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ALMS: Corvette Racing looks to close out championship at VIR

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Corvette Racing and Chevrolet celebrated a championship-winning weekend just 12 months ago at Virginia International Raceway (VIR), and it seems ready to repeat that result this weekend - once again at VIR.

The Oak Tree Grand Prix on Saturday, October 5 could see the ALMS GT team and manufacturer championships wrapped up. The two yellow Compuware Chevrolet Corvette C6.Rs have five victories between them: three for the No. 3 of Antonio Garcia and Jan Magnussen (Laguna Seca, Baltimore and Circuit of The Americas), and two for Oliver Gavin and Tommy Milner in the No. 4 Corvette – Sebring and Canadian Tire Motorsport Park.

Corvette Racing just needs to secure sixth or better in class this weekend to win its 10th ALMS team championship. A victory for either Corvette would handily secure Chevrolet’s 10th manufacturer title with one race left in the season.  

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In the drivers’ standings, Garcia and Magnussen are in the midst of a remarkable run of three wins and two podium finishes in the last six races. That streak places them in the lead of the championship despite coming away from the season’s first race at Sebring with no points.

Magnussen also is a past winner at VIR in Rolex Series competition having taken a Daytona Prototype victory in 2007. This will mark Garcia’s fourth straight year competing at the venue, and he posted the fastest GT lap of the race in 2012. He and Magnussen placed eighth in class last season.

Saturday’s race is set for 2:15 p.m. ET with live coverage on ESPN3 beginning at 2 p.m. ABC’s coverage airs at 5:30 p.m. ET on Sunday.

Photos: Dan Boyd/LAT

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