No longer just the “Mayor of Mosport”, racing legend and former driver for the Corvette Racing team Ron Fellows is now the proud owner of his home track just outside Toronto, Canada. Fellows and his partners Alan Boughton and real-estate developer Carlo Fidani have purchased Mosport International Raceway from the Panoz Motor Sport Group. Terms of the deal have not been disclosed.
According to a post on the Corvette Forum, Late Model Racecraft now holds the record for the fastest corvette in the standing mile which they set Saturday at the Texas Mile. Their twin turbo C6 Corvette hit 231 mph despite a 31 mph head wind. Check out what 231 mph in a Corvette looks like after the jump.
A Look Back at Corvette Racing’s Breakthrough Win in 2001
You never forget your first – especially when it’s the first win at the 24 Hours of Le Mans. Today Corvette Racing is recognized around the world as a powerhouse in international endurance racing, but a decade ago, the members of Chevrolet’s factory sports car team were innocents abroad.
The Pirelli World Challenge held rounds five and six at Mosport International Raceway over the weekend and Mike Skeen of Charlotte, North Carolina would come away with back to back wins in the GT Class with his yellow No. 2 CRP Racing/Cragar Wheels Chevrolet Corvette. Former Corvette Racing driver Johnny O’Connell also earned back to back podium finishes in his Pratt & Miller prepped Cadillac CTS-V Coupe.
Here is a comparison video from Japan’s Best Motoring TV show that puts the Lexus LFA against the Nissan GT-R, Corvette ZR1, Porsche 911 GT2 RS and the Ferrari F430 GT3 for a 3-lap attack at Fuji Speedway.
The comparison is epic proof of why we don’t put too much stock into comparisons as this was all about the drivers and their lack of familiarity with any car that wasn’t Japanese. The Corvette driver seemed particularly tentative in the corners and really failed to utilize one of the ZR1′s core strengths: brakes. Despite that minor observation, it’s always fun to see these epic sports cars battling on a track. You have to watch the video to find out how it ends.
Tommy Milner Sets the Pace in Preparation for Legendary Endurance Race
LE MANS, France – Corvette Racing completed a successful test day at Le Mans on Easter Sunday. Corvette Racing’s four full-season American Le Mans Series drivers – Oliver Gavin, Jan Magnussen, Olivier Beretta and Tommy Milner – used one of the team’s European customer cars to collect valuable data for the upcoming 24 Hours of Le Mans on June 11-12.
Le Mans Test Day Sets the Stage for Sports Car Racing’s Main Event
LE MANS, France, April 20, 2011 – This is only a test – but it’s an important one. Corvette Racing will participate in the Le Mans Test Day on Easter Sunday, April 24. This one-day outing on the legendary French circuit will play a key role in the team’s preparations for the 24 Hours of Le Mans on June 11-12, 2011.
It’s new versus old in this video of an Atomic Orange C6 Corvette Z06 racing a 1973 Corvette Coupe down the strip. Obviously modified, the C3 Corvette gets the slightest of jumps on the Z06 at the start but that 505-horsepower LS7 kicks in and it’s neck and neck down the straightaway. Who wins is anyone’s guess. You’ll have to watch after the jump.
The American Le Mans Series at Long Beach proved to be another tough battle in the GT class. Long Beach is often referred to as a street fight and that description was apt for describing the multiple lead changes and some shocking mistakes made by drivers during the two hour race. ESPN 2 carries the replay Sunday at 5:00 pm EST. Hit the jump for the results.