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Corvette Racing takes the mid-engine Chevrolet Corvette C8.R to its first
new track in the IMSA

CORVETTE RACING AT MID-OHIO: A New Stop for Corvette C8.R

• First visit to Mid-Ohio for mid-engine Chevrolet Corvette C8.R
• Corvette Racing first and second in GTLM Drivers Championship
• Gavin, Milner back at site of 2012 ALMS GT victory
• Chevrolet simulator key in Mid-Ohio prep for Corvette Racing drivers


DETROIT (Sept. 22, 2020) – Corvette Racing takes the mid-engine Chevrolet
Corvette C8.R to its first new track in the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar
Championship this weekend as the series visits Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course
for the Acura Sports Car Challenge. It’s the seventh round of the
championship for the GT Le Mans (GTLM) class and sixth since racing returned
from the COVID-19 break in July.


The Corvette Racing program came out hot following the restart with four
wins in five races. Antonio Garcia and Jordan Taylor have won three times in
the No. 3 Mobil 1/SiriusXM Chevrolet Corvette C8.R and lead the GTLM Drivers
Championship, as does Chevrolet in the Manufacturers standings.


A runner-up finish at Michelin Raceway Road Atlanta earlier this month moved
Oliver Gavin and Tommy Milner to second in GTLM points in the No. 4 Mobil
1/SiriusXM Corvette C8.R. The teammates were victorious in class at Sebring
and placed second at Road America to start their march up the championship
order.


Unlike the previous seven IMSA events, Corvette Racing has not tested the
new-generation Corvette at Mid-Ohio – a highly technical track with
significant undulation and directional changes. As a result, the team and
its drivers will rely on data analysis and correlations from sessions at
Chevrolet’s Driver-in-the-Loop (DiL) simulator to arrive at effective
baseline and aero setups for the first of a pair of one-hour practice
sessions before Sunday’s qualifying and race.


Corvette Racing leads all IMSA entrants with eight class victories at
Mid-Ohio dating back to 2001 in the American Le Mans Series. Gavin is tied
for most victories by an active driver at the circuit with four and also
shares the lead for career Mid-Ohio poles with four. Taylor has two career
pole positions at the track – one each in the prototype and GT ranks.


Since making its return to Mid-Ohio in 2018, Corvette Racing has scored
consecutive GTLM podiums with Garcia part of each – third in 2018 and
runner-up last year.


The Acura Sports Car Challenge at Mid-Ohio is scheduled for 2:05 p.m. ET on
Sunday with same-day coverage on NBCSN at 11 p.m. ET. Live streaming
coverage begins at 2 p.m. via TrackPass on NBC Sports Gold. In addition,
IMSA Radio will broadcast 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 will be
a challenge to figure out what will be the best baseline at Mid-Ohio in a
very short amount of time. With this new schedule of running just a couple
of practices, it makes things very challenging – not only for us to get up
to speed in a very short time but also to put down a decent test program. It
feels much too short compared to what we are used to. So far this year, it
has been very difficult to get data and improve the car in two hours, but
also for Jordan to learn these tracks in new car. He knows all the circuits
but it may have been a long time since he’s run a GT car. He’s doing a great
job so far but it is extra work for him. Cutting down practice by an hour
isn’t making those things easy.”


JORDAN TAYLOR, NO. 3 MOBIL 1/SiriusXM CHEVROLET CORVETTE C8.R: “It will be
difficult going to Mid-Ohio. It’s a track where we haven’t tested the new
Corvette. It’s a situation where we can rely on the simulator, which has
been a great tool for us. It’s shown great results where we can develop the
car and then it shows up well on the track. Personally, every track we’ve
gone to this year has been a learning curve. At Daytona and Sebring, we had
test days. At Road America and VIR, just jumping in trying to figure it out
has been tough. It’s great to have my teammates to rely on. They’re very
open; I can ask any question and they’ll give me an honest answer. That
really accelerates the learning curve.”


OLIVER GAVIN, NO. 4 MOBIL 1/SiriusXM CHEVROLET CORVETTE C8.R: “Mid-Ohio is
going to be a challenge. That track is always one where you’re always
searching for grip. It’s a great track, one that I enjoy, and it seems to
create good racing. I think by that point, we should have a reasonable data
set with the C8.R and knowing what we can achieve with the car and the tires
we have from Michelin. The simulator is a huge resource that Corvette Racing
has been using. We know what we can get from that. I think we feel confident
that we should be able to generate some pretty good data from that to make
sure we are coming into Mid-Ohio as prepared as possible. I feel we will be
strong and good but it is another new track for this car. We’re learning
every weekend with this car, and that’s a good challenge.”


