At Top of His Game, Fellows Leads Canadian Stars To Mosport BOWMANVILLE, Ontario (August 15, 2001) -- There's little question that American Le Mans Series driver Ron Fellows is at the top of his game in the 2001 racing season. Fellows will be...
At Top of His Game, Fellows Leads Canadian Stars To Mosport
BOWMANVILLE, Ontario (August 15, 2001) -- There's little question that American Le Mans Series driver Ron Fellows is at the top of his game in the 2001 racing season.
Fellows will be one of five Canadians who will compete in a star-studded, international field of talent in the GT3 Grand Prix at Mosport on Sunday, August 19, the American Le Mans Series' only stop of the year at Mosport International Raceway.
The others include John Graham of Aurora, Ont., who has been part of the LMP 675 class-winning team in the past two ALMS races and drives for Dick Barbour Racing. Tony Burgess of Toronto will drive a Porsche in the GT class, while Toronto-area residents Kye Wankum and Jeff Pabst will co-drive in another GT Porsche.
The 41-year-old Fellows, a resident of Mississauga, Ont., has already captured two of sports car racing's most coveted prizes this season, Le Mans and Daytona, and he is also leading the battle for a driving championship in the American Le Mans Series. He and driving partner Johnny O'Connell have steered their bright yellow Chevrolet Corvette C5-R to victory in three of the four ALMS events this season.
In addition, his racing exploits outside of sports cars have been both successful and frustrating, but the other competitors always knew he was there. That includes a win in a NASCAR Busch Series race at Watkins Glen and leading laps before crashing in a NASCAR Winston Cup race at Sears Point. Most recently, he qualified well and led final practice for last weekend's Winston Cup event at Watkins Glen, but was eliminated early from the race by a broken axle.
Fellows has been pointing to the series' annual stop at Mosport for most of the season, excited about racing at his home track but also looking to avenge a narrow loss last year at Mosport to the Team ORECA Dodge Viper. While the ORECA team is no longer racing on the series, victory is certainly not assured as Fellows and O'Connell will have to beat the fast Saleen S7R driven by Terry Borcheller and Franz Konrad in order to take GTS class honors at Mosport.
"The Saleen is a handful," said Fellows, who scored ALMS wins this year at Texas, Sears Point and Portland, but lost to the Saleen in the 12 Hours at Sebring. "We know it's a fast car and they've had some problems since Sebring. But it will be tough at Mosport and the rest of the year."
The GT3 Grand Prix at Mosport will include a two-hour, 45-minute race for the ALMS machines beginning at 1 p.m. (EDT) on Sunday, August 19. Practice and qualifying, as well as a driver autograph session, will be held on Saturday.
Ticket information is available online at www.mosport.com, or by calling 1-800-866-1072.
The race will be televised live in the United States by NBC Sports beginning at 2 p.m. (EDT). Highlights will be shown on Eurosport at 9:30 p.m. (CET) on August 26. The live race broadcast by the American Le Mans Series Radio Web can be heard online at www.americanlemans.com beginning at 12 noon (EDT).