CORVETTE RACING AT MONTEREY: Garcia, Magnussen On Doorstep of GTLM Title

CORVETTE RACING AT MONTEREY: Garcia, Magnussen On Doorstep of GTLM Title
Chevrolet leads Manufacturer’s Championship heading to Road Atlanta finale

No. 3 Corvette team needs only start Petit Le Mans to win Driver’s Championship
Chevrolet unofficially four points clear in Manufacturer’s standings

MONTEREY, California (Sept. 24, 2017) – Corvette Racing’s pairing of Antonio Garcia and Jan Magnussen took a huge step toward the GT Le Mans (GTLM) Driver’s title in the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship on Sunday at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca. Their fourth-place class finish in the No. 3 Mobil 1/SiriusXM Chevrolet Corvette C7.R at the America’s Tire 250 means they only need to start the season-ending Petit Le Mans at Road Atlanta in two weeks to officially claim the GTLM championship. Continue reading CORVETTE RACING AT MONTEREY: Garcia, Magnussen On Doorstep of GTLM Title

NHRA Maple Grove Results

Top Fuel — Brittany Force, 3.756 seconds, 326.24 mph def. Steve Torrence, 3.857 seconds, 258.76 mph.

Funny Car — Ron Capps, Dodge Charger, 3.968, 326.48 def. Courtney Force, Chevy Camaro, 3.993, 311.70.

Pro Stock — Bo Butner, Chevy Camaro, 6.613, 209.95 def. Greg Anderson, Camaro, 6.660, 206.95.

Pro Stock Motorcycle — Eddie Krawiec, Harley-Davidson, 6.852, 196.70 def. LE Tonglet, Suzuki, 17.593, 31.71.

Top Alcohol Dragster — Jeff Veale, 5.402, 274.27 def. Jackie Fricke, 5.384, 269.89.

Top Alcohol Funny Car — Sean Bellemeur, Chevy Camaro, 5.542, 265.69 def. Phil Burkart, Camaro, 5.586, 264.34.ARP car

Competition Eliminator — Tom Martino, Chevy Cobalt, 8.684, 144.66 def. Scott Benham, Chevy S-10, 8.232, 163.99.

Super Stock — Byron Worner, Chevy Camaro, 9.863, 133.26 def. Anthony Bertozzi, Pontiac Grand Am, 9.062, 145.78.

Stock Eliminator — Karl Martel, Chevy Camaro, 10.262, 121.96 def. Lenny Williams, Buick Gran Sport, 11.139, 113.98.

Super Comp — Lauren Freer, Dragster, 8.899, 177.93 def. Jeff Kundratic, Dragster, 8.869, 165.25.

Super Gas — Kevin Robb, Chevy Corvette, 9.899, 162.84 def. Ray Sawyer, Chevy Camaro, 9.892, 176.05.

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Another Podium Run for Michael Shank Racing, Acura in Monterey

Another Podium Run for Michael Shank Racing, Acura in Monterey
• Andy Lally, Katherine Legge finish second at the America’s Tire 250
• Fourth podium finish of 2017, including two wins, for Acura in IMSA competition
• Acura NSX GT3 continues to impress in inaugural North American racing season

MONTEREY, Calif. (September 24, 2017) – A mid-race decision to split pit strategies between the pair of Michael Shank Racing Acura NSX GT3s paid dividends Sunday at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca. The driver pairing of Katherine Legge and Andy Lally made opportunistic passes for position – all while saving fuel – to score a second-place finish in the GTD class in the penultimate round of the 2017 IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship.
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CORVETTE RACING AT MONTEREY: Garcia, Magnussen On Doorstep of GTLM Title
Chevrolet leads Manufacturer’s Championship heading to Road Atlanta finale

No. 3 Corvette team needs only start Petit Le Mans to win Driver’s Championship
Chevrolet unofficially four points clear in Manufacturer’s standings

MONTEREY, California (Sept. 24, 2017) – Corvette Racing’s pairing of Antonio Garcia and Jan Magnussen took a huge step toward the GT Le Mans (GTLM) Driver’s title in the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship on Sunday at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca. Their fourth-place class finish in the No. 3 Mobil 1/SiriusXM Chevrolet Corvette C7.R at the America’s Tire 250 means they only need to start the season-ending Petit Le Mans at Road Atlanta in two weeks to officially claim the GTLM championship.

