With the 20th running of Petit Le Mans, the annual 10-hour endurance race at Road Atlanta, Corvette Racing’s quest for another championship concludes. Corvette Racing leads all three GT Le Mans (GTLM) points categories heading into the final race of this year’s IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship.
This weekend will mark Corvette Racing’s 21st race at Road Atlanta. The team has won 10 times at the 2.54-mile, 12-turn circuit with eight of those coming at Petit Le Mans. The last was in 2010. In race history, Gavin is tied for most victories by a driver with five, and Magnussen has four.
In the No.3 Mobil 1/SiriusXM Chevrolet Corvette C7.R and leading the GTLM Driver’s Championship are Antonio Garcia and Jan Magnussen needing to score only a single point to win their second championship together. This weekend they will be joined by Mike Rockenfeller.
"With the finish in California, Jan and I are in great shape for the Driver’s Championship in GTLM. We only need to score minimum points to win it." sai Garcia "Once we achieve that, our total focus will be winning the Manufacturer’s Championship again. This is our main goal as a program. I personally have yet to win Petit Le Mans, so doing that would be the best possible way to cap our championship season. It will be great to have Rocky back with us to end the season. Hopefully this will be a race- and championship-winning weekend for everyone at Corvette Racing and Chevy."
Chevrolet leads by four points over Ford in a classic battle between the American manufacturers. Chevrolet can clinch its 12th Manufacturer’s title in GT competition since 2001 by being the second-highest finishing marque in GTLM. If any other manufacturer other than Ford wins, then either of the two Corvettes must only earn fourth-place Manufacturer points for Chevrolet to repeat as GTLM Manufacturer’s champion.
The No.4 Mobil 1/SiriusXM Chevrolet Corvette C7.R has Oliver Gavin and Tommy Milner behind the wheel and they will be joined this weekend by Marcel Fässler. The trio won at both Daytona and Sebring in 2016 as Gavin and Milner won the GTLM Driver’s Championship. Gavin and Milner also won earlier this year together at Long Beach.
"This will be my 18th straight Petit Le Mans." said Gavin "It’s a fantastic event… one that has grown by leaps and bounds over the past 20 years. Racing around Road Atlanta is a big challenge made tougher by the amount of traffic we typically see at Petit Le Mans. You’re constantly dicing in and out of slower traffic while having to look behind you for faster cars. The elevation changes add that other level of difficulty that we don’t see very often. So we will bank on our lengthy experience over the years at Road Atlanta to achieve our goals: win the race, support the No. 3 Corvette in the Driver’s and Team standings and – most importantly – take the Manufacturer’s Championship for Chevrolet."
Petit Le Mans also serves as the final race in the Tequila Patrón North American Endurance Cup which consists of IMSA’s four endurance races. Garcia and Magnussen remain in the running for the TPNAEC Driver’s Championship as does Chevrolet in the Manufacturer’s race.
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