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Corvette’s triple play

Corvette 64_02If a victory in one of the world’s premier endurance races makes the season a success, the Corvette Racing team is having a triple.

The Michigan based factory team reeled off consecutive 2015 class victories in the Rolex 24 At Daytona, the Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring and the 24 Hours of Le Mans to claim the endurance racing Triple Crown.

corvette_wins_2Jan Magnussen, Antonio Garcia and Ryan Briscoe took their Corvette C7.R to victory in the TUDOR United SportsCar Championship opening round at Daytona in January and followed that up with the win at Sebring in March.

Teammates Oliver Gavin, Tommy Milner and Jordan Taylor then delivered the goods at the 24 Hours of Le Mans in June. Three majors. Three wins.

You may think that those three victories would satisfy the Corvette Racing team and the legendary Corvette Nation. You would be wrong.

The Corvette Racing team and drivers arrive at each race focused on the win.

Their preparation, race set ups, strategies, pit work and consistency lap after lap have built a stunning record of success that includes eight wins at Le Mans, nine at Sebring and eight at Petit Le Mans. They want more.

With just two races, Lone Star Le Mans and Petit Le Mans, remaining in the 2015 TUDOR Championship, the driver, team and manufacturer titles are very much in play. That makes every point critical in the hyper-competitive GTLM class.

After Corvette claimed victories in the first two events of the 2015 TUDOR Championship, BMW Team RLL leapt to the front with victories at Long Beach and Monterey.

Since then it has been all Porsche with the Falken Porsche team claiming the win at Watkins Glen International and the Porsche North America factory team vaulting to the lead by dominating the last three races.

Will Porsche continue its streak? Will BMW Team RLL regain the top of the podium? Will the Houston based Risi Competizione Ferrari squad, podium finishers in the last two events, take a home win? Or, will Corvette Racing end the season on high notes to bookend the start?

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