Bouncing back from an accident in qualifying for last weekend’s 24 Hours of Le Mans, Corvette Racing reached out to Larbre Competition to borrow one of its 2014 cars to use for the upcoming Sahlen’s Six Hours of The Glen.
Corvette Racing’s No. 3 Corvette C7.R enters the event at Watkins Glen International on Sunday, June 28, with a six-point lead in the Tequila Patrón North American Endurance Cup. Drivers Jan Magnussen and Antonio Garcia will be looking to continue to momentum that saw them win the Rolex 24 At Daytona and Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring Fueled by Fresh From Florida.
Second in the GTLM points is Corvette Racing’s No. 4 C7.R, trailing 29-23. Tommy Milner and Oliver Gavin will be driving the same car that took them and TUDOR United SportsCar Championship Prototype driver Jordan Taylor to the GTE Pro class victory at Le Mans last weekend.
Following the incident in Thursday’s qualifying at Le Mans, the team shipped the damaged Corvette back to its Michigan shop. However, with damage too great to be repaired in the limited time before the Watkins Glen race, the team went to its French counterpart to use the only other C7.R chassis.
The Larbre team raced last year’s No. 4 Corvette last weekend at Le Mans – where it sustained crash damage – and shipped the car after the race to the Pratt & Miller Engineering shop in Michigan for repairs.
By starting the Sahlen’s Six Hours and earning the minimum four points, the No. 3 Corvette is guaranteed at least a tie for the GTLM lead entering the 10-hour Petit Le Mans powered by Mazda at Road Atlanta on Saturday, Oct. 3, the fourth and final round of the Patrón Endurance Cup.
Magnussen and Garcia take additional momentum to the Finger Lakes as the defending GTLM winners of the Sahlen’s Six Hours.
“The No. 3 crew has put in a tremendous effort to get our Corvette ready for this weekend,” Garcia said. “We want to repay them with a strong showing and the lead in the Tequila Patrón North American Endurance Cup.
“Le Mans obviously was a disappointment but congratulations go to Oliver, Tommy and Jordan,” Garcia added. “Coming back to Watkins Glen is always nice. Jan and I were able to win last year in the first time there for Corvette Racing. It was a very close battle after six hours, but that is how it usually goes in our GTLM class. Jan and I are looking to get back into the form we showed at Daytona and Sebring with our Chevrolet.”