th
in GT
No. 4 Corvette C6.R: Oliver Gavin/Jan Magnussen/Emmanuel Collard – 1st in GT
(Magnussen fastest race lap)


2011
No. 3 Corvette C6.R: Olivier Beretta/Tommy Milner/Antonio Garcia – 17th in
GT
No. 4 Corvette C6.R: Oliver Gavin/Jan Magnussen/Richard Westbrook – 4th in
GT


2012
No. 3 Corvette C6.R: Jan Magnussen/Antonio Garcia/Jordan Taylor – 2nd in GT
No. 4 Corvette C6.R: Oliver Gavin/Tommy Milner/Richard Westbrook – 12th in
GT


2013
No. 3 Corvette C6.R: Jan Magnussen/Antonio Garcia/Jordan Taylor – 6th in GT
(Garcia/Magnussen ALMS GT title)
No. 4 Corvette C6.R: Oliver Gavin/Tommy Milner/Richard Westbrook – 10th in
GT


2014
No. 3 Corvette C7.R: Jan Magnussen/Antonio Garcia/Ryan Briscoe – 8th in GTLM
No. 4 Corvette C7.R: Oliver Gavin/Tommy Milner/Ryan Briscoe – 4th in GTLM


2015
No. 3 Corvette C7.R: Jan Magnussen/Antonio Garcia/Ryan Briscoe – 6th in GTLM
No. 4 Corvette C7.R: Oliver Gavin/Tommy Milner/Ryan Briscoe – 3rd in GTLM


2016
No. 3 Corvette C7.R: Jan Magnussen/Antonio Garcia/Mike Rockenfeller – 4th in
GTLM
No. 4 Corvette C7.R: Oliver Gavin/Tommy Milner/Marcel Fässler – 3rd in GTLM
(Gavin/Milner clinch GTLM title)


2017
No. 3 Corvette C7.R: Jan Magnussen/Antonio Garcia/Mike Rockenfeller – 2nd in
GTLM (Garcia/Magnussen clinch GTLM title)
No. 4 Corvette C7.R: Oliver Gavin/Tommy Milner/Marcel Fässler – 4th in GTLM


2018
No. 3 Corvette C7.R: Jan Magnussen/Antonio Garcia/Marcel Fässler – 8th in
GTLM (Garcia/Magnussen clinch GTLM title)
No. 4 Corvette C7.R: Oliver Gavin/Tommy Milner/Marcel Fässler – 2nd in GTLM

2019
No. 3 Corvette C7.R: Jan Magnussen/Antonio Garcia/Mike Rockenfeller – 4th in
GTLM
No. 4 Corvette C7.R: Oliver Gavin/Tommy Milner/Marcel Fässler – 7th in GTLM
* Two-hour, 45 minute races


CORVETTE RACING AT MICHELIN RACEWAY ROAD ATLANTA: By the Numbers
• 1: As in one team, one manufacturer and one model of car for more than 20
years: Corvette Racing, Chevrolet and the Chevrolet Corvette.
• 3: Generations of Corvette Racing entries at Road Atlanta since 1999 –
Corvette C5-R (1999-04) Corvette C6.R (2005-2013) and Corvette C7.R
(2014-current). The new-generation Corvette C8.R makes its Road Atlanta
debut this weekend.
• 6: Career victories at Road Atlanta for Oliver Gavin – all with Corvette
Racing. His first came in 2003 (Grand Prix of Atlanta), and five have come
in Petit Le Mans (most among active drivers).
• 10: Number of Road Atlanta victories for Corvette Racing dating back to
2000 – eight of those at Petit Le Mans.
• 10: Petit Le Mans wins for Chevrolet – eight in GT and two in Prototype.
That ranks third among manufacturers in event history.
• 12: Manufacturer Championships for Chevrolet and Corvette Racing since
2001.
• 20: Number of GT Le Mans wins in the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar
Championship for Corvette Racing since the start of 2014.
• 24: Tracks at which Corvette Racing has won races – Baltimore, COTA,
Canadian Tire Motorsport Park/Mosport, Daytona, Detroit, Houston, Laguna
Seca, Le Mans, Lime Rock, Long Beach, Miami, Mid-Ohio, Portland, Road
America, Road Atlanta, Sebring, Sonoma, St. Petersburg, Texas, Trois
Rivieres, Utah, VIR, Washington DC and Watkins Glen.
• 29: Number of drivers for Corvette Racing since 1999.
• 111: Victories worldwide for Corvette Racing – 102 in North America and
eight at Le Mans.
• 232: Event starts by Corvette Racing since 1999.
• 36,017.44: Number of racing miles completed by Corvette Racing in its 22
previous trips to Road Atlanta. That represents 13,539 laps or more than 560
trips around Interstate 285 – Atlanta’s Perimeter.
• 306,399.06: Total number of racing miles completed by Corvette Racing
since its inception. To put that in perspective, Corvette Racing is nearly
halfway to the distance traveled by Apollo 13 – the longest manned
spaceflight in history – at 622,268 miles.




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