It was a three-ring circus with the flavor of a good old-fashioned high-speed bullfight at Lime Rock, and Corvette Racing came out on top with its 100th sports car win. And in a one-two finish, no less!
There’s no denying the Corvette is a world-class race car, and in a field of 31 cars split into three different classes—and running at different speeds—the outcome of IMSA’s WeatherTech SportsCar Championship race on its shortest course was guaranteed to provide a type of chaotic excitement. Among Corvette Racing’s unmatched collection of historic moments, the team added yet another by claiming its 100th race victory at the Northeast Grand Prix at Lime Rock Park in Lakeville, Connecticut. Drivers Oliver Gavin and Tommy Milner piloted their No. 4 Mobil 1-Sirius XM Chevrolet Corvette C7.R to the landmark triumph.
It is the third win of 2016 for Corvette Racing, which opened the International Motor Sports Association (IMSA) season with back-to-back GT Le Mans (GTLM) victories in the Rolex 24 At Daytona and the Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring.
A historic occasion, Corvette Racing is the first team in IMSA history to score 100 event victories. The team’s first win came September 2, 2000, at Texas Motor Speedway. The July 23, 2016, victory also was the team’s 60th 1-2 class finish with Antonio Garcia and Jan Magnussen runners-up in the No. 3 Mobil 1-Sirius XM Chevrolet Corvette C7.R.
Jim Campbell, Chevrolet U.S. Vice-President, Performance Vehicles and Motorsports stated, “Achieving 100 victories is a tremendous accomplishment for Corvette Racing. It’s a testament to the dedication of all the crewmembers, engineers, drivers and our engine team members over the past 17 years. We certainly couldn’t have achieved this milestone without the support of our partners at Pratt & Miller, Mobil 1 and Michelin. Everyone with Corvette Racing operates as one team and embodies Chevrolet’s competitive spirit. We’re happy to share this success with our passionate Corvette owners and supporters.”
Corvette Racing’s factory team made its first start January 31, 1999, at Daytona. Since that time, the program has claimed championships and victories on endurance racing’s most prominent stages.
* Ten manufacturer and team championships in the American Le Mans Series, plus nine driver titles
* Eight class wins at the 24 Hours of Le Mans
* Three wins in the Rolex 24, including an overall victory in 2001
* Ten class wins at the Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring
Corvette Racing also claimed endurance racing’s Triple Crown in 2015 with wins at Daytona, Sebring and Le Mans. It was the first team in 15 years to accomplish the feat.
The tally of Corvette Racing victories spans a number of different series. In addition to its record at Le Mans, Corvette Racing has 9 wins in the WeatherTech SportsCar Championship, 82 in the American Le Mans Series (a record for entrants) and 1 in the GRAND-AM Rolex Sports Car Series.
Jim Campbell stated, “No matter the series or continent the aim of Corvette Racing has remained the same; importantly, technical learning gained from racing directly benefit our production Corvette and powertrains.”
Corvette Racing’s next event is the Continental Tire Road Race Showcase from Road America on Sunday, August 7, 2016.