Corvette Celebrates 50th Birthday with Pole Position in Atlanta Corvette C5-Rs hold 1st and 2nd positions from practice as rain cancels qualifying BRASELTON, Ga. -- The General Motors Chevrolet Corvette Racing team will start Sunday's...
Corvette Celebrates 50th Birthday with Pole Position in Atlanta
Corvette C5-Rs hold 1st and 2nd positions from practice as rain cancels qualifying
BRASELTON, Ga. -- The General Motors Chevrolet Corvette Racing team will start Sunday's Chevy Grand Prix of Atlanta from the first and second positions on the GTS grid, or 11th and 12th overall. Ron Fellows, driving the #3 Corvette C5-R, recorded a best time of 1:20:917 during Saturday afternoon's practice session at Road Atlanta. Heavy rain forced organizers to cancel later qualifying sessions, thus holding Saturday's practice times to determine the 35-car grid. Fellows's fast time highlights Corvette's 50th Anniversary celebration, taking place this weekend in Nashville and Bowling Green, Ky.
"We're pleased that we will start Sunday from first and second positions, but we wish we could have had a real qualifying session to see where we match up with the Ferraris," said Doug Fehan, GM's Program Manager for Corvette Racing. "I am pleased with where we are on a dry track setup and we have probably more experience at this track in the wet than anyone else on the grid, so it should be quite a battle on Sunday."
While Corvette captured the pole position for Sunday's race, Ron Fellows will not receive the award for a fastest time as it was not recorded during an official qualifying session. Fellows currently is tied with Olivier Beretta for most pole positions in the history of the ALMS.
"We're still feel we have some work to do on the setup of our Corvette, but whenever you turn the fastest lap you've got to be happy," said Ron Fellows, driver of the #3 Corvette C5-R. "It's satisfying to have the first spot in GTS right now because of who we're racing against; the Ferraris -- all three of them -- are very tough competitors. If we can maintain lap times in the high 1:21, low 1:22 range, we'll be in good shape for the race tomorrow."
The Corvette Racing team will take to the track Sunday morning for a practice session before staring the 2-hour, 45-minute Chevy Grand Prix at 3:00 p.m.