Racing Report on the 2009 Petit Le Mans Race
Matt Parker III, [C5R# X2200], La Grange, GA


Pre-Race – Corvette Racing – GT2

ALMS’ Petit Le Mans at Road Atlanta, 28 SEP 09 is the first true endurance test for Corvette Racing’s new class participation in GT2. It is a cruel race defined over 1,000 miles/10 hours, whichever occurs first. Not only is the race a major challenge, but new to the Corvette Racing equation is competition. Formidable competition, BMW, Ford, Ferrari, Panoz, Porsche and Viper, all exacerbated by P1 and P2 classes, all 27 on the track, all with different performance, drivers and strategies, all at the same time. Each C6.R was meticulously prepared by Pratt & Miller for this race. Three days of practice brought transcending confidence established through years of success in GT1. Despite the fact that Porsche and Ferrari were instrumental in making sure that ALMS required Corvette to remove the direct injection heads which help fuel economy, direct injection heads will be okay next year.

Jan Magnussen ready to go.

The new GT2 Colors


#3 C6.R ready in the paddock


Ollie Gavin accelerating out of Turn #1

Olivier Beretta and Johnny O’Connell qualified third and seventh.  “Qualifying was a disappointment in that we had too much under steer in the car. I never place too much emphasis on it as I’ve always focused more on having a good car for the race and not just one lap.” – Johnny O’Connell.

Johnny O’Connell negotiating Turn #1


 Practice, Practice and more Practice!

The competition knew that Corvette Racing was there to win.  However, there was the most looming and daunting race factor – weather, strong possibility of real rain!

Johnny O’Connell, Jan Magnussen & Ron Fellows discuss old times in #3

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