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#3683 - 10/02/15 09:16 AM Corvettes ROAD ATLANTA: Seeking to Close the Season Strong
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Eleven class wins at Road Atlanta - nine in Petit Le Mans - since 1999

Corvette Racing stands 1-2 in Tequila Patrón North American Endurace Cup for GT Le Mans
Garcia, Magnussen ready for final push toward GTLM Driver's Championship
Corvette Racing looking to add fourth endurance race win to Triple Crown season

Detroit - Corvette Racing looks to close its season of sports car racing in the same fashion as it started - with a victory.

The team's two Chevrolet Corvette C7.Rs and five drivers are set for Petit Le Mans at Road Atlanta and the final race of the TUDOR United SportsCar Championship. Petit Le Mans is a 10-hour enduro and has been one of sports car racing's premier events since its first running in 1998.

Corvette Racing has fared well at Road Atlanta over the years with 11 class victories - nine of those coming in Petit Le Mans. Of the five drivers entered for Road Atlanta three have won at Road Atlanta in their sports car careers: Oliver Gavin (six), Jan Magnussen (four) and Ryan Briscoe (two).

Corvette Racing opened its season by winning the two biggest races in the TUDOR Championship - the Rolex 24 Daytona and the Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring. The team added its eighth class win at the 24 Hours of Le Mans later in the year to claim endurance racing's Triple Crown.

No team since 2000 had laid claim to that feat. Winning Petit Le Mans would give Corvette Racing endurance racing's proverbial "Grand Slam" - something no team has accomplished.

Magnussen, Briscoe and Antonio Garcia reunite this week in the No. 3 Corvette C7.R. The trio were winners at Daytona and Sebring. Garcia and Magnussen stand third in the GT Le Mans (GTLM) Driver's Championship and stand 10 points out of first place; there are 36 points available at Petit Le Mans.

The pair also holds the lead in the Tequila Patrón North American Endurance Cup. It is a competition made up of the TUDOR Championship's four endurance races: Daytona, Sebring, the Sahlen's Six Hours at The Glen and Petit Le Mans.
Points are awarded at the four-, eight- and 10-hour marks at Road Atlanta; five points go to the leading car, four to second place, three for third place, and two points for fourth place on back.

Garcia and Magnussen lead Gavin and Tommy Milner in the No. 4 Corvette C7.R in the Endurance Cup standings by four points. Coincidentally, Gavin and Milner are tied with Briscoe in Tequila Patrón North American Endurance Cup points.

It was Gavin and Milner who teamed with Jordan Taylor to win at Le Mans this year to cement Corvette Racing as one of endurance racing's top squads.

Corvette Racing's last victory at Petit Le Mans came in the 2010 American Le Mans Series season with Gavin, Magnussen and Emmanuel Collard winning the GT class on the final lap.

The 18th annual Petit Le Mans is set for 11:15 a.m. ET for Road Atlanta in Braselton, Ga. It is the 10th and final race of the 2015 TUDOR United SportsCar Championship for Corvette Racing.

It will air live on FOX Sports 2, FOX Sports Go and IMSA.com throughout the day beginning at 11 a.m. Flag-to-flag radio coverage also will be available via IMSA Radio.

ANTONIO GARCIA, NO. 3 CHEVROLET CORVETTE C7.R:

"Road Atlanta is a track I enjoy very much. It is one of the classic circuit that we go to each year and it is a big challenge, especially in a 10-hour race. You have to be mindful how the track changes from the start of the race in the late morning to the end of the race at night.
Traffic plays a big role too with some of the the elevation changes. Some of the rises and drops can affect your ability to pass. Personally, I'd very much like to win at Road Atlanta for the first time.

It would be great to add that to our wins this year at Daytona and Sebring. Jan and I also are leading the Tequila Patron North American Endurance Cup, and winning that would help salvage our season."

JAN MAGNUSSEN, NO. 3 CHEVROLET CORVETTE C7.R:

"I've raced at Road Atlanta more times than any other on our schedule. It's a track that is great fun - lots of fast corners and high speeds. The first corner and the last corner are two of the best on the schedule. You really have to a car that is well-balanced to go quick at Atlanta.

