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Corvette Racing Makes Most of Test Day

June 2, 2008

It was a cloudy day with on and off rain showers that had the LeMans track stopping and starting practice sessions all day.

Team Corvette was looking to evaluate chassis and gearbox setups as well as test a range of Michelin tires. All in all, the team was happy with the results.

“I think we maximized the opportunities that we had today,” said Corvette Racing program manager Doug Fehan. “It certainly wasn’t the test plan we had laid out, but the conditions were the same for everybody. When it’s all said and donqe, it may actually be to our advantage when a day like this happens because we’re well prepared when we arrive, and more practice time tqends to narrow the gap.

“The drivers are very satisfied with the development work we’ve done,” Fehan continued. “When we briefly had a dry track this morning, the cars were very stable. I think this is probably the best start we’ve had at Le Mans from the standpoint of having cars that are really good out of the box, and everyone is very encouraged by that.”

All six drivers rotated through the cars and evaluated tires, suspensions, and gearboxes. The No. 64 Corvette turned 39 laps, while the No. 63 completed 42 circuits. A sudden shower and a final red flag at 5:30 p.m. effectively ended the session 30 minutes before its scheduled conclusion.
“It was definitely an eye-opening experience in the beginning of my stint with the track half dry and half wet,” said Papis. “It was fortunate that we could run today because we learned quite a lot. This test was really more a session for the drivers than anything else, an opportunity for us to get acquainted with different track conditions and different Michelin tires for wet weather. I feel confident about the race, and up to now it’s been a great exercise.”

The Corvette team is looking to take home another 24 Hours at Lemans Championship in this years race which will be held on June 14th and 15th.

You can read this entire article on the Corvette Racing Team website. As always you can discuss this story with other Corvette Enthusiasts on the Kerbeck Corvette Message Board!


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