This is the weekend Corvette Racing had circled on its calendar dating back to last season. The Acura Sports Car Challenge at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course marks the debut of the new GT2 Corvette C6.R, a move that puts America's sports car against...
This is the weekend Corvette Racing had circled on its calendar dating back to last season. The Acura Sports Car Challenge at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course marks the debut of the new GT2 Corvette C6.R, a move that puts America's sports car against the likes of Porsche, Ferrari, BMW, Panoz and many others. Team members tell us what they are thinking leading up to Thursday's first on-track session.
"It's a clean sheet of paper. Yes we know the car but the way it's been constructed and put together is completely new so there's a big challenge ahead for everyone at Pratt & Miller and Corvette Racing, and also for the drivers to start driving and learning a new car. There is a new set of circumstances and racing in a new category against drivers who we pass all the time. But we are now going to be right up against them."
"It is not a goodbye and there is not a hello. We change continually and we are going racing against Ferrari, against BMW, against Porsche, and I think it will be a lot of fun. It will be very tough at the beginning because those guys have a lot of experience in the category. Even if it is still a Corvette there are new rules, a new engine, a new car, so I think there will be a little time of adaptation but I'm sure Corvette will be there."
Dan Binks, Crew Chief
"I'd rather get beat than not race. It's hard on the guys to race each other and most of the wins end up coming down to the pit stop. So if one team ends up missing on the pit stop up, the other team wins. It's like beating up on your brother; it's not a lot of fun. Now we get to go up against the Ferraris and Porsches and Vipers and all those cars, I can't wait."
"Not only do you have a great team but you have some of the world's best sports car drivers now in GT2, and so athletically we all look forward to it. But you find out how good you are whether it be a team or a driver or anything by your ability to rise to the challenge. Without a doubt Pratt & Miller are awesome; they are smart, smart guys and really what is so cool about this whole thing ... is this is an American team with American engineers. There's only one American driver - I can live with that - but really these are the guys in high school who were getting 1600s on their SATs designing the stuff and letting them toss the keys to me."
Doug Fehan, Program Manager
"You can move the car around wherever you want. It's stable and it's predictable every step of the way. You don't have that aero worry built into it. Consequently these guys are just geeked about driving it. It's fun to drive - to a man all they do is have a big grin on their face when they get out and we can't wait to go racing with this."
The Acura Sports Car Challenge from Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course in Lexington, Ohio, is scheduled for 3:00 p.m. EDT on Saturday, August 8 and will air at 2:30 p.m. ET on Sunday, August 9 on NBC. American Le Mans Radio presented by Porsche and Live Timing & Scoring will be available at Racehub on americanlemans.com. Radio coverage also will air live on Sirius Channel 126 and XM Channel 242. You also can follow the Series on Twitter (almsnotes).