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The No. 3 Compuware Corvette C6.R drivers, Jan Magnussen and Antonio Garcia, crossed the Circuit of the Americas finish line in first on Saturday, and now lead the American Le Mans Series championship.
In qualifying, the No. 3 Corvette Racing C6.R ended up in second place, a good stating position on the 3.427-mile, 20-turn, Austin based circuit. Jan Magnussen took the green flag in the No. 3, nose to tail with the pole-sitting No. 55 BMW Z4. The No. 4 Compuware Corvette C6.R sister car started right behind Magnussen.
Once the race was underway, the No. 4 C6.R had to retire early due to a mechanical issue, leaving one unmistakably yellow and black ‘Vette in victory contention. As the race progressed, and contrary to most multiclass sports car races, the International Sports Car Weekend at Circuit of the Americas was a yellow-free battle, providing 105-mintues of pure racing rhythm. Multiple class battles ensued, and after the driver change, Antonio Garcia was proudly occupying first with only a few laps to go. Blasting up through the pack was the No. 93 SRT Viper GTS-R, who was quickly closing the space toward Garcia. Happily, Garcia halted the Viper effort, taking the second checkered flag in two races, driving Corvette Racing’s No. 3 C6.R.
With two races left in the season, the 105-minute Oak Tree Grand Prix and the gargantuan 1,000-mile Petit Le Mans, anything can happen. The Corvette Racing crew has their eyes on the championship, with Antonio Garcia and Jan Magnussen currently sitting in the top championship point’s spot.
Stay tuned, as the American Le Mans Series begins to wrap up. The C6.R Corvettes have proven to be a successful racing platform, at any track. Even though the season is closing, anticipation is already setting in for next year. Perhaps, the torch will be passed off to the C7.R sometime in the near future. If you’ve been following the sneaky C7.R, you’re just as excited to see the uncloaked masterpiece, and hope it can live up to the C6.R.