Corvette Z06: 6:59.13 at the Ring Rumored

Rumors are circulating that the 2015 Corvette Z06 lapped the "Ring" in under 7 seconds.

Rick Tavel – Corvetted – January 28, 2015 – Corvette enthusiasts have been chomping at the bit to learn legitimate lap times for the 2015 Z06 at Nurburgring. Chevrolet attempted “Ring Runs” previously but during each attempt the weather or other unforeseen obstacles, including a fender bender, hampered their runs. But HorsepowerKings.com recently posted a short video of the supercharged Corvette at the Ring claiming an official lap time of 6:59.13. HorsepowerKings.com reports that the “official announcement” from GM confirming the details will be released in upcoming weeks.  Unfortunately a copyright claim prevents posting it on line and it has even been blocked from HorsepoerKings’ site as well.  But if and when GM makes the official announcement Corvetted will bring … Continue reading

Bring A Banker – 1969 Big Block Racecar

1969 454 Big Block For Sale on Ebay (Photo: EBAY)

Corvetted – January 27, 2015 – A part of Corvette racing history was written back in the late 1960’s and early 1970’s as legendary Corvette L88’s like “Stars and Stripes,” the “Rebel,” and the proclaimed winningest Corvette racecar, the #12 Owens Corning Corvette battled on road courses throughout the United States and even Le Mans. In 2014 the “Rebel” was sold at Barrett-Jackson for $2.5M. At this year’s Barrett-Jackson event, capitalizing on the success of the “Rebel” two more third generation historic Corvette racecars were offered, James Garner’s AIR team #44 1968 L88 and the Sunray DX racecar crossed the block but failed to meet the consignors’ reserves though both were bid to over $1M. If current prices of blue-chip … Continue reading

DAYTONA – Corvette Post Race Press Conference

Daytona GTLM Podium (Photo: Corvette Racing)

Corvetted – January 26, 2015 – Corvette enthusiasts everywhere are ecstatic over this past weekend’s hard fought and well deserved victory in the Rolex 24 at Daytona. Corvette Racing released a transcript of the post race driver press conference. Get the Corvette driver’s percpsective on the race below. IMSA – TUDOR UNITED SPORTSCAR CHAMPIONSHIP ROLEX 24 at Daytona Daytona International Speedway Daytona – CORVETTE DRIVER PRESS CONFERENCE TRANSCRIPT JANUARY 25, 2015 ANTONIO GARCIA, NO. 3 CORVETTE RACING CHEVROLET CORVETTE C7.R – GTLM WINNER Q: WHEN THAT YELLOW FLAG CAME OUT, YOU KNEW YOU WERE GOING TO HAVE TO FIGHT. WHAT WAS GOING THROUGH YOUR MIND? “I knew that yellow was coming. I don’t know how many races we actually won … Continue reading

CORVETTE C7-R WINS DAYTONA

Corvette Racing amid the Fireworks of Daytona (Photo: Richard Prince Photography)

First Daytona GT Victory in 14 Years Rick Tavel© – Corvetted – January 25, 2015 – The racing season kicked off Saturday and Sunday with a Corvette C7-R winning the iconic Rolex 24 of Daytona for the first time since 2001. The #3 and #4 Corvette C7-Rs finished first and third, respectively in the GTLM class after running first and second most of the race. In the Daytona Prototype class the #5 Action Express Corvette and the #10 Wayne Taylor Racing Corvette finished second and third respectively behind Chip Ganassi’s Ford EcoBoost Riley.  GTLM CLASS Though the Corvette Racing Team has won 10 Team and Manufacturer Championships and has seven class wins at Le Mans over the last fifteen years, the … Continue reading

CORVETTE RACING Grabs GTLM Pole Position at Daytona

File Photo of C7-R

 First pole position for Corvette Racing at Daytona since 2000  Corvette Racing – Janauary 23, 2015 DAYTONA BEACH, Fla – For the first time in 15 years, Corvette Racing will start the Rolex 24 At Daytona from pole position. Oliver Gavin was the fastest qualifier in the GT Le Mans (GTLM) class for the TUDOR United SportsCar Championship in the No. 4 Chevrolet Corvette C7.R on Thursday at Daytona International Speedway. Gavin turned a best lap of 1:43.488 (123.840 mph) in the Corvette C7.R that he will share this weekend with Tommy Milner and Simon Pagenaud. Gavin is the first Corvette Racing driver since Ron Fellows in 2000 to earn fastest-qualifier honors at the Rolex 24. He was 0.342 seconds … Continue reading

