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Default Corvette Racing Petit Le Mans Spoiler Alerts-Four Reports

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1. CORVETTE RACING VIDEO RELEASE: ‘Simulating Success’ Content Available



Corvette Racing and Chevrolet are on the doorstep of another sweep of the GT Le Mans titles in the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship at today’s 10-hour Petit Le Mans at Road Atlanta. One of the many tools the program has used extensively this year is Chevrolet Racing’s simulator located just outside of Charlotte, North Carolina.



Corvette Racing senior engineer manager Chuck Houghton talks about the benefits of using the simulator and how it has been a valuable part of the team’s success in 2017.



A fully produced HD video is available to the media via download: https://tracksideracingnews.egnyte.com/dl/A8BklNB21x



or as an embed through Corvette Racing’s Twitter profile: https://twitter.com/CorvetteRacing/s...66608998178817



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2. Corvette Racing Secures GTLM Championships at Road Atlanta

Driver and Team titles clinched in opening hours of Petit Le Mans



Duo of Garcia, Magnussen claim second IMSA GTLM Driver title since 2013
2017 titles are 12th Team and 11th Driver championships in Corvette Racing history
Second straight sweep of IMSA GTLM titles for Corvette Racing


BRASELTON, Ga. (Oct. 7, 2017) – With the opening stages of the 10-hour Petit Le Mans endurance race in the record books, Corvette Racing’s Antonio Garcia and Jan Magnussen clinched the GT Le Mans (GTLM) Driver title in the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship. The start of the season finale also means the No. 3 Mobil 1/SiriusXM Chevrolet Corvette C7.R squad earned the GTLM Team Championship.



The Garcia/Magnussen pairing claimed three class victories this season entering today’s race at Road Atlanta, having won the Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring as well as GTLM rounds at Circuit of The Americas and Virginia International Raceway. They also finished third at Watkins Glen.



“This championship was absolutely a team effort,” said Mark Reuss, Executive Vice President, Global Product Development, Purchasing and Supply Chain. “The drivers, crew members and engineers were versatile and adaptable, and everybody on the No. 3 Corvette C7.R team contributed throughout the season. Jan and Antonio were consistent, smart behind the wheel and took advantage of opportunities when it mattered most. This was a hard-earned championship.”



It is the second championship effort for the duo with the first coming in the 2013 American Le Mans Series GT class. As a result, both of Garcia’s championships have come with Magnussen in the No. 3 Corvette. Magnussen also was ALMS GT1 Driver’s Champion in 2008 with Corvette Racing.



In all, Corvette Racing has now earned 11 Driver titles and 12 Team championships in North American professional sports car racing dating back to 2001. Corvette Racing won both GTLM Driver and Team titles for the second consecutive year as Oliver Gavin and Tommy Milner were 2016 champions in the No. 4 Corvette C7.R.



Petit Le Mans from Road Atlanta continues today with coverage on FOX Sports 2 from 11:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. ET and 5 to 9:30 p.m. ET. Live audio coverage from IMSA Radio and a Corvette Racing In-Car feed will be available on IMSA.com.



ANTONIO GARCIA, NO. 3 MOBIL 1/SiriusXM CHEVROLET CORVETTE C7.R – 2017 GTLM DRIVER’S CHAMPION: “This was a very hard year. We haven’t had the strongest car this year. If we had a Corvette to finish third, fourth or fifth, we would finish first, second or third. No matter the kind of car we had, we could gain two or three positions ahead of that. The Corvette Racing team did a great job all season with pit stops, strategy and preparation. No one put a foot wrong all season. Most of the time we stuck with the pace we had and let others make mistakes or apply pressure to our competitors. This was a very intense year but we maximized our results every weekend. Those fourth- and fifth-place finishes are where we got the most out of things. That’s a large reason why we have won this championship.”



JAN MAGNUSSEN, NO. 3 MOBIL 1/SiriusXM CHEVROLET CORVETTE C7.R – 2017 GTLM DRIVER’S CHAMPION: “I’m super happy for the whole team to be in this position to take the green flag. It has been a hard season where we have had to make the most of sometimes bad positions, and I think that is what made the difference. We overachieved on the tough weekends and got the absolute most out of things when we needed. We also won the races we could. This is an absolutely fantastic feeling and a fantastic program to be in. Now on to the Manufacturer’s Championship!”



