Congratulations Corvette Racing

Oliver Gavin and Tommy Milner captured their second GTLM Driver’s Championship in the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship on Saturday with a third-place finish at Petit Le Mans.

It’s the 10th drivers’ championship for Corvette Racing and it joins the manufacturers championship Chevrolet won earlier in the day and the GTLM Team Championship, giving the team a clean sweep

“Oliver, Tommy and Marcel teamed up again to drive a smart race and capture a podium finish that delivered valuable points,” said Jim Campbell, Chevrolet U.S. Vice President, Performance Vehicles and Motorsports. “As a result, Oliver and Tommy clinched the 2016 GTLM Driver’s Championship. Congratulations to the entire Corvette C7.R team on their preparation and execution all season long.”

There was more good news as Corvette Racing also swept the Manufacturer’s, Driver’s and Team championships in the Tequila Patrón North American Endurance Cup to go along with their IMSA hat-trick.

Through smart strategy, heads-up driving and solid pitwork the rest of the way, the Garcia/Magnussen/Rockenfeller trio gained back three laps and finished behind the team car in class.

Corvette Racing will open the 2017 IMSA season in the Rolex 24 At Daytona on Jan. 28-29.

TOMMY MILNER, NO. 4 MOBIL 1/SiriusXM CHEVROLET CORVETTE C7.R – GTLM DRIVER’S CHAMPION/FINISHED THIRD IN GTLM RACE: “Woo! That feels really good. It doesn’t have the initial shock of a win, but deep down this is a pretty satisfying end of the season. We had four wins… a couple of bad races, but we had some amazing ones as well. I just don’t know what to say. Most of all, I am just really happy. I feel really fortunate to be a part of this Corvette Racing team and Chevy. Every year, every weekend, every practice session, I always have the best stuff. That is all a driver can ask for. Yea…I’m happy. This is perfect!”

OLIVER GAVIN, NO. 4 MOBIL 1/SiriusXM CHEVROLET CORVETTE C7.R – GTLM DRIVER’S CHAMPION/FINISHED THIRD IN GTLM RACE: “We’ve had a fantastic year. It started off with a fantastic race at Daytona. That was just epic to get that result. The one-two and the way we did it was just phenomenal. Then the win Sebring with Tommy – he was a rock and just steady the whole race. It was phenomenal again! He was a legend. We’ve just managed to pick up some great finishes throughout the season. Then to get the 100th win at Lime Rock – I think that is where Tommy and I really started believing that we could actually win this. Yes, the competition had some good results up to that point and we needed to stop their momentum, and we did that there. That crazy finish at Road America… We just sort of arrived here and knew what we needed to do. We executed really well and got another podium and another third place like last year. It is a great way to wrap up the championship in this way. I mean we got the Manufacturer Championship for Chevrolet, the Driver Championship, the Team Championship and the North American Endurance Cup Championship. We got it all. I’m thrilled… just thrilled. I’m thrilled for Tommy and thrilled for the team. Having Marcel (Fässler) on the team here in America has been just brilliant. He has been like our lucky charm in the car. He has been brilliant to have in the car. We want him back next year.”

MARCEL FÄSSLER, NO. 4 MOBIL 1/SiriusXM CHEVROLET CORVETTE C7.R – FINISHED THIRD IN GTLM RACE: “It was a very good experience for me, for sure. I’m really, really happy that I could be a part of the No. 4 car, especially today when they won the championship. This was not always quite easy because on one hand you want to push for the win, but on the other hand you have to keep in mind that you are going for a championship title. The Corvette was really great again, and it was a lot of fun. It was an incredible three races for me… two wins – Daytona in the first appearance for me, then Sebring and now another podium here. The championship for Olly and Tommy, it is really great. Also the title for Corvette Racing… it is amazing to be part of the whole team.”

 

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