Fellows, Biela, Werner make AARWBA 2003 team

Fellows named to Auto Racing All-America Team from American Le Mans Series. BRASELTON, Ga. - American Le Mans Series GTS champion Ron Fellows has been named to the First Team of the 2003 Auto Racing All-America Team for the second year in a...

Fellows named to Auto Racing All-America Team from American Le Mans Series.

BRASELTON, Ga. - American Le Mans Series GTS champion Ron Fellows has been named to the First Team of the 2003 Auto Racing All-America Team for the second year in a row by members of the American Auto Racing Writers and Broadcasters Association (AARWBA).

Frank Biela and Marco Werner, co-champions of the LMP 900 class in the ALMS, were also recognized by AARWBA, with Biela being named to the Second Team and Werner earning Honorable Mention. The three drivers were named in the road racing category, one of seven categories for the All-America Team.

Fellows, driver for the factory Chevrolet Corvette team in the American Le Mans Series, won his second consecutive GTS class driving title in 2003. He and co-champion Johnny O'Connell scored three wins in the nine-race ALMS season, including their second straight win in the Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring. Fellows drove the final two races of the season with a painfully dislocated shoulder, which he injured in an accident while rock climbing.

In addition to his ALMS schedule, Fellows also drove for Dale Earnhardt, Inc., in the two road racing events on the NASCAR Winston Cup schedule. Though mechanical problems eliminated him from the event at Watkins Glen, N.Y., Fellows had a strong run in the event at Infineon Raceway. He passed eventual winner Robby Gordon and comfortably led the race until being caught out by an ill-timed yellow flag period. Restarting in 25th place with only a short amount of time left in the race, he managed to work his way back to finish seventh.

Joining Fellows on the First Team is Scott Pruett, the 2003 champion of the MotorRock Trans-Am Tour.

Other members of the First Team include Ryan Newman and Matt Kenseth, Stock Car category; Gil de Ferran, Scott Dixon and Paul Tracy, Open Wheel; Larry Dixon and Tony Pedregon, Drag Racing; J.J. Yeley and Steve Kinser, Short Track; Brian Vickers and Frank Kimmel, Touring Series; and A.J. Allmendinger and Mark Taylor, At Large.

The AARWBA All-America Team will be honored Jan. 10 at the 34th annual AARWBA banquet in Pomona, Calif. First Team members will receive the Horsepower Award and the driver who received the most votes, not revealed until the banquet, receives the Jerry Titus Award emblematic of the Driver of the Year.

The banquet is open to the public. Ticket information is available from AARWBA President Dusty Brandel at (818) 842-7005 or aarwba@compuserve.com.

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