Corvette Racing’s program manager wears many hats when it comes to managing one of the most successful racing programs ever for a manufacturer, but as our friends at BadBoyVettes.com recently reminded us, his role is much larger than you may think.
Since the team’s inception in 1999, Corvette Racing has been guided by Fehan and let’s just say that the pairing has been a successful one, with 92 victories in endurance racing including 7 wins at the 24 Hours of Le Mans, plus 10 manufacturers and team championships in the American Le Mans Series.
Fehan’s day is usually spent managing the team’s operations, which despite the professionalism of Pratt & Miller, is still no cake walk. After all, this year in the newly constituted TUDOR Championship, not only has Doug had to keep an eye on the new rules and regulations coming out of IMSA during the ALMS/Grand AM merger, he’s also had to content with rolling out two new race cars, the Corvette C7.Rs, and making sure they were ready to race in January 2014, a full three months earlier than the previous ALMS racing schedule.
And because the Corvettes go overseas to race in the 24 Hours of Le Mans every year, he also deals with the turmoil and never-ending changes that mark international road racing and their sanctioning bodies, the FIA and 24 Hours of Le Man’s Automobile Club de l’Ouest as they grapple with balance of performance standards which makes the racing of different cars competitive in the same class.
In addition to being Program Manager for Corvette Racing, Doug also holds a seat on the FIA Sporting Group as the manufacturer’s representative – meaning he is the representative for all manufacturers for the FIA.
Doug’s participation in working with the international governing bodies of sports cars racing has not gone unnoticed. The Automobile Club de l’Ouest is recognizing Doug’s hard work and dedication to international road racing by honoring him with the 2014 “Spirit of Le Mans” award on Friday, June 13th. The award will be presented to him by the President of the Automobile Club de l’Ouest, Pierre Fillon.