Corvette Racing’s yellow ‘Vettes will start side-by-side from the sixth row for Saturday’s Rolex 24 at Daytona after posting the sixth and eighth fastest lap times in a treacherous and rainy qualifying session Thursday.
The fastest Corvette Racing driver of the day was Oliver Gavin, who posted a time of 2:03.974 (103.377 mph) in the No. 4 Corvette C7.R that he will share with Tommy Milner and Marcel Fässler. Jan Magnussen was the fastest driver of the No. 3 C7.R with a time of 2:05.979 (101.731 mph). He will share the entry with Antonio Garcia and Corvette Racing newcomer Mike Rockenfeller.
The Corvette Racing camp was understandably frustrated with the dangerous, rainy qualifying session but isn’t getting too hung up on the qualifying result, instead looking at the big picture of the 24-hour endurance race.
“The conditions were treacherous,” Gavin said. “The track in qualifying was as bad as it has been all day. For the most part, making a lap was a matter of chance. It was frustrating not being able to make a proper run but it is what it is. It’s a 24-hour race, and the conditions will be better on the weekend. We’ll move on from this.”
“”Today was less than ideal in a number of areas,” Magnussen added. “The conditions have been far from perfect but we had a really good Corvette. We also had a problem with the windshield fogging, which meant I couldn’t go when the track got better. It’s a long race, and we have a really good record of success in the endurance events. We will be fine.”
The 2016 Rolex 24 At Daytona will go green this Saturday at 2:40 p.m. Click here for a full schedule of events and for television broadcast information.