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August  21
BIRTH OF A NEW CORVETTE

When a new Corvette comes along, it's always a secret and guarded thing. There is always a lot of speculation as to what the new Corvette will look like. The C7 Corvette will be unveiled at the North American Auto Show this January. CLICK HERE for the "latest video" speculating what the C7 CORVETTE will look like.

August  10
REEVES CALLAWAY, PRESIDENT AND FOUNDER OF CALLAWAY CARS, HOSTS GRAND OPENING,  WEDS NICOLE JONES

 

 
 

Ely Reeves Callaway III, Founder of Callaway Cars Inc. with facilities in Old Lyme, CT, Santa Ana, CA, and Leingarten, Germany surprised auto industry guests, friends and family at the Saturday, August 4th Grand Opening of their Callaway Cars West location in Santa Ana, CA with a surprise wedding ceremony to fiancé, Nicole Jones. 

Reeves is the son of Ely Reeves Callaway Jr., Founder of Callaway Golf and Callaway Winery and former President and Director of Burlington Industries. Nicole is a former commercial real estate and business manager with roots in northern California, Chicago and New York City. Together, Reeves and Nikki bring together a family of eight children: Pete Callaway, 30, General Manager of Callaway Cars West, Beany Callaway, Artist, 32, of Oakland, CA, Robbie Jones, 18, entering Whittier College and its basketball team on academic scholarship in the fall, Courtney Jones, 15, Whitney Jones, 13, J.P. Jones, 10, Lili Callaway, 9 and Walker Callaway, 7.

Reeves, Nikki and their children were surrounded with love and adoration by 175 notable friends, staff and family members including Reeves' younger brother, Nicholas Callaway, esteemed Founder of Callaway Publishing and his newly formed company Happy.is, who stood beside Reeves at the altar along with son, Pete. Guests included racing legend Dan Gurney and wife, Evi, with sons Justin and Alex Gurney and their families, Yves Morizot, President of Stand 21, and his family, Danielle Kelly, Pete Callaway's girlfriend, Jesse Alexander, eminent motorsports photographer, James Sly, renowned master chef, and numerous Callaway car and truck owners.

The new Callaway Cars facility, located at 2441 Pullman Avenue, Santa Ana, CA was surrounded by Callaway automobiles brought in from Callaway owners throughout the United States in honor of the Company's 25th anniversary with Corvette. Inside the showroom were a new RPO B2K 25th Anniversary Limited Edition Callaway Corvette, a 1997 Callaway C7 race car, a Callaway C16 exotic, and other rare, very special Callaways. A new Z06-based Callaway Corvette SC652 rotated on a turntable at the entrance. Presented along with the unique cars, were a charcoal grey and black RPO B2K Callaway Corvette-inspired wedding cake, sushi, sashimi and gourmet delicacies.

August  10
EUROPEAN DATABASE FOR LICENSED CORVETTE DEALERS
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  For those of you driving around Europe in the Greatest American Sports Car ever built and find that your Corvette needs service, click on the following web site http://www.corvette-europe.com/licensee-locator.php to locate a licensed Corvette dealer in the country that you are traveling in. These licensed dealers have all the correct equipment and genuine parts to keep your Corvette Running Fast

August 4
Corvette Racing Wins GT in Mid-Ohio Sports Car Challenge

Gavin and Milner Score Third Win of Season, Take GT Championship Lead

 LEXINGTON, Ohio, Aug. 4, 2012 – In Olympic terms, Corvette Racing drivers Oliver Gavin and Tommy Milner won the gold today in the GT class at the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Challenge, the sixth round of the American Le Mans Series. Instead of medals, Gavin and Milner were awarded silver trophies and the maximum championship points as they notched their third win of the season in the No. 4 Compuware Corvette C6.R.

 

The pair reclaimed the lead in the driver standings with a .283-second victory over the No. 45 Porsche of Joerg Bergmeister and Patrick Long, and extended Chevrolet's lead in the GT manufacturer championship. The win was the eighth for Corvette Racing at Mid-Ohio, but the first in the GT class after a string of three consecutive runner-up finishes that began in 2009.

The No. 3 Compuware Corvette C6.R of Jan Magnussen and Antonio Garcia was running third with 20 minutes remaining when contact with a GTC Porsche punctured the left-front tire and damaged the suspension. The Corvette crew repaired the car and returned Magnussen to battle, but the 12 minutes lost in the pits dropped the No. 3 Corvette to 13th at the finish.

Gavin made the decisive pass for the victory immediately after the final round of pit stops with one hour remaining in the two-hour, 45-minute race. Gavin caught Magnussen on his out-lap and then passed race leader Bergmeister with a daring outside move to notch his third ALMS win at Mid-Ohio and the 37th of his career.

"I had one lap on my new tires, and I caught Jan going into Turn 2," Gavin said. "My crew chief radioed that Joerg was on cold tires and told me to go for it! Last year I passed him around the outside into Turn 4, and I did the same again. I thought I could pull it off, and I'm so pleased that I did."

Bergmeister responded by putting intense pressure on the Corvette as the pair raced nose-to-tail in the closing laps.

"At the end of the race, there wasn't much between us and I got caught up in some traffic," Gavin reported. "It was tough, and those last few laps were really hard. I'm thrilled with the result and what it means for the championship. This is exactly what we needed after a couple of difficult races."

