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If there are two things that excite Canadian race fans more than just about anything else, it is Mosport’s season opener on the May 24 long weekend and long time racer Ron Fellows. This year, the two four actually lands on May 24th and will be even sweeter with the announcement that the local favorite will be on hand.
NASCAR road course regular Fellows has also been an integral part of Corvette Racing’s ALMS program for years. This year, Big Ron is also driving in the World Challenge series in a Corvette entered by CRP Racing.
The Mosport event overlaps with another driving commitment south of the border, but Fellows will be jumping out of one car and heading north to keep the World Challenge fans happy on Sunday.
The whole team at Corvette Racing had high hopes leading into the 2010 ALMS season opener at Sebring. Finally there was some competition for the Corvettes and the team was going to have to work hard to get to the podium. As everything who watched the race knows, the race didn’t go as planned. In fact, it was about as bad an outing as they could have had, with uncharacteristic equipment failures and then a monumental pit lane error that caused a collision between the two Vette’s on pit lane.
As any successful team does though, they are planning to review the event and learn from their mistakes to hopefully ensure they don’t happen again. I’d be willing to bet that the second round will be a whole different ball game for Corvette.
A couple of weeks ago we showed you a nicely produced propaganda piece from Corvette Racing that was more or less developed to justify their existence to the naysayers. Today, we have the first of 12 videos following the team through the 2010 racing season. This one is equally well produced and actually has a bit more meat to it.
As teams are getting ready for qualifying at the 12 Hours of Sebring today, you can be sure that the Vette people have the cameras rolling non-stop. It will be very interesting to see how the Vette’s perform in GT2 this weekend against the beefed up competition.
Episode 1 after the break
When the GM bailout by the US and Ontario governments took place, there were a good number of non essential marketing efforts that were discontinued. Obviously this included a good chunk of The General’s
playtime motorsport activities. Truth be told, other than generating marketing dollars, many forms of racing contribute little or nothing towards product development. Yes NASCAR fans, I’m talking about your taxi cabs.
The Corvette racing program for the American Le Mans Series on the other hand is the very pinnacle of performance technology and this tech actually does affect production of GM’s product line.
Tell that to some of the greenie bleeding hearts though. While the video after the break has lots of feel good stuff for Vette and race fans alike, make no mistake: it is completely aimed at those who think all motorsport spending should be cut.
Late Winter is a wonderful time for racing enthusiasts in cold climates. The roundy round guys and girls are already racing in the warmer parts of the south, which gives us something to watch on TV rather than shoveling the driveway and teams that start later in the season are out testing new cars.
Corvette Racing has new cars this year as they are campaigning the the ALMS GT2 series rather than GT1 where they have dominated for years. The first race of the season is the 12 hours at Sebring on March 20 so it makes sense for the team to pound some laps in Florida leading up to the event. Sebring is known for its rough concrete with expansion joints that hammer the suspension and drivetrain, so the more laps they turn there the better. This way, the team should know exactly what will fail and be prepared or even redesign parts before the race.
We’ve got a huge gallery after the break.