SONOMA, Calif. (June 19, 2002) -- Fresh from his second straight win in the 24 Hours of Le Mans, American Le Mans Series star Ron Fellows will compete in Sunday's Dodge/Save Mart 350 NASCAR Winston Cup Series race at Sears Point...
SONOMA, Calif. (June 19, 2002) -- Fresh from his second straight win in the 24 Hours of Le Mans, American Le Mans Series star Ron Fellows will compete in Sunday's Dodge/Save Mart 350 NASCAR Winston Cup Series race at Sears Point Raceway.
Fellows, who leads the GTS standings of the American Le Mans Series after wins in the first two races of the 2002 season, is frequently called upon by team owners in NASCAR's top series because of his prowess on road courses. In "one-off" appearances in infrequent NASCAR races on road circuits, he has won in both the NASCAR Busch Grand National and Craftsman Truck Series, but has never won a Winston Cup race.
Fellows will drive a Chevrolet Monte Carlo entered in the Sears Point event by Joe Nemechek, a regular driver on the series who also owns his own team. The wins that Fellows has achieved in the Busch and Truck series have come at the wheel of machines owned by Nemechek.
In last year's NASCAR Winston Cup event at Sears Point, Fellows briefly led the race but fell out of contention due to problems on a pit stop and was eventually eliminated in an accident after tangling with Bill Elliott.
Since that event, Fellows has steered the Corvette Racing Chevrolet Corvette C5-R to two American Le Mans Series wins at Sears Point, including a victory with co-driver Johnny O'Connell this past May. NASCAR races at Sears Point are conducted on a shortened course of two miles in length rather than the full 2.54-mile circuit used by the ALMS.
In addition to the Sears Point win in May, Fellows was also part of the GTS-class winning team in the Sebring 12-hour event that opened the ALMS season in March. This past weekend, he joined with O'Connell and Oliver Gavin to win the GTS class in the 24 Hours of Le Mans for the second straight year.
After the NASCAR weekend, the 42-year-old Canadian will return to the ALMS for the series' event at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course in Lexington, Ohio, on June 30. Sunday's Sears Point event will be televised live by the Fox network at 2:30 p.m. (EDT).