Thursday
Jul052007

TEAM NEWS: Fellows to Pilot Third Cadillac in Toronto Street Race

Photo by John Rawley Team Cadillac in Pursuit of SPEED GT Championships as Second Half of Season Begins

TORONTO, Ontario – If there's any doubt about Ron Fellows' standing as one of North America's most versatile race car drivers, consider the Canadian's recent schedule. On June 16-17, he drove a Corvette C6.R to a runner-up finish in the GT1 class at the 24 Hours of Le Mans. On June 24, he raced an Impala SS in the NASCAR Nextel Cup race in Sonoma, Calif., leading three laps and finishing 15th. On Sunday, July 8, Fellows will drive a Cadillac CTS-V in the sixth round of the SCCA SPEED World Challenge GT on the streets of Toronto.

"At least I'll get to sleep in my own bed for the Toronto race," said Fellows, who's endured more than his share of transatlantic and transcontinental travel in the last month. "I've got a 20-minute drive to the Toronto track from my home in Mississauga."

Cadillac will start the second half of the 10-race series from a position of strength, leading the manufacturers championship by two points over Chevrolet, nine points over Porsche, and 17 markers over Dodge. Team Cadillac's two full-season drivers, 2005 SPEED GT champion Andy Pilgrim and 2006 series champion Lawson Aschenbach, are first and third respectively in the drivers championship. Pilgrim has a five-point lead over Porsche driver Randy Pobst and an eight-point margin over his teammate.

"Team Cadillac is in great position in both the manufacturers and drivers championships races as we begin the second half of the season," said Steve Wesoloski, GM Racing Road Racing Group manager. "We're fortunate to have a third Cadillac CTS-V race car available, and there's no driver we'd rather have in the car for Toronto than Ron Fellows.

"Having Ron drive in his hometown race is going to put the SPEED GT series and Team Cadillac in the spotlight, and it's going to be great fun for Ron and his fans," Wesoloski continued. "A good result with the third CTS-V could give Cadillac a boost in the manufacturers championship while also helping Andy and Lawson in the drivers' standings."

While the Toronto circuit is new to the SPEED GT series, it's familiar territory for Fellows. He won there in the GM Player's Challenge in the late '80s, and he drove Trans-Am machines on the temporary course at Exhibition Place in the '90s.

"The track layout has changed a little, but it's essentially the same circuit that I've raced on in the past," Fellows noted. "It's a very traditional street circuit with a good mix of corners and some tricky combinations of turns. Like most street races, there's not a lot of grip, but there are at least three good places to pass: under braking going into Turn 1 and Turn 3, and accelerating up the hill into Turn 5 if the car is putting the power down well. It's a little tricky, but I've done it."

Fellows has some unfinished business on street circuits. He was leading on the streets of Long Beach, Calif., in April when an electrical problem denied the Canadian ace a second straight victory on the bayside course.

"I thought I had a car that was capable of winning in Long Beach, so I'm very much looking forward to getting back in the No. 16 Cadillac CTS-V for my hometown race," he said. "The Team Cadillac engineers are very sharp on car setup, and that's an advantage because track time is going to be at a premium in Toronto with only one practice session. It's always good fun to race the Cadillac CTS-V, and racing at home just makes it better."

The sixth round of the SPEED GT is scheduled to start at 5:25 p.m. EDT on Sunday, July 8. The race will be televised tape-delayed on Saturday, July 14, at 12 p.m. EDT on the SPEED Channel.

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