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Corvette Racing's C6.Rs Ready for American Le Mans Northeast Grand Prix

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The American Le Mans Northeast Grand Prix in Lakeville, Connecticut will be full of unknowns for Team Chevy’s Corvette Racing. Drivers and team members have decades of experience at Lime Rock Park but this year it will be different. There are new corners and a freshly paved surface that make the rural track unfamiliar.

High tech tools help Corvette Racing with new track configuration at Lime Rock Park
High tech tools help Corvette Racing with new track configuration at Lime Rock Park

Corvette Racing finished second and third in the GT1 class in the 24 Hours of Le Mans
Corvette Racing finished second and third in the GT1 class in the 24 Hours of Le Mans
“The biggest challenge is that we have very limited data on the new Lime Rock track layout,” said Ken Flory, chief engineer for the No. 3 Compuware Corvette C6.R. “While we have maps of the new sections, they don’t show the elevations, banking and specific details of the track. With new paving on the entire track, the grip level is a mystery as well.”
American Le Mans Northeast Grand Prix combines experienced drivers with an unfamiliar track
American Le Mans Northeast Grand Prix combines experienced drivers with an unfamiliar track

Corvette Racings Compuware Corvette C6.Rs will use maximum technology during practice for the American Le Mans Northeast Grand Prix
Corvette Racings Compuware Corvette C6.Rs will use maximum technology during practice for the American Le Mans Northeast Grand Prix

The length of the track is 1.51 miles and even though it has lost a few yards of pavement, the corner count has increased from eight to 10. However, Chevrolet’s factory road racing team has the technical resources to help with the race.

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Drivers Johnny O’Connell and Jan Magnussen will have a pair of one-hour practice sessions before GT1 qualifying begins. “We plan to use maximum instrumentation on the cars to gather as much information as we can in the first practice session,” said Flory. “We will take different directions to evaluation various options for the race.”

The American Le Mans Northeast Grand Prix marks Corvette Racing’s return to ALMS competition after finishing second and third in the GT1 class during the 24 Hours of Le Mans. “With Aston Martin returning to GT1 competition in Lime Rock, we have manufacturers and team championships that we want to win again,” said Fehan. “The drivers of the No. 3 and No. 4 Corvettes both want to win the Drivers Championship and that will be a season-long intramural battle for the fans to enjoy.

SPEED-TV will air the race tape-delayed on Sunday, July 13 from noon until 3pm EST.

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