RON FELLOWS TO DRIVE FERRARI AT MOSPORT 30 July, 1997 TORONTO, Ontario, (July 30, 1997) -- Ron Fellows, one of Canada's premier race car drivers, will co-drive a Ferrari 333SP with Rob Morgan in the Exxon World SportsCar Championship event...
RON FELLOWS TO DRIVE FERRARI AT MOSPORT
30 July, 1997
TORONTO, Ontario, (July 30, 1997) -- Ron Fellows, one of Canada's premier race car drivers, will co-drive a Ferrari 333SP with Rob Morgan in the Exxon World SportsCar Championship event at Mosport on Labour Day Weekend. He replaces Eliseo Salazar of Chile in the car.
Fellows, 37, a veteran Trans-Am driver, has competed extensively in Canadian motorsport series, including the Player's Ltd./GM Challenge Series and Rothmans-Porsche Turbo Cup. In 95 Trans-Am starts, Fellows has won 19 times, been the fastest qualifier on 13 occasions and has 60 top-five finishes to his credit. He led the most laps in Trans-Am in the 1994, 1995 and 1996 seasons. He drove for the Buz McCall Chevrolet factory team the past two seasons. Most recently, Fellows has competed in the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series.
"To say I am absolutely thrilled at the prospect of driving the Ferrari" at Mosport is an understatement," Fellows said. "I don't know much about the car but I do know that it should reach speeds of close to 300 kilometres per hour (187 mph) on the back straight and that's very fast, no matter what type of car you are driving. The Ferrari will likely be eight - 10 seconds per lap faster than Trans-Am cars. Fellows holds the Mosport track record for Trans-Am cars in qualifying with a lap time of 1:18.212, established in 1995.
"I have followed the Exxon World SportsCar Championship from afar," Fellows said, "and I am impressed by the quality of cars, teams and drivers that are involved in the series. Butch Leitzinger, Elliott Forbes-Robinson, Eliseo Salazar and Andrea Montermini are all well known and respected drivers. Salazar, for example, has Formula One experience so even though Mosport is my home track, I expect the competition to be very tough.
"Because I will be new to the car, it will take me some time to get comfortable and get the right setup while the others have past experiences to help them. However, the team will be allowing me to do some testing in the near future so I feel certain Rob Morgan and I will be very competitive on race weekend."
Morgan, 23, also has experience at Mosport, having co-driven (with his father Charles) an Oldsmobile Cutlass Supreme to victory in the Exxon Supreme GTS-1 division in 1995. Morgan is currently fourth in the WSC points standings. The Exxon World SportsCar Championship race is two hours and begins at 2:30 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 31.