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Corvette Racing Announces 2007 Driver Lineup

by Keith Cornett on February 26, 2007

Familiar faces in different places is how Corvette Racing refers to their driver lineup for the 2007 ALMS season. Johnny O’Connell will be teaming up with Jan Magnussen as the two full-time drivers for the Number 3 Corvette C6.R. They will be joined by Corvette Racing veteran Ron Fellows for the three endurance races (Sebring, LeMans and Petit LeMans). Fellows will be taking on additional responsibilities with GM Racing and will attend all ALMS events as an Ambassador as well as providing technical input to the team’s drivers and engineers. Defending GT1 Champions Oliver Gavin and Olivier Beretta will be driving the Number 4 Corvette C6.R and will be joined by Max Papis for the three endurance races. The six Corvette Racing drivers have a combined 109 ALMS victories and 11 championships.

“The changes in our driver lineup will give us two strong and balanced entries that will both be racing for victories,” said Steve Wesoloski, GM Road Racing Group manager. “We are very excited that Ron Fellows will be taking on new roles and responsibilities with GM Racing. We’ll continue to benefit from Ron’s vast racing experience as he drives the No. 3 Corvette C6.R in endurance races while he begins a new phase in his career as an ambassador for Corvette and a valued advisor to GM Racing.”
With Ron Fellows promotion, Jan Mangussen moves from the endurance-racing driver of the No. 4 C6.R to a full time driver of the Number 3 C6.R. Jan is well-known for not only as his stint as a Corvette Racing driver, but for also piloting the new Z06 Corvette in 2005 on the Nürburgring in Germany and posting an almost unheard of time of 7:42.99. Few cars have been timed faster on the famous German track. Corvette Racing’s defense of their Drivers, Team and Manufacturers Championships will begin on March 17th at the Mobil 1 12 Hours of Sebring.
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Video: Daytona 500 Z06 Corvette Makes TV Appearance

by Keith Cornett on February 17, 2007

On Friday, Fox News aired The Fox Report with Shepard Smith live from the Daytona International Speedway. In the background was the Z06 Corvette Pace Car. I captured a segment which just happens to included news that GM may be in talks to acquire Chrysler as well as the Waltrip-ping NASCAR cheating story.

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Aston Martin to Battle Corvette at Sebring

by Keith Cornett on February 14, 2007

The View from Aston Martin at SebringLooks like the 12 Hours of Sebring will be a little more interesting now that an Aston Martin has entered the fray. However, this is not the same Aston Martin team that has battled Corvette for the GT1 class over the last couple of years. The new car is backed by Team Modena and one of the drivers was last year’s LMP2 winning driver Liz Halliday. Antonia Garcia and another driver yet to be named will also share driving duties for Team Modena’s DBR9. The last few 12 Hours of Sebring has seen Aston Martin challenge Corvette racing. The Prodrive-backed Aston Martin team won the GT1 class at Sebring in 2005, but lost last year as Corvette regained the podium for their 50th Anniversary race at Sebring. “I have never driven an Aston Martin before and I’m looking forward to it. The DBR9 is widely considered to be the best GT1car in the world right now and I think I’m the first woman to drive one,” Liz Halliday said. Depending on the Performance Sanctions that penalized Corvette last year, that statement could be true. Free the C6.R and it is a different story altogether. Team Modena plans to race their Aston Martin DBR9 at Sebring, the 24 Hours of LeMans and some other LeMans series races in Europe. There has been no announcement whether or not the team plans any more races on the American LeMans Racing schedule.
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PRS Custom Guitar Commemorates Ron Fellows Z06 Corvette

by Keith Cornett on February 5, 2007

Ron Fellows Custom PRS GuitarIt’s a good week to be Ron Fellows. First, the Canadian-born C6.R pilot gets a very special limited-edition Z06 Corvette named after him for his nine years of accomplishments in the ALMS with Corvette Racing. And now, he’s presented with a one-of-a-kind custom Paul Reed Smith guitar that resembles the paint scheme of his signature Corvette. PRS Guitars has been a sponsor of Corvette Racing since 2005, and since the hookup, has built 400 custom Corvette Z06-branded guitars, offered in the same colors as the Z06. The special PRS guitar is based on the PRS Corvette Standard 22. Ron is a guitarist and already owns a PRS guitar.

