With the legendary 24 Hours of Le Mans just around the corner in June, Corvette Racing is apparently shaking down both its cars and its drivers in preparation for the race, running its Corvette C7.R race cars at Wisconsin’s Road America road course. Website Corvette Blogger located videos tweeted by Corvette Racing drivers Antonio Garcia and Tommy Milner last week showing the C7.Rs blasting through the course at a full gallop, suggesting that the team could be fiddling with suspension and engine settings ahead of official testing at the Circuit de la Sarthe early next month.
Road America, Corvette Blogger points out, has some of the same conditions drivers are likely to encounter at Le Mans from June 16th through the 17th, including sweeping turns and long straightaways. The four-mile track is located just south of Elkhart Lake, Wisconsin, and is considered by many to be one of the United States’ best road courses.
— Antonio García (@AntonioGarcia_3) May 10, 2018
Of course, the physical fitness of Corvette Racing‘s drivers is every bit as important as the performance of its cars, and it appears the team has been testing that, as well. A tweet by Oliver Gavin from earlier in the week showed him being probed and prodded at the Human Energy Research Laboratory at Michigan State University, with a caption suggesting he and Antonio Garcia had undergone “some tough mental and physical tests” ahead of the race.
Big thanks to @DrDavidF13 , Sam and everyone who hosted @AntonioGarcia_3 and I today at #HERL @michiganstate . Some tough mental and physical tests, nothing like being put outside your comfort zone. ? pic.twitter.com/0dk4ojpft3
— Oliver Gavin (@olivergavin) May 8, 2018
The 2018 24 Hours of Le Mans is scheduled to take place from June 16th through the 17th. This year will mark Corvette Racing’s 19th consecutive year of competition at the event. The team’s last win came in 2015, with Oliver Gavin, Tommy Milner, and Jordan Taylor at the wheel.