IMSA GTLM-leading Corvette Racing brings momentum to Watkins Glen
Corvette Racing returns to racing on U.S. soil this weekend, fresh off a third-place class finish in the GTE Pro class at the 24 Hours of Le Mans. This week’s test is Watkins Glen International: the Sahlen’s Six Hours of The Glen and the fifth race for the team in the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship.
Corvette Racing comes to the Glen leading in both the GT Le Mans class drivers’ championship and the manufacturers’ championship standings.
Corvette Racing is on a three-race win streak in the GTLM class. Watkins Glen will mark the team’s fourth race at 3.4-mile, 11-turn road course in central New York. Antonio Garcia and Jan Magnussen, who lead this year’s driver standings in the No. 3 Mobil 1/SiriusXM Chevrolet Corvette C7.R, were winners in the team’s first visit to The Glen in 2014.
The duo won at the Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring in March and also won in the last GTLM race at Circuit of The Americas in Austin, Texas. They also teamed with Jordan Taylor to finish third in class at Le Mans.
“We’ve proven we are very strong, and we are coming into two or three races where Corvette Racing has been very strong — starting at Watkins Glen for the Six Hours, where Jan and I have won before,” Garcia said “I’m really looking forward to the next two races (Watkins Glen, Canadian Tire Motorsports Park in Canada). For me, they are the two best races we go to each year. The strategy and mindset will be a little different. Let’s see how we are compared to our competition and see if we can keep our momentum going in the U.S. The whole of Corvette Racing has been very strong this year. We need to carry on doing the same things we have so far — no mistakes, good strategy and good driving.”
Jordan Taylor was leading at Le Mans until a blown tire with a lap to go ended his bid.
Oliver Gavin and Tommy Milner, in the No. 4 Mobil 1/SiriusXM Chevrolet Corvette C7.R, were class winners at Long Beach and led Corvette Racing’s effort at Watkins Glen in 2016 as they went on to win last year’s GTLM Championship.
“Le Mans really takes over your world for a while,” Milner said. “But Watkins Glen is a fun return to racing in the States. It almost feels like a new season when you get back to the U.S., with being back-to-back over a couple of weekends. The Sahlen’s Six Hours will undoubtedly be a tough race. A lot of teams that weren’t at Le Mans have tested at The Glen, so they should be fast out of the box. But we haven’t lost any of our competitive edge despite being at Le Mans. We’ll be ready to get back in the fight.”
The Sahlen’s Six Hours of The Glen marks the third of four races in the Tequila Patrón North American Endurance Cup — a four-race competition made up of Sebring, The Glen, the Rolex 24 at Daytona and Petit Le Mans. After two rounds, Garcia and Magnussen are third in Driver points, as is Chevrolet in the Manufacturer’s standings.
The Sahlen’s Six Hours of The Glen is set for 10:10 a.m. ET on Sunday, July 2. Fox Sports 1 will air the race from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. ET with Fox Sports 2 airing from 1 to 4:30 p.m. Live audio coverage from IMSA Radio and a Corvette Racing In-car feed will be available on IMSA.com.
Fuente: Auto Week