First race at Charlotte Roval for Corvette Racing
CORVETTE RACING AT CHARLOTTE: Racing Into the Unknown
• First race at Charlotte Roval for Corvette Racing
• Program remains first and second in GTLM Drivers Championship
• Team to use Chevrolet simulator day before and day of official practice
• Data exchange between Corvette Racing, Chevrolet NASCAR engineers a key
• Corvette Racing hoping for second GT-only race win of IMSA season
DETROIT (Oct. 6, 2020) – As a team that has been competing around the world
for more than 20 years, very rarely does Corvette Racing experience anything
new. That’s not the case this weekend as the long-standing program races for
the first time at the Charlotte Motor Speedway Roval in a 100-minute sprint
The IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship will hold its second GT-only
event of the season Saturday night at Charlotte with Corvette Racing among
the favorites to take its second overall victory of 2020. In the first year
with the mid-engine Chevrolet Corvette C8.R, Corvette Racing has claimed
five victories in the last six races since the COVID-19 lockdown period
ended in July. One of those was a GT-only win at Virginia International
Raceway for Corvette Racing teammates Antonio Garcia and Jordan Taylor.
The pairing shares the No. 3 Mobil 1/SiriusXM Chevrolet Corvette C8.R and
holds the GT Le Mans (GTLM) Drivers Championship lead with four victories,
including the most recent IMSA round at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course.
Teammates Oliver Gavin and Tommy Milner sit second in points with one
victory and three runner-up finishes – including in the last two races at
Michelin Raceway Road Atlanta and Mid-Ohio in their No. 4 Mobil 1/SiriusXM
Chevrolet Corvette C8.R.
Those efforts have Chevrolet ahead in the GTLM Manufacturers’ Championship
heading to a new, unique venue. Corvette Racing participated in a single-day
test on the 2.28-mile, 17-turn Charlotte Roval circuit a month ago to gain
much-needed experience at the facility. Just as key to the preparations have
been multiple sessions at Chevrolet’s Driver-in-the-Loop (DiL) simulator and
exchanges of track data between Corvette Racing engineers and t Chevrolet’s
NASCAR Cup Series engineering team. Chevrolet has race-winning experience at
Charlotte with Chase Elliott’s victory a year ago in NASCAR competition.
Despite the drastic differences in the mid-engine Corvette C8.R and the
Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 1LE in the Cup series, track surface insight from the
NASCAR program provided Corvette Racing with data to establish a baseline
setup ahead of the Charlotte test.
The IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship’s race at Charlotte is scheduled
for 8:05 p.m. ET on Saturday with live television coverage on NBCSN and live
streaming via TrackPass on NBC Sports Gold. In addition, IMSA Radio will
broadcast the race on IMSA.com, which also will host live timing and
scoring. The race also will air on XM channel 202 and SiriusXM Online 972.
ANTONIO GARCIA, NO. 3 MOBIL 1/SiriusXM CHEVROLET CORVETTE C8.R: “We will be
racing into the unknown. It’s a new track for everyone, although all of the
GTLM manufacturers tested there for a day. It will be different… feeling
like a single-day event with just two practices and racing at night with
some potential poor weather coming, too. Things could be very unpredictable.
It feels kind of similar to a street circuit in some parts. There are few
places where the walls go by very fast because you are so close to them.
There won’t be much resting, especially on the infield.”
JORDAN TAYLOR, NO. 3 MOBIL 1/SiriusXM CHEVROLET CORVETTE C8.R: “This will be
pretty intense. The test was important to do considering how little track
time there is. It’s definitely a unique track with the layout and not much
room for error. There aren’t a lot of passing opportunities, so qualifying
will be pretty important. It’s a 100-minute race so it’s going to come down
to execution with the one pit stop. Limiting mistakes on track, in the pits
and on strategy… everything is going to have to go our way to have a good
result. Going in there with the championship lead and four races to go, we
will continue to treat it as we have all year-long – race for the win and if
it’s not in the cards then go for the best result we can get.”
OLIVER GAVIN, NO. 4 MOBIL 1/SiriusXM CHEVROLET CORVETTE C8.R: “All three of
my teammates came back from the test and said, ‘Whoa… that place is intense!’
I’ve not actually been on the track yet. I’m doing some simulator work a day
or two beforehand to familiarize myself, and I’ve had a look at it on
iRacing. In talking to the other guys about Charlotte, it feels quite tight
and intense. It has a street circuit feel to it. I did a little bit on the
simulator that I have at home, and I’ll be going to our Chevrolet simulator
Thursday and Friday before the race. We’ll be at the simulator Friday
morning and then at the track Friday afternoon – going from the virtual
world to the real world all in one day.”
