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ALMS GT1 Class 2005- 2009

The Corvette C6-R race car debuted at the 12 Hours of Sebring in March 2005 after a full year of rigorous testing and development. The two-car, factory-backed Chevrolet sports car program competed in the production-based GT1 class (formerly GTS) of American Le Mans Series as well as the legendary 24 Hours of Le Mans in France. The new race car was the most technically advanced sports car ever developed by General Motors, culling years of experience from the dominant Corvette C5-R as well as the advancements brought forth from the next-generation Corvette C6 and Z06 production models.

Like the C5-R before it, the Corvette C6.R started from production roots: the same hydroformed frame rails that roll down the assembly line at the Corvette plant in Bowling Green , Kentucky are sourced for the structure of the race car. With the  C6 production model measuring shorter in overall length (but with a longer wheelbase), race car engineers faced a new set of numbers in which to achieve their goals to make the car faster on the 180-mph Mulsanne Straight at Le Mans and other high-speed circuits.

Adding a rear wing and a front splitter enabled the team to develop a package that achieved a lift-to-drag ratio better than that of the C5-R. Through a combination of Computational Fluid Dynamic studies and on-track testing, the end result will be an aerodynamically balanced package, tunable to the low drag demands of Le Mans or the high downforce requirements of Mosport.
 
The Engine is a 7.0L LS7-R built by Katech.  Aprox 590 @ 5400 rpm and 640 @ 4600 rpm is on tap to thunder this C6.R past the competition.

2005 ALMS GT1 Class

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March 19
12hrs of Sebring
Start 1-2
Finish 2-3
April 17
Road Atlanta
Start 1-2
Finish 1-2
May 22
Mid-Ohio
Start 1-2
Finish 1-2
June 18-19
24hrs of LeMans
Start 3-5
Finish 1-2
July 4
Lime Rock Park
Start 1-2
Finish 1-2
July 17
Infineon Raceway
Start 1-2
Finish 1-2
July 30
Portland
Start 1-2
Finish 1-2
Aug 21
Road America
Start 1-2
Finish 1-2
Sep 4
Mosport International Raceway
Start 2-4
Finish 1-2
Oct 1
Road Atlanta (Petit LeMans)
Start 1-2
Finish 1-6
Oct 15
Laguna Seca
Start 2-3
Finish 1-2

2006 ALMS GT1 Class (50th Anniversary in International Road Racing)

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March 18
12hrs of Sebring
Start 3-4
Finish 1-4
May 12
Lone Star Grand Prix of Houston
Start 1-2
Finish 1-2
May 21
Mid-Ohio
Start 2-4
Finish 1-2
June 17-18
24hrs of LeMans
Start 3-6
Finish 1-7

July 1

New England Grand Prix

Start 2-3

Finish 2-4

July 15

Utah Grand Prix

Start 3-4

Finish 3-4

July 22

Grand Prix of Portland

Start 1-2

Finish 1-3

Aug 20

Road America

Start 2-4

Finish 1-2

Sep 3

Grand Prix of Mosport

Start 3-4

Finish 2-4

Sep 30

Petit Le Mans

Start 1-2

Finish 3-4

Oct 21

Monterey Sports Car Championships

Start 2-3

Finish 2-3

2007 ALMS GT1 Class

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March 17
12hrs of Sebring
Start 1-2
Finish 1-2
March 31
St. Petersburg
Start 1-2
Finish 1-2
April 14
Long Beach
Start 1-2
Finish 1-2
April 21
Houston
Start 1-2
Finish 1-2
May 19
Utah
Start 1-2
Finish 1-2
June 16-17
24hr of LeMans
Start 3-5
Finish 2-DNF
July 7
Lime Rock
Start 1-2
Finish 1-2
July 21
Mid Ohio
Start 1-2
Finish 1-2
Aug 11
Road America
Start 1-2
Finish 1-2
Aug 26
Mosport
Start 1-2-3
Finish 1-2-3
Sep 1
Detroit
Start 1-2
Finish 1-2
Oct 6
Road Atlanta
Start 2-3
Finish 1-3
Oct 20
Laguna Seca
Start 1-2
Finish 1-2

2008 ALMS GT1 Class

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March 15
12hrs of Sebring
Start 1-2
Finish 1-2
April 5
St. Petersburg
Start 1-2
Finish 1-2
April 19
Long Beach
Start 1-2
Finish 1-2
May 18
Utah
Start 1-2
Finish 1-2
June 11-15
24hrs of LeMans
Start 1-3
Finish 2-3
July 12
Lime Rock
Start 1-2
Finish 1-2
July 19
Mid Ohio
Start 1-2
Finish 1-2
Aug 10
Road America
Start 1-2
Finish 1-3
Aug 24
Mosport
Start 1-2
Finish 1-2
Aug 30
Detroit
Start 1-2
Finish 1-2
Oct 4
Road Atlanta
Start 1-2
Finish 1-2
Oct 18
Laguna Seca
Start 1-2
Finish 1-2

2009 ALMS GT1 Class

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March 21
12hrs of Sebring
Start 1-2
Finish 1-2
April 18
Long Beach
Start 1-2
Finish 1-2
June 13-14
24hrs of LeMans
Start 1-2 (factory)
        3-4 (private)
Finish 1-DNF (factory)
          2-DNF (private)

The 2009 24hrs of Le Mans was the last appearance for the factory Corvette Racing team in the GT1 class C6.R.   Corvette Racing's #63 and 64 qualified 1-2 and privateer team Luc Alphand Adventures with their 2 C6.R's qualified 3-4 in class.   Mid race the #72 Luc Alpharnd Corvette got in an acident and was retired from the race.  In the 22nd hour the #63 and #64 cars were mear seconds apart when the #64 car started having gearbox problems and could not make it back to the pits, therefor retireing from the race.   This was only the 2nd time in 9 years that a factory Corvette aquired a DNF.  In the end #63 finished victorious with the #73 privateer Corvette finishing 2nd in class.
 
This win was Corvette Racing's 16th podium finish and 6th GT1 victory at Le Mans since 2000. It was the fourth Le Mans class win for O'Connell and Magnussen, and the second consecutive Le Mans GT1 victory for Garcia. O'Connell became the first American driver to win four class titles in the 24 Hours of Le Mans.
 
After this historical race the Corvette Racing program turned its focus to the GT2 class with an all new car that will debute at Mid-Ohio.

VIDEO: Onbord Lap of LeMans in the C6-R

VIDEO: 2006 Corvette vs Aston Martin @ 24hrs of LeMans

VIDEO: 2008 Mid-Ohio, #3 & #4 Battle to the Finish

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