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    Corvette Victorious at Long Beach

    Pos Starting Class Pos Class Car Number Drivers Best Time Laps Make
    1 2 1 P1 6 Lucas Luhr*/*Klaus Graf 01:15.5 86 HPD ARX-03a
    2 1 2 P1 16 Chris Dyson*/*Guy Smith 01:16.3 86 Lola B12/60
    3 8 1 PC 6 Alex Popow*/ Ryan Dalziel 01:19.1 85 Oreca FLM09
    4 11 2 PC 5 Michael Guasch*/*Memo Gidley 01:19.2 84 Oreca FLM09
    5 10 3 PC 5 Jonathan Bennett /*Colin Braun 01:20.0 84 Oreca FLM09
    6 18 1 GT 4 Oliver Gavin*/*Tommy Milner 01:20.2 84 Chevrolet Corvette C6 ZR1
    7 16 2 GT 56 Joey Hand*/ Dirk Muller 01:20.6 84 BMW E92 M3
    8 24 3 GT 1 Scott Sharp*/*Johannes van Overbeek 01:20.4 84 Ferrari F458 Italia
    9 17 4 GT 3 Jan Magnussen*/*Antonio Garcia 01:20.8 84 Chevrolet Corvette C6 ZR1
    10 4 1 P2 55 Scott Tucker*/*Christophe Bouchut 83 HPD ARX-03b
    11 27 5 GT 7 Adrian Fernandez*/*Darren Turner 83 Aston Martin Vantage
    12 23 6 GT 17 Wolf Henzler*/ Bryan Sellers 01:21.5 83 Porsche 911 GT3 RSR
    13 25 7 GT 45 Jorg Bergmeister /*Patrick Long 01:21.0 83 Porsche 911 GT3 RSR
    14 20 8 GT 48 Bryce Miller*/*Sascha Maassen 01:21.3 83 Porsche 911 GT3 RSR
    15 3 3 P1 20 Michael Marsal*/*Eric Lux 01:18.6 83 Lola B11/66
    16 14 4 PC 8 Kyle Marcelli*/*Antonio Downs 01:19.0 83 Oreca FLM09
    17 7 2 P2 37 Martin Plowman*/*David Heinemeier Hansson 83 Morgan
    18 13 5 PC 25 Duncan Ende*/*Henri Richard 01:21.3 82 Oreca FLM09
    19 7 3 P2 95 Scott Tucker*/*Luis Diaz 81 HPD ARX-03b
    20 21 9 GT 44 Seth Neiman*/*Marco Holzer 01:21.3 81 Porsche 911 RSR
    21 22 10 GT 2 Ed Brown*/*Guy Cosmo 80 Ferrari F458 Italia
    22 9 6 PC 22 Butch Leitzinger*/ Rudy Junco 01:19.3 80 Oreca FLM09
    23 29 1 GTC 34 Peter LeSaffre*/*Damien Faulkner 79 Porsche 911 GT3 Cup
    24 28 2 GTC 22 Cooper MacNeil*/*Leh Keen 01:24.4 79 Porsche 911 GT3 Cup
    25 31 3 GTC 11 Chris Cumming*/*Michael Valiante 01:24.5 79 Porsche 911 GT3 Cup
    26 33 4 GTC 32 James Sofronas*/*Alex Welch 01:25.5 79 Porsche 911 GT3 Cup
    27 30 5 GTC 66 Emilio Di Guida*/*Spencer Pumpelly 01:23.8 77 Porsche 911 GT3 Cup
    28 32 6 GTC 24 Bob Faieta*/*Michael Avenatti 01:25.0 74 Porsche 911 GT3 Cup
    29 19 11 GT 55 Jorg Muller*/*Bill Auberlen 71 BMW E92 M3
    30 12 7 PC 9 Bruno Junqueira*/*Tomy Drissi 01:18.2 69 Oreca FLM09
    31 26 12 GT 23 Bill Sweedler*/*Townsend Bell 01:24.3 57 Lotus Evora
    32 32 8 PC 7 James Kovacic*/*Tony Burgess 01:20.6 51 Oreca FLM09
    33 5 4 P2 54 Tim Pappas*/*Jeroen Bleekemolen 02:29.9 85 Lola B11/80 HPD

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    Re: Corvette Victorious at Long Beach

    Was #4 the car with or without the hood? I was watching the race on and off yesterday.
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    Re: Corvette Victorious at Long Beach

    Quote Originally Posted by rockyspaw View Post
    Was #4 the car with or without the hood? I was watching the race on and off yesterday.
    #4 car was unscratched through the race and set the fastest record ever for a GT2 car at long beach, going on to win.... the #3 ran without a hood for the whole race... We might begin to see corvettes dominate this season, their cars are now almost fully developed...
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    Re: Corvette Victorious at Long Beach