The thing is that the conditions can swing back and forth depending on things like time of day and traffic. We are all eager for a good result to close the season. Winning the Tequila Patron North American Endurance Cup would be a fantastic end to 2015."

RYAN BRISCOE, NO. 3 CHEVROLET CORVETTE C7.R:

"I'm looking forward to this weekend with Corvette Racing and getting back in the Corvette C7.R. Jan, Antonio and I started off the season with two massive victories and I'm hoping we can end the year in the same way. Petit Le Mans is a race I've won before.
Road Atlanta is a unique track and very old-school. There is no room for error in a lot of areas, especially in some of the key areas. Turn 1, for example, is really quick.
There is no run-off area.

If you run wide, you're in the grass and likely to go to the fence. It's a track where you have to be concentrating 100 percent. Daytona and Sebring are very forgiving in a lot of places like that, whereas Road Atlanta isn't. You have to be on your game and it's what makes Road Atlanta special."

OLIVER GAVIN, NO. 4 CHEVROLET CORVETTE C7.R:

"I won my fifth Le Mans 24 Hours this year, and I'd very much like to win Petit Le Mans for the sixth time to close the 2015 season.
This race is never easy. A lot of that is down to the layout of the track, which is very fast and very daunting. There are a number of places where the elevation rises and falls, and the camber of the track falls away in certain spots.

The considerable traffic and racing into night only adds to the challenge. Traditionally Corvette Racing has excelled at endurance events - our record this year at Daytona, Sebring and Le Mans is an example.
The Tequila Patron North American Endurance Cup is still very much in play for Tommy and I. It's an important championship and an achievement we would gladly take."

TOMMY MILNER, NO. 4 CHEVROLET CORVETTE C7.R:

"The season championship is pretty much out of reach for us. Oliver and I still have a chance to win the Tequila Patron North American Endurance Cup.
That is definitely something I'd like to win, as it would help us win both the Team and Manufacturer championships in that competition. Corvette Racing historically has been strong in endurance races, as we've shown this year.

We've won the three biggest races we could win. Petit Le Mans has been one that has been challenging the last couple of years for the team, but our strength lies in endurance races.

The Corvette C7.R has been a durable car and well-suited for these longer races. While the last few races haven't turned out how we would have wanted, we definitely head into this weekend with high hopes."

DOUG FEHAN, CORVETTE RACING PROGRAM MANAGER:

"Petit Le Mans has been a fixture on our schedule since the beginning of the Corvette Racing program. It's an extreme test of endurance that puts a strain on personnel and equipment - partly because of the distance and partly because of Road Atlanta's nature.

Everything has to work together to have a chance at success. Fortunately, we have excelled in long-distance events and expect to do so again this week. We'll have one of the largest Corvette Corrals we've seen cheering us on, and we don't want to disappoint them!"

TUDOR Championship – GTLM Standings (After nine events)

Driver Standings

1. Patrick Pilet – 279
2. Bill Auberlen/Dirk Werner – 276
3. Antonio Garcia/Jan Magnussen – 269
4. Giancarlo Fisischella/Pierre Kaffer – 266
5. John Edwards/Lucas Luhr – 258
7. Oliver Gavin/Tommy Milner – 230

Team Standings

1. No. 911 Porsche N. America – 278
2. No. 25 BMW Team RLL – 276
3. No. 3 Corvette Racing – 269
4. No. 62 Risi Competizione – 266
5. No. 24 BMW Team RLL – 258
8. No. 4 Corvette Racing – 230

Manufacturer Standings

1. Porsche - 290
2. BMW - 287
3. Chevrolet - 274
4. Ferrari - 274

Petit Le Mans - GT Le Mans (all times ET)

TUDOR Practice 1: 11:10 a.m., Thursday, Oct. 1
TUDOR Practice 2: 3:25 p.m., Thursday, Oct. 1
TUDOR Practice 3: 7:30 p.m., Thursday, Oct. 1
TUDOR Practice 4: 10:05 a.m., Friday, Oct. 2
TUDOR GTLM Qualifying: 4 p.m., Friday, Oct. 2 (IMSA.com)
TUDOR Warmup: 9 a.m., Saturday, Oct. 3
Race: 11:15 a.m., Saturday, Oct. 3

