Corvettes to Start Second and Third on Streets of Long Beach (LIVE on ESPN2 7:30 EST)

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    Corvettes to Start Second and Third on Streets of Long Beach (LIVE on ESPN2 7:30 EST)

    Corvettes to Start Second and Third on Streets of Long Beach
    Grid Set by Championship Points as Rain Washes Out Qualifying for Second Round of ALMS
    April 13, 2012

    Corvette Racing



    LONG BEACH, Calif. - The streets of Long Beach were awash today as qualifying for Saturday's two-hour American Le Mans Series at Long Beach was canceled due to rain and standing water on the temporary circuit. With the starting grid consequently determined by championship points, the No. 3 Compuware Corvette C6.R driven by Jan Magnussen and Antonio Garcia will start second in the GT category, and the No. 4 Compuware Corvette C6.R of Oliver Gavin and Tommy Milner will start third.

    Today's early-morning practice session was shortened by red flags and intermittent downpours, limiting the Corvettes to less than two-dozen laps in two hours. Eight hours later, qualifying began under sunny skies, but the rain returned shortly after the start of the 15-minute session for the GT entries. Race officials red-flagged the session and subsequently abandoned qualifying. In accordance with IMSA regulations, the grid was then set on championship points.

    Gavin turned a time at 1:32.641 in two flying laps, the fourth quickest time in the rain-shortened session. "It was looking good on the first couple of laps," he said. "Our tires were taking a little time to come in with the cold track, but we had a good car and I was catching the cars ahead of me quickly. Then it really started raining as I came down the front straight. At that point I could see the mist on the circuit, cars were struggling to stop and were going down the escape roads. I knew the session would be red-flagged and thought we'd have to start wherever we were, P4 at the time. Subsequently the officials abandoned the session and we'll start on points instead.

    "It's a shame we didn't get a full run in the dry here, but I feel that the car is going to be good," Gavin continued. "I feel optimistic about the race tomorrow. I know the Corvette Racing crew is doing an excellent job setting up the car, and I'll take our Corvette over any other car in the field straight off the truck."

    Magnussen was fifth quickest in two timed laps with a 1:32.872, but the No. 3 Corvette C6.R will start second based on its runner-up finish in the season-opening Sebring 12-hour race. The forecast for the race is dry.


    "Today's qualifying just adds to the uncertainty for tomorrow's race," Magnussen said. "Qualifying is not a good guide because the track was damp, it was sprinkling from the start. So we've really had one timed lap, on slicks, when it was wet. We'll go into the race like we haven't been here at all."

    Magnussen posted back-to-back runner-up finishes in Long Beach in the last two years, and the Dane is optimistic that he can improve in tomorrow's race.

    "Usually we have a good setup and the Corvettes are strong here," he said. "Hopefully we can get through the beginning of the race, settle into a good pace, and be at the front at the end so we can fight for a win."

    ESPN2 will broadcast the American Le Mans Series at Long Beach live at 7:30 p.m. ET on Saturday, April 14. The 2-hour race will be carried simultaneously on ESPN3.com.

    American Le Mans Series at Long Beach GT Qualifying (Top 10)
    Grid set by championship points after qualifying canceled due to rain
    Pos./Car No./Drivers/Car
    1. 56 Mueller/Hand, BMW E92 M3
    2. 3 Magnussen/Garcia, Corvette C6.R
    3. 4 Gavin/Milner, Corvette C6.R

    4. 55 Mueller/Auberlen, BMW E92 M3
    5. 48 Miller/Maassen, Porsche 911 GT3 RSR
    6. 44 Neiman/Holzer, Porsche 911 GT3 RSR
    7. 02 Brown/Cosmo, Ferrari F458 Italia
    8. 17 Henzler/Sellers, Porsche 911 GT3 RSR
    9. 01 Sharp/van Overbeek, Ferrari 458 Italia
    10. 45 Bergmeister/Long, Porsche 911 GT3 RSR


    Source: Corvette Racing

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    Re: Corvettes to Start Second and Third on Streets of Long Beach (LIVE on ESPN2 7:30

    Man I am going to try to watch...
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    Going to be a great race. Must beat those BMWs...
    Straights are for fast cars, corners are for fast drivers.

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    Straights are for fast cars, corners are for fast drivers.

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    Re: Corvettes to Start Second and Third on Streets of Long Beach (LIVE on ESPN2 7:30

    Early on the number 3 Corvette lost its hood and received front end damage after getting contact with one of the BMW M3

    One of the BMW M3 got a tire puncture and had to pit early on

    One of the Ferrari went from 9th place to 1st place in class just to change driver then the number 4 Corvette took the lead.

    If the number 3 car didn't suffer damage early on it might have been a 1-2 Corvette finish though he wasn't able to pass the BMW M3 after getting really close a few times. I guess he just ran out of car and one of the Ferrari 458 passed him. Corvette finished 1-4.

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    Re: Corvettes to Start Second and Third on Streets of Long Beach (LIVE on ESPN2 7:30

    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

    Corvette Racing

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    Re: Corvettes to Start Second and Third on Streets of Long Beach (LIVE on ESPN2 7:30

    Corvette ran a great race. The racing was hand to hand combat as evidenced by the #3, but clearly Corvette took no prisoners as usual!
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    "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, the 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."

    When that happened, I thought it was over for the #3 Corvette. It was great watching Mags battle it out with the Ferrari at the end - even though his car wasn't as strong after all of the aero damage.
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