Friday
Apr062007

TEAM NEWS: Fellows Looks for More Magic in Long Beach SPEED GT

Photo by John Thawley LONG BEACH, Calif. - One year later, fans of the SCCA SPEED World Challenge GT series still talk about The Pass - Ron Fellows' last-lap outside move around the race-leading Viper that sealed the victory for Team Cadillac on the streets of Long Beach. When the Canadian road racing ace returns to the Southern California street circuit on April 15 for the second round of the SPEED GT championship, he'll be aiming to score a second straight win for Team Cadillac in the Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach.

"My goal is to pick up where we left off last year," said Fellows, who will drive the No. 16 Cadillac CTS- V in a special appearance alongside teammates Andy Pilgrim and Lawson Aschenbach. "I think the outside line in Turn 9 is going to be more popular this time, so a last-lap pass there probably won't work again."

What will work for Fellows is a technique for racing on street courses that he honed as a driver in the SCCA Trans-Am series.

"Racing on street courses is something I had to learn how to do," Fellows explained. "The ideal line is not necessarily the fastest way around on a street circuit because of the bumps, the crown of the track, the manhole covers, and changes in the track surface. My teammate Dorsey Schroeder was terrific on street courses, and he taught me to focus on learning where the car wants to be instead of looking for the ideal line."

The Long Beach race will be Fellows' first appearance in the SPEED GT series in 2007. He's started in nine SPEED GT races since 2004, winning three times and taking two poles.

"This will be my first race with the Cadillac CTS- V since last season, and based on what I saw in the first round in Sebring, it's going to be another battle in Long Beach," he predicted. "With the performance handicaps, some of the other cars will have more straight-line speed on Shoreline Drive, but the CTS- V race cars have great brakes and handling. I'm going to work with the Team Cadillac engineers on getting a good balance in the tight sections of the track and consistent grip with the front and rear tires.

"We have very little track time to get it right, but that's typical for a street race with a lot of events on the schedule."

The second round of the SPEED GT is scheduled to start at 7 p.m. ET (4 p.m. local time) on Sunday, April 15. The race will be televised tape-delayed on Saturday, April 21, at 3 p.m. ET on the SPEED Channel.

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