Milner started sixth on the GT grid, but rocketed to third on the first lap. He held that position until the first pit stop at the 30-minute mark as the team got both Corvettes in just seconds before a full-course yellow closed the pits. That strategy vaulted the Corvettes to second and third when racing resumed.

"I had a great start," said Milner, who scored his third career ALMS victory today. "I'd like to say that I planned it, but it was more about being in the right spot at the right time. I gained three spots and then the Corvette crew did a great job with the first pit stop. That was a brilliant call that put me ahead of the BMW. I ran down the No. 45 Porsche, but just couldn't get close enough to pull off a pass. I tried on the restart on Turn 2 and got alongside him, but couldn't make it stick.

"The pit stop and Oliver's out-lap made the difference," Milner explained. "The stop was flawless and that got us ahead of the No. 3 Corvette, and then the No. 45 Porsche. It was a perfect day from the crew – the right calls and flawless execution."

Crew chief Brian Hoye agreed: "Pit stops did make a difference," he said. "We've been practicing over and over, week after week. We knew it was going to come down to a pit stop in one of these races, and the hard work paid off today."

Garcia started fifth but was bottled up at the start as the field raced two-wide around the narrow 2.25-mile, 13-turn circuit. He was seventh after the first lap, but worked his way back to fifth two laps later. Garcia also benefited from quick pit work on his first stop, emerging in third after the pit stop cycle.

"We were packed up at the start, two and three wide, and at that point you are stuck in one line," Garcia said. "An LMP spun in front of us and I lost positions. I made up as many spots as I could, but the Ferrari was very fast and aggressive. A great pit call by the Corvette team gave us the opportunity to run up front again and make a charge on the Porsche. I had a very quick car, and every time they opened a gap in traffic, I could make up time. We got caught in some traffic on my in-lap for the second stop; it was a good call by the No. 4 car to get a clean run into the pits a lap earlier."

Magnussen was in hot pursuit of the Porsche for second place when he was caught out by a GTC driver in Turn 6. "He opened the door and then slammed it shut," Magnussen said. "I came up to the GTC car and he opened the door for Joerg to go through. I was a car length behind and was going through on the same gap, and just as I made the move, he shut the door. I was committed and I hit him. We're racing for positions and running for a championship. We all have to race, and I feel bad for all the guys. I had a great car and great pit stops."

Today's victory gave Gavin and Milner a 12-point lead in the unofficial standings over BMW drivers Joey Hand and Dirk Mueller (93-81). Magnussen and Garcia are one point back (80). Chevrolet increased its lead in the GT manufacturer championship to 20 over BMW (114-94) with four races remaining.

Corvette Racing's next event is the Road America Road Race Showcase at Road America in Elkhart Lake, Wis., on Saturday, August 18.

Mid-Ohio Sports Car Challenge GT Results (Top 10)
Pos./Car No./Drivers/Car/Laps

  • 1. 4 Gavin/Milner, Corvette C6.R, 115
  • 2. 45 Bergmeister/Long, Porsche 911 GT3 RSR, 115
  • 3. 55 J. Mueller/Auberlen, BMW E92 M3, 114
  • 4. 17 Henzler/Sellers, Porsche 911 GT3 RSR, 114
  • 5. 56 D. Mueller/Hand, BMW E92 M3, 114
  • 6. 01 Sharp/van Overbeek, Ferrari 458 Italia, 113
  • 7. 44 Neiman/Holzer, Porsche 911 GT3 RSR, 113
  • 8. 02 Brown/Cosmo, Ferrari F458 Italia, 112
  • 9. 48 Miller/Maassen, Porsche 911 GT3 RSR, 112
  • 10. 91 Wittmer/Farnbacher, SRT Viper GTSR, 111

June 28
HAPPY BIRTHDAY CORVETTE



June 28, 1953 workers at a Chevrolet plant in Flint, Michigan, assembled the first Corvette, a two-seater sports car that would become an American icon. The first completed production car rolled off the assembly line two days later, one of just 300 Corvettes made that year. The idea for the Corvette originated with General Motors' pioneering designer Harley J. Earl, who in 1951 began developing plans for a low-cost American sports car that could compete with Europe's MGs, Jaguars and Ferraris. The project was eventually code-named "Opel."

The first Corvette was hand-assembled and featured a Polo White exterior and red interior, two-speed Powerglide automatic transmission and was designed to be opened from the inside, lacking exterior door handles. The car carried an initial price tag of $3,490 and could go from zero to 60 miles per hour in 11 or 12 seconds, then considered a fairly average speed.

In 1954, the Corvette went into mass production at a Chevy plant in St. Louis, Missouri. Sales were lackluster in the beginning and GM considered discontinuing the line. However, rival company Ford had introduced the two-seater Thunderbird around the same time and GM did not want to be seen bowing to the competition. Another critical development in the Corvette's survival came in 1955, when it was equipped with the more powerful V-8 engine. The rest, as they say, is history!

June 18

Corvette Racing Finishes Fifth and Sixth in 24 Hours of Le Mans
Corvette Racing finished the grueling 24 Hours of Le Mans for the 12th time in 13 attempts as both the No. 73 and No. 74 Compuware Corvette C6.R race cars were running at the finish of the world's most demanding sports car race.

The No. 73 Corvette C6.R driven by Jan Magnussen, Antonio Garcia, and Jordan Taylor completed 326 laps and finished fifth in the GTE Pro category. The No. 74 Corvette C6.R of Oliver Gavin, Tommy Milner, and Richard Westbrook completed 215 laps and was sixth across the finish line, but was not classified because the car did not complete the minimum race distance. The No. 51 AF Corsa Ferrari won the GTE Pro class by a three-lap margin with 336 laps completed.

