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 7/3/21 12:17pm
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No. 3 Corvette takes GTLM victory over teammates Milner, Tandy in No. 4 C8.R


CORVETTE RACING AT WATKINS GLEN: Garcia, Taylor Take Glen Sweep
No. 3 Corvette takes GTLM victory over teammates Milner, Tandy in No. 4 C8.R


WATKINS GLEN, NY (June 27, 2021) – Antonio Garcia and Jordan Taylor won for
Corvette Racing in the IMSA WeatherTech 240 on Friday, their second GT Le
Mans (GTLM) victory in the No. 3 Mobil 1/SiriusXM Chevrolet Corvette C8.R at
Watkins Glen International in five days.


Garcia got the jump on Corvette Racing teammate Tommy Milner – sharing the
No. 4 Mobil 1/SiriusXM Corvette with Nick Tandy– on a traffic-filled restart
with 28 minutes remaining in a storm-interrupted race.


Taylor led from pole position before Tandy moved ahead in the No. 4 Corvette
about 15 minutes into the race. The gap between the teammates constantly
ebbed and flowed with traffic – from slower GTD and LMP3 cars and the
quicker DPi and LMP2 runners.


Taylor was the first Corvette driver to hit pitlane at 51 minutes running.
He came in from second place in class and handed over to Garcia, who left
with a full tank of fuel and fresh Michelin tires. Tandy carried on for
another two laps before stopping just before the pits closed for the race’s
full-course caution period.


Milner got in the 4 Corvette and returned to the lead behind the safety car.
Heavy rain started to pelt parts of the circuit with the field under yellow.
Two laps later, race officials halted the race due to a lightning strike in
the immediate area of Watkins Glen.


The field began rolling again with 50 minutes to go behind the safety car.
Another full-course caution period with 36 minutes left forced another reset
before the race went green the rest of the way.


The next event for Corvette Racing is the Northeast Grand Prix from Lime
Rock Park on July 16-17. The race will air at 5:30 p.m. ET on Saturday, July
17 with live streaming coverage on TrackPass and NBC Sports Gold at 3:05
p.m. ET. Live audio coverage from IMSA Radio will be available on IMSA.com,
Sirius 216, XM 202 and SiriusXM Online 992.


ANTONIO GARCIA, NO. 3 MOBIL 1/SiriusXM CHEVROLET CORVETTE C8.R – GTLM
RACE-WINNER: "We can’t complain, for sure. The main thing is the C8.R is
really, really strong and kind of easy to drive in those conditions. Somehow
that red flag was kind of a relief. It was going to be a nightmare out there
between Turn Six and Turn Eight. Luckily there was a red flag, which made
things still interesting because we had to stay on slicks. I knew that was
the main thing but I had to take chances there. I knew it was wet, but I had
to be a little more aggressive than Tommy. He got caught out in the last
corner with some of the P cars, so I had to take advantage. The grip was
very, very good. I opened the gap and then just maintained because you never
know... there might have been another yellow and I had to have good tires
for the end. I'm very happy with the No. 3 C8.R, but obviously Team Chevy
and Corvette Racing are doing a great job. I’m looking forward to the next
race and especially Le Mans which is coming soon.

"It was very challenging for sure. We pitted just before the red flag, and
so did the 4 car. That would have been a key part of the race without the
red because it would have been interesting to know how Tommy would have
dealt with the damp track on cold tires. Those one or two laps of green
before the red let me switch on the tires a little bit, at least. Even if we
had to wait for a half-hour, somehow I heated up the tires pretty quickly
before the start. Tommy was the one who had to take the risks. The first
restart after yellow, I knew I could switch on the tire a little bit better
than him. So on the second one I was all-out and he got caught up on the
last corner with some P cars. I just took advantage. After that, you had to
close your eyes. From the Carousel onward, you had to believe the grip would
be there. I knew the first two laps would be the main thing in the race. I
could pull out those two seconds and kept the gap from that point. From that
point, Tommy was the one who had to take the risks to close in. I didn't
want to push so hard because you never know if you'll go yellow again and
I'd need good tires. It was a good battle with our teammates, which is
difficult because they have the same car and same tools as you. I'm very
happy for Corvette to go 1-2. We're looking forward to the next few races,
and Le Mans is coming closer. We're looking forward to that too."

