Laguna Seca: Bowtie Bullet Points

Corvette Racing Sets Fastest Time in GTS during Friday Test Session The General Motors Chevrolet Corvette Racing team set the fastest time in the GTS class during Friday's 90-minute test session before the Monterey Sports Car Championships....

Corvette Racing Sets Fastest Time in GTS during Friday Test Session

The General Motors Chevrolet Corvette Racing team set the fastest time in the GTS class during Friday's 90-minute test session before the Monterey Sports Car Championships. Oliver Gavin and Kelly Collins, driving the #4 Compuware Corvette C5-R, posted a best time of 1:23:202, or 96.834 mph. Ron Fellows and Johnny O'Connell, driving the #3 Compuware Corvette C5-R, recorded a best time of 1:24:287, or 95.588 mph. "In the past this track has given us a lot of challenges," said Steve Wesoloski, GM's lead chassis engineer for Corvette Racing. "We come into this race with our new chassis and a new tire package from Goodyear which addresses some of the issues we've had here. Grip is terribly important and that's something we're always looking to improve upon." While Corvette legends with names like Bondurant, MacDonald, Reinhart, Sherwood and Grant distinguished themselves at Laguna Seca over the course of the circuit's nearly fifty-year history, the current Corvette C5-R has never recorded a victory at the 2.238-mile track.

Eight and Nine Together Again for Seven

This weekend's Round 7 of the ALMS at Laguna Seca marks the reunion of the team's newly designed chassis, #008 and #009, that first debuted in the ALMS to a victory at Infineon Raceway. Oliver Gavin and Kelly Collins, in the #4 Corvette C5-R, had the responsibility of piloting the team's test chassis during the last race at Road America, after an accident at Mosport temporarily put their chassis #008 out of commission. The returning chassis has three podium finishes, including one victory at Le Grand Prix de Trois-Rivieres, in its competition history.

Laguna Seca History

The vision for the beautiful race track at Laguna Seca developed out of the fabled Pebble Beach Road Races. During the 1950's, some of the world's best sports car drivers tested their skills on the roads winding through the Del Monte Forest. The races brought prestige, fans and money to the Monterey Peninsula. But, within a few years, the event had grown too big, and the cars too fast for the open road. The races needed a new home. Rather than see the event, and its fans and financial impact, go elsewhere, a group of local businesspeople came up with an idea - build a permanent, world-class race track.

They founded the Sports Car Racing Association of the Monterey Peninsula (SCRAMP) on November 1, 1956. SCRAMP went right to work and leased the Fort Ord land from the United States Army, and within a year the track was finished. In 1974, the Army transferred ownership of the 500-plus acre parcel containing the race track to Monterey County. At that point, the facility became a public recreation area under the jurisdiction of the Monterey County Parks Department. Despite its unusual arrangements, the race track has always been managed by one proprietor, SCRAMP.

Corvette Leads ALMS Point Standings

With a 34th consecutive podium finish at the Road America 500 two weeks ago, the Corvette Racing program maintained its position on top of the ALMS point standings. The driver and manufacturer standings are as follows:

Racing Around

Chevy will be represented in all four major motorsports series racing this weekend in America: the Corvette Racing team in the ALMS in Monterey, Calif., Chevy Indy V8s in the IRL at Chicagoland Speedway, Monte Carlos at the NASCAR Winston Cup Chevy Rock & Roll 400 at Richmond International Raceway and Pro Stock Cavaliers at the rain-delayed NHRA U.S. Nationals in Indianapolis.

Chevrolet is the only manufacturer currently competing in the IRL, NASCAR Winston Cup, NHRA and American Le Mans Series.

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Series ALMS
Drivers Johnny O'Connell , Kelly Collins , Oliver Gavin
Teams Corvette Racing