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2014 Le Mans 24 Notebook: No 74 Corvette Racing Team Looks To Rebound After Tough Opening Day
Posted by: ASkyler on Jun 12, 2014 - 07:22 PM
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2014 Le Mans 24 Notebook: No 74 Corvette Racing Team Looks To Rebound After Tough Opening Day


Staff Report, NASCAR Wire Service

While their teammates in the No. 73 Corvette Racing entry were in the top three in both of Wednesday’s sessions at Le Mans, the No. 74 team of Oliver Gavin, Tommy Milner and Richard Westbrook had a tougher time on the first day of official practice and qualifying.

The team encountered transmission problems on its Corvette C7.R, which limited its practice time and left them eighth on the provisional qualifying grid Wednesday night. The team then struggled with rear grip in the first of two qualifying sessions Thursday evening, but Gavin was optimistic about the team’s chances.

"Qualifying here doesn’t mean really anything at all," he said. "It’s all about having a clean run from 3 p.m. on Saturday to 3 p.m. on Sunday. If you stay out of the pits and your car’s quick enough and everybody executes well, you’re going to be standing on the podium or standing on the top step."

 

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KROHN RACING LINEUP INCLUDES "THE STIG"

A month ago, Krohn Racing was not even on the entry list for the 24 Hours of Le Mans, but that changed on May 27 when race organizers extended an invitation for the veteran GTE Am squad with the distinctive bright green paint scheme on its No. 57 Ferrari.

Tracy Krohn and Nic Jonsson - who are competing in the full Tequila Patrón North American Endurance Cup as well as additional TUDOR United SportsCar Championship races at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca and Circuit of The Americas - make up two-thirds of the driver lineup.

The third driver is a familiar to fans of the popular BBC television show, Top Gear. Ben Collins, who anonymously played the role of the white-suited and always-helmeted "The Stig," until he was identified in the British press, has joined the Krohn team. As "The Stig."

"Top Gear was great fun and they dabbled with racing, but this is the real thing," Collins said. "You step from fiction into the real world and this is what I love most. This is my passion. As ‘The Stig Unleashed,’ it’s great to get away from turning lap times on your own to come out here and really measure yourself. The best drivers in the world are here and it’s the toughest race in the world. That’s why I love it."

This is Collins’ fourth appearance in the 24 Hours of Le Mans and first since 2011, when he finished 11th in the LM P2 class.

MORE THAN ONE RACE FOR GARCIA THIS WEEK

No. 73 Corvette Racing driver Antonio Garcia is involved in more than one race this week. The Spaniard was quickest in the first qualifying session on Thursday evening in the No. 73 Corvette C7.R he is sharing with Jan Magnussen and Jordan Taylor, running a best lap of 3 minutes, 55.038 seconds.

However, Garcia is racing more than the 24 Hours of Le Mans this week. His wife, Irene, is home in Barcelona and is due to give birth to the couple’s first child at any time. Garcia said earlier today that he expects to be home by 10 p.m. Sunday night.

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