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News   February 6, 2007   by Auto Service World

Canadian Driver Sets Tone of New Corvette

Corvette enthusiasts in search of a unique ride have much to consider this year with the introduction of two special-edition models: the Ron Fellows ALMS GT1 Champion Corvette Z06 and the Indianapolis 500 Pace Car Replica Corvette Convertible.
The special-edition Corvettes are distinguished by unique interior and exterior appointments and will be offered in limited, predetermined quantities.
“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,” said Ed Peper, Chevrolet general manager.
“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.”
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.
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 2003-04.
Fellows has been a part of all six consecutive ALMS GT1 manufacturers championships for Chevrolet, and was voted the most popular ALMS driver in 2004-06.
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 a navigation system are the only options; and when equipped with them, the price is $79,945.

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