Corvette’s Ready to Race at Le Mans

Corvette Racing is ready for its 18th 24 Hours of Le Mans after Antonio Garcia put the No. 63 Corvette on the third row, and Tommy Milner stuck the sister No. 64 C7.R on the fifth row in final qualifying Thursday night.

Garcia’s top time came at the open of Thursday’s final session. The No. 63 Corvette, which will be shared with Jan Magnussen and Jordan Taylor driving, would end up just 0.647 seconds off the pole-winning Aston Martin.

Milner’s best lap was 1.2 seconds off the pace in a car he will share with Oliver Gavin and ex-Audi man Marcel Fässler. 1.7 seconds covers pole to the last place Porsche in GTE-Pro.

Despite the time, the team ran a preplanned strategy to prep the cars for racing on Saturday and Sunday, instead of a single fast lap time. It’s a formula that’s hauled in eight class victories since Corvette Racing came to La Sarthe in 2001.

The green flag for the 85th running of the Le Mans 24 Hours is set to drop 9 a.m. ET on Saturday.

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