Garcia to start points-leading car second in class; Milner eighth in tight GTLM field

BRASELTON, Ga. (Oct. 12, 2018) – Corvette Racing’s Antonio Garcia and Jan Magnussen will start their race toward a second straight IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship title from the front row of their category following qualifying for Saturday’s 10-hour Petit Le Mans at Road Atlanta.

Garcia qualified second in the GT Le Mans (GTLM) class with a lap of 1:17.030 (18.706 mph in his No. 3 Mobil 1/SiriusXM Chevrolet Corvette C7.R on Friday afternoon – missing out on pole position by just 0.024 seconds. He and Magnussen, who will drive with Marcel Fässler, can repeat as champions with a fourth-place finish or better. But make no mistake: the goal is “better.”

A victory Saturday would be the first for the Garcia/Magnussen pairing this season. However, the No. 3 Corvette has finished on the GTLM podium in seven consecutive races and eight of 10 events.

Tommy Milner qualified eight in class with the No. 4 Mobil 1/SiriusXM Chevrolet Corvette C7.R that he will share with Oliver Gavin and Fässler, who is pulling double duty Saturday. Milner, who qualified with a lap of 1:17.451 (118.061 mph), had been fastest in class during Thursday’s night practice and Friday’s final practice session. The closeness of the GTLM class was evident as he was just 0.445 seconds off pole position.

Corvette Racing hasn’t missed a Petit Le Mans since the program began in 1999. It has eight class victories – the most of any team in race history – and two additional Road Atlanta wins that came in American Le Mans Series sprint events.

The green flag for the Petit Le Mans is set for 11:05 a.m. ET on Saturday with live television coverage on FOX Sports 1 and FOX Sports 2. Streaming in-car footage along with live audio coverage of practice, qualifying and the race from IMSA Radio is available on IMSA.com.

ANTONIO GARCIA, NO. 3 MOBIL 1/SIRIUS XM CHEVROLET CORVETTE C7.R — QUALIFIED SECOND IN GTLM: “It’s not bad. Coming into this race, the first thing you want to be is competitive, so we are. That’s a good starting point to defend and go for the championship. If you don’t have the pace is when everybody panics. The way it is now, we feel like we could have had pole but we are up there. It’s a 10-hour race and anything can happen as we proved and we saw the previous years. We don’t need to get crazy about winning the race; we need to win this championship. We need to be smart.”

TOMMY MILNER, NO. 4 MOBIL 1/SiriusXM CHEVROLET CORVETTE C7.R – QUALIFIED EIGHTH IN GTLM: “That was frustrating after having a fast car in practice. But we just missed it a little bit in qualifying. We are tweaking on it in each session and trying to find a little bit of performance. For the track temperature and the conditions, we had a window to try and get a good lap time but we were just off on balance during those crucial laps. I went for it again toward the end, and had lost enough of the newness of the tire that that was basically it. It’s unfortunate. It would have been fun to go for pole; we have a car that is capable of running up front like that. But it’s a 10-hour race, as a lot of people say who qualify at the back! But I’m really excited for this race. We’ve had a great Corvette so far. I’m not worried about missing it for two laps during qualifying.”

Driver StandingsTeam StandingsManufacturer Standings
1. Antonio Garcia/Jan Magnussen – 299
2. Richard Westbrook/Ryan Briscoe – 290
3. Dirk Mueller/Joey Hand – 284
4. Earl Bamber/Laurens Vanthoor – 283
5. Oliver Gavin/Tommy Milner – 278
1. No. 3 Corvette Racing – 299
2. No. 67 Ford Chip Ganassi Racing – 290
3. No. 66 Ford Chip Ganassi Racing – 284
4. No. 912 Porsche GT Team – 283
5. No. 4 Corvette Racing – 278
1. Ford – 323
2. Chevrolet – 313
3. Porsche – 306
4. BMW – 302
5. Ferrari – 58
1999GTSFellows/Kneifel/Paul Jr.5thCorvette C5-R
GTSPilgrim/Collins/Sharp4thCorvette C5-R
2000GTSFellows/Kneifel/Bell3rdCorvette C5-RFellows pole
GTSPilgrim/Collins/Freon1stCorvette C5-R
2001GTSFellows/O'Connell9thCorvette C5-R
GTSCollins/Pilgrim/Freon1stCorvette C5-RPilgrim pole
2002GTSFellows/O'Connell/Gavin1stCorvette C5-R
GTSCollins/Pilgrim/Freon3rdCorvette C5-RPilgrim fastest race lap
2003*GTSFellows/O'Connell3rdCorvette C5-R
GTSCollins/Gavin1stCorvette C5-R
2003GTSFellows/O'Connell/Freon5thCorvette C5-R
GTSCollins/Gavin/Pilgrim3rdCorvette C5-R
2004GTSFellows/O'Connell/Papis2ndCorvette C5-R
GTSBeretta/Gavin/Magnussen1stCorvette C5-RGavin pole, fastest race lap
2005*GT1Fellows/O'Connell1stCorvette C6.RO'Connell pole, fastest race lap
GT1Beretta/Gavin2ndCorvette C6.R
2005GT1Fellows/O'Connell/Papis6thCorvette C6.R
GT1Beretta/Gavin/Magnussen1stCorvette C6.RBeretta pole, Gavin fastest race lap
2006GT1Fellows/O'Connell/Papis4thCorvette C6.RO'Connell pole
GT1Beretta/Gavin/Magnussen3rdCorvette C6.RGavin fastest race lap
2007GT1Magnussen/O'Connell/Fellows3rdCorvette C6.R
GT1Beretta/Gavin/Papis1stCorvette C6.RGavin fastest race lap
2008GT1Magnussen/O'Connell/Fellows1stCorvette C6.RO'Connell pole, Magnussen fastest lap
GT1Beretta/Gavin/Papis2ndCorvette C6.R
2009GT2Magnussen/O'Connell/Garcia6thCorvette C6.R
GT2Beretta/Gavin/Fassler4thCorvette C6.R
2010GTBeretta/O'Connell/Garcia6thCorvette C6.R
GTGavin/Magnussen/Collard1stCorvette C6.RMagnussen fastest race lap
2011GTBeretta/Milner/Garcia17thCorvette C6.R
GTGavin/Magnussen/Westbrook4thCorvette C6.R
2012GTGarcia/Magnussen/Taylor2ndCorvette C6.R
GTGavin/Milner/Westbrook12thCorvette C6.R
2013GTGarcia/Magnussen/Taylor6thCorvette C6.RGarcia/Magnussen clinch ALMS GT title
GTGavin/Milner/Westbrook10thCorvette C6.R
2014GTLMGarcia/Magnussen/Briscoe8thCorvette C7.R
GTLMGavin/Milner/Briscoe4thCorvette C7.R
2015GTLMGarcia/Magnussen/Briscoe6thCorvette C7.R
GTLMGavin/Milner/Briscoe3rdCorvette C7.R
2016GTLMGarcia/Magnussen/Rockenfeller4thCorvette C7.R
GTLMGavin/Milner/FŠssler3rdCorvette C7.RGavin/Milner clinch GTLM title
2017GTLMGarcia/Magnussen/Rockenfeller2ndCorvette C7.RGarcia/Magnussen clinch GTLM title
GTLMGavin/Milner/FŠssler4thCorvette C7.R
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