Corvette Racing Wins Post-Season Accolades
Fellows Named Most Popular Driver, Gongla Wins GT1 Crew Chief of the Year Award
MONTEREY, Calif. - The checkered flag at the conclusion of the Monterey Sports Car Championships
at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca on Oct. 21 marked the end of the 2007 American Le Mans Series season, but
Chevrolet's factory road racing team kept on winning. Two members of Corvette Racing received special
recognition awards in post-season ceremonies: Corvette Racing driver Ron Fellows was voted the Most Popular
Driver for the fourth consecutive year, and Ray Gongla, crew chief for the No. 4 Compuware Corvette C6.R,
was honored as the GT1 Crew Chief of the Year.
The ALMS Most Popular Driver award is determined by the fans in online voting. Fellows focused on
endurance races in 2007, driving the No. 3 Compuware Corvette C6.R at Sebring, Le Mans, and Petit Le Mans;
he also drove a third Corvette C6.R with Andy Pilgrim at Mosport International Raceway near Toronto. When
he wasn't racing, the Canadian star attended ALMS events as a technical advisor and ambassador for
Corvette. Fellows is famous for his accessibility, friendliness, good humor, and willingness to spend time
"It's very flattering to receive this award because it is determined by votes from fans around the
world," said Fellows. "I feel fortunate to be associated with Corvette, the most popular car in
the paddock. There is a very strong and loyal contingent of Corvette enthusiasts, and that certainly
doesn't hurt when it comes to the voting."
"I have always believed that as a professional race car driver, it's important to give as much of
your time as possible to the people who are paying to watch you play," he added. "Whether I'm
driving in ALMS, SCCA, or NASCAR, I'm genuinely honored when a fan asks for my autograph."
The GT1 Crew Chief of the Year award is selected by the pit lane and technical staffs from IMSA, the
sanctioning body for ALMS events. The award was given to Gongla for the second time in three years after
he led the No. 4 Corvette crew and drivers Oliver Gavin and Olivier Beretta to a record-tying nine
victories in 2007.
"It really should be a team trophy, so it's an honor for me to receive this award on behalf of the
crew of the No. 4 Corvette," said Gongla. "It takes the entire team, drivers, and organization
to be successful."
Gongla joined the team in 1999 as a mechanic, and was promoted to crew chief in 2001. He previously won
the GT1 Crew Chief of the Year award in 2005.
"I was named crew chief on a trial basis six years ago, so I guess we're still trying to see
whether it will work out," he said with a laugh.
Release Date: October 30, 2007