Corvette Racing’s Tommy Milner made a daring last lap pass on the Ford GT of Richard Westbrook to take the GTLM win in Sunday’s IMSA Continental Tire Road Race Showcase at Road America.
Milner sat fifth in the No. 4 Corvette C7.R when the field made a third and final restart with 5 minutes remaining in the 2 hour and 40 minute race. Westbrook led the GTLM field to green, followed by the No. 62 Ferrari 488 GTE of Toni Vilander in second and the No. 911 Porsche 911 of Nick Tandy in third.
Tandy attempted to move up the inside of both the Ford and the Ferrari in Turn 5 and spun after making slight contact. Meanwhile, Milner had found his way around the No. 912 Porsche sister car of Frederic Makowiecki, moving him up to third.
Milner took second place when Vilander made contact with the No. 55 Mazda Prototype of Tristan Nunez. It was then Corvette vs. Ford in a final lap battle for the lead, with Milner finding his way around Westbrook’s slightly damaged GT rather easily to take the win by 0.730 seconds.
“It was a wild swing of emotions,” Milner said post-race. “My mindset at the end of the race was to hopefully catch the Porsche in front of me and try to make something there. During the yellow they said on the radio there was a chance we could restart but we might finish under yellow. I went from bummed to not being able to race for fourth to seeing all of the guys ahead of us.”
“Then seeing the Ford in the lead, knowing how close we are in points, I sort of hoped we’d be there. Everything happened in front of me. The Porsche spun, then the Ferrari got taken out, I got some help for sure. I was able to get by the 912 and then get close to the Ford. It looked like they were a little hurt, but I don’t know how we went from fifth with three laps to go.”
The result marks Corvette Racing’s 101st win and comes just after the team scored its 100th win at Lime Rock Park. The result helped Milner and Gavin grow their driver’s championship lead to 13 points over Westbrook and his No. 67 co-driver Ryan Briscoe and also grows Chevy’s lead over Ford to 10 points.
The IMSA WeatherTech Sportscar Championship heads to Virginia International Raceway next for the Michelin GT Challenge. Click here for full results from Road America and here for a complete schedule for VIR.