Sunday was a doubly good day for the Corvette Racing program as Chevrolet extended its lead in the GTLM Manufacturer’s Championship to four points with the result. As long as Chevrolet is the second-highest finishing manufacturer in the 10-hour Petit Le Mans, the Bowtie Brand will clinch its second straight title and 12th since 2001.

Tommy Milner and Oliver Gavin had another run of bad luck in the No. 4 Mobil 1/SiriusXM Chevrolet Corvette C7.R. With aims of moving up through the field like the sister Corvette, the Gavin/Milner pairing placed ninth in GTLM after Gavin was hit from behind at the first corner of the opening lap. The contact damaged the Corvette’s rear diffuser, which impacted the handling and performance throughout.

Once changed, however, the No. 4 Corvette team gathered valuable information for the No. 3 Corvette’s championship run.

Magnussen began the race seventh in class, but that was a product of the team’s qualifying strategy to focus on race setup rather than ultimate pace in Saturday’s time trials. That paid off in the long run, as did a timely full-course caution just shy of the halfway point in the two-hour, 40-minute race. A GTLM competitor went off-track, and No. 3 Corvette lead race engineer Kyle Millay immediately called in Garcia for tires and fuel before the pits closed.

The call elevated Garcia from seventh to second by the time the race resumed. With a mind toward the championship picture and not the race result, the team elected to stay with a strategy that ensured the No. 3 Corvette would finish ahead of its closest title contenders.

Corvette Racing closes the IMSA season with the 10-hour Petit Le Mans from Road Atlanta on Saturday, Oct 7.

ANTONIO GARCIA, NO. 3 MOBIL 1/SiriusXM CHEVROLET CORVETTE C7.R – FINISHED FOURTH IN GTLM: “I think we played it really cool today. It felt like instead of being the ones defending, we were the ones trying to go for it. We seemed to be the more relaxed car out there out of the ones in contention. We were not sure about the pace today. For sure the beginning of the race wasn’t really promising when everyone started to pull away. As soon as everyone started to drop off in lap time and I saw Jan before we pitted we were almost within a tenth of them so I thought, ‘Um, we might have a chance here.’ For sure if it had been a green race, I think we had a very good chance to finish second behind the Ferrari. But when it came to strategy, fuel and all of that, we had to be smart and go for the championship and not worry about the race results. I was pretty happy with how our Corvette felt, especially during the last 10 to 15 laps of a stint, which I think the hardest today. It was just really good. I had pressure for sure. I really liked that the closest car to me was Richard (Westbrook) because I knew he wouldn’t do anything strange. We had a fair fight. I kind of knew he would try to catch me and try to pass me, but I also knew he would run out of tires soon. I kept calm and as soon as I saw he was starting to struggle, I put in a little bit more pace to open the gap. At the end of the day, we didn’t know if all the other cars would make it to the end of the race (on fuel), and they actually did. But it doesn’t matter for the championship.
“I think we played all year long, I can’t remember us making a mistake. I don’t know… I would have to go back race-by-race. But I think this has been a perfect season for Corvette Racing and the No. 3 car engineers and crew. Whenever we had the car, we made most out of it and whenever we didn’t, we still made good points… just like today. If you would have told me before the start we would have come out of here with fourth and while not going for the race result of podium, I wouldn’t have believed it. I am very, very happy. I still don’t believe we are mathematically done and as soon as we start Petit Le Mans, that is it. It has been a very long season for us since after COTA. We struggled, but we kept it up there but we proved that we had what it took to win races and the championship.”