TV Schedule

11 a.m.-noon: FOX Sports 2, Saturday, Oct. 3
Noon-2:30 p.m.: IMSA.com, Saturday, Oct. 3
2:30-7 p.m.: FOX Sports 2, Saturday, Oct. 3
7-8:30 p.m.: IMSA.com, Saturday, Oct. 3
8:30-9:30 p.m.: FOX Sports 2, Saturday, Oct. 3
Replay: 1:30-4:30 p.m.: FOX Sports 1, Sunday, Oct. 4
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#3684 - 10/02/15 05:05 PM Re: Corvettes ROAD ATLANTA: Seeking to Close the Season Strong [Re: teamzr1]
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Corvette Racing posted solid efforts in challenging conditions Friday at Road Atlanta ahead of Petit Le Mans. The final race of the TUDOR United SportsCar Championship on Saturday will see a bright yellow Chevrolet Corvette C7.R on the inside of the second row in GT Le Mans (GTLM) following rain-soaked qualifying sessions.

Oliver Gavin qualified third in GTLM with a 1:31.685 (99.733 mph) in the No. 4 Chevrolet Corvette C7.R. A five-time winner at Petit Le Mans, Gavin will drive with Tommy Milner and Ryan Briscoe in the 10-hour endurance race that likely will be run in the rain.

Gavin, Milner and Briscoe – who will drive in both the team’s Corvette C7.Rs – stand second in the Tequila Patrón North American Endurance Cup.
It is a competition made up of the TUDOR Championship’s four endurance races: Daytona, Sebring, the Sahlen’s Six Hours at The Glen and Petit Le Mans. Points are awarded at the four-, eight- and 10-hour marks at Road Atlanta; five points go to the leading car, four to second place, three for third place, and two points for fourth place on back.

The trio is second only to teammates Antonio Garcia and Jan Magnussen in the No. 3 Corvette C7.R. Garcia qualified seventh in class with a 1:33.773 (97.512 mph) but admitted his concern was more about bringing the car back safely that outright speed.

Garcia and Magnussen are still in the hunt for the GTLM Driver’s Championship and are 10 points out of first place with 36 available to Saturday’s winners. The duo and Briscoe won the opening two races of the season – the Rolex 24 At Daytona and the Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring.

A victory Saturday would be the 10th at Petit Le Mans for Corvette Racing.

VisitFlorida.com’s Richard Westbrook claimed the overall pole position in the No. 90 Corvette DP that he shares with Michael Valiante and Mike Rockenfeller. Westbrook’s best lap was a 1:27.860 (104.075 mph) to beat out Action Express Racing’s Christian Fittipaldi by 1.060 seconds.

Westbrook and Valiante enter Petit Le Mans with the Prototype Driver’s Championship lead by six points. They need to finish third or better to win the title.

The 18th annual Petit Le Mans is set for 11:15 a.m. ET for Road Atlanta in Braselton, Ga. It is the 10th and final race of the 2015 TUDOR United SportsCar Championship for Corvette Racing.
It will air live on FOX Sports 2, FOX Sports Go and IMSA.com throughout the day beginning at 11 a.m. Flag-to-flag radio coverage also will be available via IMSA Radio.

ANTONIO GARCIA, NO. 3 CHEVROLET CORVETTE C7.R:

“We were following the track conditions.
The car seems to be good most of the time. There was a lot of standing water, so instead of pressing today, I prefer to press tomorrow. I approached qualifying in a very careful way. I only did one lap, then a cool-down and was about to go for a second attempt and the red flag came.
So I didn’t really do any driving or anything. There was a lot of standing water and rivers going across the track, so it was more about faith and trust in our Corvette and the grip. I saw one car go off after a half of a lap, and the accident for the 912 Porsche that caused the red flag, so that could have been me.

For sure, another lap would have been faster. Tomorrow isn’t a sprint race. Tomorrow is going to be the same situation. At some point the order is going to reshuffle. We just need to keep focusing on what we do, and I don’t take too much into this qualifying.”