TOMMY MILNER, NO. 4 MOBIL 1/SiriusXM CHEVROLET CORVETTE C8.R: “Our approach
is that we will focus on trying to execute in a situation that isn’t normal
for us – a new track, racing late at night, not having our normal setup and
not using the pitlane until the race comes. It’ll be a big test to see who
can execute the best. The track can be punishing on mistakes. In some ways,
it’s almost worse than a street track. The grip level is so high that you’re
going pretty good through some of those corners with zero margin for error.
Racing at night throws another wrench into the game. It’ll be a big
challenge. Ultimately, we have to keep our cars in one piece and get a good
result. It’ll be tricky with the traffic and night-time conditions.”
2020 WeatherTech SportsCar Championship – GTLM Standings
(After Seven of 11 Events)
1. Antonio Garcia/Jordan Taylor – 226
2. Oliver Gavin/Tommy Milner – 209
3. Bruno Spengler/Connor De Phillippi – 204
4. Jesse Krohn/John Edwards – 199
5. Fred Makowiecki/Nick Tandy – 171
6. Earl Bamber/Laurens Vanthoor – 171
1. No. 3 Corvette Racing – 226
2. No. 4 Corvette Racing – 209
3. No. 25 BMW Team RLL – 204
4. No. 24 BMW Team RLL – 199
5. No. 912 Porsche GT Team – 171
6. No. 911 Porsche GT Team – 171
1. Chevrolet – 237
2. BMW – 226
3. Porsche – 186
4. Ferrari – 28
Press Release #2
Exchange of information between Corvette Racing, Chevrolet NASCAR engineering
CORVETTE RACING AT CHARLOTTE: Technology & Data Sharing
Exchange of information between Corvette Racing, Chevrolet NASCAR engineering
DETROIT (Oct. 7, 2020) – This weekend’s event at Charlotte Motor Speedway’s road course venue for Corvette Racing and Chevrolet’s NASCAR Cup Series teams is a unique opportunity for the manufacturer with two of its premier programs at the same track on the same weekend.
Corvette Racing competes in a 100-minute, GT-only race for the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship on Saturday night on the Charlotte Roval, with the NASCAR Cup Series hitting the 2.28-mile, 17-turn road course Sunday afternoon.
Given the Chevrolet NASCAR team’s experience with the Charlotte Roval, data and information has been flowing between Cup Series engineering and that of Corvette Racing.
It’s a similar situation to the teamwork between programs ahead of the Cup Series’ race on the Daytona International Speedway road course in August. Corvette Racing driver Jordan Taylor assisted Hendrick Motorsports drivers in getting up to speed at Chevrolet’s Driver-in-the-Loop (DiL) racing simulator. Chase Elliott went on to win that race in his Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 1LE.
Corvette Racing team manager Ben Johnson explains how the flow of data and information goes back-and-forth between the two programs…
BEN JOHNSON, CORVETTE RACING TEAM MANAGER: “Everywhere we go, our primary goal is to come up with the best setup and tire selection so the drivers can maximize the performance of the car. In 2020, we’re doing that everywhere we go. There are a lot of tracks that we haven’t previously tested the C8.R before. We’re building up the notebook at all times. So while coming to Charlotte is a bigger challenge because we don’t have prior experience with the C7.R, we have the tools and methodology. They are applied the same no matter where we go."
“The biggest crossover between what we do at Corvette Racing and the Chevrolet NASCAR teams are the tools we use from primarily the simulation space – desktop simulations, lap-time simulations and all the way up to the Driver-in-the-Loop (DiL) rig. We wanted to learn as much as we could from the NASCAR group to see how we can best utilize the track model. Is there anything specific about the track model that we want to learn from while we’re in the DiL rig before we go to the track and then go back to the DiL rig? Ultimately the cars are very different, but within Chevrolet we use quite a bit of the same technology so you can learn a lot from someone who has used those tools for Charlotte."
“We tried to learn as much as we could from the NASCAR team in terms of the track itself. That’s where they have a lot of experience in understanding the grip profile of the track. Regardless of the car or the tire, you can use that to accelerate our learnings here at Corvette Racing.”
The IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship’s race at Charlotte is scheduled for 8:05 p.m. ET on Saturday with live television coverage on NBCSN and live streaming via TrackPass on NBC Sports Gold. In addition, IMSA Radio will broadcast the race on IMSA.com, which also will host live timing and scoring. The race also will air on XM channel 202 and SiriusXM Online 972.