CORVETTE RACING AT SEBRING: Milner Leads Qualifying Effort Ahead of 12 Hours

(Richard Prince/Chevrolet photo).

Third for defending GTLM co-winner, fifth for Garcia in pair of Chevrolet Corvette C7.Rs

 

  • Encouraging results in chase for 11th Sebring class win
  • Gavin, Milner, Fässler enter as defending GTLM winners
  • Corvette Racing going for third straight 12 Hours victory

 

SEBRING, Fla. (March 17, 2017) – Corvette Racing will ride a pair of encouraging qualifying runs into Saturday’s Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring Fueled by Fresh from Florida. Tommy Milner qualified the No. 3 Mobil 1/SiriusXM Chevrolet Corvette C7.R third in the GT Le Mans (GTLM) class as Corvette Racing goes for its 11th class victory at North America’s longest-running endurance race.

 

Milner, last year’s class winner with Oliver Gavin and Marcel Fässler, posted a lap of 1:56.252 Friday. The defending GTLM race and series co-champion was only 0.313 seconds from pole position for the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship’s second round of the season.

 

Antonio Garcia, in the No. 3 Mobil 1/SiriusXM Chevrolet Corvette C7.R, qualified fifth at 1:56.368 to fall within 0.116 seconds of his Corvette Racing teammate. He, Jan Magnussen and Mike Rockenfeller started the season with a fourth-place effort in the season-opening Rolex 24 At Daytona.

 

Friday’s results bode well for Corvette Racing’s chances in Saturday’s race. Milner was the fastest driver in Thursday’s afternoon practice, which saw weather similar to Friday’s qualifying sessions. An expected rise in temperatures for Saturday may continue to favor the pair of Chevrolet-powered Corvettes.

 

Another win this weekend at 3.7-mile, 17-turn Sebring International Raceway would give Corvette Racing its third consecutive victory in the 12 Hours. No team has achieved that feat since Corvette Racing won three in a row from 2007-09.

 

The six Corvette Racing drivers entered this year rank among the most accomplished in the race’s history. Garcia, Magnussen and Rockenfeller have a combined six wins in the 12 Hours; Gavin, Milner and Fässler have won 10 times at Sebring during their careers.

 

In addition, Chevrolet ranks third in Sebring manufacturer wins with 24 combined class and overall victories.

 

The 65th Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring Fueled by Fresh from Florida is scheduled for 10:40 a.m., on Saturday, March 18. FOX Sports GO will have live coverage beginning at 10:30 a.m. ET with FOX Sports 1 airing the race from 12:30-11 p.m. Live audio coverage from IMSA Radio is available on IMSA.com.

 

TOMMY MILNER, NO. 4 MOBIL 1/SiriusXM CHEVROLET CORVETTE C7.R – QUALIFIED THIRD IN GTLM: “That was definitely better than expected. The Corvette in practice was good yesterday, and I was feeling pretty confident. Then this morning when we looked at the lap times, I wasn’t quite as confident after that. We tried a little bit of a Hail Mary with a setup change and it definitely worked. It was something the No. 3 car had tried earlier and they were pretty happy with. So it worked for us. The track was definitely a little bit sketchy in qualifying, but it is the same for everyone. I’m just really happy to get that good lap in there. With the way this class is, you have to have a perfect session to be toward the top; if you are off just a little bit, you’ll be at the bottom. It’s a long race tomorrow and I’m sure that even the guys in ninth and 10th right now will be in contention tomorrow.

(If warmer temperatures favor the Corvettes) “All the testing we did occurred in pretty weather as warm as it is going to be tomorrow. But it is hard to tell. It seems that as the temperatures go up, we seem to kind of rise to the top. Hopefully that is an indicator of our car in these conditions. That would be good for the race tomorrow. It seems like it will be warmer again.  We will go look at some data and see where we can improve in some places. We will do the best we can and hopefully have a good Corvette race car for tomorrow.”

 

ANTONIO GARCIA, NO. 3 MOBIL 1/SiriusXM CHEVROLET CORVETTE C7.R – QUALIFIED FIFTH IN GTLM: “This is not an hour-long race so we cannot be too disappointed. I think ahead of the race we are probably in a pretty decent spot. As we saw, the pole-winning car really hit it right. We definitely couldn’t do that lap for sure. According to what we have been in practice and everything, I think we have a very good starting car. Let’s see if that is enough to keep the pace with those guys and see what we have toward the end of the race.  We’ve been working hard. This qualifying session was pretty decent… actually better than I thought. So I think it is a good starting point for us.”

