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Try as it might, Corvette Racing couldn’t replicate its Monza magic on

CORVETTE RACING AT FUJI: No Monza Repeat in Japanese Debut

OYAMA, Japan (Sept. 11, 2022) – Try as it might, Corvette Racing couldn’t
replicate its Monza magic on Sunday as it finished fifth in the GTE Pro
class of the Six Hours of Fuji for the FIA World Endurance Championship.

Tommy Milner and Nick Tandy, coming off a victory together in the previous
WEC race in Italy, soldiered through a difficult day in the No. 64 Mobil
1/SiriusXM Chevrolet Corvette C8.R during the team’s first race at Fuji

Milner, Tandy and the rest of the team had a tough time coming to grips –
figuratively and literally – with the unfamiliar Fuji circuit and track

The Corvette team found itself in a hole early as the No. 64 had to serve a
drive-through penalty for exceeding track limits just shy of the 30-minute
mark. Tandy rejoined the track undeterred and managed to gain a spot up to
fourth with an inside dive on the No. 91 Porsche – which also was called in
for a similar penalty – at the first corner just shy of the one-hour mark.

The tire management of the Corvette progressed nicely for the remainder of
Tandy’s stint compared to the other GTE Pro runners. Another stroke of
misfortune struck, however, as the Corvette ran out of fuel on pitlane as
Tandy headed for his first stop. After some assistance from the Corvette
Racing crew, the No. 64 took on fuel and left-side tires for Tandy’s second

The struggles continued with Tandy reporting a severe lack of rear grip and
a tire issue through the back half of his run.

Milner drove the middle two stints and took on four tires for each run in an
effort to claw back into contention. Unfortunately the continuing struggles
with pace and grip plus a caution-free race limited any ground that he and
Tandy could make up at the end.

Corvette Racing closes its first-year WEC campaign with the Eight Hours of
Bahrain on Nov. 10-12.

not our best day on many fronts, for sure. It was a frustrating day I think
for Nick, frustrating for our engineers and frustrating for me all in our
own ways. We’ll give ourselves some time after the race to decompress and
think about those lessons and take them with us to Bahrain. In general, we
had some struggles through practice and we improved the car for Nick through
FP3 and qualifying. We were still behind the eight-ball a little bit, and in
the race we saw some residuals from that. I was pretty slow the first couple
of laps of my stint just because I was realistically driving a new car from
what I had from the practice sessions. The second stint was a bit better but
for me not as good as it needed to be. In the grand scheme of things, no
thing that one person did or one group did had an ultimate effect on today;
it was a collection of many things. We’ll isolate the mistakes and at the
same time highlight the positives and find the things we did well. We’ll
take our lumps from today and focus on Bahrain to be more prepared, be
faster and make less mistakes. Hopefully that’s enough and we can have a
good race there.”

the race wasn’t so great. Really since Friday morning, it’s been a struggle.
I think the characteristics of this track and the track surface just don’t
suit our car. You’re never going to have the fastest car at every track you
go to; that’s not how racing works. So what we have done is learned a lot.
If we could start the race again tomorrow, there are things we absolutely
would change but you only learn things from experience. This is something we
can take forward. We’re not going to win every race. What we need to do is
capitalize on days where the car is competitive. We had some issues but this
was the one take because this was our least competitive showing from a pace
perspective. This shows again the things we need to focus on in practice and
in simulation when we are coming to a new track. And it shows that racing is
difficult. It shows that the day we had Monza is just as big as we thought
it was at the time. This weekend shows just what a good job we did there and
how tough it can be if the stars don’t align.”

Ryan Smith
Judy Kouba Dominick

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