THE HISTORY OF THE CORVETTE

53 Motorama Cars

A CORVETTE HISTORY THROUGH ADVERTISING   The Birth Of A Legend – 1953 – Chapter One Part 2 by Jim Bernardin and Rick Tavel © January 22, 2015 All rights reserved This series is the forerunner to a book examining the history of the Corvette viewed from the perspective of the advertising and those who created it and contributed to building the legend of America’s Sports Car. The former Campbell-Ewald Creative Director and Executive Vice President  in charge of the Chevrolet account, Jim Bernardin, who was a vital part of blazing the trail for marketing the Corvette, is writing the book in coordination with Corvette historian and automotive journalist, Rick Tavel. From Jim’s first assignment at Campbell-Ewald in 1957 which … Continue reading

Losing It at 208 MPH (Video)

Remnants of aa Lamborghini Huracan

THANKFULLY THIS IS NOT WHAT’S LEFT OF A CORVETTE Corvetted and YouTube via PoliceHungary – January 21, 2015 We have several readers who are fortunate enough to drive Corvette high performance Z06’s and ZR1’s capable of speeds approaching 200 MPH. But if you’re like most getting behind the wheel of any Corvette gets the adrenaline flowing and sparks the fire inside us to find out just how fast and capable the Corvette really is. The reality is the new Corvettes are more capable than most of those driving them. And no one gets as high on speed and pushing the limits like your Corvetted staff – but only in a controlled environment, like a race track or closed road course … Continue reading

Bring A Banker – 1971 Corvette LS5 Survivors

454 Hood  (Photo: Hemmings)

  Trickle Down from Barrett-Jackson? – Rick Tavel – Corvetted – January 21, 2014 – This past Saturday at Barrett-Jackson what Corvetted considered a benchmark sale took place that we said could very well raise the bar for big block third generation Corvettes. That sale was an award winning 1971 Ontario Orange LS6 Convertible that sold for $203.5K including buyer fees. The Corvette was truly a stunning example of the rare LS6 convertible. And as expected it didn’t take long for owners of other 1971 LS optioned Corvettes to come out of the woodwork in hopes of capitalizing on the Barrett-Jackson car to draw attention to their own big block Corvettes. We found two outstanding examples listed on Hemmings that … Continue reading

CORVETTE RACING AT DAYTONA: Start of a New Season

Daytona kick off this year's TUSCC season
(Photo: Paul Ryan)

No easing into 2015 for two Chevrolet Corvette C7.Rs Press Release – Corvette Racing 2015-01-20 – DETROIT (Jan. 20, 2015) – The second season for the Chevrolet Corvette C7.R begins this weekend with Corvette Racing set for the 53rd Rolex 24 At Daytona and the start of the 2015 TUDOR United SportsCar Championship. Saturday’s start will be the second consecutive at the twice-around-the-clock race for the team, which prior to 2014 hadn’t raced at Daytona in 13 years. This time around, the No. 3 and No. 4 Corvette C7.Rs will look to recapture the magic of the 2001 race when Corvette Racing took an overall victory in the Rolex 24. The two Corvettes will be in capable hands this weekend … Continue reading

ROLEX 24 at Daytona Kicks Off 2015 TUSCC Schedule

The ROLEX 24 at Daytona is the kickoff to Corvette Racings 2015 Championship (Photo: IMSA)

CORVETTE RACING FANS CAN”T WAIT FOR SATURDAY – Rick Tavel – Corvetted – January 20, 2015 – DAYTONA BEACH, Fla.– As we get ready for the kick off of the 2015 TUDOR United SportsCar Championship this Saturday, January 24 – 25, with the Rolex 24 at Daytona, we thought it would be a good time to follow up with the 2015 schedule, officially announced last August, so you can plan your schedule so you can get to as many races possible to support the Corvette Racing Team. The 2015 season will feature an enhanced 12-event calendar for the 2015 TUDOR Championship season. All of the 12 TUDOR Championship races will be televised on FOX Sports.         The … Continue reading

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