No Time For Rest: Corvette's Post-Sebring Test
March 22, 2006
ATLANTA, GA -- Corvette Racing spent two days testing its Corvette C6.Rs at Road Atlanta, focusing mainly on tires and engine longevity for Le Mans.
Certainly not a group to rest on its laurels, Corvette Racing was back at work Tuesday and Wednesday at Road Atlanta for a post-Sebring shakedown. Both of the team's Corvette C6.Rs, including the Sebring-winning No. 4 entry, turned in a number of laps with the main emphasis being on tire testing and engine longevity for the 24 Hours of Le Mans.
"Every time you work with Michelin, you're improving the game," said Johnny O'Connell, driver of the No. 3 Corvette C6.R. "We're confident going forward not just for Le Mans, but for the entire American Le Mans Series season, too."
All six Corvette Racing drivers attended, the last time the group will drive together before Le Mans in June. The cars were taken straight from Sebring to Braselton, Ga., and rolled off the transporter without any maintenance or tinkering following the Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring.
There wasn't much to be concerned about in the Corvette camp after the 12 Hours. The only problem either car experienced was a gearbox malfunction on the No. 3 car of O'Connell, Ron Fellows and Max Papis. The No. 4 sister car of Olivier Beretta, Oliver Gavin and Jan Magnussen took the GT1 class lead just past the one-hour mark and never relinquished it.
"Each time I win a race with Corvette Racing, I always think, ‘Wow that was a good one!'" said Beretta, who now holds the Series' record for most career victories with his 25. "It looks like every time we go to a race that we need to win, it is another fantastic victory.
"The car ran super fast, and we didn't have any problems at all," Beretta added. "We just refueled and put on new tires, and we got the trophy as a team."