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#5733 - 07/12/22 12:29 PM IMSA - Lime Rock Northeast Grand PrixJuly 16th  
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After racing at the wide-open spaces of places like Daytona and Le Mans, Corvette C8.R Racing this weekend travels to sports car racing’s version of a bullring: Lime Rock Park for Saturday’s Northeast Grand Prix.

Saturday’s two-hour, 40-minute race is one of two GT-only events for the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship. Antonio Garcia and Jordan Taylor, teammates in the No. 3 Mobil 1/SiriusXM Chevrolet Corvette C8.R, are the defending winners from a year ago and aim to replicate that success in the GT Daytona (GTD) PRO category around the 1.474-mile, seven-turn road course in northwestern Connecticut.

Close-quarters racing is usually the name of the game at Lime Rock. It’s a circuit that features one left-hand turn and laps of around 50 seconds.
Heat and humidity also typically play a role, and higher track temperatures place a higher importance on tire management for all GTD cars.

That’s been the biggest adjustment for the Corvette Racing team in 2022. In GTD PRO and the regular GTD class as well, all cars must use the same Michelin customer tire instead of tires specifically designed for each racecar as was the case in the GT Le Mans (GTLM) categories in recent years.

That tire management is what helped Garcia and Taylor finish as runners-up two weeks ago at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park and move back into second place in the GTD PRO Drivers, Manufacturers and Team championships.
Corvette Racing’s history at Lime Rock dates back to 2004 with the fifth-generation racing Corvette, and the C8.R is the fourth different version of Corvette Racing entry to compete at the venue.
The team has six previous victories to its credit to lead all IMSA entrants, and Chevrolet ranks second among manufacturers with 13 race victories.

The FCP Euro Grand Prix from Lime Rock Park is scheduled for 3:10 p.m. ET on Saturday, July 16. The race will stream live on Peacock and air same-day at 5 p.m. ET on the USA IMSA Radio will broadcast all on-track sessions beginning with Friday afternoon’s practice at IMSA.com.
The race call Saturday will also be available on XM 207 and SiriusXM Online 992.

ANTONIO GARCIA, NO. 3 MOBIL 1/SiriusXM CHEVROLET CORVETTE C8.R:

“Lime Rock always gives us a unique challenge, especially in this part of the schedule.
It’s always a big difference between there and places like Le Mans and Watkins Glen. This year will be a tough fight with six cars in our class going for an overall win. We’ve had to fight for every position in the last two races to get back to second in the championship. We need to start winning races to make gains in the points. That will be everyone’s goal this weekend.”

JORDAN TAYLOR, NO. 3 MOBIL 1/SiriusXM CHEVROLET CORVETTE C8.R:

“After our strong run at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park, I’m excited to get back to fighting at the front at Lime Rock.
We had a great weekend there last year with the pole and win, so hopefully we can replicate that this year. Lime Rock is always tough on tires and tire degradation, and that seemed to be our strength at CTMP. Hopefully that will work to our favor this weekend.”

2022 WeatherTech SportsCar Championship GTD PRO

(After six of 11 Events)

Driver Standings
1. Mathieu Jaminet/Matt Campbell – 2,056
2. Antonio Garcia/Jordan Taylor – 1,918
3. Ben Barnicoat – 1,849
4. Alex Riberas/Ross Gunn – 1,820
5. Cooper MacNeil – 1,701

Team Standings
1. No. 9 Pfaff Motorsports – 2.056
2. No. 3 Corvette Racing – 1,918
3. No. 14 VasserSullivan – 1,849
4. No. 23 Heart of Racing Team – 1,820
5. No. 79 WeatherTech Racing – 1,701

Manufacturer Standings
1. Porsche – 2,056
2. Chevrolet – 1,928
3. Aston Martin – 1,890
4. Lexus – 1,879
5. Mercedes-AMG – 1,809


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#5739 - 07/15/22 03:07 PM Re: IMSA - Lime Rock Northeast Grand PrixJuly 16th [Re: teamzr1]  
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For 2nd practice

The short laps at Lime Rock Park can produce times that are very, very close.

At the top of the time sheets, the No. 25 BMW M Team RLL M4 was nowhere to be found, having set the quickest time in the morning session. That car, with Connor De Phillippi now turning the fastest time, was fourth in GTD PRO and seventh overall. Instead, it was Matt Campbell in the No. 9 Pfaff Motorsports Porsche 911 GT3R with a 51.050s time that was the quickest overall.

Jordan Taylor in the No. 3 Corvette C8.R GTD was second, only half a hundredth back, while Jack Hawksworth continued to prove he is well-recovered from his motocross injury with a 51.263s lap in the No. 14 Vasser Sullivan Lexus RC F. The top three in GTD PRO were all under the existing GTD track record of 51.456s, set in 2019 qualifying by Trent Hindman in an Acura NSX.

How C8.R did in practice and then Qualify for tomorrow's race


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Corvette C8.R Racing will start Saturday’s Northeast Grand Prix from the last place after qualifying Friday at Lime Rock Park.

Jordan Taylor set a best lap of 51.302 (103.715 mph) in the No. 3 Mobil 1/SiriusXM Chevrolet Corvette C8.R.
He’ll start fifth Saturday in the mid-engine Corvette that he shares with Antonio Garcia in a race where track position is key.

