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#5751 - 08/03/22 09:43 AM C8.R CORVETTE RACING AT ROAD AMERICA: Drive for Nine in Elkhart Lake  
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Garcia, Taylor looking to build on team’s eight previous Road America wins

C8.R Corvette Racing is going from the shortest track on the IMSA schedule to the longest when the team and the rest of the WeatherTech SportsCar Championship return to spacious Road America for the IMSA Fastlane SportsCar Weekend.

The 4.048-mile, 14-turn road course is one of the most revered on the IMSA calendar with high speeds, big braking zones and heavy g-loads under cornering. It also is one of Corvette Racing’s most successful venues with eight victories for the program and 14 IMSA wins for Chevrolet as a manufacturer.
In the two-hour, 40-minute race, Antonio Garcia and Jordan Taylor will continue their push for their third straight IMSA Drivers Championship in the No. 3 Mobil 1/SiriusXM Chevrolet Corvette C8.R.

After seven races, the pairing have one win on the season at Sebring and sit second in the Drivers Championship in the new GT Daytona (GTD) PRO category.

Garcia and Taylor were GT Le Mans (GTLM) winners at the circuit in 2020 the first year of the C8.R. With the class discontinued for 2022, this is the first time for Corvette Racing in GTD PRO at Road America. There are a number of differences – more weight and less power, for example but the biggest change will be the GTD-spec tire from Michelin on the Corvette instead of the “confidential” Michelins that were designed specifically for the C8.R over the course of two-plus years.

Road America is usually notorious for eating up tires with high levels of degradation.
Despite a lack of overall pace throughout the season, the No. 3 Corvette has remained in championship contention due in large part to its tire management, engineering strategy and crew execution.

Road America and the Corvette brand have a lengthy history dating back nearly 60 years. Chevrolet routinely used the track to test and validate the performance of early-generation Corvettes with that tradition continuing into the present day. Road America was the site of the first on-track running of the Corvette C8.R in 2018, and the mid-engine Corvette continues to write new chapters each weekend.

Chevrolet Motorsports Display On-Site at Road America

In addition to the many series and events on the racetrack at Road America, fans will have plenty to see and experience from Chevrolet. The Chevrolet Motorsports Display will be full of Chevy vehicles that spectators can learn more about throughout the weekend.
The Chevrolet Motorsports Display opens at 8 a.m. Friday and Saturday plus 7:30 a.m. Sunday and is located in the Fan Midway in the Road America main paddock.
Numerous Chevrolet vehicles and other highlights include:

• The 2023 Corvette Z06 convertible
• Additional Chevrolet products such as Blazer RS, Silverado ZR2, TrailBlazer Activ, Camaro 2SS and Colorado ZR2
• A Corvette Racing C8.R showcar
• An opportunity to receive a 2022 Corvette Racing t-shirt
The IMSA Fastlane SportsCar Weekend from Road America is scheduled for 10:40 a.m. CT on Sunday, August 7. The race will stream live on Peacock and air same-day beginning at noon ET on USA. IMSA Radio will broadcast all on-track sessions beginning with Friday afternoon’s practice at IMSA.com. The race call Saturday also will be available on XM 207 and SiriusXM Online 992.

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

“This will be a little different Road America than we’re used to with the GTD Corvette and the cars are racing now both GTD and GTD PRO.
You have to think about attacking the track in different ways given weight, power and other differences that are part of the GTD configuration versus GTLM. We also don’t know about tire degradation, which was quite severe there in past years.

We don’t know how it will be this year on this tire but it can open up several different strategies for the race and can play a big role in the outcome. So we’ll see. One thing that hasn’t changed is how enjoyable it is to drive around Road America and in the area. It’s a highlight visit every year, but hopefully this year that includes a good result or win for us.”

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

“Road America will be an interesting one for us. Knowing where our car’s strengths and weaknesses are, this could be a tricky one for us from a pace point of view. From a tire degradation point of view, that has been our strength this season. Hopefully that will suit us.
We have some ideas in the works for car development for that race, so I think we’ll go there with a little bit of a stronger package and hopefully be contending up front.

We’ve been to simulator since Lime Rock, so we’ve done some running with some big swings of changes to see what comes alive. That’s been the tough thing this season with just one car on track each weekend. You don’t have the opportunities to take big risks on setups. That’s where the simulator has brought big value to us.”

