CORVETTE RACING IN CANADA: Second, Sixth in ALMS GT Qualifying

Hard crash for Magnussen but No. 3 Compuware Corvette will be ready to race

2013-07-20

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BOWMANVILLE, ONTARIO (July 20, 2013) – Corvette Racing is a nine-time winner at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park in American Le Mans Series competition. But the track formerly known as Mosport proved Saturday it can be unforgiving to even the best in racing.

Jan Magnussen set the second-fastest lap in GT qualifying for the Mobil 1 SportsCar Grand Prix in the No. 3 Compuware Corvette C6.R before a significant crash with less than five minutes left in the session. Upon its return to the team’s paddock, the Corvette crew went straight to work to dismantle and repair the No. 3 entry, which has Magnussen and Antonio Garcia second in the ALMS GT championship. Sunday’s race airs live on ESPN2 starting at 1 p.m. ET.

The Dane’s best time was a 1:15.601 (117.094 mph) that he set on his fifth lap. With pole position in his sights, Magnussen was on a flyer before a small bump in the middle of the third corner caused the Corvette to unsettle and veer slightly wide at the exit. The left-rear tire went off the surface just enough to send Magnussen into a spin and hard into the outside tire barrier.

The car will start Sunday’s race from the rear of the grid and is expected to make the morning warmup at 9:10 a.m.

Tommy Milner qualified the No. 4 Compuware Corvette sixth in class at 1:16.083 (116.352 mph). Despite the position, Milner was only 0.621 seconds off pole position. The car struggled to find balance in the second practice session and qualifying but Milner believed the fix would be an easy adjustment for Sunday’s race. He and teammate Oliver Gavin – defending ALMS GT champions – will go for their second ALMS victory of the season.

“Tommy and Jan both had solid qualifying efforts,” said Doug Fehan, Corvette Racing Program Manager. “Jan’s crash was unfortunate. He was on a good lap, but we were reminded how quickly this track can come up and bite anyone. The entire Corvette Racing team is an experienced and resilient group and will work as long as it takes to get the car repaired and ready for Sunday. It’s that ‘never give up’ spirit that we all exude.”

EDITORS: High-resolution images of Corvette Racing are available on the Team Chevy media site for editorial use only.

Mobil 1 SportsCar Grand Prix (all times ET)
·  Warmup: 9:10 a.m. ET, Sunday, July 21
· Race: Noon ET, Sunday, July 21

Canadian Tire Motorsport Park: Watch It!
Sunday, July 21 (all times ET)

· Race (TV): Live – 1 p.m., Sunday, July 21 (ESPN2)
· Web: Live – 11:45 a.m., Sunday, July 21 (ESPN3)

JAN MAGNUSSEN, NO. 3 COMPUWARE CORVETTE C6.R
“One of the things I love about this place is that there is a real consequence to making mistakes or pushing too hard. We were just a tenth back from pole and this was an attempt to get it. I still think (the pole time) was in the car but I just bounced in the middle of Turn 3 over a small bump and that put me a little bit off line at the exit. A wheel off into the grass and that was it. I was off into the tire wall. I feel sorry for the team. For sure you try to avoid these things but sometimes they happen. When you hit the tire wall at an angle, it tends to rip things off the car. It will be a bit of work for the guys but the car was awesome in qualifying and I believe the pole time was in it. That’s why I went for it. The car will be perfect for the race.”

TOMMY MILNER, NO. 4 COMPUWARE CORVETTE C6.R
“In the previous practice we struggled with the balance of the car and that carried over into qualifying. We’re not way off by any means. The GT field is so close that you have to have a great car, and we have that. It’s a bummer. This was my first qualifying run in awhile and had the issue with balance. We had a bit too much understeer and need to dial some of that out of the car. But we have a direction to go and we’re not lost by any means. We will make some small changes here and there and be ready for tomorrow. We should be in good shape for the race.”

ALMS GT Championship Standings

Driver Standings

Team Standings

Manufacturer Standings

1. Dirk Muller – 62
2. Antonio Garcia/Jan Magnussen – 46
3. John Edwards – 46
4. Oliver Gavin/Tommy Milner - 45
5. Bill Auberlen/Maxime Martin - 44
1. Corvette Racing – 72
1. BMW Team RLL – 72
2. SRT Motorsports – 45
3. Paul Miller Racing – 30
4. Risi Competizione - 29
1. Chevrolet – 75
2. BMW – 72
3. Ferrari – 51
4. SRT – 50
5. Porsche - 50

Corvette Racing at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park

Year

Class

Drivers

Result

Car

Notes

2000

GTS

Fellows/Pilgrim

2nd

Corvette C5-R

Fellows pole, fastest race lap

2001

GTS

Fellows/O'Connell

1st

Corvette C5-R

 
   

Collins/Pilgrim

3rd

Corvette C5-R

 

2002

GTS

Fellows/O'Connell

1st

Corvette C5-R

 
   

Collins/Pilgrim

2nd

Corvette C5-R

Pilgrim fastest race lap

2003

GTS

Fellows/O'Connell

1st

Corvette C5-R

 
   

Collins/Gavin

7th

Corvette C5-R

Gavin pole

2004

GTS

Fellows/O'Connell

2nd

Corvette C5-R

 
   

Beretta/Gavin

1st

Corvette C5-R

Gavin pole, fastest race lap

2005

GT1

Fellows/O'Connell

2nd

Corvette C6.R

 
   

Beretta/Gavin

1st

Corvette C6.R

 

2006

GT1

Fellows/O'Connell

4th

Corvette C6.R

 
   

Beretta/Gavin

2nd

Corvette C6.R

 

2007

GT1

Magnussen/O'Connell

1st

Corvette C6.R

 
   

Beretta/Gavin

2nd

Corvette C6.R

Gavin pole, fastest race lap

   

Fellows/Pilgrim

3rd

Corvette C6.R

 

2008

GT1

Magnussen/O'Connell

1st

Corvette C6.R

O'Connell pole

   

Beretta/Gavin

2nd

Corvette C6.R

Beretta fastest race lap

2009

GT2

Magnussen/O'Connell

1st

Corvette C6.R

 
   

Beretta/Gavin

3rd

Corvette C6.R

 

2010

GT

Beretta/O'Connell

5th

Corvette C6.R

 
   

Gavin/Magnussen

4th

Corvette C6.R

Magnussen fastest race lap

2011

GT

Beretta/Milner

6th

Corvette C6.R

 
   

Gavin/Magnussen

1st

Corvette C6.R

 

2012

GT

Garcia/Magnussen

2nd

Corvette C6.R

Magnussen pole

   

Gavin/Milner

10th

Corvette C6.R

 
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