    Corvette Racing Wins Long Beach ALMS
    Gavin and Milner Score GT Victory on Streets of Long Beach; Magnussen and Garcia Finish Fourth in Battered Corvette
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    LONG BEACH, Calif. - Corvette Racing drivers Tommy Milner and Oliver Gavin won a hard-fought battle in the streets of Long Beach today, claiming a GT class victory in the second round of the American Le Mans Series. The pair completed 84 laps on the 1.968-mile temporary circuit in the No. 4 Compuware Corvette C6.R, finishing 4.26 seconds ahead of the runner-up No. 56 BMW. Antonio Garcia and Jan Magnussen brought their No. 3 Compuware Corvette C6.R home in fourth place after a first-lap accident left their car battered and bruised.

    The win was the first for the Milner/Gavin driver combination, and Milner's first career ALMS victory. "Finally a win!" exclaimed the 26-year-old racer. "I've been racing in the ALMS since 2006, and I've had podium finishes and great races. I felt confident that we had a car today that would be competitive and comfortable to drive. We were racing hard, but I kept a gap around me and it worked out well this time. Today the Corvette Racing team had the best combination, and I'm very happy to be part of that."

    Milner started the No. 4 Corvette third on the GT grid after qualifying was canceled due to rain. He avoided a first-lap chain reaction accident that damaged the sister Corvette C6.R, and then set off in pursuit of the class-leading No. 56 BMW. Milner passed for the lead at 24 minutes into the two-hour race, and then surrendered the point to the No. 01 Ferrari before the first and only pit stop. Gavin drove the second stint, moving from third to first with 45 minutes remaining after passing Scott Sharp's Ferrari and Dirk Mueller's BMW.


    "Tommy did a brilliant job of staying out of trouble at the start, and that was the key to our race," Gavin said. "If he'd been caught up in all of that, we'd have been struggling. Tommy did all the hard work at the start and he handed the car over to me in perfect condition. The car was spectacular straight off the truck thanks to the work of the Corvette Racing engineering team and crew.

    "I managed to get past the Ferrari pretty quickly and caught up to the BMW. Dirk was making it a little difficult, but I got on the inside and squeezed through. After that it was all about looking after the tires. Michelin did a fantastic job and we're very pleased with the tire performance. I'm delighted to be in the car with Tommy for his first ALMS win."

    Garcia started the No. 3 Corvette C6.R from second on the grid, but had yet to drive a lap at Long Beach on a dry track. When a pair of prototypes tangled on the first lap, th closely following pack of GT cars accordioned. Garcia made contact with the car ahead of him, and was in turn hit by the car behind him. The chain reaction accident left the Corvette with a damaged front fascia, a missing hood, a broken rear wing, and a cracked diffuser. In spite of the altered aerodynamics, Garcia ran second for 12 laps before ceding the position to Milner.

    "Everything was a little wild, especially with me not knowing the track very well," Garcia said. "I don't know how much losing the hood hurt us, but I was struggling with understeer. The Corvette is a very strong car - that's a good thing."

    Garcia handed off the battered car to Magnussen under a full-course caution shortly before the halfway point. After challenging the No. 56 BMW for second, Magnussen was passed by the No. 01 Ferrari in the closing minutes.


    "The car was a handful, but we hung on to the end," Magnussen said. "When I got in the car I was as fast as anybody, but I got caught up in a lot traffic. The aero downforce was gone after the first-lap incident - I made the tires last for a long time, but I was fighting hard with the BMW and in the end I didn't have anything left. If the car hadn't been damaged, we'd have been in with a good chance for a win."

    The victory was Corvette Racing's first in the GT category in Long Beach, and its fourth since the team moved from the GT1 class in 2009.

    "We felt very good about our baseline setup going into this event," said Doug Louth, Corvette Racing engineering director. "We didn't make any significant changes all weekend. The car engineers, Chuck Houghton and Kyle Millay, made major gains with our street course package at Baltimore last year, and today's result was a continuation of that success.

    "Track conditions were a challenge early in the race with only one day of running," Louth noted. "The Long Beach circuit historically changes over the course of the weekend and tire performance and wear improve. After the track came in, we were good to go - our Michelin tires did the trick. All four drivers were exceptional today - especially Antonio, who had never turned a lap here in the dry until the first lap of the race."

    "Today's race underscores just how good the engineering team and crew are at Corvette Racing," said Doug Fehan, Corvette Racing program manager. "We had absolutely zero track time in the dry, yet both cars moved immediately to the front. That is a testament to the quality of this team."

