Just like the Energizer bunny, Mississauga auto racer Ron Fellows keeps going and going and going.
At an age when most racing drivers are starting to slow down, or at least thinking about it (he turned 50 last September), Fellows is cranking things up a notch instead.
After several seasons of relative inactivity (he stopped driving full-time for Corvette Racing in the American Le Mans Series in 2007, although he continued to race several times a year in NASCAR), it was announced today that Fellows will drive full-time this season for CRP Racing of Harrisburg, N.C., in the 2010 SCCA World Challenge GT Championship.
Which means Fellows, who will wheel a Corvette C6 in the 12-race series, will be racing twice in the Toronto area this season: at Mosport International Raceway May 21-23 when the World Challenge GT is the headliner, and again at the Honda Indy Toronto July 16-18, where it will play a supporting role as part of the IZOD IndyCar Series weekend.
Fellows is arguably Canada’s most successful – and versatile – international road-racing star. His curriculum vitae includes:
– Winning the 24 Hours of Daytona in 2001;
– Winning class championships at the 24 Hours of Le Mans in 2001, ’02 and ’04;
– Winning two class championships at the 12 Hours of Sebring (2002, 2004);
– Winning the American Le Mans Series GTS class championship (2002, 2003, 2004);;
– Nineteen race wins in the SCCA Trans-Am Series;
– Five top ten finishes in the NASCAR Sprint Cup series (he always says if he doesn’t win a Cup race, his career will end with “unfinished business”);
– Four victories and seven top ten finishes in the NASCAR Nationwide Series (he won the 2008 Nationwide Series race at Circuit Gilles-Villeneuve in Montreal);
– Two wins and five top tens (plus three poles) in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series.
It doesn’t matter who you are, be it Gilles Villeneuve, Jacques Villeneuve or Paul Tracy, your record doesn’t come anywhere near that of Ron Fellows.
And now he’s going to be looking to add to those totals.
He’s no stranger to the World Challenge Series. Between 2004 and 2007, he won three races (two at Mosport and one at Long Beach, Calif.) and earned four other podium finishes.
Fellows was also fastest qualifier three times.
In a release, CRP Racing owner, Nicholas Short, said he was excited to have a driver of Ron Fellows’ caliber join his team.
“I’ve known Ron since the Trans-Am days and when the opportunity arose to have him drive for us, it was a very easy decision,” Short said. “I couldn’t be happier having him join CRP Racing.”
The team, which will make its first start of the
season March 26-28 as part of the Indy car weekend at St. Petersburg, Fla.,
will be sponsored by Carlisle Companies, Inc. which is a diversified global
manufacturing company serving industries ranging from foodservice to aerospace
to specialty trailers to construction materials to specialty tires and wheels.
In addition to his World Challenge duties, Fellows also has irons in the fire for NASCAR starts this season in the Sprint Cup and Nationwide Series.
Bam! Bam! Bam! Bam!
(It's the bunny, get it?)