A living legend in the Corvette world will be honored this fall when he is inducted into the Canadian Motorsport Hall of Fame.
Ron Fellows and five other Canadians – the late Bob Armstrong, Jimmy Carr, Tom Walters, and Jon and Sharon Fletcher – will be inducted during a ceremony in Toronto on Sept. 28, 2013.
“I wish to congratulate the successful inductees for their dedication and contribution to Canadian motorsports,” said Dr. Hugh Scully, chairman of the Hall of Fame.
Fellows, of course, has long been respected by Corvette enthusiasts for his outstanding performance as a member of the Corvette Racing Team from 1998 to 2007. He won 27 races and three ALMS championships, took two wins at the 24 Hours of Le Mans, and also earned “Most Popular Driver” awards from ALMS fans for an unprecedented four straight times.
Although he hasn’t raced for the factory team since 2008, he remains active in NASCAR events and is tied with Terry Labonte for the most road course wins in NASCAR history. He has served as an advisor for the GM/Pratt & Miller factory team and an ambassador for Corvette in general, attending races, Corvette Corrals, Corvette functions and charities, often auctioning off passes to the Ron Fellows Driving School for charities.
GM even paid tribute to Fellows by producing the “Ron Fellows ALMS GT1 Champion Corvette Z06” in 2007.
Fellows is a prime example of not giving up on your dreams. He began his career in Karts, which led to Formula Ford 1600 and Formula Ford 2000. When money got tight, however, he left racing for nine years to be a gas pipeline worker. He returned to the track in the 1980s with help from driving school instructor Richard Spenard and made his professional debut in 1986 in a showroom stock Camaro in the Player’s GM Challenge.
His career has been a diversified one, as he is one of the most successful drivers in the history of the SCCA Trans-Am Series with 19 wins in 95 starts. He also has wins in NASCAR truck and Nationwide stock car competition.
He even has a 1997 victory at Mosport Park in the IMSA GT Championship driving the legendary Ferrari 333SP.
Fellows is being inducted into the Hall of Fame as a competitor as well as a contributor. His Sunoco Ron Fellows Karting Championship encouraged and developed young drivers, and he’s a driving force in the Canadian Karting Championship and Team Canada Rotax World Finals program with Canadian Tire. After spending much of his adult life at Mosport, he became co-owner of the track in 2011, and its rejuvenation as Canadian Tire Motorsport Park reflects his vision.
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