Fellows must 'play hurt' at Miami

MIAMI (September 25, 2003) -- As professional athletes have to do in many other sports, Ron Fellows will have to "play hurt" in Saturday's American Le Mans Series race in Miami as the popular Canadian racer seeks to clinch his second consecutive...

MIAMI (September 25, 2003) -- As professional athletes have to do in many other sports, Ron Fellows will have to "play hurt" in Saturday's American Le Mans Series race in Miami as the popular Canadian racer seeks to clinch his second consecutive GTS class driving title.

Ron Fellows.
Photo by Richard Sloop.
Fellows, driver for the factory Chevrolet Corvette team, suffered a separated left shoulder in a rock climbing accident last weekend. He was treated during the week in Indianapolis by noted orthopedic surgeon Dr. Terry Trammell and hopes to be able to race in Saturday's two-hour, 45-minute event on the Miami Downtown street circuit.

As a precaution, the Corvette team has brought in veteran sports car racer Andy Pilgrim and added him as a third driver to the car for the race. Fellows and regular co-driver Johnny O'Connell can clinch the GTS driving title together if they finish ahead of their team Corvette driven by Oliver Gavin and Kelly Collins.

Pilgrim, one of the original drivers when the factory Corvette team was formed, has raced in only long-distance events this year while traveling the world as a spokesman for the 50th anniversary of Corvette.

American Le Mans Series teams will have practice and qualifying Friday, with the Grand Prix Americas presented by Sportsbook.com event to start at 4 p.m. (EDT) Saturday.

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Series ALMS
Drivers Ron Fellows , Johnny O'Connell , Andy Pilgrim , Kelly Collins