Corvette Racing hungry to get back on track Sunday at Watkins Glen

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Will getting back to home cooking lead to some better cooking back on the racetrack?

That’s what Corvette Racing hopes for both this weekend in the Sahlen’s Six Hours at the Glen race this Sunday at Watkins Glen International.

The Corvette team didn’t do as well as it might have liked during the recent 24 Hours of Le Mans – primarily owing to a challenging Balance of Performance in the GTE-Pro class.

The trio of Antonio Garcia, Ricky Taylor and Jan Magnussen finished seventh in the legendary endurance race in their No. 3 Corvette C7.R (No. 63 at Le Mans). Meanwhile the sister No. 4 car (64 at Le Mans) crashed out in the morning hours after a rare error by Tommy Milner.

But on a brighter side, Garcia and Magnussen are past winners of the Sahlen’s Six Hours, having done so in 2014, Corvette Racing’s first appearance at The Glen.

And now that they’re back on U.S. soil, Corvette Racing is looking at Watkins Glen to get back to its winning ways this season.

“It is a short turnaround from Le Mans but we have the best team to get our cars ready,” Garcia said. “Watkins Glen ranks high on the list of favorite tracks for just about all drivers. It has speed and a lot of heritage.

“Jan and I were fortunate to win there together before in the Six Hours; we’re hopeful that another will jumpstart our season. Our Corvette has been quick all season in the WeatherTech Championship. We need one complete race with good execution and we’ll be in great position.”

Heading into this weekend’s event, the fifth for GTLM on the IMSA schedule, Corvette Racing has the points lead in the WeatherTech SportsCar Championship in several categories, including GTLM and Endurance Cup driver standings (Tommy Milner and Oliver Gavin), Manufacturer (Chevrolet) and Team GT Le Mans.

“When I was growing up, the three tracks I remember were Daytona, Sebring and Watkins Glen,” Milner said. “It’s one of the ones where I haven’t won.

“We’ve had great run so far this year with our Corvette in the endurance events with the wins at Daytona and Sebring. So we are in a good position. (WGI is) super-fun to drive and really quick. I’m excited to get there and see what the track is like with the new surface.

“We have a championship to be concerned about, so a win would be great. Le Mans is always such a big draw, and a lot of energy and effort goes into that. But now that it’s over, all the focus goes back to the U.S., and our main job there.”

Another thing in Corvette Racing’s favor is that a six-hour endurance race like Sunday’s plays to its strengths and also kicks off a stretch where the team potentially could earn as many as three wins in as many races in the next four weeks, with races at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park and Lime Rock Park to follow soon (July 10 and 23, respectively).

If that were to happen, it would go a long way towards getting closer to a number of championships, obviously.

Milner and Gavin, who will drive the No. 4 Mobil 1/SiriusXM Corvette C7.R at Watkins Glen, are looking for their third combined win of 2016. They’ve already won in the season-opening Rolex 24 at Daytona and then the following week in the Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring.

Those two races, along with the Sahlen’s Six Hours, are also part of the Tequila Patron North American Endurance Cup, a four-race series-within-a-series that is capped off at Atlanta’s Petit Le Mans.

Garcia and Magnussen, who were runners-up to their teammates at Daytona in the closest finish in the event’s history, are currently third in the Endurance Cup standings.

The Sahlen’s Six Hours of The Glen is slated to take the green flag just past 10 a.m. ET on Sunday.

“We’re all looking forward to returning to The Glen, which should be even quicker with the all-new surface,” Corvette Racing Program Manager Doug Fehan said. “We have had some success at Watkins Glen in the past, and our endurance record speaks for itself. We’ll be ready!”