 

Corvette Racing at Sebring

Year Class Drivers Result Car Notes
1999 GTS Fellows/Kneifel/Paul Jr. 4th Corvette C5-R Fellows pole
Pilgrim/Sharp/Heinricy 7th Corvette C5-R Pilgrim fastest race lap
2000 GTS Fellows/Kneifel/Bell 6th Corvette C5-R Fellows pole
Pilgrim/Collins/Freon 5th Corvette C5-R
2001 GTS Fellows/O’Connell/Kneifel 3rd Corvette C5-R
Pilgrim/Collins/Freon 2nd Corvette C5-R
2002 GTS Fellows/O’Connell/Gavin 1st Corvette C5-R Fellows pole
Pilgrim/Collins/Freon 4th Corvette C5-R
2003 GTS Fellows/O’Connell/Freon 1st Corvette C5-R
Gavin/Collins/Pilgrim 3rd Corvette C5-R Gavin pole
2004 GTS Fellows/O’Connell/Papis 1st Corvette C5-R Fellows pole
Beretta/Gavin/Magnussen 6th Corvette C5-R Gavin fastest race lap
2005 GT1 Fellows/O’Connell/Papis 2nd Corvette C6.R
Beretta/Gavin/Magnussen 3rd Corvette C6.R
2006 GT1 Fellows/O’Connell/Papis 4th Corvette C6.R
Beretta/Gavin/Magnussen 1st Corvette C6.R
2007 GT1 Fellows/O’Connell/Magnussen 2nd Corvette C6.R Magnussen pole, fast race lap
Beretta/Gavin/Papis 1st Corvette C6.R
2008 GT1 Fellows/O’Connell/Magnussen 1st Corvette C6.R
Beretta/Gavin/Papis 2nd Corvette C6.R Gavin fastest race lap
2009 GT1 Magnussen/O’Connell/Garcia 1st Corvette C6.R
Beretta/Gavin/Fässler 2nd Corvette C6.R Gavin pole, fastest race lap
2010 GT2 Magnussen/O’Connell/Garcia 8th Corvette C6.R
Beretta/Gavin/Collard 9th Corvette C6.R
2011 GT Beretta/Milner/Garcia 3rd Corvette C6.R
Gavin/Magnussen/Westbrook 4th Corvette C6.R
2012 GT Magnussen/Garcia/Taylor 2nd Corvette C6.R Magnussen pole
Gavin/Milner/Westbrook 3rd Corvette C6.R
2013 GT Magnussen/Garcia/Taylor 11th Corvette C6.R
Gavin/Milner/Westbrook 1st Corvette C6.R
2014 GTLM Magnussen/Garcia/Briscoe 8th Corvette C7.R
Gavin/Milner/Liddell 6th Corvette C7.R Gavin fastest race lap
2015 GTLM Magnussen/Garcia/Briscoe 1st Corvette C7.R Sebring/Daytona winners
Gavin/Milner/Pagenaud 9th Corvette C7.R  
2016 GTLM Magnussen/Garcia/Rockenfeller 9th Corvette C7.R
Gavin/Milner/Fässler 1st Corvette C7.R Team’s 10th Sebring win

 

2017 WeatherTech SportsCar Championship – GTLM Standings (After One of 11 Events)

Driver Standings Team Standings Manufacturer Standings
1. Dirk Muller/Joey Hand/Sebastien Bourdais – 35

2. Dirk Werner/Fred Makowiecki/Patrick Pilet – 32

3. James Calado/Giancarlo Fisichella/Toni Vilander – 30

4. Antonio Garcia/Jan Magnussen/Mike Rockenfeller – 28

5. Andy Priaulx/Harry Ticknell/Tony Kanaan – 26

9. Oliver Gavin/Tommy Milner/Marcel Fässler – 22

1. No. 66 Ford Chip Ganassi Racing – 35

2. No. 911 Porsche GT Team – 32

3. No. 62 Risi Competizione – 30

4. No. 3 Corvette Racing – 28

5. No. 69 Ford Chip Ganassi Team UK – 26

9. No. 4 Corvette Racing – 22

1. Ford – 35

2. Porsche – 32

3. Ferrari – 30

4. Chevrolet – 28

5. BMW – 26

 

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