Corvette Racing will hit the famed Watkins Glen International road course this weekend for the next leg of the TUDOR United SportsCar Championship, The Sahlen’s Six Hours of The Glen. That doesn’t sound like huge news, but when you consider that Corvette Racing has never competed at the circuit, it makes things a lot more interesting.
Corvette Racing will arrive at The Glen fresh from their second-place class finish at the 24 Hours of Le Mans last weekend, marking the team’s second endurance race in two weeks. Even though the team has never raced at the track as a whole, its four drivers are more than familiar with the circuit. Antonio Garcia hasn’t missed the Six Hours since 2010, when he finished third overall racing for Spirit of Daytona. Jan Magnussen was a GT class winner in 2005 and Oliver Gavin and Tommy Milner both have runner-up finishes there.
Drivers of the No.3 C7.R, Garcia and Magnussen, are on a two-race winning steak in TUDOR competition and currently occupy second position overall in GT Le Mans points. They will be looking for their third consecutive win when they hit the 3.37-mile, 11-turn circuit this Sunday.
“It will be the first time for me in a Corvette at Watkins Glen. It’s an interesting place with a lot of history. The times that I’ve been there in other cars, I’ve enjoyed it a lot. So I’m looking forward to go back there and get back into the TUDOR Championship where we have won consecutive races,” said Magnussen. “It’s longer than a standard TUDOR Championship race and puts a lot more importance on pit stops and strategy. In the past, Corvette Racing has been very, very good in those areas and absolutely have been one of the team’s strongest points.”