“The run for the American Le Mans Series championships begins now,” claim Corvette Racing as the American Le Mans Series (ALMS) begins a stretch of five races in eight weeks.
The series returns to the track this week at Miller Motosports Park for the Larry H Miller Dealerships Utah Grand Prix after taking a seven week break to accommodate the Le Mans 24 Hours – where Corvette were left disappointed despite being the class of the GT2 class field, at least on speed.
“With the 24 Hours of Le Mans now behind us, Corvette Racing is focused on the second half of our mission, which is our quest for an ALMS championship,” said Corvette Racing program manager Doug Fehan.
“The entire team was heartened by the speed, handling and braking that the Compuware Corvettes demonstrated in Le Mans, and we are optimistic that will translate into improved performance throughout the rest of the ALMS season. To capture a championship, we have to focus on winning.”
“Running five races in eight weeks is exactly the type of challenge that Corvette Racing relishes. It heightens the team’s intensity, drive, and passion. I’m confident that our race cars, parts, and people are fully prepared for the upcoming series of events. We know that we’ve done it before and we can do it again.”
The race will mark Corvette's return to the Utah track, having skipped the corresponding race last year as they switched from GT1 to GT2, and the predicted conditions are likely to prove a stern test for the men and machines, with 90 degree Fahrenheit temparatures coupled with the venue's high altitude.
“With the heat and the altitude, this could be the most physical sprint race of the year,” predicts driver Jan Magnussen of the 2-hour 45-minute race. “Hot weather will put a lot of emphasis on tires. It’s been two years since I raced at Miller Motorsports Park with the GT1 Corvette. It’s a great track, and it should suit the Corvettes in GT2 specification. I have great expectations.”
Corvette enter the weekend fourth in the GT2 class manufacturer standings. Their regular driving pairings lie fifth and sixth in the drivers' title – Magnussen and Johnny O'Connell ahead of Oliver Gavin and Olivier Beretta.