JAN MAGNUSSEN, NO. 3 MOBIL 1/SiriusXM CHEVROLET CORVETTE C7.R – FINISHED FOURTH IN GTLM: “We’ve managed the whole year largely because of Kyle (Millay, No. 3 Corvette lead race engineer) to get more out of races than we should have. Whenever we haven’t had good pace, we always got good points. Today was no different. We had a good plan for the race but was painful to execute, but it worked. The painful part was in the beginning watching everyone drive away. Then things would turn around at the end of the stint where we would catch everything back and be in the mix. That’s great strategy that got us ahead of both Fords and the No. 25 BMW. It’s a great way to go to Petit Le Mans, where we can work on securing the Manufacturer’s Championship.”

OLIVER GAVIN, NO. 4 MOBIL 1/SiriusXM CHEVROLET CORVETTE C7.R – FINISHED NINTH IN GTLM: “Unfortunately our race was shaped by contact from another car. It seems like it has been the story of our year unfortunately. As I came into Turn One of Lap One, the No. 24 BMW got turned around. I was right behind Jan; he was checking up and I was just desperate not to hit the back of him. As I braked, the Lamborghini from GTD just came in and obviously didn’t expect me to be going so slow. It just drilled us in the rear which broke our rear diffuser, which flapped for all of my two stints. The vibration just got worse and worse, and we lost performance. The car was tricky to drive, hard to drive and very snappy. Once again, frustrating. We managed to do a couple of things just to try things out to give them (the No. 3 car) the right steer with the right tire choices. It’s been a good team effort. They are in a really strong position now in the championship which is great to see. They just basically have to start and they lock up the championship. It’s been once again a great team effort for Corvette Racing. We haven’t had the fastest car here this weekend but by strategy, execution, hard work, working certain problems, the team has come through with an extended lead in Manufacturer’s points, and an extended lead for Antonio and Jan and the No. 3 car for their championship. So ultimately, we’ve checked the box for the championships and that is fantastic.”

TOMMY MILNER, NO. 4 MOBIL 1/SiriusXM CHEVROLET CORVETTE C7.R – FINISHED NINTH IN GTLM: “Our race was doomed from the start, in the first corner. That’s just very unlucky. It was just a racing deal – a car spinning ahead of Olly and cars behind getting stacked up. That kind of stuff in inevitable especially in a tight turn like it is here at Laguna. The car was a little bit damaged there at the start. Our Corvette was okay; it definitely didn’t have the pace today to win the race, but could have maybe been fourth or fifth if everything went smoothly. I am super proud of the team. We had super tricky conditions all weekend here. At times it was looking doom and gloom like we were way off the pace. In the end, the engineers did a really did a great job of keeping their heads clear and making good calls with tire strategy and pit strategy. Ultimately we executed as best we could today. That is what makes a championship team even in the face of some super strong adversity. Even under all that pressure there, all those guys did an awesome job. I am super proud of this Corvette Racing team and proud of what we have achieved this year.”

DOUG FEHAN, CORVETTE RACING PROGRAM MANAGER: “When you put together great race strategy with perfect pit execution and you have drivers of the talent level that we have at Corvette Racing, you’re going to make things happen that ordinarily wouldn’t. Today we showed that again. We qualified seventh and ninth, and we took the No. 3 Corvette to where we needed in order to put a very firm grip on the Driver’s and Team’s championships. Now we will go to Atlanta and do everything we can do to defend our Manufacturer’s Championship. It should be a great race.”

Capps Wins Dodge NHRA Nationals in Mopar-powered Dodge Charger Funny Car

Capps Wins Dodge NHRA Nationals in Mopar-powered Dodge Charger Funny Car

Mopar Dodge Charger R/T Funny Car driver Ron Capps wins 33rd annual Dodge NHRA Nationals at Maple Grove Raceway near Reading, Pennsylvania
Win is seventh of season for Capps and 13th for Mopar HEMI® power from Don Schumacher Racing (DSR) in Funny Car this year
Victory is 56th of Capps’ career in Funny Car category
Mopar HEMI-powered Dodge Funny Cars from DSR have reached 17 final rounds in 20 events to date in 2017
Three Mopar Dodge Funny Cars from DSR reach semifinals, all go to at least second round
Leah Pritchett and Tony Schumacher finish in second round in Mopar Top Fuel dragsters
Capps regains Funny Car points lead at conclusion of second event in NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series Countdown to the Championship playoffs, Schumacher sits fifth to lead Mopar in Top Fuel
Three Mopar-powered cars reach quarterfinals of Super Stock Eliminator Continue reading Capps Wins Dodge NHRA Nationals in Mopar-powered Dodge Charger Funny Car