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3. Chevrolet Earns Second Consecutive IMSA GT Le Mans Manufacturer Title

Championship No. 12 since 1999 in production-based racing series



With GTLM Driver and Team championships secured, Chevrolet and Corvette Racing sweep 2017 IMSA GTLM class titles
Third Manufacturer Championship for Chevrolet to date in 2017 racing season
Chevrolet captured sixth consecutive IndyCar Series Manufacturer Championship
Camaro GT4.R secured World Challenge GTS Manufacturer title for Chevrolet


BRASELTON, Ga. (Oct. 7, 2017) – Chevrolet earned its second consecutive Manufacturer Championship in the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship’s GT Le Mans (GTLM) category Saturday at Road Atlanta. A second-place finish in the 10-hour Petit Le Mans for the No. 3 Mobil 1/SiriusXM Chevrolet Corvette C7.R gave Chevrolet its 12th GT Manufacturer title dating back to the 2001 American Le Mans Series season.



Chevrolet and Corvette Racing won four times in 2017 with the Chevrolet Corvette C7.R, powered by a 5.5-liter Chevrolet small-block V8. Drivers Antonio Garcia and Jan Magnussen also claimed the GTLM Driver Championship, and the No. 3 Corvette won the GTLM Team title.



“This Manufacturer Championship is so special because of the amazing team effort in this intensely competitive GTLM class,” said Mark Reuss, Executive Vice President, Global Product Development, Purchasing and Supply Chain. “Corvette Racing’s passion, dedication and perseverance made the difference. We love racing and learn from every lap about how to deliver the right combination of power, reliability, efficiency and overall performance. We apply those lessons to every Corvette on and off the track. I’m so proud of everyone on the team.”



With 35 total victories in several classes, Chevrolet is the most successful manufacturer in IMSA competition dating back to the sports car merger between the American Le Mans Series and GRAND-AM in 2014. Of those, 15 have been produced by Corvette Racing in the production-based GT ranks.



Historically, Corvette Racing and Chevrolet have recorded 106 victories – 98 in the IMSA ranks. Both are North American professional sports car racing records. Among those 106 victories are eight at the 24 Hours of Le Mans, three in the Rolex 24 At Daytona and 11 in the Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring.



Earlier this year, Chevrolet also earned manufacturer championships in the Verizon IndyCar Series and the Pirelli World Challenge’s GTS class.



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4. CORVETTE RACING AT ROAD ATLANTA: Runner-Up Finish for GTLM Champions

Garcia, Magnussen, Rockenfeller place second in No. 3 Corvette C7.R



Impressive drive-back nets fourth for Milner, Gavin, Fässler
Result caps championship-winning day for Corvette Racing, Chevrolet
Four GTLM victories on season for Corvette Racing


BRASELTON, Ga. (Oct. 7, 2017) – Corvette Racing capped its championship-winning season Saturday with a runner-up finish at Road Atlanta’s Petit Le Mans for Antonio Garcia, Jan Magnussen and Mike Rockenfeller in the No. 3 Mobil 1/SiriusXM Chevrolet Corvette C7.R. It put a Bowtie on a day that saw Corvette Racing and Chevrolet sweep the GT Le Mans (GTLM) Manufacturer, Driver and Team titles in the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship.



The No. 4 Mobil 1/SiriusXM Chevrolet Corvette C7.R of Oliver Gavin, Tommy Milner and Marcel Fässler placed fourth in a stellar late-race comeback.



The 10-hour endurance race in the rolling hills of north Georgia was a classic in every sense of the word. The top seven GTLM cars finished on the lead lap, and rarely were they separated by more than 30 seconds.



Six cars led in GTLM over the 392 laps and just under 1,000 miles. The No. 3 Corvette led four times, but even more key were the positions that the team gained with excellent pit work and strategy throughout. Especially key was a late stop for fuel and tires that put Garcia, who started and finished the race, into second place after entering the pits third. That solidified Chevrolet’s hold on the Manufacturer Championship with 50 minutes left.



Garcia ended one second back from the winning BMW with Milner only 21 seconds further back.



The latter’s late-race effort was particularly stout as he passed three cars in the final five minutes. He opened the race in tricky wet conditions and handed off to Gavin with Fässler driving the middle portion of the race. Creative strategy and more stellar pit work kept the No. 4 Corvette within sight of the leaders for much of the day



The 2018 IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship opens with the Rolex 24 At Daytona on Jan. 27-28.



