Corvette Racing’s No. 3 and No. 4 C7.Rs currently sit in first and second position in the Tequila Patrón North American Endurance Cup, the Tudor United Sportscar Championship’s sub-series for endurance races. They’ll be looking to defend those positions when they head to New York state this weekend for the Sahlen’s 6 Hours of The Glen, fresh off their GTE Pro class win at the 24 Hours of Le Mans.
In addition to defending their leading spots in the endurance series, Corvette Racing will also be defending their win at The Glen in 2014, in which Antonio Garcia and Jan Magnussen led 154 of 185 laps before taking victory. Teammates Tommy Milner and Oliver Gavin, meanwhile, will be looking to avenge their unfortunate luck at the track last year. The pair had been running in second when Milner was handed down a stop-go-penalty for avoidable contact, relegating them to fourth place.
“Our Chevrolet Corvette was very good last year at The Glen, and I was able to move up through the field early and challenge our teammates for the race lead,” Milner said. “The penalty we received was pretty harsh, and it definitely set us back and robbed us of a better result. The best thing we can do now is to go back there, use what we learned from 2014 and Le Mans. Hopefully that will be enough to keep the momentum going for Oliver, myself and the rest of the No. 4 crew.”
Garcia and Magnussen will be behind the wheel of a different C7.R this week after the No. 3 car was totaled in qualifying at Le Mans. Corvette Racing borrowed one of French Corvette customer team Larbre Competition’s C7.Rs following Le Mans last week and shipped it stateside so it could serve as the No. 3 car at Watkins Glen. The Larbre car was also damaged and required some repairs prior to the race, however, making the Pratt & Miller team more than a little busy this week.
“Getting two cars back from France and turned around in the span of five days is a challenge; add in having to nearly rebuild a car from the frame up make is a monumental task,” said Corvette Racing program manager Doug Fehan. “Nevertheless, that is what we at Corvette Racing face heading back to The Glen. We have another chance to stare down adversity and turn it into success. If there is one team that can do it, it’s Corvette Racing. We’ll do it with the same passion and dedication all our fans and Corvette owners have for our team and program.”
The Sahlen’s 6 Hours of The Glen will go green at 10:10 a.m. ET on Sunday. As usual, the race will be aired live on Fox Sports 1 and Fox Sports 2 and you can follow along by listening to IMSA radio if you’re away from the TV.