PEAK Coolant & Motor Oil Funny Car driver John Force still dreams of title despite early Reading exit

PEAK Coolant & Motor Oil Funny Car driver John Force
still dreams of title despite early Reading exit

READING, Pa. (Sept. 24) – John Force and the PEAK Coolant & Motor Oil Chevrolet Camaro SS team still dream of winning a championship despite an early exit in Sunday’s NHRA Nationals at Maple Grove Raceway, the second race of the NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series’ Countdown to the Championship.

Force, the No. 13 qualifier, fell to No. 4 Jonnie Lindberg in the opening round of the race, despite having a better reaction time. Force got the edge by three hundredths of a second – .053 seconds to Lindberg’s .089 seconds – but Lindberg took control at the 60-foot mark. The pair ran side-by-side before the rear tires on Force’s car started smoking, causing him to slow. Lindberg’s car suffered no glitches, and he moved on to the second round. Continue reading PEAK Coolant & Motor Oil Funny Car driver John Force still dreams of title despite early Reading exit

Despite second-round stumble, Auto Club driver Robert Hight still a threat in Funny Car title race

Despite second-round stumble, Auto Club driver
Robert Hight still a threat in Funny Car title race

READING, Pa. (Sept. 24) – Auto Club of Southern California driver Robert Hight knew he wouldn’t just waltz to the 2017 Funny Car championship.

Hight took over the points lead after his win in Charlotte last weekend that kicked off the Countdown to the Championship. But in the second race, the NHRA Nationals on Sunday at Maple Grove Raceway, Hight and his Chevrolet Camaro SS team hit a bit of a speed bump. Continue reading Despite second-round stumble, Auto Club driver Robert Hight still a threat in Funny Car title race

Advance Auto Parts driver Courtney Force races to Reading final for second consecutive runner-up finish

Advance Auto Parts driver Courtney Force races to
Reading final for second consecutive runner-up finish

READING, Pa. (Sept. 24) – Courtney Force took her Advance Auto Parts Chevrolet Camaro SS to her second consecutive finals in NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series competition Sunday at Maple Grove Raceway, and cut further into the Funny Car points lead with a runner-up finish. Continue reading Advance Auto Parts driver Courtney Force races to Reading final for second consecutive runner-up finish

Monster Energy driver Brittany Force surges into Top Fuel title contention with Reading victory

Monster Energy driver Brittany Force surges into
Top Fuel title contention with Reading victory

READING, Pa. (Sept. 24) – Monster Energy driver Brittany Force served notice that she is a championship contender by storming by two past champions and the current Top Fuel points leader in winning the NHRA Nationals on Sunday at Maple Grove Raceway.

Force moved up to third in the Countdown to the Championship standings, one point out of second and 23 behind leader Steve Torrence. Continue reading Monster Energy driver Brittany Force surges into Top Fuel title contention with Reading victory

Blaney’s Playoff Hopes Enhanced By Ninth-Place Finish At New Hampshire

Blaney’s Playoff Hopes Enhanced By Ninth-Place Finish At New Hampshire

September 24, 2017

With a solid performance on Sunday at New Hampshire Motor Speedway, Ryan Blaney and the No. 21 Motorcraft/Quick Lane team remain in contention to advance to the second round of the Monster Energy Cup playoffs, which begin after next week’s race at Dover International Speedway.

At New Hampshire, Blaney earned valuable points in the first two stages of the 300-mile race then came home ninth at the finish to gain two spots in the championship standings. Continue reading Blaney’s Playoff Hopes Enhanced By Ninth-Place Finish At New Hampshire

Richard Childress Racing–ISM Connect 300

Austin Dillon Earns 19th-Place Finish in Chevrolet Accessories SS at New Hampshire Motor Speedway

“We had a decent Chevrolet Accessories SS today but I think that long red flag hurt us. We had a little bit of front end damage, and the brakes getting hot and then cooling down during the red flag certainly did not help. We’re 13th in points now heading into the cuff off race, so our goals for Dover are to go out and have a good race. We’ll see where we end up, and hope for the best.”

