• Feb 1, 2007
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Ron Fellows history with the current Corvette Racing team dates back to its beginnings, when he helped develop the original world-beating C5.R. Fellows drove the C5.R to its first race victory in 2000 and won the American Le Mans Series GTS-class championship in 2002 and has remained an instrumental part of the perennial-champion Corvette Racing team right through today.

To honor Fellows' important role in shaping Corvette Racing into the premier outfit it is, Chevy has created the Ron Fellows ALMS GT1 Champion Corvette Z06 (that, my friends, is a mouthful of a name worthy of a JDM vehicle). Only 399 cars will be built, and they all get finished in Arctic White with Monterey Red and Victory Silver accent graphics on the front fenders. The red elements incorporate a maple leaf to acknowledge Fellows' Canadian heritage, and his name and the team's championship seasons are also also featured in Victory Red. A full-width race spoiler, "CORVETTE" windshield graphic and chrome rims complete the special edition's look.

[Source: GM]


Inside, driver and passenger ride in a red-and-black cocoon with "tech pattern" highlights. The center armrest features the Corvette cross-flags logo and is individually signed and numbered by Fellows himself. Of the 399 cars, 33 are going to Canada, 66 to Europe, and the remaining 300 will stay right here in the US. You can buy it in the spring, and fully loaded with OnStar and nav, it'll set you back $79,945. Then you can take it out and spank DB9s just like Ron does in the C6.R.

As driver-specific special editions go, this is one of the best and most appropriate ones we've seen, period. Follow the jump for Chevy's full press release, and check out a slew of additional photos in our high-res gallery.



PRESS RELEASE:

Ron Fellows Championship Z06 And Indy Pace Car Replica Convertible Editions Make 2007 A Special Year For Chevrolet Corvette

CHICAGO – 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, pre-determined quantities. In other words, when they're gone, they're gone.

"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."

Ron Fellows ALMS GT1 Champion Corvette Z06

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. Special interior appointments include:

* Red seats, center console, door panels and instrument panel
* Red, leather-covered armrest with a Corvette-signature "cross flags" logo that is hand-signed and numbered by Ron Fellows
* Tech pattern interior trim

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 and'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 and'05. 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 the navigation system are the only options; and when equipped with them, the price is $79,945.


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  • 10 Comments
      Steve Spears
      • 8 Years Ago
      In response to Chris. How many Z06's sold to the public ever race on a track? Maybe 5%. Sucks as a track car? When they are putting it against Ferrari F430's and its track times are comparible, if not better, where/how does that suck? Especially at 1/3 of the price. I agree on useless decals and crap too. That money could be allocated to more useful racing hardware. I still maintain that this car is (by far) the biggest bang for the buck.
      • 8 Years Ago
      If we are making a car to tribute a great racer, lets make it more of a racer..... How about some integrated roll cage, SCCA approved seats with holes for 5/6 point harness... Bigger oil cooler, adjustable suspension.

      Everyone talks up a storm about how great a deal the Z06 is, but as a track car, it sucks. Why, because it's a real pain in the ass to make it a part time track car which is reliable and safe, without essentially rebuilding the car...

      So, save your money on the decals and crap and give us some love where it counts!
      • 8 Years Ago
      Actually, felonious, there's a reason it has that specific windshield decal...

      http://www.corvetteracing.com/cars/c6r/images/C6-R_4.jpg

      • 8 Years Ago
      Wow the first post was a positive comment! I would of expected to hear someone bashing Canadians. Do like those red and black leather seats.
      Steve Spears
      • 8 Years Ago
      Since the "Z06" is, BY FAR, the best performing car in its price range, I can easily overlook minor interior plastic parts! If I wanted a pretty interior, I'd buy a Lincoln Town Car! This car is a true legend guys and gals!!
      • 8 Years Ago
      This is a nice looking tribute to a good guy and an excellent driver.
      • 8 Years Ago
      GO CANADA !

      Everything good comes from up North, Strong and Free!
      • 8 Years Ago
      Hmmm
      Its a good looking vehicle. I hope it sells more than the plasticy interior from the Indy version.
      • 8 Years Ago
      Everything is cool expect for the windshield banner. Like "gee, do you think it's a Corvette??"

      DUH. It's about as absurd as the "powered by Honda" banners you see on tuner Civics.
      • 7 Years Ago
      WHO CAN FORGET TROIS RIVIERES AND MONT TREMBLANT.
      IN 1998 I WAS INVITED TO A CADILAC STS DAY IN BOIS BRIAND AT THE G.M. TEST TRACK.WHILE THERE A G.M. V.P. ASKED ME WHO I THAUGHT WAS THE BEST ROAD RACERS I HAD EVER SEEN RACE,THERE WERE TWO. MEMORIES OF PARNELLI JONES IN THAT FAMOUS BOSS 302 IN MONT TREMBLANT IN 1969 AND RON FELLOWS AT LE GRAND PRIX DE TROIS RIVIERES.
      NOW THE TWO BEST ROAD RACERS EVER EACH HAVE A TRIBUTE CAR NAMED AFTER THEM.
      BRAVO RON.
      P.S. I BAUGHT A 2000 HT CORVETTE BECAUSE OF RON FELLOWS SURE WISH I COULD TRADE IT IN ON THIS WHITE BEAUTY
      GOOD LUCT TO YOU ALL.