Video: Corvette Racing Demonstrates the Effect of a Good Pit Stop

We all know that the Corvette Racing team takes their jobs very seriously. How else would they be leading the pack in the American Le Mans series right now? But they’re not always stone-faced, serious kind of guys. They also like to have a bit of fun and at the American Le Mans Monterey event, the crew was able to tap into that for a special pit stop demonstration. Check it out in the video above.

Flawless pit stops and amazing driving led Corvette Racing to a 1-2 GT Class victory at the ALMS Monterey race on May 12th. Images: Corvette Racing

Pit stops can make or break a race for a team. Bad ones can mean time lost, positions lost, and ultimately, races lost. Just the same, flawless pit stops can help secure winning positions on the track, which is why the guys on the pit crew of any given race team have to have their heads in the game just as much as the drivers.

The pit crews for Corvette Racing have this down and have demonstrated their amazing skills this year during races. But that’s not the only time they’ve shown off their talents. They also showcased what they could do at a special pit stop demonstration held at the Laguna Seca raceway the weekend of the May 12th Monterey race.

As fans looked on, the Corvette Racing team performed a complete pit stop with driver change, refuel, and tire swap in an astonishing 31.3 seconds. And you thought the C6.Rs screaming around corners of a race track were fast!

When most people think about race teams, it’s the drivers that get the most credit, but without amazing pit crews, the drivers wouldn’t be nearly as successful. Be sure to tune into ESPN this weekend to see the Corvette Racing pit crews show off in the heat of the race as Mobile 1 presents the Grand Prix of Mosport at the Canadian Tire Motorsports Park July 20th through the 22nd.

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Lindsey Fisher

Lindsey is a freelance writer and lover of anything with a rumble. Hot rods, muscle cars, motorcycles - she's owned and driven it all. When she's not busy writing about them, she's out in her garage wrenching away. Who doesn't love a tech-savy gal that knows her way around a garage?
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