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FOR RELEASE:  July 1, 2002
Wally Reese, GM Racing Communications

Corvette Racing - Corvettes Qualify 1 - 2 in GTS for Mid-Ohio American Le Mans Series

American Le Mans Series - MID-OHIO Round No. 3 of 10


  • Weather: Humid 89 degrees (F) overcast
  • Entry: 9 LMP900 - 6 LMP675 - 6 GTS - 10 GT - 31 TOTAL
  • Track Length: 2.25 miles
  • Track temp during session : 110 degrees (F)

For the third time in three ALMS races Ron Fellows, No. 3 GM Goodwrench C5-R Chevrolet Corvette, will start on the GTS pole position and 10th overall. Teammate Andy Pilgrim in the No. 4 sister car will start second in GTS and 13th overall. In third position in GTS and 14th overall is the No. 0 Ferrari 550 Maranello.

"That was close," said Fellows following the qualifying for tomorrow's 2 hour 45 minute race. "Generally after a Trans-Am race like the one that preceded our qualifying session, the track isn't as good as it was before. I had a very clear race track and some of the guys elected to stay in so it worked out for us. Andy (Pilgrim) got real close and the Ferrari is right there, too. It all worked out for us today and I think we've got a little bit left for tomorrow."

In three races this season, Fellows and co-driver Johnny O'Connell have won two of two ALMS races, Sebring and Sears Point. Fellows, O'Connell, joined by a third team driver, Oliver Gavin, finished first in GTS at the 24 Hours of Le Mans. Pilgrim and co-driver Kelly Collins finished second at Sears Point and second at Le Mans with third driver Franck Freon.

Corvette is defending GTS class champion in the American Le Mans Series winning six of 10 races in 2001 plus Daytona and le Mans 24 hour races.

1 1 Biela/Pirro Audi R8 P900 1:14.169 109.598mph
2 50 Magnussen/Brabham Panoz LMP 01 P900 1:14.841
3 51 Herta/Auberlen Panoz LMP01 P900 1:15.084
4 38 Herbert/Johansson Audi R8 P900 1:15.179
5 2 Capello/Kristensen Audi R8 P900 1:16.453
6 37 Jon Field/J Field Lola EX257/MG P675 1:16.559
7 16 Weaver/C Dyson R & S Mk III P900 1:17.275
8 18 de Radigues/Graham Panoz LMP07 P900 1:18.988
9 30 Neuhaus/Joel Field Lola B2K/10 P900 1:20.399
0 3 Fellows/O'Connell Corvette C5-R GTS 1:22.066 99.052
13 4 Pilgrim/Collins Corvette C5-R GTS 1:22.196
14 0 Naspetti/Schiattarella Ferrari 550 GTS 1:22.662

TRANS-AM Butch Leitzinger in the No. 88 Chevrolet Corvette takes the win in Saturday's feature race.

SUNDAY ALMS Race 2 Hour 45 Minute race on Speed Channel at 2:00 EDT

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