2022 WeatherTech SportsCar Championship – GTD PRO (After seven of 11 Events)

Driver Standings

1. Mathieu Jaminet/Matt Campbell – 2,441
2. Antonio Garcia/Jordan Taylor – 2,226
3. Ben Barnicoat – 2,181
4. Alex Riberas/Ross Gunn – 2,170
5. Connor De Phillippi/John Edwards – 1,946

Team Standings

1. No. 9 Pfaff Motorsports – 2.441
2. No. 3 Corvette Racing – 2,226
3. No. 14 VasserSullivan – 2,181
4. No. 23 Heart of Racing Team – 2,170
5. No. 25 BMW Team RLL – 1,946

Manufacturer Standings

1. Porsche – 2,441
2. Aston Martin – 2,240
3. Chevrolet – 2,236
4. Lexus – 2,211
5. BMW – 2,031

CORVETTE RACING AT ROAD AMERICA: By the Numbers

• 1: As in one team, one manufacturer and one model of car for 23 years: Corvette Racing, Chevrolet and the Chevrolet Corvette.
• 4: Generations of Corvette Racing entries at Road America since 2002 – Corvette C5-R (2002-2004), Corvette C6.R (2005-13), Corvette C7.R (2016-19) and Corvette C8.R (2020-21). This year’s race is the first at the track for the GTD-spec, mid-engine racing Corvette.
• 4: Number of cars Tommy Milner passed in the final 15 minutes of the 2016 Road America race. He and Oliver Gavin went on to win in class and capture the GTLM Drivers Championship.
• 8: Number of victories at Road America for Corvette Racing, the most of any entrant in IMSA.
• 8: Pole positions at Road America for Corvette Racing by four different drivers.
• 10: Number of drivers who have won races at Road America for Corvette Racing – Gavin (four); Olivier Beretta (three); Johnny O’Connell (two); and Kelly Collins, Ron Fellows, Antonio Garcia, Jan Magnussen, Milner, Andy Pilgrim and Jordan Taylor (one each).
• 12: Fastest race laps for Corvette Racing drivers at Road America. That includes the last three seasons: Tommy Milner (2019 and 2021) and Antonio Garcia (2020)
• 14: Manufacturer Championships for Chevrolet and Corvette Racing since 2001
• 14: Number of IMSA victories at Road America for Chevrolet, the second-most of any manufacturer in IMSA
• 21: Number of Road America events for Corvette Racing counting this year’s IMSA race.
• 26: Tracks at which Corvette Racing has won races – Baltimore, Charlotte Motor Speedway, COTA, Canadian Tire Motorsport Park/Mosport, Daytona, Detroit, Houston, Laguna Seca, Le Mans, Lime Rock, Long Beach, Miami, Mid-Ohio, Monza, Portland, Road America, Road Atlanta, Sebring, Sonoma, St. Petersburg, Texas, Trois Rivieres, Utah, VIR, Washington DC and Watkins Glen
• 32: Number of drivers for Corvette Racing since 1999
• 122: Victories worldwide for Corvette Racing – 113 in North America, eight at Le Mans and one in the FIA WEC
• 261: Event starts by Corvette Racing since 1999
• 12,148.10: Number of racing miles completed by Corvette Racing in its 20 previous trips to Road America. That represents 2,993 laps or more than 102 trips across Lake Michigan.
• 345,914.02: Total number of racing miles completed by Corvette Racing since its inception. To put that in perspective, Corvette Racing is more than halfway to the distance traveled by Apollo 13 – the longest manned spaceflight in history: 622,268 miles.
That means Corvette Racing has raced to the moon and more than halfway back!

