Monday, June 6, 2016

Le Mans -- or BUST!

Today, June 6th, marks the 72nd anniversary of the Normandy invasion of the coast of France in WWII.  Emotional history.

With Don and Shirley, Nan and I, assisted by 25 die-hard Corvette Racing fans, are getting ready to have our own invasion of France -- of the 84th running of the 24 Hours of Le Mans!

2016 24 Hours of Le Mans

Paris is flooded, the unions are on strike, the Louvre is closed, and the two-car Corvette team is outnumbered by it competitors (including three Ferraris, three Porsches, two Aston Martins, and FOUR Fords), but we are heading to France with high hopes.  After last year's dramatic victory, in which a single Corvette finished in first place (about 35 miles ahead of the second-place Ferrari), the National Corvette Museum decided to take 29 of Corvette Racing's most faithful fans to France this year to tour Paris, Versailles, Normandy, and then to participate in all the racing pageantry and the race.  We are ready!

Here is a recap of last year's race:

2015 24 Hours of Le Mans

The drivers will cover more than 2,800 miles (imagine 5+ Indy 500 Races back-to-back) racing through the night, in all likelihood in the rain, changing gears more than 19,000 times, circling the 8.5 mile course in under four minutes, in the most famous endurance race in all the world.

In testing on Sunday the #63 Corvette was fastest in class, followed by two Porsches and 4th place went to the #64 Corvette.  Hopefully this result portends a good performance.

Testing Results at Le Mans 2016

Best of luck to Corvette Racing!  We will be there to cheer you on!

In French:   "Courir vite, courir dur" 

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