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CORVETTE RACING AT LE MANS: First Laps at Le Mans for C8.R
No. 64 Corvette heads team’s Test Day pace; No. 63 recovers after electrical
issue

LE MANS, France (Aug. 15, 2021) – At long last, Corvette Racing sent the
mid-engine Chevrolet Corvette C8.R for its first laps around the Circuit de
la Sarthe during nine hours of testing Sunday ahead of the 24 Hours of Le
Mans.

Tommy Milner led the Corvette Racing effort in the No. 64 Mobil 1/SiriusXM
Corvette C8.R on Sunday with a lap of 3:53.440 (130.550 mph) in a highly
competitive GTE Pro field. Less than a half-second separated the top seven
cars, which bodes well for a thrilling race in less than a week’s time.

Milner shared the No. 64 Corvette on Sunday with Nick Tandy; the duo will
welcome back Alexander Sims into the fold following a prior racing
commitment earlier in the day.

The No. 63 Mobil 1/SiriusXM Corvette C8.R had an up-and-down day that
included an engine change following an electrical issue that stranded
Antonio Garcia on-course in the third hour of the morning session. Four
hours later and after hard and thorough work, the No. 63 re-emerged from the
garage to continue its test program.

Nicky Catsburg, driving with Garcia and Jordan Taylor, was the quickest
driver in the 63 entry at 3:54.281 (130.115 mph). The trio are back together
after winning the Rolex 24 At Daytona earlier this season.

Corvette Racing will return to the track Wednesday for two free practice
sessions and qualifying.

The 24 Hours of Le Mans on Aug. 21-22 with the green flag set for 4 p.m. CET
and 10 a.m. ET. MotorTrend TV will air the race live with the MotorTrend App
adding coverage of official practices and qualifying on Aug. 18 and 19. Live
audio coverage will be available from Radio Le Mans starting with Sunday’s
Test Day


TOMMY MILNER, NO. 64 MOBIL 1/SiriusXM CHEVROLET CORVETTE C8.R: “We had a
bit of a slow start today with some issues here and there. But the afternoon
was really strong for us on the 64 side. As far as setup goes, we didn’t do
lots of work – thanks to a lot of that being done on the simulator. It
really felt like we have been racing this car at Le Mans for many years.
That’s my first impression. Setup-wise and balance-wise, things felt pretty
good. There’s still some work to do, for sure. But I’m happy with where we
are. We were able to get more tire data and more car data so that when we
come to the race here in a few days that we can find-tune the setup and get
everyone comfortable and happy with the Corvette.”


NICK TANDY, NO. 4 MOBIL 1/SiriusXM CHEVROLET CORVETTE C8.R: "It's been a
long day and we've had a few hiccups – things to iron out. But that's why
you do a test before the race week where we try to do a roll-out and fully
use that test day. We managed to work through a good program of what we
wanted to get through on the 64 side. It would have been nice if the 63 had
run fully and we could have compared what we had planned to test throughout
the day. Nevertheless, the good thing with the heat and weather today is
that we were able to run different tire compounds and have a comparison of
that. Of course we missed having Alexander here. I know he will seamlessly
transition into the team for the first practice session Wednesday. What that
did mean is that Tommy and I got to focus on what we were doing between the
two of us rather than driver familiarization work, which we will do
Wednesday. It won't take Alex many laps. I think the most positive thing for
me is how comfortable the C8.R is to drive around this circuit. I know and
Corvette Racing knows what requirements are needed for a car on this type of
circuit – fast, relatively low-grip, big braking zones and a pretty flat
track, if you like. The car is everything I expected. It gives me good
visions going into race week of being able to operate at a very high level
for a number of stints without too much hassle. That is what endurance
racing is all about... going round and round as consistently as possible."


ANTONIO GARCIA, NO. 63 MOBIL 1/SiriusXM CHEVROLET CORVETTE C8.R: “I would
have liked to do some more laps for sure since it’s the first year with the
C8.R in Le Mans. But mostly out of the box it felt pretty decent, pretty
good. We know which way to go; the things we worked on in the simulator seem
to be working, which is a good thing. We’ll now try to get as much data as
possible from both cars and work our way forward toward this week.”


JORDAN TAYLOR, NO. 63 MOBIL 1/SiriusXM CHEVROLET CORVETTE C8.R: “We didn’t
do as many laps as we wanted to get in today, but the guys did a good job to
give us as many laps as possible. It’s the first day of the new car at Le
Mans, so every lap is important to get our data and to understand where we’ll
be next week. Each driver got some laps – in traffic and in clean air –
which is important for the race. We probably have a lot of things we want to
tick off the list still come free practice, but I think it’s good to get
this under our belt, get a couple of days off and look at all the data and
understand where we are.”