2016 WeatherTech SportsCar Championship – GTLM Standings (After four of 10 events)

Driver Standings Team Standings Manufacturer Standings
1. Oliver Gavin/Tommy Milner – 130

2. Earl Bamber/Frederic Makowiecki – 118

3. Ryan Briscoe/Richard Westbrook – 115

4. Giancarlo Fisichella/Daniel Serra/Toni Vilander – 113

5. Bill Auberlen/Dirk Werner – 113

T6. Antonio Garcia/Jan Magnussen – 110

1. No. 4 Corvette Racing – 130

2. No. 912 Porsche North America – 118

3. No. 67 Ford Chip Ganassi Racing – 115

4. No. 68 Scuderia Corsa – 113

5. No. 62 Risi Competizione – 113

6. No. 3 Corvette Racing – 110

1. Chevrolet – 130

2. Porsche – 127

3. Ferrari – 120

4. Ford – 115

5. BMW – 112 

Corvette Racing at Watkins Glen

Year Class Drivers Result Car Notes
2014 GTLM Garcia/Magnussen 1st Corvette C7.R Team’s first race at WGI
GTLM Gavin/Milner 4th Corvette C7.R
2015 GTLM Garcia/Magnussen 4th Corvette C7.R
GTLM Gavin/Milner 7th Corvette C7.R Retired (accident)

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World of Outlaws release 2023 Sprint Car Series schedule

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The 2023 World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series schedule features 87 races, almost identical to the last year’s number, to be contested at 36 venues across 19 states. With cancelations for mostly weather, they closed out this year’s calendar on November 5 with 69 events in the books. Carson Macedo won a series high 11 races.

In 2022, David Gravel chased Brad Sweet into the three-race finale on the Dirt Track at Charlotte Motor Speedway in one of the most hotly contested championships in Outlaws history. Sweet emerged victorious for the fourth straight year.

For the 19th consecutive season, the Outlaws Sprints will begin their season at Volusia Speedway Park for the DIRTcar Nationals from Feb. 9-11 and will return March 5-6 for another two-day show before hitting the road with a three-track swing into Pennsylvania to take on the Posse.

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“Every year we continue to build the best schedule we can for drivers and fans across the country,” said World of Outlaws CEO Brian Carter is a series release. “I’m excited for the journey we’ve put together, which includes the biggest races in Sprint Car racing, our new Spring Swing through Pennsylvania, the thrill of combining the World of Outlaws and ‘Bike Week’ and so much more.”

Some tracks returning from hiatus and one brand new course include 81 Speedway in Park City, Kans. in April and again in October, Tri-City Speedway in Pontoon City, Ill. in April, Ogilvie (Minn.) Raceway in June and BAPS Motor Speedway in York Haven, Penn.

BAPS hosts its first race in more than 30 years when the track was known as Susquehanna Speedway. This midweek show will give the local Pennsylvania Posse 14 attempts to beat the traveling Outlaws.

Ogilvie Speedway is completely new to the series and makes it the 224th different venue they will have challenged.

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Notably missing from the calendar are Vado (N.M.) Speedway Park, Cotton Bowl Speedway in Paige, Texas, Bakersfield (Calif.) Speedway and the Bristol Motor Speedway Dirt Track.

In addition to the new spring Pennsylvania Swing, the second date at Volusia Speedway will coincide with Daytona Beach’s Bike Week and bring new eyes to the sport.

Knoxville Raceway adds another multi-night show to the calendar in April, giving this track eight sanctioned events in 2023.

And of course, there are plenty of mainstays and high dollar events, such as the Memorial Day Spectacular at Lawrenceburg (Ind.) Speedway, the 35th running of the Brad Doty Classic in July and the Labor Day Spectacular at Gray’s Harbor in Elma, Wash.

Several big paydays are on the line in 2023 including the 40th annual Kings Royal at Eldora Speedway in Rossburg, Ohio paying $175,000 to the winner, the Huset’s High Bank Nationals’ $250,000-to-win finale and the grandaddy of them all, the 62nd Knoxville Nationals with a total purse exceeding $1 million.