24 Hours of Le Mans GTE Pro Results: Pos./Car No./Drivers/Car/Laps
1. 51 Fisichella/Bruni/Vilander, Ferrari 458 Italia, 336

2. 59 Makowiecki/Melo/Farnbacher, Ferrari 458 Italia, 333
3. 97 Mucke/Turner/Fernandez, Aston Martin Vantage V8, 332
4. 71 Bertolini/Beretta/Cioci, Ferrari 458 Italia, 326
5. 73 Garcia/Magnussen/Taylor, Corvette C6.R, 326
6. 74 Gavin/Milner/Westbrook, Corvette C6.R, 215
7. 66 Cocker/Walker/Wills, Ferrari 458 Italia, 204
8. 77 Lietz/Lieb/Henzler, Porsche 911 RSR, 184
9. 80 Bergmeister/Long/Holzer, Porsche 911 RSR 114


June 6
CORVETTE 2012 FINAL PRODUCTION  NUMBERS
Members,
as usual, the Registry leads the web in getting Corvette information out to you. The final 2012 Corvette production numbers are on line for viewing. CLICK HERE!

 

June 4
Corvette DP Scores big In Detroit.. 1&2

Chevrolet swept both classes in the Chevrolet Detroit Belle Isle GRAND-AM 200 on The Raceway at Belle Isle Park on Saturday: Darren Law and Joao Barbosa drove the No. 9 Action Express Racing Corvette Daytona Prototype to victory in the DP class, and Jordan Taylor and Paul Edwards won in the No. 88 Autohaus Motorsports Camaro GT.R in the GT category.

Law and Barbosa started fourth and finished 0.440 seconds ahead of their Action Express Racing teammates Terry Borcheller and David Donohue for their first victory of the season, and the fourth in five races this year for the Corvette DP.

“Sweeping both the Daytona Prototype and Grand Touring races at Belle Isle, in the shadow of its world headquarters, makes this a very special day for Chevrolet Racing,” said Jim Lutz, Chevrolet Grand-Am Program Manager. “Joao Barbosa and Darren Law both drove extremely well on a course that is not very forgiving, and they needed that effort in order to outpace their Action Express teammates, Terry Borcheller and David Donohue.”

The No. 9 Action Express Corvette DP led a race-high 21 of the 72 laps of the two-hour race.
“Winning at Detroit with the Corvette -- it can’t be better than this,” Barbosa said. “Being part of the Action Express crew, I have no words.”


The No. 88 Autohaus Motorsports Camaro GT.R led a class-best 35 laps
Autohaus Autosport made it a double celebration for the Chevrolet camp as Jordan Taylor and Paul Edwards made their first visit to the podium of the season with a Rolex GT Class victory in the Camaro GT.R. The MazdaSpeed duo of Sylvain Tremblay and Jonathan Bomarito finished second, with Robin Liddell and John Edwards rounding out the podium with a run to third in their Stevenson Motorsports Chevrolet Camaro GT.R.

The No. 9 of Barbosa moved to pick up the Corvette baton at the front, but confusion through the caution period pit cycles saw both GAINSCO and Action Express suffer as the former skipped a pit thinking the pits were closed and falling to eighth, and the latter getting shuffled back to ninth to the back of the pack after not getting picked up by the pace car.

The sister Action Express No. 5 of Donohue, which had been called to serve a drive though for contact with a GT during Borcheller’s stint, took charge at the front. But the blue Corvette of Richard Westbrook was making a surge to the front as the Spirit of Daytona squad looked to build on their breakthrough victory at Barber Motorsports Park.

Westbrook’s strong run quickly came undone as that same aggression that pushed him to the front cost him as a tangle with GT traffic damaged the Corvette’s suspension after leading a single lap. Meanwhile, Barbosa had shaken off the disappointing track position setback and was now the man on the hunt as he tracked down his Action Express teammate Donohue.

The duo fought for the lead, with Barbosa making a confident pass for the point as the two made side to side contact. A final restart with just 10 minutes to go saw Barbosa fend off his teammate’s charge as he scored his first Rolex Series win of 2012.

“It was a hard race,” said Barbosa. “There was a little confusion entering one of the yellows when I was leading and I ended up being in the back, but the car was quick so I was able to make up ground fast. It was just a perfect race. The car was really good. So I’m really proud to win for Corvette here in Detroit and for the Action Express guys to be first and second here is a really big result for us. It was a big change to our driver line up. Who knows if the outcome was the same if we kept the same line up. It was just a perfect race for us. I mean we are first and second so it couldn’t get any better than that.”

“I think this team has done the work to be filling the podium long before this race came about,” said Donohue. “We had some adversity early on with the drive-through and the timing of the yellows sort of helped a little bit and we ended up with the track position plus some pretty fast cars. It’s fantastic to do it within eyeshot of the GM headquarters in the 60th anniversary colors of the Corvette in the Chevy sponsored event. So we couldn’t be happier. The team really deserves it - everyone should be proud.”



