Pruett to replace Kneifel after Sebring

DETROIT, March 14, 2001 - Corvette Racing announced today that driver Scott Pruett would replace Chris Kneifel who leaves to take up new duties as Chief Steward of CART's FedEx Championship series immediately following the Superflo 12 Hours of ...

DETROIT, March 14, 2001 - Corvette Racing announced today that driver Scott Pruett would replace Chris Kneifel who leaves to take up new duties as Chief Steward of CART's FedEx Championship series immediately following the Superflo 12 Hours of Sebring, March 17th.

Pruett, 41, will join the two-car Corvette C5-R team immediately following the Sebring, race when the team will conduct two days of testing March 19 - 20. The team will then travel to France for the open test day on May 6th to further prepare for the world-famous 24 Hours of Le Mans on June 6th and 17th.

"We're very pleased to be able to get a proven champion like Scott," said Corvette Racing Program Manager Doug Fehan. "He has ample experience in both endurance racing and in cars in Corvette's classification. He will be an immediate contributor to the future success of our race team."

Pruett's racing resume contains numerous wins and championships in production-type equipment. He was twice SCCA's Trans-Am champion (1987 and 1994) and twice IMSA's GTO series champion (1986 and 1988). He also won IMSA's GT Endurance Championship (1986). Pruett has recorded two wins and five pole positions in CART open-wheel racing. In recent years, he has made a number of starts in both NASCAR Busch and Winston Cup series.

"The chance to join a proven racing team at a time when their fortunes are clearly on the rise is something every driver dreams about," Pruett said. "Joining a well-knit team like Corvette Racing with drivers like Andy Pilgrim, Ron Fellows, Kelly Collins, Franck Freon and Johnny O'Connell in equipment like the Corvette C5-R is awesome."

Corvette Racing heads to Sebring, Fla., with an overall win at the last month's Rolex 24 at Daytona and a GTS class win in the American Le Mans Series opener at Texas Motor Speedway, March 4.

Following Sebring, the team will travel to France for the open test day on May 6, in preparation for the world-famous 24 Hours of Le Mans, June 16 - 17.

The Chevrolet Corvette C5-R race program continues Chevrolet's tradition of racing production-based vehicles and racing to "improve the breed." The engineers working on the Corvette C5-R racecar work closely with production car engineers to ensure that racecar "learnings" impact present and future Corvettes.

GM is one company with global resources and capabilities. The experience gained through overcoming the many technical challenges by racing the Cadillac, Chevrolet, GMC, Holden, Opel, Oldsmobile, Pontiac and Vauxhall brands, is invaluable as a training ground for engineers and in sparking a winning corporate attitude worldwide.

<pre> SCOTT PRUETT

VITAL STATISTICS Birthdate: March 24, 1960 Birthplace: Sacramento, CA Residence: Hickory, NC Married: Wife - Judy Children - Lauren (12), Taylor (3), Cameron (1) Hobbies: Water sports, hiking, biking and landscape design

RACING EXPERIENCE NASCAR - CART - IMSA GTO/GTU/GTP - SCCA TRANS-AM - IROC Professional Karting Association

CHAMPIONSHIPS SCCA Trans-Am Championships (1987, 1994) IMSA GTO Championships (1986 , 1988) IMSA GT Endurance Championship (1986) Professional Karting Association World Title (1981)

NOTABLE WINS/HONORS 24 Hours of Daytona (1994,1988, 1987); IROC Daytona (1991); CART Michigan 500 (1995) and Australia (1997); Indianapolis 500 Co-Rookie of the Year (1989) World Karting Association Hall of Fame Inductee (1991)

-GM Racing

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Series ALMS
Drivers Chris Kneifel , Ron Fellows , Scott Pruett , Franck Freon , Andy Pilgrim , Kelly Collins
Teams Corvette Racing