The No. 3 Corvette C7.R of Antonio Garcia and Jan Magnussen attempted to take the lead in Sunday’s Monterey Grand Prix at Laguna Seca with a strategic pit call, however the team’s plan was foiled after being forced to pit in the race’s closing minutes.
The race-winning No. 67 Ford Chip Ganassi Racing Ford GT of Richard Westbrook took the checkered flag after Westbrook managed to save fuel throughout a 50-plus minute stint following the team’s first and only pit stop. The No. 3 C7.R team had attempted to mimic their strategy, however Briscoe was unable to make it until the end of the race and was forced to pit for fuel before finishing fourth in GTLM.
The No. 4 Corvette C7.R of Oliver Gavin and Tommy Milner was running a strong race until Gavin spun the wheels of the car in the pits before the jack had lowered it all the way, forcing him to serve a drive through penalty. This bumped the No. 4 car from seventh to tenth, however Gavin turned in an expert drive to recover the positions and finish seventh.
The No. 66 Ford GT had attempted to use the same one-stop pit strategy as the No. 67 sister car and the No. 3 C7.R, but like the Corvette was forced to pit for a splash of fuel before finish sixth in GTLM. The No. 68 Scuderia Corsa Ferrari 488 of Alessandro Pier Guidi slotted in behind the No. 67 car in second, while the No. 912 Porsche 911 of Fred Makowiecki took the final podium position.
Corvette Racing heads to Le Mans next for the 2016 24 Hours of Le Mans. The team will attempt to defend their 2015 GTE Pro class win in the 84th edition of the endurance race, but will face additional competition this year thanks to the four-car Ford GT effort.