Corvette Racing at Road America
2002
No. 3 Corvette C5-R: Ron Fellows/Johnny O’Connell/Oliver Gavin – 2nd in GTS (Fellows pole; Gavin fastest race lap)
No. 4 Corvette C5-R: Andy Pilgrim/Kelly Collins – 1st in GTS
2003
No. 3 Corvette C5-R: Ron Fellows/Johnny O’Connell – 2nd in GTS
No. 4 Corvette C5-R: Oliver Gavin/Kelly Collins – 5th in GTS (Gavin pole, fastest race lap)
2004
No. 3 Corvette C5-R: Ron Fellows/Johnny O’Connell – 2nd in GTS
No. 4 Corvette C5-R: Olivier Beretta/Oliver Gavin – 1st in GTS (Beretta pole, fastest race lap)
2005
No. 3 Corvette C6.R: Ron Fellows/Johnny O’Connell – 2nd in GT1
No. 4 Corvette C6.R: Olivier Beretta/Oliver Gavin – 1st in GT1 (Gavin pole, Beretta fastest race lap)
2006
No. 3 Corvette C6.R: Ron Fellows/Johnny O’Connell – 1st in GT1
No. 4 Corvette C6.R: Olivier Beretta/Oliver Gavin – 2nd in GT1 (Gavin fastest race lap)
2007
No. 3 Corvette C6.R: Jan Magnussen/Johnny O’Connell – 2nd in GT1 (Magnussen pole, fastest race lap)
No. 4 Corvette C6.R: Olivier Beretta/Oliver Gavin – 1st in GT1
2008
No. 3 Corvette C6.R: Johnny O’Connell/Jan Magnussen – 1st in GT1
No. 4 Corvette C6.R: Olivier Beretta/Oliver Gavin – 3rd in GT1 (Gavin pole, fastest race lap)
2009
No. 3 Corvette C6.R: Jan Magnussen/Johnny O’Connell – 3rd in GT2
No. 4 Corvette C6.R: Olivier Beretta/Oliver Gavin – 6th in GT2
2010
No. 3 Corvette C6.R: Olivier Beretta/Johnny O’Connell – 4th in GT2
No. 4 Corvette C6.R: Oliver Gavin/Jan Magnussen – 3rd in GT2 (Gavin pole, fastest race lap)
2011
No. 3 Corvette C6.R: Olivier Beretta/Tommy Milner – 14th in GT
No. 4 Corvette C6.R: Oliver Gavin/Jan Magnussen – 5th in GT
2012
No. 3 Corvette C6.R: Jan Magnussen/Antonio Garcia – 6th in GT
No. 4 Corvette C6.R: Oliver Gavin/Tommy Milner – 4th in GT
2013
No. 3 Corvette C6.R: Jan Magnussen/Antonio Garcia – 2nd in GT
No. 4 Corvette C6.R: Oliver Gavin/Tommy Milner – 3rd in GT
2014
No. 3 Corvette C7.R: Jan Magnussen/Antonio Garcia – 6th in GTLM
No. 4 Corvette C7.R: Oliver Gavin/Tommy Milner – 7th in GTLM
2015
No. 3 Corvette C7.R: Jan Magnussen/Antonio Garcia – 4th in GTLM
No. 4 Corvette C7.R: Oliver Gavin/Tommy Milner – 7th in GTLM
2016
No. 3 Corvette C7.R: Jan Magnussen/Antonio Garcia – 6th in GTLM
No. 4 Corvette C7.R: Oliver Gavin/Tommy Milner – 1st in GTLM (5th to 1st in final 15 minutes)
2017
No. 3 Corvette C7.R: Jan Magnussen/Antonio Garcia – 4th in GTLM
No. 4 Corvette C7.R: Oliver Gavin/Tommy Milner – 5th in GTLM
2018
No. 3 Corvette C7.R: Jan Magnussen/Antonio Garcia – 3rd in GTLM (Garcia fastest race lap)
No. 4 Corvette C7.R: Oliver Gavin/Tommy Milner – 2nd in GTLM
2019
No. 3 Corvette C7.R: Jan Magnussen/Antonio Garcia – 4th in GTLM
No. 4 Corvette C7.R: Oliver Gavin/Tommy Milner – 6th in GTLM (Gavin pole, Milner fastest race lap)
2020
No. 3 Corvette C8.R: Antonio Garcia/Jordan Taylor – 1st in GTLM (Garcia fastest race lap)
No. 4 Corvette C8.R: Oliver Gavin/Tommy Milner – 2nd in GTLM
2021
No. 3 Corvette C8.R: Antonio Garcia/Jordan Taylor – 2nd in GTLM (Taylor pole)
No. 4 Corvette C8.R: Oliver Gavin/Tommy Milner – 3rd in GTLM (Milner fastest race lap)


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C8.R Corvette Racing Thrives on Representing ‘America’s Sports Car’

The drive into any IMSA race venue is almost inevitably met with the deep roar coming from a long line of Chevrolet Corvettes – maybe a 1967 Stingray convertible, a 1975 T-Top, a group of 2022 Z06s all making their way into the front gate of the track

The distinctive sound of the Corvette engine, the prideful smile of the driver, the look-at-me thrill of the passenger are can’t-miss accessories as this brand of sports car nobility earns waves, admiring nods and tips of the hat from onlookers.
It is the ultimate “entrance.”

