Corvette Caravan to kick off Chevy Grand Prix of Atlanta at Road Atlanta; Corvette Race Team to greet enthusiasts BRASELTON, Ga. (June 21, 2003) -- Chevy Grand Prix of Atlanta race week at Road Atlanta will kick off Tuesday, June 24, as nearly...
Corvette Caravan to kick off Chevy Grand Prix of Atlanta at Road Atlanta;
Corvette Race Team to greet enthusiasts
BRASELTON, Ga. (June 21, 2003) -- Chevy Grand Prix of Atlanta race week at Road Atlanta will kick off Tuesday, June 24, as nearly 300 Corvettes and 600 of their enthusiasts make a stop at the track to meet members of the American Le Mans Series Corvette Racing Team. The Chevy Grand Prix of Atlanta will be run on Sunday, June 29.
The National Corvette Caravan is part of the National Corvette Museum's celebration of the 50th Anniversary of the Chevrolet Corvette. All across the United States, more than 6,000 Corvette enthusiasts are making a pilgrimage, merging with other caravans along the way and ultimately meeting at the museum in Bowling Green, Ky., June 25-27.
At Road Atlanta on Tuesday, participants in the Corvette Caravan will have the opportunity to meet American Le Mans Series drivers Ron Fellows and Johnny O'Connell, drivers for the factory Corvette team that has won the GTS class championship in the series the past two years. Fellows and O'Connell won seven of the 10 ALMS races held last year and also won the GTS class in the 24 Hours of Le Mans in 2001 and 2002.
In addition, the Corvette enthusiasts will be able to meet Doug Robinson, former Corvette Development Manager for General Motors and now Executive Director of IMSA, the sanctioning body for the American Le Mans Series. During his 31-year career at GM, Robinson directed the development of the Corvette ZR-1 program and was the vehicle architect for the 1997 C5 project.
The Corvette enthusiasts will also have the opportunity to drive in speed-controlled groups around the 2.54-mile Road Atlanta racing circuit Tuesday afternoon and evening, with the activity only open to registered participants in the caravan. The Corvette Caravan festivities begin at 4 p.m.
Road Atlanta is the only track holding two races for the American Le Mans Series in 2003, with the sixth annual Petit Le Mans to be run Oct. 16-18. The track is offering a special two-event ticket discount, as well as individual tickets to both events. Ticket information is available online at www.roadatlanta.com or by calling 1-800-849-RACE (7223).
The Chevy Grand Prix of Atlanta will be televised live in North America by CBS Sports and the American Le Mans Series Radio Web will have full coverage of the race, as well as practice and qualifying sessions, online at www.americanlemans.com.