There will be plenty of action this weekend as Corvette Racing returns to battle the Bell Motorsports Aston Martin DBR9 in Saturday’s Generac 500 at Road America. But the real contest is happening the day before as the USA takes on England in the Tour de Road America, a winner take all bicycle race featuring Corvette Racing’s Program Manager Doug Fehan (GoDoug) of Birmingham, Michigan vs #4 C6.R Corvette Driver Oliver Gavin of Yardly, England.
The Corvette Challenge match race featuring Fehan against Gavin will take place on Friday, August 8 in a 4.045-mile sprint around the 14 turn Road America race track. Billed as Experience and Treachery vs Youth and Enthusiasm, USA vs England and my favorite, Management vs Labor, the winner will have bragging rights within the Corvette Racing team as well as knowing their hard work is helping the Lance Armstrong Foundation fight cancer.
DOUG: “Fitness plays an important role throughout the Corvette Racing team. As program manager, I try to lead by example â€“ and it’s clear that some team members need a little work. Finishing the London Marathon was certainly a glamorous achievement for Oliver, but a bike race at Road America will separate the men from the boys. Remember, the British had the prettiest uniforms, but we won the war!”
OLIVER: “I’m younger, fitter, stronger â€“ and smarter. Despite his advanced age, I’m sure that Doug will push himself hard because he wants to win as badly as I do. Knowing him as I do, I’m confident that it won’t be a clean fight, but I’ve got some tricks up my sleeve as well. I’ve done marathons and triathlons, but the bicycle race with Doug will certainly be the greatest challenge yet. I’m not sure if it’s a good career move to beat the boss, but I’m going for it!”
The two contestants in the Corvette Challenge Bicycle Race are also raising funds for the Lance Armstrong Foundation. Currently, Fehan is significantly ahead of Gavin in fundraising, and the word on the street is that GoDoug is upping the ante by offering the top bidder a hot lap around Road America in a Pratt & Miller Corvette C6RS as well as a shirt autographed by the entire Corvette Racing team. You can donate to either Fehan or Gavin by visiting http://www.pelotonride.org/corvettechallenge.html.
“Show me the money!” declared Fehan. “The ALMS has a Green Challenge for the environment, but we’ve got our own Green Challenge for Corvette Racing fans, and it’s all about American greenback dollars for the fight against cancer. If they want to back a winner, they’ll pledge for me, but even if they choose to support Gavin, at least their donation will go to a good cause.”
Corvette Racingâ€™s next event is the Generac 500 at Road America, scheduled to start at 4 pm CENTRAL on Saturday, August 9th. SPEED will televise the race tape-delayed on Sunday, August 10th at 2 p.m. EDT.
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