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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Saturday’s Supercross Round 11 in Seattle: How to watch, start times, schedules, streams


With three multiple winners now vying for the championship, the Monster Energy AMA Supercross Series heads to Round 11 at Lumen Field in Seattle, Washington.

Chase Sexton earned his second victory of the season in Detroit when Aaron Plessinger fell on the final lap. Though he was penalized seven points for disobeying a flag, Sexton is third in the championship race. The Honda rider trails leader Cooper Webb (two victories) by 17 points, and defending series champion Eli Tomac (five wins) is three points behind Webb in second with seven races remaining.

Tomac won last year in Seattle on the way to his second season title.

Honda riders have a Supercross-leading 20 victories in the Seattle event but none at Lumen Field since Justin Barcia in 2013. Tomac and Barcia are the only past 450 Seattke winners entered in Saturday’s event.

Here are the pertinent details for watching Round 11 of the 2023 Supercross season in Seattle:

(All times are ET)

BROADCAST/STREAMING SCHEDULE: TV coverage of Round 11 will begin Saturday at 10 p.m. ET streaming on Peacock with a re-air Monday at 1 a.m. ET on CNBC. The Race Day Live show (including qualifying) will begin on Peacock at 4:30 p.m. ET Saturday.

NBC Sports will have exclusive live coverage of races, qualifiers and heats for the record 31 events in SuperMotocross. The main events will be presented on Peacock, NBC, USA Network, CNBC, and NBC Sports digital platforms.

Peacock will become the home of the SuperMotocross World Championship series in 2023 with live coverage of all races, qualifying, and heats from January to October. There will be 23 races livestreamed exclusively on Peacock, including a SuperMotocross World Championship Playoff event. The platform also will provide on-demand replays of every race. Click here for the full schedule.

POINTS STANDINGS: 450 division l 250 division

ENTRY LISTS450 division l 250 division

EVENT SCHEDULE (all times ET): 

Here are the start times for Saturday’s Supercross Round 11 in Seattle, according to the Monster Energy Supercross schedule from the AMA:

4:50 p.m.: 250SX Group B Qualifying 1
5:05 p.m.: 250SX Group A Qualifying 1
5:20 p.m.: 450SX Group A Qualifying 1
5:35 p.m.: 450SX Group B Qualifying 1
6:25 p.m.: 250SX Group B Qualifying 2
6:40 p.m.: 250SX Group A Qualifying 2
7:55 p.m.: 450SX Group A Qualifying 2
8:10 p.m.: 450SX Group B Qualifying 2
10:06 p.m.: 250SX Heat 1
10:20 p.m.: 250SX Heat 2
10:34 p.m.: 450SX Heat 1
10:48 p.m.: 450SX Heat 2
11:22 p.m.: 250SX Last Chance Qualifier
11:34 p.m.: 450SX Last Chance Qualifier
11:54 p.m.: 250SX Main Event
12:28 a.m.: 450SX Main Event

TRACK LAYOUTClick here to view the track map


FINAL 2022 STANDINGS: 450 points standings | 250 East points standings250 West points standings


ROUND 1: Eli Tomac opens title defense with victory

ROUND 2: Tomac ties Ricky Carmichael on Supercross wins list

ROUND 3: Tomac holds off Cooper Webb again

ROUND 4: Chase Sexton wins Anaheim Triple Crown

ROUND 5: Eli Tomac leads wire to wire in Houston

ROUND 6: Cooper Webb breaks through in Tampa

ROUND 7: Webb wins again in Arlington

ROUND 8: Tomac wins Daytona for the seventh time

ROUND 9: Ken Roczen scores first victory since 2022

ROUND 10: Chase Sexton inherits Detroit victory but docked points


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