Undoubtedly, in the minutes and hours that follow, those same Corvette owners dressed in Corvette hats and t-shirts will walk the crowded IMSA paddock with a purpose, heading straight to the Corvette Racing team.
It’s where hundreds of enthusiastic fans can see the race cars up close and always count on an autograph and a handshake from their racing heroes.

The only thing more satisfying to this loyal legion than driving a Corvette to an IMSA race is cheering for a Corvette competing in an IMSA race, an effort so often rewarded by a postrace podium celebration.
And this perpetual heavy dose of racing love and support has never been overlooked by the drivers who proudly steer the Corvette in the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship.

“Growing up in the sports car paddock, you always knew that Corvette Racing brought the biggest fanbase,’’ said current Corvette Racing driver Jordan Taylor. “From every autograph session, they had the longest line, kind of wrapping in front of the other trailers, so I think even if you weren’t with Corvette, you noticed how passionate their fans were.

“And then once I joined, it was pretty apparent, pretty obvious, just how passionate they are and how supportive no matter how the weekend’s going, good or bad. They are always there for support, always cheering you on and hoping for a Corvette in victory lane.”

For so many of its 24 years competing in “modern-day” sports car racing’s highest echelon, victory lane has been a second home to the Corvette Racing program. Since 1999, Corvette Racing has earned 122 wins tops among all IMSA entrants including four GT-class victories in the Rolex 24 At Daytona, a dozen more in the Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring Presented by Advance Auto Parts and eight wins at the 24 Hours of Le Mans.
Passionate Love Affair between Car and Customer

This season, Corvette Racing drivers Taylor and Antonio Garcia are second in the GTD PRO championship category, having earned that heralded 12th victory at Sebring for the make.

Whether winning races and dominating the GT series in America or claiming winner’s hardware overseas, the Corvette Racing program has consistently commanded a loyal and expansive fandom. It’s an “all-in” club filled with pride and expectation.
And a real love for the car.

“Corvette is America’s sports car, that was clear from Day 1, ‘’ said British driver Oliver Gavin, the most successful and longest-tenured driver in Corvette Racing’s storied history.
He recalls his earliest days with Corvette Racing, taking immediate note of the unusual love affair generated by the brand and its fanbase particularly in America, but increasingly overseas as well.

“You could see they knew the cars and drivers, the Rons (Fellows) and the Johnnys (O’Connell) and then here you were this new boy,’’ Gavin recalled, noting his earliest days with the make competing alongside the “original” Corvette superstar drivers.

“But the fans embraced you, they wanted to hear your story, they were a family. You felt like you joined this huge family. You were instantly their best friend and since you were driving a Corvette, it didn’t matter what you had done before.
You were a part of their team and their family.

“That was the thing that stood out to me, the warmth of the people. Actually, it is a people story. We’re racing cars and racing these machines around the racetrack, but it’s really the people that generate this feeling and emotion from being around the cars. They are so passionate about it and it kind of rubs off on you.”
It’s a unique, tightly held relationship among carmaker, customer and racer. A relationship identified immediately by General Motors and cultivated at its highest levels.

“I think we have the privilege at Corvette of being America’s sports car,’’ said GM’s sports car racing program manager.
“When I look out and see over 50 percent of the fans at a race are wearing something Corvette,
I’m like, ‘Yeah, we won this one,’” Klauser continued. “We race for our fans.

We race to spread the message about the brand and the car, but ultimately, we’re out there because of the fanbase and the pride they have and all our employees back at GM have for this car. That’s why we’re out there.

“So, when you see it’s being received so well and people are excited to be there and see the car and be a part of that, that is what is so cool for me. It really justifies why we’re there and makes all the wins and moments we do well matter even more, because we know we’ve got a huge group of people out there celebrating with us, both at the track and watching from home.”

Spreading the Corvette Love Globally

In recent years, Corvette drivers say the American love affair has noticeably crossed the Atlantic – a further sign of the immense popularity of the brand.
It’s easy to understand us being a fan favorite here in America when we go to IMSA races, but for me, it really speaks volumes when you go to a race like Le Mans where we’re still a fan favorite, and we’re not even in America,’’ Taylor noted.

