Tommy Milner is now a mainstay at the Corvette Racing camp. The 29-year old formerly raced a BMW for Rahal-Letterman, but then “saw the light” as Corvette Racing program manager Doug Fehan put it, and switched over to the Chevy factory team for the 2011 season. Now he’s the driver of the No. 4 C7.R, which he and teammates Oliver Gavin, and Simon Pagenaud piloted to a third-place class finish at the Rolex 24 at Daytona in January.
Milner recently took Chevrolet behind the scenes with him during the Rolex 24, giving us an all-access look at what it’s like to be a racing driver for one of the top GT teams in the world as they compete in a grueling 24 hour endurance race. His weekend starts with a practice session and taking pictures with fans, but things quickly get serious once the green flag waves.
The behind the scenes video follows Milner from the start of the race to the end. It gives us a good look at how difficult a race like this can be for a driver, with Tommy having to catch an hour and a half of sleep here and there to stay well-rested in between his driving stints. It also shows the stress a driver goes through when they make a mistake, like when Milner clipped the back of an LMP prototype late in the race and destroyed the front of the C7.R, forcing him to pit.
If you’re a Corvette Racing fan you definitely don’t want to miss this one. Check it out the vide below and keep an eye out for Corvette Racing when the green flag drops at the Long Beach Sportscar Showcase on April 18.