NICKY CATSBURG, NO. 63 MOBIL 1/SiriusXM CHEVROLET CORVETTE C8.R: “Not an
easy day with the issue in the morning session which took a long time to
repair, but the guys worked super hard and luckily we managed to get out
near the end of the afternoon session. We got some laps in, the car felt
pretty good. The sister car was running all day so we’ll be able to get some
valuable information from them and we can learn from that. In summary, we
survived the Test Day feeling pretty good, so we’re all good for the race.”


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PRESS RELEASE:

Facts and figures ahead of team's return to French endurance classic



CORVETTE RACING AT LE MANS: By the Numbers


• 1: As in one team, one manufacturer and one model of car for 20 appearances at Le Mans: Corvette Racing, Chevrolet and the Chevrolet Corvette.
• 3: Generations of Corvette Racing entries since 2000 – Corvette C5-R (2000-04), Corvette C6.R (2005-13) and Corvette C7.R (2014-2019). The Corvette C8.R makes its Le Mans debut this year.
• 3: Number of wins for the Corvette C5-R – 2001, 2002, 2004.
• 4: Number of wins for the Corvette C6.R – 2005, 2006, 2009, 2011.
• 7: Number of Le Mans victories for Corvette Racing’s lineup.
Antonio Garcia: 3 Tommy Milner: 2 Jordan Taylor: 1 Nick Tandy: 1
• 8: Class victories for Corvette Racing at Le Mans – all since 2001.
• 9: Number of drivers who have won races at Le Mans for Corvette Racing – Olivier Beretta, Ron Fellows, Antonio Garcia, Oliver Gavin, Jan Magnussen, Tommy Milner, Johnny O’Connell, Scott Pruett and Jordan Taylor.
• 13: Manufacturer Championships for Chevrolet and Corvette Racing since 2001.
• 20: Number of drivers to compete for Corvette Racing at Le Mans. That number grows in 2021 with Nick Tandy, Nicky Catsburg and Alexander Sims joining the lineup.
• 25: Tracks at which Corvette Racing has won races – Baltimore, Charlotte Motor Speedway, COTA, Canadian Tire Motorsport Park/Mosport, Daytona, Detroit, Houston, Laguna Seca, Le Mans, Lime Rock, Long Beach, Miami, Mid-Ohio, Portland, Road America, Road Atlanta, Sebring, Sonoma, St. Petersburg, Texas, Trois Rivieres, Utah, VIR, Washington DC and Watkins Glen.
• 26: Number of GT Le Mans wins in the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship for Corvette Racing since the start of 2014.
• 117: Victories worldwide for Corvette Racing – 109 in North America and eight at Le Mans.
• 245: Event starts by Corvette Racing since 1999.
• 98,770.18: Number of racing miles completed by Corvette Racing in its 20 previous trips to Le Mans. That represents 11,718 laps… or nearly four full trips around the Earth at its equator. The two Corvettes need to complete 1,229.82 miles to reach the 100,000-mile mark at Le Mans.
• 132,000: Approximate freight weight in pounds (60,000 kgs!!!) sent by Corvette Racing to Le Mans by air and by sea! The first shipment left Detroit in mid-February and the last left Sunday just after the Road America IMSA race.
• 324,915.91: Total number of racing miles completed by Corvette Racing since its inception. To put that in perspective Apollo 13 – the longest manned spaceflight in history – covered “just” 248,655 miles. Simply put, the program has raced to the moon and back… and then some.

Corvette Racing at the 24 Hours of Le Mans (wins in bold)
2000
No. 63 Corvette C5-R: Ron Fellows/Chris Kneifel/Justin Bell – 4th in GTS
No. 64 Corvette C5-R: Andy Pilgrim/Kelly Collins/Franck Freon – 3rd in GTS


2001
No. 63 Corvette C5-R: Ron Fellows/Johnny O'Connell/Scott Pruett – 1st in GTS
No. 64 Corvette C5-R: Andy Pilgrim/Kelly Collins/Franck Freon – 2nd in GTS


2002
No. 63 Corvette C5-R: Ron Fellows/Johnny O'Connell/Oliver Gavin – 1st in GTS
No. 64 Corvette C5-R: Andy Pilgrim/Kelly Collins/Franck Freon – 2nd in GTS


