No. 3 Corvette C8.R takes fourth GTLM win of season
CORVETTE RACING AT MID-OHIO: Garcia, Taylor Pace 1-2 Finish for Corvette
• No. 3 Corvette C8.R takes fourth GTLM win of seaso
• Chevrolet grows lead in Manufacturers Championship
• Gavin, Milner come home second in No. 4 Corvette C8.R
• Ninth class victory at Mid-Ohio for Corvette Racing
LEXINGTON, Ohio (Sept. 27, 2020) – Corvette Racing went wire-to-wire Sunday
to claim a GT Le Mans (GTLM) victory at the Acura Sports Car Challenge at
Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course. Antonio Garcia and Jordan Taylor won for the
fourth time this year in the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship with
the No. 3 Mobil 1/SiriusXM Chevrolet Corvette C8.R.
The result extended their lead in the GTLM Drivers Championship and
Chevrolet’s advantage in the class Manufacturers standings. Corvette Racing
won at Mid-Ohio for the ninth time, and Sunday’s victory was the fifth in
the first year of the mid-engine C8.R.
Oliver Gavin and Tommy Milner placed second in the No. 4 Mobil 1/SiriusXM
Chevrolet Corvette C8.R to remain second in GTLM points. It was the 63rd 1-2
finish for Corvette Racing and third of the year.
Corvette Racing led the entire two hours and 40 minutes – 110 laps in all.
Taylor began from pole but Gavin got the jump early and led the first 17
laps before going slightly wide at the end of the backstraight. That allowed
Taylor to move back in front, and the No. 3 Corvette led the rest of the
Three full-course cautions kept bringing Garcia and Taylor back to the
field. The first flew at the 36-minute mark, and both cars stopped for fuel
and tires at 43 minutes running. Taylor took fuel and fresh Michelin tires,
while Milner got in the No. 4 Corvette, which also got a full service.
The No. 3 Corvette stopped again under the race’s second full-course caution
with about an hour to go with Garcia taking over for Taylor. Milner stopped
again for fuel, tires and a final adjustment to try and match the pace of
the sister Corvette. The move worked as the No. 4 C8.R remained almost glued
to the back of the leading Corvette while holding off the pair of BMWs in
third and fourth.
Milner got as close a half-second and at one point held the fastest GTLM lap
of the race before Garcia responded and reset fastest time four laps later.
With no team orders, the two Corvettes continued to race each other hard but
fair with Garcia winning by 1.472 seconds.
Unlike the previous seven IMSA events, Corvette Racing has not tested the
new-generation Corvette at Mid-Ohio. As a result, the team and its drivers
relied on data analysis and correlations from sessions at Chevrolet’s
Driver-in-the-Loop (DiL) simulator to arrive at its baseline setup ahead of
A test at the Charlotte Motor Speedway Roval – site of the team’s next GTLM
race on Oct. 10 – also proved beneficial to the Mid-Ohio success.
ANTONIO GARCIA, NO. 3 MOBIL 1/SiriusXM CHEVROLET CORVETTE C8.R – GTLM
RACE-WINNER: “It was a perfect day and a perfect weekend. We seemed to have
a really good Corvette all weekend long. Everything we did worked in the
right direction. Being on pole made things a little easier even if we lost
track position right away, but Jordan did a fantastic job getting back to
the lead and being in control of the race. We didn’t risk doing the driver
change on the first pit stop because we didn’t know about BMW’s fuel fill
time and didn’t want to lose track position. Other than that, Jordan had a
fantastic drive in both stints. It’s a shame we had that second yellow
because we had built up about eight or nine seconds over the 4 car, and that
would have made things way easier for me! But knowing what Jordan did at the
start and on his restart, I knew what I had underneath me. I had to believe
the car was really good and was able to do pretty much the same as Jordan.
Getting that little gap over Tommy gave me a little chance to breathe
especially with all the traffic, which is really important here. It was
pretty much a perfect weekend for Corvette Racing and the first win for me
at Mid-Ohio and for Jordan, too. We’ll keep going race by race and see what
happens the rest of the year.”
