Fellows to Drive for Chevrolet in NASCAR Nextel Cup
Road racing specialist to pilot No. 1 Chevrolet Monte Carlo at Watkins Glen
DETROIT – Factory Corvette Racing driver Ron Fellows will pilot the No.
1 Nutter Butter/Nilla Wafers Chevrolet Monte Carlo for Dale Earnhardt, Inc. in
this weekend's NASCAR Nextel Cup event at Watkins Glen in upstate New York.
Fellows, widely recognized as one of North America's best and most diverse road
racing drivers, has extensive experience at Watkins Glen and in NASCAR
"We're excited to have Ron Fellows behind the wheel of one of our Chevy
NASCAR Nextel Cup cars," said Doug Duchardt, GM Racing director.
"Fellows is one of the finest racing drivers of the modern era yet he has a
quality that is increasingly becoming extinct in motorsports today: the ability to
compete successfully in a wide variety of equipment, regardless of the
environment. As we saw last weekend, Fellows brought home a Cadillac victory at
the SPEED World Challenge GT race in a car he had never driven. Fellows has an
amazing ability to adapt to a variety of race cars which is evident by his wins in
the NASCAR Craftsman Truck and Busch Series, the 24 Hours of Le Mans and the SPEED
Fellows has five NASCAR wins to his credit, including a number of stellar
performances at Watkins Glen. In NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series competition,
Fellows has two wins and three poles in 14 starts. Driving a Chevy CK for Billy
Hess in 1997, he became the first Canadian to win a major NASCAR race since Earl
Ross in 1974. Fellows went on to win the Watkins Glen event again in 1999. In the
NASCAR Busch Series, the Canadian has three wins and two poles in five starts. His
victory in 1998, driving for Joe Nemechek's Nemco Motorsports Team, gave Fellows
the distinction of being the first non-American ever to win a Busch Series race.
He went on to win in 2000 and 2001 at Watkins Glen, driving the Bully Hill
Vineyards Chevy Monte Carlo.
Fellows currently leads the American Le Mans Series GTS drivers' championship
race along with teammate Johnny O'Connell. A championship this year would be
Fellows' third in three years and second as a co-champion with O'Connell. His
racing duties in the month of August have varied in everything from stock cars to
sports cars to sports sedans. Coming off a victory in the SPEED World Challenge GT
for the factory Cadillac CTS-V racing team as well as a podium finish in the
Corvette C5-R at Mosport, the Canadian has recently driven a wide variety of
GM-powered racing cars.
"It's a good challenge to be able to adapt quickly to different types of
race cars and I'm really looking forward to this weekend," said Fellows.
"As a race car driver you never stop learning, and when the opportunity comes
up to drive for Chevrolet in NASCAR I jump at the chance."