Pos., Car #, Class, Pos. in class, Driver, Team/Car

1 9 DP 1 Joao Barbosa Action Express Racing - Corvette DP
2 5 DP 2 David Donohue Action Express Racing - Corvette DP
3 01 DP 3 Scott Pruett Chip Ganassi Racing with Felix Sabates - BMW Riley
4 99 DP 4 Alex Gurney GAINSCO/ Bob Stallings Racing - Corvette DP
5 60 DP 5 Oswaldo Negri Jr Michael Shank Racing with Curb-Agajanian - Ford Riley
6 8 DP 6 Ryan Dalziel Starworks Motorsport - Ford Riley
7 2 DP 7 Lucas Luhr Starworks Motorsport - Ford Riley
8 7 DP 8 Colin Braun Starworks Motorsport - Ford Riley
9 88 GT 1 Jordan Taylor Autohaus Motorsports - Camaro GT.R
10 70 GT 2 Jonathan Bomarito SpeedSource - Mazda RX-8
11 57 GT 3 Robin Liddell Stevenson Motorsports - Camaro GT.R
12 69 GT 4 Jeff Segal AIM Autosport Team FXDD with Ferrari - Ferrari 458
13 94 GT 5 Bill Auberlen Turner Motorsport - BMW M3
14 44 GT 6 Andy Lally Magnus Racing - Porsche GT3 Cup
15 03 GT 7 Scott Sharp Extreme Speed Motorsports - Ferrari 458
16 42 GT 8 Dane Cameron Team Sahlen - Mazda RX-8
17 43 GT 9 Wayne Nonnamaker Team Sahlen - Mazda RX-8
18 73 GT 10 Eric Foss Horton Autosport - Porsche GT3 Cup
19 51 GT 11 Dion von Moltke APR Motorsport - Audi R8 GRAND-AM
20 31 GT 12 Eric Curran Marsh Racing - Corvette
21 59 GT 13 Leh Keen Brumos Racing - Porsche GT3 Cup
22 67 GT 14 Spencer Pumpelly TRG - Porsche GT3 Cup
23 90 DP 9 Richard Westbrook Spirit of Daytona Racing - Corvette DP
24 41 GT 15 Charles Espenlaub Dempsey Racing - Mazda RX-8
25 40 GT 16 Joe Foster Dempsey Racing - Mazda RX-8
26 10 DP 10 Ricky Taylor SunTrust Racing - Corvette DP
27 46 GT 17 Jeff Nowicki Michael Baughman Racing - Corvette

May 9
T
o Corvette Club Presidents/Directors
CORVETTE OWNERS - A FANTASTIC WEEKEND AT INDY IS PLANNED FOR YOU…If any of your members have ever wanted to attend a Corvette Racing Event at Indy, this is the event for them. Have them mark their calendars for Thursday through Sunday, July 26-29, 2012 to be part of a history making event at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

 

Be a part of History! Four Races. Three Days. One Track. Don't miss out on the inaugural running of the Super Weekend at the Brickyard! For the FIRST time in Indianapolis Motor Speedway history races will take place on the 2.5-mile oval and 2.535-mile road course during the same weekend. NASCAR Nationwide Series and GRAND-AM Road Racing will join the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series at the Greatest Race Course in the World!

 

Corvette owners will be making history as they park their Corvettes in the Indy infield Corvette Corral with other Corvette owners from around the country while cheering on our Corvette racing teams as they race all around them!

 

For the FIRST TIME EVER at Indy, GRAND-AM Road Racing will conduct separate races for its Rolex Sports Car Series and Continental Tire Sports Car Challenge on the 13-turn IMS road course on Friday, July 27, 2012. Featured drivers include four-time Indianapolis 500 driver and four-time Rolex Daytona Prototype champion Scott Pruett, 2005 Indianapolis 500 12th-place finisher and four-time CART series champion Sebastien Bourdais, NASCAR Sprint Cup Series star A.J. Allmendinger and two-time Indianapolis 500 driver and current NASCAR Camping World Truck Series star Max Papis. GRAND-AM Road Race Manufacturers include Chevrolet, Ford, BMW and Porsche.  For additional information on Daytona Prototype Corvette click on this link http://www.c6registry.com/Hot_News/index.htm and scroll down to the November 15, 2011 posting.

 

Indy Super Weekend Packages include a ticket for the Grand-Am race, IMS souvenir dash plaque, complimentary IMS souvenir and a retail discount voucher. This is just some of the excitement that is planned for you while you are watching history in the making. To secure your Super Weekend Indy Package to this exciting event, click here http://secure.brickyard.com/Promotions/Promotions.aspx and enter Promotion Code B400CC for online ticket purchases.

 

If you prefer purchase tickets by phone, call Ticket Sales Manager Ryan Hollander at 317-492-8416.

 

CORVETTE CORRAL PACKAGE  DETAILS CLICK HERE!

May 8
2013 Chevrolet Corvette ZR1 to Pace 96th Indianapolis 500
INDIANAPOLIS – A 2013 Chevrolet Corvette ZR1 will lead the starting field of the 96th Indianapolis 500 to the green flag Sunday, May 27 at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. With 638 horsepower, the Corvette ZR1 is the most powerful production car ever to pace the race.

This will be the 23rd time a Chevrolet has paced “The Greatest Spectacle in Racing” and the 11th time a Corvette is serving as the Pace Car. Both are event records. The 2013 model year will mark the 60th anniversary and the final year of production for the current generation Corvette.   

