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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
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).
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JAN MAGNUSSEN, NO. 3 COMPUWARE CORVETTE C6.R
“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
TOMMY MILNER, NO. 4 COMPUWARE CORVETTE C6.R
“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)
Baltimore: Watch It!
Friday, Aug. 30-Saturday, Aug. 31 (all times ET)
ALMS GT Championship Standings
Corvette Racing at Baltimore
Drivers: Beretta/Milner; Gavin/Magnussen
Result: 7th; 3rd
Car: Corvette C6.R
Notes: Magnussen fastest race lap
Drivers: Magnussen/Garcia; Gavin/Milner
Result: 6th; 2nd
Car: Corvette C6.R
Notes: Gavin pole, fastest race lap
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