“That everyone still supports us and is a fan of the team, the motto of never giving up is a huge thing for the team. In sports car racing, it’s endurance racing, and the team has shown they never give up and I think the fans appreciate that mentality and that’s how we go about our racing.”
The worldwide love affair between Corvette Racing and its massive fandom would indicate as much.
The pride Corvette owners feel for their vehicles is amplified with the pride Corvette Racing drivers have for their craft and for the relationships it has cultivated.

It’s a unique, unmistakable reality in the IMSA paddock. And it’s what makes Corvette Racing so iconic.
“When I go back 20 years, I had no idea what I was getting myself into, but this has led to so many opportunities, so many amazing experiences both at the racetrack and away from the racetrack,’’ Gavin said, the excited sincerity evident as he speaks.

“It’s spectacular to see the growth of the car and now the Corvette name and brand has grown into this global sports car because, yes, it is America’s sports car, but it’s now a global sports car that has taken the world by storm.

“All these years racing in the biggest sports car races, but not just that, winning all the biggest sports car races in the world,’’ Gavin continued.
“It’s really transformed the image of Corvette from being a car with the big thumping V-8 you’d race off the lights.

“Corvette is a serious sports car and every single manufacturer is watching to see what we’re going to do next and jealous we sell so many cars, and we sell so many great cars.
“The other manufacturers are like, ‘GM and Corvette, they’ve gotten it right.’ And we have.’’

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First practice completed
2nd practice later today

Jack Hawksworth set a quick time to lead GTD PRO early which was a good thing because the No. 14 Lexus rolled to a stop on the circuit, bringing out a red flag. Vasser Sullivan crew surrounded the car in the paddock trying to root out the problem, the best guess being a fuel issue.

Hawksworth was pipped late in the session by Connor de Phillipi, back in the No. 25 BMW M Team RLL M4 GT3 for the first time after testing the BMW LMDh car.
De Phillippi turned a 2m06.637s lap (115.08mph) to top GTD PRO, but not GTD overall.

Hawksworth ended up with the second-quickest time, 0.334s off de Phillippi, with Antonio Garcia in the No. 3 Corvette third at 2m07.719s.
Matt Campbell in the No. 9 Pfaff Motorsports Porsche 911 GT3R was fourth, with the No. 23 Heart of Racing Aston Martin bringing up the rear of GTD PRO.

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How they will start in the race Sunday at 11:30 AM ET after qualify was completed

Vasser Sullivan’s Jack Hawksworth claimed top qualifying honors in GTD Pro while Robby Foley took his Turner Motorsport BMW M4 GT3 to the class pole in GTD.

Hawksworth, in the No. 14 Lexus RC F GT3, reeled off a best lap of 2:05.365 in the closing moments of the session, edging out GTD Pro championship leader Matt Campbell in the No. 9 Pfaff Motorsports Porsche 911 GT3 R by 0.253 seconds.

Antonio Garcia qualified third in the No. 3 Chevrolet Corvette C8.R GTD after putting down a benchmark 2:05.829 lap time early in the 15-minute session.

Foley’s 2:06.084 was good enough for fourth quickest amongst the production-based cars and fourth overall, ahead of the No. 12 Vasser Sullivan Lexus of Frankie Montecalvo.




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Antonio Garcia qualified third in GT Daytona (GTD) PRO as Corvette Racing’s No. 3 Mobil 1/SiriusXM Chevrolet Corvette C8.R will start on the inside of the second row for Sunday’s IMSA Fastlane Sports Weekend at Road America.

Garcia set a time of 2:05.829 (115.814 mph) Saturday around the spacious 4.048-mile, 14-turn circuit in scenic eastern Wisconsin.
That put him 0.464 seconds off Jack Hawksworth’s pole-winning time in the class.

Garcia qualified at Road America for the first time since 2018, but knows how to go fast around the track, with a pair of the fastest race laps in 2018 and 2020. The contrast in weather between Saturday’s ideal conditions and predicted rain Sunday will play a major role in the race’s outcome.

Garcia and Taylor are seeking their second win of the year and second victory at Road America as a tandem, following a GT Le Mans class in 2020. After seven races, the pairing sits second in the Drivers Championship.

Road America and the Corvette brand have a lengthy history, dating back nearly 60 years. Chevrolet routinely used the track to test and validate the performance of early-generation Corvettes, with that tradition continuing into the present day.

Road America was the site of the first on-track running of the Corvette C8.R in 2018, and the mid-engine Corvette continues to write new chapters each weekend.

