Just as I was thinking that I was getting the hang of blogging, I went and hit the "publish" button when I really wanted to hit "save" for that last post. According to some gag email, I remember, this can be the result of being targeted by the "C-nile" virus. You know, the one that causes you to hit send before you fin...
Now, you probably won't see me posting information about where Jimmie Johnson's next personal appearance will be, unless it involves something of interest to a wide variety of NASCAR fans. We don't make a secret of who our favorite driver is here, but, at the same time, we try to reach a wider audience than just the fans of one particular driver or another.
I happen to like Ron Fellows. He is best known to NASCAR fans as a road course "ringer," at the road courses of Watkins Glenn, Sears Point, Montreal, and Mexico City. He is also a well known, successful, and popular sports car racer in the American Lemans Series (ALMS) where he drives a Corvette in the GT 1 class for Corvette Racing.
Here is a little more information on Fellows from the Sunoco Canadian website:
Ron was recently voted most popular driver for an unprecedented fourth straight year by the fans of the American Lemans series. Among Ron’s many victories include three NASCAR Nationwide Series Wins, two NASCAR Craftsman Truck series wins, and nineteen career Sports Car Club of America Trans Am wins. With Corvette racing, Ron is a charter member, helping score Corvette’s first victories at the 24 Hours of Daytona, 24 Hours of Lemans and 12 Hours of Sebring. In American Lemans Series competition with Corvette Racing, Ron has 26 wins and 3 Drivers Championships.
For 2008, in addition to his NASCAR and sports car racing duties, Ron is an ambassador to Corvette and a technical advisor to GM racing. In 2007, Corvette paid Ron a fitting tribute by introducing the limited edition Ron Fellows ALMS GT1 Champion Corvette Z06, the first signed special edition model in Corvette’s history.
I recently received an email that alerted me to a series of podcasts presented by Sunoco, which we know as the "Official Fuel of NASCAR", titled "Sunoco High Octane Audio with Ron Fellows."
The first podcast was posted June 19, and a new episode will be posted every two weeks for a total of five podcasts.
I listened to the first podcast with some initial skepticism, thinking that it would be nothing more than a fancy advertisement for Sunoco gasoline, or possibly information of interest only to Canadian race fans. (Hi Bob)
So I was very much and very pleasantly suprised to hear a very interesting program featuring Fellows and guest, TSN's Vic Rauter. They discuss the various racing series in Canada that helped Fellows get through the ranks, the difference between racing a Corvette and racing a NASCAR machine on road courses, and the general appeal of NASCAR racing to a driver, as well as the impact of NASCAR in Canada.
It is a very entertaining and interesting show, and I would give it 4.5 out of 5 Rev' Jim "Amens." That is half an "Amen" better than what I have given to my favorite driver's radio program. Please check it out when you get a chance.