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Corvette names '09 line-up

Corvette Racing has revealed that it will field a new-look driver line-up for the three main endurance races in the 2009 sportscar season.

Marcel Fassler and Antonio Garcia will come onboard for the events at Sebring, Le Mans and Road Atlanta to complement the existing driver line-up, with the two full-time driver pairings remaining the same as in 2008.

Johnny O'Connell and Jan Magnussen will once again team up in the #3 Compuware-backed machine, being joined by Garcia for the three longer events, while Fassler will partner Oliver Gavin and Olivier Beretta in the #4 car. Ron Fellows will continue to work with the team in an advisory and ambassadorial role.

The two new additions bring plenty of experience to the line-up, with Garcia having won at Le Mans last year with rivals Aston Martin and in the recent Rolex 24 at Daytona and Fassler having secured victory in the Spa 24 Hours back in 2007 in a Phoenix Carsport Corvette.

"Antonio and Marcel have the ability, the experience, and the mindset that we look for in a Corvette Racing driver," GM Road Racing Group manager Steve Wesoloski said. "We've seen their speed on the track, and we know they have the discipline and team-oriented attitude that's essential for success in endurance racing.

“Our international driver line-up reflects the global marketing objectives of the Corvette Racing program."

Corvette Racing will run in the GT1 class in the season-opening Twelve Hours of Sebring and the Grand Prix of Long Beach in preparation for its tenth participation in the 24 Hours of Le Mans.

Following its return from France, the team will begin its transition to the GT2 category at the Mid-Ohio round of the ALMS as it focuses on a full-season GT2 program in 2010.


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