    Corvette Racing's next race is the six-hour American Le Mans Monterey at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca on Saturday, May 12.

    American Le Mans Series at Long Beach GT Results (Top 10)
    Pos./Car No./Drivers/Car/Laps
    1. 4 Gavin/Milner, Corvette C6.R, 84
    2. 56 Mueller/Hand, BMW E92 M3, 84
    3. 01 Sharp/van Overbeek, Ferrari 458 Italia, 84
    4. 3 Magnussen/Garcia, Corvette C6.R, 84
    5. 007 Fernandez/Turner, Aston Martin Vantage 83
    6. 17 Henzler/Sellers, Porsche 911 GT3 RSR, 83
    7. 45 Bergmeister/Long, Porsche 911 GT3 RSR, 83
    8. 48 Miller/Maassen, Porsche 911 GT3 RSR, 83
    9. 44 Neiman/Holzer, Porsche 911 GT3 RSR, 81
    10. 02 Brown/Cosmo, Ferrari F458 Italia, 80

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    Re: Corvette Victorious at Long Beach

    They just won in IndyCar, too.

    Good weekend for Chevrolet Racing.
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    Re: Corvette Victorious at Long Beach

    Quote Originally Posted by Suziebob View Post
    They just won in IndyCar, too.

    Good weekend for Chevrolet Racing.
    Too bad Jimmy couldn't get it done at Texas last night otherwise it would have been a sweep.

    And how about that Chevy Indycar program? Coming from 10 spot behind penalties for engine changes. Superior acceleration, power, and fuel economy. I seriously wonder if Honda or Lotus will win a race this year?
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    Re: Corvette Victorious at Long Beach

    Quote Originally Posted by Suziebob View Post
    They just won in IndyCar, too.

    Good weekend for Chevrolet Racing.
    They didn't just win, they dominated!

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    In the end, despite the penalties, Chevrolet drivers claimed eight of the top-10 finishing spots.
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    Re: Corvette Victorious at Long Beach

    Fantastic and congratulations to Chevy! This will pay off in the end. It will take time but it will pay off for them with better sales.

    Where is Ford in all this?

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    Re: Corvette Victorious at Long Beach

    Quote Originally Posted by Burnout Czar View Post
    Too bad Jimmy couldn't get it done at Texas last night otherwise it would have been a sweep.

    And how about that Chevy Indycar program? Coming from 10 spot behind penalties for engine changes. Superior acceleration, power, and fuel economy. I seriously wonder if Honda or Lotus will win a race this year?
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    Re: Corvette Victorious at Long Beach

    Quote Originally Posted by Speedjerk View Post
    Fantastic and congratulations to Chevy! This will pay off in the end. It will take time but it will pay off for them with better sales.

    Where is Ford in all this?
    Ford is focusing on Nascar. They want to win this year's drivers and manufacturers championships. Chev has dominated forever.
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    Re: Corvette Victorious at Long Beach

    This is a great success for team Corvette. The top 4 cars were all on the same lap - a little close to call it domination.

    BMW dominated GT so far. It's said that they had 20-30 hp over any other car. Have they been saddled with more weight, some some other equalizing measure? I haven't followed the series close enough to know whether the Corvettes got faster, or if the BMW got slower.

    They're already talking about the SRT-10 coming to ALMS

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    Re: Corvette Victorious at Long Beach

    I thought there was a thread on here after the first race lamenting how poor the Corvette team is, they are an embarrassment, their motors suck, etc.

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    Re: Corvette Victorious at Long Beach

    Quote Originally Posted by Suziebob View Post
    They just won in IndyCar, too.

    Good weekend for Chevrolet Racing.
    THIS was the bigger news. Handing the first 10 spots away at the start, yet still dominating the race. Chevy and Penske are 3-0 to start the season. Hard to complain about that, unless you are Honda...

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    Re: Corvette Victorious at Long Beach

    Porsche and Ferrari teams have a lot of factory support, Tiquira patron cars were fast, Rissi was missing and the BMW's were competitive,

    However its shocking to see the new Porsche just does not have the Mojo.. Aston Martin was no where near competitive...

    The Ferrari I thought would do better given the factory support, but man, the corvettes ruled...

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    Re: Corvette Victorious at Long Beach

    The Risi cars are preparing for Lemans and the FIA world challange race series. BMW still has an advantage over the Corvettes with the top end.........because they are still not a legal car [in my opinion]. Watch that the 458's will be much better at Lemans [as will the Vettes] because of the new aero and the new wheel flares. Any little changes now can make a real difference because the cars are so close. LB was hard to compare because they are like on slot cars compared to Lemans, Road America, etc. Corvette is still being penalized on power but making it up on the aero....... Nice job in the wind tunnel !!!

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