2013 AMERICAN LE MANS SERIES GT
ith enough time and distance, history
can skew the picture surrounding any
event, and that’s likely to be the case with
the manner in which the 2013 American
Le Mans Series GT title was won.
Corvette Racing earned its second
consecutive Drivers’, Manufacturers’ and
Teams’ title sweep, winning half of the races
– five from 10 rounds – including another
class victory at the prestigious 12 Hours of
Sebring. But for those who witnessed the
final ALMS season and the final season for
the venerable C6.R, it rarely felt like the
factory ’Vettes were the cars to beat.
If 2012 was a banner Corvette year,
one where the C6.R held a steady
command of the championship with the
duo of Oliver Gavin and Tommy Milner,
Antonio Garcia made to win their title.
Pole positions in 2013? Four went to
BMW. Ferrari took three. SRT Viper took
the other three. Corvette? A big goose
egg when it was time to trade Q laps.
Fastest race laps? One each to Aston
Martin and Ferrari, four to BMW, and three
to SRT Viper. Gavin came through for
Corvette at Long Beach, preventing a clean
sweep by the opposition in this category.
So it leads to the basic question: How
did a team with zero poles, just one fastest
race lap and the oldest chassis platform in
the GT class claim five wins, beat the rest
of the manufacturers to the championship,
and walk away with the bragging rights
everyone invests so heavily to secure?
“Teamwork!” exclaims Corvette Racing
program manager Doug Fehan. “We knew
after we won in 2012 that there was going
to be increased emphasis on having other
teams become more competitive. We knew
that they were going to give the Viper the
farm and then we suspected they were
going to give Porsche some stuff, too.
Again, we knew that was going to happen,
but we didn’t think that it would be as
generous a contribution as it was.
“And short of Sebring, where we could
really be competitive in terms of speed,
that was the end of it for us. After that, I
don’t think we were ever the fastest car at
any of the events. And in some of those
events, not only were we not the fastest,
(ABOVE) Garcia and
the first of their three
2013 wins, at Laguna
Seca, Calif. (ABOVE
RIGHT) Their No. 3
’Vette stretches its
legs at Road America.
Prior to competing in its final American Le Mans Series in 2013, the C6.R in its various class guises had swept the Drivers’, Manufacturers’
and Teams’ Championships in five of eight seasons. Its swansong campaign provided a tough challenge...but another sweep was secured.
WINS BY MANUFACTURER
It’s not where you start, it’s where
you finish – or that was certainly the
case for Corvette Racing in ’ 13. Zero
poles for the C6.R, but a 50 percent
hit rate in the races says it all.
GT TEAM pOINTS
The best-finishing car at each race scores
teams’ title points. In the final two races,
Corvette Racing’s C6.Rs took one podium
between them, but had already done
enough with five wins in the first eight.
GT dRIVER pOINTS
Defending GT champs Gavin and Milner were Corvette Racing’s
early pacesetters, but back-to-back wins in Baltimore and Co TA put
Garcia and Magnussen in the driving seat for the home stretch.
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(10%) C O
E ANTONIO GARCIA/
JAN MAGNUSSEN 135
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