COMPARING THE C8.R TO THE CORVETTE C7.R AT MID-OHIO: “This is definitely
better. Last year we had a close race. We pushed the Porsche all the way to
the end but didn’t have enough. This year the C8.R worked perfectly not just
on a quick lap, and the consistency through the stint was the main thing.
That allows you to work your way through traffic a little better. The
restarts were very strong. The car is very consistent and easier to drive.
The C7.R was a good car, as we proved over the years, but this is definitely
a step forward.”
MORE ON RACE PREP: “From the test we did at the simulator plus the test we
did (at the Charlotte Roval), everything worked together for this race.
Every time we hit the track or in the sim, we have an opportunity to develop
the car and improve it. I think we did that, obviously. The baseline car we
had here really worked. We had to still fine tune things and follow the
track conditions, but all the preparations worked in our way.”
JORDAN TAYLOR, NO. 3 MOBIL 1/SiriusXM CHEVROLET CORVETTE C8.R – GTLM
RACE-WINNER: “The 3 Corvette was particularly strong all weekend. We led all
four sessions - both practice sessions, qualifying and the race. I think we
just had a little bit more speed on everyone else all weekend. The balance
was really strong from the get-go. That says a lot for the team to come here
for the first time with the C8.R with no testing - just simulator time - and
rolling off the truck so strong. We only had to make minor adjustments to
get it to where we wanted. It speaks volumes for the team and the
preparation for today. It's another good day for us, our fourth win of the
year and fifth for Corvette Racing. It's hard to complain about anything at
WINNING AT MID-OHIO: “We’ve both been racing at Mid-Ohio for a long time. I’ve
had a couple of close races here, and I’m sure Antonio has as well. Just
like Road America, it was our first time winning there so anytime you check
that box, it’s pretty special. The track is definitely a lot different,
unique and technical. The first practice was very difficult. A lot can
happen in these races here, like we saw today. Everything has to go right.
Thankfully for us today, no one made a mistake on track, the guys were
perfect in the pits and on strategy.”
OLIVER GAVIN, NO. 4 MOBIL 1/SiriusXM CHEVROLET CORVETTE C8.R – FINISHED
SECOND IN GTLM: “Fundamentally, we were just that little step behind the 3
car. We could never get the balance to where Tommy and I were comfortable.
It really only came in during that last stint; it was maybe a little bit of
the track conditions and a little bit of us working on the car and figuring
out a few things. It was somewhat of a frustrating weekend on our side, not
being able to discover the same speed as our sister Corvette. It goes like
that. We were quick in Atlanta and got the result, but it flip-flopped here.
Antonio and Jordan really came back strong. We need to go back and try to
assess why that is so we can have both cars running equally strong at the
front. But today was a fantastic 1-2 for Corvette Racing and our third of
the year. That’s always very positive and good for the team. They all worked
hard this weekend to make sure we had everything covered off. It was an
TOMMY MILNER, NO. 4 MOBIL 1/SiriusXM CHEVROLET CORVETTE C8.R – FINISHED
SECOND IN GTLM: “Antonio and Jordan were really quick all weekend. Olly was
able to sneak by at the start but Jordan did a good job capitalizing on the
one little minuscule mistake. They did a really good job all weekend; their
car was just a tick quicker all weekend and they turned it into a
first-place effort. We struggled a little bit all weekend with a little too
much understeer. We made a good change late to get a little bit back toward
a better balance. The 3 car guys were quite good on the first five laps or
so, and it looked like I was able to close up in the middle of the stint.
But all in all, they were that little tick better. By no means did we have a
bad weekend. Our Corvette was pretty good but missing just a little bit. As
usual in our class, if you don’t get it just right then you’re a little out
of that window. I’m super happy for the team. Obviously it was a little bit
weird without Porsche, but good on all our guys to keep their heads down and
focus. BMW is certainly no slouch but we just had a little bit of pace on
them over a stint. We still needed to execute today, and everyone did that
at Corvette Racing.”