Fellows, Kristensen selected to AARWBA All-America Team
BRASELTON, Ga. (December 13, 2002) -- American Le Mans Series champions Ron Fellows and Tom Kristensen have been named to the 2002 Auto Racing All-America Team.
Fellows, champion in the GTS class for production-based cars in the ALMS, was named to the First Team in the road racing category. Kristensen, champion of the LMP 900 (Prototype) class, was named to the Second Team. The All-America Team is chosen by members of the American Auto Racing Writers and Broadcasters Association (AARWBA).
AARWBA chose 12 members of the All-America Team in six categories: road racing, stock car, open wheel, drag racing, short track and at-large. The membership voted for a first and second team, and any driver who received five percent of the vote was also named to the honorable mention category. The Jerry Titus Award, which goes to the driver receiving the most votes, regardless of category, will be announced at AARWBA's annual banquet in January, at which the members of the All-America Team will be honored.
Fellows, 43, drove for the factory Corvette team in a Chevrolet Corvette C5-R. He won the GTS class in seven of the 10 ALMS races during the 2002 season, including wins in the series' two longest races, the Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring and Audi presents Petit Le Mans at Road Atlanta. He also scored wins at Infineon (Sears Point) Raceway, Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course, RFK Stadium Circuit in Washington, D.C., Mosport International Raceway and the Miami street circuit. Fellows also won the GTS class pole six times in 10 races, tying the series record for the most poles by any driver in any class.
Kristensen, 35, drove for the Audi Sport North America team during the 2002 season in an Audi R8 Prototype. He was a four-time race winner in the ALMS, being part of the winning team in events held at Road America, Le Circuit Trois-Rivieres, Mosport International Raceway and Road Atlanta. The most consistent Prototype driver in the series, Kristensen also finished second three times and never finished lower than fifth during the 10-race season. He set the fastest lap in four races and won two pole positions.
In addition to their wins in what is regarded as the premier sports car racing series in the world, both Kristensen and Fellows were also winners in the 24 Hours of Le Mans, the famed endurance racing event upon which the American Le Mans Series is based. Kristensen was part of the overall winning team in the event for the third consecutive year and fourth in his career, while Fellows was part of the GTS class-winning team for the second consecutive year.
Boris Said, champion of the Trans-Am Series in 2002, joined Fellows on the First Team in the road racing category. Other members of the First Team include Sam Hornish, Jr., and Christiano da Matta (open wheel), Tony Stewart and Mark Martin (stock car), John Force and Larry Dixon (drag racing), Steve Kinser and J.J. Yeley (short track), and A.J. Foyt IV, Frank Manzo and Bryan Sellers (at large).