We’ve given glorious, questionable advice (the best kind!) on how to stay up for an entire 24-hour race before, but that’s not necessarily the best plan for everyone—especially the drivers. How do they survive these long, grueling weekends? We asked Corvette Racing’s Mike Rockenfeller how he copes.
Poor, poor-’Vette can’t seem to live down its recent fires. For two years in a row, Corvette Racing’s No. 4 car has caught on fire during the Roar Before the 24 test day for Daytona. Now even Ferrari folks—people well versed in spontaneous vehicular combustion—are having a chuckle at their expense.
While we’re probably not going to see the latest, greatest street Corvette revealed at the Detroit Auto Show this week, Chevrolet still unleashed their 2017-spec Corvette C7.R race car on Daytona International Speedway for the Roar Before the 24 test weekend. Well, they did until it went down in flames.
All of the WeatherTech Sports Car Championship’s Prototype-class cars are being retired after this year in favor of the new DPi spec, so why not go out with a bang? Besides, well, the total heartbreak of losing an almost certain podium for the unluckiest team on the grid.
The No. 4 Corvette and the No. 67 Ford GT are neck and neck for the championship lead in the WeatherTech Sports Car Championship, which means no body panel on either car will be spared in the quest for more wins.
The ending of Sunday’s WeatherTech Sports Car Championship race at Virginia International Raceway took a page from IMSA’s kissing cousins over at NASCAR. Contact during the race led to a post-race spat, with one angry driver seeking revenge on the cool-down lap.
Is there any happier sight than a grown man high-fiving the Michelin mascot? Corvette Racing made history with not only their 100th win as a team over the weekend, but their 60th 1-2 finish, largely by staying out of trouble during the contact-heavy WeatherTech Sportscar Championship race at Lime Rock Park.
The low, rumbling howl of the Corvette C7.R’s V8 engine is amazing in its own right, but I think the mating call that summons them may just be slightly more amazing.
Sometimes a racer tries a move that just makes you shake your head and go “nah.” Nah, man. Naaaaaah. Today, it happened in the last five minutes of the WeatherTech Sports Car Championship race at Long Beach. What on earth was this Porsche driver thinking?
Two words could sum up the final moments of the 12 Hours of Sebring, but we’ll pick a name instead: Pipo. Derani. All eyes were on Extreme Speed Motorsports’ young star driver as he charged through to the lead and gave ESM a combined 36 Hours of Florida win for 2016—all with only 12 minutes left in the race.
The No. 3 Corvette of Jan Magnussen and No. 911 Porsche 911 of Kévin Estre were battling for the GTLM class lead at Sebring when they took each other out in the eighth hour of the race. The 911 went nose-forward into the tire wall just past the pit straight, but Magnussen was able to fire the ‘Vette back up and limp…
Corvette Racing’s Marcel Fässler brought you a present. Here’s the No. 4 car sporting a bit of extra signage across its front as it heads into the pits for the 12 Hours of Sebring.
Corvette Racing gave us the most insane race finish when they told their No. 3 and No. 4 cars to have at it at the end of the Rolex 24 at Daytona. We’ve got the driver who finished just a nose ahead of his own teammate here to answer your questions. Ask Oliver Gavin anything you want—on racing or otherwise. Go!
The Corvette Racing teammates had the photo finish of a lifetime at this year’s 24 Hours of Daytona, so we’ve got Oliver Gavin from the No. 4 Corvette here for a Q&A LIVE at 3 p.m. EST. Ask about anything you want, from what went through his mind at Daytona to who’s his toughest competitor is (besides No. 3.)
There’s only one class at the Rolex 24 where I could easily guess the winner before the last hour of the race: Prototype Challenge. Every other class had a balls-out fight ‘til the end despite having raced around the Daytona road course for an entire day. Best of all, there was an insane Corvette vs. Corvette photo…
For two winners of this year’s 24 Hours of Le Mans, this was one of the most uneventful races they’ve ever driven—and for that, they’re grateful. It doesn’t matter if you’re in a top-level Le Mans prototype or a road-car-based Corvette: the key to winning is to do everything as flawlessly as possible.
[In addition to being an efficient way to allow air to flow into the cabin and cool the driver, this little vent on the Chevrolet Corvette C7.R driver’s door also doubles as a stylish bunny holder when the race car is parked.]
If there’s one thing Corvette Racing’s Jordan Taylor loves, it’s his dog Fonzie. Fonzie, unfortunately, had to stay at home for the 24 Hours of Le Mans. So, one group of fans brought him a stand-in Fonzie. I’m pretty sure this is how Corvette Racing won Le Mans—with awwwww.
LE MANS, FRANCE - JUNE 13: The #64 Corvette of Oliver Gavin, Tommy Milner and Jordan Taylor is shown in action at night during the 24 Hour of Lemans on June 13, 2015 in Le Mans, France. (Photo by Brian Cleary/Getty Images)