The IMSA Fastlane SportsCar Weekend from Road America is scheduled for 10:40 a.m. CT on Sunday, August 7.
The race will stream live on Peacock and air same-day beginning at noon ET on USA.
IMSA Radio’s race call Sunday also will be available on IMSA.com, XM 207 and SiriusXM Online 992.

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

“That definitely was the maximum. I must say that I had perfect prep, so the tires were where they needed to be.
Even I improved fractionally on the second lap, I thought my first was probably it. Maybe if you put together both, you could shave off a tenth.

I’m happy with how the car felt and how I approached the actual qualifying session and how I built up temperature and pressure on the tires.
Now we’re focused on the race. It’s good we are on the second row, where yesterday we didn’t know where we would be.
We are ready for tomorrow. Let’s see what the weather brings.
From that point on, we can see the leaders right there, so we need to stay in contact with them and do the job.

“I qualified once or twice on pole here, but it’s been awhile since I qualified at Road America. It’s always very enjoyable.
You feel like you have the track to yourself. Traffic didn’t play a part; it was perfect.
This is the best track to have low fuel, new tires and space. It’s the best part of the weekend, for sure.”

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C8.R could only get a finish of third place and drops to 3rd place in standing,
May not be able to recover to win the GTD-Pro series mad

Jack Hawksworth and Ben Barnicoat gave Vasser Sullivan and Lexus its maiden GTD Pro class victory, thanks in part to a strategic fuel-saving race.

Barnicoat brought the No. 14 Lexus RC F GT3 across the line ahead of the No. 9 Pfaff Motorsports Porsche 911 GT3 R of Mathieu Jaminet, which made its final scheduled pit stop prior to the third yellow.

The two cars enjoyed a race-long battle in the top production-based class, swapping the class lead, although the No. 14 Lexus had the upper hand, particularly in strategy.

The Lexus as well as the third place class-finishing No. 3 Chevrolet Corvette C8.R GTD of Jordan Taylor and Antonio Garcia stretched their fuel to more than 1 hour and 17 minutes amid two late-race yellows.




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C8.R Corvette Racing came home third in class Sunday at Road America in the IMSA Fastline SportsCar Weekend. Antonio Garcia and Jordan Taylor finished on the GT Daytona (GTD) PRO podium in the No. 3 Mobil 1/SiriusXM Chevrolet Corvette C8.R for their second straight top-three finish at the circuit in the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship.

Garcia started third and drove the first 40 minutes in mostly dry conditions, although track conditions grew more treacherous on his slick Michelin tires toward the end of his stint.

The Corvette Racing crew got the No. 3 Corvette and Taylor out at the head of GTD PRO after the first stop. Unfortunately, Taylor had the worst of the conditions as he rejoined the race on wet-weather tires. Even more frustrating was the No. 3 Corvette’s lack of straight-line speed also started to rear its head as Taylor went from first to third on the restart in a matter of two corners.

He fell down to fourth behind the No. 23 Aston Martin, but more than once he took back the position into one of Road America’s brake zones only to fall back again on the long runs between corners. Meanwhile, the rain was somewhat consistent at the start of Taylor’s stint but moved to drying conditions as the second of three full-course yellows flew with 78 minutes remaining. Garcia got back in on slick tires and restarted fourth in class.

He finally got the No. 3 Corvette back onto the podium with less than hour to go while a number of GTD cars were in a fuel-savings mode to try and make the end in case the race went green the rest of the way.
That didn’t happen as a third yellow came out with 54 minutes to go. Corvette Racing engineers elected to keep Garcia out to try and gain an advantage in track position, but a number of GTD cars had the same idea – including the eventual race-winning Lexus.

The race went green with 36 minutes to go but Garcia was swallowed up and passed by two more lapped GTD cars on the run from the final corner to the start-finish line. He was able to hold on to the third position in GTD PRO before a final yellow ended the race with eight minutes left.

Corvette Racing’s next event is the Michelin GT Challenge at VIR from Virginia International Raceway on August 26-28.

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

“The way as you get laptime in our car is completely different to everyone else. On every restart we lost at least one or two positions.
So you feel helpless and frustrated. There’s nothing we can do to make our car faster. Hopefully the next race at VIR is better.”

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

“It was a frustrating day as a whole.
It seems our pace over a lap isn’t too horrible, but where our pace is made against everyone else makes it almost impossible to race anyone.

It’s the same story on a different weekend from the last five or six races.
It’s frustrating overall, so hopefully we can go to Virginia and be a little more competitive than this.”


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