– Austin Dillon
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Chevy Racing–NHRA–Maple Grove Post Race

CHEVROLET RACING IN NATIONAL HOT ROD ASSOCIATION
DODGE NHRA NATIONALS
MAPLE GROVE RACEWAY IN MOHNTON, PENNSYLVANIA
SUNDAY, SEPT. 24, 2017

Chevrolet Claims Top Fuel, Pro Stock Wins in Second Race of Countdown
· Brittany Force earns second Top Fuel victory of season
· Bo Butner reclaims Pro Stock points lead with fourth win
· Courtney Force advance to second consecutive Funny Car final
· Chevrolet drivers in title mix entering third of six-race playoff Continue reading Chevy Racing–NHRA–Maple Grove Post Race

Chevy Racing–NHRA–Maple Grove Post Race

CHEVROLET RACING IN NATIONAL HOT ROD ASSOCIATION
DODGE NHRA NATIONALS
MAPLE GROVE RACEWAY IN MOHNTON, PENNSYLVANIA
POST-RACE DRIVER QUOTES
SUNDAY, SEPT. 24, 2017

An interview with Top Fuel winner BRITTANY FORCE, JOHN FORCE RACING, MONSTER ENERGY CHEVROLET TOP FUEL DRAGSTER (No. 4 qualifier; second victory of season and fifth in 116-race career; moves to third in the Countdown):

Q: GETTING INTO IT IN THE COUNTDOWN MODE?
BRITTANY FORCE: Absolutely. This is a huge win for us. This team had to fight all day long and I’m so proud of them. They are the best team to work with, and I’m so pumped going into the Countdown to work with them. Monster, we’re going after the championship. Continue reading Chevy Racing–NHRA–Maple Grove Post Race

Chevy Racing–NASCAR–New Hampshire–Kyle Larson Runner-Up

MONSTER ENERGY NASCAR CUP SERIES
ISM CONNECT 300
NEW HAMPSHIRE MOTOR SPEEDWAY
TEAM CHEVY DRIVER PRESS CONF. TRANSCRIPT
SEPTEMBER 22, 2017

CHEVY SS DRIVER, KYLE LARSON, EARNS RUNNER-UP FINISH AT NEW HAMPSHIRE

LOUDON, N.H. – (September 24, 2017) – Kyle Larson muscled the No. 42 Target Chevrolet SS to a second-place finish in the second round of the 2017 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series (MENCS) Playoffs ISM Connect 300 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway (NHMS). Larson and his Target team had a strong day contending in the top five throughout the 300-lap/317.4-mile event. The run marks his eighth runner-up finish of 2017 bringing his top-five total to 13 on the season. Larson is now assured, via points, advancement into the Round of 12 the second segment of this year’s championship Playoff battle.
Continue reading Chevy Racing–NASCAR–New Hampshire–Kyle Larson Runner-Up

Chevy Racing–NASCAR–New Hampshire–Post Race

MONSTER ENERGY NASCAR CUP SERIES
ISM CONNECT 300
NEW HAMPSHIRE MOTOR SPEEDWAY
TEAM CHEVY POST RACE NOTES AND QUOTES
SEPTEMBER 24, 2017

KYLE LARSON, NO. 42 TARGET CHEVROLET SS – Finished 2nd
YOU HAD A HECK OF A RESTART THERE WITH 25 LAPS TO GO, BUT WHERE DID THE NO. 18 (KYLE BUSCH, RACE WINNER) ULTIMATELY HAVE YOU BEAT?
“I felt like on really long runs I was fairly equal to those guys in front of me. But, on the short run there, I could get pointed to the exit, but I couldn’t get the throttle down. I’d get loose. So, he just was really good. I think the No. 78 (Martin Truex, Jr.) was also really good, but he had his trouble. The No. 20 (Matt Kenseth) was also good. We were next best. So, we finished second again with our Target Chevy. That’s a lot of second-place finishes this year, but I’m fine with second. Top 5’s will get us to Homestead, so hats off to everybody on our Target team. The pit crew was great all day. I think we gained spots every time. Normally I’m struggling on short tracks, but this year we were pretty good.” Continue reading Chevy Racing–NASCAR–New Hampshire–Post Race