2003
No. 53 Corvette C5-R: Ron Fellows/Johnny O'Connell/Franck Freon – 3rd in GTS
No. 50 Corvette C5-R: Oliver Gavin/Kelly Collins/Andy Pilgrim – 2nd in GTS


2004
No. 63 Corvette C5-R: Ron Fellows/Johnny O'Connell/Max Papis – 2nd in GTS
No. 64 Corvette C5-R: Olivier Beretta/Oliver Gavin/Jan Magnussen – 1st in GTS


2005
No. 63 Corvette C6.R: Ron Fellows/Johnny O'Connell/Max Papis – 2nd in GT1
No. 64 Corvette C6.R: Olivier Beretta/Oliver Gavin/Jan Magnussen – 1st in GT1


2006
No. 63 Corvette C6.R: Ron Fellows/Johnny O'Connell/Max Papis – 7th in GT1
No. 64 Corvette C6.R: Olivier Beretta/Oliver Gavin/Jan Magnussen - 1st in GT1


2007
No. 63 Corvette C6.R: Ron Fellows/Johnny O'Connell/Jan Magnussen – 2nd in GT1
No. 64 Corvette C6.R: Olivier Beretta/Oliver Gavin/Max Papis – 14th in GT1


2008
No. 63 Corvette C6.R: Ron Fellows/Johnny O'Connell/Jan Magnussen – 2nd in GT1
No. 64 Corvette C6.R: Olivier Beretta/Oliver Gavin/Max Papis – 3rd in GT1


2009
No. 63 Corvette C6.R: Jan Magnussen/Johnny O'Connell/Antonio Garcia – 1st in GT1
No. 64 Corvette C6.R: Olivier Beretta/Oliver Gavin/Marcel Fässler – 4th in GT1


2010
No. 63 Corvette C6.R: Jan Magnussen/Johnny O'Connell/Antonio Garcia – 12th in GT2 (DNF)
No. 64 Corvette C6.R: Olivier Beretta/Oliver Gavin/Emmanuel Collard – 10th in GT2 (DNF)


2011
No. 73 Corvette C6.R: Olivier Beretta/Tommy Milner/Antonio Garcia – 1st in GTE Pro
No. 74 Corvette C6.R: Oliver Gavin/Jan Magnussen/Richard Westbrook – 14th in GTE Pro (DNF)


2012
No. 73 Corvette C6.R: Jan Magnussen/Antonio Garcia/Jordan Taylor – 5th in GTE Pro
No. 74 Corvette C6.R: Oliver Gavin/Tommy Milner/Richard Westbrook - 6th in GTE Pro


2013
No. 73 Corvette C6.R: Jan Magnussen/Antonio Garcia/Jordan Taylor – 4th in GTE Pro
No. 74 Corvette C6.R: Oliver Gavin/Tommy Milner/Richard Westbrook – 7th in GTE Pro


2014
No. 73 Corvette C7.R: Jan Magnussen/Antonio Garcia/Jordan Taylor – 2nd in GTE Pro
No. 74 Corvette C7.R: Oliver Gavin/Tommy Milner/Richard Westbrook – 4th in GTE Pro


2015
No. 63 Corvette C7.R: Jan Magnussen/Antonio Garcia/Ryan Briscoe – DNS (Qualifying crash)
No. 64 Corvette C7.R: Oliver Gavin/Tommy Milner/Jordan Taylor – 1st in GTE Pro


2016
No. 63 Corvette C7.R: Jan Magnussen/Antonio Garcia/Ricky Taylor – 7th in GTE Pro
No. 64 Corvette C7.R: Oliver Gavin/Tommy Milner/Jordan Taylor – 10th in GTE Pro (DNF)


2017
No. 63 Corvette C7.R: Jan Magnussen/Antonio Garcia/Jordan Taylor – 3rd in GTE Pro
No. 64 Corvette C7.R: Oliver Gavin/Tommy Milner/Marcel Fässler – 8th in GTLM


2018
No. 63 Corvette C7.R: Jan Magnussen/Antonio Garcia/Mike Rockenfeller – 4th in GTE Pro
No. 64 Corvette C7.R: Oliver Gavin/Tommy Milner/Marcel Fässler – 15th in GTE Pro (DNF)

2019
No. 63 Corvette C7.R: Jan Magnussen/Antonio Garcia/Mike Rockenfeller – 8th in GTE Pro
No. 64 Corvette C7.R: Oliver Gavin/Tommy Milner/Marcel Fässler – 16th in GTE Pro (DNF)
 

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