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CORVETTE RACING AT WATKINS GLEN: Magnussen Qualifies Second in No. 3 C7.R
Corvette DPs second and third at head of Watkins Glen Six Hours grid

· First event at Watkins Glen for Corvette Racing
· Last-lap run by Magnussen takes second in GTLM
· Fittipaldi leads Corvette DP contingent in second overall

WATKINS GLEN, N.Y. (June 28, 2014) – Corvette Racing’s Jan Magnussen qualified second Saturday in the GT Le Mans (GTLM) class of the TUDOR United SportsCar Championship for the Sahlen’s Six Hours of The Glen. The Dane turned a lap of 1:44.376 (117.268 mph) in the No. 3 Chevrolet Corvette C7.R that he shares with Antonio Garcia. Sunday’s race will be Corvette Racing’s first event at Watkins Glen International.

Magnussen’s best lap was his final one and moved him from fourth to the outside front row by a scant 0.001 seconds over the third-place BMW.

Tommy Milner in the No. 4 Corvette C7.R was seventh in class with a lap of 1:44.783 (116.813 mph) and will drive with Oliver Gavin. Corvette Racing is on a two-race winning streak in the TUDOR Championship with Garcia and Magnussen standing second in the class championship.

The Watkins Glen event is the second endurance race in three weeks for Corvette Racing, which finished second and fourth in class at the 24 Hours of Le Mans. Chevrolet stands third in the GTLM manufacturer standings but is only four points out of first.

In the team championship, the No. 3 Corvette C7.R is second and five points out of the lead. The No. 4 Corvette stands fourth.

CORVETTE DP: Fittipaldi second overall for Action Express Racing
Action Express Racing’s try at a third consecutive Watkins Glen victory will begin from the outside of the front row in the Prototype class. Christian Fittipaldi was second-fastest in Action Express Racing’s No. 5 Corvette Daytona Prototype. The Brazilian set a best lap of 1:38.560 (124.188 mph) in the car he shares with Joao Barbosa.

A victory wouldn’t just be the third straight for the team at Watkins Glen, it also would be the second of the year for Barbosa and Fittipaldi. The duo won with Sebastian Bourdais in the Rolex 24 At Daytona.

Michael Valiante was third in Spirit of Daytona’s No. 90 Corvette DP, which he drives with Richard Westbrook. Valiante was just 0.132 seconds off Fittipaldi’s pace at 1:38.692 (124.022 mph). The pairing is coming off a runner-up finish at Detroit.

Chevrolet leads the Prototype Engine Manufacturer standings by six points.

Live television coverage of the Sahlen’s Six Hours of The Glen starts at 11 a.m. ET, Sunday on FOX Sports 1.

“I’m quite happy with the result. It’s not pole position but this is a long race and it seems like we have a pretty good race car. We have done some consistent long runs so far. It would have been nice to find a little more time but both BMWs were very strong. We will see what we can do with them in the race. It’d be cool to win one of the races of the Patron North American Endurance Cup but the GT championship is what matters and we have to make sure we get the most out of tomorrow.
“We didn’t come here and test. We had Le Mans. The session we did yesterday was purely to gather data and prepare for today. I’m happy with the progress we’ve made. Now we can go back to find a little bit more that can give us the upper hand in the race.”

“We’ve struggled the whole weekend the car. It was bad again on the first day here and we decided to change a lot of fundamentals on the car. The No. 4 car crew worked really hard to get it out for the second practice. Unfortunately we didn’t have a lot of running; traffic is unbelievable. But we had clean runs in qualifying that’s the best the car has felt in quite awhile - since Sebring really. We’ve been a little lost as to why we’ve struggled so much but I’m really proud of our guys for working as hard as they have to get the car better. But now we’re in the ballpark.”

“Considering our lack of any testing data at Watkins Glen, starting second in GTLM is a great achievement. Jan Magnussen’s last qualifying lap was important in that it does split our BMW competitors. Although the track is new to Corvette Racing, we are well experienced in what it takes to win endurance races of this length. We are confident in both our Chevrolet Corvette C7.Rs.”

“I’m pretty happy. It’s not like at other places where we didn’t get a clear run or we made a mistake on the setup. The car is very good and this is our reality. For the same reasons that some tracks have gone our way, I am now competing against a car that has 300 pounds less than mine and has good horsepower and this place has a lot of corners. In one aspect, I’m a little surprised we qualified second. I’m happily surprised. We will take it. The car is very good and let’s work hard tomorrow in the race to get a three-peat.”

“Second and third in qualifying for two of our Corvette Daytona Prototypes are not bad results. It appears the P2 cars have an advantage over one lap in qualifying trim but we will see where things stand in race trim and over long runs. We are confident in the experience of our teams at Watkins Glen.”

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The No. 90 Spirit of Daytona Corvette Daytona Prototype, driven by Richard Westbrook and Michael Valiante, has taken the TUDOR United SportsCar Championship win at the Sahlen’s Six Hours at the Glen, the third round of the Tequila Patron North American Endurance Cup. It’s the team’s first win of the season.

Westbrook made the winning move on Alex Brundle in the polesitting No. 42 OAK Racing Morgan Nissan after the second-to-last restart inside the final 10 minutes. Westbrook’s Corvette followed another Corvette DP, driven by Burt Frisselle, through before the Bus Stop chicane. Frisselle had taken the opportunity to unlap himself in the No. 9 Action Express entry just previous.

Contact between Alex Tagliani in the No. 08 RSR Racing Oreca FLM09 and Ian James in the No. 23 Team Seattle/AJR Porsche 911 GT America at the final corner with less than a half an hour remaining put the race under its third full course caution, prior to the Westbrook overtake.

There was a one-lap green flag shootout after another accident between the No. 01 Chip Ganassi Racing with Felix Sabates Ford EcoBoost Riley (Scott Pruett) and No. 8 Starworks Motorsport Oreca FLM09 (Renger van der Zande) at the entrance to the Boot.

Although the race went back to green, given the Corvette’s torque and power advantage compared to the better aero for Brundle, the Morgan never really stood a chance at getting back around. Brundle, Gustavo Yacaman and Ho-Pin Tung finished a hard luck second.

Corvette not only won overall but also took its third straight win in the GT Le Mans category, with the No. 3 of Antonio Garcia and Jan Magnussen on top.

CORE autosport (PC, Colin Braun, Jon Bennett, James Gue) won its fourth race of five this season and Turner Motorsport (GT Daytona, Dane Cameron, Markus Palttala) won its second race of the year.

IMSA: Spirit of Daytona takes Watkins Glen overall win | MotorSportsTalk
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