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Corvette Racing transformed the #3 C6.R from Velocity Yellow to Arctic White before the start of today's 12 Hours of Sebring endurance race in Florida. Ron Fellows, making his final Sebring appearance as one of the #3 car's co-drivers, has a similarly liveried limited-production Corvette Z06 named for him. The change to the race car is an obvious tie-in to the production machine, as it's identical in scheme right down to the red fender stripes.

GM points out that this is the first time since Le Mans 2003 that one of Corvette Racing's cars have run in a color other than yellow. Their press release does not point out that 2003 was the year that the Vettes, in their navy blue anniversary livery, were bested by Prodrive's 550 Maranello at the 24 Hours of Le Mans. As of Sebring's 10-hour mark, it looked as if running in a non-yellow color might not the luckiest thing for the C6.R. The O'Connell/Magnussen/Fellows #3 car was running second in GT1 behind the still-yellow #4. The #3 led early in the race, however, and the cars were on the same lap as of the last posted standings, so there's still time left for it go out and bust that color jinx.

UPDATE: #4 car wins GT1 (7th overall), followed by the #3 (8th overall). Gap between the two was 17 seconds.

[Source: GM via ALMS]

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      • 8 Years Ago
      i missed it. anyone have a link?
      • 8 Years Ago
      They really needed an onboard camera on a C6R, what a badass sounding machine.
      • 8 Years Ago
      There was nothing like that Porsche flying past the Ferrari at night before the last turn with fireworks going in the background, only to have the Ferrari start bumping up against the Porche to sneak the lead back :(

      Awesome race (disappointed in no GT1 action, though)
      • 8 Years Ago
      I fell asleep in the middle of the Australian GP.

      Plus, about 10 different people said "We've been running qualifying laps for the past 5 hours" at Sebring.
      • 8 Years Ago
      rofl. I can't fathom how you can think endurance racing is more exciting than any sprint race. This finish was a freak of nature...it'll probably never happen again in the history of the world.
      Ya obviously watch enough racing son. "Endurance" races of today, are essentially 6, 12 or 24 hour sprint races. I don't expecially care for the prototypes. Haven't cared about a protype since the days of the Porsche 962s and the SilkCut Jaguars.

      Was at the 1996 24 hours of Daytona, when Max Papis in a Ferrari 333SP pinned his ears back, and hunted Wayne Taylor down like he was a fugitive. This is how he earned the name "Mad Max".

      Here is what F1 lacks:-------

      "With every blazing lap Papis made, the “200mph tape” holding his Ferrari’s left side together (damage caused by Wollek’s pass attempt) would relieve it’s grip slightly. Was Papis’ abused and battered red sled falling apart on him? Was his Ferrari going to be the car that broke first?

      With less than ten minutes remaining in the 24 hour spectacle, Max drove the fastest lap of the race. He was possessed. What would be the punishment if he didn’t finish the race at all after being handed the car while in second place? What would happen if he won? The mind wonders.

      This time the hero didn't win. But no one will ever forget that drive.

      Here is the link to the entire story.


      • 8 Years Ago
      Quite NASCAResque that GT2 finish.
      • 8 Years Ago
      That finish was amazing! Bergmeister was quite mad. I can understand, but you do what you got to do to defend that position. Plus the Porsche didn't exit that well compared to the F430. It would've won anyway.
      • 8 Years Ago
      I never thought that I would EVER see a finish like that in an endurance race. AMAZING!!!

      Good job on the Corvettes also!
      • 8 Years Ago
      Actually there were three GT1 cars. There was a privateer Aston Martin DB9-R that finished 7 laps behind the 'Vettes.

      • 8 Years Ago
      What a GT2 finish though...
      • 8 Years Ago
      Amen on the GT2 finish. Holy crap. If anyone finds the video, send us a link using the tips email link under "Resources" on the homepage.
      • 8 Years Ago
      WOW!! 1st and 2nd in class!! What a performance!! Wait...ummm..there were only 2 cars in that class...oh well...
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