Corvette Racing at Baltimore: Third and Fifth in GT Qualifying

  • Aug 30, 2013
  • Pratt Miller

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Top-five positions for both Compuware Corvettes on crowded streets of Baltimore

BALTIMORE (Aug. 30, 2013) – Corvette Racing will start its two Compuware Chevrolet

Corvette C6.Rs from the second and third rows of the GT grid for Saturday’s Grand Prix

of Baltimore. The positions are solid ones for Corvette Racing and Chevrolet, both of

which are leading in the American Le Mans Series’ team and manufacturer


Tommy Milner qualified the No. 4 Compuware Corvette third with a time of 1:30.007

(81.594 mph) around the 2.04-mile, 12-turn street circuit alongside Baltimore’s Inner

Harbor. Teammate Jan Magnussen in the No. 3 Corvette ended the session fifth at

1:30.132 (81.480 mph).

Saturday’s race is the seventh round of the ALMS championship. Live online coverage

begins at 3:30 p.m. ET on ESPN3. On Sunday, ABC’s coverage starts at noon ET.

“Baltimore is an exciting yet demanding venue,” said Jim Campbell, Chevrolet US Vice

President, Performance Vehicles and Motorsports. “The ALMS GT class is extremely

competitive so it will take the right combination of race strategy, smart and persistent

driving, and efficient pit stops to work our way to the front of the pack. Baltimore is a

critical race for the ALMS drivers’ and manufacturers’ standings.

“It’s great to have the support of so many Corvette owners in the Baltimore Corvette

Corral,” Campbell added, “along with Corvette owners and fans from around the world

as we work to defend the manufacturers, team and drivers championships in the ALMS

GT class.”

Indeed, Milner and Oliver Gavin entered the weekend leading the GT drivers’

championship. The duo placed second in last year’s race at Baltimore and is the only

pairing to win more than once in the class this season.

Magnussen and Antonio Garcia, stand fourth together in the championship, underwent

some drama following an engine issue in the day’s first practice. The No. 3 crew

changed the Corvette’s motor in less than two hours, and the car made the next session.

Bill Auberlen (BMW) was the fastest qualifier in class, followed by Joey Hand (BMW).

EDITORS: High-resolution images of Corvette Racing are available on the Team Chevy

media site for editorial use only.


“What happened this morning was unfortunate, but luckily we didn’t lose that much time

in practice. It’s a shame that the guys had to change an engine instead of concentrating

on making the car go faster. But they did a fantastic job of getting it back out there for

the second practice. In qualifying, the car was pretty good. It had a little bit too much

understeer for me to really be able to have a shot at pole. I don’t know if we could have

caught the two BMWs but it is very close behind them. Usually you don’t have to deal

that much with traffic in qualifying. You have to make a quick decision – are you going to

fight to get by or give some time and create a big gap. What I can say is that it will be

worse tomorrow.”


“In the end, I could have gone quicker were it not for traffic early. It is what it is. Third

place is good. Based on all the practice sessions and qualifying, it will be an incredible

race. I laid it all out there in qualifying. It’s so close that if I didn’t push that extra last little

bit, I would have been fifth or sixth and that puts us in a worse position for the race. In

this case, qualifying matters because the race matters, and because it’s hard to pass

getting the car up front is important. The car feels good and should be great for the


Baltimore Grand Prix (all times ET)

  • • Warmup: 10:10 a.m., Saturday, Aug. 31
  • • Race: 3:45 p.m., Saturday Aug. 31

Baltimore: Watch It!

Friday, Aug. 30-Saturday, Aug. 31 (all times ET)

  • • Race (Web): Live – 3:30 p.m., Saturday, Aug. 31 (ESPN3)
  • • Race (TV): Noon, Sunday, Sept. 1 (ABC)

ALMS GT Championship Standings

Driver Standings

  1. 1. Oliver Gavin/Tommy Milner – 78
  2. 2. Dirk Muller – 73
  3. 3. Dominik Farnbacher/Marc Goossens – 73
  4. 4. Antonio Garcia/Jan Magnussen – 72
  5. 5. Bill Auberlen/Maxime Martin – 54

Team Standings

  1. 1. Corvette Racing – 108
  2. 2. BMW Team RLL – 84
  3. 3. SRT Motorsports – 81
  4. 4. Paul Miller Racing – 42
  5. 5. CORE autosport – 32

Manufacturer Standings

  1. 1. Chevrolet – 111
  2. 2. BMW – 95
  3. 3. SRT – 86
  4. 4. Porsche – 71
  5. 5. Ferrari – 69

Corvette Racing at Baltimore

Year: 2011

Class: GT

Drivers: Beretta/Milner; Gavin/Magnussen

Result: 7th; 3rd

Car: Corvette C6.R

Notes: Magnussen fastest race lap

Year: 2012

Class: GT

Drivers: Magnussen/Garcia; Gavin/Milner

Result: 6th; 2nd

Car: Corvette C6.R

Notes: Gavin pole, fastest race lap


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