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Old 01-17-2007, 01:42 PM   #1
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Corvette Racing to Defend American Le Mans Series Championships in 2007



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Corvette Racing Aims to Repeat Manufacturers, Team and Drivers Titles




DETROIT – Corvette Racing officials announced today that America's premier production sports car team intends to return to the American Le Mans Series in 2007 to defend its GT1 manufacturers, team and drivers championships. Corvette Racing also plans to race for its sixth GT1 class title in seven years at the 24 Hours of Le Mans.

"The Corvette C6.R race program continues Chevrolet’s tradition of racing production-based vehicles to improve the breed," said GM Racing director Mark Kent. "The continuous exchange of information and the constant transfer of technology between the racing and production programs ensure that lessons learned on the track benefit every Corvette on the highway."

Corvette Racing will test in February in preparation for the season-opening round of the 12-race ALMS series, the Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring, on March 17, 2007.

Since its debut in 1999, Corvette Racing has competed in 77 races, scoring 51 victories and 34 one-two finishes. The team has won the ALMS GT1 manufacturers championship for Chevrolet six consecutive years. Corvette Racing drivers Ron Fellows, Johnny O'Connell, Oliver Gavin and Olivier Beretta have combined to win the ALMS GT1 drivers championship five consecutive seasons. Other highlights include five GT1 class victories in the 24 Hours of Le Mans and an overall victory in the 2001 Rolex 24 at Daytona.
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Old 01-17-2007, 03:11 PM   #2
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So how bad does the Corvette need to dominate before the Europeans give it some respect?
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Europeans will always be in denial. They just don't respect the American brand, even if it spanks them to humiliation, turning mommy's face red in frustration and daddy's irate for disrespecting the family name
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As long as they win the 24 hours of LeMans I am happy...THAT is really rubbing it in.
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Old 01-17-2007, 10:40 PM   #5
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Europeans will always be in denial. They just don't respect the American brand, even if it spanks them to humiliation, turning mommy's face red in frustration and daddy's irate for disrespecting the family name
I agree this is one of the major reasons I can't stand Jeremy Clarkson.
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Old 01-17-2007, 11:11 PM   #6
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Clarkson's verdict on the C6: Fantastic track car. Horrible road car. Is he right? I have no idea, but it sounds reasonable.

Of course, this racing version of the 'Vette has almost nothing in common with the one we can buy (and would be even worse on the street).
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It seems reasonably close to the street car for a race car.. same frame as the production C6 Z06, same basic engine, etc. The C6R doesn't seem any further away from a Z06 than the WRC Impreza does from an STi.

For some reason, though, Vettes just don't get me interested. The left side of my brain just doesn't get excited, even if the right side does (look at those numbers for the price!).
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