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Press Release CORVETTE RACING AT MONZA: Visiting The Temple of Speed


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Feb 1, 2008
2009 GT1 Championship Edition

Milner, Tandy seek to rebound from heartbreaking Le Mans in C8.R’s Italian

CORVETTE RACING AT MONZA: Visiting The Temple of Speed
Milner, Tandy seek to rebound from heartbreaking Le Mans in C8.R’s Italian

DETROIT (July 5, 2022) – With the heartbreaking memory of Le Mans in the
rearview mirror, Corvette Racing is looking to regroup as it heads to Italy
for the first time ahead of the Six Hours of Monza in the FIA World
Endurance Championship.

As they have for the previous three WEC races, Tommy Milner and Nick Tandy
will share the No. 64 Mobil 1/SiriusXM Chevrolet Corvette C8.R, which is on
its maiden globe-trotting tour in 2022. It’s the first “new” event for the
Corvette WEC program, having previously been to Sebring, Spa and – of
course – Le Mans.

The 3.60-mile, 11-turn circuit is one of the fastest in the world with
multiple long straights and huge braking zones for the four WEC categories.
Even without having set foot inside Monza Park – where Autodromo Nazionale
Monza sits – there already is data from the long straights and slow corners
at Le Mans that Corvette Racing engineers can refer to when establishing a
baseline for this weekend.

Input also will come from Tandy, one of the few Corvette Racing team members
who has previous experience at the circuit. This will be the case for Fuji
and Bahrain to close the WEC season, although Milner has accumulated several
hours of simulator work ahead of his first race at the Italian circuit.

The No. 64 Corvette opened the WEC season with a strong second-place showing
at the rain-shortened 1,000 Miles of Sebring. Things were trending the right
way for the Tandy/Milner pairing at the Six Hours of Spa before a red flag
just past the one-hour mark wiped out the team’s first planned pit stop and
effectively put the Corvette a lap down before finishing fourth.

Le Mans was the cruelest blow with the No. 64 C8.R eliminated while
effectively leading just shy of the 18-hour mark.

The Six Hours of Monza for the FIA World Endurance Championship is scheduled
for noon CET/6 a.m. CET on Sunday, July 10 from Autodromo Nazionale Monza in
Italy. Qualifying is set for 5:30 p.m. CET/11:30 a.m. ET on Saturday, July
9. The race will air live on MotorTrend with live streaming coverage of the
race and qualifying on the MotorTrend Plus app. Radio Le Mans will broadcast
qualifying and the race.

classic track that we’ve never had a chance to compete at before and it’s
one I’m looking forward to. Based on what Nick has said about the area and
especially the history of the track makes it something special to compete
there. So I’m excited for that opportunity. I’ve had a chance to do some
laps in the simulator. Looking at the track layout, it seems fairly simple
in some ways but driving it has its own unique challenges. It’s fun to
drive, too. The corners are quite different where you have some very slow
chicanes and some pretty quick third- and fourth-gear corners. There is a
wide variety of track sections. The slowest part of the track is preceded by
a very long straightaway, which will be great for racing. It’s exciting. I
enjoy the historic part of the sport so the chance to see the old Monza
banking is something I can’t wait to see.”

another classic place. When anyone speaks of Monza, it’s one of those iconic
names and venues. The word just strikes passion into motorsport. Any series
that races there is a top event, and it’s a privilege to race at the circuit
and in Monza Park. It’s not a normal setting for a racetrack near a city but
in an actual park. Even from driving into the circuit, it’s a different
experience. When you get to the track, it’s unlike any other circuit. It’s
short but it’s so defined by the fast straightaways. It’s a bit like Daytona
in that sense. It’s fun.”

More Monza: “It’s a normal lap time but there are effectively six corners –
three corners and three chicanes. From that point of view, it’s not the most
technical circuit for a driver. On the other hand, for the car and
engineering crew, trying to get a window where your car operates is
critical. Of course you have to be fast in a straight line but the car has
to be really good under braking. This is a huge thing about Monza. ... It’s
a real tricky one to kind of figure out for what is best for ultimately
making laptime out of your car. Of course, we are new as it will be the
first time that Corvette Racing has been to Monza. I’ll be relaying my
experience from previous years to the team and try to help out. Past that,
we’ve already started our prep and started running on the sim before Le
Mans. We’ve figured out a few options we can take with us to find what’s
best. But I’m also looking forward to seeing everyone’s faces and the people
who have never been and have a chance to go to Italy and have a look around
this amazing facility and amazing town.”

Ryan Smith
Judy Kouba Dominick

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