OLIVER GAVIN, NO. 4 CHEVROLET CORVETTE C7.R:

“This qualifying session was all about just trying to get a good read on the car in the rain in direct comparison to our competition.
But it also was to make sure we are at the sharp end because the race tomorrow is going to be one of a lot of cautions. It’s going to be a test of survival.
It’s going to be an awful lot of luck, but also about being smart. Generally when you start further up the grid, chances are you are going to be able to stay out of trouble – at least we hope that’s the case.
When you are at the front of the field, you can usually see more. But it is going to be a massive challenge tomorrow; there is no doubting that for everybody whether it is crew, tire guys, tire manufacturers, the track, the officials…it is going to test everybody.

I am delighted to be third. It is great to be up there and to be fighting with the BMW and Ferrari. The Porsche was something else; they were a little bit out there in front but they have been every time in the rain this year. If they check out and get away, we’ll be the best of the rest.”
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#3686 - 10/04/15 07:14 AM Re: Corvettes ROAD ATLANTA: Seeking to Close the Season Strong [Re: teamzr1]
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Action Express Racing wins Prototype race and titles; Gavin/Milner third in GTLM

Barbosa, Fittipaldi take second straight Prototype Driver's Championship and Tequila Patrón Endurance Cup; win Prototype race with Sebastien Bourdais
Garcia, Magnussen claim Tequila Patrón North American Endurance Cup in GT Le Mans
Gavin, Milner bookend season with GTLM podium finishes in No. 4 Corvette C7.R

BRASELTON, Ga. - A damp Petit Le Mans ended Saturday with Corvette Racing and the Corvette Daytona Prototype program claiming titles in the TUDOR United SportsCar Championship.

Action Express Racing's Joao Barbosa, Christian Fittipaldi and Sebastien Bourdais won the Prototype class of the rain-shortened race - it ran just shy of eight hours of its 10-hour duration.

Driving the No. 5 Mustang Sampling Corvette DP, Barbospa and Fittipaldi also captured their second straight Prototype Driver's Championship as well as their second straight title in the Tequila Patrón North American Endurance Cup.

"Congratulations to Joao, Christian, Sebastien and the Action Express Racing No. 5 Corvette DP on their second consecutive championship," said Jim Campbell, Chevrolet U.S. Vice President, Performance Vehicles and Motorsports.
"The drivers and crew demonstrated an absolute 'Never-Give-Up' approach throughout today's rain-soaked conditions. Their perseverance and consistent performance resulted in the team also winning the Tequila Patrón North American Endurance Cup.

"Thank you to all the Corvette Daytona Prototype teams for their efforts to secure the Manufacturer and North American Endurance Cup championships once again for Chevrolet," Campbell added.

Corvette Racing's Oliver Gavin and Tommy Milner placed third in GT Le Mans after leading the race overall on multiple occasions.
The No. 4 Chevrolet Corvette C7.R started the season with a podium at the Rolex 24 At Daytona and ended it in like fashion.

Antonio Garcia and Jan Magnussen in the No. 3 Chevrolet Corvette C7.R also ended the season in championship style by winning the Tequila Patrón North American Endurance Cup in GT Le Mans.

The competition consists of the TUDOR Championship's four endurance races: Rolex 24 At Daytona, Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring, the Sahlen's Six Hours at The Glen and Petit Le Mans. Garcia and Magnussen won at Daytona and Sebring with Ryan Briscoe to put themselves in control of the championship.

"For the Corvette Racing Corvette C7.R teams, the 2015 season was filled with incredible successes and a few challenges along the way," Campbell said.
"The season started strong with the class win at the Rolex 24 Hours at Daytona and Sebring 12 Hours, and it continued with the eighth class win in the Le Mans 24 Hours - sports car racing's Triple Crown.

And after some challenging races, it was great to have the No. 3 Corvette C7.R team clinch the GTLM title in the Tequila Patrón North American Endurance Cup championship. Having the No. 4 Corvette C7.R on the podium adds to a great close to our season."

Gavin began from pole position in class and ran among the leaders for most of his double-stint. He recovered from a minor off in his second stint before handing off to Milner.
He drove a storming double-stint to move into the class lead nearly the halfway mark and then the overall lead a couple laps later before handing back over to Gavin.

Not long after the pit stop, race officials threw a red flag to halt the race due to the deteriorating conditions. The stoppage lasted about 30 minutes before the race resumed under full-course yellow conditions.
Two more yellows came out over the final hour before the race was called.

