BRASELTON, Ga. (June 22, 2003) -- Two of the stars of Sunday's NASCAR Winston Cup road race at California's Infineon Raceway will be among the drivers in action during the coming weekend's Chevy Grand Prix of Atlanta at Road Atlanta. The Chevy...
BRASELTON, Ga. (June 22, 2003) -- Two of the stars of Sunday's NASCAR Winston Cup road race at California's Infineon Raceway will be among the drivers in action during the coming weekend's Chevy Grand Prix of Atlanta at Road Atlanta.
The Chevy Grand Prix of Atlanta will feature a race for the American Le Mans Series on Sunday, June 29, at 3 p.m.
Ron Fellows, the Canadian road racing star who led 20 laps of the NASCAR event while driving the Pennzoil Chevrolet for Dale Earnhardt, Inc., will race at Road Atlanta in the American Le Mans Series event in his regular ride with the factory Corvette team. Fellows was the GTS class champion in the ALMS in 2002.
Fellows, who started third in the NASCAR event, had passed eventual winner Robby Gordon and was leading when an ill-timed caution flag late in the race caught him out on the team's pit strategy and put him well back in the field. After making up some positions once racing resumed, he was hit from behind by Kenny Wallace and spun while coming to take another caution flag. With laps winding down, Fellows fought his way back to finish seventh, taking positions away from former NASCAR champions Bobby Labonte and Rusty Wallace in the closing laps.
Fellows' smooth performance drew praise from the announcers on the Fox Network's telecast of the race, particularly former NASCAR champion Darrell Waltrip and longtime crew chief Larry McReynolds.
Boris Said of Carlsbad, Calif., who was the polesitter for the NASCAR event after setting a NASCAR track qualifying record at Infineon Raceway, will also be at Road Atlanta this weekend. Said will race in the SPEED World Challenge GT event that will be run on Saturday afternoon of the race weekend. Said will be in a BMW M3 for BMW Team PTG after driving the U.S. Army Pontiac at Infineon Raceway, finishing sixth. Said was running second to Fellows and was victimized by the same caution flag that ruined Fellows' chances for victory.
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.