Hours before gloom set into the Corvette Racing pits, racing great Dr. Dick Thompson (left
The C5-R Corvette has had the handling, and now it has the horsepower. It's just a matter of getting the car to finish without a problem. More succinctly, it's about having problems and overcoming them. Too often the problems stop the Corvette. By the time you read this the LeMans race will be over and we'll know the results of the entire C5-R racing effort. There's some reason to be optimistic, but we have to add realism to the picture. At this point we just wish everyone the best.
The Corvettes can beat the Vipers; it's just a matter of when. It's also a matter of resolve by General Motors. This program has been in operation since at least 1995 and has been on the race track for two years now. That's not a long time in the world of racing. But last year BMW won the Sebring race with a brand-new car, and this year Audi placed first and second with brand-new cars. The C5-R is ready to win. Pratt & Miller, and GM Racing, simply have to take charge of their own destiny. The Corvette community is going to have hold on just a little bit longer. This Corvette is capable of winning-and it will. They just can't have another week like the one they had in the central Florida sunshine.
(Editor's note. Official results from the 48th Annual Superflo 12 Hours at Sebring showed the 1st and 2nd place Audi prototypes both credited with completing 360 laps of the venerable course during the 12 hours. The three Team ORECA Vipers finished in 7th, 8th, and 9th, completing 327, 326, and 321 laps respectively and nabbing 1st, 2nd, and 3rd places in the GTS class. The tenth through 15th place finishers were all Porsches. The #4 Corvette C5-R, driven by Ron Fellows, Chris Kneifel, and Justin Bell, finished in 16th overall with 300 laps. The #3 C5-R, driven by Andy Pilgrim, Kelly Collins, and Franck Freon, completed just 201 laps and placed a dismal 24th in a field of 42 entrants.)
The look on Doug Fehan's (GM Racing's Program Manager) face when he was told that the engi
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