“Corvette embodies pure performance, so the ZR1 is a perfect car to pace the most prestigious auto race in the world,” said Jeff Belskus, Indianapolis Motor Speedway Corporation president and chief executive officer. “Chevrolet is a great partner of the Speedway, and we share in the excitement of the upcoming 60th anniversary of the iconic Corvette brand. It’s even more meaningful to see a Chevrolet pacing the field at Indy since Chevy has returned as an engine supplier for the IZOD IndyCar Series for the first time since 2005.”

“This is a truly momentous year for Chevrolet when it comes to performance, with our continued success on and off track, and especially with our return to the IndyCar Series, powering some of the fastest cars on the circuit,” said Jim Campbell, GM vice president of Performance Vehicles and Motorsports.  “I can’t think of a better way to mark the 60th Anniversary of Corvette than having it lead the starting field of the Indianapolis 500.”

A supercharged, 6.2-liter LS9 engine generating 638 horsepower helps to create the ZR1’s performance. Of all mass-production companies, Chevrolet is the leader in using carbon fiber. The lightweight material is used for structural components,   including the front fenders, hood, roof, front splitter, rocker panels and floor pans. With a curb weight of 3,353 pounds, the ZR1 features a power-to-weight ratio of just 5.2 pounds per horsepower. The ZR1 also features advanced technology such as Magnetic Selective Ride Control, Launch Control system with Performance Track Management, a four-channel ABS system and Brembo carbon-ceramic disc brake rotors. 

As a result, the ZR1 is the fastest Chevrolet ever produced, capable of accelerating from 0 to 60 mph in 3.4 seconds, and capable of reaching a top speed of 205 mph. The ZR1 lapped the famed Nurburgring’ Nordschleife (“north loop”) in 7:19.63.                   

The first Chevrolet selected as the Indianapolis 500 pace car was the 1948 Fleetmaster Six. The brand would go on to lead the racing pack more than any other manufacturer. 

Corvette 60th Anniversary Package

The Corvette Pace Car features an exterior paint scheme and full body length stripe similar to that of the 60th Anniversary Package being made available on all 2013 Corvette models.  The 60th Anniversary Package features an Arctic White exterior with a Blue Diamond leather-wrapped interior with suede accents. Convertible models will have a blue top.

Additional content includes a ZR1-style rear spoiler, special badging, gray-painted brake calipers and the “60th” logo on the wheel center caps, steering wheel and seat headrests. An optional graphics package adds full-length racing stripes in Pearl Silver Blue, including a tonal stripe stitched into the convertible top, extending the graphic theme over the roof.

For 2013, all Corvettes will feature 60th Anniversary badges on the fascias and the “waterfall” panel on convertible models, as well as 60th logos in the instrument panel gauge cluster and on the sill plates.

The 96th Indianapolis 500 is scheduled to start at noon (ET) Sunday, May 27. The driver of the Pace Car will be announced soon.

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Tickets are on sale for the 96th Indianapolis 500 Mile Race at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

Race Day ticket prices start at $30. Tickets are available online at www.imstix.com, by calling the IMS ticket office at (317) 492-6700, or (800) 822-INDY outside the Indianapolis area, or by visiting the ticket office at the IMS Administration Building at the corner of Georgetown Road and 16th Street between 8 a.m.-5 p.m. (ET) Monday-Friday. Children 12 and under will be receive free general admission to any IMS event in 2012 when accompanied by an adult general admission ticket holder. Tickets for groups of 20 or more also are on sale. Contact the IMS Group Sales Department at (866) 221-8775 for more information.
 

April 21
GREAT CORVETTE STORY!

Some of you may know that Mark Blumberg decided to find his dad's (Joe Blumberg) 2000 Corvette (which Joe sold in 2005) and buy it back for him for his 70th birthday. It took most of a year but it happened -- and the reveal was this month.

Click this link to take a look: www.joesc5.com


 

March 5

Special Sebring Ticket Offer From Battery Tender
DelTran Battery Tender is teaming with two of its major Central Florida retailers in a special ticket promotion to celebrate the 60th Anniversary of the Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring Fueled by Fresh from Florida. The industry leader in vehicle battery charging is partnering with Sears, Kmart and Sebring International Raceway to provide fans a $10 discount on the ticket price for the historic March 17 running of the American Le Mans Series presented by Tequila Patrón race. Coupons entitling each holder the discount are available at every Sears and Kmart store within a 125-mile radius of the 3.74-mile, 17-turn Sebring Raceway.

All Supertickets are eligible for the discount but guests must purchase their ticket – with the coupon – at the track ticket office. Online ticket sales are not eligible for the promotion. Fans of the ALMS can visit any of the more than 50 stores around the region and ask for the coupon at the retailer’s customer service centers/counters. No purchase is necessary, one coupon per person.
 


March 2
Chevrolet and Sebring Announce Alliance; Corvette to Pace the 60th Sebring.
Chevrolet and Sebring International Raceway announced a multifaceted marketing partnership today that will put Chevrolet in the spotlight at one of America's premier racing venues. Chevrolet is now the Official Car and Official Pace Car of Sebring, two of Sebring's bridges will carry the iconic Chevrolet Bow Tie, and Chevrolet will celebrate Corvette's rich racing heritage at the historic track with displays and promotional programs.

"It's fitting that two icons of American road racing, Chevrolet and Sebring, join forces," said Jeff Chew, Chevy Racing Marketing Manager. "Chevrolet is celebrating 60 years of Corvette in 2012, and Sebring is celebrating the milestone 60th Anniversary Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring Fueled by Fresh from Florida. Sebring has played a key role in Chevrolet's racing programs for decades, and we look forward to even more success at this legendary venue in the future."

