Corvette Racing and Mobil 1 have put together a short video reflecting on the team’s 2018 season and looking ahead to the rest of the 2019 IMSA WeatherTech Sportscar Championship.
The Chevrolet squad’s performance last season was largely indicative of its methodical approach toward racing. Despite never taking a victory, the No. 3 car of Jan Magnussen and Antonio Garcia won both the driver’s and team’s championships in the GTLM class. Magnussen, Garcia and the Corvette crew drove consistently and kept their noses clean race after race, scoring points each time out and racking up enough points to narrowly edge out No. 67 Ford GT of Ryan Briscoe and Richard Westbrook.
“We missed so many races by so little that it was kind of strange to end up winning anyway but having no victory,” said Garcia. “There were races like Laguna or Mosport – everything was lining up perfectly to win and then a last minute caution cost us the race, so we lost some races, but we were always in contention.”
The No. 4 Corvette C7.R team of Tommy Milner and Oliver Gavin put up a solid effort to finish third in the team’s championship. Milner and Gavin won at Long Beach, but subsequent poor finishes at Mid Ohio and Watkins Glen allowed the No. 3 team to gain a significant points advantage early in the season.
Corvette Racing struggled in the 2019 24 Hours of Daytona in January, with Milner crashing the No. 4 into the barriers in treacherous rainy conditions and the No. 3 car coming home sixth overall after struggling for pace. The GTLM class was won by the No. 25 BMW Team RLL BMW M8 GTE, which managed to remain problem free during monsoon-like conditions that eventually red flagged the race.
The team will be looking to redeem itself of its less than stellar Daytona result when the 12 Hours of Sebring kicks off on March 16th. For now, be sure to check out the season-opening video embedded above.