Ron Fellows chases American Le Mans Record at Mosport. BOWMANVILLE, Ont., Canada (August 14, 2002) -- As he prepares for this weekend's race at his home track, Ron Fellows is just one pole win away from owning the American Le Mans Series record...
Ron Fellows chases American Le Mans Record at Mosport.
BOWMANVILLE, Ont., Canada (August 14, 2002) -- As he prepares for this weekend's race at his home track, Ron Fellows is just one pole win away from owning the American Le Mans Series record for the most poles by a driver in any class. If he continues his domination of qualifying in the GTS class by winning the pole for Sunday's mail2web.com Grand Prix of Mosport, the popular Canadian will have sole possession of the series pole record. Mosport International Raceway, located just east of Toronto, is less than an hour from Fellows' home in Mississauga, Ont., and is the track where he saw his first race when he was 12 years old. He returns to Mosport driving for the Corvette factory team in a Chevrolet Corvette C5-R.
The 42-year-old Fellows has been one of Canada's most successful professional racing drivers over the past few years. He has been part of the winning team in the GTS class in the past two runnings of the 24 Hours of Le Mans, and he has 10 wins in American Le Mans Series competition, including four this season. Away from sports car racing, the former Trans-Am Series standout has five wins in NASCAR racing on road courses.
Fellows has won the GTS class pole for all six American Le Mans Series races held this season, bringing his career total in the four-year-old series to 13. The pole in the most recent series event at Trois-Rivieres, Qc., moved him into a tie with Dirk Muller of Germany for the most poles by any driver in any class in series history. All of Muller's poles came in the GT class, while all of Fellows' have come in the GTS class. Muller is not racing on the series this season.
While breaking the record at his home track would seem to be fitting, winning the pole at Mosport is not a given for Fellows. Last year, Terry Borcheller pulled off an upset in a Saleen S7R by outqualifying Fellows' Corvette on the Canadian circuit, though Fellows gained revenge by winning the race with co-driver Johnny O'Connell.
Fellows has had a busy week preparing for the event, appearing regularly in the Toronto media and making promotional stops throughout the area. On Thursday, he will play in a celebrity street hockey game, do several live television and radio appearances, visit patients in a hospital and conduct a tour of Toronto's famous landmarks for some fellow ALMS drivers.
American Le Mans Series teams will have practice at Mosport on Friday, with more practice and official qualifying set for Saturday. Sunday's two-hour, 45-minute race starts at 1 p.m. (EDT) and will be televised live by NBC Sports beginning at 2 p.m. The American Le Mans Series Radio Web will have full coverage online at www.americanlemans.com.
Ticket information for the mail2web.com Grand Prix of Mosport is available online at www.mosport.com or by calling 1-800-866-1072.