Sebring International Raceway figures prominently in Chevrolet's racing history. John Fitch and Walt Hansgen drove a Corvette to a ninth-place finish overall and a Class B victory at the 12 Hours of Sebring in 1956, the first step onto the world stage that established Chevy's sports car as a contender in top-level competition. Since then, Corvette has scored 24 class wins in the demanding Sebring 12-hour endurance contest. Corvette Racing first participated in the Sebring 12-hour race in 1999, and has scored seven victories in the GT1 class. Corvette will be inducted into the Sebring Hall of Fame on Friday, March 16 - the first American marque to be honored in the Hall of Fame.

"We are pleased to have Chevrolet Corvette join Sebring International Raceway as a major sponsor and marketing partner," stated Sebring President and General Manager Tres Stephenson. "With Corvette's induction into the Sebring Hall of Fame this year, it is fitting to have Corvette pace the field for our 60th Anniversary race. Corvette and Sebring are certainly two iconic names in international endurance racing."


Image Richard Prince Sebring Test 2012
 


March 2

Plant Tour Information
Members:

The Registry has learned  the plant will not be allowing tours after September13th of this year until further notice.

( Don't suppose that could have something to do with C7 re-tooling and build, since the C7 will be shown in January of 2013 at the Detroit Auto Show? )  

In addition,  the plant will be down for the  Month of July and for the first two weeks in October. We’ll  will keep you updated as we go along.
 


Super Bowl XLVI MVP Eli Manning presented with 2012 Chevy Corvette

Super Bowl MVP Eli Manning was awarded a black-on-black 2012 Chevrolet Corvette Grand Sport Convertible Centennial Edition — but almost forgot the keys.

NBC commentator Dan Patrick had to call the 2012 Super Bowl hero back to the podium during the post-game show to make sure he put the car keys in his hands.

"I know you flew here," Patrick said. "I don't know if you want to drive home.

Manning led the New York Giants to a 21-17 victory over the New England Patriots on Sunday. The Super Bowl MVP receives the Pete Rozelle Trophy — a silver trophy made by Tiffany & Co. — along with the car.

The top-of-the-line Chevrolet Corvette Grand Sport Convertible Centennial Edition 4LT starts at $72,070, including a $975 destination charge.

The Corvette Grand Sport Convertible features a 6.2-liter V8 engine that churns out 436 horsepower. It accelerates from zero-60 mph in less than four seconds.

The Centennial Edition package is available on all Corvette models and celebrates the brand's 100th anniversary, which was marked in 2011. The package features satin-black graphics and unique Centennial Satin Black wheels and red brake calipers. It also includes Magnetic Selective Ride Control. The cabin gets ebony leather with contrasting red stitching on the seats, steering wheel, console and shifter. A graphic logo with an image of Louis Chevrolet is featured on the B-pillar, wheel center caps and steering wheel hub. - Inside Line
 


January 30
ROLEX 24 at Daytons - POST RACE QA
The No. 5 Action Express Racing Corvette Daytona Prototype (DP) led the way for Chevrolet bringing home a fifth-place finish in the 50th running of the Rolex 24 Hour at Daytona. In Grand Touring (GT), the No. 57 Stevenson Motorsports Camaro GT.R was the top finisher for Chevrolet crossing the line in fourth place in class and 14th overall. The No. 90 Spirit of Daytona Racing Corvette DP finished eighth, with the No. 9 Action Express Racing Corvette DP crossing the finish line in ninth place. The No. 88 Autohaus Motorsports Camaro GT.R made a hard charge at the end to grab the ninth finishing position in the GT class and 20th overall.

DARREN LAW, CO-DRIVER WITH DAVID DONOHUE AND CHRISTIAN FITTIPALDI,  NO. 5 ACTION EXPRESS RACING CORVETTE DP, FINISHED 5TH IN CLASS AND OVERALL: ON THE RACE: “You know what, that was probably one of the toughest 24 Hour I have done. We had a lot of adversity. We had some engine issues prior to the race; we had to miss qualifying. The first probably eight hours of the race, we had an electrical misfire, which really cut the motor back and we struggled. But, the guys worked really hard – Action Express, Chevrolet, Corvette – they all did a great job. I’m proud of the car. I’m proud of the team. You know, I mean, we didn’t get the win, that was what we really wanted. But the other thing I am very proud of is that we were the very first Chevrolet out of all the group out there. A top-five is a good start to the season and we are happy to finish it.”

DID YOU SEE A LOT OF PROMISE FOR THE FUTURE WITH THE NEW CORVETTE DP? “Yes, for sure. There is so much potential in this car. We literally got this car delivered to us the first of December so we barely had any time on it. For us to be in the top-five and run as well as we did; we see a lot of potential.”

YOUR ORGANIZATION HAD TO MAKE HUGE CHANGES TO GO INTO THIS SEASON: “Yes. I would say we’ve got the most adversity out of all the Corvette teams because we shifted chassis, engines and bodywork. Most the guys are just switching over bodywork. We still have a lot to learn, but we are competitive with everybody so we are happy with that.”