Taylor looked set to contend for the front row until a slower GTD car exited the pitlane and interfered with the Corvette going into the first corner.
The Corvette’s Michelin tires were coming to their peak before Taylor had to abort the lap and regroup. By that time, however, the tires were past their optimum operating window and Taylor finished 0.223 seconds behind the pole-sitting No. 9 Porsche.

Corvette Racing used the first two practices to acclimate the GTD-spec Corvette to Lime Rock through a series of chassis and tire pressure adjustments.

The work paid dividends in the second practice at, Taylor led the session late before ending second, just a half-tenth of a second behind the No. 9.

Corvette Racing’s history at Lime Rock dates back to 2004 with the fifth-generation racing Corvette, and the C8.R is the fourth different version of Corvette Racing entry to compete at the venue. The team has six previous victories to its credit to lead all IMSA entrants, and Chevrolet ranks second among manufacturers with 13 race victories.

The FCP Euro Grand Prix from Lime Rock Park is scheduled for 3:10 p.m. ET on Saturday, July 16.

The race will stream live on Peacock and air same-day at 5 p.m. ET on USA.
IMSA Radio will broadcast all on-track sessions beginning with Friday afternoon’s practice at IMSA.com.
The IMSA Radio call of the race Saturday will also be available on XM 207 and SiriusXM Online 992.

JORDAN TAYLOR, NO. 3 MOBIL 1/SiriusXM CHEVROLET CORVETTE C8.R QUALIFIED FIFTH IN GTD PRO:

“Really frustrating session.
We made good progress from the first practice.
It took some time for us to balance the car and the tire this morning, but this afternoon we made a good step forward.
I think a front-row start was a possibility until I got blocked. After that, I couldn’t get the tire pressure and temps back up, and that was it.
Overall, I think our Corvette is good for tomorrow, and we should have good race pace.
We’re just going to have to work that much harder to make up positions, either on the track or in the pitlane.
We can do it, but it’ll take patience and some luck at this track.”


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Earlier in the day, Campbell led from the pole ahead of Jack Hawksworth (Pro Lexus), Ross Gunn (Pro HoR Aston) and Jordan Taylor’s factory C8.R Corvette.

Taylor passed Hawksworth in the first round of stops, but was ordered to give the position back again as Hawksworth had an overlap on him in the fast lane.

Their earlier stops gave them track position over the Pfaff Porsche, which ran for eight more laps and took a full 24s fuel-fill which set them up for the strategic advantage later on.

Hawksworth led for majority of the middle stint until Campbell blew by him with an hour remaining but the Lexus was destined for a longer final pitstop, which put Barnicoat behind the Aston.

The Corvette challenge evaporated when a strange pitstop strategy put Antonio Garcia into a pack of non-Pro GTD cars, and he hit the WeatherTech Mercedes of Jules Gounon.

That damaged the right-rear corner of the C8.R and put him five laps down.

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Short-track racing bit Corvette C8.R Racing on Saturday as mid-race contact sidelined the No. 3 Mobil 1/SiriusXM Chevrolet Corvette C8.R in the NorthEast Grand Prix at Lime Rock Park.

Antonio Garcia & Jordan Taylor finished fourth in GTD PRO, but 13th overall.
Things were trending in a positive direction for the C8.R until side-to-side contact with another GTD car damaged the right-rear suspension of the Corvette, necessitating a long pit stop to repair the C8.R. In the end, Garcia and Taylor finished five laps down to the race-winning No. 9 Porsche.

Taylor began fourth on the grid, and Corvette Racing engineers immediately went to a three-stop strategy to manage tire degradation and tire performance. The No. 3 Corvette stopped just shy of the 30-minute mark and again just short of halfway with a change at that point to Garcia.

The goal was to get Garcia to around 40 minutes to go before making the car’s last stop.
Unfortunately, the Corvette was involved in side-to-side contact with a Mercedes only a few laps into Garcia’s first stint.
The incident bent a component of the Corvette’s rear suspension, which took the car out of contention.

The rest of the race turning into a test session for the remaining races on the IMSA schedule.
Corvette Racing returns to the track at Road America in Elkhart Lake, Wisc., from August 5-7.

ANTONIO GARCIA, NO. 3 MOBIL 1/SiriusXM CHEVROLET CORVETTE C8.R FINISHED FOURTH IN GTD PRO:

“It didn’t make any sense, what happened there. I don’t know when you are on mixed strategy with everyone and everyone is defending from you, it didn’t make any sense there.
Could I have been more patient?
Maybe, but I wasn’t here to finish second again or third. It was time to go. That’s the way it is, especially because I think we had a strong car over the long run. Everyone was defending like it was the last 10 minutes. Even if I didn’t want to race them, that’s how it went.
Now I wish I was a little more patient, but I’m here to win and at that point in time, we had to go.”

JORDAN TAYLOR, NO. 3 MOBIL 1/SiriusXM CHEVROLET CORVETTE C8.R FINISHED FOURTH IN GTD PRO:

“That was a frustrating one. The tough thing is that we’re in one race with different classes but the same cars.
Guys on different strategies are racing you even though you aren’t part of their race. That part is frustrating.
We got caught up in a bit of a mess there. We were in there with a shot for second. The 9 car was pretty much untouchable today.
That’s been the story of the season so far.
Hopefully we can go to Road America and fight them a little bit harder.”


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