“Having a car named after me is amazing…having a one-off guitar made to commemorate this moment makes it even more special. Let’s face it, I’m just a Neil Young wannabe. I love music; this instrument will have a great home in my growing collection of wonderful guitars”, says Ron Fellows. Jack Higginbotham, President of PRS Guitars adds “We have enjoyed a great synergistic relationship with Corvette and the Corvette Racing Team. High performance, made in America, high quality and an aspirational appeal are just some of the common ties that help to form the partnership. We own Corvettes, put them on track, and enjoy the performance and quality that has been engineered into the cars. We hope that owners of PRS guitars derive the same pleasure as we do from our Corvettes.”
You can see the PRS guitars at PRSGuitars.com
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Europe to get LeMans Victory Edition Corvette

by Keith Cornett on February 3, 2007

2007 Victory Edition Corvette CoupeCompleting GM’s trifecta this week of news about limited production Corvettes with ties to racing, I came across an international news story that GM may also be preparing to launch a special edition Corvette for the European Market. Celebrating the success of Corvette Racing at LeMans, a very limited series of 250 “Victory Edition” Corvettes will be produced. The Victory Edition Corvettes will be available in either Black or Velocity Yellow with Competition Grey wheels. Highlighting the interior are two-tone leather seats and Corvette flag emblems, a carbon fiber look interior trim and the unique numbered “Victory Edition” badge. The Corvette Coupes will be powered by the LS2 6L V8 with the choice of a 6-speed manual or the 6-Speed paddle shift with automatic mode. Every “Victory Edition” Corvette will get a numbered car identification interior badge. Buyers are invited to participate in a 1 day free Corvette Drivers Training event with professional instructors at selected race tracks across Europe. The VE Corvette will be available in Europe at the beginning of March 2007. Last year there were 1,250 Corvettes sold in Europe, so based on recent trends, the “Victory Edition” Corvettes could possibly comprise 20-25% of total Corvettes sold. No official word yet on the wording on the badge, but we’re hoping for something that says “Corvette Kicks Ass.”
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GM Confirms Ron Fellows ALMS GT1 Champion Corvette Z06

by Keith Cornett on February 1, 2007

The much talked-about Ron Fellows ALMS GT1 Champion Z06 Corvette will make its debut at the Chicago Auto Show later this month GM announced today. Confirming the rumors that started late last year, the signature Z06 Corvette features the Z06 with Artic White exterior, red interior and the long standing red driver side GT1 hash marks that first appeared 11 years ago on the limited edition Grand Sports. Only 399 of the hand-signed special-edition Corvettes will be offered. In other words, when they’re gone, they’re gone. Ed Peper, Chevrolet General Manager said this about Ron Fellows:

“Ron Fellows is also a part of Chevrolet’s racing heritage, and he has been instrumental in the remarkable success of the Corvette Racing team in the American Le Mans Series. The special signature-series Z06 model that bears his name will forever link him to one of the greatest eras in factory racing, which has produced six consecutive ALMS GT1 manufacturers championships, and counting.”
The Special Edition Corvette will be on display alongside the new Indianapolis 500 Pace Car Corvette Convertible at the Chicago Auto Show February 8th – 18th.
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GM Press Release: The Ron Fellows ALMS GT1 Champion Corvette Z06: Marking his championship tenure with Corvette Racing’s GT1-class domination in the ALMS, Corvette racing living legend Ron Fellows is celebrated with a specially prepared 2007 Corvette Z06 production model. All are distinguished by Arctic White paint (including the door handles) that is accented with a racing-style fender stripe and Ron Fellows’ autograph. The front fender graphics are reminiscent of the identifying graphics of the Corvette GT1 race car. They feature double Monterey Red Metallic stripes with Machine Silver borders and Fellows’ autograph in a contrasting Victory Red shade, along with the callouts of the championship years when he was at the wheel. There is also a maple leaf logo motif incorporated with the graphics, a nod to Fellows’ Canadian heritage. Indeed, the red-over-white color scheme of the car’s paint and graphics represents Canada’s colors. This special Corvette Z06 is the first signed special edition in Corvette’s 54-year history, and is the first Arctic White Z06 ever offered. Only 399 are planned for production: approximately 300 for the United States, 33 for Canada and 66 for other export markets. Exterior cues include a full-width racing spoiler and a unique windshield banner. Additional standard equipment includes the well-equipped 2LZ package and chrome wheels. Special interior appointments include:
  • Red seats, center console, door panels and instrument panel
  • Red, leather-covered armrest with a Corvette-signature “cross flags” logo that is hand-signed and numbered by Ron Fellows
  • Tech pattern interior trim An accomplished road racer, Ron Fellows is inextricably woven into the Corvette Racing team’s success. He helped test and develop the first Corvette C5.R race car and recorded the team’s first win in 2000. Fellows also grabbed the ALMS GTS class championship in 2002 and shared that position in 2003 and ’04. Fellows has been a part of all six consecutive ALMS GT1 manufacturers championships for Chevrolet, and was voted the most popular ALMS driver in 2004 and ’05. Additionally, he has slipped behind the wheel of NASCAR Nextel Cup Chevy Monte Carlo SS race cars when the series hits road courses. He’s also scored a pair of NASCAR Craftsman Truck series wins, three NASCAR Busch Series wins, 19 SCCA Trans Am wins and was the GM Player’s Challenge champion in 1989. The Ron Fellows ALMS GT1 Champion Corvette Z06 will be available this spring. It carries an MSRP of $77,500, including destination. OnStar and the navigation system are the only options; and when equipped with them, the price is $79,945.
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  • Corvette Convertible to Pace Indianapolis 500