THE PASS FOR THE LEAD.
"It was green for us but I made the pass basically coming out of the last
corner. We weren't side-by-side into Turn One. I knew after the Bus Stop
that it would be a little wet so I took a little more risk than Tommy did to
open the gap and hold it. I was lucky that I could keep the car on the
track. It can go either way. You can pull out a second or put it in the
wall. I was glad for the first option."

WERE THERE OTHER DIFFICULT MOMENTS AFTER THAT?
"Oh yeah, but there were for Tommy as well. We were both flat out. The car
was really good in those conditions. We realized that all last year with all
the wet races we had. The C8.R looks very strong in all conditions."


JORDAN TAYLOR, NO. 3 MOBIL 1/SiriusXM CHEVROLET CORVETTE C8.R – GTLM
RACE-WINNER: "I was struggling with tire temp in the beginning. But once I
got in a rhythm, the car kind of came to life for the second half of my
stint. Once we handed it over to Antonio, the weather hit and we had a red
flag. We were happy to see it go green again. Obviously we had a great spot
on TV today to get some great racing in. Antonio made a great restart and
was able to get by the No. 4 car and then kind of maintain it from there. So
another great day for Corvette Racing going one-two and another great day
for us in the No. 3 car.
"It was a good race all the way through. We had a good battle with the 4 car
all day. I ran second most of my stint and then the way the pit cycle
worked, it was going to be interesting to see how it fell through with fuel
strategy and tire warm-up. Once it went red, we knew we had some practice
time and qualifying in intermittent conditions, so we had some good
confidence in what the car would be like once it went back green. Antonio
got by the 4 car on the restart and maintained that gap through the end.
It's another great day for Corvette Racing with a 1-2 finish and for us in
the 3 Corvette to go back-to-back with the Six Hours last weekend."

HOW MUCH FUN IS IT RACING AGAINST YOUR TEAMMATES?
"I'd say it's fun, but it's stressful at the same time. There are no team
orders of who will win the race. They let us race on track, but obviously
any contact will be frowned upon. We had a head-to-head battle at Daytona
and the last couple of weekends has been head-to-head. The guys in the 4 car
are professionals and two of the best in GT racing. Like Antonio said, it's
great to have that rivalry but it's difficult when you've got such great
drivers in both cars. You're competing against the best in the same
equipment. We've come out on top the last two races but just as easily those
guys could have won as well."


TOMMY MILNER, NO. 4 MOBIL 1/SiriusXM CHEVROLET CORVETTE C8.R – FINISHED
SECOND IN GTLM: "Obviously the long red flag really reset the race. I'm
really frustrated. I had some traffic coming to the green, some cars pitting
coming to the green and that held me up massively. That was basically the
race there. Antonio got by me by start-finish because I had such a bad run
out of the last corner. It caught me off-guard. I left a gap just to account
to any speed differential but I didn't expect (the car ahead) to hit the
brakes in the middle of the corner. There was traffic up the hill, and
Antonio probably had two or 2.5 seconds on me. I think we ended up 2.5
seconds behind. It's frustrating... we're doing everything right with the
things we can control with the strategy. Nick did an awesome job at the
start to get us out front. It's just not going our way right now. It's
tough. But I'm proud of the guys. I know they're bummed. We've been fast and
done everything right that we can control. We haven't had the luck. On to
the next one."


NICK TANDY, NO. 4 MOBIL 1/SiriusXM CHEVROLET CORVETTE C8.R – FINISHED FOURTH
IN GTLM: "It's bitterly disappointing. We put ourselves in position as a
team to have what looked like a pretty comfortable 1-2. Up to the point, the
way the guys managed the race – the pit stops, how the engineers set the car
up for the race – had us absolutely flying. A few laps before the last
yellow, I felt something strange on the car and we'll have to investigate
what happened. We're disappointed, but there are a lot of positives to go
into next week with."
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