Garcia and Magnussen challenged for the class and overall lead at different points, as well. Magnussen led for two laps after the No. 4 Corvette pitted near the 4:15 mark. However a pair of unscheduled pit stops - one early and one with an hour to go hampered their chances.

The Prototype race was a back-and-forth affair with all four Corvette DPs battling for the lead throughout. Action Express Racing ended with two cars on the Prototype podium - the No. 5 Mustang Sampling Corvette DP in first and the No. 31 Whelen Engineering/Team Fox Corvette Daytona Prototype of Dane Cameron, Eric Curran and Max Papis placing third.

In addition the results netting another title for Barbosa and Fittipaldi, VisitFlorida.com Racing's Richard Westbrook and Michael Valiante unofficially placed second in the Driver's Championship with their No. 90 Corvette DP. Cameron and Curran, in their first season together in Prototypes, placed third in Driver's points.

Barbosa and Fittipaldi also won the Prototype championship in the Tequila Patrón North American Endurance Cup for the second straight season, as well.

The VisitFlorida.com Racing No. 90 Corvette DP and pole-winner Westbrook led early and were out front for most of the first two hours. The treacherous track conditions induced a pair of spins for the VisitFlorida.com Racing Corvette DP.

The element of rain added extra drama for the other three Corvette DPs, as well. The Prototype race turned into mostly three-way battle between the two Action Express Corvette DPs and defending race winners Ricky Taylor, Jordan Taylor and Max Angelelli in the Wayne Taylor Racing No. 10 Konica Minolta Corvette DP. They eventually placed fifth in class.

The 2016 WeatherTech SportsCar Championship opens with the Rolex 24 At Daytona on Jan. 30-31 from Daytona International Raceway.

CORVETTE RACING QUOTES

OLIVER GAVIN, NO. 4 CHEVROLET CORVETTE C7.R - THIRD IN GTLM:

"Finishing on the podium really bookends our season. We started off the year at Daytona with pole position and finishing third.
We got pole position here and ended up finishing third. About 25 minutes ago before they decided to checker the race, we were in the lead. With strategy and such, it was going to come around to us again that we were going to be in the top two.

The Porsche was quick. Were we going to beat them in these conditions? Unlikely. But it was all about survival today. When I had my off early on in the race I was thinking that maybe had blown it for us and I was thinking about what I said to people before I got in the car about being smart and surviving and not doing something crazy.
Then I just got into turn one a little bit too deep and just ran a little bit wide and once it was on the grass, I was a passenger. That was frustrating. But Tommy (Milner) drove really well. We had a good strategy.

The guys worked really well in the pits and we marched ourselves back to the front and then we were there genuinely on pace which was nice. You can take a lot of positives from the results we had here today. We had a strong start to the season, we are having a strong finish. We can carry that over to 2016 and look forward."

TOMMY MILNER, NO. 4 CHEVROLET CORVETTTE C7.R - THIRD IN GTLM:

"The end result is good. There were good fights when the track conditions were good. I'm glad we're on the podium because I think we earned it and deserved it. Our Corvette C7.R was great, and the Michelin tires were good.
Our pit stops were great all day. We did everything we needed to do to have a good race. It would have been a shame to not get a podium after the pace we showed.
I'm a little unhappy with how the race ended - staying out in track conditions that were pretty much undriveable. But we made it through and here we are in third."

ANTONIO GARCIA, NO. 3 CHEVROLET CORVETTE C7.R - SIXTH IN GTLM, TEQUILA PATRÓN NORTH AMERICAN ENDURANCE CUP GTLM CHAMPION:

"My approach wasn't quite like surviving; I was going. The car worked really good. All that I couldn't do in qualifying yesterday I was able to do today.
I had good rhythm, and everything seemed to be very good. I took every opportunity I had to pass the 25 BMW, the 62 BMW, and then closed up on Oliver (Gavin) in the 4 Corvette and the 24 BMW.

Halfway through that stint, I felt something funny on the rear of the car, and I asked the team if there was something wrong with the pressures.
We found out that the nut was loose and we lost track position. Thankfully it didn't come all the way loose. I went all the way to the back again but was on the move again under green. That's how good the car was."