    by Keith Cornett on February 1, 2007

    For the ninth time in its history including the last 4 years in row, Corvette will serve as the official Pace Car of the Indianapolis 500. Since making its debut at the brickyard in 1978, Corvette has also paced “The Greatest Spectacle in Racing” in 1986, 1995, 1998, 2002, 2004, 2005 and 2006. This year’s 91st Indianapolis 500 takes place on May 27, 2007. To celebrate this momentous occasion, Chevrolet will be producing 500 special-edition replicas for sale to the public. This will be the first time since 1998 that Chevrolet has produced a replica Indy 500 Pace Cars. Ed Peper, Chevrolet general manager said “Chevrolet and Corvette have a long, storied history at Indianapolis, and the new Pace Car special edition commemorates that heritage with what will surely be an instant collectible.”

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    The 2007 Indianapolis Pace Car Replica Corvette features:
  • Atomic Orange exterior color, including door handles
  • Indianapolis 500 exterior graphics – including gold ribbon graphics that flow outward from the front fender vents and “Indianapolis 500″ door logos
  • Special Indianapolis 500 fender badges
  • Z06 rear spoiler
  • New aluminum “split-spoke” wheels in Sterling Silver
  • Ebony seats with embroidered Indianapolis 500 logos
  • Interior trim plate and pods painted Atomic Orange
  • Atomic Orange engine covers All of the Pace Car replicas are equipped with the Z51 performance package. A six-speed manual transmission is standard, with the six-speed paddle-shift automatic optional. The navigation system with Bose audio and OnStar also are standard.
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  • Cal Ripkin Jr to Pilot Daytona 500 Corvette Pace Car

    by Keith Cornett on January 30, 2007

    Baseball’s “Iron Man” Cal Ripkin Jr will be behind the wheel the 2007 Corvette Coupe Pace Car for the 49th Annual Daytona 500 on Sunday, February 18th. The Pace Car features the Daytona 500 logo on the side and is highlighted by red, white and blue side accents. A red Chevrolet bowtie is presented on the hood.

    “The Daytona 500 is one of the most storied sporting events in the country and I am thrilled and honored to be a part of it. NASCAR drivers are tremendous athletes and I look forward to being in that environment,” said Ripken.
    Being behind the wheel of a Corvette on a super speedway ain’t all that bad of an environment either. We’re working on getting photos of the Daytona Corvette Pace Car. Stay tuned for details.
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    Vette Magazine: A Conversation with Reeves Callaway

    by Keith Cornett on January 29, 2007

    Reeves Callaway and the 2007 Callaway C16Back in the 80′s, Callaway Cars became the first GM Authorized tuner of new Corvettes offered through Chevrolet dealerships. Callaway’s twin-turbo B2K program (the RPO code for the Callaway option) became the genesis for a company that would go on to produce the 254 MPH Corvette Sledgehammer, the 450 HP SuperNaturals and the radically modified C12. Basking in the glow of his latest project, the Callaway C16, Reeves Callaway takes some time to talk with Vette Magazine about why one of the most recognized brands in the Corvette tuner industry has gotten back into the game. In addition to the C16 program, Callaway offers a variety of performance options for the C6 Corvette, most notably the Callaway Superchargers. And talk about turnkey! A customer can order a new Corvette, have it shipped to a Callaway facility where it is modified and tested, and then shipped to the dealer for delivery. The modified Corvettes carry a 5-Year, 100K Mile warranty to boot! But perhaps some the biggest news out of the interview is Callaway’s intention to return to LeMans with 2 Callaway cars competing in the GT2 class. Reeves claims there are a lot of hurdles to cross before the final commitment is made, most notably development and sponsorship issues. Click here to read the entire interview at Vette Magazine.
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    Corvette to Pace 2007 Daytona 500

    by Keith Cornett on January 29, 2007

    2007 Daytona 500 Corvette Pace CarWith little fanfare (and no press anywhere), a specially-outfitted Corvette was unveiled as the 2007 Daytona 500 Pace Car. The Corvette features the Daytona 500 logo on the side and is highlighted by red, white and blue side accents. A red Chevrolet bowtie is presented on the hood. The unveiling was earlier this month as part of NASCAR’s Jackson Hewitt Preseason Thunder Fan Fest. Standing with Corvette in this photo are NEXTEL Cup drivers Tony Raines and Jeff Green and Daytona Speedway President Robin Braig. 2007 marks the fourth straight year that a Corvette has paced the Daytona 500, as well as the 35th straight year that a GM model has paced the field.
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