JOHN EDWARDS, CO-DRIVER WITH ROBIN LIDDELL AND RONNIE BREMER, NO. 57 STEVENSON MOTORSPORTS CAMARO GT.R, FINISHED 4TH IN CLASS AND 14TH OVERALL: A FOURTH-PLACE FINISH IS A VERY GOOD WAY TO START THE SEASON, ISN’T IT? “Yeah, absolutely, especially with the endurance championship that’s going on later in the year. We got some good points for that, but it’s always hard to go through a 24-hour race, be chasing down a podium, but not quite get it. We knew this race we weren’t going to out-race the Porsches, but we tried to out-strategize them a little bit. We cut our fuel close, didn’t have to splash at the end, but in the end we still couldn’t get around or catch up to any of the top three Porsches.”

FOR THE MOST PART, IT SEEMED LIKE A PRETTY CONSISTENT RUN FOR THE TEAM THIS WEEKEND. WAS THAT THE CASE? “It was for the most part, but we actually had an incident shortly after sunrise when I was going around a lapped car in turn one. I drafted by him on the banking and left him room into one, but he must’ve missed a downshift and spun. I saw him spinning and tried to go out wide  and not get hit, but he was accelerating across the wrong way of the track for me to avoid him. So, we did get hit and lost a lap from that, but we got our lap back later on.”

THE RACE SEEMED TO BE PRETTY INTENSE FROM START TO FINISH: “There’s always a different mindset in the middle of the night at Daytona or at the start of the first day than there is at the end, so the last stint that I drove was basically like a sprint race, as I was trying to pull away from the Ferrari behind me and catch up to the Porsche in front of me. So that intensity the same as a sprint race. But there is a different mindset to driving and you’re just trying to log laps and stay on the lead lap: You don’t take as many chances in traffic and you’re nicer to the car. We were saving fuel on a lot of stints. But the intensity of hitting your marks and staying focused is always at its peak.”

CAN YOU CARRY ANY MOMENTUM FROM THE RACE TO THE NEXT? “Well, the 24 is a very different race because it is 24 hours and the rest of them are less than three, so I think it’s important to have momentum and keep that going, but a lot of it depends on the tracks, depends on how we can get the car set up at certain tracks and how it’ll suit our car at different places. This track at Daytona is obviously, you know, a Porsche track, it always has been, kind of their place with the high banks and the extra horsepower they have on the straightaways. So a lot of tracks that are a tighter will suit us a little better. I think the street course in Detroit is going to suit us better, which is great because that’s where Pratt and Miller and Chevrolet is based. So, I think we’ll do well at certain places, but we always struggle to keep up at the high banks at Daytona.”


CORVETTE DP


January 26

MECUM AUCTIONS TO  AUCTION OFF REGISTRY “C5 SHOW” CORVETTE TONIGHT!
Members – Tonight around 8:30 pm EST at the Mecum Auction in Kissimmee, the current owner of the 2001 Registry “C5 SHOW” Corvette (Lot T276) will auction it off to the highest bidder. Director Jake will be present for the auction and may speak about the history and the significance of the Registry “C5 SHOW” Corvette. http://www.mecum.com/auctions/lot_detail.cfm?CFGRIDKEY=FL0112-120619   


Director Jake Drennon with C5 Registry Show Car

 Many of you will remember that this Registry “C5 SHOW” Corvette has been shown all around the USA and Western Europe. It has been paraded on various tracks including Daytona International Speedway and Le Mans, France. This Z51 optioned Millennium Yellow (black interior) 6-Speed Coupe has been around the world and back!

The Registry's “C5 SHOW” Corvette was present at the 2001 24 Hours of Daytona when the C5-Rs (the Chevrolet factory race Corvettes) made history by winning at Daytona. It was signed under the hood by the drivers of C5-R #2 Ron Fellows, Chris Kneifel , Franck Freon and Johnny O’Connell and also by the drivers of the C5-R #3 Andy Pilgrim, Dale Earnhardt Sr, Dale Earnhardt Jr. and Kelly Collins.

The story of this Corvette continues as it was shipped to France where it led the American contention of Corvettes through the downtown streets of Le Mans in the famous Parade des Pilotes with 250,000 screaming Frenchmen cheering it on!  After the C5-R's dominated at the 24 Hours of Le Mans (June 15 - 16, 2001), the Pratt & Miller victorious race team signed under the hood. It was also present in March at the 2001 Sebring Race.

This “C5 SHOW” #3 with its unique graphics package has been to the National Corvette Museum, Corvettes at Carlisle, Petite Le Mans at Road Atlanta, and to the NCRS event in Orlando. It was featured in the November 2001 issue of Corvette Fever magazine (page 31) leading a salute to victory at Le Mans!   

Members, Tune in and watch a piece of Corvette history happen right before your eyes tonight between 8:00-9:00 pm EST on the Velocity Channel. The “C5 SHOW” is Lot T276.  http://velocity.discovery.com/tv-schedules/daily.html

 


January 24
UPDATE…ROLEX 24 CORVETTE CORRAL
Members GREAT NEWS !!! The Corvette Corral at the Rolex 24 is filling up fast and Chevrolet is very excited!  This good news has led to the Corvette Brand Team sending Art Spong, Group Manager of Brand Quality Performance Cars/Corvette, from Detroit to be at the Corral to answer any of your Corvette concerns.  Art is very knowledgeable about the 5th and 6th generation Corvette, and we at the Official C5/C6 Registry are excited to have him present!  So if you ever wanted to know something about your Corvette that you didn’t know, make sure you stop by and ASK ART!