TOMMY MILNER, NO. 4 MOBIL 1/SiriusXM CHEVROLET CORVETTE C8.R: “Without
having a ton of real-world data to go off of, you have to lean on your
simulation tools – whether it’s the Driver-In-The-Loop resource or other
tools the team has at the race shop. But we also are taking lessons learned
from this year as well – setup things that have worked so far at some tracks
and on certain surfaces. We’ll use all the tools we have in our toolbox to
put us in a good spot heading into the weekend. These events have been
compressed and shortened quite a bit. Trying to get all those little details
figured out beforehand can make a huge difference ahead of race week.”


2020 WeatherTech SportsCar Championship – GTLM Standings
Driver Standings
1. Antonio Garcia/Jordan Taylor – 191
2. Oliver Gavin/Tommy Milner – 177
3. Bruno Spengler/Connor De Phillippi – 174
4. Jesse Krohn/John Edwards – 171
5. Earl Bamber/Laurens Vanthoor – 171


Team Standings
1. No. 3 Corvette Racing – 191
2. No. 4 Corvette Racing – 177
3. No. 25 BMW Team RLL – 174
4. No. 24 BMW Team RLL – 171
5. No. 912 Porsche GT Team – 171

Manufacturer Standings
1. Chevrolet – 202
2. BMW – 194
3. Porsche – 186
4. Ferrari – 28

Corvette Racing at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course
2001
No. 3 Corvette C5-R: Ron Fellows/Johnny O'Connell – 1st in GT1
No. 4 Corvette C5-R: Kelly Collins/Andy Pilgrim – 2nd in GT1


2002
No. 3 Corvette C5-R: Ron Fellows/Johnny O'Connell – 1st in GT1 (Fellows
pole)
No. 4 Corvette C5-R: Kelly Collins/Andy Pilgrim – 2nd in GT1


2004
No. 3 Corvette C5-R: Ron Fellows/Johnny O'Connell – 1st in GT1 (Fellows
pole)
No. 4 Corvette C5-R: Olivier Beretta/Oliver Gavin – 5th in GT1 (Gavin
fastest race lap)

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

2006
No. 3 Corvette C6.R: Ron Fellows/Johnny O'Connell – 2nd in GT1
No. 4 Corvette C6.R: Olivier Beretta/Oliver Gavin – 1st in GT1


2007
No. 3 Corvette C6.R: Jan Magnussen/Johnny O'Connell – 2nd in GT1 (O’Connell
pole, Magnussen fastest race lap)
No. 4 Corvette C6.R: Olivier Beretta/Oliver Gavin – 1st in GT1

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

2009
No. 3 Corvette C6.R: Jan Magnussen/Johnny O'Connell – 2nd in GT
No. 4 Corvette C6.R: Olivier Beretta/Oliver Gavin – 4th in GT

2010
No. 3 Corvette C6.R: Jan Magnussen/Johnny O'Connell – 13th in GT
No. 4 Corvette C6.R: Olivier Beretta/Oliver Gavin – 2nd in GT


2011
No. 3 Corvette C6.R: Olivier Beretta/Tommy Milner – 6th in GT
No. 4 Corvette C6.R: Oliver Gavin/Jan Magnussen – 2nd in GT


2012
No. 3 Corvette C6.R: Jan Magnussen/Antonio Garcia – 4th in GT
No. 4 Corvette C6.R: Oliver Gavin/Tommy Milner – 1st in GT (Gavin fastest
race lap)


2018
No. 3 Corvette C7.R: Jan Magnussen/Antonio Garcia – 3rd in GTLM
No. 4 Corvette C7.R: Oliver Gavin/Tommy Milner – 8th in GTLM

2019
No. 3 Corvette C7.R: Jan Magnussen/Antonio Garcia – 2nd in GTLM
No. 4 Corvette C7.R: Oliver Gavin/Tommy Milner – 8th in GTLM


CORVETTE RACING AT MID-OHIO: 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: Class victories at Mid-Ohio for Oliver Gavin, the most among active
Corvette Racing drivers. He and Tommy Milner won there in 2012, and they led
early in 2019.
• 5: Class victories at Mid-Ohio for former Corvette Racing pilot Johnny O’Connell,
the most among team drivers.
• 7: Consecutive victories at Mid-Ohio for Corvette Racing between 2001 and
2008; the team didn’t race there in 2003 as it was not part of the American
Le Mans Series schedule.
• 8: Class victories at Corvette Racing at Mid-Ohio – more than any entrant
in IMSA at the circuit.
• 8: As in Chevrolet’s small-block V8. More than 100 million units have been
sold worldwide and is the most successful engine in American motorsports.
• 9: Number of drivers who have competed at Mid-Ohio for Corvette Racing –
Olivier Beretta, Kelly Collins, Antonio Garcia, Oliver Gavin, Jan Magnussen,
Johnny O’Connell, Andy Pilgrim and Tommy Milner.
• 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.
• 233: Event starts by Corvette Racing since 1999.
• 6,343.56: Number of racing miles completed by Corvette Racing in its 13
previous trips to Mid-Ohio. That represents 2,817 miles.
• 307,689.38: 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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