Corvette Racing‘s twin Compuware Corvette C6.Rs waged a fierce battle on Saturday in the season finale of the American Le Mans Series at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca. When the four-hour race was finished, Oliver Gavin and Olivier Beretta stood on the top step of the victory podium in the GT1 class for a record-tying ninth time in 2007. The "two Ollies" drove their No. 4 Compuware Corvette C6.R to a 30-second victory over the No. 3 Compuware Corvette C6.R of Johnny O’Connell and Jan Magnussen.
Corvette Racing program manager Doug Fehan reflected on Saturday’s result: "I think the final race of the season was the crowning touch to what we did all year – perfect races, no mistakes, and dedicating ourselves to getting better every time. It’s a great ending to a great season."
"Fifty years ago, Zora Arkus-Duntov, the godfather of Corvette Racing, conceived the Corvette SS race car to put Corvette squarely in the arena of international endurance racing," said Chevrolet general manager Ed Peper. "This year marks the 50th anniversary of both the Corvette SS and of the Laguna Seca circuit. As we look back on the results today at this great track and reflect on Corvette Racing‘s record of success over the years, it’s clear that the Corvette C6.R has realized Zora’s dream."
"Corvette Racing has again set the standard for engineering excellence, preparation, and commitment in the American Le Mans Series," Peper noted. "The team came to race at every event, and ran with all of the passion and skill that have made Corvette Racing America’s premier production sports car racing team. The drivers, mechanics, engineers, support personnel and team managers of Corvette Racing have made everyone at Chevrolet proud, and I congratulate every one of them on a job well done."
"It’s been a great season with Corvette Racing," said Magnussen after his first full year with the team. "To be with this team and to see all of the Corvette fans, I feel like it’s the best time of my life right now. I hope somebody comes out and races with us next year to make it even better."