For those of you who have been thinking about going to the race, you need to quit thinking and start dialing!  This is going to be a fantastic historical event!  This is a great opportunity for all of us to support the Corvette Daytona Prototype as it makes its debut in the 50th Anniversary of the GRAND-AM Road Racing Series Rolex 24. You better pick up the phone and call TJ Wagner now at the Daytona International Speedway for your tickets!  

T.J. Wagner
Daytona International Speedway
Corporate Sales Account Exe
cutive
Phone:  (386) 681-5529
E-Mail:  twagner@daytonainternationalspeedway.com
Daytona


January 24

Veteran Corvette Specialist Will Compete In 50th Anniversary Of The Rolex 24
Longtime friend of the C5-C6 Registry, Driver Jeff Nowicki announced today he'll be joining Michael Baughman Racing to race this year’s GRAND AM Rolex Series' 50th Anniversary Rolex 24 At Daytona. The team will field the #46 Katech powered Corvette C6 in the highly competitive GT division. Action gets underway with a 10:00am practices session Thursday, January 26 with GT qualifying scheduled for 4:15pm the same day. The 50th Rolex 24 at Daytona will take the green flag at 3:30pm Saturday, January 28.

This will be TeamMBR's sixth Rolex 24 at Daytona. Managed by Michael Baughman who brings 30 years of motorsports experience, both as an owner and driver. He has competed in GRAND AM since the Series' inception.  CLICK HERE FOR FULL PRESS RELEASE
 

 


January 12

 

Corvette Marks 60 Years of Performance with 427 Convertible

January 12, 2012 Chevrolet today unveiled the 2013 Corvette 427 Convertible Collector Edition – the fastest, most capable convertible in Corvette’s history – as well as a 60th Anniversary Package that will be available on all 2013 Corvette models.

“The 2013 model year will be historic for Corvette, marking its 60th Anniversary and the final year for the current ‘C6’ generation,” said Chris Perry, vice president, Global Marketing and Strategy for Chevrolet. “We couldn’t think of a more fitting way to celebrate these milestones than bringing back one of the most-coveted combinations in the brand’s history – the Corvette convertible and a 427 cubic-inch engine.”

The 60th Anniversary Package and 427 Convertible will make their public debut at the Barrett Jackson collector car auction in Scottsdale, Ariz., on Jan 21, and will arrive at U.S. Chevrolet dealers early this summer. Click Here for more info, specs and photos!


January 12

To Corvette Club Presidents/Directors,

 FANTASTIC NEWS…If any of your members have DREAMS of driving their Corvette on the famous Daytona International Speedway, their dream has just come true! Chevrolet Racing and the Daytona Speedway have made an agreement to allow 150 Corvettes on the newly paved 2 ˝ mile track at Daytona Speedway for a pace lap on Friday morning, January 27th at 8:00 a.m.

 

This is the first time since 2001 that Corvettes have been permitted to make a lap on the Daytona Speedway at an official sanctioned event. This opportunity is coming to every Corvette owner because of the recently announced Corvette Daytona Prototype that several Corvette teams will be racing during this year’s 2012 Rolex 24 Hour Race. (For additional information on Daytona Prototype Corvette click on this link http://www.c6registry.com/Hot_News/index.htm and scroll down to the November 15, 2011 posting.)

 

You will need a ticket for Friday to participate in this very rare opportunity of driving your Corvette on the Speedway. The cost per person is $35. To Purchase tickets for this event, please contact T.J. Wagner, Corporate Sales Account Executive at Daytona Speedway, by phone at (386) 681-5529 or by email at twagner@daytonainternationalspeedway.com.

 

T.J. Wagner

Daytona International Speedway

Corporate Sales Account Executive

Phone: (386) 681-5529

E-Mail: twagner@daytonainternationalspeedway.com

Daytona

Click here for additional information http://www.daytonainternationalspeedway.com/Vanity-Pages/2012/Rolex-24-Car-Corral/Corvette.aspx (Please note the flyer says 100 Corvettes for the pace lap, but the approved number is 150 Corvettes for the pace lap.)

 

 

Please forward this information to your club members and any other Corvette Clubs that you believe would be interested in having their members fulfill their dreams of driving their Corvette on the Daytona Speedway. This event is open to ALL Corvette Clubs and anyone who owns a Corvette. Please tell interested members to sign up immediately because as of this morning over half the available pace lap tickets to drive your Corvette on the Speedway have been purchased.

 

We hope to see you all there! CLICK HERE TO DOWNLOAD FLYER
 


January 5, 2012

CORVETTE CAR CORRAL AT ROLEX 24
There will be a Corvette Corral at this year's Daytona Rolex 24 Hour race. For tickets, call
TJ Wagner (group sales) 386-681-5529 at the Daytona Rolex ticket office. Tell TJ you are a member of the Official C5/ C6 Registry group. Tickets are $35 for Friday and $45 for Saturday and Sunday per person.  If the lines are busy, you can e-mail TJ  at:
twagner@daytonainternationalspeedway.com
He'll get back with you!

BONUS, for registering, you get a 50th Anniversary Event Hat with Corvette Logo!! Hurry and register... only 150 Corvettes and go on the parade lap Friday! You want to be at the Track EARLY Friday, our early but not confirmed intel says the Parade Lap with be around 8:AM......

"EVERYONE" FROM ALL CORVETTE CLUBS IS INVITED TO JOIN IN !!

 Corral Flyer:
www.daytonainternationalspeedway.com/Vanity-Pages/2012/Rolex-24-Car-Corral/Corvette.aspx

 


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