TEAM NEWS: Fellows Fast in Friday Long Beach SPEED GT Practice

Defending race winner Ron Fellows, of Mississauga, Ontario, paced the opening practice for Sunday’s SCCA Pro Racing SPEED World Challenge GT Championship Round Two race, part of the Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach. Michael Galati, of Olmsted, Ohio, and Lou Gigliotti, of Dallas, Texas, completed the top three.

Driving the No. 16 XM/Mobil 1/Motorola/Bose Cadillac CTS-V, Fellows turned a fastest lap of 1:26.670 (81.745 mph) on his fifth lap around the 11-turn, 1.968-mile street circuit. The lap was 0.324-second shy of Tommy Archer’s 2006 qualifying mark of 1:26.346.

“I enjoy the street circuits,” said Fellows. “Especially from the Trans-Am stuff I’ve done in the past. It’s fun be aggressive on the streets with lined concrete walls, but staying out of trouble is key. On a street circuit, even making a small mistake, you could hit a concrete wall and that makes it tough. You need to be aggressive and very precise at the same time.

“The nice thing is the Cadillac is similar to the Trans-Am cars and similar to the Showroom Stock Camaro I raced in Canada. It feels pretty comfortable out here.”

Making his second appearance in the No. 23 K-PAX Racing Porsche 911 GT3 and his first laps around the Long Beach circuit, five-time series Champion Galati turned a fastest lap of 1:27.035 (81.402 mph) midway through the 25-minute session.

Gigliotti, who led the first seven laps of the 2006 race, was third in his No. 28 LG Pro Long Tube Headers Chevrolet Corvette with a fast time of 1:27.187 (81.260 mph).

Fellows’ teammate Andy Pilgrim, of Boca Raton, Fla., was fourth quick in the No. 8 Cadillac with a fast time of 1:27.302. Sonny Whelen, of Old Saybrook, Conn., completed the top five in his No. 31 Whelen Engineering Chevrolet Corvette with a time of 1:27.664.

In all, 32 cars turned a time in the session. The series hits the track for the only time Saturday at 9:35 a.m. (Pacific). To follow the session via live timing and scoring as well as live notes, please visit the SCCA Pit Board through

Results from the first practice session for Sunday's

SCCA Pro Racing SPEED World Challenge GT Round Two race, part of the Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach on the Long Beach Street Circuit, with position, car number in parentheses, driver, hometown, car, fastest lap time, and speed in miles per hour.

1, (16), Ron Fellows, Missiauga, Ontario, Cadillac CTS-V, 1:26.670, 81.744.

2, (23), Michael Galati, Olmsted, Ohio, Porsche 911 GT-3, 1:27.035, 81.401.

3, (28), Lou Gigliotti, Dallas, Texas, Chevrolet Corvette, 1:27.187, 81.259.

4, (8), Andy Pilgrim, Boca Raton, Fla., Cadillac CTS-V, 1:27.302, 81.152.

5, (31), Sonny Whelen, Old Saybrook, Conn., Chevrolet Corvette, 1:27.664, 80.817.

6, (22), Randy Pobst, Gainesville, Ga., Porsche 911 GT-3, 1:27.751, 80.737.

7, (30), Eric Curran, East Hampton, Mass., Chevrolet Corvette, 1:27.798, 80.694.

8, (15), Tomy Drissi, Hollywood, Calif., Chevrolet Corvette, 1:27.815, 80.678.

9, (1), Lawson Aschenbach, W. Palm Beach, Fla., Cadillac CTS-V, 1:27.839, 80.656.

10, (5), Tommy Archer, Duluth, Minn., Dodge Viper, 1:28.371, 80.171.

11, (21), Stu Hayner, Yorba Linda, Calif., Pontiac GTO, 1:28.620, 79.945.

12, (11), Mike Davis, Huntington Beach, Calif., Ford Mustang Cobra, 1:29.081, 79.532.

13, (14), James Sofronas, Newport Beach, Calif., Porsche 911 GT-3, 1:29.095, 79.519.

14, (17), Rob Foster, Phoenix, Ariz., Dodge Viper, 1:29.326, 79.314.

15, (82), Michael McCann, North Canton, Ohio, Dodge Viper, 1:29.721, 78.964.

16, (87), Doug Peterson, Bonita Springs, Fla., Chevrolet Corvette, 1:29.846, 78.855.

17, (20), Dane Moxlow(R), Gosse Ile, Mich., Pontiac GTO, 1:29.905, 78.803.

18, (12), Brian Kubinski(R), Plainfield, Ill., Chevrolet Corvette, 1:30.127, 78.609.

19, (7), Brett Pearson, Orlando, Fla., Dodge Viper, 1:30.311, 78.449.

20, (56), Ritch Marziale, Tempe, Ariz., Dodge Viper, 1:30.331, 78.431.

21, (13), Brian Smith, Simpsonville, S.C., Dodge Viper, 1:30.514, 78.273.

22, (3), Scotty B. White, Puyallup, Wash., Dodge Viper, 1:30.574, 78.221.

23, (34), Tony Gaples, Libertyville, Ill., Chevrolet Corvette, 1:30.671, 78.137.

24, (29), Eric Olberz(R), La Canada Flintridge, Calif., Porsche 911 GT-3, 1:31.220, 77.667.

25, (57), Stu Frederick, Del mar, Calif., Dodge Viper, 1:31.623, 77.325.

26, (79), Joel Feinberg(R), Ft Lauderdale, Fla., Dodge Viper, 1:32.184, 76.855.

27, (2), Cindi Lux(R), Aloha, Ore., Dodge Viper, 1:32.555, 76.547.

28, (6), Jeffrey Robbins(R), Southfield, Mich., Dodge Viper, 1:32.570, 76.534.

29, (05), Jason Daskalos(R), Albuquerque, N.M., Dodge Viper, 1:32.626, 76.488.

30, (55), Thomas Glenn(R), Phoenix, Ariz., Dodge Viper, 1:33.165, 76.045.

31, (99), Jeff Courtney, Slinger, Wis., Dodge Viper, 1:36.401, 73.493.

32, (27), Gary Sheehan, Milford, Mass., Subaru WRX STi, 1:40.422, 70.550.

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