Drama at dusk for No. 3 Corvette

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Drama at dusk for No. 3 Corvette

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Drama at dusk for No. 3 Corvette

Corvette Racing had insisted before Petit Le Mans that it would be aggressive in the race despite its advantageous position, needing only to finish fourth to clinch the GT Le Mans title. It did so, with Antonio Garcia sweeping past GTLM class polesitter John Edwards in the opening laps to lead the class. Corvette then managed its duel with the Chip Ganassi Ford squad, aided impressively by the Pratt & Miller pit crew which gained positions for their cars on at least six pit stop cycles.

But it all went wrong for Garcia during a pit stop under a full course caution with a little more than 2 and a half hours to go. The No. 3 lit up its rear tires out of the pits, spinning into the wall and causing extensive front-end damage. The crew replaced the nose, right front fender, engine floor and right-front wheel and returned to action, now ninth and last in class.

If the No. 3 Corvette finishes eighth or lower, the No. 67 Ford needs to finish second or better  to win. If the Ford is second, Ryan Briscoe and Richard Westbrook will need the Corvette to place eighth (322-322) or ninth (322-321) to win. As it stands, Briscoe is third, 1.4sec behind the second of the two Porsche 911 RSRs.

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