2023 Outlaws Sprint Schedule

Thursday-Saturday, Feb. 9-11 – Volusia Speedway Park (Barberville, FL)

Sunday-Monday, March 5-6 – Volusia Speedway Park (Barberville, FL)
Friday-Saturday, March 10-11 – Port Royal Speedway (Port Royal, PA)
Friday, March 17 – Williams Grove Speedway (Mechanicsburg, PA)
Saturday, March 18 – Lincoln Speedway (Abbottstown, PA)
Friday, March 24 – Talladega Short Track (Eastaboga, AL)
Saturday, March 25 – Magnolia Motor Speedway (Columbus, MS)
Friday, March 31-Saturday, April 1 – Devil’s Bowl Speedway (Mesquite, TX)

Friday, April 7 – US-36 Raceway (Osborn, MO)
Saturday, April 8 – 81 Speedway (Park City, KS)
Friday-Saturday, April 14-15 – Federated Auto Parts Raceway at I-55 (Pevely, MO)
Friday-Saturday, April 21-22 – Knoxville Raceway (Knoxville, IA)
Friday, April 28 – Tri-City Speedway (Granite City, IL)
Saturday, April 29 – Tri-State Speedway (Haubstadt, IN)

Friday-Saturday, May 5-6 – Eldora Speedway (Rossburg, OH)
Wednesday, May 10 – Lincoln Speedway (Abbottstown, PA)
Friday-Saturday, May 12-13 – Williams Grove Speedway (Mechanicsburg, PA)
Friday, May 19 – Attica Raceway Park (Attica, OH)
Saturday, May 20 – Sharon Speedway (Hartford, OH)
Friday-Saturday, May 26-27 – Atomic Speedway (Chillicothe, OH)
Monday, May 29 – Lawrenceburg Speedway (Lawrenceburg, IN)

Friday, June 2 – River Cities Speedway (Grand Forks, ND)
Saturday, June 3 – Ogilvie Raceway (Ogilvie, MN)
Friday-Saturday, June 9-10 – Knoxville Raceway (Knoxville, IA)
Friday-Saturday, June 16-17 – Beaver Dam Raceway (Beaver Dam, WI)
Wednesday-Saturday, June 21-24 – Huset’s Speedway (Brandon, SD)
Friday, June 30-Saturday, July 1 – Cedar Lake Speedway (New Richmond, WI)

Friday, July 7 – 34 Raceway (West Burlington, IA)
Saturday, July 8 – Wilmot Raceway (Wilmot, WI)
Tuesday, July 11 – Attica Raceway Park (Attica, OH)
Friday-Saturday, July 14-15 – Eldora Speedway (Rossburg, OH)
Wednesday, July 19 – BAPS Motor Speedway (York Haven, PA)
Friday-Saturday, July 21-22 – Williams Grove Speedway (Mechanicsburg, PA)
Saturday-Sunday, July 29-30 – Weedsport Speedway (Weedsport, NY)

Friday-Saturday, Aug. 4-5 – Federated Auto Parts Raceway at I-55 (Pevely, MO)
Wednesday-Saturday, Aug. 9-12 – Knoxville Raceway (Knoxville, IA)
Thursday-Saturday, Aug. 17-19 – Jackson Motorplex (Jackson, MN)
Friday, Aug. 25 – River Cities Speedway (Grand Forks, ND)
Saturday, Aug. 26 – Red River Valley Speedway (West Fargo, ND)
Thursday, Aug. 31-Saturday, September 2 – Skagit Speedway (Alger, WA)

Monday, Sept. 4 – Grays Harbor Raceway (Elma, WA)
Thursday-Saturday, Sept. 7-9 – Silver Dollar Speedway (Chico, CA)
Friday, Sept. 15 – Keller Auto Speedway (Hanford, CA)
Saturday, Sept. 16 – Placerville Speedway (Placerville, CA)
Friday, Sept. 22 – Eldora Speedway (Rossburg, OH)
Saturday, Sept. 23 – Sharon Speedway (Hartford, OH)
Friday-Saturday, Sept. 29-30 – Williams Grove Speedway (Mechanicsburg, PA)

Friday-Saturday, Oct. 6-7 – Port Royal Speedway (Port Royal, PA)
Friday, Oct. 13 – 81 Speedway (Park City, KS)
Saturday, Oct. 14 – Lakeside Speedway (Kansas City, KS)
Friday-Saturday, Oct. 20-21 – TBA

Wednesday-Saturday, Nov. 1-4 – The Dirt Track at Charlotte (Concord, NC)