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03-19-03, 10:08 AM

Corvette Racing's Chevrolet Corvette C5-R powered the team of Ron Fellows, Johnny O'Connell and Franck Freon to victory in the GTS class of the opening round of the American Le Mans Series at the Mobil 1 12 Hours of Sebring. After spending the majority of the race trailing the #4 C5-R, driven by Oliver Gavin, Kelly Collins and Andy Pilgrim, Ron Fellows took the lead after 283 laps, when Oliver Gavin retired due to complications with the transmission. Despite a few battles for position in the GTS class during the first hour, the Corvettes lead every lap of the race thereafter. "There's nothing like driving a Chevrolet at Sebring!" said Johnny O'Connell. "Everyone here on the #3 car really did a great job today. I tip my hat to Ron and Franck - we've enjoyed great success together and this is a great win." For additional information and 2003 season race coverage stay tuned to: www.corvetteracing.com


The upcoming Anniversary activities commemorating Corvette's 50th Birthday could be a once in a lifetime experience for anyone who purchases a ticket on the "one-of-kind" Gold Corvette raffle underway at the Museum. Only 2003 tickets will be sold and are available at $200 each. Z06 emblems and brake vent scoops were added as an addition to the unique appearance of the gold Corvette Coupe which was designed and created to work in conjunction with the J.D. Power Gold award given to the best automotive assembly plant in North America. "This car is truly a one of a kind automobile", stated GM Corvette Assembly Plant Manager, Wil Cooksey. "It is a privilege to be recognized as one of the best automotive plants in North America, and creating a car of this magnitude to benefit the efforts of the Museum only supports the fact that we build the best cars in the world, Corvette - America's Sports Car." For more information or to order tickets, click here:


In a joint statement issued at the California Speedway, the track and the Southern California Caravan Organizing Team announced the California Speedway in Fontana, California will serve as the staging and starting point for the Southern California Corvette Caravan. Over 6,300 people are registered for the National Corvette Caravan which will depart from various points of the states to unite at the "Home of Corvette" - kicking off the beginning of Corvette's 50th Anniversary celebration activities. Be a part of history in the making by registering for the National Corvette Caravan! Information on a captain nearest you and how you can register is available by clicking here:

About the Submitter: Submitted by Bobbie Jo Lee
National Corvette Museum Communications
who can be reached at mailto:bobbiejo@corvettemuseum.com, or visited on the web at http://www.corvettemuseum.com