ANTONIO GARCIA, NO. 3 MOBIL 1/SiriusXM CHEVROLET CORVETTE C7.R – FINISHED SECOND IN GTLM: "I really cannot expect anything else. We gave it all we had until the last lap. Actually for a moment, I thought I had some chances for a win when an hour before I thought it was done. That is the spirit of Corvette Racing. That has been the spirit all year long. We never give up. Big thanks to Jan and the whole crew. For me it was very, very easy for me to believe I couldn't make it to the end because I was in the car for three hours. After one hour, I was like ‘Don't tell me I have to do another two.’ They really kept motivating me. That is part of their job and I am very thankful for that. Big thanks to Team Chevy, the whole Corvette Racing team and the whole Corvette community. I think other than maybe Long Beach, this was a perfect season, so thank you all!"



JAN MAGNUSSEN, NO. 3 MOBIL 1/SiriusXM CHEVROLET CORVETTE C7.R – FINISHED SECOND IN GTLM: "A fantastic day and a fantastic race. The whole category has been so close all day long. It was difficult to really make a difference out there… to pass people. You kind of had to wait for mistakes, but nobody made mistakes. Traffic could sort of play into it, so it was kind of waiting for the right place and the right time to take advantage. We had great strategy. Beating the 67 Ford out on that last stop was very important. That Ford got taken out by a prototype later on, but it was important for us to get out ahead if for nothing else than to prove a point."



MIKE ROCKENFELLER, NO. 3 MOBIL 1/SiriusXM CHEVROLET CORVETTE C7.R – FINISHED SECOND IN GTLM: "Congrats to Corvette Racing. It’s amazing what they achieved this year, especially Antonio and Jan; they had a fantastic year to win the Driver Championship. The Manufacturer Championship was secured for Chevrolet so I think we fulfilled almost everything this weekend. We wanted to win as well, but the BMW was too strong. Congrats to them. It's been a good year with Corvette Racing. The three races I did were really strong. The win at Sebring was really strong and very competitive. At Daytona we were strong, just not quite enough to win. And here at Petit Le Mans we were in the hunt for the victory. So I am I am very happy, and I hope I can be back with the team. I did my best to help as much as I can. It's not always easy to jump in as the third driver without so much seat time, but my teammates help me a lot. It is just great to be part of Corvette Racing and I’m looking forward to the future.



OLIVER GAVIN, NO. 4 MOBIL 1/SiriusXM CHEVROLET CORVETTE C7.R – FINISHED FOURTH IN GTLM: “It was great racing all the way through… very tight and close in our class. I had an excellent battle with one of the Porsches. I managed to pass him twice; we were quicker than him in certain parts of the track, and they were quicker than us at other parts. It’s just great racing. Petit Le Mans generates such great competition and racing. Everyone at Corvette Racing was on their game with pit stops and strategy all day. There was so much to play for but very little lap time between the cars. You just couldn’t pick a winner until the end.”



TOMMY MILNER, NO. 4 MOBIL 1/SiriusXM CHEVROLET CORVETTE C7.R – FINISHED FOURTH IN GTLM: "Mission accomplished! That is what we set out to do at the beginning of the year was to win everything, and we just about got that done. We missed the endurance championship, but we got the rest of them. I’m super proud of this team a super proud of the guys on the No. 4 Corvette. We had a rough year this year but those guys didn't quit. Their last pit stop was probably their best. I can't thank Olly and Marcel enough. We have a lot of fun here for sure, but it will be more fun next year when we have some better results.

"It is a team effort totally. I've never heard in the seven years I have been here anyone on this team having conflicts in any way. Olly and I had a pretty rough year this year, but we tried in any way we could to help the No. 3 car in whatever situation that we need to. We all work together to help get Chevrolet a championship and whichever car is in the hunt for the title, we do all we can. For some reason we seem to have this seesaw effect… when one car is running well and has all the luck in the world, and the other one doesn't. Then it switches. Last year we had all the luck in the world, and this year we had very little luck. We got a good win at Long Beach and we were plenty quick in a lot of places. It is easy to look at the bad things, but there are a lot of good things to build on for next year."



MARCEL FÄSSLER, NO. 4 MOBIL 1/SiriusXM CHEVROLET CORVETTE C7.R – FINISHED FOURTH IN GTLM: “It was very busy out there in my stints. There were cars all around but there was a lot of good overtaking, especially after restarts. Once we got running, I got caught up and Rocky (Mike Rockenfeller) went by. I didn’t want to risk doing something to hurt the sister car. Maybe I was a little too careful and had a couple of cars go by. After that the pace wasn’t too bad. The rear tire degradation made it difficult to race the last few laps. I made a little mistake in Turn 3, so we had to pit a little early. So I’m not really happy about that. But what I am happy about is that Corvette Racing has won the Manufacturer, Driver and Team championships. It has been great to be a part of Corvette Racing again this year.”


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