Fellows to Drive Four Different Types of GM-Powered Race Cars
Canadian to race NASCAR Nextel Cup, ALMS, SPEED GT and Trans-Am cars in August
DETROIT -- GM Racing driver Ron Fellows will pilot four different types of GM-powered racing cars in the month of August. Fellows, recognized as one of North America's best and diverse road racing drivers, will pilot a Chevrolet Monte Carlo in NASCAR Nextel Cup competition, a works Chevrolet Corvette C5-R in the American Le Mans Series, a Chevrolet Corvette in Trans-Am and a Cadillac CTS-V in the SPEED World Challenge GT Championship over the coming weeks. All four types of racing cars are powered by GM's venerable small-block V-8 engine, yet each car is purpose-built for a unique environment.
"The breadth and diversity of GM's racing program can be seen in Ron Fellows' schedule over the next few weeks," said Doug Duchardt, GM Racing director. "Fellows is one of the finest racing drivers of the modern era yet he has a quality that is increasingly becoming extinct in motorsports today: the ability to compete successfully in a wide variety of equipment, regardless of the environment. He has won races in every level of competition he's raced, from NASCAR Craftsman Truck and Busch to the 24 Hour of Le Mans, and in many ways his abilities mirror the capabilities and flexibility of GM's small-block V-8 engine."
Fellows currently leads the American Le Mans Series GTS drivers' championship race along with teammate Johnny O'Connell. A championship this year would be Fellows' third in three years and second as a co-champion with O'Connell. His duties in the month of August will mean seat time in everything from stock cars to sports cars to sports sedans.
"It's a good challenge to be able to adapt quickly to different types of race cars and I'm really looking forward to the weeks ahead," said Fellows. "As a race car driver you never stop learning, and when the opportunity came up to drive these cars I jumped at the chance. All of them are unique, purpose-built racing machines and all of them benefit from the legendary small-block V-8."
"Using variations of the GM small block in these races is another example of what continues to make the engine the icon it is," said Dan Nicholson, GM Powertrain small block chief engineer. "Today, just as in yesteryear, racers immediately recognize the ability to adapt and alter the small block to precisely fit their needs. On and off the track, GM small block engine designs continually meet and exceed the driver's expectations."
While Fellows' racing schedule spreads out into August, the next few days could possibly be his busiest. The Canadian motorsport hero will race the #40 Corvette Trans-Am car this weekend at the 35th Anniversary of the Trois-Rivieres Grand Prix in Quebec, then quickly depart for a NASCAR Nextel Cup test on Monday with the Dale Earnhardt, Inc.-prepared #1 Monte Carlo at Watkins Glen, followed by a test session at the GM Proving Grounds in the #12 Cadillac CTS-V Race Car. Immediately thereafter, Fellows will depart for Bowmanville, Ontario where he will race the #3 Corvette C5-R in Round 6 of the ALMS as well as the Cadillac CTS-V in a doubleheader weekend for the SPEED GT at Mosport International Raceway.
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