The C5-R started its racing career in 1999 with this. The #2 car was co-driven by Canadian Ron Fellows. Although it didn't win any races that year, the best was yet to come in upcoming years. I hunted for this specific car for nearly 6-8 months before I tracked it down. But when I DID find it, I was :happy :happy
FORT WORTH, Texas (September 2, 2000) - Battling triple-digit temperatures as well as an old nemesis, Corvette drivers Ron Fellows and Andy Pilgrim claimed the first victory for the Corvette C5-R with their GTS class win in the Grand Prix of Texas at Texas Motor Speedway. The #3 GM Goodwrench Service Plus Corvette C5-R lead the majority of the 2-hour, 45-minute American Le Mans Series race and bested their main rival, the Team Oreca Vipers.
This Autoart model, like the 1999 #2 car, has also become quite rare. I was fortunate enough to find this car in my hometown.
The C5-R would continue to rack up many more wins in its illustrious career between 1999 and 2004.
In celebration of the new millenium, the Corvette Racing Team came to the opening race at Daytona in the year 2000 with all new colors as well as a much improved Corvette C5-R. Under the new Millennium Yellow paint scheme is an enlarged LS1 engine taken out to 7.0 liters. A new aerodynamic nose helped this American racing legend slip through the air and at the same time help reduce the overall co-efficient of drag. Returning veteran drivers Ron Fellows, Chris Kneifel, Andy Pilgrim and Kelly Collins were joined by international drivers in Frank Freon and Justin Bell. This new driver lineup lead the new C5-R assault at the world's most prestigious race venues including the 24 Hours of LeMans. SPECIFICATIONS: CHASSIS: Steel-welded perimeter frame with hydroformed frame rails BODY: Carbon Fiber TIRES: Goodyear Racing Eagles mounted on BBS Wheels ENGINE: 7.0 liter LS1 pushrod with aluminum block and heads HORSEPOWER: [email protected] RPM
LE MANS, France, Sunday June 17, 2001 - Corvette Racing scored an historic
double victory in the GTS-class in the 69th edition of the Le Mans 24 Hours
endurance race. The 1 - 2 finish follows up on the podium finish at the first
Le Mans attempt last year and an overall win and a first and second in class
at the Rolex 24 Hours of Daytona in February of this year.
The No. 63 Corvette, driven by Ron Fellows, Johnny O'Connell and Scott
Pruett, finished 278 laps/2340.76 miles for an eighth overall and first in
the production-based GTS class.
The second Corvette, driven by Andy Pilgrim, Kelly Collins and Franck Freon,
completed 271 laps/2281.82 miles to finish 14th overall and second in GTS in
a race slowed frequently by periods of heavy rain which caused extreme,
slippery track conditions and poor visibility.
Happy faces reigned in the Corvette camp following the first ever Le Mans
class win. "I just hope that somewhere up there Zora Duntov, (father of the
Corvette) is enjoying what is no doubt the greatest victory in Corvette
history," GM Racing Executive Director Herb Fishel said. "This is a great
testament to the concept of teamwork and to the Corvette and Cadillac teams
and their efforts."
GM Motorsports Manager Gary Claudio summed it up as follows: "This is another
great 1 - 2 for Corvette and both the No. 63 and No.64 teams dedicate this
win to our missing Daytona teammate... Dale Earnhardt, this one's for you."