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Streets of Long Beach Conquered by Compuware Corvette C6.R in ALMS GT1 Division

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A burnout filled the streets of Long Beach, California with tire smoke as Johnny O’Connell celebrated the 30th victory of his American Le Mans Series career.

Streets of Long Beach conquered by Johnny O'Connell in No. 3 Compuware Corvette C6.R
Streets of Long Beach conquered by Johnny O'Connell in No. 3 Compuware Corvette C6.R

Two Compuware Corvettes waged a firece street fight in ALMS at Long Beach, California
Two Compuware Corvettes waged a fierce street fight in ALMS at Long Beach, California
O’Connell and Jan Magnussen teamed up in their No. 3 Compuware Corvette C6.R with K&N Engineering products to score a 1.374 second victory in the GT1 division. O’Connell and Magnussen now have a four point lead (66-62) in the championship series.
Both crews executed flawless pit stops at the American Le Mans Series Race in Long Beach, California
Both crews executed flawless pit stops at the American Le Mans Series Race in Long Beach, California

American LeMans dominated by Team Chevy in GT1 Series
American LeMans dominated by Team Chevy in GT1 Series

“I raced in Long Beach for the first time in 1986 and to get a win here 22 years later is very special,” said O’Connell. “Corvette Racing is the team that’s the most important in my career. I was giving it everything I had.” K&N makes a custom air filter for Corvette Racing.

Oliver Gavin and Oliver Beretta were right behind the O’Connell and Magnussen in the No. 4 Compuware Corvette C6.R. “You see the competition in the pits between the two crews and how close it was between the Corvettes on the track,” said O’Connell. “It doesn’t take a big field of cars to make it an exciting race.”

The two Corvettes waged a fierce street fight on the 1,968-mile temporary circuit. Magnussen started on the class pole with Gavin in hot pursuit as both drivers contended with heavy traffic and debris on the circuit. The Corvettes pitted simultaneously under caution just after the first hour of the 100 minute race. The pit stop contest was a dead heat, but the No. 3 maintained a narrow lead.

O’Connell and Beretta battled until the final 37 minutes. The gap between the two stretched to 6.7 seconds, but Beretta then made a big charge in the closing laps.

“I think we were a little quicker than the No. 3 car today, but the traffic situation is very difficult on a street course,” said Beretta. “The entire team did a good job. At the end of the day it’s good that the No. 3 Corvette won and we are taking both cars home in perfect condition.”

Corvette Racing extended its lead as the most successful team in ALMS history with its 60th win in the series. Its next event is the Larry H. Miller Dealerships Utah Grand Prix at Miller Motorsports Park near Salt Lake City in May.

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