For the 20th year in a row, Corvette Racing has been taking on all competitors in North American and around the globe and the wins continue to add up. Photographer Richard Prince posted on Facebook “It’s been an incredible journey thus far – 263,074 race miles completed, 106 victories worldwide – 98 in North America and 8 in the 24 Hours of Le Mans, 12 Manufacturer and Team Championships, and 11 Driver Championships.”
The Corvette Racing team is not immune to adversity, “This team just does not give up,” said Jim Campbell, Chevrolet U.S. Vice President, Performance Vehicles and Motorsports. There have been struggles both mechanical and sanctioned via IMSA’s Balance of Performance.
The team continues to evolve to meet the challege and if their latest finish at this past weekend’s Bubba Burger Sports Car Grand Prix of Long Beach is any indicator, they had a winning combination of experience, determination and luck. The win at Long Beach was the 107th all-time class victory for Corvette Racing and the first of its 20th season of competition.
I almost threw it away on the last corner, last lap. – Tommy Milner, Corvette Racing
Corvette Racing’s Oliver Gavin and Tommy Milner raced their way to back-to-back victories in southern California by claiming the win for the second year in a row in their No. 4 Mobil 1/SiriusXM Chevrolet Corvette C7.R. This was also Gavin’s 50th win with Corvette Racing – the most of any driver in program history. He now has five victories at Long Beach…three of them with his co-driver, Tommy Milner.
Gavin started the race fifth and drove the first 40 minutes before handing off to Milner during a full-course caution period. The No. 4 Corvette then leap-frogged the No. 66 Ford in the pitlane and Milner went from third to second with 37 minutes left and took the lead for good 15 minutes later. The racing was extreme to the very end. Tommy Milner explains how fine the line between winning and placing can be, “I almost threw it away on the last corner, last lap.” When all was said and done, the car, driver and Michelin tires held on and the margin of win was a mere 2.157 seconds!
Antonio Garcia and Jan Magnussen finished fourth in the No. 3 Mobil 1/SiriusXM Chevrolet Corvette C7.R. Magnussen started fourth, and moved to third on the opening lap. The No. 3 Corvette C7.R, suffered mechanical woes after being turned over to co-driver Antonio Garcia. The car wouldn’t go into gear after the re-start, but once Antonio got under way, he went from eighth to fourth in the span of 36 minutes. He ended less than two seconds from a podium position.
The next race will be at the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course on May 4-6.