Corvettes make first visit to Portland

Portland, Ore., July 30, 2001 - Officials of Corvette Racing announced today that the team will enter two Corvette C5-Rs in the August 5th round of the American Le Mans Series (ALMS) road race at Portland International Raceway. It will be the ...

Portland, Ore., July 30, 2001 - Officials of Corvette Racing announced today that the team will enter two Corvette C5-Rs in the August 5th round of the American Le Mans Series (ALMS) road race at Portland International Raceway. It will be the first appearance of the Millennium Yellow production-based racers in the Pacific Northwest.

"Portland has not been on our schedule," said Doug Fehan, General Motors Program Manager for the Corvette C5-R, "but we are always evaluating our program. We have a solid group of Corvette owners up there and they are eager to see `their cars' in action. It just worked out that we could make that happen."

Corvette has been involved in the ALMS series since 1999 but has not competed in every race, focusing instead on the Rolex 24 Hour, the 24 Hours of Le Mans and Petit Le Mans 10-hour race at Road Atlanta plus selected `sprint' races. The team has now won GTS victories in the three major endurance races plus three 2 hour - 45 minute sprints, the most recent at Sears Point on July 22.

Sears Point GTS-class winners Ron Fellows and Johnny O'Connell will share driving duties in the No. 3 GM Goodwrench Corvette. Andy Pilgrim and Kelly Collins, who finished second in GTS at Sears Point, will team up in the No. 4.

"I am absolutely delighted that the team is going to Portland," said Fellows. "We seem to be on a roll this year and it would be a shame to lose the momentum that the whole team has right now. Personally, I enjoy the Portland track and have won there in Trans-Am in '93, '94 and '95."

Both Corvettes carry sponsorship from GM Goodwrench Service Plus, GMAC. The UAW, Goodyear, Mobil 1, A.E.R., Action Performance Companies, Bullyhill Vineyards, BBS Wheels, Hella and Katech engine development.

The Corvette C5-R race program continues Chevrolet's tradition of racing production-based vehicles. The engineers working on the Corvette C5-R race car work closely with their production car counterparts to insure that race car learnings impact present and future Corvettes and conversely, that production learnings impact advances in race cars.

-GM

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Series ALMS
Drivers Ron Fellows , Johnny O'Connell , Andy Pilgrim
Teams Corvette Racing