While visiting the NCM during the Bash, I was going through the different galleries when I came across a group of people watching a video of hockey highlights. One lady turned to me and said “What does hockey have to do with Corvettes?” I replied that the highlights are of Craig Anderson who wears Corvette Racing’s Jake on his goalie helmet. Of course the next question was “Who is Jake?” and that took some explaining as well, but I digress.
Goalie Craig Anderson, who plays for the Ottawa Senators, has been a lifelong Corvette enthusiast and has owned Corvettes since he was 18. His current ride is a 2007 Corvette Z06. His love of Corvettes comes from his father, NCM Board Member Richard Anderson, who has owned and raced the sports car in SCCA events.
A couple of seasons ago, the Pratt & Miller team saw the Jake logo on Anderson’s helmet and invited him to an American Le Mans race at Road America. It was there that he met Ron Fellows, former driver for Corvette Racing and a current Toronto Maple Leafs season ticket holder. Ron invited him out to the Ron Fellows Performance Driving School at Spring Mountain and Craig finally took him up on the offer.
During the three-day school, Anderson said he worked on the skid pad to learn car control and then the road course where Ron and the instructors teach proper braking, heel-and-toe downshifting and following the racing lines through corners and straights. He said by day three “we’re going smooth and fast”.
Comparing performance driving to hockey, Anderson told Detroit Free Press writer Mike Brudenell “In racing, you have to slow everything down to go fast. In hockey, you have to do the same. You have to focus, stay mentally alert and not make mistakes by overreacting. Slow the action down in your mind.”
Detroit Free Press