JAN MAGNUSSEN, NO. 3 CHEVROLET CORVETTE C7.R - SIXTH IN GTLM, TEQUILA PATRÓN NORTH AMERICAN ENDURANCE CUP GTLM CHAMPION (Winning the Tequila Patrón North American Endurance Cup):

"That's definitely something. I am glad we came away with a championship this year. The way things were going it didn't look like it. I'm so very happy and super proud for the whole crew to win that one."

(On the race):
"When the conditions were just a normal wet track, the car was really good and we were competitive. That's a little bit new for us. But the conditions sometimes got so, so bad, and I don't understand why they didn't call a red flag or call the race earlier.
At the end there I was screaming on the radio that they needed to stop this right now, it was so dangerous.
They stopped the race and that was a good decision."

DOUG FEHAN, CORVETTE RACING PROGRAM MANAGER:

"Sanctioning bodies can control most everything in a racing event. What they can't control is a team's enthusiasm, passion and drive. Today, Corvette Racing once again demonstrated against insurmountable odds their ability to get the job done.
Winning at Daytona, Sebring and Le Mans, plus the Tequila Patrón North American Endurance Cup, shows why Corvette Racing is renowned as the world's best endurance team."

CORVETTE DAYTONA PROTOTYPE QUOTES

JOAO BARBODA, ACTION EXPRESS RACING NO. 5 MUSTANG SAMPLING CORVETTE DP - PROTOTYPE RACE WINNER AND DRIVER CHAMPION:

"It was just an unbelievable way to end the championship. Obviously we are super happy to win two championships in a row.
This one was definitely really, really tough. It came down to checkered flag last lap. Conditions were really tough out there and very dangerous to be out there at the end. But overall it was a great effort to win the championship.
Our goal in the beginning was to defend the championship, and we did it in kind of a dramatic way. It came right there at the end. I'm so proud to be a part of the Action Express guys and the commitment and passion they have for the sport. I think that is making all the difference."

SEBASTIEN BOURDAIS, ACTION EXPRESS RACING NO. 5 MUSTANG SAMPLING CORVETTE DP - PROTOTYPE RACE WINNER:

"These were very tricky conditions today for the No. 5 Mustang Sampling Corvette DP. We did the job.
There were different strategies out there, but when the second part of my time in the car, we were leading the race.
The good thing is once the No. 90 fell back farther than a podium, it was an Action Express that was going to win the championship. We have something to celebrate tonight."

ERIC CURRAN, ACTION EXPRESS RACING NO. 31 WHELEN ENGINEERING/TEAM FOX CORVETTE DP - THIRD IN PROTOTYPE:

"Overall it was quite a day here at Road Atlanta. The weather conditions were absolutely insane. But as usual, the Action Express guys gave us a phenomenal Whelen Corvette Daytona Prototype. We were good all day and fought through the conditions.
I'm just so happy that the No. 5 guys won a championship and Chevrolet won another manufacturer championship. It is a really big deal.
Obviously on the No. 31 side, we would have loved to have won the championship, but it is give and take and it was such a successful season the first year out.
To be fighting for a championship at the end of the year makes us all happy. I'm just really proud for Chevrolet, Action Express and our Whelen Engineering Corvette DP team."

MAX ANGELELLI, WAYNE TAYLOR RACING NO. 10 CORVETTE DP - FOURTH IN PROTOTYPE:

"It was very, very bizarre and very unfortunate for our racing team. We race with rain, that is not a problem, we always do.
What was weird were some calls that were made today, like dropping the yellows only because of crashes even though the track was bad well before the crashes occurred, and then go green well before the track was good to go green again.
That's the only thing I would have a problem with about today. Otherwise, it was a very unsatisfying way to end the race and the season after all of the hard work we did to get to the front.

The way the checkered flag came out before any kind of normal procedure was followed, as far as opening the pits according to the rulebook and giving other teams the chance to execute the strategy decisions they made to pit or not during that yellow. It was all just very, very strange - very, very bizarre."

JIM LUTZ, CORVETTE DAYTONA PROTOTYPE PROGRAM MANAGER:

"To say it was a challenging day today at Road Atlanta is an understatement.
But our Corvette Daytona Prototype teams performed and executed to the best of their abilities.

Congratulations go to Joao Barbosa, Christian Fittipaldi, team owner Bob Johnson and everyone at Action Express Racing on another Prototype championship and class victory.

It's a great way to end the 2015 season."
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