Biela, Fellows, Werner nominated for 2003 Auto Racing All-America Team from American Le Mans Series
BRASELTON, Ga. (November 25, 2003) -- Frank Biela, Ron Fellows and Marco Werner, all driving champions in the 2003 American Le Mans Series season, have been nominated for inclusion on the 2003 Auto Racing All-America team.
Nearly 300 members of the American Auto Racing Writers and Broadcasters Association (AARWBA) will vote to select the 14 drivers, two in each of seven categories, for the All-America team. AARWBA members have annually chosen the All-America team since 1970.
Members will select a first team, which will be honored at the annual AARWBA banquet on Jan. 10 in Pomona, Calif. The balloting will also determine a second team, which will be composed of the drivers placing second and third in each category, and honorable mentions to all other drivers receiving at least five percent of the vote. The Jerry Titus Award honors the driver who receives the most votes, regardless of the category.
Canada's Fellows was a first team member in the Road Racing category in 2002, the year he won his first American Le Mans Series GTS class championship. The driver for the factory Chevrolet Corvette team repeated his title in 2003, sharing the honors with co-driver Johnny O'Connell. They took three GTS class wins during the season. In addition, Fellows continued to be a hot property for NASCAR Winston Cup road racing, driving for Dale Earnhardt, Inc., in the series' two road course events. He led a portion of the event at Infineon Raceway and finished seventh.
Biela and Werner, both from Germany, were co-champions of the Prototype 900 class in the American Le Mans Series in 2003 driving an Audi R8 for Infineon Team Joest. They scored five wins together in nine races, including a victory in the Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring, one of the world 's most prestigious endurance races. Werner was a rookie in the ALMS, while Biela, a three-time winner of the 24 Hours of Le Mans, was in his fourth season on the professional sports car racing series. Both are first-time nominees for the All-America team.
In addition to road racing, other categories for the All-America team are open wheel, stock car, drag racing, short track, touring series and at large.
The 2004 American Le Mans Series season begins with the Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring at Sebring (Fla.) International Raceway Mar. 17-20.
About the American Le Mans Series
The American Le Mans Series is a series of North American sports car races based on the 24 Hours of Le Mans, the world's most famous endurance race. American Le Mans Series races feature four classes of race cars competing for class wins and the overall win, with the fields including many of the same drivers and cars that compete at Le Mans. The series holds events at many of North America's premier permanent road racing facilities. The series motto is "For the Fans" and all events feature driver autograph sessions and open paddocks. All events are on television in the United States. Well-known automotive brand names such as Audi, BMW, Corvette, Dodge, Ferrari, Lamborghini, MG, Nissan, Panoz, Porsche and Saleen are represented on the series. The series, which has its headquarters in Braselton, Ga., was founded in 1999 by entrepreneur Don Panoz and is sanctioned by the International Motor Sports Association (IMSA).