The “King of Spain” is the “King of Traffic”

September 21, 2013

The “King of Spain” is the “King of Traffic”

September 21, 2013

corvette_jubilation (1)Antonio Garcia had an easy time in his recent Baltimore victory with Jan Magnussen – only completing a couple of race laps in the shortened event. Today the Spaniard was made to work for his money – holding off enormous pressure to take the win at Circuit of The Americas and bounce in the GT championship lead.

corvette_podiumGarcia had championship rival Dirk Mueller charging down the gap as the race drew to a close. Known in the Corvette squad as the “King of Spain” – he became the “King of Traffic” as he sliced his way through to open just enough gap.

Mueller himself was run down by the SRT Viper of Jonathan Bomarito by the checkered flag. Today’s result and the non finish by the No.3 Corvette of Oliver Gavin and Tommy Milner has pushed Magnussen and Garcia into the championship lead by 13 points with only two races remaining.

“I think it was the right strategy, we saw the 55 stop earlier because they were stuck behind traffic,”

“I think that was why they pitted me too. It played a lot to our win. I knew I had to be fast on the first 3 or 4 laps on new tires, and the Corvettes have to be aggressive on the first few laps all the time. The 93 I think he came out in front of me, but I was able to retake him since he was on cold tires, just after 2 or 3 laps.

corvette_track“The traffic played a lot on this race and with a race track like this from turns three to eight, no one can really pass anyone. We were getting behind prototypes and staying in line with the GTCs and trying not to get too aggressive.

“There was a time where there were 30 minutes to go and I had Dirk on my bumper, I thought it was going to be a long 30 minutes to try and hold him up. Then there was a big cluster of traffic so I went aggressive to try and get him stuck in that. Then I could get a good gap and they were never able to get the gap back. Second victory in a row which is very rare for us. So we’re happy for this win today.”

In global motorsport, there is now a pair of Magnussens leading their respective championships. Jan’s son Kevin is leading the Formula Renault 3.5 Championship in Europe – also with only two race weekends remaining.

“The start was kind of mayhem. A lot of cars trying to get in turn one and turn two. I went three wide with a prototype and my teammate. I lost a bit to him,” Magnussen said.

“After that we were struggling to get by the PC cars that weren’t up to speed yet so they played a lot of what the race was like then. It was really hard to get back into a rhythm and go for it from there. That really created some situations where you’d get passed or pass some people in the category.

“But after it strung out a bit, everyone was running their own race. I could stay on with the Viper that was really fast from the beginning. Then I gave it over to Antonio and after all the pits stops we were in the leading.”

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