In His 500th Pro Stock Race, Allen Johnson Slingshots Marathon Petroleum Dodge Dart into Semifinal Round at Dodge NHRA Nationals

In His 500th Pro Stock Race, Allen Johnson Slingshots Marathon Petroleum Dodge Dart into Semifinal Round at Dodge NHRA Nationals

READING, Pa. (September 24, 2017) – Allen Johnson drove his Marathon Petroleum/J&J Racing Dodge Dart to the semifinal round after defeated Kenny Delco and Drew Skillman in eliminations at the 33rd annual Dodge NHRA Nationals at Maple Grove Raceway.
Continue reading In His 500th Pro Stock Race, Allen Johnson Slingshots Marathon Petroleum Dodge Dart into Semifinal Round at Dodge NHRA Nationals

Two-time Pro Stock world champion Erica Enders has 50/50 race day in Reading

Two-time Pro Stock world champion
Erica Enders has 50/50 race day in Reading
READING, Pa. (Sept. 24) — The second race of this year’s Countdown to the Championship playoffs ended up just like the first one for two-time Pro Stock champion Erica Enders with the most decorated female in class history going one-up, one-down in eliminations at the 33rd annual Dodge
NHRA Nationals.

Starting race day as the No.9 qualifier, Enders scored a mild upset against eighth ranked driver Chris McGaha by way of a holeshot, meaning her superior reaction time from behind the wheel negated McGaha’s quicker run. She once again left ahead of opponent in the quarterfinals but didn’t quite have enough oomph to stay ahead all the way through the finish line. Continue reading Two-time Pro Stock world champion Erica Enders has 50/50 race day in Reading

Tough draw puts Coughlin out early despite odds being in his favor in Reading

Tough draw puts Coughlin out early
despite odds being in his favor in Reading
READING, Pa. (Sept. 24) — Jeg Coughlin Jr. put together a sensational first-round package that would have won six of the eight races on the docket at the 33rd annual Dodge NHRA Nationals. Unfortunately for the driver of the JEGS.com/Elite Performance Chevrolet Camaro, the odds were against him and he dropped out of contention at the hands of Drew Skillman.
Continue reading Tough draw puts Coughlin out early despite odds being in his favor in Reading

Richard Childress Racing–VisitMyrtleBeach 300

Ben Kennedy Finishes 11th at Kentucky Speedway in the Rheem Chevrolet

“We worked hard for our finish tonight. We were fast in practice and qualifying, but once the sun went down to start the race, our Rheem Chevrolet was too loose. I couldn’t put much wheel into it without wrecking. The team took big swings at the handling with air pressures and trackbar adjustments to tighten me up during our stops. We found adjustments that worked for our Camaro, and I was feeling more comfortable with the balance at the end of the race. There just wasn’t enough time to make up the ground we had lost at the end. I wish we could have finished in the top 10, but it was a hard-fought 11th-place finish.”

– Ben Kennedy Continue reading Richard Childress Racing–VisitMyrtleBeach 300

Quick, consistent Monster Energy dragster has Brittany Force excited for Reading race day

Quick, consistent Monster Energy dragster has
Brittany Force excited for Reading race day

READING, Pa. (Sept. 23) – Brittany Force’s Monster Energy Top Fuel dragster has performed more like a Sportsman bracket car during qualifying for the NHRA Nationals this weekend at Maple Grove Raceway.

She qualified the Monster Energy car in the No. 4 spot for Sunday’s eliminations, and with such a consistent, quick car, Force is ready to chase her second victory of the 2017 season. Continue reading Quick, consistent Monster Energy dragster has Brittany Force excited for Reading race day

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