Corvette Racing’s Antonio Garcia and Jan Magnussen sit second in the TUDOR United Sportscar Championship with just two races left in the season, so turning in a strong result at Circuit of the Americas this weekend will be crucial to the team’s championship bid.
The team has a strong history at COTA. In 2013, Magnussen and Garcia raced to a hard fought win at the Austin, Texas track, with Garcia holding off hard pressure from faster cars for nearly a full hour before taking the checkered flag. A repeat result this year would be ideal, but with the current Balance of Performance regulations, it won’t come easy.
Luckily for Corvette Racing, COTA isn’t a track that guarantees a win to the fastest car. Garcia and Magnussen’s win in 2013 came via strategy, so while they may be held back by IMSA’s BoP rules, a win or a podium isn’t outside the realm of possibility.
“It’s a track that lends itself to good racing,” said Tommy Milner, driver of the No. 4 Corvette C7.R. “As we saw with Antonio a couple years ago – even without one of the fastest cars – you can with good pit strategy get a win. That makes a big difference in how you can approach this event. We know that if we don’t have the fastest car, we can make something happen.”
You can catch the Corvettes at COTA as FOX Sports 2 carries live coverage of the race from 11:35 a.m. CT this Saturday. A re-run of the race will also be aired on FOX Sports 1 at 1:30 p.m. ET Sunday, and flag-to-flag radio coverage will be available through IMSA radio.